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Google updates its Assistant on smart displays and phones

Earlier this week at its annual hardware event, Google announced a number of new features for its Assistant coming to the new Pixel 3 phones and Google’s own Home Hub smart display. As it turns out, though, Google didn’t pull back the curtain on everything new with the Assistant, so today, it’s announcing a number of new features and clarifying ...

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Google launches voice assistant app to help people with limited mobility use their phones

Google just introduced a new Android app to better enable people with limited mobility to use their phones. Called Voice Access, the app offers people a hands-free way to use apps, write and edit text and, of course, talk to the Google Assistant. It’s designed to make it easier to control specific functions like clicking a button, and scrolling and ...

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Russian poll reveals overwhelming support for ban on mobile phones in schools

About three quarters of Russians say they support the idea of banning the use of cell phones and other tech gadgets in schools and believe that children would study better were such measures taken. The data was revealed by the state-run public opinion research agency VTSIOM on Wednesday. A recent poll has shown that 83 percent of the Russian public ...

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Spyware sheik-down: UAE government accused of hacking phones of a prince, emir and other rivals

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) asked an Israel-based surveillance company to spy on a prince, a Qatari emir, and other rivals by hacking their phones, according to leaked emails obtained by the New York Times. The emails cited in the Times report, which was published on Friday, were submitted in lawsuits against Israel-based NSO Group. The correspondence suggests that the ...

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Google Maps’ location sharing will now share your phone’s battery status, too

Early in 2017, Google added a feature to Google Maps that lets you opt to share your location in (near) real time with your close friends and family. Now they’re fleshing out that info with another important little detail: your phone’s remaining battery charge. It looks like this: Wondering why anyone might care about the status of your battery? If ...

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Google Maps’ location sharing will now share your phone’s battery status, too

Early in 2017, Google added a feature to Google Maps that lets you opt to share your location in (near) real time with your close friends and family. Now they’re fleshing out that info with another important little detail: your phone’s remaining battery charge. It looks like this: Wondering why anyone might care about the status of your battery? If ...

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'Tell your dad to give us bitcoin’: College student steals $5mn in crypto by hijacking phones

A college student has been arrested for allegedly stealing over $ 5 million in bitcoin by hijacking phone numbers. The 20 year old even used the zombie numbers to send strange messages to his victim’s family. Joel Ortiz from Boston, Massachusetts, along with a group of unnamed associates, hacked the phone numbers of more than 40 cryptocurrency investors and people ...

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‘Right thing to do’: French ban on cell phones in schools backed by Russian education minister

The French ban on cell phones in schools is the right thing to do, Russia’s education minister has said, adding that Russian authorities would consult with schoolchildren’s parents before taking similar steps. “I think that this is a right thing to do. It is right to question the rationality of such behavior, because in the second, third or fourth grade ...

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Computer vision researchers build an AI benchmark app for Android phones

A group of computer vision researchers from ETH Zurich want to do their bit to enhance AI development on smartphones. To wit: They’ve created a benchmark system for assessing the performance of several major neural network architectures used for common AI tasks. They’re hoping it will be useful to other AI researchers but also to chipmakers (by helping them get ...

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Computer vision researchers build an AI benchmark app for Android phones

A group of computer vision researchers from ETH Zurich want to do their bit to enhance AI development on smartphones. To wit: They’ve created a benchmark system for assessing the performance of several major neural network architectures used for common AI tasks. They’re hoping it will be useful to other AI researchers but also to chipmakers (by helping them get ...

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