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Google Street View Services Denied Permission Again

The government seems to show a blind eye towards WoNoBo which does the same thing as Street View .

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  • Google Street View services stalled in India over “security concerns”.
  • Issues said to be sorted out once the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, comes into force.
  • The government shows double standards by giving permission to WoNoBo.

The government first denied permission to the Google Street View service in May 2011 when the search giant first started recording 360-degree images of the southern city, Bangalore. The government gave its permission for a relaunch, and even tied up with Google, by allowing it to cover many monuments like the Qutub Minar and the Taj Mahal. Now, Google has been denied permission to bring Street View to India.

Google Street View Car Image Source:Wikipedia Commons

Google hasn’t really had an easy drive with Google Street View. It shot primarily using a car equipped with a 360-degree camera, but the concerns governments have raised have primarily been over privacy as the camera captures everything in its path even children playing in front of their homes .

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However, there is a bit of hypocrisy behind how the government has handled Google Street View. While the service now covers most of the world, it has been stalled in India over “security concerns”. That is perfectly understandable .

The problem, however, is a service called WoNoBo. Launched in October 2013, this Mumbai-based service does the same thing as Street View and with permission from the government. When it was launched in New Delhi one of the attendees was then Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan who said the service “will add immense value to the Incredible India campaign”.

WoNoBo is still live on apps and show 360-degree videos of many cities, including strategic locations like government buildings, which are all searchable. Everything from faces to number plates of cars are visible on WoNoBo, available only on its apps now. The government seems to show a blind eye towards WoNoBo which also clearly compromises security.

WoNoBo app shows Marine Drive ,Image source:Google Play

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The company site says the web service will be back soon. It is hard
to understand why the government has double standards in this case unless we consider that the government trusts the Indian companies from misusing the d
ata collected.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said the issues will be sorted out once the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, comes into effect.

 

-by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram.(with inputs from The Indian Express) Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Presently, it is available on mobile in American English and is coming soon in Spanish

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Google is also improving its word translations and definitions with visual prompts. Pixabay

Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning.

With this new feature, a user will be able to speak into their microphone and then Google’s AI will analyze the snippet and compare it against the word’s correct pronunciation.

Then, the user will receive feedback on how each syllable matches Google’s expected pronunciation.

‘For example, if you are practicing how to say “asterisk,” the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then, it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced ‘rict’ instead of ‘hsk,’ Google said in a statement recently.

Presently, it is available on mobile in American English and is coming soon in Spanish.

Google is also improving its word translations and definitions with visual prompts.

Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning.
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Google search is rolling out a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning. Pixabay

“Starting rolling out today, when you look up the translation of a word or its definition, you will start seeing images that give you additional context. This can be useful with words that have multiple meanings like “seal,” or words like “avocado” that aren’t commonly used in all languages or regions,” the company added.

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According to Google, these new features give a creative, more effective way to practice, visualize and remember new words and the company is planning to expand these features to more languages, accents and regions in the future. (IANS)