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Things to Expect from Google I/O This Year Around

Things to Expect from Google I/O This Year Around

Before you get started about Google I/O being for developers, let me just stop you there. Google I/O can be informative for others as well, with only few months away, Google I/O is the place where Google gets to show off. Starting off on the 8th of May to the 10th of the same month, Google I /O is Google’s annual tech conference. The whole purpose is for Google to announce the latest and greatest in their hardware and software and it is also a chance for developers to network and find out more about what they can expect form Google in the coming months and what it will mean for them and their apps.

Wait, Wait before you go ahead and say it is only for developers, I just said it myself…, there is a lot a person can learn from Google’s I/O that they may find useful, like the latest in apps, changes to Android, New Google products and such.

More talk of Android P in Google I/O?

Is Google I/O going to be the place where Google releases the name of Android P? maybe or maybe not. Google has released the developer preview of Android P a while ago and what we do know is that they stopped certification for new devices running Android 7 Nougat. But do we know what the P in Android P stands for, well no.  Maybe Google can help in that department.

We can also expect more details of the OS like the notch, updates for apps and so forth.

Updates for Google Services in Google I/O:

Talking first on what’s scheduled at the Google I/O. Google is planning on giving a little attention to Google Photos this Google I/O. Let’s hope we get to see more cool features from the tech giant in Google Photos.

Another thing on the cards is material changes to Chrome and Google Play services (at least it is an educated guess), Maybe at the Google I/O we will get to see any changes to the design languages in these two platforms.

Another Boost for AR/VR this Google I/O?

Ok let’s be honest Google’s AR/VR hasn’t really taken off for the company and Daydream got off to a bad start in 2017 but hopefully at the Google I/O we can expect new changes to the AR/VR category. Now since it is more accessible and with more changes, if announced at Google I/O then this Google’s platform can get a much needed boost.

What’s in a change of name?

Designated as another session on the agenda, Google recently changed Android Wear to WearOS. Google will also speak more on “WearOS” in this Google I/O session. We will hear more about updates regarding the same.

Google Assistant becoming smarter and is learning more languages?

Google is planning to make Google Assistant available in 30 countries and is also planning on making the assistant be able to grasp 17 new languages. There are also talks of a multi- lingual function that will allow you to switch between two or more languages with Google assistant.

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Internet Security

How to Secure Your Smart Home

How to Secure Your Smart Home

Homes are getting smarter. The internet of things is making life much easier and one can today have a number of smart devices in the house which can make so many of our daily tasks easier. Therefore it is important that you protect your smart home. One will have to make use of smart home network security solutions for this purpose. Here are some tips to help you secure your home and devices:

Update your devices

One of the reasons that the security of the smart devices is at risk is that they are not updated. Make sure that you update all your gadgets at regular intervals. You can make use of smartphone apps or the website of the manufacturer for the purpose of updating the gadgets.

Keep your settings under check

You have done all that is needed to ensure that the smart gadgets at home control the lights and the air conditioner. But make it a habit to check the settings at regular intervals as well. In case the gadgets are password protected, then do not use the same password for all the devices. Also make sure that you change the password on a regular basis. If there is no need of web connection for a gadget then make sure that you remove the connection.

Good Wi-Fi security is a must

Keep in mind that it is very easy for hackers to hack all your data and gadgets in your smart home. So make sure that you have a secure Wi-Fi network. Devices will have a default password. Make sure that you change this default password.

Protect your router

For getting online your router holds the key. So make sure that your router is locked. Change the username and the password on a regular basis. Keep in mind that you must connect your smart home gear to the web only if it is really very important. Make sure that you double check any online request that you get to bypass the router configuration or to change the default connection of the router. If these requests are from unknown sources it is better to ignore these requests.

Make use of a smart security solution:

In order to keep your smart home safe and secure you will have to take all the precautions. But it is always better to have more layers of security. It is always a good thing to opt for a smart security solution like Bitdefender. This will help you in protecting all the smart devices in the home. Most of these security solution providers offer an app which you can manage all the devices in your home network on. They also provide parental control to check the online activities of the kids and to manage the screen time. Opt for a solution that is compatible with your home network and one which has a maximum internet speed.

These are some of the measures that one can take in order to keep all the smart devices in their smart home secure.

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New Bose–Einstein Condensate Created at Aalto University

New Bose–Einstein Condensate Created at Aalto University

The Bose- Einstein Condensate theory: A Diversification

Looking back, and I mean way back, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Bose came up with a theory that postulates something like this- that by using quantum mechanics, a large number of particles can behave like a concert, basically meaning as if they were a single particle. This theory came to be known as the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory. Fast forwarding a bit, the same theory was later enacted by a group of scientists in the year 1995, which created the first condensate of gas of alkali atoms using the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory.

Researchers today are trying to replicate the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory to make it more fitting for commercial and other applications. By using higher temperatures, faster timescales and smaller sizes, researchers are trying to make adjustments to the Bose- Einstein condensate theory to make it more suitable in a commercial setting. Previously, the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory had to be used in a setting where these factors were not present, but now to make it more viable, scientists have discovered a new way to replicate the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory taking into account these new factors.

The easier version of Bose–Einstein Condensate theory:

Scientists aim at changing the way the Bose- Einstein condensate theory is conducted by taking into account shorter time frames, smaller quantities and higher temperatures. The easier the method gets to replicate the Bose- Einstein condensate theory, the more it has use in various fields. Light sources, of a small size and of this kind could allow for faster information processing and can have exciting technological applications.

Solving the Problem of the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory:

One of the objectives of researchers was to use higher temperatures in replicating the Bose- Einstein condensate theory, so they have discovered a way to do this.

Using a condensed mixture of light and electrons, used in motion in gold nanorods arranged into a periodic array,Researchers were able to get the condensed particles to function as one using room temperature itself. Unlike the initial Bose–Einstein Condensate theory’s experiment the condensed particles did not need to be brought down to near absolute zero temperature, this is because the particles used in the new condensate were mostly light.

How was the new Bose–Einstein Condensate replicated?

The gold nano particle array was easy to create using modern methods of nanofabrication. Then light was passed near the nanorods. A major problem with this technique was that the entire process took about close to a picosecond or one trillionth of a second, which means that scientists could not be sure if what they were seeing was the real deal and by that I mean the real Bose- Einstein condensate theory or a normal laser light production.

Increasing the time…:

Whenever the condensate forms, a light is emitted through the gold nanorod. By getting a chance to observe the light, scientists would know how the condensation is formed. By altering the length of the gold nanorod, scientists would be able to actually see the light by converting distance into time.

This seeing of the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory is important as scientists needed to differentiate between a normal laser light and the light emitting from the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory.

Both the lights are very similar in appearance but there are fundamental differences in their properties, which means that the Bose- Einstein condensate theory’s light would have different technological applications than a normal laser light.

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Gadgets

4 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Smartphone Purchase

4 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Smartphone Purchase
Are you in the market for a new smartphone — and are you working on a budget? Then you will need to find ways to save a few bucks on your next smartphone purchase.

If you’ve signed up with a phone carrier, you have a few options to consider. This following list has four general ways you can save money when buying a new smartphone when you’re on a contract. Just keep in mind that you will need to do some research to find the phone that’s right for you.

Do You Want Certain Features? A Mid-Range Phone May Suit Your Needs

Think about how you will use your phone. Will you use all the features offered in the most popular models? How much data do you use each month?

When purchasing a phone, you might be drawn to one of the most popular (that is, high-end) models, but you are on a budget. Look around and compare prices and specs. Chances are there are some newer models at mid-range prices. If you primarily use your smartphone for tasks like sending texts, using email, social media, and limited streaming, phones at mid-range prices allow you to do all that and more.

Would You Like to Pay Even Less for the Same Features? Get an Older Model

Have you thought about getting an older smartphone? If you have not, just know you have a few options here.

For starters, look into buying a pre-owned phone — but be careful. Only get a certified pre-owned phone. This way, you will make sure you are purchasing a quality product that’s still in fine working order.

You can also look into buying a phone that’s been refurbished. Just like a pre-owned phone, however, you should make sure it’s certified.

Alternatively, you could choose a top-of-the-line model that was released the previous year. If it hasn’t been used, it’s just as effective as a newer model.

Want to Save Even More Money? Find Deals No Matter the Season

Have you signed up for alerts with a particular phone carrier? If so, you will receive email messages all year long so you can be aware of the best deals, especially during the holidays.

Alternatively, you can receive text messages with offers. You will likely see alerts for a new smartphone or phones that have been out a few months and now have marked down prices. If your phone carrier needs to get rid of a few older models, you’re in for a treat.

Also make sure to look for BOGO deals, especially if you need more than one phone. While you might have to pay full price for the first phone, the second one’s free.

Do You Need an Upgrade? You Could Trade in Your Smartphone

Is your old phone in good cosmetic and working condition? If so, you might want to trade in your phone.

For example, customers have a chance to trade in their phones at T-Mobile when they’re looking to upgrade or open up a new line of service. The process has a few caveats, but customers can earn credits that can be used toward the purchase of a new smartphone.

T-Mobile’s website provides an online calculator for you to find an estimate for your trade-in. While it’s just an estimate, it’s worth a try to get an idea of how much your old phone is worth. Then you can figure out how much more you will need to spend on a new phone.

As you can see, when you’re in the market for a new phone but on a contract, the process doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. There are always ways to save money — you just need to be creative and do your research.

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Technology

An Augmented Reality Microscope for Cancer Detection

An Augmented Reality Microscope for Cancer Detection

Google’s Augmented Reality Microscope to Detect Cancer

When we hear the word cancer most of us go into shock. It is more the un-treatability of the disease rather than anything else that most gets to us. Sometimes it is even too far along to do anything but brace for the end. But the case of cancer is even worse in places where treatment is expensive or beyond the scope of many. At a recent event held at the American Association for Cancer research, Google unveiled a revolutionary form of cancer detection, called an augmented reality microscope that helps in detecting cancer in real time.

 

The whole process of seeking treatment, then discovering the cancer and the type and how far along it has progressed all takes up a lot of time and thus ultimately has a bearing on the quality of life for the individual. Therefore Google believes that the entire process of cancer detection could benefit from deep learning tools.

Adopting Augmented Reality Microscope in the process of cancer detection:

Using deep learning tools in the detection of cancer while it may be effective and quick would never the less be expensive. Another solution then thought of by Google was to use something similar yet feasible, something that could be used on by a small lab or even by developing countries for that matter.

Thus came along augmented reality microscope. This augmented reality microscope could greatly benefit organizations with limited funds in an easy to use manner. It also makes the work of cancer detection fast as it does everything in real time.

Another advantage thought of by the team behind the augmented reality microscope was that this method of detecting cancer would increase awareness and adoption of deep learning tools not only when it comes to cancer but also in the medical field in general.

What does an Augmented Reality microscope do?

Using just an ordinary light microscope, which is something used worldwide by pathologists, Google added AI tech and augmented reality features to it. Then Google used neural networks to identify cancer cells in human tissue.

Finally a slide containing human tissue is seen under the modified microscope. The image of the slide is sent to a computer where the AI system identifies cancer causing cells in the human tissue demarcated with an outline which is then shown on the slide a person is looking at.

So a person then sees on the same slide, the same human tissue, but now with an outline depicting the cancer cells in the tissue. The entire process is done in real time and even accounts for when the pathologist moves the slide to get a better look or to view the tissue at a different angle.

At present Google has tested the augmented reality microscope in detecting breast and prostate cancers. Besides testing for other cancers as well, Google also states that the augmented reality microscope could be also used in detecting tuberculosis and malaria and other infections in the human body.

 

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