Google nailed e-mail with the 2004 introduction of Gmail. Now it’s the No. 1 form of electronic correspondence in the US. But as traditional e-mail falls out of favour with a growing sliver of the population, Google has struggled to make its messaging tools relevant or introduce new ones that resonate with younger users.
Download Link : https://duo.google.com/
Now, Google is trying again with a new video chat application called Duo. The app works with mobile devices running Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS. It runs on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, automatically switching between different types and speeds of connection and adjusting video quality.
Duo also uses phone numbers, rather than a Google account or Gmail address, making it easier to call friends, family and other people already stored on smartphone contact lists. The company’s existing video calling and messaging app, Hangouts, requires a Google account, which limited adoption, especially in emerging markets. Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, Skype – now owned by Microsoft – and Apple’s FaceTime used phone numbers to grow faster.
A confusing array of communication options has held Google back. It has two e-mail services – Gmail, which is the top e-mail service in the US based on unique visitors, according to ComScore, and Inbox; three text offerings, Hangouts, Messenger and the upcoming Allo; and now two video chat services, Duo and Hangouts (which offers texting and video calls).
This scattershot approach, and Google’s late start, is becoming more costly for the Alphabet division as messaging evolves from a simple way to communicate quickly into one of the next big technology platforms supporting digital commerce, advertising and new services powered by artificial-intelligence.
“Google missed it because of the requirement that you needed a Google ID to communicate with others,” said Ankit Jain, a former Google employee and executive at SimilarWeb, which measures website and mobile app usage.
Nick Fox, a 13-year Google veteran, was tasked by Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai 18 months ago with fixing the sprawl. Soon after, his new team formulated a strategy and started building Duo and Allo.
“Google sees communication as this essential human need, whether that’s through text, a picture, calling someone or doing a video call.” Fox said in a recent interview.
This insight is a decade old and has guided Facebook’s strategy since its inception in 2004. Asian companies, like Tencent Holdings’s WeChat and Line, have grown into tech powerhouses by connecting people through communication apps and offering related services on top of their networks.
So how is Fox going to catch up? Job number one is clearing up the bloated smorgasbord of Google communications services.
Hangouts will be a workplace service, offering group video conferencing mostly via desktop computers and office laptops, Fox said. It will be integrated more with Google’s work software.
Duo is a mobile app and only allows one-to-one video calling, limiting it as a consumer offering. Allo, a messaging service coming out later this year, will also target consumers, Fox said. Google’s Messenger is a basic text system, part of a group of services provided to wireless carriers that work closely with Android.
The second tactic: Bringing what Fox says is better technology to the new services to catch up with rivals.
Duo constantly performs “bandwidth estimation” to understand how much video can be delivered. If Wi-Fi weakens, it switches to a phone’s cellular network. If a cellular signal drops as low as 2G, Duo will automatically cut video and maintain audio.
Allo will use Google’s expertise in AI to automatically understand texts and provide useful suggestions. Google will also let third-party developers create chatbots that will interact with Allo users through messages. That’s already being tried by other companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.
“First build a great product,” Fox said, repeating a common Google mantra. “Once you get people to love it, they will share it with friends and co-workers and it grows.”
Google was late in other technology and caught up, Fox noted. Gmail started in 2004, more than six years after Yahoo Mail, but Google’s offer of mountains of free storage won over hundreds of millions of users. Google’s Chrome emerged in 2008 – over a decade after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer – and is now the most popular web browser partly because of speed and frequent updates.
Better technology may not be enough to catch up, Jain said. WhatsApp and Snapchat offered something useful enough to persuade many people to switch away from their existing communication service where all their friends already were.
Duo’s promise of video calling for everyone on Android and iOS is something that Hangouts already offers, but that didn’t move the needle enough, he noted.
“It’s worth another shot, but having better tech can’t be the only thing,” Jain said.
Now, Own A Computer In Just $5
Want to buy a computer but don’t have much money?
We have something which suits your pocket. Though this PC has less powerful specifications, one can undertake routine tasks like blogging, and watching videos on it.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W.
It is a motherboard, which has a 1GHz single core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The processor is powerful enough to do light stuff like typing and watching movies.
Connect with TV.
The raspberry pi zero has a HDMI outport. So, you can cast anything on to your casting devices like TV, computer. The raspberry pi zero needs an external power supply, which can be supplied from a normal android USB charger.
The raspberry pi zero doesn’t have internal storage. Therefore, there is need to insert a micro sd card. The pi zero has a 40-pin slot with which you can connect a 40-pin supported device to extend its usage. There is a micro USB slot to connect pen drive, hard disk etc. The pi zero can give an output of 1080p video.
The pi zero is super compact. You can fit in 20 pi zero in your pocket at a time.
The look when all is set up
You can connect the keyboard and mouse for navigating via micro USB slot. There are many Raspberry PCs in the market. The one mentioned here doesn’t support WI-FI and Bluetooth.
As Raspberry pi zero is a motherboard, you will not want its circuit to get damaged. You can buy case for its protection. The cases are also cheap and fit well.
This comCosts as low as $5.
Top 8 Most Expensive Watches in the World
If you love wearing a watch, even though, the new millennium doesn’t need it, thanks to the cell phones which are in their hands all the damn time, the style statement a watch reflects is what nothing else can do. It shows a lot about your personality. And, you might be aware about the intricate details every watch entails. Million dollar watches have expensive stones and diamonds encrusted in them and if you want to make your man happy, and you are also very rich you could gift him one.
Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.
It is a pocket watch which in which 18-karat gold is hand engraved. Along with a silver face, it exhibits a brilliant workmanship.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000
It is one of the most complex watches in the world as its case is made with platinum, and the watch strap is made out of crocodile skin. Not only that, the engine parts are made of 740 pieces of handmade parts and components.
Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.
This is for the stylish men and this watch contains a genuine piece of meteorite that was found on the moon. Oh My God! Did I just stop breathing!
Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million.
It was a draw dropper when it came out in 2009 but this wristwatch is covered in 501 baguette-cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold which gives it a classic statement and its regaining is status.
Chopard Super Ice Cube . $1.1 million
This Swiss-made watch would look perfect on an elegant woman’s hand as it has 60-karats of diamonds which are cut into perfect cubes. This luxury watch and bracelet is also water resistant to 100 feet and cannot develop scratches.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon . $1.3 million.
A piece of modern art, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. With night sky on one side that has precision and being more complex with date and the moon phases, on the front, it is an amazing watch.
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time . $4 million.
Another masterpiece created by Patek Philippe was sold at auction for over $4 million USD in 2002. At the time, it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world and you could know the time anywhere in the world. It sustains a variety of finishes to choose from, yellow, white and rose gold and platinum as well.
Chopard 210 karat . $26 million.
Raise the bar high my friends, as here is the winner. It is so expensive that there is no listing. It has 201 karats of colored diamonds and it looks more like a bracelet. It is a spectacular piece of jewellery first and the time piece looks like its surrounded by flowers.
4 Fun and Creative Smartphone Hacks Photographers Will Appreciate
Need a little creative boost this week? Here’s a short video that shares 4 fun smartphone hacks that might just inspire you to create something different using the little computer in your pocket as either the camera or a prop.
The video was created by Salzburg, Austria-based filmmaker Matthew Rycroft, and it covers two digital and two physical hacks you can perform with your smartphone. Let’s take them two at a timeDigital Hacks
The first two hacks are digital, featuring the hidden menus found in the Instagram apps Hyperlapse and Boomerang.
In case you’re not familiar, Hyperlapse creates timelapses by speeding up and smoothing out video footage you capture with your phone, while Boomerang creates animated snippets that “boomerang” forward and backwards in time. They’re fun, gimmicky apps, both of which feature hidden menus that can really turn up the fun.
Four-finger tap four times on your screen when you have either of these apps open, and a menu that lets you control framerates, max speeds, and more pops up, letting you capture longer, better, and more unique creations.Physical Hacks
The last two hacks are physical. First, Rycroft shows you how you can create a pseudo-UV effect by covering your smartphone flash with three layers of tape, and coloring over each layer with blue, blue, and then purple.
Combine that with some highlighter art and you a pretty neat UV-like effect:Then, last but certainly not least, Rycroft shows you how a few triangular pieces of transparency can be taped together to create a done for displaying holographic videos on YouTube.
This isn’t specific to photography per se, but you can certainly use it as a neat prop for your next creative macro photography project. Barring that, it’ll distract and amazing the kids long enough for you to maybe get some edits done:
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