New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 : Google has always made sure to celebrate every special affair around the globe.
Likewise, it has dedicated its doodle today to NASA's discovery of seven earth sized exoplanets.
In a short, comical animation, the doodle shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.
The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water - key to life as we know it - under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 14 : Google on Tuesday announced the launch of Google Maps' new feature 'Lists'. The feature has been designed to help an individual create a list of his/her favourite places. This feature is currently available on Android and iOS softwares.
Users can list the places to visit as well as share recommendations, whether it is a list of weekend getaways, or a list of best street food joints, or best fashion boutiques in a particular area amongst others. Shared lists are also accessible for users. Moreover, the lists can be viewed and edited offline, which can then be viewed on the offline map.
Users can create the list in two ways:
New Delhi[India], Nov. 16 : Google launches it new app called Photo Scan for turning old prints into digital photos using machine learning to correct imperfections in the capture process.
This standalone app from Google Photos easily scans just about any photo, from anywhere.
PhotoScan is a free to download app that gets you great looking digital copies in seconds - it detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes glare.
Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed up at high quality.
Further Google is rolling out three easy ways to make your pictures look even better: a new and improved auto enhance, unique new looks, and advanced editing tools.
Last week, Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a footage showing its humanoid Atlas robot performing remarkable tasks, including opening doors, roaming over snow-covered region and holding and placing boxes at the right place.
However, some viewers might ponder over how mean humans were to Atlas. They beat the robot using a pole, pushed him down and punched a box out of its hands.
The human bullying the robot was in reality part of a practical exhibition of how Atlas reverts to environment changes and then adjusts and takes action accordingly to finish a task. However, YouTube comedy filmmakers Auralnauts visualized it as a chance of remixing the footage into the starting of a horror film.
Technology major Google has taken another notable step forward towards creating machines that can perform tasks better and faster than humans. Last week, Google revealed PlaNet, a neural network developed to locate the exact location where a picture was captured. According to the MIT Technology Review, the difference between this latest technology and other image location software is that it grabs information, learns as it comes across more and more pictures.
PlaNet isn’t flawless. Project leader Tobias Weyand told MIT Technology Review that the network can just localize 3.6% of the pictures at street-level accuracy and 10.1% at city-level accuracy. But, amazingly, it has already defeated humans in trial runs.
Computer specialist Tobias Weyand and his colleagues at Google have come up with a deep-learning platform codenamed PlaNet. They have trained the system to figure out locations where pictures have been captured on the basis of visual cues. The project is interesting and it has showcased amazingly high degree of accuracy in detecting places where images were taken. The system is improving with time, said Google research team member Weyand.
The specialists at Google began by dividing up the globe into a grid, leaving aside the oceans and polar region. MIT Technology Review reported that thereafter, they formed a database for PlaNet, containing 126 million geo-located pictures taken from the Internet.
On Wednesday, Grail, a healthcare firm that is developing a blood test for early detection of cancer, has named ex Google X Senior Vice President Jeff Huber as its CEO.
Huber said he is willing to apply his experience building large-scale data systems in improving the gene sequencing technology that Grail uses in the detection of cancerous material in patients, showing no symptoms of the disease.
Gene sequencing company Illumina Inc formed the San Francisco-based Grail and it received over $100 million in Series A financing. The majority owner of the firm is Illumina.
The main investors are some technology giants, including the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, and ARCH Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures.
Once again, artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have proved that a computer learning program can perform better than humans when it comes to solve a complex puzzle. On Wednesday, DeepMind, a research organization under Google’ Alphabet, announced that its computer program has won against a high-ranking professional Go player.
The organization reported that the program, dubbed as AlphaGo, which combines two algorithms, defeated the human player in a series of five matches of highly complex Chinese strategy game. Results of the game have been published by journal Nature in its January 27 edition.
Amid the Christmas and New Year holiday season, Google-owned engineering firm Boston Dynamics, a robotics company, has done something unpleasant. A video posted by the company on the internet with good intentions has left holiday revelers somewhat distasted. In the video, a headless mechanical robotic reindeer is shown pulling a sleigh while a female Santa aboard wishes viewers “Happy Holidays". But the headless reindeer only succeeded in creeping the video out of the Internet.
Though the engineering firm had good intentions while preparing the video, the result was otherwise.
A Google-owned company has made robotic reindeer, but they are probably not aware of how creepy their reindeer creations actually are for the normal folks out there. The outlook of reindeer robots is devious enough to freak out people on the Internet.
They don’t look like Rudolf and friends instead they seem more like ‘Alien’ and the ‘Terminator’ pets. It is sad that nobody has found anything cute to say about the robotic reindeer so far.
In an attempt to give surgeons superhuman precision, Google’s Verily has partnered with Johnson & Johnson. Under the new startup, called Verb Surgical, two companies will develop medical robotics to assist surgeons.
The new company is a result of a partnership between pre-Alphabet Google and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson that was announced earlier this year. The collaboration brings experts from Google and Ethicon of Johnson & Johnson on a single platform to assist surgeons.
The experts from both the companies will work to combine Verb Surgical's robots and Ethicon’s medical tools in one system that may assist doctors in performing minimally invasive operations. The new robots will improve surgeons’ control while performing surgeries.
Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it has joined hand with Google to form a new independent company. The new company will aim to make robotic-assisted systems that could be used for surgery.
The announcement about the formation of the new company, Verb Surgical Inc., was made on Thursday by Johnson & Johnson. The tools developed in the company will reduce costs in order to help improve the standard of healthcare.
Google’s research unit which was earlier known as Google Life Sciences was changed to Verily Life Sciences LLC, after the announcement of its collaboration with J&J in March.
Recently in the race to be the first private company to land a robot on the moon, two private groups have signed to launch a privately developed rover that can land on the moon and then perform further requirements of the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
The team that will be the first to launch their rover and complete the task of landing, travelling about a third of a mile and transmit high-definition images back to earth, will be considered as the winning team of the competition.
The XPRIZE on Tuesday said in a statement that it had verified Moon Express’ previously announced contract to launch an MX-1E ‘micro-lander’ on Rocket Lab USA’s Electron rocket by December 31, 2017.
Experimental technology could be the future of computing. On Tuesday, Google, the search engine giant, has given outsiders their first peep at its experimental quantum super-computing system that it think would one day lead to a new era of data crunching.
For the last two years, Google and its partners the non-profit Universities Space Research Association and NASA have been doing experiments with the cutting edge technology. Their aim is to create an enhanced way to solve quite complex issues such as improvement in air traffic control and desalination plant operations, even in case the data is quite jumble.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) alleged that Google is spying on school children through its Chromebooks. The international non-profit digital rights group has now asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google over the matter.
In a complaint filed earlier, EFF said Google is collecting personal data from kids using the company’s Chromebooks in classrooms. According to the non-profit, Google for Education has been collecting the data and disobeying the terms of Student Privacy Pledge that the company signed earlier this year.
The EFF said during ‘Spying on Students’ campaign, it found that some Google practices were doubtful. It said that the tech giant isn’t collecting children’s data to advertise it, but to track data about students' browsing activities.
It’s the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy', hominin skeleton first discovered in 1974. Google celebrated the discovery of human ancestor with an animated doodle, which showed an ape-like ancestor. The discovery was an important one as it gave best clues to scientists about ancestors of human.
In 1972, Maurice Taieb from National Center for Scientific Research of France and Donald Carl Johanson from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History discovered more than two million years old stone tools in the Afar region of Ethiopia. About two years after the first discovery, the researchers found something that changed our thinking about human ancestors.
YouTube's latest creation ‘YouTube Red’ for generating even more revenue is under fire for the way the company has dealt with its biggest stars. A YouTube Red subscription is going to free subscribers from having to bear pre-roll advertisements from their favorite YouTube channels for a price.
Subscribers will have to pay $9.99 a month, and they will get ad-free YouTube videos, Google Play Music availability, exclusive original content from YouTube official Creator partners, such as PewDiePie, and many other unspecified perks.
While talking about the service, Robert Kyncl, YouTube's chief business officer, said that 99.9% of the content on YouTube will remain free, like always.
Tech giants Apple and Google are the most valuable brands in the world. Apple’s iPhones and other gadgets are gaining attention of smartphone lovers, while Google’s mobile web is making several things easy for users. Today, the main objective of tech giants should be to offer simple and inexpensive Internet to users, but Apple’s focus on apps and Google’s focus on mobile web are making businesses grappling with online world.
Thomas R. Insel, who has been the director of National Institute of Mental Health for past 13 years, will be joining the Google Life Science group. The announcement was made this morning by Insel itself.
The company said, "Tom is coming on board to explore how the life-sciences team at Google could have an impact on the huge challenges related to understanding, diagnosing, and treating mental illness".
Insel wrote a blog post in late August detailing his visits to Silicon Valley tech giants and startups that are working on health ventures. Technology is not the answer to all problems, but it can help those with mental illness even more than those with other chronic, serious medical conditions, he said.
You will be able to see elephants from close through Google Maps in possibly the best Street View ever conceived. Google has collaborated with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Save the Elephants to launch #GoogleElephants for raising awareness regarding the current plight of elephants.
Lewa wrote on its Facebook page, “For the first time in Kenya, Google has launched its Street View technology in one of a kind partnership to raise global consciousness around elephants”. It mentioned the Street View technology is going to provide panoramic views of individual elephants and their landscapes, and also stunning imagery from Lewa.
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