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After Pixel Devices, Google Duplex Reaching iOS Users in US Cities

The status of a wider roll-out of Duplex to non-Pixel Android users also remains unclear as of now

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Moving on from Pixel devices, iOS users in the US are getting Google’s voice-calling “Duplex” — that lets Artificial Intelligence (AI) mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables through phone calls.

The support site for Duplex lists the iPhone as being part of this rollout, with iOS users simply needing Google Assistant installed to get started, 9To5Google reported on Wednesday.

Including New York and San Francisco, Google’s automated calling service has expanded to 43 US states but was stuck firmly on Pixel handsets until now.

The exact number of US cities where the functionality is reaching iOS users remains undisclosed.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced Duplex earlier this week in the company’s annual developer’s conference Google I/O and demonstrated how the AI system could book an appointment at a salon and a table at a restaurant.

In the demo, the Google Assistant sounded like a real person that led to an outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by tech critics.

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Google, however, confirmed later that the system would have a “disclosure built-in” and Duplex would identify itself during interactions.

The status of a wider roll-out of Duplex to non-Pixel Android users also remains unclear as of now. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Adds ‘Key Moments for Videos’ in Search Section

Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

US based search engine giant Google has added ‘key moments for videos’ in search, to highlight the most relevant parts of longer videos, based on timestamps provided by the video creators.

With the new feature, users will be able to find key moments within the video that have multiple steps, long speeches or documentaries.

This video indexing would initially be available only for English searches involving YouTube videos.

“Starting today you can find key moments within videos and get to the information you are looking for faster, with help from content creators. When you search for things like how-to videos that have multiple steps, or long videos like speeches or a documentary, Search will provide links to key moments within the video, based on timestamps provided by content creators,” Prashant Baheti, Google Search product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“You will be able to easily scan to see whether a video has what you’re looking for, and find the relevant section of the content. For people who use screen readers, this change also makes video content more accessible,” Prashant added.

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Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature. (IANS)