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Google search now lets you hum to it when you forget a song – Tech News by Post24x7

2020-10-16 19:17:00
Google

Google announced its newest feature, hum to search, on October 15, 2020. This option enables you to hum a song you cannot remember, to the Google Search widget or the latest version of Google app.

The California-headquartered technology company also extended this feature to its Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based assistant, Google Assistant. It works when you say, “Hey Google, what’s this song?” One can hum the tune, which doesn’t have to be pitch perfect, for ten to fifteen seconds and it then gives you a list of songs similar to the tune.

The list is generated by Google’s machine learning algorithms that identify the tune enabling them to give the “potential song matches.”

How does this work?

The company’s search models are trained to identify singing, whistling, humming or studio-recording of the tune. As the machine learning model identifies a tune, it is converted into a numeric sequence that will represent the song’s melody.

“A song’s melody is like it’s fingerprint,” said Krishna Kumar, Senior Product Manager of Google Search. Having their own unique identities, the tunes are matched to the “right fingerprint” by their machine learning models. As the number-based sequences are generated, the algorithm compares them to songs that are available across the globe.

Built on the work of Google’s music recognition technology, the models match the human version of the tune to a song that was recorded in a studio. This music recognition technology was used in Now Playing in Google Pixel phones and the SoundSearch feature on the Google app.

The “hum to search” feature is currently available in more than twenty languages on Android and works in English for iOS users.

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Google launches new flagship Pixel 5: Details here – Tech News by Post24x7

2020-10-01 00:25:00
Google

Google finally launched the Pixel 5 at the Launch Night In event. The company also launched the Pixel 4a 5G and a new Google smart speaker. The Pixel 5 is the new Google flagship for next year. The phone has been launched in two colours Just Black and Sage Green. The phone is priced at $699.

Interestingly, Google has not launched the phone with a flagship Qualcomm chipset. The company has opted for Snapdragon 765, a chipset that also features in OnePlus’ mid-range device Nord. The chipset is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

The Pixel 5 gets a 6-inch OLED display with a FullHD+ display. The display comes with a punch hole on the top right corner. The Pixel 5 bezels are relatively slimmer to the Pixel 4a 5G.

In the camera department, the phone gets a 12.2 MP lens as the primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 16MP ultra wide lens. The front facing snapper houses a 8MP lens. The primary camera setup is placed in square elevated cut out and comes with a flash.

The company has placed a fingerprint sensor under the camera on the rear panel. The fingerprint sensor is the only biometric authentication method provided by the company.

The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery unit. The battery does support Qi charging and uses a USB Type C port for wired charging.

Following the tradition, the latest Pixel comes with the Android 11 update out of the box. The company promises three years of OS and security updates with the phone. The Pixel 5 also gets IP68 certification for water and dust protection. Google has skipped the 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone.

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Android’s Google Play Store removes 17 apps infected with malware: Check if you have any – Tech News by Post24x7

2020-09-29 14:29:00
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A few Android apps seem to be plagued with new malware and they have been taken down from the Google Play Store. A total of 17 applications were found to be infected by the Joker malware. The set of applications were discovered by security researchers at a California-based IT security company called Zscaler.

According to the statement released by the organisation, these 17 application were downloaded 1,20,000 times. The researchers were constantly monitoring the Joker malware and had witnessed regular uploads of it onto the Google Play store. Once the Google Android Security team was notified, the suspicious apps were removed. However, phones that already had these apps installed should remove them from their phones manually.

In a statement, Zscaler security researcher stated, “Joker is one of the most prominent malware families that continually targets Android devices. Despite awareness of this particular malware, it keeps finding its way into Google’s official application market by employing changes in its code, execution methods, or payload-retrieving techniques. This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.”

These are the apps affected by the malware and can be dangerous to the user’s data and device:

All Good PDF Scanner

Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message

Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

Tangram App Lock

Direct Messenger

Private SMS

One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator

Style Photo Collage

Meticulous Scanner

Desire Translate

Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus

Care Message

Part Message

Paper Doc Scanner

Blue Scanner

Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF

All Good PDF Scanner

For the detailed report released by the security researchers, click here.

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Play billing necessary for selling services through Google Play – Tech News by Post24x7

2020-09-29 11:04:00
Google

NEW DELHI: Amid rising questions about its Play Store policies, Google today clarified how billing works on its app store. The company said developers who are using the Play Store to sell digital services will be required to use its built-in payment tools and pay a 30% commission to Google.

“Every developer that chooses to sell digital content through Google Play will use Play billing. Developers have choice, they have third party stores, they can sell through the web, and in many different ways,” said Purnima Kochikar, Director, Google Play.

Today’s clarification is a reiteration of Google’s long-standing policies around billing, and the company says 97% of developers on Google Play also comply with it. The company is giving the remaining 3% of developers time till September 30, 2021 to make changes necessary to their apps to comply with these policies.

“This has been a long road in several clarifications,” said Kochikar, with respect to the timing of the announcement. She said the company continuously clarifies its policies every quarter, but felt that “it was important” to have an “open dialogue” about this particular policy because of questions that were being asked. She didn’t mention any Indian app which has violated the billing policies.

Kochikar said when it clarified its policies around SMS/call log permissions last year, it reduced apps that were looking at such permissions by 96%.

Companies like Google and Apple have been facing push-back, and even litigation, worldwide about their billing policies for app stores. Both companies recently dropped gaming giant Epic Games from their respective stores for violating their billing policies.

A notable difference between Google and Apple’s policies though is that the Android maker won’t just allow apps to use their own payment methods, they will also be able to communicate these methods to users, something Apple doesn’t allow. “To clarify, Google Play does not have any limitations here on this kind of communication outside of a developer’s app. For example, they might have an offering on another Android app store or through their website at a lower cost than on Google Play,” the company said in a blog post.

Commissions Google and Apple charge on their respective app stores was also the subject of a recent antitrust investigation by the US Congress.

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Google Maps will soon show covid-19 outbreaks in your area – Tech News by Post24x7

2020-09-24 07:28:00
Google

With the cases of covid-19 not slowing down, technology giant Google on Wednesday announced a new feature for Google Maps.

The latest feature in the Google Maps will be known as ‘COVID layer’ and according to Google it will show the users important information like number of covid-19 cases in an area which will help the users to take decisions of whether to go to that particular area or not.

With the pandemic showing no signs of being contained, Google will roll out the new feature in its latest update this week on both Android and iOS this week.

How the ‘Covid layer’ function will work

Google in its blogpost has said that the users can see the data in Google Maps after opening the it and tapping on the layers button on the top right hand corner of the screen and clicking on the “covid-19 info”.

This will then show a seven-day average of new covid cases per 100,000 people for the area of the map you’re looking at, and a label that indicates whether the cases are trending up or down.

Google will also add colour coding feature which will help the users to distinguish the density of new cases in an area. Trending case data is visible at the country level for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available.

Google will collect the data for the covid-19 cases in a particular area from different sources which will include Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.

These sources get data from public health organizations like the World Health Organization, government health ministries, along with state and local health agencies and hospitals.

Meanwhile, covid-19 cases in the U.S. increased 0.6% as compared with the same time Tuesday to 6.91 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The increase matched the average daily gain over the past week. Deaths rose by 0.5% to 201,319.

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