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  1. Google CEO Sundar Pichai who was named as one of the Worldâs Most Reputable CEOs by Forbes in 2018, would have never imagined making it to such a reputable list, let alone becoming the CEO of one of Big Four tech giants of the world 27 years ago when he first set foot in the USA as Pichai Sundararajan. As a young man in his early 20s, Pichai had arrived in the US to pursue his Masters at the prestigious Stanford University, an opportunity that would go on to change his lifeâs trajectory and cost his family an entire yearâs worth of income. © Reuters Despite his humble beginnings, Sundar Pichai went on to write his future on his own terms, and revolutionised the world by changing how people interacted with technology using the internet and Google products that would become survival essentials in the future. But here are 10 other things about Sundar Pichaiâs humble beginnings which prove that strong intent and sincere hard work will always be greater than monetary riches. 1. Sudhar Pichai was born in a lower middle-class family in Chennaiâs Madurai where he lived with his parents and younger brother in a two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar. © wikibio 2. Sundar Pichaiâs father, Regunatha, worked as an electrical engineer at General Electric Company, while his mother Lakshmi worked as a stenographer. However, she eventually gave up her job after Sundar Pichai and his brother were born 3. Growing up, Sundar Pichai or his brother didnât have exclusive rooms for themselves in the house. And due to lack of enough space, Pichai and his brother would sleep on the floor of their living room. © Reuters 4. With his father as the sole earning member of the household, the Pichai family fell in the moderate income bracket and couldnât afford most luxurious commodities such as a refrigerator, television or a car. 5. Sundar Pichai and his family survived a major crisis due to a serious drought during his growing up years, which ended up having such a grave psychological impact on him that even today he sleeps with a bottle of water right beside his bed. © YouTube 6. Sundar Pichai was 10-years-old when his family could finally afford their first rotary phone. The functioning and usefulness of this device would go on to plant the seeds of technological curiosity and innovation in the mind of a young Sundar Pichai. 7. While most of his neighbours had refrigerators at home, Sudhar Pichaiâs family also got one of their own eventually, though much later. Recalling how it reinstated the power and value of technology in his mind, Sundar Pichai said, âWe waited a long time to get a refrigerator, too, and I saw how my momâs life changed: she didnât need to cook every day, she could spend more time with us. So there is a side of me that has viscerally seen how technology can make a difference, and I still feel it.â © YouTube 8. Since owning a car wasnât an option, Sundar Pichai depended on local city buses or an old Lambretta scooter the family had to serve as a means of transportation. 9. Upon his graduation from IIT Kharagpur, Sundar Pichai landed a scholarship to pursue his Masters from Stanford in the US, but the price of the air ticket alone cost more than his fatherâs annual salary. So Pichaiâs father took a loan and used up the familyâs savings worth $1,000 to fund his flight ticket and initial expenses. © Reuters 10. Pichai, who didnât have regular access to a computer until he moved to the US for his graduate school, shared that life in America was not any easier. The cost of living was expensive and he would have to pay $2 per minute for a phone call home. Even a backpack cost the same as his fatherâs monthly salary in India. Yet, despite all odds and a major academic shift, not only did Sundar Pichai continue to persevere, but he also went on to attain great success in his life. By simply believing in himself and putting in the hard work to turn his dreams into reality, Pichai Sundararajan became what millions only aspire to be, the CEO of Google. View the full article
  2. Google Maps is one of the most popular mobile apps out there used by billions of people and Google has been trying really hard to add more meaningful features to the app over time. On the same lines, Google has now added a really useful feature to the app for its users in India during the on-going Coronavirus lockdown. The folks over at Google are working closely with the central and the state government to show public food and night shelters. The feature is now available to use in India and it's available in English for now. Apparently, Google is working to enable the experience in Hindi as well soon. Public Food Shelters and Public Night Shelters can now be found on Google Maps, for 31 cities (more Shelters, Cities being added). Search on Google or Google Maps for "Food Shelter Near Me" or "Night Shelter Near Me" to find the closest shelter.#IndiaFightsCorona#9pm9minute pic.twitter.com/a9QFO2gyVo â MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) April 5, 2020 Users can look for these food and night shelters on Google Maps, Google Search and Google Assistant by simply searching for "food shelters in" or "night shelters in" followed by the name of the place. © Reuters Google understands that the users who probably need to search for these shelters may not have a smartphone and hence, it has enabled the feature for Jio Phone users as well through the available Google Assistant access. The results will show up across 30 cities for now, but we're sure more places are being added. We really hope this feature is being discovered by more users and it eventually reaches the people in need. These are tough times and it's really great to see all these companies putting their best step forward to help all of us fight this virus together. View the full article
  3. Google Maps is one of the most-used Google services out there. Literally billions of users across the globe use the maps on a daily basis in one way or the other. Google's navigation service uses Google Maps and even the maps used by third-party apps like Uber use Google's version of the maps. When you're talking about a service that is as big as Google Maps, generating billions of dollars in revenue annually, it goes without saying that even subtle changes will affect our lives. It's more obvious in the case of navigation because it's happening in real-time. This incident where a man created a virtual traffic jam on Google Maps is a great example of that. But when you're talking about something big like international borders, who don't really notice the difference until you go looking for them. That's exactly what a Washington Post report has uncovered. If I was to explain what's happening in simple terms, I'd say that Google is showing a different version of its map depending on who's looking. For instance, if you look at the Kashmir region on Google Maps from India, you'll see different borderlines from what Google will show to someone who is looking at the maps from Pakistan. Here, check out the difference yourself - © Washington Post Notice how the borders have been altered? In the Pakistan version of the map, the dotted lines suggest the disputed borders the two nations have fought over for decades. In the Indian version, however, there's just a single solid border to denote that the region is under Indian control. It's like showing a different reality to people in different areas of the world. It's not limited to the Kashmir region. There are a ton of other regions across the globe where the differences are subtle yet mind-blowing. The "Sea Of Japan" between Japan and Korea is shown as the "East Sea" when you look at it on the maps from South Korea. And there are numerous other examples like the border differences in Morocco, the water body between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and more. It's not just Google who's doing it, by the way. Even Apple and Microsoft are following the same practice. And why are they doing it? Ethan Russell, director of product management for Google Maps, said in a statement to Washington Post, âOur goal is always to provide the most comprehensive and accurate map possible based on ground truth. We remain neutral on issues of disputed regions and borders, and make every effort to objectively display the dispute in our maps using a dashed gray border line. In countries where we have local versions of Google Maps, we follow local legislation when displaying names and borders.â © Reuters This is, honestly, quite a common phenomenon and there's nothing to be surprised about. I am sure Google will keep doing this as long as there's a disputed view to suit the diplomats and policymakers. It's also really hard to get an accurate representation of the ground reality, so I think Google is just trying to stick to the data that's being given to it by the local talent working on the ground. That being said, there's no denying that it's indeed quite alarming. It's like showing a different version of the maps to people who are living in a disputed border and showing something else to the rest of the world. It's an alternate reality which the people living in that particular area are completely unaware of. Source: Washington Post View the full article
  4. "How much RAM is too much RAM?" Okay, that's probably not something everybody would search on Google, but PC and specs nerds like me have done it at least once. I mean, that's really a crucial question, especially in a world where even smartphones have up to 16GB RAM. Anyway, did you know that you can buy Apple's Mac Pro with up to 1.5TB of RAM? Yes, it's 1.5TB of RAM. That's way more than the storage capacity of most people's systems these days. That's exactly the kind of monster that Apple has built here. © YouTube/ Jonathan Morrison So what would you do if you have 1.5TB of RAM in your system? Well, for starters, how about opening 6,000 tabs in Google Chrome? At least that's what this YouTube creator did. YouTuber Jonathan Morrison wanted to see what it would take to max out his Mac Pro with 1.5TB of RAM. So he did the most obvious thing that anyone in their right minds would do. He wrote an automated script to run a bunch of websites on a loop. The end result is a fully decked out Google Chrome with 6,000 tabs. First of all, I am even surprised that Google Chrome can handle that without crashing on when you get past the 100 Chrome tabs. But spoiler alert, both the Mac Pro and Google Chrome handled the task very well before giving up. I'd say you can easily open about 5,000 tabs in Google Chrome without any issues. But anything above that, you're treading on dangerous grounds. © YouTube/ Jonathan Morrison Now, you're probably wondering how much it would cost to fit 1.5TB RAM in a Mac Pro. After all, even the base model of Mac Pro will trigger kidney jokes here in India. But don't worry. As long as you're not asking Apple to do it, you'll be spending less. You'll have to go for a third-party option like Morrison did. That being said, it could still be very expensive. View the full article
  5. Google Maps is a fantastic app that's used by millions of users across the globe on a daily basis for getting traffic updates in real-time. It tells you when there's congestion due to road work or an accident, puts you on an alternative route and more. It's great. But it turns out, it's very easy to trick Google Maps into thinking there's traffic on a particular road and put other drivers on an alternative route. Its real-time data was recently manipulated by a guy to create virtual traffic. © YouTube/ Simon Weckert Performance artist Simon Weckert recently tricked Google Maps by taking a walk with 99 phones. He put them in a cart and pulled them through the streets of Berlin. In case you didn't know, Google relies on the number of Google Maps users in a particular area to judge the traffic. So when it noticed that 99 "users" were moving slowly on a particular road slowly, it recognised it as "traffic" and displayed that area of the street with a red line, which tells there's a congestion. You can watch him explain everything in the video below - Weckert also wrote about the experience on his website and discussed how Google Maps has changed the way we look at maps. It was just a prank, but some people may have gotten rerouted because of the "traffic" created by Weckert. What Weckert did was funny and alarming at the same time. It's quite problematic if you think about how easy it is to manipulate Google Maps. We really hope Google does something to fix this issue. It won't be long before someone decided to misuse it and create some sort of distraction. View the full article
  6. Ever thought what Google will be like if he was from Kanpur. Watch Kanpuriya Google answering people's questions in his own unique way. View the full article
  7. Game streaming is being touted as the future for the industry and companies like Google and Microsoft have already invested heavily in game streaming infrastructure. Microsoft extended the preview of Project xCloud for Indian users and other regions, however it is currently still in the beta stage. While Google Stadia is officially available to use in the US and UK, the platform has suffered a rocky launch due to some missing features and lack of third-party games. Microsoft, on the other hand, is going all-in by adding even more games to the service at no extra cost and already boasts a larger library than Google Stadia. © Microsoft and Google Project xCloudâs recent addition of Destiny 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sid Meier's Civilization VI amongst 12 other new games, brings the total number of games in the library to 80+. Whatâs impressive is that Microsoftâs streaming service has not even officially launched yet, while Google Stadia is currently available to purchase in the US and UK. © Microsoft However, while streaming services are the future of gaming, Google Stadia currently lacks a comprehensive library that can make people switch from traditional consoles. Game streaming will be an important service in countries like India and other Asian regions. If you want to know why, you can read our detailed feature here. © Youtube_Gaming Zone As of now, Google Stadia is currently not available in India or in any other region for that matter, apart from the aforementioned countries. Microsoft, on the other hand, has already opened up its services for preview in every region that has Xbox Live support. It is disappointing to see that Google Stadia still lacks a comprehensive library after launch and things are going to get even harder when the new consoles will launch in Holiday 2020. Having said that, Google has already announced that the service will be adding more than a hundred games in 2020. By the time Google Stadia users get more games to play on the service, we would already have the next generation of consoles by Xbox and PlayStation. Regardless of which streaming services people use, it all boils down to the library of games available and which will offer more value. Currently, as it stands, Microsoftâs Project xCloud offers more value due to the number of playable games for the service. With the Xbox Series X launch scheduled for later this year, we can expect Microsoft to expand the service even more for their users to gain an upper hand over their competitors. View the full article
  8. Valve, the parent company that owns popular PC marketplace Steam, might be working on a new cloud gaming service. The news is revealed by a code that was found on the company's website and was discovered by renowned Steam leaker “Steam Database”. © BCCL The code was found in Valve's website for partners who ask game publishers to agree to the “Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum.” You can take a look at the phrase by a quick search on their website or on Steam Database's GitHub posted below: Valve is working on "Steam Cloud Gaming" according to partner site code update. Partners will need to sign an addendum to their terms. Could this be a competitor to @GoogleStadia?https://t.co/7AQ9YxCol8 — Steam Database (@SteamDB) November 6, 2019 If we take this mention in the code seriously, it suggests that Steam might be working on a game streaming service that works similar to Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud. The streaming service by Steam may require publishers to sign a new distribution agreement which could possibly be the reason why “Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum” is mentioned in the code. © Steam Currently, Steam users can stream games to a certain device via Steam Remote Play, Steam Link and Steam Link anywhere. However, this service works similar to Nvidia's “Game Stream” feature where your PC becomes a local server and stream the game to a second display. However, this process requires your PC to be turned on and will not work independently. Steam's new streaming service may change that and work similarly to Google's Stadia service where you can pick up any game from anywhere without having to turn on your PC. It would instead use cloud services to stream games on devices such as a smartphone, smart TV or a streaming device such as a Shield TV. Isn't that amazing? Only time will tell if Steam's gaming service is a real thing or not. Also, it would make sense for the company to make this move now especially since game streaming has now become viable, thanks to Google and Microsoft's efforts. View the full article
  9. Ever since Google broke the Fitbit acquisition news on Friday, there has been a lot of discussions about how Fitbit can help Google. This acquisition comes at a time when wearables, especially the fitness-centric wearables, are picking up once again in the market. While a lot of people are worried about their fitness and health-related data being used by Google to target them with ads, there's a positive side to this story. We think this acquisition can actually help Google build a good wearable. A perfect Apple Watch competitor for Android, if you will. (c) YouTube/ Fitbit Well, here are three ways in which Fitbit can help Google make the perfect Apple Watch competitor for Android. WearOS Needs Fitness-Centric Features WearOS, as a platform, lacked fitness-related features. Yes, it had Google Fit, but who uses Google Fit anyway? What Google needs right now is a smartwatch OS with a variety of fitness-centric features baked right into. Put all the features that are necessary to any given workout like the Apple Watch does and make it fun. Seriously, an Apple Watch can detect a fall and contact emergency service on its own. How cool is that? We need something like that, Google. YouTube/ Karl Konrad Heart Rate Tracking In case you don't know, Fitbit is popular for its PurePulse heart rate tracking technology. Fitbit's wearables are highly capable of keeping a proper track of your heart rate and making sure you have the data when you need it. We'll be bummed if Google doesn't use this technology. Heart rate tracking is really a big feature. Even a lot of basic fitness trackers can do that. But Fitbit's tech is both consistent and accurate, so we think it has the potential to rival Apple Watch's HR tracking capabilities. Heck, we'd love to see something like that. Sharing Is Caring YouTube/ Fitbit Working out and trying to be fit and healthy is usually a little less nerve-wracking when you do it with someone or even in a group. The Apple Watch does it exceptionally well. You can invite other Apple Watch users to compete with you while hitting your daily and weekly goals. That's the kind of social sharing features we want on a fitness-centric device. Fitbit already has a huge community of fitness-enthusiasts who are constantly using the app, and competing with others. We think Google can leverage such a strong community and make its platform better and more engaging. Look, the reason why Apple Watch is as popular as it is today is that it gives people a reason to buy. Convincing someone to spend upwards of Rs 20,000 for a smartphone companion is a tough nut to crack. But when you sell it as a product that can help you live a better and health-conscious life that also happens to be a smartphone companion makes it that much better. Well, that's exactly what Google needs right now and we think Fitbit can help them achieve that. View the full article
  10. The move will give US tech giant Google an entry into the wearable technology space with Fitbit's more than 28 million active global users.?File photo WASHINGTON: Google has agreed to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in a move giving the US tech...
  11. Back when Google Pay was called Google Tez, the company seemed to be incredibly generous with its cashback-style scratch card rewards. Unfortunately, over several months, I'm sure that many of us have gotten all-too-used to seeing this familiar page: Still, earlier this week, Google released a Diwali update that incorporated a simple premise - use the app for payments, scan pictures of diyas or team up with friends to obtain one of five collectible stamps. The prize for catching them all? Rs 251 upfront, and a chance to win Rs 1 lakh. Cool. Everything seemed fine early on, of course. Thousands of Indians began to frantically grab the Rs 251 that seemed to float just out of reach - and eventually, something began to become quite obvious. As the days inched closer towards the November 1 deadline, social media across the country began to buzz with a simple question... Where Is The Damn Rangoli? As several jaded GPay users like myself guessed, Google seems to have drastically cut down the drop rate for two kinds of stamps - the rangoli and the flower. While using a bit of effort (gaming the system) might land you with a few flowers, the rangolis seem mysteriously absent. Thousands resorted to Instagram stories to plead with their followers - all that stood between them and well, a really modest prize was one lousy sticker. Assuming that the Rs 1 lakh grand prize goes to just one person, you'd have to beat over 67 million other active users. That's a 0.0000014% chance of winning. Since you're about 103 times more likely to die from drowning in a bathtub, I can comfortably say that India's losing their shit over this for the Rs 251 prize instead. Why am I not surprised? Interestingly, it seems that the obsession with Google Pay's new 'game' isn't homogenous across the country - take a look at the graph below, which charts activity on Google regarding the rangoli stamp: As you'll observe, a large portion of the GPay hype happens to be from South India. This was reflected in popular Telugu meme pages, and on desi Twitter as well: View this post on Instagram Vadu(gpay) chivariki chupinchedi matram pedha........ Ade better luck next time sticker ye.. ð¬ . . Follow : @rechipodam_brother . . #telugumemes #telugutrolls #telugucomedy #telugujokes #telugumemepage #teluguactress #teluguactor #telugucinema #telugusarcasm #memes #rechipodambrother #telugufun #telugufunnymemes #telugumeme #gpay #gpaydiwali #diwalistamps #diwalidiva A post shared by Rechipodam Brother(RB)ð (@rechipodam_brother) on Oct 25, 2019 at 10:27pm PDT © Twitter © Twitter The potential here for observing human behaviour is hilariously skewed - dozens of enterprising individuals attempted to break the system and obtain free goodies, while several others directed their frustration towards the big bad in this situation, Google itself. One user claims to have discovered the secret to grabbing these rare and elusive stamps: I got all 5 stamps. Google pay is clever enough to make this such a way that Flower comes with bill payment of 149 and above and Rangoli with mobile recharge of 149 and above. pic.twitter.com/HaJzcGINAB — Sudarshan Prabhu (@Su_darshan) October 25, 2019 Have you been able to score this stamp? Share a screenshot in the comments below, and reach out if you have an extra. For the rest of us… better luck next time. View the full article
  12. Google officially launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event in New York today however the smartphone is not going to be launched in India. At the launch event today, the company announced the two smartphones and all the new features that will be available exclusively on them. © YouTube The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the first smartphones by the company that come with multiple cameras at the back in a square module. It comes with a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor and an additional 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. Google has also added the ability to unlock the smartphone with facial recognition and will use the front camera and the Soli chip for scanning a face. The Soli chip can detect when you reach out for your phone and prepare it beforehand for faster face unlocks. © YouTube The Pixel 4 also comes with a dedicated Soli chip that can motion sense gestures. These gestures can be used to control certain application by simply waving in front of the screen. Other camera features also include previous features such as Top Shot, Night Sight, Super Res and HDR+. The HDR+ has now been improved upon and is now called 'Live HDR10+'. This feature uses machine learning to appromiximate HDR+ images and adjusts the exposure of your frame in real-time. The Pixel 4 comes with dual exposure controll which means you can lower the brightness of the capture, the shadow slider can be used to adjust the tone mapping. Google has also improved its marquee camera feature i.e. "Night Sight" where Google has added the “astrophotography” feature that enables the phone to take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. Other specifications of the two smartphones include a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display for the Pixel 4 while the larger XL variant comes with a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display. The refresh rate on the Pixel 4 adjusts itself to conserve battery life and kick in the higher refresh rate when needed. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and come with 6GB of RAM. © YouTube Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 also comes with an 18W PD fast charger and wireless charging and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh (Pixel 4) and 3,700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) respectively. The Pixel 4 comes in various colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 starts at $799 and will be available from 24th October. While the Pixel 4 will be available in select markets, the smartphone will not be making it to India as the Soli Chip uses the 60Hz mmWave frequencey that is not available for general use for the public. The 60Hz mmWaave frequency is used by the Soli chip for recognising gestures. As this is one of the main feautres on the Pixel 4; the smartphone will not be launching in India at the moment. "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
  13. Apple's iMessage service, as we all know, is what has been keeping iOS users glued together and making them stick to the Apple ecosystem. Like, seriously. It's insane to think how a messaging service is making people remain loyal to an OS. Well, it looks like Google is finally ready to lock horns with Apple. Yes, Google is bringing its version of iMessage to Android. Users in the UK and France with Android phones will be able to opt into the new texting service called 'Chat'. © Reuters The concept of 'Chat' and 'RCS' protocol on which Chat itself is based on, is more complex than you can imagine. But in simple terms, Android Chat can be seen as an easier way to text. Much like iMessage, users will be able to see read receipts and ellipsis symbols when people type, and more. You'll also be able to send and receive high-resolution images and videos, and it all happens through either cellular data or Wi-Fi. It's going to be great, and we really can't wait for the service to expand to more countries and eventually make its way to India too. © Reuters We're not entirely sure how messaging platforms like WhatsApp and others will react to the arrival of Chat on Android. After all, this new texting service has the potential to steal the show from WhatsApp and others. But we think it's still too early to tell how it'll be received across different parts of the world. Google, in case you didn't know, has been working on an Android version of iMessage for a long time now. In fact, RCS was created all the way back in 2007 to replace SMS, but sadly the carriers didn't really show a lot of interest at that time. Now let's hope things work out in favour of Google and we finally have an iMessage equivalent on Android.
  14. Apple's iMessage service, as we all know, is what has been keeping iOS users glued together and making them stick to the Apple ecosystem. Like, seriously. It's insane to think how a messaging service is making people remain loyal to an OS. Well, it looks like Google is finally ready to lock horns with Apple. Yes, Google is bringing its version of iMessage to Android. Users in the UK and France with Android phones will be able to opt into the new texting service called 'Chat'. © Reuters The concept of 'Chat' and 'RCS' protocol on which Chat itself is based on, is more complex than you can imagine. But in simple terms, Android Chat can be seen as an easier way to text. Much like iMessage, users will be able to see read receipts and ellipsis symbols when people type, and more. You'll also be able to send and receive high-resolution images and videos, and it all happens through either cellular data or Wi-Fi. It's going to be great, and we really can't wait for the service to expand to more countries and eventually make its way to India too. © Reuters We're not entirely sure how messaging platforms like WhatsApp and others will react to the arrival of Chat on Android. After all, this new texting service has the potential to steal the show from WhatsApp and others. But we think it's still too early to tell how it'll be received across different parts of the world. Google, in case you didn't know, has been working on an Android version of iMessage for a long time now. In fact, RCS was created all the way back in 2007 to replace SMS, but sadly the carriers didn't really show a lot of interest at that time. Now let's hope things work out in favour of Google and we finally have an iMessage equivalent on Android.
  15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again secured the nation's throne with a thumping victory, as BJP single-handedly won more than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. World leaders like US President Donald Trump conveyed his wishes over the phone and tweeted, “India is lucky to have him”. While some people are ecstatic about Modi's victory and are celebrating it the right way, some of his supporters are demanding that tech companies to immediately make the 'Lotus' emoji. Wow! © Reuters Yes, BJP supporters have decided to raise their voice on social media and are asking big names like Google, Apple, WhatsApp, and even Twitter to release a 'Lotus' emoji, which they can use to celebrate the party's historic victory and show their support. Dear @Apple & @WhatsApp We Indians want to see “lotus” symbol in emojis please - as soon as possible - its symbol of purity and today @BJP4India with its lotus symbol has purified #India from dynastic rule of @INCIndia (Like & RT to support please ðð») #ModiPhirSe — The Ordinary Indian (@i_m_tomorrow) May 23, 2019 This isn't the only tweet asking for a Lotus emoji, There are a ton of other users who are going crazy across different platforms demanding a 'Lotus' emoji. While we agree that there's no 'Lotus' emoji on Android or iOS at the moment, and we understand the enthusiasm, it's worth pointing out that it's not that easy to make and release an emoji. There's a huge procedure that needs to be followed for getting an emoji released for public use. It has to go through the Unicode Consortium, which approves reviews and approves only about 50-100 new emojis every year. Well, let's just wait and see if these companies can make it happen and how.
  16. Ever since Google first announced its AR glass as an 'experimental' product, there's been a lot of hype surrounding it. But Google Glass didn't quite catch up with the public due to some obvious reasons. Well, after a few iterations, Google has now released the third-gen Google Glass with a slightly new design and improved internals. Yes, a new version of Google Glass is out now, and here's everything you need to know about it - © YouTube The new version of Google Glass is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1, which is a chip that's specifically designed for AR and VR. These new pair of glasses also have a USB-C port for faster charging. The new glasses now run on Android and comes with support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. As you can see, the new Google Glasses also look a little different, thanks to the new frames. Additionally, it also comes with a better camera, because why not? However, all the advancements come at a price and this one costs $999. It's still less than the original one which Google had originally shipped out, but honestly, as an average consumer, it doesn't really matter. Why? Well, that's because it's not meant to be a widespread consumer product. Google is calling it the 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2', and selling it only to business users. That being said, we really hope Google makes a version for consumers too. Like, seriously. We already have a ton of VR and AR headsets and eyewear out there in the market, with a few more slated to arrive soon. In fact, Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and Vuzix' glasses are really popular. Google's current customers and partners include AGCO, DHL Group, HB Fuller, and Sutter Health. So, a lot of people are actively using this product, and so we think it's high time we get a consumer version of this product.
  17. Google announced a bunch of new hardware and new software updates for products last night at its annual I/OI event in San Francisco. The search engine giant announced the Pixel 3a, The Nest Hub and upcoming Android Q features. Having said that, hardware products are refreshed each year and Google announced something more important than any average person would expect. Google researched are working to train its already competent speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments. It's a very basic thing nobody would have thought to explore via technology but Google is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve this feat. It's called Project Euphoria and we got to see a preview of what it can possibly do to help people with speech impairments. © Google Having a family member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Project Euphoria evoked an emotion that not many people can comprehend. Google is currently working with people who have neurological conditions including ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis so that AI can better understand speech patterns. Even though it's in very early stages, we got to see how Project Euphoria can transcribe speech better to help people with speak impairment communicate. © Google There are various ways for people to communicate, for example, transcribing is just one of the ways for someone to communicate. People can even use a keyboard to type out a response or even send commands via Google Assistant without ever speaking. This can be fired up with just a button that connects to Google Assistant. © Google In order to improve speech recognition and prediction, Google is asking everyone from around the world to submit voice samples. This data will be used to improve algorithms that are used by the speech recognition software. “Fundamental AI research which enables new products for people with disabilities is an important way we drive our mission forward,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai onstage. “This will ultimately result in products that work better for all of us. It's the perfect example of what we mean by building a more helpful Google for everyone.” Why Is Project Euphoria Important? © Google Well for the simple reason that it will make the world a more inclusive place. The ability for people suffering from speech impairment to communicate with family members, friends and other people with similar diseases has far more social implications than you can imagine. Disabled people will be able to communicate emotions like laughter, despair, happiness, and even anger that was not possible earlier. It will also benefit people with hearing impairments as they can simply read the transcribed text for communication. This in turn not only makes the lives of disabled people easier, making it more inclusive. It makes people with speech and hearing impairments get more familiar with emotions, feel less conscious about communicating in public and above all else, express feelings that disabled people couldn't do effectively before. To know more about Google's efforts and Project Euphoria, you can watch a short video below that will give you a better idea.
  18. Google announced the much-awaited Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at I/O today in San Francisco and the smartphone is said to be a cheaper alternative to the flagship variant. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come with many features borrowed from the Pixel 3, including computational photography, exclusive software features and other technical specification updates. Here are all the details announced today at Google I/O: Design & Specifications © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come with a 5.6" and 6.0” display respectively. The Pixel 3a has a full HD+ screen and a resolution of 2220 x 1080 while the Pixel 3a XL has a resolution of (2160 x 1080. Both smartphones come with what Google calls “gOled” panels and have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 (Pixel 3a) and 18:9 (Pixel 3a XL). The display also has always-on functionality and can also display identified music playing in the background. The Pixel 3a comes with 3,000 mAh battery while its larger brother comes with 3,700 mAh battery. Both devices come with fast-charging capabilities and Google claims users can get 7 hours of battery life in a 15-minute charge. These specifications are powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 670 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and 1.7GHz. The SoC has been paired with 4GB of RAM and comes with Adreno 615 GPU. In terms of design, both smartphones use a polycarbonate body that looks identical to the Pixel 3 series with minor differences in quality. In terms of audio, the Pixel 3a/3a XL comes with Stereo speakers (1 front firing, 1 bottom firing). Both smartphones come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port for charging. At the back, the Pixel 3a/3a XL has a single camera setup and a fingerprint sensor. As for the front, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come with a noticeable top and bottom bezels and does not have a notch design. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3a and 3a XL have a single 12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 primary camera with an aperture of ƒ/1.8. The camera sensor has a field of view of 76° and 1/2.55" Sensor Size. The primary sensor has autofocus with dual pixel phase detection and optical + electronic image stabilisation. As for the selfie camera, the devices have an 8MP with an aperture of f/2.0. It has a field of view of 84° for wider selfie shots. The marquee feature of a Pixel smartphone is computational photography and the Pixel 3a series comes with the same features as the flagship counterparts. Notable features include Night Sight (Google's night mode), Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, Portrait Mode, HDR+ shots and a new Time Lapse mode. The Time Lapse mode will let users capture an entire sunset in just a few seconds of video that's great for posting on social media. According to Google “Time Lapse records a video by capturing anywhere from 6 frames per second to one frame every 4 seconds, to create the effect of a sped-up video at 30 frames per second.” Features © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3a and 3a XL come with exclusive Google Lens features that we have already seen on Pixel smartphones before. With Lens, users can find similar clothing and home decor, copy and translate text, and identify landmarks, plants, and animals in real time from the camera app. Pixel 3a and 3a XL also come with Active Edge where users can squeeze the sides of the smartphone to launch Google Assistant. It works in addition with “Hey, Google” or “Ok, Google” and is an exclusive feature on the Pixel series. Users can also adjust Active Edge sensitivity when you first activate the feature (the first time you squeeze), or by telling the Assistant to “Increase Active Edge sensitivity” Pixel 3a and 3a XL also come with unlimited storage for images at high quality however it does not store images of the original quality. You will need to be a paying member of Google Drive in order to store the original file size of gallery images. India Pricing Details The Google Pixel 3a and 3a Xl will retail in India for Rs 39,999 and Rs 44,999 respectively. Pixel 3a users will get 3 months of Youtube Music Premium for free that is only valid for new Music/Premium users on Pixel 3a and 3a XL devices activated by September 30, 2019. Both Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available in India on Flipkart from 15th May 2019 and will be availabel for registrations on 8th May. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be available in three colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish. We've been using the Pixel 3a XL for a few days and will be publishing our initial experience and a full review soon.
  19. Google is all set to host its annual developer conference Google I/O tomorrow and the keynote is special for many reasons to Android and Google users. The keynote will be hosted and headlined by CEO Sundar Pichai and we can expect to see new announcements of features, Android Q, hardware across all of the company's products. There is also a good chance that we get an update on other Alphabet (Google's parent company) compares such as Waymo and Nest. Here's what all we can expect from Google's event that is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 10:30 PM IST: Android Q © YouTube Every year, Google announces new features that will come as a part of the annual Android update and we are certain that the company has something in store this year as well. In the Pixel Beta Program, Google has already introduced improved location privacy controls, chat bubbles, pop-up settings menus and a few other new features. Google is expected to announce new features such as native support for screen recording, a new sharing menu and a desktop mode like Samsung's DeX. Google is also expected to add support for foldable devices natively this year just like Google added support for the notch last year. There's a good chance that a new beta will arrive right after I/O keynote concludes and a final release is expected to launch sometime in October 2019. A New Pixel Phone © Facebook There have been numerous leaks in the past that have hinted towards Google launching a cheaper Pixel smartphone. There's a good chance that Google is gearing up to launch the new Pixel smartphone that has been dubbed as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The smartphone is said to have similar features as Google's flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL which we will know more about once Google officially unveils the device. An Update On Duplex © YouTube Last year, Google shocked the world with an AI voice that could answer spam calls for you and even make calls to restaurants and make reservations. The life-like voice basically removed the need for a user to deal with annoying calls or rudimentary tasks such as making reservations. "Duplex" was only available in select areas and there is a chance that Google may roll out this feature to new locations or even worldwide. Stadia © YouTube Google announced its new gaming service “Stadia” at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year. There will be some sort of update on the gaming service and how it would work with Google's products such as Pixel Devices, Chromebook, and Android devices. According to Google, data centres will enable Google to provide game streams up to 4K at 60 frames per second. Google is also making a custom Stadia controller that has dedicated buttons for capturing gameplay and sharing footage on YouTube directly. A small army of data centres will enable streams in up to 4K at 60 frames per second (with support for 8K and 120 frames per second on the way), and customers will have the option of purchasing a custom-designed Stadia controller with a capture button that shares in-game experiences directly to YouTube. Google Assistant Updates © BCCL Generally, Google brings new features to Google Assistant every year since its launch and we could expect some new services and features that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence. We could also expect new updated on Google Home devices or a Google Hub Max. Will you be watching Google I/O tomorrow with us? What features and new updates are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.
  20. Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL have long been rumoured to launch and it seems like the search engine giant is all set to be unveiled at Google I/O on May 7th. Flipkart, on the other hand, posted artwork that basically said, “Something big is coming to the Pixel universe” on May 8th. It can now be confirmed that Google's new mid-budget Pixel device will launch in India on May 8th. © Flipkart Last month, Google accidentally revealed the launch date of its new device which said “On May 7, meet a new hero”, the same date Google's 2019 I/O event is set to take place. Previous leaks have shown us the rumoured smartphone with an additional purple variant alongside the classic black and white variant. An image of the said smartphone was leaked online by Twitter tipster Evan Blass. © Twitter/EvLeaks The Pixel 3a/3a XL is expected to offer similar camera performance as the more expensive flagship counterpart. The primary shooter is rumoured to be a 12.2-MP sensor, while the front-facing camera has an 8-MP sensor. In fact, this may just be Google's most successful device in India, thanks to its lower price. The camera is said to have some of the AI features similar to the Pixel 3. © Twitter The smartphone is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm's 670 processor. In terms of RAM, the processor will be paired with 4G of RAM and have 32GB/64GB storage options. In terms of display, the Pixel 3a/ 3a XL is expected to have a 5.6-inches 1080p (FHD+) panel, however, it is not known whether it is an LCD or an AMOLED panel. In terms of battery, the Pixel 3a /3a XL is rumoured to have a 3,000 mAh battery capacity. The Pixel 3a is expected to start at Rs. 33,590, however, we can only be sure once the smartphone is officially revealed in a few days.
  21. If watching half the galaxy's population dissolve into dust with Thanos' snap in 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War' was too much for you to handle, then you might want to stay away from Google's 'Avengers: Endgame' Easter egg. Users looking up “Thanos” on either the desktop or mobile web version of Google will be met with Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet in the top right corner of the information box. No, it's not there for representational purposes. You can literally click/ tap it and see, well, half of the search results dissolve into dust. Drop whatever it is that you're doing and check it out. Heck, Google will even give you an updated count on the search results. The count declines from about 90 million to measly 45 million. It's really cool. BTW, 'Avengers: Endgame' is out now in theatres across the country. If you couldn't get a hold on the tickets, then check out how you can stay away from the spoilers here.
  22. The very popular, albeit annoying to the level of self-destruction, Chinese video making application TikTok has been finally taken down from Google and Apple app stores in India. The (awesome) news comes after the Madras High Court prohibited its downloads on 3rd April. Now, following the direction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the app has been temporarily banned in the country. © Twitter The popular app which was actively used by millions of Indians to create short videos was said to contain “inappropriate content”, in a petition filed by senior advocate S Muthukumar. He further stated that children using the app were vulnerable to potential paedophiles using the application, and sought an immediate ban on the use of TikTok. © Justdial While there is strong merit in those allegations, we must recall that Indonesia also temporarily blocked TikTok last year, saying that it contained pornography and blasphemous content. Perhaps it is really time for TikTok to take a step back and think about regulating its content and privacy/security details. View this post on Instagram Comments how that vedio you like or not ??? Follow us @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star #oscars #oscars2018 #academyawards #hollywood #movies #redcarpet #film #cinema #oscar #movie #losangeles #actress #actor #awards #sunday #films #oscarsunday #actors #oscar2018 #bestactress #theacademy #stars #oscarparty #theoscars #oscarnominee #bestfilm #oscarselfie A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:31am PDT India happens to be one of the app's biggest markets, with over 24.5 million daily active users in the country. So, true to that data, imagine the insane amount of video “content” that is being churned out on the platform on a daily basis. While some can be genuinely fun to look at (only once in a while), most other videos are pure torture to the beholder. While this news must be heart-breaking for Indian TikTok 'stars', the following cringey videos are all the proof we need that the ban is in all of our best interest. What did we just see?! Ravi Chopra must be tossing in his grave right now. Epic level.#Rrspect #SwagWalaArjuna pic.twitter.com/8mAPEUy6FT — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 3, 2018 P.A.I.N Nahi kahan jayega? To all my Crushes out there. pic.twitter.com/ZjPDAolxAE — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 1, 2018 The Exorcist IV Polygamy is trending? View this post on Instagram Follow us @tiktok.india.star #tisfam . . . .#musicallytoppers #tiktoktoppers #tiktokindia #indiatiktok #tiktokpakistan #pakistantiktok #tiktokindia #musicallyindia #musicallyindiaofficial #musicallyindiað¥ #aashikians #manjulization #aashikabhatia #aashikabhatiaclub #kuchkuchhotahai #tiktokindiaofficial #fambruharmy #fambruharmyðª #fambruh #tiktokpakistanofficial #tiktokpakistanfamous #pakistantiktok #mjcrew #india #pakistan #bestfriend #coolestbadboi" #instarepost #faisusquad #team07 #india #viral A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 16, 2019 at 7:02am PDT She's that boy… WTF View this post on Instagram Follow @tiktok.india.star For More Videosð¤ . . . . . . #tisfam #veeduet #musicallyapp #BollywoodProject #Bollywood #awesome #tisfam #veenions #VitkeLits #IMKFam #aashikians #FizuKiSena #BeFizul #BeCreative #FizuKiSenaElite #Musical.ly #musically #musica #musical #musicallyindia #instavideo #musicallyapp #bbkivines" (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage) A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:42am PDT Sorry, words fail us now. We cannot remember everything else that we had to say because our brain cells have been fried off after this TikTok session.
  23. If you search 'best proposal in the world' on the internet, you will find innumerable, inspiring ways and ideas to make yours a memorable one. But, no matter how much efforts you put in proposing your girlfriend, neither you nor anyone else in the world can beat Yasushi 'Yassan' Takahashi. In an era when social media and internet in general wasn't a huge deal, this Japanese guy did something unbelievable, and ruined the chances of having a basic proposal for every guy out there. How, you ask? By spelling 'Marry Me' on Google Earth and GPS. YouTube/ Google For those wondering whether this is fake or photoshopped, it's not. The photo is as real and genuine as the guy's feelings for his girlfriend. Hailing from Tokyo Yasushi aka Yassan realised in 2008 that his girlfriend, natsuki is the one for him. Now, when you are so sure, you can't simply get away with a basic 'ring' proposal. We guess he thought so too and the result was this insanely amazing GPS art. YouTube/ Google In fact, it also got him into the Guinness World Record for the largest GPS drawing in history. It took Yassan six months and nearly 7000 km to draw 'Marry Me' with a heart next to it. In case you guys didn't know, GPS art is where you create digital drawings using Google Earth by travelling using a GPS device. This way, once the route is uploaded on the app, it begins to form an artwork. YouTube/ Google Google even shared a throwback of his amazing journey on Twitter, and since then his story has gone viral on social media. You can check out his journey here, and rest assured, you're going to be swooning by the end of it. For over 10 years, Tokyo resident Yasushi “Yassan” Takahashi has been creating GPS art with @googleearth and #StreetView—but it was his very first drawing that was his biggest, in more ways than one → https://t.co/O9dYPHyauy pic.twitter.com/dEXmwp9suc — Google (@Google) April 10, 2019 While it all went well for him and his girlfriend said yes, imagine (hypothetically) if she said no? Then he would have have a different story with a Guiness World Record and six month travel experience at hands, which is not exactly bad, is it?
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