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Google is replacing voice search with Google Assistant on Android devices

Catherina Ploumidakis

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With each passing day’s Google innovates and brings in advancements in its technology. Google is an American multinational company which is a leading technology firm. It ranks fourth in the field of technology.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin who are the founders of the tech giant has set up the firm in Menlo Park, California, USA.

The company is operating all around the globe for the past 20 years now. No doubt, the company has a vast number of investors.

Google is famous for its search engine without which the world cannot operate. In other words, if you need a solution regarding something, then Google is the one to help you out.

Other products of the company include Google docs, Google Sheets, Google Photos, Google email, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play, and many others.

People require these services in their day to day activities for the accomplishment of their task correctly. As per sources, Google is trying to replace its voice search with Google Assistant on Android devices.

Google is replacing voice search with Google Assistant on Android devices

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How will the new changes impact the website owners?

Previously a user required to utter “Hey Google” with all the search results displayed on the screen. Now an Android user needs saying, “Ask your Assistant.” Sources say that this facility won’t be available to all Android users for the time.

Only a minimal number of websites will receive direct traffic. It is because Google Assistant is providing specific answers to the users.

Users will receive a specific solution that they are looking for. They won’t require searching for the perfect answer.

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At the same time, a user cannot receive specific answers for all its queries. A tiny percentage of websites will gain from this feature.

Website owners do not receive the voice search data, which makes it next to impossible to predict the situation.

Catherina has joined the team as an intern, and she has been working hard to learn things quickly. Now, she handles the Technology and Business columns of the website along with Vicky. She writes the latest US Technology and Business news regularly on the website with accuracy. Since she is the youngest member of the team, she never hesitates to ask for help from other senior team members. That is the reason, she has been learning things quickly, and now she is becoming proficient. Apart from her work, she loves to read books and watch Business and Tech news. She is a fun-loving woman with a graceful personality.

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Samsung Announced Galaxy Tab Active Pro: A Handy Tablet for “People Who Work in Industrial Areas”

Erin Fox

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Samsung has announced Galaxy Tab Active Pro, for people who work outdoors or in industrial areas. It will be available at a cost of approximately $599.99.

Currently, it is available on Samsung’s channel partners. Samsung revealed to The Verge that it will be available on Samsung.com at some point in the future. Samsung also revealed that the LTE-enabled version will be available on November 15th for $679.99. This version actually works with the four major US Carriers.

Here are the specifications of Samsung Newest Rugged Tablet

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen.
  • You can max out the brightness to 550 nits.
  • The tablet includes the S-Pen which is available in the slot on the side of the device.
  • Both the tablet and the S-pen are IP-68 Certified.
  • The device is considerable water and dust resistant.
  • Samsung claims the device to be shock-resistant also, with a MIL-STD 810G certification.
  • Manufacturers say that the screen will sense touch even while wearing “light work gloves,”. This will prove to be handy if you regularly wear gloves in your line of work.
  • The galaxy tab pro has a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 670 processor.
  • It has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. However, you can add up to 512GB external storage using a microSD card.
  • It has a user-replaceable, fast-charging 7,600mAh battery. Samsung claims it will last for up to 15 hours.
  • The tablet has a 13MP back camera and an 8MP front camera.
  • It also has a fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack.
  • It charges over USB- and will work with POGO pin-based accessories like chargers and keyboards.
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Photo editing, gaming apps in Google Play Store hide spyware and bankers

Erin Fox

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Photo editing, gaming apps in Google Play Store hide spyware and bankers

Researchers have discovered an array of trojans in Google Play Store which are hiding malicious mysteries.

On Wednesday, antivirus maker Doctor Web announced that these apps were found in September in Google Play and included bankers, downloaders, spyware, and adware.

As per the team, these apps portrayed to be genuine services including photography software, games, photo galleries, and utilities.

After the users downloaded the apps, the malware tried to get different software, a few of them malicious, installed on the phone. The malware followed the instructions it received from the control and command server.

Motorcycle Road 2D is a game discovered to host such a malicious component. The game is presently available for download on Android phones from 3rd-party stores.

As per Doctor Web, the malware from Android. Joker trojan family was found embedded in applications on Google Play Store. It had been embedded in camera plug-ins, image editors and Android security utilities among others.

Cyberhackers selected apps in such categories owing to their popularity among Android users. But, in these instances, Google acted pretty quickly and axed the offensive apps.

As per the team, the malware present in these applications could subscribe users to pricey mobile services without asking for their consent.

To confirm such a subscription, the hackers read verification codes of text messages. Moreover, Android. Joker malware also stole the user’s contact details and transferred them to the hackers.

A banking trojan called Android.Banker.347.origin was also found on the Play Store previous month. The malware targeted Brazilian users and was hidden in Encontre Mais mobile app which reportedly could locate members of the family.

One more banking trojan Android.Banker.352.origin was discovered in the crypto exchange app YoBit. Its aim was to whisk off credentials from users when they logged into their accounts.

Though Google tries to maintain its Android store free from malicious apps, a few of them still pass through its verification procedure. Hence, users should also try to stay safe and secure by going through reviews posted by others.

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3 signs that indicate its time to buy a new laptop

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Everyone wants the greatest and latest results when they purchase new products, be it a new car, television or smartphone. We want similar results from our laptops as well but when should we give in and buy a new laptop? It can get difficult to determine whether your laptop is in its last phase or simply needs some repair. This is the reason why we have listed a few important signs which indicate its time you go laptop shopping.

  • When the laptop slows down:

A slow functioning laptop is majorly an indication of it aging when you do not have any hackers or malware in your device. Laptops generally slow down when multiple apps run at the same time or when their memory begins filling up.

At times, upgrades or repairs to the RAM or CPU may help a toiling laptop regain its speed. In fact, this measure should be taken into consideration before you replace your struggling laptop.

However, if your laptop is slow at a point where it gets difficult to work on it then the repair may end costing you same as one new laptop. As such, it’s best to upgrade and get yourself a brand-new laptop.

  • When the laptop doesn’t support new software updates anymore:

How old is the current laptop you are using? Your laptop should cater to your needs for more than three years from the day you bought it. However, you might find that you cannot receive software updates over time, including your OS (operating system).

The technology in the computer system advances with time and the new software updates need better processing capability to function. It’s possible that these new updates may not arrive on your laptop at all because they need a lot of memory to run.

Your system might be incapable to process these updates at that level. Here, it is best to replace your laptop with a new system which is up-to-date with new software and much faster.

  • When the battery loses charge faster:

Laptop batteries, just like mobile phone batteries, lose out their charge with continuous use. Over time, the battery may even lose its charge retaining capacity. This implies that you will need to charge your laptop often.

There may even come a point where you will have to keep the laptop plugged in at all time to use it. In such a case, you can buy a new battery for your laptop to make it work. However, buying batteries for slip laptops from companies like Apple can make it an expensive venture for you.

But if your laptop still has charging issues when you put a new battery, it could be a sign that it is time to buy a new system. The issue may lie internally in the laptop and the repairs could be a lot expensive or rather impossible even.

Therefore, if your laptop is encountering any of the above signs, you may want to buy a new laptop. However, remember to shop wisely and buy a laptop which meets your needs.

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