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Alphabet joins the trillion-dollar club

At last: Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is now the fourth company in the US to attain a market value of more than $1 trillion, after Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. The company achieved this milestone just over a month after Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their respective CEO and President positions at Alphabet (founded in 2015), and handed the reins over to Google CEO Sundar Pichai last December (making him CEO of both Google and Alphabet). [Read: Pichai is a mistake] The holding company includes several businesses, including Google, Sidewalk Labs (which focuses on smart city tech),… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Alphabet

AlphaZero beat humans at Chess and StarCraft, now it’s working with quantum computers

A team of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark let DeepMind‘s AlphaZero algorithm loose on a few quantum computing optimization problems and, much to everyone’s surprise, the AI was able to solve the problems without any outside expert knowledge. Not bad for a machine learning paradigm designed to win at games like Chess and StarCraft. You’ve probably heard of DeepMind and its AI systems. The UK-based Google sister-company is responsible for both AlphaZero and AlphaGo, the systems that beat the world’s most skilled humans at the games of Chess and Go. In essence, what both systems do is try to… This story continues at The Next Web

Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

Google today updated its iOS Smart Lock app with a feature that essentially replaces a physical security key with your actual phone. Android phones have had this feature for months, but now iPhone owners can also use it. The update notes for the new version of the Smart Lock app read “With this new update, you can now set up your phone’s built-in security key, the best second factor protection for your Google Account.” What this means is that, when you log into your Google accounts, you can confirm that it’s you via your iPhone without the use of a two-factor… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: iPhone,Security,Google

Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

Google today updated its iOS Smart Lock app with a feature that essentially replaces a physical security key with your actual phone. Android phones have had this feature for months, but now iPhone owners can also use it. The update notes for the new version of the Smart Lock app read “With this new update, you can now set up your phone’s built-in security key, the best second factor protection for your Google Account.” What this means is that, when you log into your Google accounts, you can confirm that it’s you via your iPhone without the use of a two-factor… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: iPhone,Security,Google

Google’s improved travel search tools are great for planning trips on a budget

Last year, when I went to Europe for a month, I spent a lot of time on sites like Hostel World before and during the trip, figuring out what places to stay at, how’s the area, and how much it’ll cost me. I really wish Google’s handy new travel features were around that time. The search giant released a bunch of features today that’ll help you decide when to visit a particular place and easily find out what area suits your needs. The new ‘When to visit’ feature gives you a sense of when is the peak traveling season in a city,… This story continues at The Next Web

2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning

No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become “AI-first” companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered “AI technology.” And we can thank deep learning for that. Deep learning is a friendly facet of machine learning that lets AI sort through data and information in a manner that emulates the human brain’s neural network. Rather than simply running algorithms to completion, deep learning lets us tweak the parameters of a learning system until it… This story continues at The Next Web

How I fully quit Google (and you can, too)

Over the past six months, I have gone on a surprisingly tough, time-intensive, and enlightening quest — to quit using, entirely, the products of just one company — Google. What should be a simple task was, in reality, many hours of research and testing. But I did it. Today, I am Google-free, part of the western world’s ultimate digital minority, someone who does not use products from the world’s two most valuable technology companies (yes, I don’t use Facebook either). I made this guide to show you how I quit the Googleverse, and the alternatives I choose based on my… This story continues at The Next Web

France fines Google €150 million for abusing its ad dominance

The French competition regulator just announced it’s issuing a whopping €150 million antitrust fine on Google, Reuters reports. The watchdog found Google had abused its dominant position in the ad market by implementing unclear and unpredictable rules on Google Ads — the company’s ad platform. According to the regulator, Google has around 90 percent of the online search business in France. That’s why it’s paramount the US tech giant ensures fair access to Google ads. “One of the great principles of competition law is that with great power comes great responsibility,” explained Isabelle de Silva, the head of the French regulator.… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google

Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the lawyers got involved

AI has a “black box” problem. We cram data in one side of a machine learning system and we get results out the other, but we’re often unsure what happens in the middle. Researchers and developers nearly had the issue licked, with “explainable algorithms” and “transparent AI” trending over the past few years. Then came the lawyers. What’s a black box? Black box AI isn’t as complex as some experts make it out to be. Imagine you have 1,000,000 different spices and 1,000,000 different herbs and you only have a couple of hours to crack Kentucky Fried Chicken’s secret recipe. You’re… This story continues at The Next Web

Google Assistant’s ‘Interpreter mode’ translates conversations in real time

One of the long-standing promises of modern technology has been the ability to translate conversations in real-time. Google is making this a reality with a feature called Interpreter mode. Previously available on Google Home and Nest devices, it will now work on any Android or iOS phone running the Google Assistant. A more useful place for it, if you ask me. Simply say “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” or “be my Spanish translator,” and Google will help you out with speedy translations that are both displayed on-screen and read out loud. Google will also provide a few Smart Replies… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google