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Gmail to become all-encompassing email app?

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The application Google created for their Gmail service is already extremely simple and easy to use, and great at linking multiple Gmail accounts (especially on Android). With a new version of the app on the horizon, we weren’t quite sure what we could expect in terms of new functionality. (more…)

The Science of Talking to Computers (video)

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, No Comments

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It is quite staggering how quickly computing has evolved. It has changed almost every part of our lives, from the mundane to extremely exciting.

Voice recognition and communicating with computers have been staples of science fiction for many years, but it turns out that it is actually one of the harder things to do with a computer. In part, because language is extremely complicated when it comes down to the mathematics, it is much more difficult to teach a computer to speak to you than it is to play chess (and very well), for example. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

Google says teens causing rise in voice search usage

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Many people think that today’s digital assistants aren’t very useful, but in many circumstances they can be extremely beneficial, at least in our experience. How often do you use Siri, Google Now or Cortana?

A recent study conducted by Google, among others, shows that the younger generations are embracing these assistants wholeheartedly, while adults haven’t embraced them as fervently. According to a new study commission by Google, 55% of users under 18 will use any voice search service, be it Google Now, Siri or Cortana, more than once a day in comparison to 41% of adults. (more…)

Play Store gets Material Design update

Published by on Oct 13th, 2014, No Comments

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Google is calling the design language that we will be seeing with the advent of Android L, Material Design. They have already started updating some of their stock apps to carry this same design even before Android L is released (which is likely to be this month). (more…)

WhatsApp now officially belongs to Facebook

Published by on Oct 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Eight months after we initially heard that Facebook had acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion, the deal has finally been approved by the various commissions involved in the US and Europe. In fact, the deal’s price tag has actually increased to $21.8 billion. (more…)

Microsoft Sept 30th event – expect Windows 9

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, 1 Comment

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We have seen plenty of leaks of the upcoming Windows 9 operating system from Windows in the last couple of days. First we saw screenshots of the new desktop and then three videos of the OS in action, like the one below: (more…)

Google to reveal first Android One phones on Sept 15th

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since Google announced Android One out of nowhere, we have been very interested to see it on a budget device. We might not have to wait much longer, with the first Android One smartphones rumoured to be launching in two weeks.

Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. Android One allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. (more…)

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