The investigation ran by CNN-IBN revealed the SmeshApp in Google Play Store is a spyware app used to collect data from the Indian Army personnel. Google has now removed the app which was being used by Pakistan intelligence agencies. The crucial information about the troop movement and data about the counter terrorism operation was being obtained by the Pakistani agencies through this app.
The personal computers of soldiers were also infected due to this smartphone app as the virus made its way to various devices. The personal information in the hacked device could have been accessed by third party any time. This included phone logs, recordings, photos and texts in the memory. The reporters tracked down the location of the server which collected the data. The Germany based server was hosted by the man in Karachi.
The Indian Army is trying to take various steps to prevent leaks of information through mediums such as social media and messaging apps. The investigation also pointed out that the same app was used during the attack on Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January 2016. The Pakistani handlers were getting access to important information regarding troop movements due to this.
The incidents of soldiers being honey trapped are also increasing. The Indian Army men are being lured by ISI, Pakistani Intelligence agency, through fake Facebook profiles of girls. Soldiers are sharing operational information with Pakistan through Facebook chats. Other branches of the armed forces are also affected due to this. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Border Security Force (BSF) have been targeted as well.
The army has already issued guidelines for the use of digital communication apps and social media after Pathankot attack. As per the guideline, the organization has advised soldiers not to disclose their rank and posting in the profile. Google has now removed the spyware app after the Indian army took notice of this.
Google Chrome users may get one of the Most Relevant Feature Soon
Google Chrome dignitaries are trying to impose one of the major updates to the chrome. Google has started testing its one of the major features to its chrome users. Users those who leave many tabs open I the chrome will now have to be attentive. They keep no.of tabs open for no use and then forget about them.
Chrome user has to keep. In mind about each tab. This new feature will remind them about all the tabs time to. Time. This feature works on both mobile and desktop. In order to get this feature on smartphone users have to allow permission from settings and then have to follow directions for use.
One of the most important things that has been kept in mind by the makers of this app is that whether enabled by a flag or by default, chrome will keep. An eye on your tabs and keep. A record of how many times you opened tabs. Once the tab crosses the desired time of opening, it will notify you.
Chrome will notify after a certain time and will recommend you to close the unused tab.
After recommending, the unused app it will tell you to review it and if not in use then will instruct you to close it.
This feature is still in the testing phase but when it will surpass all the test will definitely be one of the most desired updates in chrome. Company officials are. Planning to set it approximately for around 4 hours, 8 hours and 7 days.
Company has announced the shutting of various apps. The company officials gave remarks on some of the apps that they will rebuild some of the major apps and will update up to its standard.
This update to the chrome will definitely increase users attentiveness towards the apps and users will be more responsible whole using Chrome.
Hope this feature may come soon.
Top Artificial Intelligence Announcements Made By Google In 2019
Google is infusing AI everywhere as possible, starting from operating systems, in-vehicle interfaces, and apps to home devices. In his thoughtful insights of advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google is moving beyond its core mission of “organizing the world’s information,” on Google I/O 2019 keynote conference held on May 7, 2019 (Tuesday). AI is opening new doors across all of its platforms, products and services which may bring value to many of Google’s products and help Google to build up its sources of revenue beyond ad sales.
Top Artificial Intelligence Announcements Made By Google In 2019
Artificial Intelligence Announcements from the Google I/O 2019 keynote: Google I/O 2019 keynote conference showcased how ML (machine learning) is enabling new features in Search. For instance, in order to organize news results in a search, Google is bringing its “Full Coverage” News feature in the search section which will help identify different types of stories and explains how the story is being covered.
Google revealed the winners from 12 nations some six months after launching its USD 25 million AI Impact Challenge. The winners will use a Google grant of up to USD 2 million each to apply ML to fight the world’s biggest challenges.
The AI camera tool that debuted last year’s Google I/O 2018 keynote is working with partners like retailers and museums as Google said. There will be an expansion of capabilities of the lens of the AI camera that will help the user to connect things in the physical world with digital information.
With a nearly two hour presentation, Google showcased its artificial intelligence developments with upcoming features like Duplex on the web and GoogleNest Hub Max which is an assistant powered video display device.
Duplex is an AI system that understands natural language and can easily hold conversations just like a human, for instance making a dinner reservation at a real restaurant, and if not reserved, it will also state the reason. And now Google Duplex is coming to the web. Watch the video below to know more:
Google gave ML Kit a bunch of new features like AutoML Vision Edge, object detection and tracking which helps developers add artificial intelligence to their mobile apps via Firebase.
The company in the conference revealed that Google Assistant will be soon 10 times faster on the AI front with on-device machine learning.
Google always gave importance to how AI benefits can be used for the betterment of society. For this, the company revealed three accessibility projects to help people with disabilities. The projects are:
- Project Diva: help people give commands to Google assistant without using their voice.
- Live Relay: help the people who facing hearing challenges by bringing live captions to videos. This video will also be featured in phone calls that are adding a live transcription of the current conversation to bring clarity.
- Project Euphonia: Assist people with speech impairments.
Google’s AI Hardware Tools: Google Coral
On November 2019, Google made headlines with the launch of new AI hardware tools named under the brand name “Coral” which can be used by startups in their initial stages and even large business houses. Coral is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform to build products with local AI. Popular organizations like Asus have used this platform for the development of AI including solutions for various on-device intelligence.
It brings down inference time to 2 ms as Artificial Intelligence is accelerated locally by Google Coral. Coral will work with other Google tools like Google Cloud IoT (Internet of Things) and TensorFlow for connected device administration.
5 Products Offered By GoogleCoral
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- Coral Dev Board is a single board computer (costs USD 149.99) that features Wi-Fi, Edge TPU, Bluetooth, eMMC, and RAM that accelerate AI edge computing.
- USB Accelerator (costs USD 74.99) features Edge TPU that brings machine learning into existing systems and is capable of performing 4 trillion operations (tera-operations) per second.
- Compatible camera module (costs USD 24.99) of 5 megapixels.
- PCI-E Accelerator
- System-on-Module (SOM) is a board-level circuit that integrates digital and analogue functions on a single board. It includes Edge TPU, CPU, GPU, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and secure element in a 40mm x 48mm pluggable module.
Artificial Intelligence Announcements at Google Cloud Next 2019 Conference
At the Google Cloud Next 2019 conference held in between April 9 to April 11, 2019, in San Francisco, Google launched AI Platform for data scientists and developers to build, test and deploy machine learning (ML) models.
Google announced AI Hub which is referred to as “the one-stop for everything AI” where you can also easily deploy unique Google AI technologies and Google Cloud AI for experimentation and ultimately production on GoogleCloud and infrastructures.
Currently, AI Hub is in beta format and public resources on the AI Hub can be found on the website: Click here. At the left-hand side, you will see categories like Kubeflow pipeline, Notebook, Service, TensorFlow module, VM image, Trained model, and Technical guide. AI Hub has an image, text, audio, video and others as an input data type.
Google’s AI Platform Ecosystem: The following is the graphic image released by Google showing how AI Platform can now support the entire development lifecycle for developers’ ML (Machine Learning) projects:
Picture Source: https://cloud.google.com/ai-platform/
Google’s Cloud AutoML was the big announcement from Cloud Next 2019 which will help developers to train high-quality models with limited machine learning expertise according to business requirements. Google Cloud AutoML consists of five products:
- AutoML Natural Language for natural language processing, including sentiment and entry analysis and content classification
- AutoML Tables for applying machine learning to structured data at increased speed and scale.
- AutoML Translation for translating languages dynamically
- AutoML Video Intelligence for searching and interacting with video content
- AutoML Vision for image processing on the Googlecloud or edge
Want to learn more about Cloud AutoML: Click here
At the GoogleCloud Next 2019, Google also announced Document Understanding AI, which can help a company to improve decision-making by using machine learning to classify, extract, and enrich data from scanned and digital documents with increase processing speed.
Contact Center AI has been launched in beta which was announced last year at the GoogleCloud Next ’18 which help customers get answers quickly of all variations with Google’s natural language understanding.
Here is the complete list to know all 29 AI announcements from GoogleCloud Next 2019: Click here
Google Pixel Watch : A Complete Rumoured Overview, Price and Specs
In the past few years, it has been observed that Google is trying to make their presence into the consumer hardware business. They started venturing into this business with the launch of Google Glass and quickly they have redeemed itself with the line of Pixel Smartphones, Google Home, and PixelBooks products. Recently, the company has also re-entered into the wearable market with the launch of their first Smartwatch called the Pixel Watch. Below is the in-depth review of this product.
Google Pixel Watch Specifications
The release of Pixel Watch is not too far now, but the internet is already flooded with the rumours about its specifications. It is not expected that Google would ship their Pixel-Watch with the flagship quality hardware. Just like other premium Smartwatches, the Pixel Watch is expected to come with both LTE and Wi-Fi version and it would be made available when the phones launches. According to sources, Pixel-Watch is developed as three variants with code name Ling, Triton and Sardine. The smart report also suggest that the Pixel Watch would come with at least 1GB of RAM and packed with Qualcomm’s latest wearable chipset like the Snapdragon Wear 3100. It would also sport new processor which would be smaller, efficient and would perform at its best.
Pixel Watch would run on a stock version of wear OS or a version with the special features just like the latest Android Pixel phones.
It has been rumoured that Pixel Watch would feature many new upgrades along with the advanced Google Assistant, Goole Assistant, and touch of a Google Assistant. The features would be heavily upgraded and packing it into more products. It is also expected that the device would support Google’s Voice Assistant which would be the next big thing in the world of smart wearable.
The information about the design has not been released and it is difficult to guess exactly what the Pixel Watch would look like. There are no leaked images available over the internet or schematics about the device. So, anything that you found online about the design of the Pixel Watch is purely conjecture. According to the sources online, the Pixel Watch is expected to be smaller than other Smartwatches in the market and hence it would be smaller in size with powerful processors and energy efficient features. Google is looking forward to chop off a few millimetres of the overall case width and this would deliver you a smaller version of Smartwatch.
Besides, Google is also looking forward to packing their device with some advanced grade features like it would sport a heart rate monitor, Bluetooth support as well as some other premium grade features to make it the high rated wearable of the year.
The Release Date and Its Availability
The release date of Pixel Watch is not yet disclosed and it is expected to get released by the end of 2018 as Qualcomm has yet to launch the newest chipset for wearable. So, it is expected that the Pixel Watch would either release by the end of this year or it get released latest by firth quarter of 2019.
Till now, it is believed that Pixel Watch would announce along with the year’s crop of new Pixel Smartphone. In terms of availability of the Pixel Watch, Google would sell the Smartwatch both on its website and also on all major retail outlets. Google would introduce the LTE version of the wearable first and it might be a carrier exclusive throughout the holiday season.
Google created their own AI which is better than the ones which are made by Humans
The fact is known to all that the Artificial Intelligence or AI will surely outperform the humans in future. In the year 2017, Google brain is developing the AI software in the Google’s AI research lab that can create more AI. Then on the May month of the year 2017, Google created AutoML. AutoML is a machine learning algorithm which can generate it’s own AI. So it will not need to hire the human experts.
The AutoML system of Google developed a vision model for a computer which is better than that of Humans
They introduced a new technology known as the reinforcement learning by creating a ‘child’ which can counterpart with the help of using an approach known as the reinforcement learning. It is named as NASNet and the child can recognize the object in a real-time feed of videos like cars, people, traffic lights, backpacks or handbags. The child model is getting evaluated by the controller neutral net of AutoML. It learns from the feedback and becomes a better version of NASNet.
After improving g and tweaking the NASNet in an endless manner, it was tested on COCO object detection datasets and ImageNet image classification. These are the two most famous and respected data sets in the computer version.
The acknowledgment was also given when the image features learned by NASNet on ImageNet and COCO. As a result, there was also open-source for inference in image classification by NASNet. There was also detection of an object in the Slim and Object Detention TensoreFlow repositories. Now the scientists are hoping that the large machine learning community can build on these models for addressing different computer vision problems. This was according to a researcher in a blog post.
There are many possible uses of NASNet and AutoML. Not only that, there are also ethical issues which are related to the AI. The question may arise in mind regarding the creation of AI by AutoML in such a speed that the society fails to keep up with them. A parent may also pass down the unwanted biases to its child.
For keeping the entire thing in control of human, it is important that they implement it with a very strict regulation. It must also enhance the ethical standards for preventing the use of AI for malicious purpose.
New EU Law Emerging to Curtail the Monopoly of Apple, Amazon, Google
Online giants like Apple, Amazon, Google, etc. are inflicted with new EU law. Yes, Brussels has sought for necessary amendments, to restrict such companies’ tendentious behavior, using their huge market power. It seems that the European Union is bent on cutting down these tech-moguls’ market dominance.
Accordingly, the European Commission is drafting a new regulation, targeting online platforms, like Search Engines, E-Commerce Sites, and App Stores. The new EU law will basically focus on the online platforms’ commercial practices with smaller businesses that use their services.
Hence, going forward, these companies will have to function in a transparent manner, fundamentally on two things:
- How they prioritize their search results?
- Why they’re terminating some services?
Initially, search engines like Google, Bing, etc. weren’t intended to include in this regulation. But they were included in a business’s revenue is affected by its ranking in search results.
As reported by Reuters, the draft regulation has stated that the online intermediation services hold a superior bargaining power. This allows them to proceed unilaterally, such that it harms the businesses that are using its services.
Hence, companies like Google shall not favor its own shopping services, over the others in the market. Moreover, they will also have to reason, why a specific service is ranking higher than the other. However, this will not force the companies to disclose their ranking procedures and algorithms.
In further, the new EU law also compels these online platforms to issue a prior notice, before delisting a business from their results. Hence, they should send out an individualized description, to businesses that don’t comply with their terms, at least 15 days before, removing them from their results.
Provided, if the new EU law is agreed to by national governments and the European Parliament, it will roll out in the month of April. With this, we expect that the monopoly of the online giants would be hampered, with the emergence of this new rules.
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