Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

While the image hinted towards an almost bezel-less display on Google Pixel XL 2, fresh information has popped up regarding the device. According to a report by XDA Developers, the Google smartphone will arrive with an ‘Always On’ display mode, multiple display profiles, and ability to use squeeze features even when the screen is not active.

The Ambient display feature that will work in the same manner as it does on Samsung’s new smartphones. The highlight of the Always On Display is the ability to have the display enabled but display just a little information to show you the updates. This means it will also display useful information and notifications when the handset is not active. To remind you, this feature was spotted in the code of the Android O Developer Preview 3. So albeit indirectly, it was suggested that the upcoming Pixel smartphones, which will be running Android O, would sport this feature.

On the downside, this feature is believed to incur some extent of battery drain. This feature could have been included at the beginning itself but if Google does not push through, there will be numerous ways to get the same via the third-party apps.

In addition, Google has also been rumored to include sRGB mode into the display settings. Previously, this mode was only accessible through Developer options. Apart from that, there is likely to be an option called “Vivid Colors”.


Indian-origin UK graduate wins £2 million software deal

Hardeep ‘Harry’ Jawanda

Jawanda did his BSc in information technology management for business at Birmingham City University.(File photo)

Hardeep ‘Harry’ Jawanda, a former England hockey player, has secured a £2 million deal with a global education technology firm that will see his software spread across the UK and Australasia.

Jawanda, CEO and co-founder of the Wambiz private social network, did his BSc in information technology management for business at Birmingham City University, graduating with first-class honours in 2009.

His company’s intellectual property rights and distribution network have been acquired by the Tribal Group, which provides services and software to the higher education sector. The deal includes distribution in education markets across the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Established in 2013 by Jawanda (30) and business partner Andrew West, Wambiz provides a safe means for students to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers, teachers and institutions in an engaging yet controlled manner.

The university said in a release that with young people increasingly unresponsive to traditional communications such as texts and emails, Wambiz has the same look and feel as the social media platforms students are using every day in their personal lives.

This results in greatly increased student engagement outside of the classroom, but at the same time does not blur the line between social and school life, safeguarding the professional integrity of teachers and student welfare.

Jawanda said: “The deal with Tribal is our largest to date and it was important for us to find a partner that understands education and could take our solution deeper into that market…Tribal has the resources to extend and grow this functionality in the education markets within their territories whilst allowing Wambiz to focus on the rest of the world.”


Google Skilling programme aims to train 2 million mobile developers in India

Google Skilling programme aims to train 2 million mobile developers in India

In a fillip to government’s Skill India initiative, technology giant Google on Monday launched its “Android Skilling and Certification” programme to help make the country a global hub of high-quality mobile developers.

The programme aims to train two million mobile developers by unveiling a slew of initiatives to skill up, educate and certify millions of talended students and developers in Android development.

“With nearly four million developers, India is expected to have largest developer population globally by 2018. But today, only 25 per cent of them are building for mobile,” Caesar Sengupta, Vice President (Product Management) at Google, told reporters here.

India is uniquely placed to innovate and shape the internet experience of billions of users “who are and will come online on the mobile platform,” he added.

Google also launched an instructor-led training programme on Android fundamentals to provide an in-person training to students in universities.

In addition to all public and private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India, the course will be available free of charge on NTPEL (an initiative of IITs and IISc) as part of its online “Mobile Computing” course, starting from July 18.

Google has tied up with training partners like Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad who will operate as authorised Android training partners in India to help Google train the trainers and update Android courseware to prepare students for Android certification.

“By building a world-class curriculum and making it easily accessible to the students, we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and make India the global leader in mobile app development,” Sengupta added.

Google also announced the launch of its globally recognised job-oriented “Associate Android Developer Certification” exam that will help candidates get an entry-level Android developer job.

After training, the aspiring candidates can log on to the Google Developer training website and take the certification exam priced at Rs 6,500.

“We introduced the Android Nanodegree programme in India last year with Udacity and today, we have over 11,500 students in India enrolling every month in our courses,” said Peter Lubbers, Head of Google Developer Training.

Google will also open-source all Android Developer Fundamentals practicals and courseware and make these available to everyone for free.




[Source: Techrader]

Is Microsoft’s chatty bot platform just Clippy Mark 2?


Analysis At last, Microsoft’s visionary CEO has found a “vision thing” that doesn’t need a Hegelian philosopher to decode. And it looks like a very old thing.

CEO Satya Nadella calls it “Conversations as a Platform”, and it’s all about chatty bots.

“Bots are the new apps,” Nadella told Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference this week, giving the wannabe platform pride of place. We’re told that conversational bots will marry the “power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence”. There’s a Bot Framework for developers. Ambitiously, he wants corner shops to develop their own bots.

“People-to-people conversations, people-to-digital assistants, people-to-bots and even digital assistants-to-bots. That’s the world you’re going to get to see in the years to come.”

Well, maybe.

It’s a platform that Microsoft may be able to do, and a new virgin platform is something that it really needs. Microsoft was in the right place at the right time when command lines were superseded by GUIs, and also when PCs became capable enough to use as business servers. But it missed out on web services and mobile, and most of the smaller platform bets haven’t paid off. Its advertising platform was muscled out by Google. So if Microsoft isn’t to become Your Dad’s ancient IT company, Redmond needs a new frontier to attract developers, and eventually consumers. Could bots be it?

The Twitter experiment Tay has been a superb demonstration of the limitations of the technology. Although I quite like Tay, personally: if the goal was to replicate a teenager, then it’s getting better by the day.

“i’m smoking kush infront the police”, Tay announced this week, adding a cute marijuana leaf to the tweet. Note the contextual awareness. Smart.

The question is not whether Microsoft can overcome the initial technical hurdles – it has a scalable cloud and really good scientists – but whether we users actually view conversational interruptions as an enhancement or a nuisance.

In many situations, conversational bots, no matter how smart or context-aware, are going to be perceived as a nuisance. They are by definition an intrusion: two people are talking and a third suddenly appears, unbidden. To counter this, the bot tries to be funny or helpful, but this only reminds us of the most famous conversational hijacker to escape Redmond. The demonstrations so far show the same eager-to-please obsequiousness as Microsoft’s most notorious pop-up bot, Clippy the Paperclip.

Clippy had what Verity Stob called Comic Sans (“I’m the font that laughs at your jokes”) attitude. Tay was trying fairly hard to please to. But, seriously, there’s much to learn from Clippy.

The received wisdom (and Bloomberg Businessweek mulls over the same question) is that Clippy the Office assistant failed because it lacked contextual awareness or a useful payload. I don’t think that’s true. A lot of the time it the advice was actually helpful in some way, but it was the intrusion itself was inappropriate.

The most notorious interruption, “It looks like you’re trying to write a letter,” was the most annoying, because we actually knew how to write a letter, and at the moment Clippy popped up, we were trying very hard to choose a salutation and compose those difficult opening lines, without being bothered about formatting or page structure. The interruption arrived just when you didn’t want an interruption. We didn’t have the bandwidth for Clippy, just at that moment. So Clippy didn’t fail for lack of good intentions, or contextual unawareness. but because the interruption was inappropriate.

This seems to me the fly in the ointment. Every day we swat away bots with hardly any resentment. Bots remind me when I should set out for an appointment, and when I’ve arrived at my destination, by car or bus. Bots aren’t the problem: these bots are personal, nobody else sees them, and nobody else notices my bot go off. Conversational bots on the other hard, attempt to seize a private social situation.

Nadella said some very encouraging things about social responsibility in his brief keynote this week, but I wonder if the ambition didn’t take account of social mores. Our former US correspondent Thomas C Greene once defined the difference between Americans and the British in conversation. Americans were quite happy to address the general space around them, without too much regard about who might be listening, or what anyone thought. For the British, a conversation was much more about manners (which is rules of context). And for the Japanese, even more so. Japanese children learn their grammar several times over, and must know which to use depending on (more rules of context). Conversational bots are much more like an American generally announcing things without caring if anyone is listening.


[Source:- The Register]

Xiaomi Launches Mi Water Purifier 2, Mi Router 3, and New Bluetooth Speaker

Xiaomi Launches Mi Water Purifier 2, Mi Router 3, and New Bluetooth Speaker

At a media event on Tuesday, Xiaomi announced its Mi Ecosystem sub-brand. The company also took the opportunity to unveil the first product in that lineup, the Mi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker. At the event, the Chinese technology conglomerate also announced refresh of many of its existing product categories, unveiling the Mi Water Purifier 2, a new Bluetooth Speaker, and Mi Router 3.

The Xiaomi Water Purifier 2 utilises reverse osmosis to remove impurities from water, at a rate of one litre per minute. The company says the advanced filtration technology in the purifier allows it to detect particles as small as 0.0001 microns. It’s smart too as it connects to your Wi-Fi network, allowing you to check the quality of water from your Android and iOS devices. The Xiaomi Water Purifier 2, weighing 11.8kg, is priced at CNY 2,000 (roughly $310, or Rs. 20,500).


The Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker is getting some attention too. The speaker now boasts of a 1200mAh battery, which according company’s claim, can last for up to 7 hours of continuous music playback. Measuring 60x60x93.3mm, the refreshed Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker offers 5W output. There are small LED indicators in the front that offer more aesthetic value before anything else, and the Bluetooth Speaker which also has a built-in microphone, supports up to 10 metres of distance. The Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker is priced at CNY 129 (roughly $20, or Rs. 1,320).

At the event, Xiaomi also announced the Mi Router 3. The new router sports four-antenna design, which according to claims, enhances the signal strength. The Mi Router 3 features support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. It is priced at CNY 149 (roughly $23, or Rs. 1,530).


[Source:- Gadgets.ndtv]