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Google Making Privacy Controls More Easily Accessible: CEO Sundar Pichai

“Thanks to advancements in AI (Artificial Intelligence), we are making significant improvements to the Google Assistant

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Google is working towards making privacy controls more easily accessible, expanding its incognito mode to maps and adding new auto delete controls, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai has said.

“And we continue to challenge the notion that products need more data to be more helpful,” Pichai said on Thursday during an earnings call with analysts after Google’s parent company Alphabet reported a revenue of $38.9 billion for the second quarter (Q2) of 2019.

“For example, we invented a new technique called federated learning that allows us to train AI models and make products smarter without raw data leaving your device,” he said.

Pichai’s comment came at a time when technology companies are facing challenges of protecting user privacy amid increased scrutiny by regulators.

Google last week faced criticism for letting third-party organisations get access to users’ viewing habits even while browsing in ‘incognito’ mode.

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FILE -Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., May 7, 2019. VOA

The company had said that Chrome will fix a loophole that allowed sites to detect people who are browsing the web privately.

“As we continue to invest in the platform, responsibility remains our top priority,” Pichai said during the earnings call with analysts, while adding that over the years Google has evolved from a company that helps people find answers to a company that helps users get things done.

“We are also developing technology for the next billion users coming online in places like India, Brazil, and Indonesia,” Pichai said.

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“Thanks to advancements in AI (Artificial Intelligence), we are making significant improvements to the Google Assistant.

“The next-generation Assistant can process requests up to 10 times faster, making it easier to multi-task, compose e-mails, and even work offline. With features like Duplex on the web, that system will soon be able to help users book rental cars and buy movie tickets,” Pichai said. (IANS)

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Google Brings New Feature Called ‘Focus Mode’ For Android Devices

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10

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Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Google Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. Pixabay

Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone.

The feature allows users to turn off distractions – like social media updates or email notifications – for a period of time, so a user can get things done without interruption.

Focus mode was first announced at Google’s developer conference in the summer as part of Android Q/10.

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Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone. Pixabay

“Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. You can select apps you currently find distracting (like social media or games) and if you try to open them, Focus mode will remind you that app is paused.

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“Focus mode will also silence those apps’ notifications until you are ready to switch out of the mode,” Dayson Pais Product Manager, Android said in a statement on Wednesday.

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10. (IANS)