QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We humans have a love-hate relationship with our technology. We love each new advance and we hate how fast our world is changing… The robots really embody that love-hate relationship we have with technology.” ~ Daniel H. Wilson
GOOGLE RELEASES LENS FOR ALL GOOGLE PHOTOS USERS ON ANDROID
Google Lens is coming to Google Photos for Android users.
IS GOOGLE READY TO SHOW OFF LENS?
Google has talked about Lens in Worldwide Developers Conference last year. The company introduced Lens with Pixel 2 and promised that soon it will be available on Android and iOS. Looks like, Google is now fulfilling the promise that it made. Google Lens will be available for Android now. The feature will be available for iOS users soon, but there is no clarity when that’s going to happen.
Google Lens is a visual search engine which successfully recognizes the object in your images, scans your business cards, and more.
IS IT USEFUL?
Lens feature on Google Photos has received mixed reactions from users due to the fact that at times, it can be useful and frustrating as well. Imagine, every time you open Google Photos, it informs about the things or subject in your surroundings. Well, if you are traveling to an unknown part of the world, then yes it could be a great thing. However, if it is your neighborhood, you don’t need Google Lens to provide unnecessary information.
Although, the ability to scan a business card or pamphlet on road to save information on the run could prove to be useful, but aren’t we done with the business card and pamphlets?
We live in a digital era where the world stays in touch with each other through social media. We don’t need business cards, a simple “Hi” on any of the messenger services will connect you to the other person.
On a personal note, the feature is not that of a highlight or a feature that one couldn’t do without. There are hopes for the feature to get good enough that you don’t need to search for a landmark or restaurant with a keyword, all you need is a photograph!
BLACKBERRY INDICTS FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND WHATSAPP OVER MESSAGING
Blackberry has sued Facebook and its acquired social media platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp over copying its messaging features.
WHY DID BLACKBERRY WAIT FOR SO LONG?
Looks like this is it for Blackberry! Blackberry has been in “several years of dialogue” with the social media giant. Blackberry has waited for too long and has now given up. You might be thinking what are we talking about? The Canadian business software provider sued Facebook and its other social media platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram for copying its features.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) used to be the most secure and fun way to send and receive messages and images, way before when WhatsApp was launched. It became very popular worldwide to communicate and it was mostly used in the countries where text messaging rates were high.
As years passed by, many other platforms released easier ways to communicate with your friends and family and Facebook is one of them. When Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp came into being, everything changed. They didn’t only have similar features as BBM but more. With photo sharing and much to explore, these options have sidelined BBM services and eventually it dwindled.
Looks like Blackberry has an old habit of accusing companies of patent infringement. Earlier, the company was in a war for tech patents with Nokia and NTP. Later, it accused Nokia of the transgression. This is not the only case wherein Blackberry sued a company.
WHAT THE COMPANIES HAVE TO SAY?
Blackberry used to be a renowned smartphone company but eventually, it has faded with the arrival of Android and iPhone phones. Well, now the company is involved in supplying software and services for corporate and government clients. Moreover, company’s QNX software is used in many in-car systems. The company is also providing cyber security software for autonomous cars.
Blackberry said, “As a cybersecurity and embedded software leader, BlackBerry’s view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them.”
Paul Grewal, deputy general counsel for Facebook said, “”Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business. Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight.”