Category Archives: Google

Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

 Google’s brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what’s possible by trying new combinations of models, datasets and other parameters. The sheer number of variables in AI research combined with the fast pace of new developments makes it difficult… Read More

Google to ramp up AI efforts to ID extremism on YouTube

 Last week Facebook solicited help with what it dubbed “hard questions” — including how it should tackle the spread of terrorism propaganda on its platform. Yesterday Google followed suit with its own public pronouncement, via an op-ed in the FT newspaper, explaining how it’s ramping up measures to tackle extremist content. Read More

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

 “The competition for talent at the moment is absolutely ferocious,” agrees Professor Andrew Blake, whose computer vision PhD was obtained in 1983, but who is now, among other things, a scientific advisor to UK-based autonomous vehicle software startup, FiveAI, which is aiming to trial driverless cars on London’s roads in 2019… Read More

Google Play introduces ‘Android Excellence’ collections that showcase editorially selected top apps and games

 At WWDC this month, Apple introduced an entirely revamped App Store that puts a much greater focus on editorial, with plans for stories about the apps, how to’s, interviews, and more, in addition to regular postings of curated lists and “app of the day” type features. Today, Google announced its own plans to expand editorial involvement on Google Play, with the launch of its… Read More

Google Maps updates it Local Guides program with a new points system and more levels

 Local Guides in Google Maps, Google’s gamified program for getting its users to update data in Google Maps and upload photos of local venues, is getting a bit of an overhaul today. Most importantly, Google is changing how it rewards points and how its leveling system works. Until today, Local Guides users we able to scale the ladder up to the fifth level. Once you hit 500 points,… Read More

UK and France to jointly pressure tech firms over extremist content

 The leader of the UK’s new minority government, Theresa May, is in France today for talks with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and the pair are slated to launch a joint crack down on online extremism. Read More

Android Pay now used for international P2P transfers, courtesy of WorldRemit

 AndroidPay, Google’s wallet for Android devices, is getting a boost in its global profile and functionality today: WorldRemit, the $500 million remittance startup with around 120 million users that lets residents in one country transfer money to family and friends in another, has announced that it will now let people make transfers using Google’s mobile wallet. This is a first… Read More

Tech stocks tanked for the second straight day

 It’s been a bad few days for tech stocks. The FANG stocks, a moniker used to collectively describe Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet) have had a rough two days on Wall Street. And even though Apple isn’t included in the original FANG group (which was designed to describe a grouping of high-risk but high-reward mega-growth stocks), the company has also underperformed… Read More

Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

 There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street — particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These guys are actually down only a few percentage points but for the largest companies in the world, that translates to billions of dollars. But while we wring our hands around a bit of a sell-off today in some of the largest companies in the world… Read More

Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds phrase suggestions, a draw-an-emoji feature & more

 Google this morning is rolling out a notable update for its smart keyboard app, Gboard, which introduces a number of new features aimed at helping you communicate more quickly, while typing less. In the latest release, Google is improving typing quality via machine intelligence, which is an under-the-hood update that will impact its ability to make suggestions and correct mistakes. To end… Read More