Google takes on Amazon Echo, adds voice-activated shopping

Google_121212Tech giant Google has added another feature to Google Assistant-powered Google Home smart speaker which would allow users to shop for products online. Google Home users can now order products from a litany of retailers including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart and Bed Bath & Beyond, it said in a blog post. With the […]

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Accelerator NUMA Bengaluru invites applications for third batch

ThinkstockPhotos-485076353NUMA Bengaluru, the Indian base of French accelerator NUMA, has announced that it is now accepting applications for its third batch. All early-stage tech startups are eligible for the programme. Paris-based NUMA, which entered India in November 2015, has already accelerated two batches of startups here. The acceleration programme offers advantages worth $19,400 (€18,000), including […]

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Google ends Apple’s 5-year reign as world’s most valuable brand

Google_121212Google has dethroned Apple to become the world’s most valuable brand, ending the iPhone maker’s five-year reign at the top. According to Brand Finance’s Global 500 2017 report, Google’s brand value surged as much as 24 percent last year to $109.4 billion. Cupertino-based Apple’s brand value, however, fell 27 percent to $107.1 billion, and it […]

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Google blocked 1.7 bn bad ads last year

Google_121212Search giant Google Inc. took down 1.7 billion ads violating its advertising policies in 2016, the company said in its annual ‘Better Ads Report’. Bad ads are known to carry malware, conceal content and endorse fake goods, ruining a user’s online experience. “Bad ads trick people into sharing personal information and infect devices with harmful […]

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Uber’s search for engineering chief yields former Google veteran Amit Singhal

Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering, UberSan Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. has hired former Google search chief Amit Singhal as senior vice president of engineering. Singhal, who hails from Uttar Pradesh in India, wrote in his personal blog post on Friday, “I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Uber as SVP of Engineering…having spent hours with Travis and many […]

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Many global software cos will emerge from India in 5-10 years: Google CEO Pichai

Sundar PichaiGoogle’s Sundar Pichai is confident that several large global software firms will emerge from India over the next 5-10 years, driven by world-class entrepreneurs. The chief executive of the world’s second-most valuable company by market cap said this in a student interaction at his alma mater, IIT-Kharagpur, on Thursday. “I am absolutely confident of it. […]

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Google seeks to lure small Indian businesses with new digital tools

IMAGE-4Google India has launched a training programme to enable small businesses to come online. Christened Digital Unlocked, small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) can avail of offline training workshops, which will be conducted in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive announced today. Over the […]

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Google Play launches carrier billing option for Airtel, Vodafone users

For-Google-Play-Story_Ankit-KumarVodafone and Airtel users in India will now be able to make purchases on Google Play using the carrier billing option, with Google extending the option to two of India’s largest telcos. Customers can now purchase books, movies, apps and other digital content from Google Play, and use their carrier account to pay for the […]

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YouTube users can now watch more Indian language content

youtube-shah-junaid_feThe world’s largest video platform YouTube will provide more content in local Indian languages. Based on users’ history, YouTube will automatically identify the preferred language and suggest more content on the homepage of users, it said in a statement. Starting on Thursday, YouTube will show more content in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil […]

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