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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. It's been long rumoured that Google is expected to launch cheaper versions of the Pixel 3 and the name of the new smartphone may have accidentally been revealed by the search engine giant. These smartphones have been referred to as Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. However, there are new indications that these phones will be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. © 9t05Google The listing on the Google Play Store confirmed that the smaller Pixel 3a will have a 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The larger XL variant is said to have a 6-inch display and have a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. In terms of RAM configuration, both smartphones are said to have 4GB of RAM. Other specs include Android 9 Pie, Snapdragon 670,12-megapixel rear camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. Earlier last week, 9to5Google noticed that Google accidentally made the page for the two rumoured phones live on the Google Store. This is indicative that the Pixel 3a may launch very soon as Google is gearing up for the impending launch. The two phones were bestowed the code name “sargo” and “bonito” respectively and both names were references in the first Android Q beta release. © Twitter Are excited about a cheaper Pixel smartphone? Do you think it will take advantage of Google's computational photography? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Source: XDA Developers, 9to5Google
  13. Getting into prestigious institutions like IIT, and scoring a job by top global companies like Google, Facebook, etc., is a dream of almost all the aspiring engineering students in the country. But imagine how cool it would be if you get your dream offer for doing something that you're passionate about? Well, a 21-year-old engineering student in Mumbai just got lucky! © TOI Abdullah Khan, who's currently pursuing BE (Computer Science) from Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College in Mumbai, scored an offer from Google. How, you ask? Well, he takes part in many online programming competitions in his free time, and his profile apparently impressed the folks over at Google. So they ended up offering him a Rs. 1.2 Crore job at their HQ in London. According to the Times of India, Khan had to appear for a series of online interviews and a final screening at the London office before landing the job. He'll be working with Google's site reliability engineering team starting this September. His six-figure package at Google includes the base salary of Rs 54.5 lakh per annum, with 15 per cent bonus and stock options worth Rs. Rs 58.9 lakh over four years. In an email, Google officials mentioned that they had seen Khan's profile on the programming site, and they were looking for resources in locations across Europe. © Google Khan, on the other hand, noted that he wasn't expecting such an offer when he took part in these competitions. “I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers' profiles on such sites. I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me,” he said. What's more interesting is that he did his schooling in Saudi Arabia and moved to Mumbai only after class XII. He also tried getting into an IIT, but he couldn't manage to get in.
  14. Google has finally come around and removed the controversial anti-gay app called “conversion therapy” from the Play Store today. The company faced pressure from gay-rights lobbyists that led to the removal of the app from Google's application store. © Google Play The app was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a religious group that was started 30 years ago. HRC, a prominent LGBTQ rights organisation has an index which measures equality in corporations. It's called the Corporate Equality Index and it included a footnote that was still available to download on Google Play Store. In the report it said “… Conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide,” the HRC wrote in its index. “Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community, the [Corporate Equality Index] rating is suspended.” © Twitter/ For representation purposes only The decision to remove the app came 24 hours after the report excluded a rating for Google in the equality index. “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we've decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores," a Google spokesman said in a statement. © Reuters Google had previously scored a perfect 100 score on the index however this was the first time in 17 years the rating had been withheld for the company. Apple removes the controversial app in December 2018 from the App Store and Amazon followed suit as well. The app was available on the Play Store as of yesterday but has now been removed. Source: Axios
  15. Have you ever imagined surviving on the internet without Google? Don't bother if you haven't, because it's not as easy as it sounds. I mean, just think about it for a minute. If you're using a Google-owned Android phone, then you're already out because that phone is probably one of the first things you check in the morning after you've woken up. Even a lot of iOS apps rely on Google's services. You take an Uber to work, you're using Google Maps data. You open Safari browser, you're again using Google's Search engine by default. In fact, even a lot of news websites, which you trust, run Google-owned ad services. © Pexels Look, I can pull out a lot of examples like this, but the point that I am trying to make here is that Google is everywhere. It's really difficult to avoid Google, and there's no easy way around it. That, however, isn't stopping a Reddit community from trying. A dedicated community which goes by 'r/deGoogle' on Reddit is filled with thousands of users trying to live a life without Google. The goal, apparently, is to try and avoid handing any personal information over to Google and its services. The subreddit, at its core, looks like a dumping ground for various links to apps and services which you can use without relying on Google. Think of the subreddit like a collection of 'tips and tricks' for surviving on the internet without Google. © Reddit - deGoogle Is it really possible to cut out Google from your life? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Yes, it's almost impossible to avoid Google without having a major effect on the way you use the internet. Between all of its products, Google has billions of users. Besides the Google search engine and other services like YouTube, G-Suite, etc., you're looking at Google's presence in other domains like artificial intelligence, fibre internet, and more. Heck, the company just announced its entry into the world of gaming with Stadia. Even if you manage to keep yourself away from these Google services, you're still relying on Google while using apps and services like Snapchat, Spotify, Pokemon Go. Why? Well, these services are all based on Google's Cloud platform. So as a netizen, you're relying heavily on Google in some way or the other. © BCCL Yes, it sounds a little terrifying considering how much Google knows about you and your day-to-day activities. Of course, there are ways to avoid Google and it's services up to an extent. However, if you choose to go that route, then you may have to make some serious alterations on the way you use the internet. In case you're interested, you can check out some ways with which you can cut out Google from your life here.
  16. “Streaming is going to change the future of gaming, and it'll kill the consoles” - I am sure you've heard a lot of phrases like this during the past few months. Honestly, I didn't give into the whole game-streaming hype until last night, when Google unveiled Stadia, its ambitious gaming platform. As much as I like my consoles, I really think Stadia has the potential to pose a serious threat to them. In case you haven't seen it till now, Stadia's website boldly claims that “the future of gaming is not a box.” In all fairness, I think Google's presentation last night at GDC was convincing enough to support this claim. I say that because the idea of streaming a game online makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of throwing in all your money to buy dedicated gaming hardware, you can simply sign up for Stadia and play it on the device of your choice. © YouTube This means you could literally be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 (great game), on your TV, or heck, even a smartphone. So in this case, the TV or the smartphone and a controller is all you need to play such a demanding title. No downloads, no installations, and no “box”, as Google likes to call it. Google's data centre would do all the heavy work, and the internet will take care of the rest for you. All that sounds impressive, but how much will Stadia cost? Well, Google didn't have a lot to say about the pricing, but I am sure the service is not going to be free. In fact, I think it's going to be more expensive than any kind of streaming service that you use currently. I mean, c'mon, we're talking about a service that's going to help you play even the most demanding titles without the expensive hardware. That being said, I still think it'll be less expensive than, say, a gaming console from the likes of Sony and Microsoft. Look, I don't know how the upcoming PS5 or the rumoured Xbox Two is going to cost. But considering the fact the current-gen consoles were around $400 - $500 at launch, I am assuming the next ones will be pricier. And that's just for the console, and there are a lot of expenses like the PSN subscription, Xbox Game pass, and more. © Google So if Google Stadia is priced right, which I think it will, we are looking at a serious competition here. And then there's the whole ecosystem to consider as well. Imagine a situation where you're, say, watching a streamer on YouTube gaming or Twitch. With Stadia, you'd literally be able to tap a button and start playing that exact game without having to do much work. It's exactly the kind of seamless experience that I've always wanted. Also, there's seamless accessibility, Google Assistant integration, co-op gameplay, Stadia's State Play features, etc. Look, I can keep going with all these features and make some educated guesses here. But being able to experience all the games on a smartphone or a tablet from the comfort of my couch is convincing enough for me. Of course, all of this is going to take time, but streaming, particularly, Google's streaming service, has the potential to upend gaming consoles. If not, I can at least say that it has the potential to become one of the preferred ways of playing games for a lot of people.
  17. Google is exploring the idea of launching a new game streaming service later this month at a Game Developers Conference presentation. We were already pretty pumped about this rumored game streaming service, but a new patent design, which shows us what Google's first controller may look like, has gotten us even more excited. © USPTO Google's patent application, as you can see, shows us the design of the controller. The patent itself is for a notification system for the controller that notifies you when, say, a game is available or when you've received an invitation. It looks like the controller can also store your account and host settings like brightness, in-game volume, and more. The illustrations don't give out much, but you can clearly see its design, complete with a dual-joystick setup, trigger buttons and more. We can also spot what appears to be a microphone button, which means we could see some sort of assistant compatibility. Also, the folks over at Yankodesign have created a series of renders based off the patent illustrations, and it looks really cool. Here, check it out: © Yankodesign It's worth pointing out that it's just a render, and the final product may look different than what you see here. Google is expected to reveal more info about its game streaming service as well as the controller at the Game Developers Conference on March 19th, so keep your eyes peeled. Source: USPTO
  18. Another Ambani wedding is on, and Bollywood is ready. Now, we are used to seeing our Bollywood starlets kill it with their outfits at every wedding, yes, but when someone from outside challenges their supremacy and emerges victorious, that truly ends up being a moment worth noticing. Google CEO Mr Sundar Pichai just proved it right by wearing an outfit, that managed to steal the thunder of everyone else at the wedding, including the one and only Shah Rukh Khan. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:35am PST Not that King Khan's outfit was any less regal, though, hell no. He wore a white sherwani with statement Pathani lowers, that was royal AF. Plus, he accessorized it well with a regal neckpiece. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:19am PST Who can possibly top that, right? That is what we thought as well. Just look at him! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:30am PST However, enter the Google CEO, with his 'Sundar' sherwani. (see what we did there?) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:10am PST I mean, what?! Is that Sundar Pichai, the always underdressed CEO of Google? Look at his shimmery swag in that silver Sherwani! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:34am PST We are in love with the layered aesthetic of that silk kurta pyjama with that opulent sherwani. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani All we can say is, we're shook.
  19. Video games may change as we know it, thanks to a new space that is going to be occupied by Google and even Apple. Companies like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony need to be on the fence, as Google is about to enter the highly profitable video game business with Project Stream. Game Developer's Conference is about to take place next month and Google is said to unveil its gaming streaming service. The invitations were sent out for the March 19 keynote, however, did not mention the topic of discussion. © Gooogle The gaming unit is going to be building on the success of Project Stream where games will be running on the cloud and streamed directly to a PC, Tablet, TV or anything that has a display. The experience, however, still remains to be seen as the games will be streamed, and different types of internet connections may affect the overall experience. Laggy connections are a major concern when streaming games which could be a huge factor when considering a streaming service. The new streaming service is said to compete directly with Steam, the Epic Games Store and even consoles. Google is not the only tech giant that is looking into the video games industry, rumours suggest that even Apple is also looking at announcing its own version of a gaming console or a subscription service. © Gooogle Currently, Sony's streaming service called PlayStation Now offers 650 games on the PlayStation 4 which includes classic and catalogue titles. Microsoft is also looking into the game streaming, as the company has started public trials for Project xCloud which will let gamers stream Xbox One games to computer, phones and tablets. Would you stream games on your Tablet, PC or Smartphone? Let us know in the comments if Google's new project excites you. Source: Fortune
  20. If you've ever been lost in Goa while touring around and looking for Baga beach specifically, then well you're not the only one. Turns out it is a common phenomenon that many tourists keep driving around the area, ramming cars and bikes in tiny alleys, contributing to traffic jams but still find it difficult to reach Baga beach even after religiously following Google maps. © Instagram Since the local people understood the plight and realised it is more common that they thought, a good Samaritan decided to end the problem and a banner has now been put which warns tourists that they've been fooled and they shouldn't trust the map location for Baga beach! Hahaha. @googlemaps what's the route to Baga beach? ð Photo credits: masud. pic.twitter.com/0K2wK2TQD2 — Sumanth Raj Urs (@sumanthrajurs) February 16, 2019 This picture went viral soon after someone posted it on social media and people are cracking up over it now. Google is Googled out ððð https://t.co/ShjGjERqX8 — Vipul Agarwal (@vipul_zend) February 16, 2019 Hahaha. @googlemaps what's the route to Baga beach? ð Photo credits: masud. pic.twitter.com/0K2wK2TQD2 — Sumanth Raj Urs (@sumanthrajurs) February 16, 2019 Turns out we all have been fooled by the maps and hence it's funny because it is so relatable. Hahaha. @googlemaps what's the route to Baga beach? ð Photo credits: masud. pic.twitter.com/0K2wK2TQD2 — Sumanth Raj Urs (@sumanthrajurs) February 16, 2019 Hahahahahahaha ! Buhahahahahaha this happened to us tooð¤£ð¤£ @googlemaps india ki gulliyan bohot zyada hain ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ https://t.co/9mSGNX0O66 — ilika s thapa (@ilikasrivastava) February 16, 2019 Well, it seems like we can't literally Google everything now, can we? The next time you're stuck in Goa, look for these signs.
  21. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  22. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  23. Revenue from services was a major contributing factor in Apple's revenue growth even though iPhone sales have plateaued in various countries. However, according to the latest estimates by Goldman Sachs, Apple received a lot of money from the search engine giant to remain the default search engine of Apple's Safari browser. An analyst for Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors: “Apple will need to add mid to high single digits growth back to Services revenues through successful launch of the 'Apple Prime' bundle including original video that we expect to be rolled out this Spring/Summer.” Estimates tell us that Google paid Apple anywhere near $9 and $10 billion which is a lot of money to spend to remain as a default search engine. Having said that, Apple is probably one of the biggest source of traffic for Google and in order to maintain those numbers, Google has to pay Apple a substantial amount every year. To put things into perspective, Apple accounts for roughly half of all mobile revenue and traffic. The payment basically ensures that Google remains as the default search engine on every iOS device. Apple is in a very good position where the company can demand more money over the years. Apple can obviously approach other search engine websites like Bing if Google choses not to pay the price in the future. This payment ensures Google will continue as the default search provider on iOS devices rather than a rival search engine. The downside to the agreement is that Apple can continue to push prices up each year and, if Google ever refuses to pay the amount, the Cupertino firm can simply approach a rival such as Microsoft and make Bing the default search engine. This is pure profit for Apple as the company's install base is increasing to grow even though sales of iPhones may have staggered.
  24. POCO F1 was launched last year and has been in the news quite a lot, thanks to its pricing and offered features. It is still the cheapest phone to house a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with minor additions like liquid cooling. Xiaomi's POCO initially pushed the F1 as a performance phone, built for those who want speed. Slowly, the brand improved the camera output via multiple software updates and even gave out many new features in the POCO launcher. This made the phone have a good balance of features over time. © YouTube DxOMark is regarded as a formidable benchmark to test camera performance. They tested the POCO F1's rear cameras in terms of quality, and the device performed at the same outstanding level as the iPhone 8. The POCO F1 got a score of 91, at par with the iPhone 8 and very close to the Note 8. Taking a look at the results of the tests, DxOMark praised the device for fast and accurate autofocus while shooting both photos and videos. The camera also recorded “pleasant” and “vivid” colours in photos and videos “in all lighting conditions”. The POCO F1 shines in capturing stills with its fast autofocus, eye-pleasing colours and accurate white balance. © DxOMark The phone scores 90 points in the video department which is the same score that's awarded to the iPhone 8. Thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), the POCO F1 is able to reduce focus time significantly. We must keep in mind that the iPhone 8 costs two times more than the POCO F1. The POCO F1 sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. © Reuters This isn't the first time POCO's camera has been appreciated. In a blind camera test last year, it scored the second position, beating even the likes of iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3. Considering the price, the POCO F1 is turning out to be a no-nonsense package that can deliver on performance, as well as above average camera. We're already hearing rumours about the POCO F2, and hope it'll continue forward the same legacy. Source: DxOMark
  25. The Pixel 3 is probably the best camera smartphone out there, thanks to cutting edge software and AI. It manages to take awesome pictures using a single lens as compared to Apple's iPhone. Google has now taken a jab at Apple with a new campaign that basically pits the Pixel 3's 'Night Sight' mode against the iPhone XS. © Twitter Of course, in the picture in says 'Phone X' however, it is revealed in a smaller font below to be Apple's latest iPhone. The image was posted by Google's Vice President of marketing Marvin Chow which shows a colourful low-light picture taken by the two smartphones. The difference between the two images is quite apparent. The subject in the image is the model rather than its foreground and it shows that the model is rendered entirely in shadow by the iPhone XS. The Pixel 3 image, on the other hand, looks rather closer to what you would see in real life. In fact, it looks like the picture was taken by a professional photographer. © Google Having said that, the image shot using the Pixel 3 loses some detail and also changes the hue of some colours in the background. Regardless, the Night Sight shot reveals more about the scene than the iPhone XS. We can clearly see the model's clothes and even some facial features. However, it's impossible to know what it really looked like at the time and the lighting conditions for both images. Some users on Twitter complained to Chow about Night Sight's tendency to over saturate and overexpose a shot. The Pixel 3's picture does look awesome, and would be the image most would instantly share online. The iPhone XS's picture requires some editing to make it more shareable. Both have their merits and downsides. Which do you prefer?
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