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Google’s Android version of iMessage is here, but there’s a catch

× Google’s Android version of iMessage is here, but there’s a catch People with Android phones in the United States will now be able to opt into the new texting service that Google calls Chat. The Android version of iMessage is based on a wireless standard called Rich Communication Services (RCS), and is supposed to replace SMS texts. […]

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Former Apple chipmakers form Nuvia to rival Intel and AMD server CPUs

(Reuters) — Three of Apple’s former top semiconductor executives in charge of iPhone chips have founded a startup to design processors for datacenters, aiming to take on current industry leaders Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Nuvia was founded by Gerard Williams III, Manu Gulati, and John Bruno in early 2019 and is developing a processor […]

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Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI hits general availability

Google Cloud is making Contact Center AI generally available for use today. The cloud service is built with conversational AI engine Dialogflow to automate interactions with customers in call centers. Contact Center AI contains Virtual Agent to automatically respond to customer queries with voice or text or handoff the conversation to a person when a […]

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Google Search on mobile now helps you pronounce words correctly

Ever wonder how to pronounce a particularly challenging word? You’re in luck. Google today announced that it’s rolling out a new tool in mobile Search that lets you practice pronunciations without leaving the results page. Coinciding with its debut, the tech giant this morning added images to its Search dictionary and translation features intended to […]

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Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app in partnership with Citigroup and a small credit union at Stanford University. The project, named Cache, comes as rivals Facebook and Apple are expanding their own efforts in consumer finance, a broad area that ranges […]

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App developers in Uganda use TensorFlow to spot armyworm damage in maize

Fall armyworm, the larval life stage of a Fall armyworm moth, impacts maize crops worldwide but particularly in countries like Uganda, where agricultural businesses employ 70% of the population. Studies show the potential impact is between 8.3 and 20.6 million tons per year, with the fallout amounting to between $2.48 million and $6.19 million per […]

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Canalys: Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 2019, almost tripling Google

The global smart speaker market is on the upswing, according to Canalys, which today released shipment estimates for the most recent fiscal quarter. The firm reports the segment grew 44% to reach 28.6 million units in Q3 2019, coinciding with substantial growth in the smart display category. Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 […]

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Google Maps gets text-to-speech translations for place names and addresses in 50 languages

Google is bringing a little bit of Google Translate into Google Maps as the company looks to help travelers better communicate their planned destination in dozens of local languages. Google Maps is the de facto travel tool for millions of tourists, allowing them to not only research things to do nearby, but navigate their way […]

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App Annie: 5 predictions for mobile app and gaming success in 2020

App Annie collects a lot of data on mobile devices, apps, and games. And so the consumer insights company has five predictions for the year ahead in mobile. The company said that 2019 was a landmark year for mobile, with 20% year-over-year growth in consumer spending in the first three quarters of the year — […]

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Google now lets businesses customize CallJoy, the automated telephone customer service agent

Google has announced a notable upgrade to CallJoy, the automated, cloud-based telephone customer service agent first debuted back in May. CallJoy is the handiwork of Area 120, Google’s so-called “experimental” off-shoot, so it’s not technically a full-fledged Google product yet — but the service is chargeable, and available to all businesses across the U.S., so […]

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