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.

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