Google could shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020

Google may reportedly shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020, according to a report from 9to5Google today. Hangouts has been suffering from an identity crisis since Google launched it as a replacement for Gchat in 2013, and it’s actually been losing features in recent years as the company stopped updating the app and took away SMS messaging. That change was part […]

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Apple Music will be available to Echo devices next month

Apple Music users will soon able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums, as well as any of the streaming service’s curated playlists and radio stations. Echo owners will simply need to enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app, link their account and it will be ready. Making Apple […]

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Instagram to use AI to describe photos for users with visual impairments

Instagram announced today that will soon add an AI features that will describe photos for users with visual impairments. The changes will allow screen readers to describe photos, either automatically using AI or by reading custom descriptions added by users. These descriptions, known as alt text, are widely used online and are now being built into Instagram. […]

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Microsoft is planning release Surface Studio monitor in 2020

Microsoft is recently planning to release a Surface Studio monitor in 2020. “Microsoft will finally deliver a Surface monitor in the 2020 time frame,” claims Brad Sams in Beneath A Surface, a new book detailing the history of Microsoft’s Surface efforts. Microsoft will reportedly give its monitors a modular design, which is something that Surface chief Panos Panay hinted […]

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Google removes gendered pronouns from Gmail’s Smart Compose

Gmail’s Smart Compose is one of Google’s best and most interesting AI features which could predict what users will write in emails and offering to finish their sentences for them. But like many AI products, it’s only as smart as the data it’s trained on, and prone to making mistakes. That’s why Google has blocked Smart Compose […]

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Mobile broadband is much faster than Wi-Fi in 33 countries

Generally, it’s said and accepted that internet access originating from a Wi-Fi hot spot will be faster than a mobile broadband connection. Many of the most popular smartphones, like iPhones, automatically join the nearest known Wi-Fi network because of this belief. But according to a new study, this assumption isn’t true in many places around […]

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Sprint and HTC are partnering together to make 5G device

Sprint has recently partnered with HTC to make a mobile smart hub that will run on 5G  from the next year. It’s the second product Sprint has announced for its own nascent next-gen network, but we’re getting very little in the way of concrete details right now. The device is developed by Sprint, HTC, and […]

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Amazon will soon sell software that could read medical records

Amazon is planing to sell software that can read medical records and make suggestions for improving treatment or saving money, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new program could scan medical files to pick out relevant information such as the medical condition and patient’s procedures and prescriptions. While other algorithms that try to do the same thing […]

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YouTube annotations feature will end from January

YouTube has announced that the annotations feature will end on January 15th, 2019. After this date, “all existing annotations will be removed,” according to a YouTube support page. Now users will be able to watch videos without those boxes over the video. Back in March 2017, YouTube announced that it would be discontinuing the annotations editor, effectively halting […]

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Google Play promoted the Android apps that are using scam ad practices

It has been reportedly found that Google Play have been promoting Android apps that are using scam ad practices. Eight Android apps with more than 2 billion downloads in the Google Play store have been engaging in fraudulent ad practices, BuzzFeed News reported today. Seven of the apps are owned by Cheetah Mobile, a publicly-traded Chinese company, and […]

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