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Google joins the quest to find the famous Scottish Loch Ness Monster

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Many tried and failed in the quest of proving the existence of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster – and now Google has also jumped in the bandwagon.

With the help of divers and local experts, Google deployed its Street View cameras in and around the lake to grab glimpses of the Scottish loch, the famous abode of the cryptid.

Google unveiled a cache of underwater and surface images of the lake, which offers travelers a chance to admire the Highlands scenery or dive into the depths to look for Loch Ness.

The Street View series beautifully offers a glimpse of the ancient Urquhart Castle from the water, Fort Augustus Abbey and the lake seen “from Nessie’s perspective” under the swampy waters.

When conducting a search in the area on Google Maps, the standard yellow ‘Pegman’ transforms into a green Nessie icon that can be released anywhere on the lake to get the view from there.

According to Google, around 200,000 searches are conducted each month for the Loch Ness Monster, and around 120,000 for information and accommodation close to Loch Ness, yet “few people know what the loch even looks like.”

“The Google project was so cloaked in secrecy, when people asked about the ripples in the loch during the special diving expeditions, for once I had no opinion,” said Adrian Shine, a Loch Ness expert who helped realize the project.

“I hope people worldwide enjoy exploring Street View to have a look and then be inspired to travel to Scotland to discover this area of magical beauty and natural intrigue,” he added.

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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)