TECH-A-MOMENT: Top 10 Trending Tech News

By Aditya Roy

September 22, 2020

1. CLOUD AUTOML   

AI is no more going to remain the secret sauce of some of the biggest Tech giants.

Google has unveiled “CLOUD AUTOML” which would help businesses across the globe, with limited machine learning expertise, start building their own high quality custom models using advance techniques provided by the Internet giant.

Cloud AutoML is a suit of Machine Learning products that enables developers with limited machine learning expertise to train high quality models by leveraging Google’s state of the art transfer learning, Neural Architecture Search technology.

AutoML Vision is the first product to be released. It is a simple, secure and flexible ML service that lets you train custom vision models for your own use cases. Soon, Cloud AutoML will release other services for all other major fields of AI.

 

 

 

2. Quad9 Domain Name System

 

 

IBM Security, Packet Clearing House & Global Cyber Alliance bring have launched a new method for consumers and businesses to ensure that they stay safe online.

That’s right!! The Quad9 Domain Name System or as they say (DNS) service is ready to help protect the netizens form accessing millions of malicious websites know for stealing classified personal information, and often infect users with malware and orchestrate fraudulent activities.

Users simply need to reconfigure a single setting on their devices to use 9.9.9.9 as their DNS server.

The service does not store, correlate or otherwise leverage any personally identifiable information of users. In contrast, other DNS services often capture information about the websites consumers visit, devices they use and where they live, for marketing or other purposes.

 

 

3. Google Lens now on Google Assistant on Pixel & Pixel 2

 

 

The Google lens feature, that enables users to scan objects in their surroundings and get search results based on them, is now integrating with the Google assistant on Google Pixel & Google Pixel 2 devices. The feature, which previously required users to access it though the Google Photos App, is now natively baked into Assistant on the Pixel devices, furthering Google’s push to make its AI companion more useful in the real world scenarios. The feature is still being rolled out, so it may be a while before it reaches your devices.

 

 

 

  4. Hike ID to guard your phone number

 

Hike Messenger, India’s first home-grown messaging platform, has unveiled a unique Hike ID, which obviates the need for the users to share their mobile numbers. This also ensures the privacy of users. Not only will users be able to search for others with the Hike ID, they will also no longer need to know that person’s mobile number in the order to send him or her a message. A company statement said many users had demanded this feature.

5. Voice Calls and Internet connectivity in Indian airspace soon.

Great news for net-savvy flyers ,as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority if India) has recommended allowing in-flight internet connectivity (IFC) in Indian Airspace. Domestic flyers as well as those flying over the Indian Airspace shall soon be able to make voice calls and get internet connectivity on-board.

Per the recommendations of TRAI flyers will be able to check their emails, send and receive Whatsapp messages and post status and photos on various social media platforms. Currently as per the regulation of DGCA(Directorate General Of Civil Aviation), flyers are barred form of mobile phones and internet connectivity while in the Indian airspace due to security reasons. However customers accustomed  to stay connected anywhere, 24/7, with the need to keep in touch with the family, enjoy non-stop entertainment and maintain critical business based communication just to name a few, being the impetus, the Authorities have decided to do-away with their earlier regulations.

To ensure that the security concerns are fully addressed, the authority recommended “deployment of a gateway in India” as it provided an effective mechanism to lawfully intercept and monitor the in-cabin Internet traffic while the aircraft is in Indian airspace.

 

 

With these recommendations, India joins over 40 jurisdictions, including the European Union, and Australia, that authorise the use of mobile communications services on an aircraft.

 

6. FASTAG : The Electronic toll collection system.

 

 

NHAI has rolled out program for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas on National Highways to be called FASTag.
FASTag is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of your vehicle and enables you to drive through toll plazas. FASTag has a validity of 5 years and after purchasing it, you only need to recharge/ top up the FASTag as per your requirement.
FASTag offers near non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas and the convenience of cashless payment of toll fee with nation-wide inter-operable Electronic Toll Collection Services.

The various benefits which come along with using FASTag such as:

  1. Ease of payment – No need to carry cash for the toll transactions, saves time
  2. Near non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel cost.
  3. Online Recharge – FASTag can be recharged online through Credit Card / Debit Card / NEFT/ RTGS or Net banking
  4. SMS alerts for toll transactions, low balance, etc.
  5. Online Portal for customers
  6. Validity of 5 Years
  7. Incentive: You can avail a cashback of 10% on all Toll payments using FASTag in 2016-17
  8. Other benefits are:

(a)Environmental benefit  :

  • Reduced air pollution
  • Reduced use of paper

(b)Social benefit    :

  • Reduced toll payment hassles
  • Analytics for better highway management

(c) Economic benefit :

  • Reduced effort in management at toll plaza
  • Reduced effort in monitoring centrally

Are sure to make you free from the hassle of stopping, waiting in the long queue at Toll Plazas and bound to gave to smooth rides.

 

7. Online Education: Google & COURSERA launch an online course to train people for IT support Jobs.

 

 

With upsurge in number of users on the world-wide-web platform, the need for constant and efficient IT support system has also grown subsequently. keeping in mind the need of hour Internet Giant Google Inc. is partnering with leading Online Education platform Coursera, to launch an online course to train and to offer access to its IT training program, previously only open to existing Googlers and to  help prospective employees bridge the skill gap.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s decision on Twitter earlier this week.

 

 

 

The program will involve 64 hours of video lessons as well as labs and evaluations, and it will teach IT basics such as troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation and security. It will take about eight months to complete if a student spends eight to 10 hours a week on the program, though students can work at their own pace, according to Coursera.

 

 

Those interested in financial aid can apply by Feb. 20, while others may be selected by participating nonprofits. You don’t need an IT background or a four-year college degree to qualify. For those who don’t get a free ride, the full cost of the program is $49 a month.

 

8.Motorola announces a good ol’ QWERTY Slider Keyboard and a health monitoring Moto Mod at CES 2018

Motorola has announced the launch of the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod and a health Mod at CES 2018. This is a QWERTY keyboard which is priced at $99, which should roughly be around Rs 6,000 in India.

 

 

The Motorola Keyboard was first introduced at as an Indiegogo ‘Transform the Smartphone Challenge’ campaign. Later, this was further developed alongside Livermorium, Motorola’s inhouse Accelerator program. According to The Verge, the Moto Mod keyboard is set to be released by February or March this year.

The Slider Keyboard is a 5-row QWERTY keypad. It attaches to the back of the Motorola smartphone and slides out, tilting the display at an angle of up to 60 degrees. The keys are backlit as well. The slider keyboard is a rarity in the smartphone market, with only BlackBerry having cracked the design. Sadly, BlackBerry isn’t cool anymore and the mantle passes to Motorola.

Apart from this, Motorola has also announced the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod. This health mod can measure your heart rate, which also includes diastolic and systolic rate. Apart from that, it can also measure the respiratory rate, body temperature and pulse.

 

9. India set to enter the era of “Supersonic Rapid-Transit” : Hyperloop set to crop in Andhra Pradesh soon!!!

 

 

India’s first Hyperloop project is coming up in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Elon Musk’s revolutionary transport idea will be connecting the city centres, Vijayawada and Amaravati. The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) for furthering the project and making it happen.

The project will be funded from a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The major part of the funding will be coming from private investors. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) will be conducting a six-month feasibility study. After making sure of the feasibility, the team of Hyperloop will construct and build their first Hyperloop in India.

The proposed Hyperloop will be covering a distance of around 35 km between Vijayawada and Amaravati. The time taken by the Hyperloop to complete the journey will be around five minutes.

 

 

MORE ON HYPERLOOP

  • Hyperloop Technology is a brainchild idea of technology entrepreneur Elon Musk
  • It is system of magnetically levitating capsules (pods) that are sent at high speeds through low-pressure tubes
  • It uses linear Induction motors and envisages tube modular transport system that runs free of friction
  • It is still in trial stages in different countries and has currently never been implemented anywhere in the world yet

Hyperloop is two-to-three times faster than fastest high-speed rail and claimed to have speeds even greater than commercial air travel

 

India: Biggest market of Freelance workers

About 10 mn engaged in freelance work, mainly in web, mobile: PayPal survey

Freelancers in India, on an average, earn about ₹19 lakh per year, according to a new survey by global digital payments giant PayPal.

 

 

The survey, titled ‘Insights into the freelancers ecosystem’, said that web and mobile development, web designing, Internet research and data entry were the key focus areas for Indian freelancers, while some of them were also engaged in accounting, graphic design and consultancy. India is the largest freelancer market with 10 million people freelancing, according to PayPal.

About 23% of the surveyed freelancers earn in the range of ₹40-45 lakh annually, 23% earn in the range of ₹2.5-5 lakh a year, 13% earn between ₹10-15 lakh annually, 11% earn ₹2.5 lakh or less annually and 8% earn ₹7.5-10 lakh annually, as per the report. “Most people took to freelancing after having heard about it from friends, family, social media and freelancing platforms. Of the reasons that drove them to adopt freelancing, earning more income, flexibility in schedules and ability to choose who to work for, topped the list,” Narsi Subramanian, Director Growth, PayPal India, said.

 

 

He added that receiving payments in a timely, safe and secure manner was one of the key concerns for this community.

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