Free Press Journal
  • Google Assistant to now read ‘good news’ of the day

    San Francisco: To brighten up your day as you wade through a sea of bad news, Google Assistant will now deliver curated good news – stories about people who are solving real-life problems across the world. “Tell me something good” is a new experimental feature, currently available for Assistant users in the US.

  • Google clarifies tracking users even with location data turned off

    San Francisco: After facing criticism over reports that certain Google apps track users’ whereabouts even when they turn off location data, the tech giant has revised its Help Page, clarifying that it does track location data in order to “improve Google experience”.

  • Android 9 Pie Go edition launched for entry-level phones

    San Francisco: Google has rolled out a “Go Edition” of its recently launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-packed Android 9 Pie with additional storage, faster boot time, better security and more to bring improvements to entry-level phones.

  • Google Doodle celebrates India’s 72nd Independence Day

    New Delhi: Following its tradition of celebrating international events, tech giant Google on Wednesday commemorated India’s 72nd Independence Day with a special doodle. The doodle features the national animal and national bird of the country, tiger and peacock, respectively.

  • Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    San Francisco: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

  • Ad firms suffer as Google, Facebook dominate digital dollars: Report

    New York: The dominance of Google and Facebook of digital advertising has led to the number of independent and smaller ad tech companies falling 21 per cent since 2013 to 185 in the second quarter of 2018, the media reported. According to a report in The New York Times on Sunday, venture capital money going into ad-tech start-ups is falling sharply.

  • UIDAI takes on rumour mongering against Aadhaar; stresses helpline number cannot steal data

    New Delhi: Days after a helpline number of UIDAI mysteriously showed up on smartphones of hundreds of users, the authority on Sunday said that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone. Also, people with “vested interests” were trying to tarnish the image of Aadhaar by taking advantage of Google’s admission of its “mistake”. Google had on Friday admitted that the number 18003001947 was added

  • Google makes it easier to find relevant data in Search

    San Francisco: When it comes to text, videos or images, millions of people around the world rely on Google Search to get the relevant results. Now Google has identified ways to make the results of even tabular data search more relevant.

  • Google hires Sony’s Virtual Reality expert Richard Marks

    San Francisco: In a sign that Google is up to something new in the gaming business, the search engine giant has hired Richard Marks, a former research engineer who helped create Sony’s PlayStation virtual reality (VR) headset and its PlayStation Move controllers, tech website VentureBeat reported.

  • After US, Google’s ‘VR Creator Lab’ coming to London

    San Francisco: Google is launching its Virtual Reality (VR) training programme called “VR Creator Lab” in Europe, starting with London as a three-day “boot camp” followed by a three-month training from leading VR instructors and filmmakers.

  • Google bans cryptocurrency miners on Play Store

    San Francisco: After Apple, Google has now stopped permitting developers to submit apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. However, apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency are not facing any such restriction on the Play store.

  • Facebook calls for entire tech industry for protection of users’ data

    San Francisco: Facing an intense public scrutiny over data leaks amid privacy concerns, Facebook has now called for the entire tech industry to come and protect people’s data. According to David Baser, Director of Product Management at Facebook, nearly every day, news comes out from a different company about personal data that got into the wrong hands.

  • Physical security keys protect Google workforce from hacking

    San Francisco: For more than a year, none of Google’s over 85,000 employees have been hacked, thanks to physical security keys that have replaced one-time codes at their workplace. Security Keys are USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA).

  • Ask Google Assistant to make video calls with ‘Duo’ app

    San Francisco: In an update introduced by Google, Assistant will now be able to make video calls, including international ones on Google’s video chat mobile app “Duo”. The feature would enable users to make video calls from their phones, contacts and messages apps using the mobile video chat app. “If you use the Google Assistant: You can start a ‘Duo’ video call by saying or typing, “Video call (name),” Google wrote in a post late

  • European Commission slaps Google with $5 billion fine for illegally using Android devices

    Brussels: The European Commission on Wednesday imposed on Google a record  4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) fine for illegally using Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general Internet search, the Commission said.

  • Google Assistant now gives snapshot of your day

    San Francisco: Google is adding a feature called “snapshot” to Assistant that would maintain a visual overview of your daily schedule and provide suggestions and personalised information to ensure you do not get late for your flight or miss the last date for payment of a bill.

  • Google brings peer-to-peer payments service to ‘Google Pay’

    San Francisco: Google has integrated its peer-to-peer payments service “Google Pay Send” into its digital payments solution “Google Pay” to make the latter a one-stop destination to send and ask for money.

  • Google Doodle honours inventor of first powered vacuum cleaner Hubert Cecil Booth

    New Delhi: To celebrate the invention of a powered vacuum cleaner by Hubert Cecil Booth more than a century ago, Google on Wednesday marked the British engineer’s 147th birth anniversary with an interactive Doodle. The Doodle depicts an operator cleaning a carpet using Booth’s first design, nicknamed “Puffing Billy”, which was powered by an engine so big it had to be pulled around by horses and parked outside the house to be cleaned.