Google engineering director Erik Kay talks about the new Allo messaging app and Duo video calling app during Google I/OGoogle has revealed its latest project to the world - an app which can effectively write your text messages for you.Allo learns over time from your style of writing and emoji use, and will present replies accordingly.Its Smart Reply feature is capable of analysing pictures sent to you - for example, a dog or a baby - and generating suggestions such as "Aww, cute dog!"will return results without the need to clarify who 'he' is.Clever feature Whisper Shout is an amusing way to enlarge or downscale your text in order to convey your emotions more clearly, and you can write and doodle on photos using Ink - similar to the way you can draw over Snapchat photos.Alongside Allo, Google launched new video messaging app Duo, which provides a live video preview of the caller in order to make the call feel less intrusive.
But Google s latest contender, Allo, is shaking things up with a very simple feature: It will let you modulate your voice when you re typing.When you re typing a message, you can drag on the send button to turn it into a slider.You can see what this looks like in the tweet embedded above.If someone sends you a picture of a dog, the app will be smart enough to recognize it and suggest responses like Cute dog!Google s Allo app will have AI-based auto-responses, like these canned messages when you get a dog pic IO2016 pic.twitter.com/0Sv91uvo5h— Damon Beres @dlberes May 18, 2016Google s new messaging app Allo lets you use automated smart replies.Allo also has other enjoyable features that you ll probably use less often.
Creative Commons licensed photo by Mark LatoneroChances are you re carrying around a smartphone and using it for all sorts of things including texting, checking email, navigation and finding a place to spend the night when traveling.For you it probably feels like a lifeline, but for refugees making the dangerous journey from Syria and other war torn countries to safer havens in Europe, it literally is a lifeline.As Wired documented, Many of these displaced people rely upon smartphones to find safe passage.Maps and GPS help chart the best course.Mark LatoneroFor the most part, this is a positive aspect to an otherwise desperate situation, but, as Data and Society Research Institute Fellow Mark Latonero points out, The tools that underpin this passage provide many benefits, yet are also used to exploit refugees and raise questions about surveillance.In another essay, Latonero warns about surveillance.
It s been long rumored that Google was looking to one up its own Messenger and Hangouts messaging apps.Allo has got cutesy little features like easy-to-use volume control to shout messages read as: make font bigger .But some of the woah future moments came with a demo of impressive image recognition built into the app.You can also message @google and launch all the powers of the Google search engine brain, powered by Google s own Knowledge Graph.You can also make this robot text messaging a group experience, and maybe the coolest feature, Allo has its own incognito mode, which end-to-end encrypts your messages.Seems Google is continuing its aggressive campaign to conquer your iPhone.
Text message?Luckily, the newest version of Cortana for Android can push notifications to the latest build of Windows 10.Winbeta via The Verge Leaked screenshots seem to confirm that Siri is coming to desktops.Of course screenshots can be easily faked but it s long been rumored that the virtual assistant will make it s way to OS X—and given Microsoft and Google s push for intelligent voice interaction, it s no surprise that Apple intends to toss a spinning beach ball into the ring.Or at least, it feels like the newest iteration of Chatroulette or Justin.tv which certainly makes you wonder how they ll moderate all those streams .But at least that means you ll be seeing more of us.
If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp.And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.Like any other messaging app, you can find your friends and send text messages back-and-forth.But unlike the rest, you'll get to create your own avatar that looks suspiciously close to the Xbox Live avatars.These avatars will occasionally react to certain keywords in your conversation.The free app launched yesterday, and is currently an iOS exclusive.
Most of us want to know be notified when important emails come through, but we could car less for the the abundance of clutter we receive on the daily.However, there also might be some emails you really care about seeing immediately.While you could turn on your mail app s notifications, doing so would likely just add to your list of distractions.Thankfully, there s an old-school solution for the situation if you re on any of the major phone carriers.Step 1: Google your carrier name and add email phone number to your search query.For instance, if you re with T-Mobile, you ll want to tack on @tmomail.net to your phone number.
More and more people are moving away from traditional landline phones and going to mobile phones only.It has no games or web browser so kids can only call out or receive calls and keep connected with family or friends whenever they want.Older users who find it hard to use a normal smartphone and use the Ily with large icons that only need touched to call specific people.Ily calls can ring through to another Ily phone at the other end or the call recipients smartphone or tablet.The smart home phone also supports text messaging via the app and the smart home phone base.SlashGear's reporting on crowdfunded projects should in no way be seen as an endorsement, unless specifically stated, and we recommend closely examining the terms and conditions to understand your individual rights as a backer before making a pledge.
Makes texting more productive with interactive bubbles to help schedule get-togethers, make to-do lists, vote on quick polls, and more.SMS short message service texting dates back to the early 80s, and has remained largely the same ever since.That s a good thing, because the app is currently exclusive to iPhone it can t be installed on other iOS devices and requires a US-based phone number for registration.All of the same options are displayed, and the sender is notified via push notification seconds after the recipient s response has been recorded.The first is a time-limited take on Apple s Find My Friends, while the photo options are a great way to send images to numbers like Google Voice that aren t equipped to receive multimedia MMS messages.bubble makes it easy to pick a few potential times to set up a meeting or group event.
Some mobile carriers are playing catch up, rolling out clones of the popular messaging apps—with mixed results.Others aren t trying or have given up, saying they can t compete with Silicon Valley and are better off focusing on their core voice and data services.A few years ago, carriers charged a dime or more each time a customer sent or received a text message via SMS, or short message service, or a photo or video sent via multimedia messaging service.They are the big winners, said Veli-Matti Mattila, chief executive of Finland s largest carrier, Elisa, which isn t planning to compete with its own messaging app.Mobile providers say apps that can do this are still in early development, which is why they are currently incompatible.—Thomas Gryta contributed to this article.
Some people don t have a choice, as they re issued a work device but still want a separate phone for personal use.Whether you own your own business or just want to more closely guard your number, here s a sampling of the two-number options worth considering.It s pretty straightforward: you sign up for an account and select a phone number, which you get to pick from several choices based on the area code you want.Once that s done, it s $10 per month for unlimited texts and inbound calls, 5,000 outbound minutes, call screening, and a few other features.The design could use a few splashes of paint as there s some persistent Holo design hanging around, but the app definitely gets the job done.It works over your carrier network, although Wi-Fi calling is part of the $3 per month Pro upgrade, which also kills the ads from the interface and ensures that your number doesn t disappear.
Last week in Nairobi, over 700 people gathered to discuss how information and communications technologies ICTs are being utilized around the world to accelerate achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals SDGs .The annual ICT for Development ICT4D Conference hosted by CRS, NetHope, and others, highlighted the role that ICTs play in delivering critical services across a range of sectors, informing policy decisions, as well as improving monitoring and evaluation.At ICT4D, many non-profit organizations and aid institutions described how their operations, and thereby their impacts, improve with Internet access.The Red Cross and its partners developed a low cost fire detection solution deployed in family dwellings that can detect a fire and send alarms across the entire connected network via LoRa and text messaging.Second, existing models have succeeded at a relatively small scale but face a lack of early-stage financing, limited partnership opportunities, and unfamiliar or restrictive regulations.Credit: John Garrity
Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose.Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms infrastructure: Twilio is launching a new product called Programmable Wireless — a SIM-based service that it has built in partnership with T-Mobile so that developers can build full-featured, all-in-one cellular services, to be used wherever they want, whether that s in an object as part of an IoT network, or even a consumer product, like a new mobile phone service.While the old-guard carriers stifle innovation and try to lock up all the value for themselves, T-Mobile has a different philosophy; we openly partner with world-class companies, like Twilio, to empower entrepreneurs and ignite wireless innovation.Second, using these services is typically a lot less expensive than working to get the same service by way of the telco directly.For now, Lawson tells me that the most immediate users of its SIMs for phone-based services are likely to be enterprises, which might develop phones for their workers that are customized with a very limited set of calling options, or are simply more easy to track in a bigger bring-your-own-device program, where workers provide their own handset or choose whichever handset they want to use, but get the SIM put into it.Pricing — specifically how people will respond to it — is one of the biggest, but so is security and how its SIM will work with third-party programs to help track and lock down phones in an enterprise network.
It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.MUST SEE: 2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out forEvery few years like clockwork, a new company comes along to save us from cell phone carriers.The company s Google Fi service uses a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi to offer dirt-cheap prices — unlimited voice and text messaging cost just $20 per month, and then Google charges $10 for every 2GB of data.Apple may or may not have investigated the possibility of launching its own wireless service in the past, but we now have definitive word from CEO Tim Cook that the company will not enter the wireless space.We ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.The wait continues…Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
Image: RCMPIf you live in British Columbia, don t try to sneak out a quick text while driving just because you don t see any cops on the road.The RCMP., Canada s version of the FBI, have started using DLSR cameras attached to massive scopes to spot distracted drivers from as far as three-quarters-of-a-mile away.We all instinctively know to hide our phones while driving when we see a police car, but that doesn t make using them any less illegal.RCMP isn t saying where the spotting scopes are being set up for obvious reasons, but it has admitted they are primarily being used at intersections t which drivers are stopped at a red light or a stop sign—where it s still illegal to use your phone.It s also easier for officers to snap a sharp photo of the offense when a vehicle isn t whizzing by.s newest weapon against distracted driving publicly known will hopefully serve as a deterrent to drivers.
Image Source: RCMPTexting and driving is a menace that s up there with chugging vodka while at the wheel, and cops the world over are slowly cracking down on it.With a DSLR and some serious glass, if you re Canada s Mounties.A CBC News report spotted by PetaPixel shows RCMP officers in British Columbia using a new set-up to catch drivers who are texting and driving at intersections.The rig consists of a DSLR, a 50mm lens, and a target-shooting spotting scope.It s a reasonably affordable set of kit — certainly cheaper than a 500mm zoom lens — but it should be good enough to capture photos of offenders from three-quarters of a mile away.Legislation was recently introduced in New York state to give cops textalyzers, devices that could be used on driver s phones after a crash to see if they had been using it in the run-up to an accident.
It seemed pretty absurd at the time, especially when you consider just how little data is actually transmitted for each message.But the price wasn't there to offset the cost of transmitting each text message.Essentially, when you purchase internet service from a company, you're paying for two different things.Every game you download, every email you open, and every episode of your favorite show that you watch on Netflix.According to their tool, I'm on track to use more than 1TB of data this month, which is significantly less than the data cap that they currently enforce elsewhere in the country.DSL users will get 150GB per month, and U-verse internet subscribers will get 300GB, 600GB, or 1TB, depending on the speed of the plan you select.
Magic Leap, the highly-secretive startup backed by Google that's creating some sort of augmented-reality device, has announced that it plans to work with outside app creators in the future.While this is an obvious move — any hardware is only as good as its apps or experiences that power it — it could indicate that Magic Leap is moving closer to actually getting its hardware in the hands of developers.In a recent Q session, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz announced a new initiative where Magic Leap's technology will be made available to third-party developers so they could  make really cool things," according to The Verge.The Verge reports that Magic Leap also revealed a partnership with Twilio, a startup that lets app developers add features like phone calls or text messaging to their apps, which will allow the startup to integrate its software with Magic Leap s technology.One of the app creators will be picked through a contest at Twilio's conference for app creators, Signals, according to The Verge, but the rest of the selection process is a mystery — as is the timing of when the other developers will be allowed access to Magic Leap's tech.Abovitz did talk about how Magic Leap's tech could, in theory, create realistic holograms — either of objects in a work environment or actual people — to allow for collaboration or virtual in-person meetings.You can see what using Magic Leap is like, filmed through the actual device without added CGI, in the video below.NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
Many more landlines than mobiles are registered with the TPSMobile phone users can opt out of nuisance calls by text message for the first time from today.The TPS should send a text reply confirming the number has been added to its database.The service may take 28 days to become fully effective but customers should notice a reduction in unwanted sales and marketing voice calls within days.Video: Dec 2014: Tackle Cold CallsIt is illegal for organisations to make unsolicited calls to numbers registered with the TPS unless they get consent."Texting will make it easier for people to register their mobile numbers on the TPS, which is the only official no-call list, and help us stamp out rogue callers once and for all by giving the Information Commissioner more ammunition to prosecute these cases."Baroness Neville Rolfe, the minister responsible for data protection, said: "Nuisance calls are incredibly intrusive and can cause significant distress, particularly to elderly and vulnerable members of society.
Almost certainly not, but that hasn't stopped the world's worst people - cold callers and scam artists - from using this question as an excuse to ring up and hassle you.All you need to do is send a text message.TPS is the government approved list of people who have opted in to not be hassled by cold callers - and if telemarketers do call you, they're technically breaking the law.To join the list, all you now need to do is text "TPS" followed by your mobile number to 78070.It might take up to 28 days to kick in properly - but after that, you can be confident that if you get a call from an unknown number, it is less likely to be someone trying to sell you something.Of the new text service, TPS head John Mitchison is quoted as saying "Texting will make it easier for people to register their mobile numbers on the TPS, which is the only official no-call list, and help us stamp out rogue callers once and for all by giving the Information Commissioner more ammunition to prosecute these cases."
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