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How Technology Is Changing the Way We Love: A WIRED Investigation

Throughout the week, we’ll be reckoning with the state of romance in an on-demand world.
Source: Wired

Why I Just Can't Quit Watching Reality Dating Shows

Social experiments like ‘Are You the One?’ meld fact and fantasy into something that’s more like the real thing than you might expect.
Source: Wired

How to Get the Most Out of Gmail’s New Features

Master the new UI faster than you can say “automatic migration.”
Source: Wired

Has Tech Ushered in a Golden Age of Long-Distance Dating?

Communicating has never been easier, but there are still limits to the intimacy we can experience with conventional technology.
Source: Wired

As Christie’s auctions its first A.I. painting, the meaning of ‘art’ gets blurrier

Later this year, a painting generated by A.I. will go up for auction. Here’s why that’s actually a major milestone for machine intelligence — and its newfound ability to be creative.

The post As Christie’s auctions its first A.I. painting, the meaning of ‘art’ gets blurrier appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google is supercharging its Tez payment service in India ahead of global expansion

Google launched its Tez paymen app in India a year ago, and now the company is giving the service major push into retail as it prepares to expand it to other parts of Asia and beyond.

The app itself is being rebranded to Google Pay — bringing it in line with Google’s global payment service, which is available in 20 countries — but there are more tangible updates on their way. Most notably, Google is plotting to turn Tez Google Pay into an all-encompassing payment app for India.

The service started out in bank-based payments before adding bill and utility payments and messaging, but now Google is planning an extended push into retail, both online and offline. Economic Times recently reported on the rebrand and expansion.

The service already supports payments with some 2,000 apps and websites, including Goibibo and RedBus, but it is adding to that number and planning ‘deep’ integration with partners such as Uber and ticketing service BookMyshow. Google is also focusing on offline, and it said it is in the process of adding in-store payment support with a range of retail brands that will include Big Bazaar, e-Zone, and FBB.

Tez competes with dedicated payment services like Paytm and Mobikwik, and also WhatsApp — the Facebook-owned service that is India’s top messaging app but has struggled to win approval to launch an upcoming payment service due to concerns around its lack of a local office.

Already, Google’s service has made progress. The Tez app has pulled in 55 million downloads, and Google said it has racked up 750 million transactions with an annual run rate of over $30 billion. That, it said, has motivated it to look at overseas expansion opportunities.

Google’s India-based Tez service has been rebranded to Google Pay

Beyond the retail push, the service formerly known as Tez will also expand to cover micro-loans, bringing it into direct competition with startups like ZestMoney — which just closed an investment from Xiaomi this week.

Google said it has partnered with a number of India-based banks — including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Federal Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank — to offer “pre-approved” loans to customers “in a matter of seconds” through the Google app.

These will be smaller than typical loans, especially those in the West. Loans on services like ZestMoney typically cover one-off purchases like electronics, education fees and more, CEO Lizzie Chapman told TechCrunch in a recent interview.

Finally, Google also plans to expand Tez Google Pay overseas. That means both adding Tez features to the Google Pay service worldwide, and taking the India-based service into new parts of Asia. That’ll require plenty of localization since the Indian version is heavily based around the country’s UPI payment system — which doesn’t translate overseas — but it’s a step in the right direction.

Google isn’t saying too much about which markets it might move into but you’d imagine Southeast Asia, which as plenty of similarities with India, will be top of mind.

Note: The original version of this story was updated to correct that the integration with banks doesn’t use Tez payment data to assess user creditworthiness. 


Source: TechCrunch

The first photo of Pininfarina's 1,900 hp PF0 electric hypercar – Roadshow

The Italian design powerhouse is finally going it alone, giving us a first look at its first production car. It looks set to rewrite the hypercar playbook.
Source: CNET

Every series of Power Rangers, explained – CNET

Here’s a complete rundown of every Power Rangers series in the franchise’s history, from a superfan and someone who vaguely remembers yelling “Triceratops” as a kid.
Source: CNET

New Assassin's Creed: Odyssey footage stars Medusa – CNET

See footage of Medusa turning everyone to stone. Good times.
Source: CNET

Google Go search app for emerging markets can now read out website content

Google has lit the news canon at its annual India event which takes place in New Delhi today. The search giant announced changes to its Tez payment service, and it has also introduced a subtle AI-powered feature for its Google Go search app: website reading. You can bet these are the first of many product announcements to come today.

The U.S. firm introduced Google Go — which is essentially a data-light search app for emerging markets — last year, and this new feature is designed to increase its appeal across India, particularly for non-English audiences.

A quick refresher: Hindi and English are the official national languages of India, but its billion-plus population is hugely diverse with more than 20 other languages recognized. The majority of those living in urban India are comfortable with English, but companies are increasingly aware that they need to cater to other tongues in order to offer even basic online services to the rest (majority) of the country.

Google isn’t alone in adopting this approach — it is actually a relative laggard — but now it is trying to help translate the web with this new Google Go feature.

Google said the addition can make website reading just like watching TV or listening to the radio. The feature reads out text in one of 28 supported languages whilst highlighting each word on the page as it goes. The firm said it uses AI to seek out the most important information on a web page, and also to play it back in each language.

There are obvious use cases for activities that pull attention away from reading, such as cooking, but more widely the feature is seen as part of Google Go’s general approach to making information more accessible to those who are relatively inexperienced when it comes to using the internet.

“The new feature is inspired by user research in India, where we heard from people how important it is to understand information effortlessly. Especially for people coming online for the first time, consuming long-form text on a small device can be difficult and time-consuming. With this new feature, you can just press play and follow along,” the company wrote in a statement.

It added that it is looking into ways to add the feature to other Google apps in the future, so stayed tuned.


Source: TechCrunch

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