Google Assistant Becomes Charitable

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Google has a new solution for those feeling particularly charitable, according to reports. Google Assistant , Google’s proprietary voice-activated AI helper, has added a feature that lets users donate to charities via voice from any smart device using the company’s software.

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Google Gets EU eMoney License

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Google Payment Lithuania, a unit of Alphabet’s Google, was granted an electronic money institution license by The Board of the Bank of Lithuania. Finextra , citing Google, reported that with the license Google can issue and redeem electronic money and provide payment services.

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Google Assistant Predicts Flight Delays

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Google Assistant is now using historic flight status data and machine learning to predict whether a traveler’s flight will be delayed — before the airline even notifies customers. To access the feature, users can simply ask, “Hey Google, is my flight on time?”

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Google Brings Lens To Google Images

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Google announced Thursday (October 25) that it is making Google Images more useful by bringing Lens, its image-recognition mobile app, to Google Images. Lens is a natural fit for Google Images,” wrote Broitman.

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Google Backs Away From Chatbots

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Mostly when people refer to “chatting” with an AI, they mean they are talking to Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri or maybe even Bixby. Since then, the Google Assistant has literally found its voice, moving on to Google Home and other connected devices.

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Google Launches New Shopping Platform In India

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Google has released Google Shopping in India to aid customers with a streamlined online shopping experience. According to a report , Google Shopping will allow customers to sift through offers and review costs between multiple merchants.

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Google Pauses Facial Recognition Commercialization

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Google has vowed not to sell its facial recognition products until it can make sure the technology will not be abused. The announcement comes after Google was hit with resignations earlier this year over a contract with the Pentagon for Maven, which uses AI for drone footage analysis.

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Advertisers Abandon Google For Amazon

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Amazon is getting a leg up over Google when it comes to advertising, with CNBC reporting that some advertisers are moving more than half of their budget earmarked for Google to the eCommerce giant. That, according to CNBC, represents 86 percent of all of Google’s revenue.

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GE, Google Sync On Smart Home Devices

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The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will be an interesting one, according to a report from a tech outlet , because of a showdown between Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant , two competing AI helpers. However, one company – GE – is planning to debut some major collaborations with Google.

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Google Assistant Launches Support For Siri Shortcuts

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Google Assistant has launched support for Siri Shortcuts with the release of its latest update. For example, if the iPhone is unlocked, it can be accessed hands-free by saying “Hey Siri,” then “OK Google.” Google Assistant now supports 15 languages total.

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Google Brings Its ‘For You’ Tab To Google Maps

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Google announced Monday (Dec. 10) that it has transferred its “For You” tab to Google Maps in more than 40 countries on iOS and more than 130 new countries on Android. In a blog post , Google said the “For You” tab helps users find fun new places to discover. Google said the For You tab will be rolled out more widely as of Dec. Updating Google Maps isn’t the only enhancement Google has made to its features in recent months.

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Google Launches Overhauled Discover Feed For Mobile

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Google is rolling out an overhauled Discover feed on google.com for Android and iOS devices. The overhauled Discover comes at the same time that Google is expanding its image search tools. Lens is a natural fit for Google Images,” wrote Broitman.

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Food Platform Startup Innit Builds Action For Google Home

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8) that it built an action for the Google Home Hub and Smart Displays with Google Assistant in an effort to grow adoption of the smart kitchen. The startup said the Innit Action on Google is available as of today (Jan.

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Google Cloud Collabs On Enterprise Analytics With ThoughtSpot

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Google Cloud has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence and data analytics firm ThoughtSpot to develop cloud analytics solutions for the enterprise. The company also revealed additional integrations into the Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine.

AGs Probe Google Data Breach

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The New York Attorney General and the Connecticut Attorney General are investigating the Google data breach that may have exposed the private data of at least 500,000 users. In the meantime, Google has attempted to explain why it didn’t disclose the breach to the public.

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Google Pay Redesign Launches

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Google Pay is getting an overhaul with a new user design being launched on Monday (July 9), reported BGR. According to BGR, Google Pay is the new name for Android Pay, Google’s digital payment service. With the new interface, users of Google will be able to check out a Hub page to see the latest announcements and trending games on its Play Games app. Google Pay, Bhat said, is different.

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HSBC To Launch AML System With Google Cloud

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In cooperation with Google Cloud , the bank has been utilizing data analytics to develop the program, which would use machine learning to inspect the data from the banking behavior of more than 38 million customers.

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Google CEO Denies Data Privacy Breach, Bias

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Congress grilled Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai on Tuesday (Dec. Pichai appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, and right away was questioned about Google’s data collection. Pichai said it was impossible for Google employees to skew results.

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Siri Has Gotten Smarter, But Lags Behind Google Assistant

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Gene Munster and Will Thompson, two researchers from Loup Ventures, tested Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant. percent and Google Assistant scored the highest at 87.9 Last month, Google Assistant launched support for Siri Shortcuts with its latest update.

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Amazon, Google’s Expansion In NYC To Spark Talent War

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A talent war in New York is heating up with Amazon opening up its second headquarters in the city and Google expanding its presence. Headhunters report that while the direct impact from Amazon and Google remains to be seen, it is good news for the job market in New York City.

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App Store Outpaces Google Play In Making Millionaires

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In the continuing app wars between the App Store and Google Play, the App Store has the edge when it comes to million-dollar apps, according to reports. Alternatively, Google Play made 71 last year and 88 this year, a 24 percent growth rate versus 15 percent for the App Store.

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9M Google Play Users Duped By App Adware

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An active adware has been detected on the Google Play store that can display full-screen ads, monitor when a device’s screen is unlocked, and run in the mobile device’s background. The apps were downloaded 9 million times around the world before Google suspended the fake apps from the store.

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Samsung Electronics’ Bixby To Support Google Apps

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Samsung Electronics’ voice-activated digital assistant Bixby will support Google apps, the company revealed during CES, the consumer electronics show held every January in Las Vegas. According to a report in VentureBeat , citing a keynote presentation during CES, in the beginning, Bixby will be able to support Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube and Gmail. The report noted that it’s not clear how the support for Google apps will be integrated into Bixby.

Google Assistant Can Now Book Users An Uber, Lyft Ride

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Google Assistant can now help users book a car from Uber , Lyft , Ola , Grab , GO-JEK and other ridesharing services. Once you decide which company to go with, Google Assistant will then transfer you to that rideshare’s mobile app to complete the booking.

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Google Debuts Devices To Blunt Amazon Alexa Threat

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As is often the case with big hardware events by Big Tech, the Made by Google Event was both surprising and not. Google Home Hub is that answer, a product described as combining all the voice function of the Google Home smart speaker with all the convenience of a tablet screen interface.

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PayPal Expands Google Pay Relationship

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PayPal said Thursday (May 24) that it has expanded its partnership with Google Pay, with a focus on the United States, where users can pay for Google services directly using PayPal. who add PayPal to any one of Google’s services will be able to pay across the Google ecosystem, anywhere that PayPal is offered as a payment method, with only minimal setup.”. users can also choose PayPal as an option where peer-to-peer payments are offered by Google.

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Instant Brands Teams With Google On Voice-Command Instant Pot

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Instant Brands, the maker of the Instant Pot, announced a new collaboration with Google during the CES show being held in Las Vega this week. This collaboration with Google shows our commitment to making life a little easier for people, especially when it comes to mealtime.”.

Is Voice The Glue Of The Google Ecosystem?

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Not surprisingly, the two leading competitors in the field, Amazon and Google, have thrown massive discounts at the range of Echo and Google Home products for sale this holiday season. percent of the voice-enabled smart speaker market to Google’s 19.6 Hey Siri, Okay Google.

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EU ‘Link Tax’ May Shutter Google News Abroad

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A “link tax” might mean the end of Google News in the EU. He told the Guardian that the future of Google News in the region could depend on whether the EU was willing to make changes to the legislation. “We There’s no advertising in Google News. In July, Google was hit with a $5.1

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Google Hardware Taking Off, Could Make Billions By 2021

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With products like smart home speakers, Nest cameras and well-reviewed Pixel phones, Google hardware is selling and thriving, according to a report by CNBC. There are also an estimated 43 million Google Home devices installed in the U.S.,

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Google CEO To Face Congress Over Data Privacy

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Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive is preparing to testify before the U.S. One aide to a senior member of the committee told the FT that the hearing is going to be a “free for all,” with all members of the committee getting a chance to ask Google’s CEO anything they are angry about.

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Google Shopping Partners With Nike, Best Buy, Sephora

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Google has announced new Shopping Actions partnerships with Nike , Best Buy and Sephora that allow shoppers to search and shop for tens of thousands of products, just in time for the holidays. In fact, a recent study shows that Google is the first place U.S.

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Google Shopping Rivals Question EU Rule Compliance

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Shopping comparison website operators sent a letter to the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager late last week contending that Google isn’t complying with a ruling by the EU in regards to how it should display shopping services. Last year the EU hit Google with a $2.72

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Google Invests In Japanese AI Company ABEJA

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Google, in an unusual move, has invested in Japanese AI and machine learning company ABEJA during a follow-on funding round, according to a report. This is a major move for Google , whose main forays so far into Asia have been in China, where it opened a lab in Beijing.

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Square Appointments Integrates With Google And Instagram

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Square is giving merchants a better way to work with Google and Instagram. This free integration helps sellers get discovered in an easy and affordable way, allowing customers to schedule appointments directly from Google and via their Instagram page, no website required.”.

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Google Tracker: Doing Gooooooood

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While America was busy watching the solar eclipse (hopefully with the appropriate protective eyewear), Google rolled out its new Android OS and created the world’s first crowdsourced “Eclipse Megamovie” using footage from across the U.S. Following its longstanding tradition of naming its mobile operating systems after desserts, Google announced Monday that the new Android OS, version 8.0, It rolls out first to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X and 6P devices.

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Google Moves To Add Transparency To Travel

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Google is hoping to answer one of the longest-running consumer questions in travel booking (Am I really getting the best deal?) The new Google Flights feature lets users see their prices stacked up against others and on a gradient: low, typical, and high.

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Google Defends Google Home At CES

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For the first time in years, Google had an official stand-alone booth at CES – a sign to buyers that it is ready to collaborate with both top brands and startups in the race for voice assistant dominance. Google’s presence at CES is equally designed to reach not only consumers, but also developer ecosystems as well,” said research analyst Werner Goertz, as reported by The Washington Post. Google Alexa Amazon CES Google Home News siri smart speakers voice assistants What's Hot

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Google P2P Payments Via QR Codes In The Offing?

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Google is working on using QR codes to allow its users to send peer-to-peer (P2P) payments. While Google Pay already enables P2P payments, XDA-Developers revealed that the company is adding support for QR codes to make that process a bit easier, at least if a user needs to pay someone they just met and make a quick transaction. The leaked screenshots show that people will be able to see the QR code option in the “Send” section of the Google Pay app.

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Now Pay With Google Everywhere, With Anything Android

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To that end, Google said Monday that online checkout is going to get a bit speedier. The concept, rather simply, is: Google as mobile wallet. Users transact using credentials linked to their Google accounts spanning Gmail, Google Play, YouTube and Chrome.

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Facebook And Google Opt Into Berners-Lee Data Privacy ‘Contract’

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Facebook and Google have signed up for new internet standards, which will require internet companies to respect data privacy and “support the best in humanity.”

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Google Takes On Facebook With Biz ‘Follow’ Option

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Google has announced two updates to Google Maps that will make it easier for users to follow preferred places, as well as find out about new businesses coming soon. This is just the latest update to Google Maps.

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Google Pay Adds 29 US Banks To Mobile Payment Service

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Google Pay, a digital wallet and payment platform, has added about 30 new U.S. 6, Google announced that Danske Bank would support the app. Also in September, Australia’s ANZ bank added Google Pay for its personal Visa credit and debit card users.

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