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Google India Launches an App to Solve Local Queries

To use the app, type or use your voice to answer your neighbours' questions

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To help people find local answers in their neighbourhood, Google India on Thursday announced the beta launch of a new app called “Neighbourly” in the country.

“The beta version is available today in Mumbai. If you’re in a different city, join the waitlist,” Google India tweeted.

“With ‘Neighbourly’, we’re finding new ways to move forward on Google’s mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Josh Woodward, Group Product Manager on Google’s Next Billion Users team, said in a statement.

The app will help users answer queries like ‘find out which is the safest park for my kids in an area’ or ‘any affordable Maths private tuition available near me’.

“In big cities across India, it’s getting harder to get good answers to these questions because cities keep changing, including the people who live there,” read the app’s description on its website.

Google India Launches an App to Solve Local Queries
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“That’s why we built ‘Neighbourly’, an app that helps you ask your neighbours questions, be a local expert, and keep up with your neighbourhood,” it added.

“In our research, we’ve found that most of life happens within a 1km radius of where you live, so we wanted to create a new experience for neighbours to benefit from the collective knowledge inside their neighbourhoods. And, when that happens, we hope neighbourhoods everywhere will start to feel even more neighbourly,” Woodward said.

To use the app, type or use your voice to answer your neighbours’ questions.

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“With ‘Neighbourly’, your questions get routed to the right neighbours instantly, and then they can write back with the most up-to-date, relevant and accurate info,” the app’s description said. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Announces Brand New Web Domain For Developers

HTTPS is the secure encrypted version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between a connected browser and website

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Google has announced a brand new top level domain (TLD) dedicated to developers to allow them to build communities, learn newer technologies and showcase their projects with the new domain name.

“Till February 28, .dev domains are available to register as part of our Early Access Programme, where you can secure your desired domains for an additional fee. Beginning on February 28, .dev domains will be available at a base annual price through your registrar of choice,” Ben Fried Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Domains Enthusiast, Google, wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

Along with other big and small companies like GitHub, Mozilla, Netflix, Glitch and Stripe, the tech giant itself has begun using the new domain on some of its own projects like web.dev and opensource.dev.

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To protect users against ad malwares,tracking injection by Internet service providers and open Wi-Fi threats, the new domain would be secure by default — much like Google’s recently launched .app and .page domains.

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“The new domain will be secure by default because it requires Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) to connect to all .dev websites. With every .dev website that’s launched, you help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future,” the post added.

HTTPS is the secure encrypted version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between a connected browser and website. (IANS)