You Can Now Talk to Your Nest Security Camera

If Google made one point at this year’s CES conference, it was that it’s putting the Google Assistant in all sorts of devices, from TVs to speakers, in an effort to oust Amazon’s Alexa as the most important digital helper in your home. Now, the Google Assistant is coming to yet another home device: the Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera.

Those who own the camera will have the option to add the Google Assistant via a software update starting Wednesday. Using the Google Assistant through the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera will be very similar to how one would use it through the Google Home or any other compatible device. Owners will be able to verbally ask their Nest camera for the weather, questions about their calendar, and to control smart home devices, among other queries. Owners will also be able to ask the Nest Cam IQ indoor to cast its stream to a TV.

There are a few Google Assistant features that won’t work on Nest’s camera, however, such as the ability to make phone calls, get the news, or play music and podcasts.

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It’s the first security camera to have the Google Assistant built-in, coming several months after Amazon announced its own Cloud Cam, which works with Alexa to stream camera footage to Amazon TV Fire TVs, Fire tablets, and Echo devices with screens. The Nest Cam IQ indoor has supported the Google Assistant before Wednesday’s announcement, but users would need to own a separate device that has Google’s virtual helper built into it in order to control the camera via voice.

Nest’s announcement also comes after the company said earlier this month that it would merge its hardware team with Google’s.

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Source:: Time – Technology


Lasers can search your DNA now

As we reach the limits of what computer processors can do, “biologists are testing a new way to efficiently sift through mountains of genomic data: lasers,” said Jamie Condliffe at Technology Review. The U.K.-based startup Optalysys has begun experimenting with a processor that “encodes data onto light beams that can be made to interfere with each other.” That allows the processor to spot identical sets of data or perform calculations in “one shot,” rather than over many stages, as a regular computer would do.

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Performing those calculations with lasers can be “10 times quicker and uses a quarter as much energy.” Recently, genomic researchers at universities in the U.S. and U.K. began using Optalysys processors to locate short snippets of DNA inside genomes, a process likened to rapidly finding “a needle in a haystack.”

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Source:: The Week – Tech


Google Killed its Popular ‘View Image’ Feature, and the Internet Isn’t Having It

People online are upset over a new decision from Google that makes it a little harder to download photos.

The search giant removed its popular “view image” feature Thursday as a part of a legal settlement. The feature previously allowed users to download and save photos without having to navigate through to the pictures’ web pages.

Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on.

— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 15, 2018

The “view image” option has long frustrated photographers and publishers who say their work is stolen when people download photos through Google’s search engine. The change comes as part of a settlement with Getty Images that aims to improve attribution for their contributors, Google said. The search engine also removed its “search by image” button, but users can still reverse image search by dragging images to the Google search bar.

But killing off the “view image” feature hasn’t sat well with web users, who have since been raising their concerns online.

Cool, so Google got rid of the view image button on Google search. LITERALLY THE ONLY THING I EVER USE . THANKS GOOGLE

— Ali H 🔥 (@The_AliH) February 16, 2018

Dear @Google, please give us back View Image on image results. Some websites are littered in ads or other stuff, we’d rather avoid them. Sincerely, everyone 😔

— Martyn Littlewood (@InTheLittleWood) February 16, 2018

The frustrating part “view image” going away for some users was that the feature was a tool that many people used in their work.

Hey all you artists that use Google for reference images. Did you notice yet they removed the “view image” button? This is going to make research such a
pain… via @Verge

— Matt Moylan (@LilFormers) February 16, 2018

Google removing the “view image” option is legitimately one of the workflow crippling things I’ve experienced in a while and is so user hostile that either 1) they’ll be forced to pull it back or 2) an alternative will need to arrive

— Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) February 16, 2018

And sure enough, some users have begun suggesting alternatives that …read more

Source:: Time – Technology