Google I/O 2022 is set to launch some products that customers really did not need!
Google selected May 11th and 12th for its Google I/O 2022 event to launch some of its most significant products and impress its target audience. According to reports, the company is set to introduce its Pixel Watch, along with a more budget-friendly Pixel 6A. Furthermore, Google also wishes to unveil Andriod 13 software with new features, and other products which, as experts stated, might not be entirely needed! Unlike last year’s I/O event which was hosted in the Googleplex for only a considerably small amount of people, this year, as the Google CEO, Sundar Pichai stated, the event is open for all to participate. In fact, interested viewers can also participate in the event through YouTube at io. google. Well, this seems like a lot of pressure for the company, but does it allow Google to spend so much money on products that are not so useful?
The stakes are high for Google, so the products have to be good enough to make sure that it serves all Google customers and not just a particular set of users. I/O is actually fun for several tech enthusiasts because it is technically a fusion of technology that is generally special and beyond the reach of the usual customers. But it is high time that Google starts launching products that are generally needed by the common users. Tech products coming from a global tech giant should have considerable applications in the real world. But instead, the company is offering products and launching features like guaranteeing security and OS updates, which are not really needed.
Looking back at 2021, Google failed to make any significant effects on the audience, but it is high time that the company starts making some meaningful innovations and set its competitive bar higher in the tech market in 2022.
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Google Can Improve Your Beauty In Virtual Meetings, Even When The Connection Is Poor
Google will now use AI to improve your webcam quality and give an immersive virtual meeting experience
The AI initiatives of Google are quite popular in the tech industry, except its products are not quite appreciated by the users. Mostly because they are not quite useful for all. Recently in Google I/O 2022, the company announced that it wishes to produce something for the employees working from home. The built-in camera and mic that the WFH professionals have been using were not of superior quality. Its pixels were mostly poorly lit and the sound felt like something coming out of a broken phone. But Google thinks that it can finally fix it, with the help of artificial intelligence.
In the Google I/O 2022, the company announced that its Workspaces team has been working on some AI that can improve the experience of virtual meetings. They called it ‘Potrait Fix’ that Google can automatically improve and sharpen the images, even with poor connection or a bad camera. The Portrait Lighting will enhance the quality of the video calls by providing a suite of AI-based controls to control how the users will use the lightning in the video. In fact, users can even create a fake light effect to brighten up the video using Google Meet, even when there are no windows in your room. Also, when it comes to sound qualities, Google has launched the de-reverberation tool that is designed to minimize the echoes that comes while talking into the laptop in an empty room.
Google has extensively worked on artificial intelligence and machine learning to make its Pixel phones much more efficient. The algorithms in these phones are much better than the webcam quality of an average laptop. Keeping these considerations in mind, the company is planning to give its users a much-needed facility for the employees working from home.
Besides this, Google plans to introduce a new tool that can generate automated summaries of Spaces activity so that the users can log-in in the morning and catch up instantly without having to read hundreds of messages. We can finally say that Google has finally launched something that will finally be helpful for its users!
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Google Forms Web3 Team — Sees Tremendous Potential, Demand For Crypto Tech Support
Google is establishing a Web3 team within its cloud unit, noting that “it is a market that is already demonstrating tremendous potential.” A Google executive explained: “We’re providing technologies for companies to use and take advantage of the distributed nature of Web3 in their current businesses and enterprises.”
Google Creating Web3 Team Within Cloud Unit
Google’s cloud unit is creating a team to build services for developers who are composing their own Web3 software and running blockchain applications, CNBC reported Friday.
Amit Zavery, a vice president and head of the Google Cloud, informed employees in an email on Friday that the aim of the initiative is to make the Google Cloud platform the first choice for developers in the field. He wrote:
While the world is still early in its embrace of Web3, it is a market that is already demonstrating tremendous potential with many customers asking us to increase our support for Web3 and crypto related technologies.
The new Web3 team will consist of employees who have been involved in Web3 internally and on their own, the VP said. James Tromans, a former Citigroup executive who joined Google in 2019, will lead the product and engineering group. He will report to Zavery.
The Google Cloud VP told the news outlet:
We’re not trying to be part of that cryptocurrency wave directly … We’re providing technologies for companies to use and take advantage of the distributed nature of Web3 in their current businesses and enterprises.
Google Cloud launched a new dedicated Digital Assets Team in January to support customers’ needs in “building, transacting, storing value, and deploying new products on blockchain-based platforms,” the group explained at the time.
The CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc., Sundar Pichai, said in February that blockchain is “such an interesting and powerful technology with broad applications,” emphasizing: “As a company, we are looking at how we might contribute to the ecosystem and add value.”
What do you think about Google forming a Web3 team? Let us know in the comments section below.
A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
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Google Pays A Fortune For Ethical Hacker Jobs? What Is The Reason?
Google Pays a Fortune for Ethical Hacker Jobs? What Is the Reason?
If you are good at ethical hacking, Google has a huge reward waiting for you!
The old and golden hunter’s bounty is back to a whole new level! Google has added a 50% “reward” bonus to the US$1 million on offer to hackers that compromise the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices. There is no doubt that these aren’t cyber-criminals that are getting rewarded by all these big names in technology: these are the hackers who report security problems so that they can be fixed before threat actors can exploit them. For this particular purpose, Google launched the Vulnerability Reward Programs (VRPs) in 2010.
Vulnerability Reward Programs
The Google VRPs cover numerous product areas and have been expanded continuously in terms of both reach and reward since 2010. As well as Android and Chrome, for example, there is an “Abuse” program that covers what Google refers to as “significant abuse-related methodologies.” An example of the latter is how an attacker might manipulate rating scores for a Google Maps listing without alerting the abuse detection system. The maximum baseline Chrome VRP reward has tripled to US$15,000 but the really big money is to be found within the Android Security VRP.
According to a Google security blog posting that looks at the VRP year in review for 2019, the top prize in this category is US$1 million for a “full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence which compromises the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices.” Do that on specific Android developer preview versions, and Google will now increase the reward by 50% to US$1.5 million it has confirmed.
Rolling Out the Rewards
There are some genuinely mind-boggling statistics in this yearly VRP review, not least that since 2010, Google has now paid out more than US$21 million in rewards. In 2019 alone, some US$6.5 million in rewards were paid; that’s twice as much as has ever been rewarded in a single year before. Generous hackers donated a record total of US$500,000 in rewards cash to charity, five times as much as in any year before. The single highest reward payout was US$201,000 and a total of 461 hackers received payments from Google across the year. By opening up the Google Play security reward program to cover any app with more than 100 million installs, there was a surge of bug reports that resulted in $650,000 (£500,000) in rewards being paid in the last six months of the year.
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