Android Pay Integration With Mobile Banking Apps That Will Make Your Payment Task Easier

Google have planned to integrate with Android Pay into mobile banking apps of various apps to make things more convenient.Android Pay Integration With Mobile Banking Apps That Will Make Your Payment Task Easier

Android Pay is digital pay platform developed by Google that helps users to make payment with Android phones, tablets and watches. Android Pay feature was released back on September 11, 2015. It was released to compete with Apple Pay and other payment options.

Android Pay is joining hands with many banks across the world. Some of these banks are Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank and USAA.

The collaboration will other banks will take place in near future. The technology is based on Near Field Communication that will transfer card details, transfer funds etc. There is no need to use credit or debit card chip as users can upload these details to this digital wallet.

The customers of above mentioned banks can use the mobile app of that respective bank to add cards to their Android Pay by just single click. Once these details added they can be used easily to make payment at stores, on the web wherever the Android Pay button is available.

Even is the integration with the bank’s mobile app varies the main motive of adding cards to the digital wallet provided by Google remains same. Enhancing these integrations will help the company to compete against its rival Apple Pay, which is also popular. Apple Pay has maintained its standard in the market although different options like Samsung Pay and Android Pay are available.

It is interesting to know that Android Pay integration with banking apps will work even if the users don’t have the app installed. Also, the users can manage their bank card choices by using the app of their bank, but it’s limited to that particular bank card. For example, you cannot delete the Bank of New Zealand card from the Discover app, as you need to do the payment using Bank of America app.


TPU, the custom machine learning chip by Google seems to be 15 to 30 times more faster compared to CPUs and GPUs

It is not surprising to know that Google has developed its own Tensor Processing Unit or TPU chips, that will act as a catalyst to boost the machine learning process.TPU, the custom machine learning chip by Google seems to be 15 to 30 times more faster compared to CPUs and GPUs

The main motive behind designing TPU chips

Around 4 years ago Google has faced some hurdles. For instance, if all users use voice recognition feature for 3 minutes per day, the company needs to double its data centers to cater to the user’s request for machine learning system featuring those services.

The company claims that these Tensor Processing Unit or TPU chips are much faster than CPUs and GPUs.

The TPU chips were introduced back in May 2016, during its I/O developer conference, but it has not disclosed much about the metrics of these chips. Now the company has disclosed all the specs and features of TPUs.

The speed efficiency of TPUs:

Those users keen to know about all the design details can visit the Google’s official paper that was published on Wednesday. It also mentions about the performance that company has seen compared to the conventional GPUs and CPUs.

TPU was manufactured to boost up the interference stage of deep neural networks. It was seen that these chips are 15 to 30 times faster than CPUs and GPUs with respect to the machine learning interference tasks. The TPU chips were compared to the Intel’s Haswell Xeon E5-2699 v3 processors and Nvidia’s Tesla K80 GPUs. After comparison, the performance per watt of TPU was 25 to 80 times more better than this GPU and CPU.

This is the significant factor because power consumption and efficiency have a major impact on the data centers.

The TPU chips are used by Google since 2015 and they have been consistently providing good results for the applications like language translation, voice recognition, image recognition etc.

These applications are based on neural networks and running such applications is easy tasks which require only 100 to 1,500 lines of code based on TensorFlow. The TensorFlow is open source machine learning framework by Google.

Also, the TPU chips make faster predictions within a fraction of second because of its high speed and power efficiency. The chips play a major role even for search-related tasks.

However, Google is not the only company that wishes to use dedicated hardware for its machine learning algorithms.


Google finally eradicates Gchat, which will be permanently replaced by Hangouts on June 26

Google is finally killing Google Talk, popularly known as Gchat. It will permanently replace by Hangouts. The company had launched Hangouts back in 2013 as a robust loop of Gmail’s sidebar chat platform, as users were free to use Gchat just as well if so they chose.Google finally eradicates Gchat, which will be permanently replaced by Hangouts on June 26

Google removes Gchat’s Life support

Users will not be able to use Gchat from June 26, which indicates that users will have to use Hangouts.

Google will inform all its users about this release in the coming weeks. After this, users will be automatically directed to Hangouts.

Users need not worry much as there will be a messaging platform integrated into the core Gmail experience and contacts will also be passed over. Google has been trying to convince users to switch to Hangouts since years. This time it is implementing this move forcefully.

Google talk for Android will also be inoperative

Similarly, the mobile users will also experience a defunct, along with other apps that are launched to work with Google Talk services.

Various messaging services of Google

The people are not only stuck with hangouts. As Google has various messaging platforms. Why it’s supporting such duplicates of relatively the same thing is a story for another time, but if you are looking for something other than Hangouts, there are various options like Allo, Duo, Android Messages and even Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger. As Google’s strategy with its many messaging apps is still unclear, it is updating both Allo and Duo with all essential features, for instance, Allo with file-sharing, and Duo with voice-only calling functions.

Google is also wiping out SMS messaging from Hangouts.

Apart from formally removing Gchat, the company also declared that removing SMS from Hangouts starting from May 22 and also Android users need to switch to new Android messages app, which is experiencing new features, like reading receipts, group chats and high-resolution image sharing. Killing off Gchat might be seen as Google’s way of signaling that it’s about to reorient Hangouts into a worthy Slack competitor.

Lastly, it’s effort to wipe off services, the company is also removing Google+ functionality on Gmail in April or so, Engadget states. Apart from this, a large number of experimental Gmail Labs items are getting launched into official Gmail add-ons.


Google’s Real Time Location Sharing–Vital or Annoying?

Google’s Real time sharingWe all at some point or the other has used Google maps to find the location, distance and deciding the time taken to travel to those locations. Google has come up with a new service of sharing the real time location with the person you want him or her to know. Google’s Real Time Location Sharing would be helpful in many ways to the audience. But as we all know every coin has two sides. It may even happen that this new Google’s Real time sharing facility may be really irritating or could be possibly a disadvantage in some case.

First of all let’s understand how the Google’s real time sharing facility work. Once you start the Google map, firstly click on the blue dot that will be showing your location and the share your location option would show. Then you need to select the person with whom you want to share your location and also the time till when you want to share the location. Ideally it allows you to share your location from 15 minutes to 3 days but you also have the option to continue sharing the location more than that. In such case you would receive an email after every few weeks from Google stating that someone constantly knows your location day in and day out.

Once you share your location with someone, you get a notification stating that the location is shared with the selected person and you have the option to stop it anytime you want. Android users also have the facility to pin the location sent to their home screen so that constantly know where the other person it.

When we look at the positive benefits of this facility we realize it solves many of our problems and also save us a lot of time. For instance, if you are meeting someone at a decided time, you know when the other person left and how much time it will take for them to reach you. It will also help you to show the exact path and direction in case you lost your way. It saves a lot of time without wasting it in waiting. Google’s Real time sharing can be pretty useful in such cases.

But it can also be irritating if you don’t want the other person to know your location. Commonly in case of parents who constantly want to track their teenage kids. Or in case of over possessive and abusive partner who always doubts the other partner. It can even go worse with an abuser who is following you and might even go to the next worse thing happening.


Google Home will soon roll out find from store feature

Google Home is frequently innovating itself. Just after announcing the voice shopping feature, Google has released another amazing update which is the find from a store.Google Home will soon roll out find from store feature

With the release of this feature, Google seems to continue expanding its artificial assistance platform. The company declared at Shoptalk 2017 that Google Home users will able to ask about local product availability. The device will then give the user a complete list of shops, where it is available and the other relevant details.

What has been announced?

Jonathan Alferness, the VP of Product management, shopping and travel claimed in a Shoptalk keynote which is the new update to the Google Assistant would include local inventory data relayed by retailers, who broadcast their advertisements on Google. He also noticed that a majority of customers checked online for the availability of the specific product.

Apart from this, a large volume of smartphone users already speaks to their devices to ask about different products and services.

The latest update will be released in the near future and has a lot of scope for retailers’ benefit per Google.

Google voice based shopping feature

Google in February has announced that the Google Home would be getting a new feature added to its armory. Users can shop from some listed retailers, with the help of voice commands and queries.

For instance, a user would just have to say “OK Google, order for a pair of jeans,” and the Assistant would place your order.

Google Home specifications and features

The Google Home device has a height of 5.6 inches, with a 3.7-inch diameter. Weighing 1.05 lbs, it is not the heaviest gadget in the market. It also has a power adapter cable of 70 inches along with the speaker.

The speaker includes a 2-inch driver and a couple of 2-inch passive radiators to raise bass. It is equipped with a DC power jack and a micro-USB port. The speaker provides support for Android 4.2 or higher and iOS 8.0 and above versions.


New updated Google App brings shortcuts that will make your searching task faster

Google has recently updated its Google App for iOS and Android with new shortcuts, a set of attractive and easy-to-use buttons that will make your searching task much faster and seamless. Accessible via both the apps and the Google.com mobile site, these shortcuts links the user to information related to different fields such as sports, weather, food and drink, entertainment and much more.New updated Google App brings shortcuts that will make your searching task faster

Google Shortcuts for easy searching

The main motive behind the addition of this shortcuts is to provide a unique way of searching and exploring the Google App, instead of using the traditional input methods such as manually entering the text or using voice recognition.

What do these shortcuts offer?

Launching the app to all the U.S. Users who have installed Google app, the shortcuts are present just below the search box. When clicked, these shortcuts will provide streamlined information about a specific topic of interest, such as clicking on sports section will give latest scores, or tapping movies will show up the latest trailers.

Click on the arrow to the right of the main shortcuts on Android and whole page along with shortcuts, that are well categorized into a number of groups, such as “My Stuff,” a personalized section that will include the user’s emails, events, flights, and more.

Also, with this page, users will be able to do a lot of things, like translating texts, browsing nearby places, converting currencies and even play games altogether. Google is also providing a shortcut option called “I’m Feeling Curious” for interesting trivia.

None of these are new shortcuts to the users, but the Google has just organized them into neat little shortcuts for optimum ease-of-access. Shortcuts will be displayed in an easy dashboard-like interface.

The updated Google app is rolling out now to its users. It can be downloaded freely from the Play Store and the App Store.


Google Hiring Employees to tackle with Advertising Scandals And Retain Clients.

Google Ad ScandalMarks and Spencer had joined the wagon to stop advertising with Google after McDonalds, L’Oreal and the BBC. Even multinational banks like HSBC, Royal bank of Scotland had stopped advertising with Google recently. It all happened when the companies found that their products are been advertised next to the extremist columns and controversial contents. Companies have been very cautious about their brand image and cannot afford to risk their brand by getting their adverts next to an anti-Semitic or hatred video. This has been a serious concern for the companies which ultimately led them to quitting advertising with Google on YouTube.

Google had publicly apologized to all their advertising partners and assured to be taking serious actions against this. Mr. Brittin confirmed that they would revise the parameters to define what content and videos is considered to be safe which are uploaded on the website.

For that matter, Google confirmed in increasing the strength of employees to monitor and speed up the process of deleting ads from all the videos that are hateful and offensive to the audience and their advertising partners. They confirmed to struggle with monitoring more than 400 hours of videos been uploaded every minute in the YouTube website due to which this issue had been raised.

The current procedure which reflects if the content uploaded is offensive or inappropriate depends on the number of users flagging the content as inappropriate which is later evaluated by YouTube which later is been removed from the site. By hiring more employees Google would try to evaluate the content even before it is been flagged as inappropriate by the users. Google is currently focusing on improvising the Artificial Intelligence by developing new powered tools that will be able to evaluate the content at the very early stage.

Google has also confirmed that their YouTube team is in constant process to revise their policies related to the kind of content been uploaded on their channel and allowing the advertiser and agencies to have more control and visibility to confirm where exactly their adverts are been played. Britain has been the second largest market for Google after US and hence it cannot afford to have such a setback in their services to the major clients who are generating revenue for them.

This scandal could provide a positive chance for the traditional advertising methods and companies like newspapers, television which can be considered more trusted medium of advertisement.


Google Commits To Take Action On ‘Hateful’ Content

Google Commits To Take Action On 'Hateful' ContentGoogle has reacted to many companies withdrawing online adverts by promising to take “a tougher stance on offensive, hateful and derogatory content”. Google would also tighten advertising safeguards, said Philipp Schindler, the firm’s chief business officer. He further added that as well as removing content, its YouTube team would revisit the guidelines on allowable videos. The change came after several firms withdrew their ads when some appeared next to extremist content on YouTube. Several high-profile companies, including RBS, L’Oreal, Marks and Spencer and Audi, have pulled online promoting from YouTube, which is owned by Google.

“Anyone with a smartphone can be a content creator, app developer or entrepreneur”, said Mr. Schindler in a blog post. Google has changed millions of content publishers and creators to be heard, find an audience, build a business or even earn a living. “We have a responsibility to protect this creative, vibrant world – from rising creators to established publishers – even when we don’t always agree with the views being expressed.

“But we also have a responsibility to our advertisers who help these publishers and creators thrive.” “We have hard-and-fast policies that define where Google ads should appear and in the vast majority of cases, our policies and tools work as intended”, he added. But at times we don’t get it right. “Recently, we had many cases where brands’ ads appeared on content that was not aligned with their values.”

“For this, we deeply apologize. We know that this is unacceptable to the agencies and advertisers who put their trust in us. ” A recent investigation by the Times found adverts from a range of well-known organizations and firms had appeared alongside content from supporters of extremist groups on YouTube. Last week, ministers called Google for talks at the Cabinet Office after imposing a temporary restriction on the government’s own adverts, including for blood donation and military recruitment campaigns. Google would be “hiring significant numbers of people and developing new tools to gain our capacity to review questionable content for advertising”, Mr. Schindler added.


Deal Between Google’s DeepMind And NHS Is Under Scrutiny

Deal Between Google's DeepMind And NHS Is Under ScrutinyAn academic paper has suggested that a deal between DeepMind, google’s artificial intelligence firm and the UK’s NHS had serious “inadequacies”. More than a million patient records were shared with DeepMind to build an application to alert doctors about patients at risk of acute kidney injury (AKI). The authors said that it was “inexcusable” patients were not told how their data would be used. Google’s DeepMind believed that there were ‘major errors’ in the report.

When the deal between London’s Royal Free Hospital and DeepMind became public in February 2016, some three months after the data started to be collected, it caused an argument over the amount of patient information being shared and the lack of public consultation. There are still big questions to be answered about the tie-up, said Hal Hodson, a former New Scientist journalist, and co-author Julia Powles, a Cambridge University academic. The application contains no artificial intelligence although DeepMind has said that it was hoping to incorporate AI techniques to create smarter alerts in future.

‘Improved Care’

It was difficult for DeepMind to make clear that none of the data collected for the app has been shared with parent company Google. AKI is a serious condition, caused 40,000 deaths a year in the UK and leading to a range of other health issues from minor kidney dysfunction to the need for transplant and dialysis. In February, DeepMind published details about how the app was improving patient care. It revealed that more than 26 doctors and nurses at the Royal Free are now making use of Streams and that each day it alerts them to 11 patients at risk of AKI.

DeepMind has acknowledged that it could have done better in the way it involved with patients whose data was being used and, on the back of the criticism, agreed to set up patient forums. It published a strategy on future patient engagement which opens by saying: “Outcomes are better when clinicians and patients together make the decisions.”


The NHS does have information-sharing agreements with a range of third-party firms, but this is the first such deal with a leading US tech firm. Initially, DeepMind asserted that the NHS had 1,500 other agreements with third-party organizations that process patient data has since been characterized by the NHS as “inaccurate”. The app is currently the subject of an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office while the National Data Guardian, tasked with safeguarding health data, is also looking at it.


New Gmail phishing scam plaguing users, don’t become a victim of this attachment

A phishing scam has apparently been plaguing Gmail users, potentially stealing their Google credentials by fooling them to open an email attachment.New Gmail phishing scam plaguing users, don't become a victim of this attachment

Phishing scams are most vulnerable things found on the internet today. They are fairly easy to be traced by the tech-savvy individuals, but some of these attacks are cleverly designed to manage and fool large population.

This has now struck the latest Gmail phishing scam, which may look more convincing for users but they can fool many unsuspecting users.

Here’s everything that you need to know about it:

How the Gmail phishing scam works

This phishing attack has been going on for a long time, as Wordfence has first alerted about it in the month of January. Google has taken prompt steps to tackle this issue and in late February, it has taken steps that will warn Chrome users in case they face this phishing attempt.

Similar to other scams, Gmail phishing scam includes an attacker with an email address which appears as someone known to the user. After that, they send an email with an attachment such as a Word document or a PDF, but it’s a scam. As soon as the users click on the attachment to preview it, they are redirected to a Google sign-in page asking them to enter their credentials.

How to find Gmail phishing scam

As Lifehacker says, those apparently legitimate attachments are basically the embedded images that seem to be attachments that redirect users to a fake Google sign-in page to steal their Google details.

That sign-in page is fake, but it appears to look normal, similar to the Google logo text boxes and everything that is similar to the Google sign-in page.

However, the address bar says it all. Instead of a standard URL like “https://” the page hides that data URI that starts with “data: text/htyml.” In order to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of this scam, a user can check the address bar and check whether it looks like a legitimate URL or a data URI.

While using Google Chrome if you see the “Not Secure” warning in the address bar, close the tab quickly. If you are using any different browser and if you see the “data: text/htyml” giveaway for the URI, close that tab quickly.

To know more about the scam and to avoid and report phishing emails, view the Google’s dedicated support page.