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Toronto: Anmol Tukrel, a 16-year-old Indian-origin Canadian citizen, has designed a personalised search engine which he claims is 47 percent more accurate than Google.

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The young student designed the search engine as part of a high school project and also to submit to the Google Science Fair, pressexaminer.com reported.

Tukrel came across the idea of a personalised search engine during an internship stint in India at Bengaluru-based adtech firm IceCream Labs.

He planned to take it Google’s personalised search engine idea to the next level.

Tukrel said that unlike most search engines that use a person’s location or browsing history to throw relevant results, his engine tries to show the most relevant content by mapping it to a user’s personality.

Tukrel’s search engine is currently restricted to one year’s news articles that appeared in The New York Times.

His development kit included only a computer, a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet programme and access to Google and New York Times.

To test the accuracy of his search engine, Tukrel limited the search query to this year’s articles from the New York Times.

(IANS)

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Google’s Smart Messaging App Allo Will Not Work After March 2019

This year Google launched Duo support for iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays

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Google has said its smart messaging app Allo will not work after March 2019 as the company focuses on improving its Android Messages app and video calling app Duo.

“Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you’ll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app,” Matt Klainer, Vice President, Consumer Communications Products at Google said in a blog post on Thursday.

Launched in September 2016 with much fanfare, Allo — Google’s messaging rival to WhatsApp and Apple iMessage — is an instant messaging mobile app for the Android and iOS mobile Operating Systems (OS), with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers.

Google paused investment in Allo earlier this year and brought some of its most-loved features – like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support – into Messages, which has over 175 million users.

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“Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages,” Klainer said.

“We’ve learned a lot from Allo, particularly what’s possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging,” Klainer added.

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Google said it will continue to bring more quality improvements based on Machine Learning that make video calls with Duo simple and reliable.

This year Google launched Duo support for iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays. (IANS)