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All You Need To Know About Google’s New Pixel 6 Pro

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All You Need To Know About Google's New Pixel 6 Pro

Google has unveiled its latest smartphone, containing the tech giant’s first self-designed computer chip.

The Pixel 6 contains Google’s “Tensor” processor, which it says enables new phone features powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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It is also the first phone in the series with a “Pro” model, designed to compete at the high end of the market.

“The whole goal when we started was to reach this point,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of devices.

“Really, this is our original vision that we’re finally able to get to after building a lot of capabilities both in technology and in product development capabilities,” he told the BBC.

Google owns and operates the Android platform, used by almost every mobile phone maker apart from Apple. But the top end of the Android market has been dominated by other smartphone brands such as Samsung, whose phones can cost more than £1,000.

Google’s Pixel line has often been priced in the middle of the market.

All You Need To Know About Google's New Pixel 6 Pro

But the new Pixel 6 will retail for £599/$599, while the Pro model will cost £849/$899. bringing it closer to the price of competing top-end devices.

That is the same launch price for the base model as the Pixel 5, which had, Google said at the time, been designed for “an economic downturn”.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of technology and these are expensive, for sure, but we’re trying to offer users good value despite the fact that these are flagships,” Mr Osterloh said.

Camera

Both the Pixel 6 and Pro are standard form-factor smartphones with a striking large horizontal bar across the upper back of the phone.

That bar contains all the camera lenses and sensors, instead of putting them off to one side in a camera “bump” popular on many modern models.

Both versions have a 50-megapixel (MP) main camera and a 12MP ultrawide. The Pro model has an additional 48MP camera, giving it a 4x optical zoom.

The Pro model also has more memory, a higher-resolution screen, and a faster screen refresh rate of up to 120hz – or 120 screen refreshes a second, which can make animations and fast movements appear smoother.

Modern smartphones rely heavily on “computational photography” to take good, clear photos. It is what gives each phone maker their own distinctive “look” to photos.

“For a long time, Pixel has been known for awesome photography, which is truly a function of our ability to do AI-driven, machine-learning-driven improvements to the camera experience,” Mr Osterloh said.

“With this new platform, with Tensor, we’ve literally designed the platform to to be able to support he most cutting-edge work we have in all aspects of AI.”

One of those is what Google calls a “magic eraser” – a system where the Photos app will detect distractions in the photo such as someone walking in the background, and try to remove them. The company says it can also be used for things such as power poles or wires, and users can manually select things to remove as well as the automatic system.

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All You Need To Know About Google's New Pixel 6 Pro

Another new feature is “face deblur”.

When taking a photo with the rear-facing camera, it will use all available cameras and take multiple versions. So if a person is constantly moving – such as Google’s example of a young child – the camera will attempt to fix a blurry face by combining all the data, and attempt to figure out what the non-blurred version should look like.

The new processing power in its latest chip means that technology can now be applied to videos as they are recorded, giving them the same type of style as Pixel’s still cameras.

Asked if the new features would make their way to other Android phones, Mr Osterloh said: “Many of them will only be Pixel”.

He said while it is possible some might eventually be available on other devices, “a lot of it really requires this custom architecture and therefore it’s likely to be on products that run Tensor for the foreseeable future only”.

On-device processing

Google had first teased the existence of the Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro in August – along with its Tensor processor.

Until now, it has used chips designed by chip firm Qualcomm. But it says the Tensor chip is up to 80% faster than the Pixel 5 from 2020, as well as being power-efficient.

One significant advantage to its new chip, Google says, is that it can do more on the phone itself, without being connected to the internet – particularly through Google’s popular virtual assistant.

For example, it says that voice transcription – which now uses the Google Assistant – will be faster and more accurate. Users can say “Hey Google, type” instead of tapping a button, and can also use voice commands to send messages. The voice system can be used at the same time as the text keyboard.

Google’s recorder app also leverages the snappier processor to live-transcribe audio recordings as they’re made, even when the phone is not connected to the internet.

It also means that Google’s live translation features are snappier than before, as more of the processing is done on the machine itself.

But it does not mean that Google Assistant will work perfectly offline for privacy campaigners.

“To be really useful, you need to assume that it’s going to use the cloud,” Mr Osterloh said.

“The speech recognition part of that workflow will happen on the device… [and] all the dictation”.

But most people ask for weather, or sports scores or other kinds of information that has to be retrieved from the internet.

“We’re moving more and more workloads from the cloud to the device, we’re trying to do that… to make sure the user has the best possible performance. But certainly this indicates a direction for privacy as well.”

 

 

 

 

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Instagram Is Offering Eligible Users Up To $10,000 To Use The Reels Feature

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 Just as the holiday season is approaching, people are always looking for ways to receive some extra money, and it looks like Instagram may have a solution.

The company is giving users an incentive to receive some extra cash by using their Reels feature. The Reels feature, which was introduced in August 2020, is similar to the popular application TikTok, where users can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools.

According to Tech Crunch, Instagram is dishing out bonuses up to $10,000 for creating Reels, a program that started in July. Maddy Corbin, who has 52,000 followers on Instagram, was recently offered up to $1,000 for Reels in a month. However, it doesn’t appear that all content creators are receiving the same payout amount. “I saw some people that had more followers than me, and they could only make $600,” Maddy told TechCrunch. She says that users with fewer followers were offered $800. “I wish I knew more on how that was generated. All I can think of is maybe it’s based off of past reels’ performance,” Maddy stated.

Instagram spoke with TechCrunch about the pricing difference in payouts stating, “We’re continuing to test payments as we roll out to more creators, and expect them to fluctuate while we’re still getting started. We’ve designed bonuses so that we can help as many creators as we can in a way that is achievable and drives meaningful earnings. Our goal is for bonuses to become more personalized over time.”

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Although the program has been around, this month, Instagram kicked the bonus up a notch to keep up with TikTok, as the platform surpassed 1 billion monthly active users. Several competitor platforms like YouTube Shorts and Snapchat Spotlight have also introduced an incentivizing feature for users to post their short-form content on their apps instead of TikTok.

Now that we’ve given you the rundown about Instagram cashin’ folks out, here is how to see if your account qualifies! Users need to be at least 18 years old and meet the platform’s partner monetization policies, which are a bit vague. The policy states you must reside in an Eligible Country, Comply with our Community Guidelines and Content Monetization Policies. To see the complete list, head over to Facebook’s website.

 

 

 

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Tesla’s Stock Reportedly Loses $40 Billion In Market Value After Elon Musk Tweets “No Contract Has Been Signed” With Hertz

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Tesla’s Stock Reportedly Loses $40 Billion In Market Value After Elon Musk Tweets “No Contract Has Been Signed” With Hertz

Elon Musk and his tweets have been in the headlines this week, and it doesn’t appear that will change anytime soon.

Most recently, Tesla’s stock reportedly dropped by 4%, which puts it “on track to lose $42 billion in market value,” according to Forbes.

This occurred after he tweeted about not signing a deal with Hertz that’s been in talks for some time.

 

The tweet read, in part, “If any of this is based on Hertz, I’d like to emphasize that no contract has been signed yet.” Emphasizing the demand to production ratio, he wrote, “Tesla has far more demand than production, therefore we will only sell cars to Hertz for the same margin as to consumers. Hertz deal has zero effect on our economics.”

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According to reports, though Musk tweeted no contract has been signed, Tesla has already provided Hertz with cars for their rental fleet.

“Deliveries of the Teslas already have started. We are seeing very strong early demand for Teslas in our rental fleet, which reflects market demand for Tesla vehicles,” Lauren Luster, director of communications at Hertz, stated.

According to CNBC, Luster didn’t give the specific of the agreement. But Luster did say that Hertz is still “on plan with its announcement last week to offer 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022.”

This isn’t the first Tesla or Musk tweet to make headlines. In response to an article that stated 2% of Musk’s income would help solve world hunger, Musk tweeted that he would be open to selling his Tesla stock.

“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” he tweeted.

 

 

 

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Facebook Plans To Shut Down Its Facial Recognition System For More Than One Billion Users

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BREAKING: Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp All Go Down In Major Outage

If you’ve ever been worried about the lil’ FBI agent in your phone watching your every move, you won’t have to worry about them coming from Facebook anymore!

Facebook announced on Tuesday it will be shutting down its facial-recognition system and deleting the face scans of more than 1 billion people.

“This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history,” Jerome Present, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook’s new parent company said. “More than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted in to our Face Recognition setting and are able to be recognized, and its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.”

About 640 million Facebook’s users have opted in to use the social network’s face recognition system, and Presenti noted the growing concerns about facial-recognition technology’s impact on society. The use of face identification software has sparked public debate because of how it can be misused by government agencies, law enforcement and big corporations.


“Every new technology brings with it potential for both benefit and concern, and we want to find the right balance,” he said.

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Facebook previously scaled back the use of another feature that they introduced in December 2010 which used facial-recognition software to automatically identify people in user’s photos. Once the person’s profile was identified, the user could tag them in the photo with just one click.

The company was sued for the tag feature, and agreed to pay $650 million to settle the class-action lawsuit in Illinois. The opposing party accused the site of violating a state law that requires residents’ consent to use their biometric information including their “face geometry”

“Facebook getting out of the face recognition business is a pivotal moment in the growing national discomfort with this technology,” said Adam Schwartz, a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Corporate use of face surveillance is very dangerous to people’s privacy.”

 

 

 

 

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