Author archives: Priyansha

The mobile messing app Google Allo is the gift that keeps on giving. Tess Townsend on Recode recently discovered that Allo can reveal your Google search history to the people you message. The privacy goof up appears to be a glitch. Townsend noticed the problem in a conversation with a friend while she was testing the app. The Google AI-powered chat app, includes Google Assistant, the latest version of its virtual assistant software. For example, you can ask Assistant to search for a nail salon in a certain area, while you’re talking...
Let’s take a look at Spike Jonze’s 21st century love story Her, a utopian pastoral about a poetically melancholic man smitten with an empathetic operating system, considering you’ve seen it already. As the film opens, we first find our hero, Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a former LA Weekly writer who now (ironically) works for a firm called BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com. Tingling with loneliness, Theodore pours his romantic self, drifting from a depressive haze, into these letters he has been commissioned to write. R...
So far, we’ve read that Facebook makes us boring, lazy and insecure. Now comes a stimulating report that it also makes us narrow-minded. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed Facebook data about the topics people discussed on the social network in 2010 and 2014. It concluded: "Users tend to aggregate in communities of interest, which causes reinforcement and fosters confirmation bias, segregation and polarization. This comes at the expense of the quality of information and leads to th...
Tinder Select, an elite version of the dating app meant to serve the rich and the famous. The real kicker is that it is invite only, and in order to be granted access to Tinder Select, you need to be nominated by an existing user. Once nominated, you need to be approved by Tinder too to make sure you’re worthy of mingling with CEOs, supermodels, and pop stars. As for the ordinary folks, one can only dream of getting an invite into the secret version of Tinder. However, it has also been reported that Tinder invites some people who “do ...
The budget-friendly Chromebook Pro is developing high-end features with every successive model and we can now with no doubt compare it with the well-established Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016. Apple MacBook Pro 2016 is a 15-inch notebook bearing the power as close to an Apple Desktop. The model is slimmer and lighter with the HWD measurements as 0.61 by 13.75 by 9.48 inches and 3.99 pounds of weight. The keyboard is a very comfortable touch-bar that makes your interaction smoother. It also contains a Touch-id for quicker login and higher s...
With today’s laptops, 8 or 16 GB of RAM running on a heavy-duty Windows operating system is not that uncommon. But to have them running on notebooks designed to be light on resources and budget is kind of a big deal. A repository that was recently discovered on Chromium suggests Samsung may offer 8GB and 16GB of RAM with the Chromebook Pro at some point in the future in the 4 x 2 and 8 x 2 setup. At the CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled two Chromebook models to the lineup, the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro. The new Sam...
Over the past ten years, the Google I/O has become the “Superbowl” event for major platform developers, engineers and executives. People fly in from all around the world looking forward to all the goodness Google has to offer. The giveaways, the updates, and the intense competition with Samsung, Apple and Amazon – you know it, Google does it best! This Google I/O is going to be different in many ways, and the best ones revolve around spin-offs. To get an overall overview let’s walk through expected software updates and improvem...
IN BRIEF: Alphabet, Inc. owned Google plans to make artificial intelligence and machine learning tools for the Raspberry Pi. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is currently running a survey for Pi makers asking about the kinds of Raspberry Pi developer tools they would welcome. Google intends to make a range of developer tools available this year, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. "Google's range of AI and machine learning technology could enable makers to build even more powerful projects," it said. The cheapest, cre...
DNA (n) The fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something, especially when regarded as unchangeable. What forensic scientists have done is to identify parts that we can break down and use in correlations for identifying crooks. We can't break down it all – obviously, it’s time-consuming, however, we take a look at 10 unique areas of DNA that are known to be exceptionally variable. These areas aren't genetic. They don't control anything like having blue eyes. They're the bits in the middle. Consider...
Microsoft Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Citigroup Inc. have made an investment in Team8, an Israeli creator of cybersecurity startups, set up by three former members of the elite Israeli Defence Force (IDF). On Monday, Team8 announced it had received an undisclosed investment from the trio that will help it develop its portfolio of cybersecurity startups. Microsoft, Qualcomm and Citigroup Back Team8 "Our global cyber syndicate is one of the strongest in the world. Adding the powerful brands of Microsoft Ventures, Qualcomm and Citi...