[Correction]: Siri has a long way to go before catching up to Google Assistant

“Google might have a long way to go before it starts selling iPhone-like numbers of Pixel phones, but there is one important area where it’s firmly in the lead, and it has nothing to do with bezels or beats,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “It’s about intelligence.” “At its recent iPhone X event, Tim Cook pulled out Steve Jobs’s old Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck is going, but there’s only one company that’s thinking forward right now and it’s not Apple—it’s Google,” Simon writes. “New hardware might have been the reason for the event, but machine Click Here to Read more

Apple vs. Google in the Smartphone A.I.

“Google has been regarded as the leading force for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology thanks to its AlphaGo AI computer program,” Ashley Huang and Luke Lin report for Digitimes. “While Google still holds the advantage in the cloud-AI sector, Apple appears to have outraced Google in the development of on-device AI products with the launch of its iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices.” “The built-in dual-core neural engine chip incorporated within the A11 processors, which power the iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices, integrates functionality such as machine learning, inference model and related algorithm to perform as an Click Here to Read more

Did you know that Google.com Tracks you, and how to turn it OFF

It turns out Google knows a lot about you – an awful lot, in fact. But exactly how much is “an awful lot”. Many are left wondering exactly what the global search giant knows – and how they know. The good news is you can see all this information for yourself. And, more importantly, you can switch it off. There are a few steps to follow, but it means you can decide how much of your personal data the company gets to use, reports the Mirror. 1. Find ‘My Activity’ To see everything you’ve been using Google for, you’ll first Click Here to Read more

Report: Google is bringing its voice assistant to the iPhone

(FoxNews.com/tech): Slated to hold its developer conference this week, Google is keeping up with the competition and bringing its artificial intelligence assistant to the iPhone, according to news reports. First reported by Android Police and confirmed by Bloomberg, Google is slated to bring its Assistant voice-powered assistant to the iPhone, as well as the company’s existing Photos app and GE home appliances. Google I/O, where the company is expected to make the announcements, starts May 17. The Assistant is slated to be available in the App Store. Apple, which has its own virtual assistant, Siri, has been tight about allowing competing Click Here to Read more

Did you fall for the Gmail Phishing Scam? Here’s what to do now

(CNBC.com): Don’t worry if you accidentally opened that Google Doc that was floating around yesterday. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, here’s a quick brief: On Wednesday, a worm started spreading around Gmail that suggested to users a friend or colleague was trying to share a Google Doc. It was a classic phishing scam wherein an attacker tries to gain your information by tricking you into opening something. If you opened the document, you were asked to give permission for it to access your account. Then it sent itself out to everyone in your address book. Oops. Did Click Here to Read more

Google Maps now lets you remember where you parked

(PCWorld.com): Ever have a mini panic attack because you couldn’t remember where you parked your car? You may never have to live through that frustrating situation again, thanks to Google. The company on Tuesday introduced a new Google Maps feature for iOS and Android that will help you remember where you parked. On Android, tap the blue dot and press “Save your parking” to add your spot to the map. From there, you’ll see a label on the map identifying where you left your car. You can tap that label to add additional details like the exact spot number, an image Click Here to Read more

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Gmail users

A highly sophisticated phishing scam is targeting Gmail users and it’s so convincing, it has even duped technical users. The way the phishing technique works, according to the CEO of Wordfence which provides security to WordPress websites, the attackers will send an email to a Gmail account that appears to come from someone a user knows, along with an attachment that may be recognizable from the sender. Once the user clicks on the image, instead of giving a preview of the attachment, it opens up a new tab to sign into Gmail, which looks just like the real thing. As soon as the user signs in, Click Here to Read more

How to delete your Google Search History

As we all know, Google.com is a great search tool.  I use it on a daily (sometimes even hourly) basis when searching for stories or how to’s for this web site. But not many people know, that when you do a search on Google, that they save that search to your “Search History” so that if / when you search for the same topic again, that search will come up faster and even be in a drop-down window for you to click on. While handy, sometimes, you do not want that “footprint” to show up again.  This could also be used Click Here to Read more

CBS and Google sign deal for streaming service

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS and Google have signed a deal for a subscription service called “Unplugged.” Available via YouTube, the service will be offering a bundle of TV channels for a set price of $25.00 to $40.00 per month, depending on what services an end user wants. In addition to CBS, it is said that YouTube is also courting such networks like 20th Century Fox, Disney, and others.  These deals will allow YouTube a step closer to becoming a full blown streaming service, a deal that Apple has been wanting to do for many years. The service Click Here to Read more

Google unveils a new phone and a VR Headset

Mid Tuesday (Eastern Time) Google introduced two new hardware offerings to its arsenal: PIXEL SMARTPHONE: The company first announced a new line of Smartphones called Pixel: Two versions: the 5-Inch Pixel, and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL. 4GB RAM. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Fingerprint Sensor. 12 Rear-Facing Megapixel Camera. The phones drop its existing Nexus branding in favor of “Pixel,” a nod to Google’s existing tablet and Chromebook line. Both run on Android 7.1 Nougat, Google’s most recent mobile operating system. The devices come with a built-in AI assistant, Google Assistant. The company demonstrated how the AI software can make a Click Here to Read more

“Father of the iPod” Leaving Nest

Tony Fadell, also known as the “Father of the iPod” is leaving the company that he founded, Nest.  Fadell stayed on when Google acquired it in 2014. Fadell issued a statement on the Nest web site which reads: “Since the launch of Nest in October 2011, this blog has been a place for me to share my thoughts on all things Nest – like explaining why we created the Nest Learning Thermostat, sharing the customer stories that inspire us, announcing new products and services, or highlighting our exceptional partners across retail, energy and insurance providers, professional installers, and the developer community. Today though, Click Here to Read more

Google’s April Fools Day Joke Backfires

The Mountain View giant is usually very good at April Fools’ jokes. This year they didn’t get it right. Google’s “Gmail Mic Drop” featured a special “send” button, which ended your emails with a gif showing a Minion dressed as a king dropping a microphone. “Simply reply to any email using the new ‘Send + Mic Drop’ button,” the company said in a blogpost. “Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it.” The way it was implemented confused many users though. Some used it in error, which Click Here to Read more

Surging Chromebook sales during Christmas hurting Microsoft where it hurts

“Chromebooks, the minimalist laptops powered by Google’s browser-based Chrome operating system, exploded onto the market share this year, and appear to be finishing the year on particularly strong note,” Matt Marshall reports for VentureBeat. “According to just one popular metric, Amazon.com is showing that Chromebooks make up three of its top four best-seller laptops.” “And that’s after Chromebooks already boosted their overall market share among commercial buyers (businesses, schools, governments, etc) through November this year to 21 percent for notebooks, and 10 percent for all computers and tablets, according to the market research firm, NPD Group,” Marshall reports. “That’s up from almost nothing last Click Here to Read more