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Most web users would agree that entering text into CAPTCHA (Completed Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) boxes is annoying. It is also sometimes difficult to decipher the wavy text, leading to multiple attempts to prove yourself a flesh and blood human and not a robot. Well, good news—Google's reCAPTCHA, which is the most widely used CAPTCHA service on the service, is going invisible. Google has been leading in this area for some time. Its No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA implementation consists of a checkbox for users to click indicating "I'm not a robot." In some instances,... Read more...
Are you worried about the CIA cyber-espionage toolkit that was just revealed on Tuesday? Well, Julian Assange apparently has your back. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, recently promised that his organization would help companies like Apple, Google and Samsung to defend themselves against the hacking tools -- the very tools that the organization is set to unleash in full to the world. Assange remarked that "We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out." Many of the exploits are currently... Read more...
If you’re having microphone issues with your Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, you are not alone. A quick trip over to the official Pixel support forum shows over 800 replies in a thread dedicated to the problem. “After a few hours of use and set up the microphone stopped working entirely, except when recording video upon which it'll record audio fine as if nothing were wrong,” wrote Joseph, the thread originator. “I factory reset the phone and the issue still persists everywhere but the camera app.” Numerous other users have chimed in with their own microphone issues that either mirror Joseph’s... Read more...
Have you been eye a Nest thermostat, but have been unable to justify the rather high price tag? Rumor has it that the home automation company is currently working on a “learning thermostat” that would ring in under $200 USD. The Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary is also supposedly testing a home-security alarm system, a digital doorbell and an updated indoor security camera. Nest thermostats regulate a home’s temperature based on the user’s schedule. The device also lets users know how much they have saved on utilities, warns the user through phone notifications whether the house has reached an alarming... Read more...
If you’re a regular user of Google Photos, then you know that the app and online version of the service uses machine learning to “put a name to a face”, making it easy to organize or search for photos by typing in a person’s name. Or you could type in the search term “beach”, for example, to bring up some photos from your last trip to the coast. Google is now expanding those capabilities to videos, with the Cloud Video Intelligence API. This new API, which is currently in Private Beta, employs deep learning and the TensorFlow framework to analyze online videos and pick out pertinent details for... Read more...
It looks as though Google’s Android operating system is on the verge of making history. According to analytics firm StatCounter, the current trending shows Android quickly approaching parity with Windows as the world’s most popular operating system among all computing devices. What more striking, however, is the fact that Microsoft has been losing overall market share at a rapid pace since 2012. At that time, Microsoft was riding high with 82 percent share of all global OS traffic. But it has been a steady march downward, and today Microsoft’s Windows-based operating systems have a collective... Read more...
It appears that Facebook has a new challenger to the throne when it comes to being the king of fake news. Google has been accused of spreading fake news, particularly through its “featured snippets” feature. If you have ever verbally asked Google a question through your smartphone or Google Home, you likely received a snippet as your response. The search engine pulls short answers from popular websites. Google occasionally pulls information from websites spreading falsehoods or propaganda, and reads the misleading information without any contextual clues. Users are not, however, completely in the... Read more...
If you have a kiddo in the American public school system, they likely are toting around a Chromebook, which runs Google's Chrome OS. A recent study of PC sales in the K-12 sector indicate that long-running favorite Apple is losing the battle in the classroom. Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks were once kings of the playground and accounted for roughly half of the devices used in American classrooms in 2013. This number has steadily dropped, however, due to the affordability of Chromebooks. In 2016, Chromebooks accounted for 58% of the 12.8 million shipped devices, while macOS devices fell to... Read more...
It has been over five years since Apple introduced Siri, which came baked into the iPhone 4S. Since that time, the idea of using a digital assistant has become popular in the mobile space with other players introducing their own digital assistants. One of them is Google. Android users have grown accustomed to using Google Assistant, and though the virtual assistant is primarily an Android tool, it may be making its way to iOS.The notion of Google Assistant sitting alongside Siri on iPhone devices was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past weekend. Google product management director... Read more...
Google launched its own-branded Pixel and Pixel XL Android 7.0 Nougat flagships this past fall to generally favorable reviews. More recently, however, Google has sought input from users on how to make future Pixel devices even better. This week, Google SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh confirmed that the second-generation Pixel flagships will arrive this year, likely carrying the flag for "Android O". “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” said Osterloh. Even though he didn’t give a specific date, he added, “You can count on a successor this year, even if... Read more...
Mac users that prefer to browse the Internet with Google Chrome (instead of Safari) can now sleep more peacefully at night. Google’s “Safe Browsing” is working to increase its protection of computers running macOS. Google is now focusing more on macOS-specific malware and unwanted software. The most common abuses are unwanted ad injection and manipulation of Chrome user settings. macOS users will start to see more warnings when they navigate to dangerous websites or download questionable files. Developers are able to make sure their users maintain control of Chrome settings through the... Read more...
Anyone who desperately wants to get their hands on a Chromebook Pixel better hurry up and buy one from whatever inventory is left out in the wild. There are no more Chromebook Pixels to be found on Google's website, and whether or not there will be new versions sometime in the future is very much up in the air. For the moment, Google has no plans to announce.The Chromebook Pixel was the first product to bear the Pixel branding when it was introduced several years ago. Fast forward to today and the Pixel brand is now used for Google's newest smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL). Google has run into... Read more...
Most Android users will be happy to know that Google is actually working to make Google Assistant as universal as possible across a myriad of devices. The AI assistant will be rolling out to all smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow eventually but will also be available on some newly announced partner devices like the fabulous new LG G6 (our hands-on preview). What is Google Assistant and why would you want it in the first place? Google Assistant is an intelligent personal AI that was recently only available on Google proper devices like Pixel and... Read more...
Uber has been landing itself in a lot of hot water lately, and with a new lawsuit filed yesterday, it's looking as though that water is going to keep on boiling. In a San Francisco federal court, Google alleges that Uber outright stole intellectual property from its spin-off business Waymo, which focuses entirely on self-driving vehicle technology. Waymo claims that Anthony Levandowski, the man in charge of Uber's autonomous division, took 14,000 of Google's files before he went on to found his own autonomous company, called Otto. Last summer, Uber acquired Otto for an impressive $680 million.... Read more...
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