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Google Photos now easily recognizes your pets

Pets.gif Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet.  

The change is arriving for ‘most countries’ as of today, and it works by grouping together images that feature dogs and cats.Google Photos now also allows users to search for photos of their cat or dog by entering the related emojis into the search field.

This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.

SOURCE: Google Photos

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Facebook acquires tbh

social-network-76532_960_720The acquisition marks a big success for the tbh team, and highlights Facebook’s own attempts at targeting the youngest tech users  Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying. According to tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” over 5 million people have downloaded the app so far and sent over a billion messages since the app was launched in August.  The tbh team says that nothing will change for the end user, but that it now has more resources to grow the app.

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Microsoft acquires AltspaceVR

IMG_2293 AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy  is now part of Microsoft. AltspaceVR are now joining Microsoft. “With the AltspaceVR team aboard we look forward to building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community,” says Alex Kipman.

“AltspaceVR will stay AltspaceVR. Microsoft is most interested in preserving the current community that uses AltspaceVR to connect and interact with new and old friends,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

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Windows Phone is dead

technology-2609289_960_720.jpg Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren’t the focus.” Microsoft’s recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company’s mantra of “mobile-first, cloud-first” in favor of a focus on what he describes as the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

Microsoft will support Windows 10 customers who want to use Android and iOS on their phones. One of the big reasons Microsoft is giving up on Windows Phone is because developers never backed the platform.

 

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Twitter launches ‘Happening Now’

twitter-logo-1788039_960_720 Twitter i released a new feature called “Happening Now” aimed to make its service more accessible to newcomers by highlighting groups of tweets about a topic, beginning with sports.

Happening Now will take users to a dedicated timeline of tweets related to the event You can swipe horizontally through these events.

Happening Now, though, builds on top of Twitter’s understanding of how to sort tweets associated with an event, like live video. The tweets will display algorithmically in these new custom Happening Now timelines.

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Google Assistant can control Chromecasts now

assistant Google has since confirmed to rolled out for all users. It appears to work for  Chromecasts, Chromecast Audios, and devices with Chromecast built in.  Android Police reports that such functionality is going live, letting you use Assistant to control playback to TVs and Chromecasts directly from your phone. No more using Google Home to bridge the gap.

You can also tell Google Assistant to play on a specific Chromecast, just like you can on Google Home.

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Qualcomm wants iPhone sales banned in China

iphone 8 Qualcomm has launched a new lawsuit against Apple, asking a Chinese court to block the sale and manufacturing of iPhones within the country, according to Bloomberg.

This entire issue started back in January when Apple fired off accusations at Qualcomm claiming it was charging unfair licensing fees, among other things. In a statement, Apple said the claims were “meritless,” and that it believed the effort would fail. It suggested the effort was opportunistic, because Qualcomm hadn’t brought up the patents during negotiations and had only issued them recently.

This is Qualcomm’s second attempt to get a ban on iPhone sales. In July, it filed a similar claim in the US, pointing to six patents.

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Google acquires Relay Media

IMG_2211  Relay Media, a company founded by an ex-Googler that had developed technology to help covert web pages to the AMP format, has been acquired by Google. Google is closing down Relay Media as part of the deal but will continue to operate the service as the tech is transferred to Google’s platform.

Google has been building over the last couple of years as it looks for ways to show that the mobile web remains a viable alternative to building native apps.

AMP has more recently extended to e-commerce and other kinds of online content. Google earlier this year said AMP was used on more than 2 billion pages covering some 900,000 domains.

 

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Facebook Stories will arrive soon

social-network-76532_960_720 Facebook has revealed that it will launch Facebook Stories for Pages. Facebook Stories works just like Instagram Stories, Facebook users to share batches of contained content with their friends; it is accessible via a small bubble that appears, and it disappears by the next day.

Facebook had also revealed that its Stories product would arrive on the desktop website, Facebook has confirmed that Facebook Stories will soon roll out to Pages, a process that will happen cover ‘coming months,’ though no hard date was provided.