Tech giants Apple and Google released an initial version of their software tool that will make it possible for 23 nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps. It will alert users when they came into contact with people who were COVID-19 positive. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules.
Google honoured late Pakistani journalist and screenwriter Saadat Hasan Manto on the occasion of his 108th birthday with a doodle on Monday. The illustration, made by Lahore-based guest artist Shehzil Malik, features Manto scribbling something on a page with a pen in his hand. One of the finest fiction writers of Soth Asia, Manto was born on May 11, 1912, in Samrala in the British Indian state of Punjab.
Google and Netflix have helped Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to lower burden on its telecom network by sharing some steps they have taken. Google has introduced new features and resources which links to the National Institute of Health (NIH) to provide locally relevant information to Pakistani users such as expansion of COVID-19 SOS Alerts and Knowledge Panels on Google Search, as well as YouTube Information Panels.
Google, the search engine giant has asked people with Down syndrome (DS) to submit voice recordings in its latest attempt to increase accessibility. This is in order to train its voice-recognition AI to understand unique speech patterns of the DS patients as it can be slightly inconvenient for them to use. In order to remedy that, Google has partnered with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society so that it can acquire voice recordings from hundreds of people.
As the year comes to an end, Google has released their top 10s for every field, revealing Naimal Khawar as the most Googled person of 2019. While cricket still remained the most searched topic in Pakistan, Hamza Ali Abbasi’s wife became the talk of the town after their nikkah. Naimal’s dress and overall look for the events made rounds on social media for weeks.
A security researcher has recently discovered an unsecured Google cloud server with personal information of over 1.5 billion people. This massive 4 terabyte data cache contains people’s social media accounts, phone numbers, email addresses, and more. Most of the data was reportedly collected by a company named People Data Labs. However, the unprotected server didn’t belong to People Data Labs but was one of Google’s cloud servers about which Google refused to comment.
In its latest terms of service set to commence from December 10, YouTube could easily delete your account if the channel is not profitable. The section title titled “Account Suspension & Termination” has made content creators very nervous. This also means that creators could lose out on their Gmail, Google Photos and documents if they are no longer profitable on the video platform.
Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that Fitbit purchase is “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into market.” Under the deal, Fitbit will be joining Google itself.
The President of United States has allowed U.S. companies to sell their equipment to Huawei, after talks were held between China’s President. Trump revealed at a news conference following the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan that the trade was only being allowed on that equipment which did not pose a threat to the US national security.
America’s business tycoon and co-founder Microsoft, Bill Gates has recently revealed that his biggest mistake ever was giving Google the opportunity to launch Android, which eventually led ‘Microsoft to not be what Android is’. Gates further stated that, Android became the non-Apple phone, which Microsoft phones could have been. However, his decision led to doom of Windows phones.