Digital Assistants Offer to Make Lives Easier for People

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Partly because Google reckons it's the most efficient way to get the information, especially if there are variables and interruptions, and partly because if you got a phone call from the Terminator you'd probably hang up. The unspoken goal: Keep users asking questions and sharing information with the company - which can use that to collect more data to improve its answers and services. In a later version, Google Maps will help users find the correct direction to walk toward with an AR-generated arrow floating in a real-world environment.

Well, Google just showed the world that such a technology exists and it will be available via Google Assistant in the near future. The feature will also use local landmarks and buildings captured by the camera to help guide the trip.

Google added a built-in support for a notch cutting into the display at the top of the screen, called "display cutout support". Content in "Full Coverage" is an unpersonalized view of events from a range of trusted news sources so it will be the same for everyone. But now, Gmail will roll out phrases as you write and you can tap to include them. For example, "I haven't seen you" might be autocompleted to "I haven't seen you in a while and I hope you're doing well".

One thing is certain: As technologies get more advanced, our relationships with them will only get more complicated.

"It seems like something that would be helpful for our clients", said Katherine Esperanza, co-owner of the Slick & Dapper barbershop in Oakland, Calif. Ms. Esperanza, however, wondered if the shop would be able to block the calls, and said it "begs the question about whether the conversation is recorded and if the recipient of these automated calls could be aware that they're being recorded". Nonetheless, for Google Home users, it's a good news. Amazon recently added a similar feature. We do this in search all the time.

In a blog, Google said it was informing advertisers and publisher partners about changes to its ad policies. Whenever it recognises a photo of one of your Google contacts, it can suggest sharing the photo with that person.

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Google photos cannot just restore our old black and white photos, but also convert them to colour images.

Google revealed that nine new device types now work natively with Google Assistant. Google will be focusing on a few specific scenarios initially, before expanding it further. In the midst of its annual I/O conference, a new feature in the Android photos app was shown off: Users who had old black and white photos could now colorize them. Another is called Newscasts.

A new Google News app will be getting several new features, including Newscasts, which gives users a preview of a story, and lets them decide where to go from there.

The all-new Google News replaces Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News and Weather app on mobile.

"Our AI constantly reads the firehose of the web for you, for millions of articles, videos, podcasts and comments being published every minute". "Our research has been core to the development and integration of these systems into Google products and platforms".

Making the competition in Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants space tougher, Google on Tuesday announced that people will soon have a choice of choosing from six voices, including one of musician John Legend, to talk to "Google Assistant".

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