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By Fiza Ali
Google is lending support to India to deal with COVID-19 crisis
by Fiza Ali
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on India and with that, many have come forward to lend a helping hand. Governments, organizations, and individuals have joined forces to help the people of India deal with this health crisis and large-scale pandemic emergencies. In this ordeal, the tech giant, Google, has also made sure to support India by providing the right tools people require to keep up to date with the latest information and research about COVID-19. The company also announced grants worth $18 million to aid emergency relief work, in April, through Google.org.
Google has played a key role in aiding the non-profit organizations working in India to get urgent help to the people in need along with strengthening public health campaigns and providing authentic health information. With a major focus on rural areas of India, Google is working towards developing workforce and healthcare infrastructure as the country is emerging from the health crisis it faced during the past months. It is also aiding ARMMAN, Apollo Medskills, PATH, and GiveIndia to develop oxygen generation plants.
With new grants worth $15 million to PATH and GiveIndia, Google.org will also be aiding in the procurement and installation of almost 80 oxygen generation plants in healthcare facilities located in rural and high-need areas. Both the organizations, PATH and GiveIndia, will collaborate to supervise the oxygen generation project. Google will aid Apollo Medskills as well to give frontline health workers specialized training in COVID-19 management.
Google has also committed to providing a $500,000 grant to the non-profit organization, ARMMAN that will provide skill development programs to 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in 15 states of India.
By Jay Bonggolto
Google's Messages app is rolling out end-to-end encryption for everyone
by Jay Bonggolto
Earlier last year, a report claimed that Google was planning to add end-to-end encryption (EE2E) for RCS messaging in the Messages app. The feature has long been available on Apple's iMessage, and its absence on Messages has been a letdown from a security standpoint. In November of that year, however, the company turned on EE2E for RCS messaging on Android, albeit only for beta testers.
Today, Google announced that the security feature is rolling out for everyone in the Messages app. Like the beta version, the latest release supports only one-on-one conversations for the time being. This means messages sent in group chats won't be encrypted. Also, EE2E works only if both participants in a conversation have turned on the RCS chat features.
It's easy to figure out if a message you are sending is encrypted when you see a lock icon attached to the send button. This makes it difficult for anyone to intercept your message as it is being transmitted.
Google is rolling out the security feature alongside a bunch of other Android updates unveiled earlier today including the starred messages and the release of Android's earthquake alert system globally. Furthermore, the operating system has added new contextual suggestions in Emoji Kitchen, the ability to open and access apps using your voice, gaze detection for Voice Access, and new customization options in Android Auto.
By Jay Bonggolto
You will soon be able to star a message in the Android Messages app
by Jay Bonggolto
In April of this year, Google expanded the Android earthquake alerts system to Greece and New Zealand, where users can receive notifications about earthquakes in those countries. Google today announced a new expansion for that feature along with new updates for Android that focus on new experiences and improved security.
The alert system is now rolling out in regions where the risk of earthquake is high including Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. People in these countries will get notifications a few seconds before an earthquake happens. Google is expanding it to more countries over the coming year.
Google is also launching a new capability in the Messages app that will let you star an important message. It's available from today and will go live to more users over the next few weeks. To get started, you can simply tap and hold a message to star it. You can then visit the starred category to view messages you've marked as important.
The Emoji Kitchen is also adding contextual suggestions after you've composed a message. It's available from today in Gboard beta. It's set to exit beta in the summer and will go live for messages written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on devices running Android 6.0 or later.
Android now also lets you open and access apps using your voice. In addition, Voice Access has added gaze detection in beta so you can use your voice to navigate your phone or an app only when you're looking at the screen. Google has also improved its password input so you can input letters, numbers, and symbols using your voice when a password field is detected.
Finally, Android Auto has received new customization options such the ability to change your launcher screen directly from your mobile device and turn on dark mode. It also gained a “back to top” option and new tabs in the media apps so you can browse content more easily. Messaging apps are also now available directly via the launcher screen while EV charging, parking, and navigation apps are now accessible in Android Auto. These features are live globally on phones running Android 6.0 or later.
Google Chrome 91.0.4472.106 (offline installer)
by Razvan Serea
The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop. Chrome has many useful features built in, including automatic full-page translation and access to thousands of apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
Google Chrome is one of the best solutions for Internet browsing giving you high level of security, speed and great features.
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Canonical announces Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Pro is now available on Google Cloud. According to the firm, Ubuntu Pro is a premium version of Ubuntu aimed at enterprise and production use that comes with several additional features including live kernel patching, a 10-year maintenance commitment, and patches for software in Ubuntu’s universe repository.
Commenting on the news, June Yang, VP and GM, Compute, Google Cloud, said:
Unlike the Ubuntu you may be familiar with on desktop systems which is free, Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud is not free. According to Google, Ubuntu Pro will cost 3%-4.5% of your average computing cost. Customers can purchase Ubuntu Pro through the GCP Console or Google Cloud Marketplace where they will receive a streamlined procurement process with access to the commercial features offered by Canonical.
As Ubuntu Pro offers ten years of support, it means that users can use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which, on the main track, reached end of life earlier this year. With more access to Ubuntu 16.04 via Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud, companies will have more time to migrate over to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.