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  1. As technology takes over more and more aspects of our life, it comes as no surprise that wearables are no longer limited to just smartwatches or smart wallets, but also include smart clothing that looks trendy and is a part of our day to day life. The Levi's Commuter jacket is a part of Google's Project Jacquard and is one of the first pieces of smart clothing available for consumers. The iconic bomber jacket combines Google's engineering efforts to bring wearables to the masses. © Levi's The Levi's Commuter jacket has Google's smart fabric woven in and has a bunch of smart features that can be triggered by gestures. The cuffs are touch sensitive, and with a simple brush or a swipe, you can control your music playback, turn on navigation and even respond to calls or texts without needing to touch your phone. All of this is achieved by a Snap Tag built inside the jacket, which connects to your phone with Bluetooth Low Energy and can be set up by using an app. Another feature called Always Together will ensure that you do not leave your phone or your jacket behind and will ring and flash if you happen to leave one of them behind. Considering how expensive phones have gotten, this could offer some peace of mind. © Levi's "You can use Always Together to make sure you do not leave behind your Jacquard Jacket or phone behind. When your phone and your jacket are separated, you will receive an alert on your phone. Your Snap Tag will also light up and vibrate" Google says. Talking about the jacket itself, it is a denim finish made of 100 percent cotton. The left sleeve has a pocket for easy access to the Snap Tag. It is not meant for extreme rough use as it can withstand only about 10 washes, of course, with the Snap Tag removed. The jacket costs US$ 350 which is about INR 25,000. A little pricey for something that you can do with a simple smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Though this is just among the first generation smart clothing and we expect to see more fashion labels get on board in the coming years.
  2. Google pays Apple more than $9 billion a year to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's position for accepting billions of dollars from Google saying, “it is the best search engine for iOS users” © Youtube Google has been accused of a number of privacy issues such as storing location data even when users opted out. Google also shut down Google+ last month as over 500,000 accounts were breached. When asked about it, Cook told HBO, "I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It's not a perfect thing. I'd be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall, the payment for Google to remain the default search engine on iOS devices could be increased to $12 billion in 2019. Cook has previously commented negatively on companies like Facebook and Google that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. © Apple “We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them," Cook said in his October 24 speech. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.” However, Apple has not stopped working with Google regardless of its strong stand about user privacy. Apple has added controls to Safari that keep Google from tracking user data. "Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in," Cook said. "We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day.” Source: CNBC
  3. This year has been all about the Pixel 3, we saw a million leaks months before the launch and there was also a rumour about Google working on a Pixel Watch. While the Pixel Watch was soon ditched in a confirmed statement, there were rumours of a Pixel 3 Lite as well. Reports in the first half of the year indicated Google may launch a cheaper Pixel smartphone in India. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL debuted in October and we thought that's the end of it for now. But, a new leak from Rozetked confirms Google indeed could be working on a midrange Pixel phone. The blogger claims to have the first leaked image of the phone and for now, it appears to have a similar design language as the Pixel 3. © Rozetked The main difference is that the Pixel 3 Lite has larger bezels and a headphone jack. Google omitted the headphone jack from Pixel 3 and the change hasn't actually received a warm welcome. The Pixel 3 Lite is expected to be launched in developing markets like India, and the nifty headphone jack is almost a must-have feature for users in the region. According to the leak, the phone will sport a 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels. Powering the phone shall be a Snapdragon 670 chipset coupled with the Adreno 615 GPU and 4GB RAM. The rear is expected to have a 12-megapixel camera while the front shall house an 8-megapixel sensor. © TechCrunch It isn't clear how a midrange offering like the Pixel 3 Lite fits in Google's long-term strategy. The company has targeted the Pixel line-up to be premium, and its Head of Hardware Rick Osterloh said in March 2017 “Pixel stays premium.” Even with the current Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the phone maker has been trying to craft a photography niche for itself and never intended to quickly grab market share and improve numbers. © Mashable Google hasn't officially confirmed the prospects of a third Pixel 3 phone even though the leak looks convincing, the back has a C-shaped logo, instead of Google's G. Hence, it's always recommended to consider these leaks with a pinch of salt. Source: Rozetked
  4. Google has started to roll out its Night Sight low-light computational photography technology that was the much-awaited feature since its announcement. It basically lets users take awesome pictures at night and is designed to improve the quality of these images. It works great when you are trying to take pictures of objects however it still needs some work to handle moving objects. © MensXP The Pixel 3 is all about computational photography and it was quite prevalent in our official review as well. It has a new feature called Super Res Zoom that takes exceptional pictures of zoomed in subjects without using a telephoto lens. Night Sight also uses takes advantage of Google's computational photography algorithm as it captures multiple temporary images and enhances them by blending. It also applies a special filter that tweaks an image's exposure and resolution. Here is an example to give you a better idea: © Twitter As you can see, the night sight works exceptionally well with objects and landscapes. It basically lit the entire image with great accuracy without the need of using a flash or artificial light. Night Sight is coming to all Pixel devices and is now rolling out via an OTA update. Having said that, ROM hackers have been able to modify other imaging applications to give a similar effect, however, Google's night sight is probably the best way to use this feature at the moment. Read our review of the Pixel 3 here.
  5. Thousands of Google employees across the globe, including India, walked out of their offices on Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct cases. Dubbed the 'Google Walkout,' the demonstrations followed the storm stirred by a New York Times investigation. It details the multi-million dollar severance packages for accused executives and a lack of transparency in dealing with such cases, over the years. View this post on Instagram A post shared by kyla_kelly (@kyla_kelly) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:29am PDT The employees have demanded key changes in the company's stance, which could finally help the victims sue their harassers. Among other issues raised by protestors are unequal pay and a lack of gender representation. Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has supported the staff's right to protest. "Yesterday, we let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate," he said. "I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel," he said in an all-staff email. "I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society… and, yes, here at Google, too." A Twitter feed titled @googlewalkout has documented the movement at Google's international offices. Google staff in Singapore, Zurich, London, Tokyo, Berlin and New York were among the first to take part. The first of many coordinated #GoogleWalkout protests has begun - this is at the firm's office in Singapore. (Pic via https://t.co/h44RZYGGHV ) pic.twitter.com/QeFgmPbHnN — Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) November 1, 2018 Google confirmed to PTI that about 150 employees participated in the protests in India. The tech giant has offices in four locations in the country, namely Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore. Google has struggled to deal with the reaction generated by the New York Times report. Top executives have promised in a mail that the company is "dead serious" towards workplace safety and creating an inclusive environment. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Thames Sookpranee (@thamess) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:21am PDT At least 48 other employees have been sacked for sexual harassment without receiving a payout, Pichai told staff. He admitted the New York Times' report had been "difficult to read". Staff involved in Thursday's walkout were supposed to leave a note on their desks telling colleagues: "I'm not at my desk because I'm walking out with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that's not working for everyone." Other formal demands from Google's management are as follows: • A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequality • A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report • A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously • The elevation of the chief diversity officer to answer directly to the CEO, and make recommendations directly to the board of directors • The appointment of an employee representative to the board • An end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees More on this as the story develops. Follow this space…
  6. 'Thugs of Hindostan' is just one week away but its promotion has been going on in full swing for quite some time. There was already hype about the movie from the beginning just because of the star cast, which will obviously happen when you put Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in a movie together, and then all the looks from the movie and the trailer just built up the excitement even more. View this post on Instagram To see myself on a poster with Mr.Bachchan is a dream come true for me. I still cant believe it. #ThugsOfHindostan | @yrf | @tohthefilm | @amitabhbachchan | @katrinakaif | @fatimasanashaikh A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Sep 24, 2018 at 11:22pm PDT However, the biggest problem everyone had with the movie was how much of a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' it looked like. But, even if the looks were not unique, at least the marketing for it is. Going to different shows to promote your movie is too mainstream – does anyone even watch TV anymore? So just turn to something everyone probably uses every day. View this post on Instagram à¤à¤° ठहà¥à¤ हम, फिरà¤à¤à¥ मलà¥à¤²à¤¾à¤¹. हम सॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ नà¥à¤ à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤¸ धरतॠपॠà¤à¤¹à¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ मिलà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥. सà¤à¥à¤à¤¾à¤ तॠहमरा दà¥à¤¸à¤°à¤¾ नाम हà¥, à¤à¤° भरà¥à¤¸à¤¾ हमरा à¤à¤¾à¤®. दादॠà¤à¤¸à¤® !!! #ThugsOfHindostan | @yrf | @tohthefilm | @amitabhbachchan | @katrinakaif | @fatimasanashaikh A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Sep 23, 2018 at 10:20pm PDT In case you haven't noticed yet, Google Maps has a little help from Firangi today to help guide people. An animated version of Aamir's character from the movie appears riding a donkey and showing everyone the way. Now, this is what I call an original idea, tbh. So basically, everyone has the option of riding along with Firangi, aka the desi Jack Sparrow, while navigating your way while claiming things like “Chalo bhaiyya, one two three kick maar”. There are some steps for that before, though, but they're quite simple. To activate #FirangiOnGoogleMaps, follow these simple steps on @googlemaps. So let's “1,2,3...quick march”! | @aamir_khan | @GoogleIndia | @TOHTheFilm pic.twitter.com/GmBrmo6uYY — Yash Raj Films (@yrf) November 1, 2018 People are already using this new feature and thoroughly enjoying it. Promotion level: Game changer. Chalo!#TOH #ThugsofHindostan #FirangiOnGoogleMaps — Sai Charan T (@Charan3107) November 1, 2018 Wooow, it's working .ð Now,I m so so so and So happy.ð Thanks @GoogleIndia @googlemaps @aamir_khan @TOHTheFilm #FirangiOnGoogleMaps ðð¦ pic.twitter.com/IC5a8tPM94 — SATYAJEET (@imSatyajeet18) November 1, 2018 A lot of people are surprised it's even working. Waah... Finally Its Working on my Phone ðð𤩠Chalo bhaiya... 1..2 ..3 .. Quick March ð #FirangiOnGoogleMaps Thanks @aamir_khan @TOHTheFilm @yrf ð pic.twitter.com/8xDs3qvwHk — $@M (@SAMTHEBESTEST) November 1, 2018 Very good. This is very good marketing strategy @aamir_khan @yrf ðð #FirangiOnGoogleMaps Millions of people use Google Map #ThugsOfHindostan ð pic.twitter.com/4cgVFHTGhG — â­ιââââ} ƒíɾÉÕ²Öí {ââââιâ­ (@Jammy_PK) November 1, 2018
  7. When it comes to smartphones, people tend to look at specifications with more importance than what's actually working behind the scenes —especially in India. Sure, there are smartphones out there with specifications that can rival an entry level laptop, but what if you could do more with less? That's exactly what Google has implemented with the new Pixel 3 and 3 Xl, a strategy similar to Apple. The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a new edge-to-edge display and also a new camera system, that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to improve image quality. It houses the Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood and is coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone does not have 10GB or 8GB of RAM to function because it simply does not require it. Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 come with Android 9 Pie out of the box and has some nifty features that are exclusive to these handsets. Let's find out how the smartphone performed during our tests and will it be able to compete with other flagship devices in the market: Design & Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Both Pixel 3 smartphones look similar to their predecessors apart from a bigger 6.3-inch display with QHD+ resolution. The screen looks more colourful and vivid when compared to the previous generation and has a massive notch on the XL variant. At the back, the smartphone has a glass back with some sort of matte finish that basically helps in holding the smartphone more securely. The matte finish is also a great way to avoid fingerprints at the back which I detest on other smartphones from this year. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We got the Clearly White variant for review which looks elegant, minimalistic and alluring to the eye. Both smartphones definitely have a distinct look which can be spotted from a kilometre away. At the back, you also have the fingerprint sensor in the middle which can also be used to scroll down notification panel if you like to use the smartphone with one hand. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla You will be happy to know that this year the Pixel 3 XL has a better and more colourful OLED panel. In fact, a recent teardown of the smartphone revealed it is a Samsung OLED panel which is considered to be the best in the industry. We used it to watch an episode of 'Stranger Things' and all the darker tones were represented accurately on the screen. The colourful 80s vibe in the episodes looked plush and we faced no discolouration issues during the course of our review. The brightness, on the other hand, could have been better as we got a reading of 359 nits which is far less when compared to iPhone XS' 600 figure. The Best Smartphone Camera On The Planet © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Whether you want to accept it or not, the primary use of a smartphone in 2018 is taking kickass pictures followed by communication. Sure, people use their smartphones to game and listen to music, however, our research shows otherwise. Google also knows this fact and managed to deliver us arguably the best smartphone camera on the planet. Google managed to achieve this with a single 12.2MP f/1.8 aperture lens and some super cool AI computation. A new feature called 'Top Shot' is probably our favourite feature, where the Pixel 3 takes a burst of images and selects the best one for you. You can even adjust the depth of field after taking a picture which has been previously seen in Samsung smartphones. At the front, Google has opted to go with a dual camera setup where one lens is wide angle. The other lens is an 8MP selfie shooter that works like you would expect it to. The wide-angle lens causes more interest here as we can now fit in more people in a selfie picture than ever before. Other features like Super Res Zoom also manages to capture details that we didn't expect from a single rear camera. Here are some sample images for you to drool on: View this post on Instagram #Pixel3 making my wife look prettier than any Bollywood actress. #madebygoogle #teampixel A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 12, 2018 at 5:07am PDT View this post on Instagram Portrait mode on the #Pixel3 works like a charm on puppies too! #puppy #technology #dogsofinstagram A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 12, 2018 at 11:28pm PDT View this post on Instagram I'm not a big fan of selfies but damn the #Pixel3 can take some awesome pictures. A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 17, 2018 at 10:51pm PDT That's a low light shot on the #Pixel3. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/3pqPHVL8eF — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 13, 2018 Low-light photography on the #Pixel3 #noedit pic.twitter.com/IZ0euJdi0d — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 12, 2018 Testing out the Super Res Zoom on the #Pixel3 in New York. pic.twitter.com/eGtEKWhQMh — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 12, 2018 Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As mentioned before, the Pixel 3 XL has a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM which results in a very smooth experience thanks to Google's custom stock Android experience. Having said that, the benchmark scores weren't as impressive, as the phone only managed to score 2382 in single-single-core and 8343 in multi-score Geekbench 4 test. In the 3DMark Slingshot Extreme test the Pixel 3 XL reached 4,342, which is less when compared to the iPhone XS Max (4,370). © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The biggest disappointment with the Pixel 3 XL will be its battery life. It's enough to get you through the day however if you like to game or are a heavy user, you will end up charging it more than once in a day. We used the smartphone for instant messaging, web browsing, navigation and some gaming and the battery was already at 35% by 4:00 PM. Sure, it comes with a fast charger that will juice up the battery to 60% in 30 minutes, it's still inconvenient to have a smartphone that does not have enough battery life if you're a heavy user. The Final Say The Pixel 3 XL starts at Rs. 83,000 for which you're getting the best smartphone camera on the planet and some awesome Ai features. It may not be the best-looking smartphone camera out there, but look at some of the pictures you can take with this beast and it will definitely drop jaws. Pixel 3 also offers the best software experience you can expect from an Android device. We would have loved to see a larger battery so that it could last longer, however, Google's latest offerings still classify as a flagship for us. If you love to take awesome pictures, this phone is a no-brainer.
  8. The title sounds like a clickbait? Well, it isn't. Google is actually working on a project dubbed 'Project Strem' and it intends to let you play high-end console games right on your Chrome browser. The project is already out in beta and directly beams games to your Chrome web browser. For the project, Google has teamed up with game developer Ubisoft and is currently allowing beta testers to play the recently released Assassin's Creed: Odyssey for free. But, the catch here is that you will be actually able to play the game depending on your internet service provider. In a nutshell, the concept behind this is game streaming. Instead of processing the game locally on your computer, the data is processed at a remote server and streamed to you. © Digital Trends For the gaming experience to actually feel like a console, a solid minimum 15Mbps internet connection is required, and Google is officially recommending 25Mbps. Even the latency needs to be taken care of and should be lower than 40 ms along with just 5 per cent data transmission loss. If you are able to get yourself a decent internet connection, the game is all yours to enjoy. Obviously, you can't expect the game to churn out high frames per second right now and it currently runs at about 30fps, anywhere between HD and Full HD. Project Stream isn't the only attempt at cloud-based gaming though, Nvidia GeForce Now and PlayStation Now aim to accomplish the same feat. A lot of journalists were given the opportunity to test out the gaming experience and the response has been positive. Digital Trends says "It delivers a consistent, smooth gaming experience, all in your Chrome browser. But don't hold funeral rites for traditional consoles just yet." The most interesting part is, the game can also be played on Chromebook, all you need is a working Chrome browser and a solid internet connection. © Project Stream Even you sign up to be a beta tester for Project Stream by signing up here. Keep in mind, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an AAA rated game, and hence the minimum age requirement is 17, and obviously, you need at least 25Mbps of internet connection to go through. The test is scheduled to end in January, but until then, you are free to explore everything about the game. Project Stream also supports wired USB controllers, so if you don't like playing Assassin's Creed with a mouse and keyboard, you can plug in a DualShock 4, an Xbox One controller, or an Xbox 360 controller.
  9. Google confirmed on Monday that it will be shutting down Google+, a long forgotten social network that has been around for ages. Google said it was facing “significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers' expectations”, which means that the company was not able to run the platform successfully owing to a low user base. But, the most important factor here is that up to 500,000 Google+ user accounts were potentially affected by a bug that may have exposed their data to external developers, and this is what triggered the company to shut down the social network for consumers. Google opted not to disclose the issue, partly because of fears of regulatory scrutiny, the Wall Street Journal reported. © Engadget The company discovered a bug in one of Google+'s People APIs, that allowed apps' access to data from Google+ profiles that weren't marked as public. The bug was discovered six months back but wasn't announced publicly until now. Though, Google defended its actions saying “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused. However, Google+ is only shutting down for consumers, the product will remain active for Enterprise users. Google thinks the product still has a lot of potential and is already among the top choices for companies to run their internal social networks. Google will announce new Enterprise-focused products for Google+ in the near future. © Reuters Launched in 2011, Google+ was touted as an expansive social-networking platform that allowed more options for engagement than other social-media sites. However, the platform was never really able to take off. Google tried its best to port existing Gmail users to the new website, but people simply made accounts and left, active engagement has always been missing. Google has clarified that the data breach does not include "any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers, or G Suite content." © Reuters Data protection laws and scrutiny by regulators has increased exponentially this year after Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light. To prevent further complications, Google intends to keep Google+ in the past and move on.
  10. The Pixel 3 series is definitely one of the most anticipated phones of the year. Details about the duo have leaked a million times in the last few months and we pretty much knew everything before the launch, but now that it's official, things are different. The Pixel series by Google is supposed to be a benchmark for the true capabilities of Android, hence the software comes straight from Google and is closely knit with the hardware for maximum performance. The predecessors of the Pixel 3 have received a lukewarm response in terms of sales, but have managed to carve a niche for the company in the photography segment. Coming back to the Pixel 3, the phone follows the same signature Google design on the back that includes a aluminum frame with hybrid coating, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on the front and Soft touch glass (Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5) on the back. The new Pixel phones are also IP68 water and dust resistant. The fingerprint scanner is located in the centre at te back, while the front has a fairly large top and chin thanks to the stereo speakers. The Pixel 3XL has the same design on the back but brings in a tall notch at the front. Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display FH+(FHD+ (2160 x 1080) flexible OLED with an aspect ratio of 18:9 while the 3 XL has a 6.2-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440) flexible display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Google has definitely put the OLED display panels to test after last year's burn-in scare, to make sure there are no reliability issues. Powering the duo is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with 4GB RAM in the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. The two now also support wireless charging, which was very well expected since the iPhone too incorporated the feature. The main forte of the Pixel series has always been the camera, and only time will tell how much smarter has Google's AI gotten. Like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google is sticking to a single rear camera setup on the Pixel 3 series. The rear shooter is a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel 1.4μm sensor, while the two front shooters on both have an 8-megapixel lens — one of them being a wide-angle lens. © YouTube The Pixel 3 XL has a 3430mAh battery while the Pixel 3 has a 2915 mAh battery. A new accessory is also coming along called the "Pixel Stand", it is a first party wireless charger that keeps the phone upright and kicks it into a special software mode that seems like something close to a Google Smart Display. The Pixel 3 is available in three colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink and is priced at US$ (approx. Rs) while the Pixel 3 XL is available in xxx variants and is priced at US$ (approx. Rs). In India, it will be priced as follows: â¹71,000 (Pixel 3 64GB), â¹80,000 (Pixel 3 128GB), â¹83,000 (Pixel 3 XL 64GB), and â¹ 92,000 (Pixel 3 XL 128GB). All variants will be available from November 1st 2018.
  11. Google is about to launch a set of new devices at its annual event in New York next week and we have a fair idea what in store for all of us. There have been countless leaks that point towards a range of devices that are most probably launching alongside the Pixel 3. The 'Made By Google' event will surely feature the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, however, there are other devices slated as well. Google is expected to launch a new tablet called the 'Google Pixel Slate' along with a Google Home Hub Smart Display and more. Pixel 3 & 3 XL: What To Expect © YouTube The two flagship devices by Google are probably the most leaked smartphones in history and we have a few details that give us a fair idea — unless Google surprises us all together. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are going to have considerable upgrades under the hood and will have a familiar design when compared to its predecessor. Internally, both smartphones are going to be identical in terms of specification and will have differences when it comes to design. The Pixel 3 XL will have a larger screen and a notch at the top that will probably host face unlocking sensors. The smaller variant will have an all-display look, similar to the previous generation with smaller bezels. The camera on the two smartphones are going to host a similar single camera setup and the only noticeable change, will be in the front-facing camera. The notch at the front will host two camera sensors where one will be a wide angle lens. As anticipated, we can expect some exceptional photography from either of the cameras, as Google enhances images, thanks to the photography algorithm. As for the innards, the Pixel 3 is expected to have Qualcomm's 845 processor under the hood and will be coupled with at least 4GB of RAM. The Pixel 3 is expected to have an Adreno 630 GPU and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The two smartphones will come with Android 9 Pie out of the box which has always been Google's selling point. Google Pixel Slate © Twitter The Pixel Slate is expected to be Google's first tablet powered by Chrome OS and will compete with Apple's iPad Pro and Surface Pro. Based on Brydge (a company making compatible keyboards) renders, we know that it will have a minimal design and will use a USB-C port. It is also expected to have a fingerprint sensor and will support both third-party and first-party keyboards. © Twitter Under the hood, benchmark tests of the secret device reveal it will have an Intel Amber Lake i7-8500Y processor and 16GB of RAM. 9to5Google also found out from the Chromium source, that it will have a 3000×2000 display, Sony IMX319 secondary camera sensors and, Sony IMX355 primary sensor. Google Home Hub © MySmartPrice Google Assistant-powered smart displays were announced at CES 2018 and we saw our first product by Lenovo shortly after. Google is now going to announce its own version of a smart display and will probably be called “Google Home Hub”. The device was discovered by MySmartPrice and it will essentially be a 7-inch display with a speaker. It is expected to be available in black and white. In terms of specifications, there will be a switch on the back-left side that will turn off the microphone, similar to Google Home. It will have other features such as Bluetooth, Wi-FI, and ambient light and colour sense. What Else? © Twitter Google is also slated to announced a wireless charging stand for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL which hints that the new smartphone will have support for the said feature. Google is also expected to launch a follow-up to last year's Pixelbook. A refreshed Chromecast is also in the books as it was accidentally sold by a BestBuy employee recently. Are you expecting anything else from Google's hardware event next week? Are you excited about the Pixel 3 and other devices? Let us know in the comments.
  12. The soon to launch Pixel 3 has been leaking for the past few months and now, we've reached a point where Google really just needs to reveal the pricing at the launch. We pretty much know everything about the phone: CAD Renders, Specifications, Software tweaks, and anything else you can imagine. Google has scheduled an event on October 9 and will be releasing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel community lately has been buzzing with rumours that Google will unveil the Pixel Ultra. Concept images of the phone reveal an edge-to-edge display with no chin. At the same time, there have also been rumours of a Pixel Mini and it is expected to sport a smaller display. View this post on Instagram We've heard rumors of a mini Pixel. Which begs the question how “mini” is too mini? We have a feeling the next one will be a bit bigger than this. Tune in on 10/9 to see for yourself. #madebygoogle . . Doodle by Google hardware designer, @jac.bae. A post shared by Made by Google (@madebygoogle) on Oct 2, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT To further troll or maybe even actually tease us, the Made by Google account on Instagram created an “Art Gallery” account to showcase shots from the Google Pixel and shared design mockups of a “tiny phone.” The shot is complete with physical models and a sketch of a device small enough to fit on a keychain. A Reddit thread is trending right now where users are sharing their interpretation of the image. HSingh95 says, "Okay, now they're DEFINITELY screwing with us. I think this is the first I've seen anything about a Pixel Mini. Something tells me we're getting more than 2 phones this year, but who knows what size? Also, that larger mockup definitely has 2 circles where the camera would be." © PhoneArena Given the fact that the Pixel 3 has been leaking way too often, even we are considering an event where Google releases not just two, but maybe three phones. And what if the phones they release are completely different than the leaks we've seen? Google has definitely done a marvelous job of taking us for a ride, and the hype for the new Pixel devices is surely all-time high. For now, we know the Pixel 3 will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and sport a single lens rear camera. The duo may also sport a rather deep notch that will house a dual front camera setup.
  13. Before we tell you why Google Wi-Fi is perfect for Indian homes, it would be fair to tell you that I bought Google's mesh router system for my personal use. Since this product was bought, it would be fair to tell you my opinion rather than writing an official review. I moved into a new home recently and I've always faced the issue of Wi-Fi coverage in my home. Indian homes are usually made of concrete thick walls that prevent the Wi-Fi signal from reaching all corners of the house. I recently got myself a gigabit connection and I needed a Wi-Fi system that would reach the far end of my house. The home I'm currently living in is 2,100 square feet and required a mesh router setup. © Google Today, traditional routers cannot deliver enough coverage and range extenders are often not reliable. Mesh routers are now taking over and I invested in getting myself a three-pack Google Wi-Fi. It costs less than Netgear's Orbi and delivers an experience that you would expect from a mesh router. After using Google's Wifi, I don't think I'll ever switch to a traditional Wifi again. It's Easy To Setup © MensXP Setting up the Google Wifi was probably the easiest thing we've encountered and it was even easier to set up the access points. Assuming you already have an internet connection, you can connect one of the Google Wifi points to your modem/router with an ethernet cable and it will automatically start broadcasting. You will need to download the free Google Wifi app on your iPhone or Android device to proceed further. The App will now let you configure your Wi-Fi network by simply scanning the QR code at the bottom of the Wifi point. You can then name your network and set a password. Once you are done with the procedure you can simply repeat the process of scanning the QR Code for installing additional points. It literally takes seconds for the Google Wifi to recognise additional Wifi Points. © MensXP Now that you're all set-up, you can use the Google Wifi app for additional features such as setting up a guest Wi-fi, test speeds, track the mesh network's health or monitor your network in general. The app has an inbuilt speed testing feature which means you don't need to use third-party apps to test your speed. How Did It Perform © Google Since I have a gigabit internet connection in my home, Google Wifi was able to optimise speed to the maximum even when we were far away from the nearest WiFi point. We were able to stream 4K movies on Netflix in three separate rooms at the same time without facing any buffer period. It was able to automatically prioritise traffic and distribute crucial bandwidth without any issues. Google Wifi is all about providing you with coverage, the speed of your internet depends on your plan or your ISP. Here is a screenshot of the speed I was getting 20 feet away from the nearest Google Wifi point: © MensXP Why Google Should Get It To India Currently, Google does not sell 'Google Wifi' in India officially as I purchased mine from the United States during my travels. The Google Wifi is reasonably priced and is the only affordable option when taking its competition into consideration. Google offers more units, is easy to setup and performs well. It's everything the Indian market and homes needs and with Google Home now available in India, it would be a perfect addition to the ecosystem. Indian homes, in general, have thicker walls than the west and in order to combat the problem of connectivity, Google Wifi is the only affordable answer right now.
  14. Google is a household name around the globe, everyone knows it, and uses it. The company is a lot more than just a search engine, everyone uses Android, Gmail, YouTube, and many more apps, all belonging to Google. In a similar way, Amazon too has expanded rapidly and made in-roads to many new markets. Unlike Google, Amazon is dependent on both online as well as offline business operations. While Google is the world's largest advertising company, Amazon is valued at almost US$ 1 trillion, right next to Apple. Now considering the Indian market, the two companies have made it large here locally. © Reuters Since its entry in the country in 2013, Amazon has quickly expanded its operations and holds 30 per cent e-commerce market share. The company has long surpassed the homegrown Flipkart, completely knocked out Snapdeal, and all other smaller players are either being acquired or going bust. Google being an Internet company does not depend on offline operations, but has managed to focus on the market by making practical products like Google Pay, Files Go, RailWire, and on a wider spectrum the Android Go platform. Advertising revenue from the country is booming, Google Cloud is expanding its data centres, and even the Pixel and Android One phones are selling like hot cakes. © IndianExpress Now, let's have a look at another American company that has been in the country for more than a decade and is currently the most valued in the world, Apple. Even Apple holds an enormous amount of brand recognition in India, but where are the sales? For years the behemoth has said it's serious about India and wants to play a bigger role, but year after year we see no change. In fact, Apple's market share is down to just 1 per cent in Q2 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. We can argue that India is a developing country and the majority of the sales are from the budget and midrange segments, but there is still a much bigger premium market than just 1 per cent. This becomes even more evident when we see OnePlus and Samsung selling their top-tier devices in huge quantities. © Samsung Now, the argument shifts. How can we compare a OnePlus or Samsung flagship with Apple? Globally, yes we can. But, not in India. The price difference is too big. To put this in perspective, the Note 9 costs Rs 67,900 while the iPhone Xs starts at INR 99,900. The two are supposed to be around the same price segment, but Apple has created a new bubble for itself, the ultra-premium segment. And this is where the problem lies. Apple's constant ignorance of the market. They say they care, but their actions say a different story. It's easy to blame India's 20 per cent import duty for the price difference, but after all these years, every company has found a solution, Make in India. Everyone does it, so does Apple, but only the iPhone SE and iPhone 6. I really doubt they'll make the flagships anytime soon, while on the other hand Samsung has a huge facility in Noida and is churning out phones that also get exported. © Twitter/Narendra Modi Google is being smarter as well, they don't have the scale to produce locally, but to stay relevant and rational, they take a hit on the pocket in terms of premium. That's what you'd expect a giant to do, especially in the beginning. Also, the Pixel is just one of many Google products, not the primary revenue source. Why is Apple not able to simply throw around money in India and expand rapidly? Because it always has run-ins with the government. Apple wants to directly operate stores in the country, meaning direct selling, not being dependent on the resellers. But the country's law says it needs to produce 30 per cent of its products in the country before it received approval to open retail stores. © 9to5Mac The company was stuck in a year-long disagreement with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) over their reluctance to support the watchdog's do-not-disturb (DND) app. Apple had refused to carry TRAI's DND app on its App Store, saying it accesses a user's calls and message logs, which is against its privacy policy. According to an August report, the two have finally come to an agreement with the rollout of iOS 12. If these weren't enough, the company has also put Apple Pay on hold because the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has made data localisation compulsory for companies to set up a payment service in India. While this is a minor setback and even Amazon is affected, Apple is facing multiple issues on multiple fronts. Quite honestly, Apple has the capability to breach the market and establish itself rapidly just like Amazon and Google. But, the company already faces too many hurdles.
  15. We've seen this in many movies, an evil company remotely accesses user data or changes the settings of the phone to suit its agenda. If we look at this in a more realistic manner, the world has already witnessed this. According to many reports by intelligence agencies, technology platforms have been repeatedly used as a medium of warfare. While we are obviously exaggerating and assuming here, something very similar happened last week when Google accidentally enabled the battery saver feature remotely on some phones running the latest Android 9.0 Pie. While Android Police initially predicted it to be a minor bug in the latest Android version, it was Google that accidentally enabled the feature. © Reuters Google confirmed via its official Pixel account on Reddit that this was “an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended”, and that the settings have been rolled back. Google introduced the AI-powered Adaptive Battery feature in Android Pie, the usage and performance of the battery are closely monitored and optimised to increase output and battery health. The battery saving mode kicks in when you are running low on charge to preserve battery life, either automatically, or manually. © Billboard The bigger concern for users isn't that Google made a mistake, but the fact that it can remotely access devices and alter user settings. Just because Google makes the Operating System (open-source), it can also access phones that aren't even built by it, like the Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, and Nokia 7 Plus. With increasing fear about data collection and algorithm based ads, these minor debacles are costing Google a lot in the longer run. Conspiracy theorists are simply getting more ammo, and we all know how quickly "Fake News" and misinformation can be spread in today's world. © Around Android In Google's defence, it seems like the access to battery settings enabled via Google Play Services, and the company leverages this to access your phone when it's lost. On the surface, while this is creepy, the same core functionality also lets us retrieve GPS coordinates, lock the device, and make it display a message via Find My Device.
  16. Social media is known to have given many a people sleepless nights by turning them into objects of ridicule and laughter, and this time, it seems to have come calling for our very own Anushka Sharma. After the memes featuring an image from her upcoming release 'Sui Dhaaga' seemed to have cooled down just a bit, fresh controversy seems to have caught on to her. Recently, YouTube sensation Marques Brownlee, who happens to be a very popular tech blogger, noticed that Anushka apparently used an iPhone to promote Google's Pixel 2XL on Twitter and he could not hold himself back from sharing the anomaly with his followers, claiming that the situation was “hilarious”. Here's the tweet Anushka posted: Look at this beautiful boy ððð#Pixel2XL #TeamPixel @GoogleIndia pic.twitter.com/2cVcRnUGG3 — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) September 4, 2018 We can see that in the post Anushka has tagged Google India and used the hashtags #TeamPixel and #Pixel2XL. However, what she didn't intend to do happened on its own accord when the tweet tagged itself as “Twitter via iPhone” and Brownlee found that really amusing: Ok I don't even want to know how this keeps happening but it's hilarious pic.twitter.com/sUuHVh4exw — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 4, 2018 Twitterati is laughing at this goof-up and we totally understand why: Lmao 𤣠pic.twitter.com/pLDvLxT6fN — mohit nagda (@mohit61058811) September 4, 2018 pic.twitter.com/OMtgdXwmHn — UMESH (@042_umesh) September 4, 2018 She's talking bout you, Marques.... pic.twitter.com/Dz4ZdWbi2T — Huzaifa Jafferji (@Hhj9521) September 4, 2018 Lemme tell you in advance this tweet of yours is gonna boom up in India. Just watch — Bhuwan (@Bhuwansarcastic) September 4, 2018 Prepare to be blocked again — Kyle (@Techgeek171) September 4, 2018 This happens to be Brownlee's second go at a celebrity, the first being Gal Gadot: Gal Gadot with the Huawei ad... tweeted from an iPhone. Niceeeee pic.twitter.com/aEKJVwoyBL — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 24, 2018 We wonder who's his next victim.
  17. Google recently announced a third major update to its Android-based Wear OS for wearables. The OS update is highly welcomed as it will make it easier to access simple features and will bring more information on the screen, cutting down on the time taken to implement a task. This year, early rumours and reports also suggested Google is working on its own 'Pixel Watch'. The new wearable was supposed to be launched alongside this year's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Regrettably, Google has confirmed to Tom's Guide that there will be no Pixel Watch this year. © LG "To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don't think we're there yet," the report quoted Miles Barr, Director of Engineering for Wear OS at Google as saying. "Our focus is on our partners for now," Barr added. The Mountain View-based company wants to focus on delivering a good software platform to its partners (manufacturers) right now. The company followed the same strategy for years with Android, before finally venturing out and creating its own line-up, the Pixel. Even before the Pixel, Google had the Nexus series that aimed at showcasing the best of Android by taking the OS directly from Google. © Gizmodo With the Wear OS, Google wants smartwatches to be available to every kind of user, this includes someone who wants a trendy design-focused watch, to someone who wants a fitness-centric smart tracker. On the other hand, Apple is trying to cater to every type of user by making the Apple Watch an all-in-one device. At IFA Berlin 2018, many Wear OS-based smartwatches were announced by Skagen, Casio, and Diesel. While Google is working on a major software upgrade, even Qualcomm is soon to launch a series of processors, specially designed for wearables. © Diesel Even though Google has a wide array of Wear OS device manufacturers, it has failed to make a dent in the smartwatch segment. A Counterpoint report for Q2 2018 states that the Apple Watch has a whopping 41 per cent market share, followed by Fitbit at 21 per cent. Diesel, that makes watches running on Wear OS, has a meagre 4 per cent share. It was expected that Google's Pixel Watch would directly go up against the Apple Watch and showcase the best of Wear OS.
  18. The destruction that a large earthquake can cause often doesn't end when the ground stops shaking. Many produce aftershocks, smaller tremors hours or even days later caused by the ground's reaction to the first quake. These aftershocks often tend to cause more damage than the primary wave, we have been able to predict the timings of these aftershocks, but location still remains a mystery. Earlier this week, researchers from Harvard University and Google published a study in the journal Nature that details how deep learning techniques can accurately predict aftershocks. Until now scientists used a technique that calculates how an earthquake changes the stress in nearby rocks to predict the timing of following aftershocks. © Reuters The researchers accessed historical seismological data of 131,000 mainshock-aftershock pairs and predicted more than 30,000 mainshock-aftershock pairs. The study was authored by DeVries, Harvard University earth and planetary science professor Brendan Meade, and Google machine learning researchers Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas. The historical datasets include calamities such as the 2004 Sumatra earthquake, the 2011 earthquake in Japan, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area and the 1994 Northridge earthquake near Los Angeles. © The Economist The method for prediction widely used right now is "Coulomb failure stress change", it has an accuracy level of 0.5 out of 1. Equivalent to flipping a coin. The new AI system, on the other hand, scored 0.849, a lot better than the conventional method. “Aftershock forecasting, in particular, is a challenge that's well-suited to machine learning because there are so many physical phenomena that could influence aftershock behavior and machine learning is extremely good at teasing out those relationships,” researcher Phoebe DeVries told Science Daily. © The Inquisitr The neural model isn't ready for real-world usage yet, though. For now, it takes into account just one type of aftershock triggering and doesn't account for static and dynamic stress changes. The Verge quoted another study co-author, Harvard professor of Earth and planetary sciences Brendan Meade, who said that the results could represent a major breakthrough in earthquake aftershock prediction. Though the algorithm's predictions aren't foolproof, the researchers are pleased with their AI so far and think even more accurate systems could be just on the horizon. Source: Science Daily
  19. Google has announced it will donate US$ 1 million (Rs 7 crores) to the relief and restoration efforts in Kerala. The state is battling one of the worst natural calamities it has ever faced. Nearly 500 people have been killed, over 800,000 people have been displaced, and nearly 8,000 houses have been washed away in the floods in the state so far. Help is pouring in the state from all parts of the globe, people have open-heartedly contributed to the CM's Distress Relief Fund and everyone is trying to help in the best way possible. © Reuters "Google.org and Googlers will contribute $1 million to the relief work in Kerala," Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Southeast Asia, and India, said at the Google for India event. The search giant had launched a special 'Person Finder' page specifically for Kerala. It's a tool that tracks all missing persons in a tragedy and helps reunite them with loved ones. The tool was first launched during Japan's massive earthquake in 2011. According to Anandan, the tool has helped fetch 22,000 records. © Twitter/NidhiSingal Google reached out and asked users to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their location and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them. A plus code includes 6 or 7 letters and numbers, and a town or city. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. Plus codes work just like street addresses. Google's Geo platform also used a mix of news and crowdsourced data, and Google Developers Experts issued warnings of closed roads across the most affected districts. © Twitter/Tech2eets Last week even Apple announced it till we contributing US$ 1 million via Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Apple has also added a banner on the App Store and iTunes Store, urging users to donate as much as they can. Tech companies, whether local or global, have come together in the time of crisis and reaching out to their users and employees to contribute towards the relief efforts. Amazon is supporting non-profits Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, and Goonj, and encouraging customers to donate relief goods to them through its platform.
  20. In today's world, having a college degree is of utmost importance. It has become a bare minimum requirement in every industry, as many jobs demand a college degree even if they are not relevant. A degree has always been considered to be a milestone for a person, as it officially proves that you are educated and have a particular skill set. But Glassdoor recently released a list of 15 top employers that no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Companies like Google, Apple, IBM, and EY are all in this group. Companies are now inclined towards hiring candidates whose experience and skills best suit them for the job. © Google Google had acknowledged several years ago that college degrees are slowly becoming irrelevant and what matters most are skills. It is widely seen in India that a person, who has done an Engineering course, is ultimately working in the core banking sector, or is into business development or even marketing. This proves, that even though you have learned a particular subject very well and have a degree to prove the same, your skill sets may be pointing in the other direction. © Reuters Google's former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock as quoted in the report said, "When you look at people who don't go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people." The list of the 15 companies where you can apply and get selected without a college degree are- Google, Bank of America, Chipotle, Lowe's, IBM, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Apple, Publix, Hilton, Whole Foods, Costco Wholesale, Penguin Random House, Ernst and Young (EY), and Google. © Reuters Hold your horses though, this in no way means college degrees are worthless or a waste of time. For many people, a university is a place where they acquire skills employers value. And the people who do make it through without a degree are in very small numbers. What this ultimately means is, you need to have a proper skill set along with a degree to get past with ease. What's the use of having a degree if you can't survive in the real world?
  21. Google has now confirmed that the search engine giant tracks its users even when the feature is turned off by users. The news was broken by Princeton Researchers and the Associated Press earlier this week. The report detailed that whether you are on iOS or Android, many Google apps including Google Maps store a user's location whenever the application is open. © Google Applications like Google Maps require access to your location in order to help users navigate in real-time. This means that users have to allow that access, especially on iOS. If users don't want their location data to be stored, Google offers a feature called 'Location History' with can pause the tracking. Google's support page details that the Location History feature can be turned off if a user does not want data like places visited to be stored on Google's servers. "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored," the document read. The AP investigation showed this was not entirely true. Google's updated the support page, which now says, "This setting does not affect other location services on your device," and adds, "Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.” © Reuters "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers." Google said in a statement to AP. If you don't want Google to store your location history and stop tracking altogether, you must disable "Web and App Activity" along with the Location History feature. Turning off the "Web and App Activity” will prevent Google from storing your location data on Google Maps. The new statement by Google and details about the feature is not likely going to sit well with users; however, it is great to see transparency from the search engine giant. Source: Associated Press
  22. Google has been nailing it when it comes to launching complimentary hardware for their ecosystem. When it was first announced, I bought the Google Home and the Home mini from the United States, before it was even launched in India. I got to use it extensively for a few months before the official Indian launch and today, it has become an integral part of my life — I simply can't live without it. I'm deeply embedded in the Google and Apple ecosystem, however, Google Home is my go-to smart speaker. I use the smart assistant speaker for various purposes and here's how it changed my life: 1. It Helps Me Wake Up On Time © Akshay Bhalla I'm a very heavy sleeper and due to that fact, I don't wake up to my traditional alarms on my smartphone. I usually end up putting 35 alarms to help me wake up in the morning, however, I found a new way to make it easier for me to wake up. I tried waking up with the default alarm sounds on the Google Home but that didn't work either. I ended up telling my Google Home to wake me up in the morning with some music and now it works like a charm. In order to make this work in India, you have to subscribe to Google Play Music (which I'm not a fan of). You simply have to say “Hey Google, wake me up at 7:00 AM every weekday with Hip-Hop music” and Google Home takes care of the rest. I'm also a big fan of snoozing my alarm and there have been countless times where I've told Google Home (in my sleep) to “wake me up in 20 minutes”. It's probably my most used feature up until now. 2. I Can Control My Entertainment System © YouTube I use the Chromecast audio and Chromecast ultra extensively every day in order to listen to music/podcasts or watch TV shows on Netflix. The Google Home can control the two connected devices as long as you are on the same Wi-Fi network. I can simply play/pause music on the chrome cast audio or my TV shows on Netflix by simply saying the relevant command. Another handy feature on the Google Home is that it will automatically pause your content if you get a phone call. You will no longer have to hunt down your remote as Google Home will take care of it automatically. 3. It Helps Me Navigate Lately, I've been using this feature more often than anything else because of the current weather condition in Delhi or when there are some goons on the road disrupting traffic. Before I leave my house, I always ask my Google Home for the shortest route to my destination. Google Home takes weather and the current traffic situation into consideration and sends me the directions on my phone. 4. It's My Constant Reminder As I Tend To Forget Everything © Google I have a very bad habit of forgetting appointments, shopping lists or even things I need to do at work and home. I use the Google Home to remind me things at a later time such as paying bills. I even use it to make notes when I'm reviewing a phone or formulating story ideas (that's how this story came about). Google Home has officially replaced my notepad on the bedside table. 5. It Makes Me Laugh Google Home is funny at times. A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:48am PDT When I'm totally bored out of my mind and not watching anything on Netflix, I tend to ask my Google Home some weird or funny questions. It's probably my favourite pastime and I often find myself laughing hard, thanks to some ridiculous answers by Google Assistant. Just ask “Tell me a joke”. You can even say “Ok Google, I'm Bored” and Google Assistant will reply, “You think you're bored, I came out of a cardboard box. But I learned a lot of jokes in there.” There are plenty of other rudimentary things you can do with Google Home such as get a weather update or set a timer when you are cooking something. You can even play games on the Google Home if you want to kill some boredom. Google Home is not only for the tech fanatics, it's for people who want to manage their life better or use it for productivity. It's a smart speaker for everyone.
  23. It's that time of the year, when Android fans wait for the next hardware offering by Google and it seems like the launch date of the Pixel 3 may have been leaked — by Google. According to This Is Tech Today and h/t Android Police, a leak was spotted on the content marketing platform called Famebit. The leak suggests that the Pixel 3 will launch on October 4, 2018. In case you didn't know, Famebit is owned by Google and is designed to connect companies with content creators. So, it is a platform for brands to work with YouTube channels and other content creators. The Famebit listing that mentions the Pixel 3 was probably written by Google or its ad agency. The posting was looking for Canadian content creators for the Pixel 3 launch on October 4. There is no confirmation whether this post was by Google or not, so take it with a grain of salt. Here is the screenshot for reference: © Android Police The date is pretty much at the same time as the previous Pixel launches that have taken place on October 4th. So, it's not a surprise that the launch date has not changed, but this is the first time we've seen something with substantial value. © Slash Leaks The Pixel 3 is touted to have a Snapdragon 845 processor and will launch in two variants. One of the two handsets will have a notch, more likely the larger XL variant. The Pixel 3 will also have a single-camera setup on the back with two selfie cameras at the front. The Pixel 2 was one of our favourite flagship devices from last year and is still considered to have one of the best cameras on a smartphone. We are super excited to see how the Pixel 3 will perform in comparison to its predecessor. Are you excited about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL? Let us know in the comments.
  24. Searching for a job is one of the worst things ever; the struggle, the rejection, the entire process is so nerve-wracking. But, it's way more stressful when you're trying to start working so that you can support yourself and get off the streets. Instead of asking for money, a homeless guy had a brilliant idea. David Casarez, a web developer from Texas was little down on his luck, to say the least. After earning his bachelor's in management information systems from Texas A&M University, he managed to land a good web developer job at General Motors in Austin. But, he wanted to try out his luck so he cashed out his 401-K and drove to Silicon Valley to pursue the dream of his own tech start-up, but things didn't go exactly as he planned. After running out of cash, he ended up living in his car. In fact, he lived in his car for more than a year. He said, “No one was hiring. I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled internally.” But after his van was repossessed, he ended up sleeping on a park bench. Then, one day he woke up in the park, put on a nice shirt and tie, and carried his hand-written cardboard sign to a nearby highway median. The sign read: “Homeless. Hungry 4 success. Take a resume.” © Twitter And, I don't think even he knew the impact of his one sign at that moment. A passer-by clicked his picture and then shared it on Twitter. Soon, he went viral and received more than 200 job offers. He said, “Google reached out to me. So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups. A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo. But tonight, I'll be back on my bench in Rengstorff Park.” Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out! pic.twitter.com/ewoE3PKFx7 — FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 27, 2018 Talking about the fateful day that changed his life, he said, “To be presentable to my future employers. It was basically a make-or-break moment. I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next. I was thinking you know, like this was like my last stop. If this didn't work, I'd go back home and give up on my dream.” © Twitter Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support! I am completely floored by how many are interested in my #Hungry4Success story. I have met several who have been or currently are in the same situation tell me their story. I am glad to be an inspiration for you all. — David Casarez (@DavidCasarez17) July 29, 2018
  25. The Android vs iOS battle has been raging on for almost a decade now, and it's surely not going to end anytime soon. Every year, fans and users face a common dilemma, either get the latest iPhone running iOS or the latest Android from an OEM like Google and Samsung. While camera, design, processor, display, and unique features are the primary way of comparing these devices, one aspect that is hardly compared is the phone's modem speed. According to a new report from Ookla, the company behind the widely used SpeedTest.net service, you'd be surprised to know that integrated modems in phones also make a lot of difference. Who doesn't want a faster internet connection? Mobile phones have now become the number one tool to access the internet, everything is on the go. © Pexels Ookla has compiled data based on hundreds of thousands of user tests run on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X along with the S9 and Pixel 2. Th data shows that the S9 has an average download speed of 38.9 Mbps, Google Pixel 2 has an average speed of 34.4 Mbps while the iPhone X has an average of 29.7 Mbps. Even the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus fare lower than their Android counterparts at 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively. © Qualcomm The data further indicated that the iPhone X operated fastest on Verizon's network (USA) with an average of 31.5 Mbps while Sprint (USA) was the slowest at 25.1 Mbps. On the other hand, though, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro recorded the slowest speed with an average of 22 Mbps. The iPhone X sports an Intel XMM 7480 modem while its Android counterparts running on Snapdragon 845 SoC have Qualcomm's X20 modem. Ookla also found that Qualcomm's chipset had 53 percent faster download speeds than the phones running Intel's XMM 7480. © Tom's Hardware Apple uses a mix of components manufactured by both Qualcomm and Intel. The iPhone X sold via Verizon, Sprint and contract-free have Qualcomm's chipset, while the ones sold via AT&T and T-Mobile have Intel chipsets. While the two have differing performances, Apple's uses software to throttle the Qualcomm ones, so that both the variants perform uniformly. Recently, Samsung started rolling out Ads that take a hit on Apple and data speeds are one of the points being raised in the S9 vs iPhone X comparison. Source: Ookla / Bloomberg
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