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Tech leaders optimistic about digital economy

Satya NadellaDavos : Top technology leaders, including Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Eric Schmidt and Vodafone's Vittorio Colao, Thursday said they are hugely optimistic about the prospects of digital economy, while Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg cited an Indian story here at the WEF to support her optimism.

In a panel discussion on the potential for digital economy at WEF Annual Meeting, Facebook's COO said there were two brothers in a village in India where they could not go to hospitals, but they joined the technology bandwagon and their lives changed.

Google smashes malvertising attack plaguing AdSense program

googleWashington, Jan 16 - Google has reportedly fixed a widespread malicious advertising attack that directed internet users to unreliable sites hawking weight loss and skin care products.

A senior malware researcher with Sucuri, a Delware-based security company, said that the malicious ads were delivered to website owners signed up with Google's AdSense program, On being displayed, the ads automatically redirected an internet surfer to bogus websites, reported PC World.

These dodgy websites were designed to resemble legitimate magazines like, Forbes and Good Housekeeping, and featured spammy offerings for anti-aging and brain-enhancing products, among others.

Google pulls plug on present form of much touted Glass

Google GlassesLondon, Jan 16 - Google has said that the company will suspend the sales of its Glass eyewear Google Glass and insisted that they were committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product but will suspend production in its present form.

The programme was launched in the United States in 2013 and was then launched in the UK last summer, reported BBC.

It is expected that Google will launch a complete consumer launch of the product.

Google said that it would stop taking order for Google Glass but would continue to support companies that are using Glass. (ANI)

Google's new update to Translate app will translate printed text, speech in 'real time'

google translate updateWashington, Jan 15 - Google is set to release an updated version of its Google Translate app this week that will make it easier and faster to translate printed text and conversations, a report said.

The first update is the introduction of a new feature called Word Lens. It will allow users to just point their camera's phone at a sign or any other text and have it translated into another language, which will appear live on the screen, reported The Verge.

Google Translate app will soon translate speech in real time

Google Translate appWashington, Jan 12 : Nearly a month after Microsoft's Skype unveiled a program for real-time translation of speech, Google is set to release an updated version of its Google Translate app for Android.

The update will facilitate automatic recognition of speech in popular languages and will change it into text, reported The Verge.

Google had earlier said in July 2013 that the upcoming version of its translation app would be able to deliver delay-free, "near perfect" translations, something that few apps can offer currently.

Google marks end of 2014 with animated doodle

googleNew Delhi, Dec 31 - Google has celebrated the last day of the year 2014 with an animated doodle that gives a re-cap of the year's major events.

Using the bright colours which make up the search engine's logo, the Doodle features an animation exploring the year's top-trending searches.

The few major happenings of 2014 that were included in the doodle were the Philae lander, 2014 World Cup, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Flappy Bird, along with the successful Mars Orbiter Mission. (ANI)

Google bans developers from including user testimonials on app's product page

GoogleWashington, Dec 26 : Google has reportedly issued guidelines banning developers from including user testimonials onto their app's product page.

According to PC World, Google said it would kick apps out of the Play Store if developers don't abide by the new rules.

The company came out with instructions for developers asking them not to include user testimonials in their app description as they tend to be dubious and are frequently utilized to include references to popular search terms and competitor apps in violation of the company's policies. (ANI)

Google updates stats of govt requests to take down data showing decline in second half of 2013

GoogleWashington, Dec 23 : Google has updated its bi-annual statistics in which different governments requested the company to take down data showing a decline in the demands in the second half of 2013.

The value in the stats is slightly muted since the data is 12 months old, reported TechCrunch.

In the six-month period from June to December 2013, there was a decline in the take down requests from countries. However, minor falls are not noticeable.

The numbers of requests from Russia has increased by 25 percent compared to the last reporting period while there was a fall in take down requests from Turkey.

Google to release Android 5.1 update in early 2015: Report

Android-5.1-LollipopWashington, Dec 18 : Google is likely to release its first update to Android 5.0 Lollipop by next year, a report has revealed.

According to CNET, Android 5.1 is due in the early months of 2015.

Moreover, it also plans on making improvements for notifications, connections and overall stability apart from issuing bug fixes and introducing minor tweaks.

The report said that the most noticeable detail in the alleged change log is the return of silent mode that is missing in Android 5.0. (ANI)

Street artist Banksy most Googled person under 'who is' phrase in 2014

London, Dec. 16 - Street artist Banksy was the name people most typed on Google after the phrase "who is" in 2014.

The English graffiti artist was rumoured to have been arrested earlier in 2014, but he is now a free man, presumably with a spray can not far from hand, the Independent reported.

The second place was taken by celebrity Big Brother's Frenchy , real name Angelique Morgan. In third came Dappy, the N-Dubs singer who was given a suspended jail sentence in November after being found guilty of for assaulting a man while still on a suspended sentence for a previous incident in Guildford.

Now, Android users in India can watch YouTube videos offline

India can watch YouTube videos offlineWashington, Dec 12 : Google has introduced a new update for Android devices that allows users to watch YouTube videos without an internet connection.

According to Tech Crunch, at present, the offline video playback is only available on Android devices in India, Indonesia or the Philippines.

Google says the new update will give Android users in the aforementioned places access to much of the popular YouTube content.

The company said in a blog post that while Asia has proven itself to be a mobile-first world in terms of smartphone adoption, access to high-speed, affordable data remained a big challenge.

Google named world's best company to work for

Google named world's best company to work forWashington, Dec 11 : Glasdoor has named Google as the top company to work for in its list of 50 best places to work.

Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman said that list saw non-technology companies moving up in the rankings this year as Bain and Company occupied the second spot, Nestle Purina PetCare stood third, F5 Networks followed on the fourth spot and Boston Consulting Group stood fifth, reported Fox News.

Hohman said that the list was the most diverse that the company had ever seen.

Google launches Chromecast in India

Google ChromecastWashington, Dec 10 : Google has launched its Chromecast streaming device in India, in a move seen as an attempt by the internet giant to tap into the growing consumer market in the country.

The device which resembles a USB flash drive and allows users to stream videos from the internet to a television from a laptop, phone or tablet is currently available in ten countries, including the United States, Germany and Denmark.

According to CNET, the expansion to India is only Google's latest effort to gain traction in the country, an important region as tech giants in the United States aim to extend their reach to emerging markets.

Google Nexus 6 to be available from today for Rs 43,999

New Delhi - Google Tuesday launched the Nexus 6 smartphone which will be available from Wednesday at a premium price of Rs 43,999 in the country.

The company launched the smartphone as part of its great online shopping festival (GOSF), that will take place from December 10-12.

Apart from Nexus 6, Google launched Chromecast for Rs 2,999 and introduced some other products of companies like Lenovo, Asian Paints, Tata Housing and Van Heusen for GOSF.

Google's battle to establish 'right to be above British law' on alleged secret monitoring resumed in court

GoogleLondon, Dec 09 : Google's battle in its landmark case to establish that the company is above the British law has been resumed in the court which would decide whether it can be held accountable by its users for allegedly using clandestine tracking to monitor British users of the Safari web browser.

Google earlier argued that the High Court did not have jurisdictions to try the claims, reported the Independent.

The tech giant's lawyers said that the users should have launched its claim in the U. S. where the company is based rather than England.

Google to replace 'annoying' CAPTCHAs with single click feature

GoogleWashington, Dec 04 : Google is set to get rid of CAPTCHA that forced users to confirm they are humans by typing in barely legible words and numbers, a report said.

The service will now be replaced with a single click on sites that use Google's re CAPTCHA service. The search engine giant is now introducing a new API text that will require users to just check a box that says, "I'm not a robot," reported Tech Crunch.

Google decided to trash the old Captchas because they weren't that good at keeping robots at bay. The advanced robots today could solve Captchas with 99.8 percent accuracy.

For now, websites can either choose to stick to the old experience or switch to the new API.

Gmail users can now edit Microsoft Office docs sent as email attachments

GmailWashington, Dec 04 : Google has launched a new feature in Gmail inboxes that allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents sent as attachments in emails.

According to the Verge, you can easily click the "edit" option on an office file from the inbox and Gmail will convert the file to the relevant Google format which will save the file in Google Drive.

Google also suggests users to use its Office Editing Chrome extension if they need to edit the Office attachments without changing the file type and do not have the Microsoft suite on the desktop.

Google to launch new Intel-powered Glass headset in 2015

google glass headsetWashington, Dec 02 : Google is set to launch a new model of its Glass headset next year that will be powered by an Intel chip and will offer longer battery life than its predecessor, a report said.

Google Glass has already introduced a few upgrades in order to add compatibility with prescription lenses and to increase the RAM. However, the shift to a new processor indicates a "thorough overhaul" of the entire device, reported The Verge.

Limited battery life and a large price tag have worked against the wearable devices' widespread adoption so far.

Google Doodle marks 150th birthday of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

London, Nov 24 - Google has celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec with its doodle.

According to the Independent, the post-Impressionist, who had died due to alcohol abuse and venereal disease only at the age of just 37, was one of the most celebrated characters of La Belle Epoque.

Lautrec, whose legs had stopped growing when he was a child and hence stood at 1.54m (5ft 1in), had painted as a series of famous posters for Paris' Moulin Rouge club, and was known for his wild social life and constant visits to the brothels.

Google offers ad blocker service for at least one dollar per month

Google offers ad blocker service for at least one dollar per monthWashington, Nov 22 : Google has started a new service 'Google Contributor' that blocks ads on users' favourite site for one, two or three dollars a month.

According to Wired, instead of the web ads, users would see "thank you" messages being displayed on the website that participate in the program.

Google is testing the idea with ten online publishers, including MAshable, The Onion, ScienceDaily, Urban Dictionary.

Google spokesperson said that they have rolled out the service to experiment as of now.

Google is getting publishers on board and would see how it works. (ANI)




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