Now playing: Watch this: 1:06 Mobile Tags Get more from your appliances with a smart plug 0 Google Share your voice Google Duplex can make appointments for you. Getty Images Google Duplex, the voice assistant that sounds remarkably human, is making its way to more devices. The new Google Assistant feature for booking restaurant reservations is rolling out for more Android and iOS devices in the US, a Google spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.The support page for Duplex, spotted earlier by 9to5Google, says Android devices running version 5.0 or later and iPhones with Google Assistant installed can use Duplex, but not everywhere. XDA Developers reported Wednesday it was able to use Duplex on a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.Previously, Duplex was available only on Google’s Pixel phones. In March, Google said Duplex was expanding to Pixel owners in 43 states.Google Duplex was announced last May and boasted the ability to make calls on the user’s behalf. Instead of a robotic voice, Duplex has a voice that sounds human and uses “complex sentences, fast speech and long remarks.” The assistant can schedule appointments, make reservations and get information from businesses.To use Duplex, you need only ask Google Assistant to perform a task like booking a table or scheduling an appointment.Originally published April 3, 10:08 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m.: Adds confirmation from Google. Post a comment
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BUFFALO Mission: Hubble Takes Spectacular Photo of Vast Galaxy Cluster Scientists have made a critical discovery in terms of space exploration and in understanding our own universe. A “bullet” of dark matter shot through space recently, leaving a hole through the Milky Way. The “bullet” has been described as a “low-mass dark-matter subhalo” with a mass greater than the Sun.The event itself was not observed by telescopes, leading to suggestions that it could have been caused by something non-luminescent. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered evidence of its existence. A series of gaps were found in the Milky Way’s stellar stream, indicating that something had breached the halo and left a ragged cluster of stars in its wake.”It’s a dense bullet of something,” said Ana Bonaca, a Fellow at the facility. Bonaca presented this observation at an American Physical Society conference in Denver on April 15. While discussing evidence for dark substructures in our galaxy’s halo, Bonaca also described the stellar stream. Under normal circumstances, the stream forms a curved line of stars that move together across the galaxy. A piece of dark matter has ripped a hole in our galaxy.ShutterstockThe largest of the stellar streams, GD-1 has only one gap, where stars once drifted apart in two directions. Another gap was seen recently, pointing to what is likely to be a globular cluster. There is a chance that the gap was created by a luminous object moving at a very fast speed. Though, that is unlikely because of the sheer size of the disturbance. It has been estimated that it was 10-20 parsecs (30-65 light years) across, which is “about the size of a globular cluster”. Globular Cluster NGC 1846 observed by a NASA Hubble Space TelescopeNASABonaca told Live Science that the “bullet” is unlike anything we have seen. It is much denser than a star, over a million times the mass of the Sun. She also expressed the possibility of it being a supermassive black hole, but that is unlikely since no flares or radiation were observed. Moreover, most galaxies have only one black hole, which is present at their centre.In a lecture series held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics on March 20, Bonaca explained that about 90 percent of the universe is believed to be dark matter. John Beacom of the Ohio State University has described the search for dark matter as “looking for lost keys only under the lamppost”, referring to the unobservable part of the universe.This observation opens up new possibilities for research before our galaxy collides with another. Bonaca’s next move is to do more mapping projects and understand dark matter. She is looking for areas where unseen disturbances seem to be knocking stars around. The motive, she said, is to eventually record and map clumps of dark matter all across the galaxy. Close
Siemens India, an electronics and electrical engineering company, informed the stock exchanges on Tuesday that it bagged orders worth Rs. 570 crore from state-run Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for installation of power projects in Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand.Shares of Siemens India gained 2.85 percent on the BSE to close at Rs. 1,290.10. “The scope of the order includes design, engineering, supply, civil, installation, testing and commissioning of Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOMs) at four substation locations of PGCIL: Ranchi, Rourkela, Kishenganj and Jeypore across the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha,” the Indian arm of the Munich-based multinational informed the BSE on Tuesday.”The 400 kV STATCOMs are being manufactured at Siemens Ltd.’s manufacturing plant at Goa. With fast response time of STATCOM controls, power consumers will be benefited in the form of constant grid voltage and frequency leading to availability of uninterrupted quality power,” the company said in its regulatory filing.The latest win comes a week after Siemens India bagged a contract from state-run Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, to design and install traction systems valued at Rs. 83 crore.”The order is to design, supply and install 40 Alternating Current (AC) Traction Systems for dual-cab high horsepower diesel engine locomotives.The AC Traction Systems will be produced at Nashik Factory of Siemens Limited,” the company informed the BSE on June 22.
Office Depot and Alibaba Group Holding together launched an e-commerce website in the United States, offering hundreds and thousands of US-based small and medium businesses an opportunity to go global. The partnership was announced on Monday, as a result of which both companies will capitalise on the opportunities to do business with small and medium businesses directly.Office Depot is already reaping the benefits of this partnership as its shares shot up 10 percent to $3.9 in premarket trading on Monday. According to MarketWatch, this puts the shares of the company to open at the highest price seen during regular-session hours since October 2017. Alibaba shares were also up by 1.3 percent at $186.35 in premarket trading.Office Depot and Alibaba partnership would give the Chinese e-commerce giant access to Florida-based office supplies provider’s 10 million business customers and 1,800 sales agents. On the other hand, Office Depot will be able to gain access to Alibaba’s global network of 150,000 suppliers and get a major boost in its struggle to compete against Amazon.com. Alibaba and Office Depot partnershipReuters FileTogether, both companies will be able to tap into a $23.9 trillion global B2B e-commerce market opportunity. This is also a boon for small and medium businesses in the U.S. that will be able to sell their products globally and search for verified manufacturers, negotiate deals and make payments seamlessly from a single platform.Office Depot can provide next-day delivery to 99 percent of U.S. businesses and discounts will be provided on select purchases through Alibaba marketplace.”Leveraging Office Depot’s trusted brand, local presence, and national supply chain distribution network with Alibaba’s global supplier network and well-known capabilities in serving SMBs, U.S. businesses can now access a wide array of products and services through Office Depot and Alibaba.com’s collaboration, which will empower them to compete and thrive. Through this initial phase of work together with Alibaba.com, we intend to grow our collaboration in ways that will drive even greater value and choice for our current and future customers,” Gerry Smith, CEO of Office Depot, said in a statement.
Injured Rohingya dies at CMCHOne of the two Rohingyas, who were shot injured on Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased Mohammad Musa, 22, son of Ismail, was from Maungdaw area in Rakhine State of Myanmar.CMCH police outpost in-charge sub-inspector Jahirul Islam said that two injured Rohingyas were brought to the hospital in the morning.“One of them succumbed to his injuries after one hour of admission,” he added.The condition of another Rohingya — Md Mokter, 27, son of Gul Mohammad Sheikh — who is undergoing treatment at the hospital, is critical, he added.Deceased Musa’s cousin, Kawser, said bullet-injured Musa and Mokter entered Bangladesh though sea route at around 2:00 am on Friday following fresh tensions in Rakhaine State of Myanmar.They sustained bullet injuries in Rakhine State around 3:00am on Thursday.
Group Nine Media, parent of digital-media brands Thrillist, the Dodo, Seeker and NowThis, has hired Jeff Siegel as senior VP of distribution.Most recently, Siegel was head of licensing and syndication for Verizon’s Go90, where he oversaw off-platform content licensing and syndication for the ad-supported service’s original programming. Verizon shut down Go90 this summer after the nearly three-year-old initiative failed to gain traction.Sigel, based in the company’s New York headquarters, is responsible for sales and strategy around Group Nine’s intellectual-property library across platforms globally. Siegel will report to Mickey Meyer, chief network and IP management officer; Meyer joined the Discovery-backed company with Group Nine’s acquisition of comedy studio JASH, where he was president/COO. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “Jeff has extensive national and international media distribution experience and deep expertise in sourcing and negotiating TV and digital content sales and licensing deals with leading global platforms,” Meyer said in a statement. “As we continue to expand Group Nine’s IP library and evolve onto new platforms and into new formats, Jeff’s experience will be invaluable to helping us connect with new and diverse audiences around the world.”Siegel added, “The company’s brands have already built huge audiences of superfans both domestically and abroad, and I Iook forward to helping to continue to expand the audience in new and exciting ways.”Siegel has more than 20 years of experience monetizing digital content globally with a focus on international distribution.At Verizon, Siegel landed Go90’s first international content-licensing deal and advised cross-functional teams on rights, content configuration and assets with an eye toward global distribution. Before joining the telco in March 2017, Siegel was VP, international distribution at Defy Media where he oversaw content monetization for the digital studio outside of the U.S. He previously held distribution roles at FremantleMedia International and Viacom’s MTV Networks, and worked at Cinedigm for seven years.
Kolkata: After being closed for more than six months, the iconic Priya Cinema on Rashbehari Avenue of South Kolkata, will open its gates for cinephiles on Thursdayfor a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s cult classic Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. The landmark single-screen theatre, which had been closed off in the month of August after a fire broke out during one of its late-night movie screenings, has now been revamped with state-of-the-art seating arrangements and fire safety equipment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe opening of the theatre has created quite a buzz in Tollywood, as celebrities like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Arindam Sil, Gautam Ghosh and Abir Chatterjee, among others, will be attending the special screening which will begin from 7 pm. Arijit Dutta, the managing director of Priya Entertainment Private Limited, said: “After receiving licence from the Fire department, the theatre will be restarted on Thursday evening, where we will have a special screening of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in the original black and white 35 mm print. We have particularly selected this movie for the screening as I feel that it is the most iconic Bengali movie ever made, which is of concern to the general public nationally as well as internationally.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the celebrities, a considerable number of moviegoers will also get a taste of the special screening as some passes have also been handed out to the general public free of cost, after announcements were made on social media about the same. Extending his regards to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her support, Dutta said: “We have installed the most modern fire safety equipment available in the market and the structures of the building, which is more than 65 years old, have also been repaired. The seating arrangements have also been refashioned as we have drastically increased the leg space by bringing down the number of seats from 930 to 540, apart from installing recliner sofas. We have also done some revamping to the interiors as the lobby has been done up differently.” Followed by Thursday’s special screening, the theatre will screen movies like Kaushik Ganguly’s Nagarkirtan, along with shows of Double Dhamaal and Gully Boy on Friday.
This story originally appeared on Reuters November 11, 2014 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple Inc is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard’s and Dell’s dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP’s command of work applications. Depending on its progress, it may hamper Microsoft, Samsung’s or Google’s own efforts in the nascent market for mobile work applications.Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple’s plans who could not speak publicly provided additional details on how the iPhone maker is working behind the scenes.The iPhone maker has worked closely with a group of startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, that already specialize in selling apps to corporate America. The two people familiar with the plans, but who could not speak publicly about them, say Apple is already in talks with other mobile enterprise developers to bring them into a more formal partnership.PlanGrid is a mobile app for construction workers to share and view blueprints. ServiceMax is a mobile app that makes it easy for companies to manage fleets of field service technicians by ensuring they have access to the right information.Apple has been sending dedicated sales teams to talk to chief information officers. At least one financial services corporation, Citigroup, has been in talks to sign on, one of the two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Another person familiar with the developer’s plans told Reuters that ServiceMax, whose existing customers include Procter & Gamble and DuPont, has co-hosted eight dinners with Apple over the past year in locations across the United States. About 25 or 30 chief information officers and “chief service officers” typically show up at these joint marketing and sales events.ServiceMax declined comment on what they were specifically working on with Apple. PlanGrid also declined comment.But ServiceMax chief marketing officer, Stacey Epstein, said about 95 percent of its customers use Apple devices. Each new customer will typically order thousands of iPhones and iPads, she added.”The field service market alone is a $15 billion market,” said Epstein. “One of our accounts may have thousands of field service technicians. It’s a huge market opportunity for Apple.”Apple declined to comment for this story.’Messy, Stupid’ Demands’Apple has mostly kept its plans under wraps since July, when it announced the deal with IBM. Their partnership has alternately been hailed as a dream alliance, or dismissed as an uncertain tie-up between two companies with very different philosophies.Many American corporations already deploy tablets among their workforces, for purposes ranging from pharmaceutical sales to mobile accounting.“From Apple’s point of view the enterprise is really messy, oftentimes unreasonable or even stupid in its demands,” said John Rymer, an analyst at Forrester. “They’ve never had a business model to deal with any of that. But they do want the penetration and they do want what market share they can get.”Its rivals harbor similar ambitions. A separate source familiar with the matter said Samsung is stepping up its efforts to sell devices to large enterprise clients. The company hired former chief information officer Robin Bienfait to spearhead that effort, and is on the hunt for acquisition opportunities, the person said. The source requested anonymity as they were involved in private conversations. Apple also needed help to penetrate corporations. It is relying on IBM’s predictive software, enterprise-grade security and data analytics to set its upcoming suite of apps apart from rival offerings from Oracle and Microsoft, the two original sources said.Personnel from IBM Global Technology Services, its outsourced IT division, will handle technical support for clients under the initiative, and the two companies also plan on setting up a dedicated 24-7 hotline, according to a recently updated Apple support website.The iPhone maker may be trying to replicate the model that served the iPhone well: hook the client on the software and content, then keep them coming back for the hardware, which is what drives the lions’ share of Apple’s bottom line.“It does make sense, but the devil’s in the details,” said Rymer at Forrester. “The apps have to work and be economic. Can they produce solutions that are meaningful to enough people and reduce the cost over the customers doing it themselves? We’ll see.”(Editing by Edwin Chan, Bernard Orr) Register Now »
2 min read Before self-driving cars can make their way to the open road, their safety features have to be pretty unimpeachable.While these vehicles are still in the testing stage, preventing accidents — such as a Google driverless car side swiping a bus earlier this week — isn’t the only thing that companies such as Google and Apple have to take into account. They also have to ensure that hackers can’t endanger passengers either.In a recent survey of automakers, suppliers and European drivers said that they anticipate it will take anywhere from one to three years to develop completely secure, connected tech for cars.Related: The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack ThemThe study, commissioned by security company Veracode, also found that of the drivers polled, half reported that they had concerns about data privacy with connected cars, and two thirds said that they would blame the app developers and car manufacturers in the event of a breach. One of the ways that hackers can gain access to the inner workings of the car — such as the brakes and steering capability — is through the vehicle’s entertainment systems. Veracode Chief Technology Officer Chris Wysopal told Automotive News Europe, “The more you can separate the systems, the more secure it’ll be.” Enroll Now for Free March 4, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now