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Google Decides to Shut its Social Networking Site Google+

The Google+ vulnerability was discovered at a time that almost coincided with the notorious privacy leakage scandal of the world's largest social media network Facebook

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Internet giant Google has said it is shutting down the consumer version of its own social networking site Google+ due to low usage and a bug discovered in March last year that could leak the data of about half a million of its users.

“The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds,” said Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View in northern California, Xinhua reported.

Google on Monday said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand.

The demise of Google+ also came as a result of a bug discovered last year but acknowledged for the first time by Google on Monday, and the flaw in one of its Google+ “People APIs” exposed some private user data to third-party developers, including such information as the occupations, genders, ages, and email addresses of many users.

“We discovered and immediately patched this bug in March 2018,” Google said, but the flaw, which has existed since 2015, could potentially affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

“Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API,” Google said. However, “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.”

The Google+ vulnerability was discovered at a time that almost coincided with the notorious privacy leakage scandal of the world’s largest social media network Facebook, which has been widely criticized for its failure to protect its users’ private data.

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Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny about its privacy policy after a British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to a hearing in US Congress in April this year to explain the firm’s security measures and how it handled users’ privacy. (IANS)

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Learn Digital Skills With ‘Grow with Google OnAir’

Grow with Google OnAir to help jobseekers learn digital skills

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Google launches Grow with Google OnAir to help people with digital skills. Pixabay

Search engine giant Google on Monday launched Grow with Google OnAir that will help impart free digital skills training to everyone in the US and Canada for the first time.

The in-person ‘Grow with Google’ was launched in 2017 to help Americans get the digital skills they need to succeed.

To date, the Grow with Google programme has trained more than 4 million Americans on digital skills.

“Though we’re no longer able to gather in person, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. So we’re announcing virtual programmes from Grow with Google that can help,” Jesse Haines, Director, Grow with Google said in a statement.

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“Though we’re no longer able to gather in person, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. So we’re announcing virtual programmes from Grow with Google that can help,”said Jesse Haines, Director, Grow with Google, in a statement. Pixabay

The aim is to empower people — particularly jobseekers and small businesses — who are facing uncertainty and looking for digital skills training to help them increase their economic potential.

Google said it will offer digital skills training, interviews with career experts and programming from partners including Merit America and the National Congress of American Indians.

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Topics will include “How to manage your business remotely in times of uncertainty” and “How to improve your resume with four practical strategies.”

After attending a Grow with Google OnAir workshop, attendees who are looking for more personalized help can register for a free one-on-one coaching session with a Googler.

“In addition to Grow with Google OnAir, which is available across the US, we continue to support our team of local Digital Coaches and our network of more than 7,000 local partner organizations, so that they can teach virtual workshops in their communities,” said Google. (IANS)

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Google Lens will Now Copy Handwritten Notes from Phone to PC

Google lens can now copy handwritten notes from PC to phone

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Google Lens can now copy handwritten notes from phone to PC. Pixabay

Search engine giant Google has added a “Copy to Computer” feature to its Google Lens tool that enables users to copy their handwritten notes from a users phone directly to the computer.

Copying text to computer requires the latest version of Chrome, and for both devices to be signed into the same Google account.

The users can already use Lens to quickly copy and paste text from paper notes and documents to phone to save time.

“Now, when you select text with Lens, you can tap ‘copy to computer’ to quickly paste it on another signed-in device with Chrome,” Lou Wang, Group Product Manager, Google Lens and AR said in a statement on Thursday.

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Google lens will be able to copy handwritten notes from phone to PC. Pixabay

One can also use Lens to practice words or phrases that are difficult to say.

A user need to just select the text with Lens and tap the new Listen button to hear it read out loud.

The company has also added another feature to Lens that enables users to look up for new concepts quickly.

“Now, with in-line Google Search results, you can select complex phrases or words to quickly learn more,” said Wang.

The company has started rolling out these features, except for Listen which is available on Android and coming soon to iOS.

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Lens is available in the Google app on iOS and the Google Lens app on Android. (IANS)

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Google Rolls Out India-First App Globally, for Kids to Learn At Home

Google announces India-first app globally for use of kids to learn at home

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Google introduces App for kids to learn at home globally. Pixabay

To help kids learn better at home, Google has announced an early access for families to its app Read Along that was first launched in India as Bolo app with an in-app reading buddy named Diya.

It’s an Android app for children over 5 years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud.

Read Along uses Google’s speech recognition technology to help develop literacy skills.

After receiving encouraging feedback from parents in India, Google is now sharing this app with more young learners around the globe.

“Read Along is now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi,” Google said in a statement on Thursday.

Read Along helps kids independently learn and build their reading skills with the help of reading buddy Diya.

 

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India-first bolo App launches globally by Google. Pixabay

As kids read out loud, Diya uses Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technology to detect if a student is struggling or successfully reading the passage.

She gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way, just as a parent or teacher would.

Children can also tap Diya at any time for help pronouncing a word or a sentence.

“Read Along keeps young minds engaged with a collection of diverse and interesting stories from around the world, and games sprinkled into those stories. Kids can collect stars and badges as they learn, which motivates them to keep playing and reading,” informed Google.

Parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to learn at their own pace and to track their individual progress.

The Read Along app will personalize the experience by recommending the right difficulty level of stories and games based on their reading level performance.

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Google lauches Bolo App globally to help kids learn at home. Pixabay

Google said that Read Along has no ads or in-app purchases.

After the initial download of the app and stories, Read Along works offline without Wi-Fi or data — helping with worries about unsupervised access to the Internet.

Parents can simply connect to Wi-Fi periodically to download additional stories.

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“Read Along is also easy to start and doesn’t require sign in. Even the voice data is analyzed in real time on the device—so that it works offline—and is not sent to any Google servers,” said the company. (IANS)