Google Lens Real-Time Detection, Smart Text Selection Features Rolling Out

Google Lens Real-Time Detection, Smart Text Selection Features Rolling Out

Google at I/O 2018 had showcased its latest innovations and efforts in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and more. The search giant also detailed a major update to Google Lens, which is an image recognition tool that can provide contextual suggestions for objects that you scan with the camera. Google had announced the most significant update to Google Lens that besides getting new features, it will no longer stay buried inside Google Assistant and Google Photos app and instead have direct integration with the camera. The company had also announced real-time…

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Instagram Adds a Mute Feature to Let You Personalise Your Feed Without Unfollowing Anyone

Instagram Adds a Mute Feature to Let You Personalise Your Feed Without Unfollowing Anyone

Instagram has added a feature to let you mute anyone whose posts you no longer want to see on your feed. The new feature, which works similar to the Mute function on WhatsApp, gives you a way to personalise your feed without unfollowing any of your followers. It is rolling out over the coming weeks on Instagram’s Android and iOS apps. With the Mute feature, you’ll now have the option to remove all the annoying users whom you follow just for some odd reason – say to get them follow…

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WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

At the F8 keynote, it was announced that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is getting the group calling feature soon. Now, a few users are reporting that they are seeing the feature in their Android and iOS app, and are able to use it. Mind you, very few users are reporting this update, and it doesn’t mean that the official roll out has begun. WhatsApp is the biggest messaging app in the world, with over a billion active users globally. WABetaInfo reports that few users on WhatsApp iOS version 2.18.52 and Android…

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Google Working on Standalone AR Headset With Cameras and Voice Input: Report

Google Working on Standalone AR Headset With Cameras and Voice Input: Report

Google is reportedly working on a standalone Augmented Reality (AR) headset, codenamed Google A65, according to documents obtained by German news site. The Mountain View firm is said to be working with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta on the AR headset, the same company that was involved in the production of the Pixel C tablet that was launched in 2015, WinFuture claimed in a report on Friday. The headset is expected to include camera sensors and microphones to allow users operate the device using Google Assistant. It is said to be powered…

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Gmail Nudge Reminder Feature Rolling Out on Android and iOS

Gmail Nudge Reminder Feature Rolling Out on Android and iOS

Earlier this week, Google introduced a new Nudge feature on its revamped Web client, and now the feature is showing up on mobile as well. Gmail for Android and iOS now have the Nudge feature enabled by default, and forgotten emails are showing up on top of the list. This feature seems to have arrived for mobile users through a server-side update. Both Gmail v8.4.22 and the older v8.4.8 for Android can see it, reports Android Police. We can see the feature on our iOS devices as well, running v5.0.180422….

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Instagram Usage Insights to Show You How Much Time You Spend on the Platform

Instagram Usage Insights to Show You How Much Time You Spend on the Platform

After YouTube’s Take a Break feature started rolling out, Instagram will also be showing you the amount of time you spend (or waste) scrolling endlessly on the platform. Instagram’s Android app has a code buried inside for Usage Insights feature. It will show you the time spent on the platform, TechCrunch reports. It is not clear if it will show the total time or based on day, week or month. However, it will provide users with measurement of their time on the platform and in turn, also help the company…

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Google Chrome Autoplay Policy Delayed After It Breaks Some Games, Web Apps

Google Chrome Autoplay Policy Delayed After It Breaks Some Games, Web Apps

In an attempt to improve user experience on sites with autoplay media, Google had launched Chrome 66 for desktops last month. Chrome had started to block audio and video that automatically played on certain websites. Earlier in May, the company modified the policy that it used to block unwanted autoplays as well. However, the policies were reported to have a negative effect on and other Web experiences like games and Web apps. As a response, Google has now removed a part of the feature and also delaying its launch until…

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Human-Sounding Google Assistant Sparks Ethics Questions

Human-Sounding Google Assistant Sparks Ethics Questions

The new Google digital assistant converses so naturally it may seem like a real person. The unveiling of the natural-sounding robo-assistant by the tech giant this week wowed some observers, but left others fretting over the ethics of how the human-seeming software might be used. Google chief Sundar Pichai played a recording of the Google Assistant independently calling a hair salon and a restaurant to make bookings – interacting with staff who evidently didn’t realise they were dealing with artificial intelligence software, rather than a real customer. Tell the Google…

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Gmail for iOS Gets Payments, Snooze Email Features

Gmail for iOS Gets Payments, Snooze Email Features

A year after introducing the ability to send or request money on Android app, Gmail is finally extending its pay friends feature to its iOS users. The Send Money via attachment option is now available on iOS, and is powered by Google Pay. As part of the Gmail for iOS version 5.0.180422, iOS users will be able to send and request money from Gmail using the Google Pay feature. The feature lets Gmail users pay anyone with an email address – the recipient doesn’t necessarily have to use Gmail. Notable,…

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WhatsApp ‘Black Dot’ Bug Can Crash Your Android Smartphone

WhatsApp ‘Black Dot’ Bug Can Crash Your Android Smartphone

A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, according to media reports. “As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS,” SlashGear reported. Such messages or “message bombs” are not new and not limited to…

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