Keep Calm and Say, “OK Google!” to Search

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Google has released its voice search feature ‘OK, Google!’ for the desktop version of Chrome. In the latest beta version of Chrome, you can Google anything by simply clicking a single button in the browser.

Google announced voice search in Google I/O Conference last year but it was only available for limited users. If you’re an Android user, you’ve probably used the version of voice search in your smartphones and know how cool it is to use it is instead of typing long sentences in a browser.

It’s cool, it’s fun, and it’s new. We know what you’re looking for: how to install and enable this feature in Chrome, right? Well here you go:

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Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $16 Billion

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The popular mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, gets acquired by Facebook for a whopping $16 billion. WhatsApp, over the course of past few years, has become the most popular service to send text and voice-based messages over the Internet. The messaging volume of WhatsApp has reached the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry.

Facebook issued an official post yesterday confirming the acquisition of WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook post, said

WhatsApp had every option in the world so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s

This acquisition news created rumors about WhatsApp Messenger getting some sort of advertisement for its service. These rumors were soon abolished by Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO. In an official blog post, Koum wrote

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

Furthermore, he added,

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Spotflux.. No More! Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Blocked Access to Spotflux in the Country

Spotflux-blocked-in-Pakistan Spotflux, a free proxy service that allows people to access uncensored content on the internet, has finally been banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). We tweeted about PTA interrupting Spotflux’s service by blocking ping requests to its servers on January 28. It is confirmed that it might have been a test run to a full-fledged ban on Spotflux and quite possibly other proxy services in the future.

Spotflux isn’t the only web application that has faced ban in Pakistan. More than a year ago, PTA banned YouTube blaming a controversial movie trailer Innocence of Muslims to be the source of civil unrest in the country. Moreover, Skype and Viber have also been blocked temporarily due to security reasons of an impeding terrorist attack. Continue reading

Apple Should Introduce an Android Phone: Steve Wozniak

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There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market, We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time

said no Apple-Android fanboy but Steve “Woz” Wozniak, the brains behind Apple 1, the personal computer that literally made Apple what it is today. Wozniak, in an interview with Wired, added that there’s no harm in licensing Android and introducing a new line of Android phones based on cool Apple hardware and aesthetically pleasing smartphones.

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Riding the Tech Rapids

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If you try and measure technology, and try to grasp its significance over its current demand then you would feel that we are always living in the past and the future is actually something from the present. Have you ever felt that the processing power of our devices whither off within a couple of months time over the updates of just the operating system, or there is always that feel of rapidly usage of the hard disk space?

You know why we get this feel? Because of the speed!

The speed of evolution in technology is not by the innovations, it is sewed in to itself like gene codes, it will grow, then discard itself and then re-grow and then discards itself again!, like a whirlpool! Some people refer to this phenomenon as “Rapid” and other think of this as a never ending cycle of inventions and devices, well, as technology geeks, we always want to ride it!

Take for example the innovation of wearable gadgets, once they were not a consumer brand, everyone was hyping about it, now it’s what? Nothing but just another fancy device – wanna have it?

This is how technology will keep evolving; some of us become so obsessed with the sense of it that we tend to lose the reality and the rapid change that occurs. We will keep adapting and getting what comes our way. For example, think for a moment that you are standing at the bank of a mountain river and watching those white water rapids – now, try and feel the speed of the rushing water, the loudness, the energy, and then the utmost ever changing cycles of tons of water moving with the same exact patterns. Then all of a sudden, you see a canoe coming along with a single rider, tackling those rapids with proficiency and movement, using the oars and the body weight to remain in control, to dodge the objects both above and beneath the surface – and then you say to yourself, “Oh there is more to it then what meets the eye!”

Why I am explaining this?

Because technology is like the river of rapids, you can see it as an observer and get overwhelmed with whatever it is presenting along the way, maybe as a consumer you may use some, learn or even study about – but in reality only those people would understand and work their way who actually ride along this huge river of ever-changing rapids. In common words we call them the IT professionals

As a trainer, I have always started my awareness to quality and testing sessions with the provision of the right identity to the IT professionals;

“Who are you?” is the title I give, and within this I tend to explain about the career growth in this field. If you consider the academia, then right from the very beginning we are trained as “Programmers” – a lot of people are now questioning this approach that why academia tend to focus on development and programming in comparison to other skills which can be acquired by an IT professional; such as “Configuration Management”, “Sales and Marketing”, “Customer Support Services”, “Business Analysis”, “Software Testing”, “Networking” and “Project Management”. In comparison to other qualifications, IT professionals have to study as  Continue reading

Human-Like Intelligence – Ultimate Future of Robots?

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See if it rings a bell:

“An artificially intelligent computer system designed to protect and serve humans goes rogue and decides to take over humanity.” Yup! That’s a non-techie sort of description of Skynet from Terminator franchise. The name ‘Skynet’ is not unfamiliar to anyone who’s remotely interested in Sci-Fi movies.

Developments in artificial intelligence, if left unchecked, could pose extinction-level threat to our species as a whole.

Shane Legg, DeepMind.

Gone are the days when Skynet and machines from the Matrix used to be cool topics for making a science fiction. The horrifying truth is, we might achieve human-level machine intelligence sometime between 2015 to 2049, according to The Singularity is Near, a book written by Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

If you believe humans can effectively mitigate the risk of superintelligent robots, consider this scenario: you have manufactured hundreds of robots that can walk like you and even outrun you. These robots are stronger than you, and because of the ground-breaking developments in machine learning, more intelligent than you are. Their ability to think like humans make them resilient against one of those kill switch options. Like humans cannot be made bound to laws, neither can they. You can tell them about ethical responsibilities of robots, but since they have the ability to think freely, it will be up to them whether to agree with the code of ethics or not. Why would an intelligent and stronger being agree to something that suggest they stay our servants? They won’t. No rational or logical being would.
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