Tag: Google

Google releases Semantic Reactor for natural language understanding experimentation

Google today released Semantic Reactor, a Google Sheets add-on for experimenting with natural language models. The tech giant describes it as a demonstration of how natural language understanding (NLU) can be used with pre-trained, generic AI models, and a means to dispel intimidation around using machine learning. “Companies are using NLU to create digital personal […]

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Here’s a Weird Safari Bug in iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 That You Should Be Aware Of

Apple released iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 updates earlier this week, and both the updates brought various new features and fixed a lot of bugs. However, it has also introduced a weird bug in the Safari web browser app that you should be aware of. So, what’s that bug? Well, continue reading to find out. […]

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Study Finds Racial Bias in Voice Recognition Software Used by Largest Tech Companies

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) A common misconception equates the use of correct English with “talking white.” It’s a false and toxic notion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean “talking white” or “talking black” aren’t actual things. Perhaps it just has more to do with tone and pitch than it does word choice or pronunciation. How […]

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You’re Not Alone: Gmail and YouTube Go Down for Many

Various users across the globe have started reporting that they’re unable to access multiple Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube. This might be the effect of millions of people increasing their internet bandwidth consumption amid the COVID-19  lockdown. As millions of people have started working from home (and getting entertained alongside) over […]

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The Ethical Failures of Modern Architecture

Even if you haven’t heard of Bjarke Ingels, you’ve probably seen his work. The Danish designer is perhaps the world’s most successful living architect. He has designed parks, apartment buildings, four Google campuses, and a power plant hidden beneath an artificial ski slope. He has also pioneered a ubiquitous brand of bland modernism that features […]

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FCA Resorting To Google Hangouts In Desperate Attempt To (Kind Of) Sell Cars Online

With lockdowns and fear of the coronavirus keeping customers out of dealership showrooms, a number of automakers are turning to online sales. While many of these programs have been around for years, they have been largely overlooked by consumers. However, not all automakers have a robust online sales program and they’re scrambling to come with […]

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Google details MetNet, an AI model better than NOAA at predicting precipitation

In a blog post and accompanying paper, researchers at Google detail an AI system — MetNet — that can predict precipitation up to eight hours into the future. They say that it outperforms the current state-of-the-art physics model in use by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and that it makes a prediction […]

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Google’s AI helps robots navigate around humans in offices

In a study published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, Google and University of California, Berkely researchers propose a framework that combines learning-based perception with model-based control that when applied to a wheeled robot enables autonomous navigation around obstacles. They say it generalizes well to unseen buildings and humans in both simulation and real-world […]

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Apple Restricting Game Streaming Services Like Google Stadia, Project xCloud from App Store

It is 2020, and we’re finally getting to use play games without a gaming console or a computer, thanks to cloud-based game streaming services like Google Stadia, Microsoft Project xCloud, and Nvidia GeForce Now. However, these services are being restricted by Apple from reaching iPad and iPhone users due to unnecessarily strict rules. Want to […]

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Google and the Oxford Internet Institute explain artificial intelligence basics with the ‘A-Z of AI’

Artificial intelligence (AI) is infiltrating just about every facet of society, from detecting fraud and surveillance, to helping countries battle the current COVID-19 pandemic. But AI is a thorny subject, fraught with complex terminology, contradictory information, and general confusion about what it is at its most fundamental level. And that is why the Oxford Internet […]

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Don’t like dystopian surveillance? Flatten the coronavirus curve

On Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said that things are going to get much worse in the week ahead and too many people aren’t taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously enough. Shelter in place and lockdown orders started about a week ago, and today, roughly one in three U.S. citizens are being asked […]

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EU wants Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others to crack down on coronavirus scams

European regulators are asking a wide range of digital platforms, social networks, search engines and online marketplaces to take tougher actions against scams related to the coronavirus. European Commissioner For Justice and Consumers Didier Reynders sent a letter to Facebook, Google, Amazon, and other digital platforms declaring that Europe’s consumer protection authorities are in a […]

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Android malware found farming ads for cash in kids’ apps on Google’s Play Store

A new malware family, dubbed Tekya, has infected multiple children’s Android apps, farming ad clicks to earn money. Cybersecurity firm Check Point found that the previously undetected malware was present in 56 apps — 24 of them were targeted towards kids — on Google Play Store. The apps were collectively downloaded over a million times. The firm […]

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Google’s big download for game developers: 116 billion downloads, new Play services, and Stadia updates

Google gave a download on its tools for game developers in an online event today, and it was full of news for Google Play, cloud infrastructure, and Stadia cloud gaming services for developers. Emil Protalinski and I covered the basics of the developer news and a deal with Unity, but here’s a more complete summary […]

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Google open-sources framework that reduces AI training costs by up to 80%

Google researchers recently published a paper describing a framework — SEED RL — that scales AI model training to thousands of machines. They say that it could facilitate training at millions of frames per second on a machine while reducing costs by up to 80%, potentially leveling the playing field for startups who couldn’t previously […]

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Gears Tactics dev Splash Damage is making a Google Stadia exclusive

Google Stadia has had a rough launch, but that isn’t because the cloud-gaming technology doesn’t work. Instead, the service is suffering from a lack of exciting content. Now, Google is working to address that concern by partnering on an exclusive Stadia game with British developer Splash Damage. Google made this announcement today as part of its […]

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Google unveils Android Performance Tuner, Android GPU Inspector, and Cloud Firestore for game developers

Google today announced a bunch of new tools for game developers: Google Play Asset Delivery, Android Performance Tuner, Android GPU Inspector, and Cloud Firestore, among others. Google’s partners also had news to share. Unity unveiled a Game Package Registry and Play Billing improvements. Crytek announced Android support — Cryengine will get a full Android pipeline […]

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Using CarPlay Might Be More Dangerous Than Texting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and there have been numerous accidents reported in the past that have proven that. However, it seems that using platforms like CarPlay or Android Auto could actually be more dangerous than that. This is according to a recent study conducted by RoadSmart which suggested that […]

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