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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Google analytics is a tricky thing and group of Redditors took it upon themselves to associate the word “idiot” with Donald Trump when searched. As soon as you type the word “idiot”, you will be greeted with numerous pictures of Donald Trump. © MensXP This was possible thanks to an online campaign where many activists were unhappy with Trump's policies. The campaign manipulated Google's search algorithms and associated the word with the President of the United States. It was first sparked when a Reddit user posted Trump's image with the caption “idiot”. It was first reported by The Guardian and has now been trending for the past few days. What followed was an onslaught by a series of upvotes and similar posts that eventually led to being noticed by the media. The way Google image search works, it prioritises and helps compile images according to what appears in a generic Google search. India saw a similar campaign when a Google search for the name “Pappu” led to results depicting Rahul Gandhi's pictures. Google's each engine algorithm has come under fire in the past when a picture of a black developer and his friend was labelled as “gorillas”. Google fixed the issue immediately and apologised for the grave mistake. © Reuters Google said in 2009 "Search engines are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Internet. A site's ranking in Google's search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query.” Activists have been trying to prolong manipulating Google's search results so that photos of Trump keep appearing when the word is searched. We can only say that it is working as we googled the word today and it still shows Donald Trump's pictures. There are many tactics involved to keep this trend going. One of the tactics used is to keep using the word “idiot” in the headline while using Trump's image. The more hits these articles get, the more prevalent these images will be on Google search. Just like this article you're reading right now. This method is also referred as “Google Bombing” and is a common practice used by online activists to get a message across. We suggest you give this a try and post your search results in the comment section below.
  15. Google has made it quite clear about the existence of its experimental 'Fuchsia' operating system. A very early build of the operating system is already available for mobile phones and even PCs. However, currently, it's only in experimentation mode and may not see the day of light anytime soon. © BCCL Having said that, a recent report by Bloomberg says that Google may replace the Android and Chrome OS platform with Fuchsia sometime soon. Google has not formally committed to a concrete date, however, engineers at the search giant are looking to include the new operating system on connected devices like Google Home and laptops. Google has made it clear that the company is unsure about its plans and have not even committed to making this a reality. © Youtube It is safe to assume the Android platform may get outdated in the near future and this would be an opportunity for Google to start fresh. Android is based on Linux and as technology advances, Android will not be able to cope up. The new operating system would also let Google integrate services like voice commands and security patches better. Google has already been experimenting with making their own processor for smartphones and laptops. The search engine giant recently acquired talent from Apple that is currently developing a chipset for future Google devices. It is quite possible that the new operating system might just be getting developed to be in tune with the new processors. © MensXP The major roadblock Google will face, is to convince brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, and other major players to switch to the new operating system. Google will also have the daunting task to make enough Fuchsia-native apps available to attract a mass audience and convince manufacturers. There's a high chance that Google may take longer to implement the new operating system due to the above-mentioned roadblocks. Googled said in a statement to CNET, that currently, the company does not have a five-year plan for Fuchsia. The company described the OS as "one of the many experimental open-source projects" happening at Google. It would be interesting to see if the new operating system may see the day of light or not. Source: Bloomberg
  16. Google faced a record EU anti-trust fine of 4.3 billion euros on Wednesday over its Android smartphone system, in a ruling that risks a fresh clash between Brussels and Washington. Photo: BloombergBRUSSELS: Google faced a record EU anti-trust fine...
  17. KARACHI: As midnight struck, Google changed its search page 'doodle' to a visual representation of legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan in honour of the late musician's 91st birthday.Google pays homage to various notable names around the world...
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