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If you can't resist a good GIF, then why not make your own? There are different ways of doing that, and one of the easiest is to download Google's custom Gboard keyboard app. With a recent update to the iOS version, it's even easier to make your own GIF with Gboard, as Google has moved the the GIF creation button to the top-right corner of the keyboard, where it now sits in plain sight. Previous to this update, some users might not have known the feature existed. It is sort of new, with Google having rolled out the ability to create GIFs in September. When it first arrived, Google buried the GIF... Read more...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was recently interviewed, and the conversation covered many topics in the tech world. One of the areas that was touched upon was artificial intelligence (AI) and what the future will hold for the technology. In that regard, Pichai likens AI to fire. Pichai said in the interview, "AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire." "[While fire is good] it kills people, too. They learn to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but we have to overcome its downsides, too." The Google... Read more...
Isn't it nice when malware authors make it easy to remove their dirty code? Sometimes all you have to do is open the Control Panel and uninstall the offending program, just like any other application. And for browsers, simply nuke the extension that is causing trouble. Unfortunately, some recent browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are making things difficult on users by cleverly hiding their whereabouts. The extensions in question hijack Chrome and Firefox to redirect web searches and drive up click counts on YouTube videos, presumably to generate ad revenue. That in and of itself is not... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, complaints have been pouring into Google's support communities and reddit concerning Google Home and Chromecast devices flooding home Wi-Fi networks with packets of data, causing their internet speeds to slow to crawl. Thankfully, Google has responded late this week with a fix to address these slowdowns. "In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks," wrote Google. "The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router." As... Read more...
When it comes to operating systems for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks we all know what Google has to offer. We have Android for tablets and smartphones and then you have Chrome OS for notebooks and desktops. We also know that Google is working on another operating system that might be the replacement for both Chrome OS and Android called Fuchsia. When we last visited Fuchsia, a PixelBook was serving as the testbed for the next generation operating system. Fast forward a couple weeks and more details of the Fuchsia operating system have surfaced along with videos of it in action. The video... Read more...
Have you wanted to dabble with artificial intelligence but felt overwhelmed by the complexity of it all? Well, good news—Google is rolling out what it calls Cloud AutoML, a suite of machine learning products designed to help developers with limited machine learning experience and expertise to train high quality image recognition models, the company announced today. Basically, it's a way for developers to get their feet wet, rather than jumping into the deep end right off the bat. Image Source: Flickr via Matt Montagne "With Cloud AutoML, you can bring your training data to create your own... Read more...
Once thought to be a dying breed, unlimited data plans for smartphones have come back with a vengeance in the past two years. Google is now getting in on the action with what is in essence an unlimited data option for its Project Fi MVNO service. The feature is called Bill Protection, and it caps the $10/GB pricing tiers at $60 once you use more than 6GB of data during a billing cycle. If you were to use 8GB of data in one billing cycle under the old policy, you would pay a total of $100 ($20 base fee for unlimited calling and texting, plus $80 for data). Now, with Bill Protection, your total outlay... Read more...
Security researchers have uncovered malware hidden in four different extensions for Google's Chrome browser. Collectively, the four extensions have been downloaded and installed more than half a million times, including onto workstations within major organizations globally. While likely used to commit click fraud and search engine optimization (SEO), the number of installs could provide cyber criminals with a potent botnet. "While revenues are not known, a similar botnet uncovered in 2013 yielded $6 million per month before it was taken down," security researchers at Icebrg, a computer security... Read more...
Try wrapping your head around this one—Google is diving under water in order to build a bigger cloud for land dwellers. It's not actually as confusing (or ironic) as it sounds. Google has already helped built three undersea fiber-optic cables, and now it plans to add three more, which will both speed up data transfers to certain reasons and offer alternative routes when data fails in other areas. It will cost Google hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a year to lay the new cables. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent... Read more...
They say that we all have a doppelganger out there; someone who looks almost just like we do. Google recently updated its Arts & Culture app and it suddenly went viral. The update lets users of the app snap a selfie and then it uses AI to search famous artworks for your artsy doppelganger. For some people, the app did a very good job matching them up. If you have never used the Arts & Culture app, it has been around since last year and was originally meant to let users browse famous art from hundreds of museums around the world. The portrait feature launched in an update last month and... Read more...
Technology is awesome when it works as intended, and maddeningly frustrating when it glitches. Unfortunately for some owners of Google's Chromecast dongles and Home smart speakers, they are experiencing the latter with unexpected Wi-Fi dropouts and router reboots. The issue affects several different router models and seems to be related to the way Google's devices cast content. The complaints have been piling up at Reddit. Those suffering from wonky wireless issues report the problem with Chromecast and Google Home devices on ASUS, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, and Synology routers. TP-Link acknowledge... Read more...
If you make video calls on your Android device, then you're probably familiar with Duo, Google's app that was designed exactly for that (basically a Hangouts replacement). One of the app's shortcomings has been an inability to call people who not on your contacts list and have not registered with the service. Well, we have good news—Google has not added that feature, allowing Duo users to dial up and video chat with anyone on their contacts list. This works with audio-only calls as well. Users who received a call from a Duo user but do not have Duo installed themselves can answer the call... Read more...
Today at CES, Lenovo announced the world's first standalone Daydream VR headset, which is called Mirage Solo with Daydream. Given that it has all of its processing hardware and a battery incorporated into the headset itself, you don't have to worry about attaching your smartphone or connecting to your PC with HDMI cables and power cords. Powering this experience is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which includes 2017's hottest smartphone SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. A 5.5-inch display is housed within the headset giving each eye a 1280x1440 "window" into a virtual world. This standalone unit... Read more...
At this point in the game, it is hard to imagine Google moving on from Android, which dominates the mobile market in terms of overall market share. Yet Google has been working on a brand new operating system called Fuschia, the existence of which was first discovered in a codebase post on GitHub in August 2016. Now nearly a year and a half later, Google is testing the OS on a PixelBook. Though Google has not publicly announced anything related to Fuschia, the OS's open source status makes it somewhat easy to track its development. Furthermore, Fuschia's developer Travis Geiselbrecht previously... Read more...
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