With its DeepMind technology Google are hitting the AI scene pretty hard, and in a recent interview it's CEO, Sundar Pichai, had some pretty interesting things to say about how seriously they are taking it.
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A long, long time ago, having a good password was all you needed to make sure your Gmail (or other online) account was secure. Now, if you don't have two-factor authentication, or 2FA, then you're missing out on a really simple way to protect yourself. Why, then, do less than 10 per cent of Gmail users have 2FA enabled? Great question.
Twitter admitted on Friday that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin -- and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that "followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a tweet from these accounts during the election period."
Google released a new AI tool today designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The software is called Cloud AutoML Vision. In an accompanying blog post, the chief scientist of Google's Cloud AI division explains how the software can help users without machine learning backgrounds harness artificial intelligence.
Amid seemingly endless controversies about content on YouTube (including, most recently, a Logan Paul video shot in Japan's "suicide forest"), Google announced major changes yesterday to how videos would be monetised on the site. Going forward, the company says big channels included in its coveted Google Preferred program will be manually vetted for ad friendliness. Far more drastically, the video-sharing site is making it a lot harder for small channels to make money off the platform - and uploaders are pissed.
Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - or vice versa - is the on-board software. We put the two flagship devices side by side to see how Pixel Android compares to Samsung Android.
Google Home and Chromecast devices are reportedly killing peoples' Wi-Fi. The problem, first reported by Android Police, originally seemed localised to users of the Google Home Max speaker (unavailable in Australia) and the cheap, but usually excellent, TP-Link Archer C7 router. However since Android Police first reported the problem, it seems to have spread to other Google devices and TP-Link routers.
Every major VR player has made the same promise. A VR headset that would be completely wireless. One that would let you go anywhere without tripping over cords or being tethered to a computer/phone/PS4. Google, which has spent more than a year quietly improving its VR platform, Daydream, is now the first company to cross the standalone finish line. The Daydream-powered Lenovo Mirage Solo is a beauty.
If you've seen a lot of people suddenly sharing uncannily similar artistic doppelgängers of themselves recently, Google's facial recognition abilities and massive database of art are to blame. The tech giant recently recently added a new feature to its Arts and Culture app which allows users to snap a photo and instantaneously get a list of portraits they resemble, and it's pretty good.
The slap fight between Google and Amazon, in which the two corporations fought over whether the Amazon Show could display YouTube videos, just started to make a whole lot more sense. Google is pushing a whole range of Show-like devices out through Lenovo, Sony, LG, and JBL. They will all have YouTube baked right in.
Up until this week, those turning to the Google search bar for information on drug addiction in the UK might have been served misleading ads directing them to pricey private clinics. But after the release of a Sunday Times report claiming the tech giant was making "millions" from rehab-related search ads, Google announced it has banned the ad category entirely in Britain.
If you use Google's products, there's a good chance the company already has a copy your credit card details stored somewhere - in your Chrome browser's autofill settings, gathering dust in a Google Wallet, or inside Android Pay. But soon, "over the coming weeks", Google says it will merge the various ways it gobbles up this information under a new umbrella called Google Pay.