WhatsApp may get Dark Mode soon, group calls feature now rolling out to users
Almost every week WhatsApp gets a new feature or two. Even as the company starts rolling out group calls to its Android users, we hear of another new feature that is going to be added to the chat app in the coming weeks. This is the Dark Mode, which will not only allow users to save their eyes from glare when they are chatting on WhatsApp late in night but will also probably help save them battery on their phones.
Yet again, the information comes courtesy WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that often reveals unreleased WhatsApp features by looking into beta code of the app. A few days ago, WABetaInfo tweeted, “I receive a lot of questions about the Dark Mode. It’s still under development and there is no news now, be patient please. When there is news on iOS and Android, you will obviously receive more info from me, don’t worry.”
Of late, as more and more technology companies wake up to the harmful effect of the screen glare on the eyes, apps are increasingly acquiring dark mode. Twitter got it earlier, whereas Apple just gave the whole macOS a dark mode with the Mojave release.
Apart from saving eyes from the glare, the dark mode in the apps can also help with the battery life, particularly on the phones like the Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 3, iPhone XS and the OnePlus 6T that have OLED screens. When the OLED screens need to show blacks, they can completely turn off pixels, which significantly helps in reducing the battery consumption. So for example, if you are someone who is one WhatsApp four to five hours a day, for you the battery saving could be substantial with the dark mode.
Google Translate now offers gender-specific translations for some languages
Google Translate will now show gender-specific translations for some languages.
In an effort to reduce gender bias in its translations, Google Translate will now show gender-specific translations for some languages. Previously, Google Translate would only show one translation for words that could either have a feminine or masculine form. Translations for words like “strong” or “doctor” would skew masculine, while “beautiful” and “nurse” would skew feminine. Now, Google Translate will show both feminine and masculine translations for words in select languages.
Google’s been on a mission to promote fairness in AI and machine learning, as demonstrated recently by its initiative to remove gendered pronouns from Gmail’s Smart Compose feature. The company says it’s also thinking about how to address non-binary gender in translations as well as gender bias in other Google products like search auto-complete.
Currently, the gender-specific translations are only available for translating single words from English to romance languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Turkish to English is the only language pair that provides both translations for sentences. Google gives an example, seen above, in which typing “o bir doktor” in Turkish will turn up both “she is a doctor” and “he is a doctor.”
The feature currently only works in browsers like Chrome and Firefox, and it will eventually be available on iOS and Android. Google says it’s working to bring support for more languages as well.
Google offering Rs 7,000 instant discount with Pixel 3
This new Google ‘offer’ can get you Rs 7,000 instant discount on flipkart
Google has announced a short-term referral program for all variants of the Pixel 3 family, ahead of the December festive season. As part of this referral program, existing users of Google’s Nexus and Pixel families of smartphones will be able to refer their friends and families to buy any variant of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (review). With their referrals, new buyers of any Pixel 3 family device will get instant discount of Rs 7,000 on it, over and above any existing offer that might already be there.
Additionally, referrers of the Google Pixel 3 smartphones under this program will also be rewarded with a Flipkart gift voucher worth Rs 2,000. The offer is valid for purchases made only on Flipkart. To avail this, an existing Nexus or Pixel user will need to use their email address to login to the Flipkart app, and click on the banner that points towards the said referral scheme. Following this, they will be urged to add their email address again to avail the program, and the referral link will be emailed to the user within 48 hours of registration
The user(s) can then share their referral codes with anyone, who can then first validate it and add it to their account. Once added, the code will remain valid till the end of December 24th. Once the purchase is made, the new customer will get an instant discount of the aforementioned amount over and above any other discounts. Once the purchase is completed, the referrer will also be credited with the Rs 2,000 gift voucher, valid on the e-commerce platform.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available in two storage variants, each of which can be bought in three colour choices — Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink. The Pixel 3 is priced at Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant, and Rs 80,000 for the 128GB variant. The Pixel 3 XL, meanwhile, is priced at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 92,000.
“The discount offer can only be extended to new users by existing owners of a Pixel 3 variant, and is valid only till December 24.”
Uber Plan to launch a self-driving car
Uber plans smaller, more cautious self-driving car launch
Uber Technologies Inc’s UBER.UL is plotting the return of its self-driving cars, but the company known for its hard-charging style is taking a much more conservative approach as it tries to recover from a fatal accident that upended its autonomous vehicle program.
After it receives approval from the state of Pennsylvania, Uber plans to begin driving “a handful” of cars on a mile loop between two company offices in Pittsburgh, where Uber first debuted its autonomous vehicles in 2016, company spokeswoman Sarah Abboud said. That would mark Uber’s first self-driving car tests on public streets since it halted its operations nearly nine months ago in the wake of a crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian.
The diminutive launch is a dramatic downsize from Uber’s previous operation. The company in the past unleashed its fleet in autonomous mode on public roads at high speeds, after dark, in areas crowded with pedestrians and with a single backup driver in the front seat.
This time, the cars will not operate at night or in wet weather, and will not exceed speeds of 25 miles per hour, Abboud said. Two employees will sit in the front seats, and the company has no plans to resume picking up passengers in the robot cars, a service Uber launched in 2016.
Abboud said Uber was awaiting approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation and would not begin testing before then. She said there was no firm start date.
In March, authorities in Arizona suspended Uber’s ability to test its self-driving cars after one of its cars hit and killed a woman crossing the street at night in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Uber’s largest testing hub. Uber also voluntarily halted its entire autonomous car testing program.
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