Google’s Modular ARA Phone Is An Incredible WIP

The Google ARA modular smartphone project, allowing users to swap out modules of the phone with new functions as desired, has been in works for a while now. We haven’t heard much from the project for some time, but it’s still very much active. Project Ara now has its own business unit within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, and the group’s Head of Creative Blaise Bertrand confirmed Project Ara’s progress. The phone will be available in the last quarter of this year for developers, with a consumer release in 2017.

The prototype that was shown on stage at Google I/O developers conference was considerably thinner and sleeker than when it was first announced. It will support up to six modules, and has been dubbed the “world’s first UniPro network.” Partners and companies interested in the project include E Ink (possibly for tiny secondary displays), Toshiba, Gotenna, and Sony Pictures. Check out the video above to learn more about the Google Ara modular smartphone.

Google Introduces Android & iOS Compatible One-To-One Video Calling App

In addition to launching a new AI-powered instant messaging app, today Google also introduced its one-to-one video calling app. Aptly dubbed “Duo,” the app is a simple, fast video calling app for everyone – whether on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection. Just like Allo, Duo is also based on the user’s phone number, allowing them to reach anyone in their phonebook.

Duo calls are in crisp HD video (up to 720p) and audio, and has been optimized to work well with all types of network, even if bandwidth is limited it adjusts quality so you’re still able to connect. It also seamlessly transitions calls between cellular and Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about what network you’re on.

Additionally, Duo was also built with privacy and security in mind and all calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted.

Watch the video above to learn more, and expect both Allo and Duo to become available this summer on Android and iOS.

Google Unveils New AI-Powered Instant Messaging App to Take On WhatsApp

Some hours back at the Google I/O developers conference, CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Allo – the tech giant’s fresh start into instant messaging. Compatible for Android and iOS, Allo is absolutely different from Google Hangouts and G Chat programs that everyone is used to – it somewhat favors Whatsapp, but with more options.

For starters, users can guide their fingers to shrink or enlarge texts with a feature Google calls “WhisperShout.” Users can also doodle on photos before sending it out to their contacts.

Here’s the big deal about Allo, aside from regular conversation, the app uses artificial intelligence, which makes it capable of learning a user’s tendencies over time and, through its Smart Reply feature, can suggest responses. What’s more impressive, is the fact that Smart Reply can generate an automated report, to be used or not, when it identifies that a photo has been sent.

The bigger deal, is the fact that Allo will allow users to activate an in-built Google search assistant, a conversational interface that, upon receiving a question, will scan Google’s extensive database for an answer or perform a task like reserving a table at a restaurant, removing the need to navigate away from the app to use the Search function. Lastly, similar to Incognito Mode on the Chrome browser, Allo can encrypt conversations end-to-end to ensure a higher level of privacy.

Allo will be available for the public sometime this summer, for free download on Android and iOS.

Instagram Officially Unveils a Complete Redesign

A while back in April, some Instagram users had the opportunity to test out a black-and-white redesign. Instagram has officially made that the design for its overhauled app. Version 8.0, which is now available, offers a simpler design that “puts the focus on your posts and keeps your features in the same place.” The photo-sharing social media app has also kicked its old retro-inspired app icon to the curb, in favor of a more colorful look — one that extends to Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.
 

Beyond the Firewall: Unleashing Your Potential in Cybersecurity Careers

Unlocking the doors to an exhilarating realm of opportunities, the cyber world beckons to those with an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering passion for safeguarding data. In a world increasingly reliant on technology, cybersecurity has emerged as the shield protecting digital infrastructures from the malevolence of cybercriminals. In this article, we venture beyond the confines … Read more

Facebook Unveils Its Open-Source 360-Degree Video Camera

Facebook Open-Source 360-Degree Video Camera

Facebook has just unveiled a 360-degree video capture system, with plans to release it as an open-source project. The high-end device which resembles a flying saucer, features 17 individual cameras along with a web-based software that works together to capture images in 360 degrees and then render them automatically. According to Facebook, the camera which is dubbed “Facebook Surround 360”, is … Read more

HP Presents Spectre, the World’s Thinnest Laptop

HP Spectre the World's Thinnest Laptop

Hewlett-Packard (HP) just took the premium PC experience to whole new level, with the unveiling of its new product – the Spectre. The HP Spectre’s CNC machined aluminum chassis is as thin as a AAA battery at just 10.4 mm, making it the world’s thinnest laptop till date. The notebook boasts a carbon fiber bottom which creates a thin profile … Read more

Samsung to Launch New Social Network Called Waffle

Electronic giant Samsung, will be joining the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc, to launch its own social network app called Waffle. Developed by Samsung’s Creativity Lab, or C-Lab, Waffle centers around building infinite grids around an original photo, with connected users submitting their own contributions to fill out what the company describes as “a communal graffiti wall.” The mobile app is all about collaboration, as it allows you and your friends to share notes and illustrations and in turn add images and doodles to existing pictures or messages, thus creating a collaborative story or forum.

Waffle is currently in beta in Android, but if Samsung decides to proceed and make it official, we could see Waffle on Android and iOS later this year.