Tag - Google

Tech News

Google Assistant Undergoes Comprehensive Update

For some people, they are the most wonderful additions to an ever-more modern style of life. For others, they are the symbols of a dystopian future warned by writers like George Orwell. Whatever the truth of their invention, it’s fair to say that tools such as Google Assistant have made quite the impact over the years.

Indeed, the Google Assistant tool has undergone a host of new updates and functional changes recently. Each new add-on adds some interesting new features, and this latest refreshing of the Google Assistant platform adds some very cool new tricks. For example, it now makes use of the ‘Pretty Please’ functionality that so many of us asked for.

With Amazon Alexa now giving children some kudos for being nice to it, it would appear that Google is doing the same here. Is it weird to talk to a computer and say thanks to it? Yes, a little. However, it’s definitely happening and now, if you say ‘pretty please’ to your Google Assistant, it will be much nicer in return.

You will be given a host of “delightful responses” if you are nice to the AI, saying things like “thank you!” to it will elicit a positive response. Its’ just a small change, but it’s more about what this says about where this tech is headed. Already, we are seeing a significant shift towards creating a rather different kind of interaction – treating the AI like it is part of the family.

The humanization of our AI tools is obviously going to divide some. The reason for its inclusion, though, is that children are often rude and course with their AI, so this is supposed to help to teach them the value of good manners.

What else is new?

Don’t worry, the new updates add more than a desire for politeness and human friendliness to the AI. Now, you will be able to enjoy easy management of lists using your Google Assistant. From named and themed lists to easy reading out of your list this will make it much easier for you to keep access to all of your most important lists.

It’s also got some awesome stuff for parents with not enough time on their hands. For example, it could now read a series of popular Disney stories to your kids, with many classics to come in the future such as Cinderella and Lion King.

Just in time for Christmas, too, is a host of new and improved interactive games – just say “Hey Google, call Santa!” and it will do just that. It’s all about helping Santa to learn some new festive tunes for the big day, and is great fun.

From responsive shouts to new photo storage and sharing options, this tool is going to make the day-to-day challenges for the average Google Assistant user far less irritating. It’s a much-needed update, and improves the quality of the hardware whilst making sure we don’t take our festive frustrations out on our newest member of the home: Google!

We want to be better…So if you found a mistake in this article, please let us know

For some people, they are the most wonderful additions to an ever-more modern style of life. For others, they are the symbols of a dystopian future warned by writers like George Orwell. Whatever the truth of their invention, it’s fair to say that tools such...

Earth Tech News

Google’s New “Touring Bird” App Is A Traveler’s Dream

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.

Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours spent on the web reading reviews, scrolling through photos, and comparing prices are familiar to every traveler. “Traveling to new places is fun and exciting — but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research, reading dozens of travel guides and blogs across the web, sifting through reviews, compiling your own lists, comparing prices and offerings, and asking friends and family for recommendations,” Google’s Touring Bird team wrote.

Thanks to their new web application, planning a trip has never been easier. “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place,” Google says.

Touring Bird is accessible on both desktop and mobile, and offers the best price for each selected activity or activities, including options to bundle activities to save money. The website includes a built-in bookmarking and sharing feature which allows you to save your favorites to a list.

The website displays a mixture of things to experience for each city divided into categories. These include:

  • Top Sights: Most popular Prague-area attractions.
  • Tours & Activities: Guided tours, tickets & travel experiences.
  • Local Tips: Recommendations from locals & travel experts.
  • Free Tours: Guided tours on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • and the ability to explore the city by interest.

The interest category allows visitors to filter the city’s attractions, such as helping them find essential experiences, track hidden spots and locals’ picks, discover drinking and dining (and cooking) experiences, learn about the kid-friendly activities on offer, locate the arts and architecture hub, as well as pinpoint the most Instagrammable sites and selfie-worthy spots. “A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days,” Lax Poojary, who leads the Touring Bird team said. “People want to do top activities and attractions in the first few days, but then they want to do more immersive things. We wanted to build a one-stop shop.”

An added bonus of the website is that it also serves as a useful tool to assist in locating trusted ticket booking options for when tourists are ready to start checking out attractions. Each entry on the website has a price included, with the ability to filter by price according to your budget, as well as the refund options available. The website also gives easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which is a huge welcome to travelers who typically find this difficult to locate as this is often buried in the fine print, and sometimes requires a phone call to understand.

The website currently lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with plans to increase the number in the future. “We’re working hard to bring Touring Bird to more cities—please stay tuned!” says the website. The cities currently covered are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Orlando, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

We want to be better…So if you found a mistake in this article, please let us know.

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.
Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours...

Tech News

Gmail Launch A New ‘Confidential Mode’ Feature on Mobile

Weeks after revealing their grand redesign to Gmail, Google have finally launched in July. It became a default for every user starting in August. While most of the update are on the esthetics side there is one new key feature that you should know about – Confidential Mode.

This new feature offers the user with the ability to send confidential emails, Recipients of these emails won’t be able to copy, paste, download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled. Once you’ve activated confidential mode,Gmail will ask you to choose an expiration date, and whether an SMS code be used for verification or not.

However, the new mode does not stop anyone from taking a screenshot of your message, As Google notes, “Although confidential mode helps prevent the recipients from accidentally sharing your email, it doesn’t prevent recipients from taking screenshots or photos of your messages or attachments. Recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may still be able to copy or download your messages or attachments. This feature isn’t available for G Suite customers at this time.”

Not everyone is confident in the new mode ability to keep your data private. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) digital privacy advocacy group said that this new mode isn’t secure at all, and might even lend users a false sense of security.The thing is that Confidential mode is not encrypted end-to-end (like Whatsapp), so Google could read your messages in transit. In addition, the EFF points out that expiring messages do not, in fact, disappear from your Sent mail, which means they are retrievable.

We want to be better…So if you found a mistake in this article, please let us know

Weeks after revealing their grand redesign to Gmail, Google have finally launched in July. It became a default for every user starting in August. While most of the update are on the esthetics side there is one new key feature that you should know about...