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Amazon Part Finder users AR to identify nuts, bolts, screws

“That said, so far it seems to only work on the iOS Amazon app, with no word yet on an Android version” reports slashgear.com. It’s not a simple case of pointing your smartphone camera at the screw and it will automagically know what kind it is.Mobile AR platforms now have an ability to measure things in the real world using nothing but your smartphone’s camera. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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The Productivity Booster You Have in Your Pocket, But Probably Don’t Use

“Nine years on, more apps, better apps, a coordinated app ecosystem and ever-increasing processing power have addressed many of these performance deficiencies” reports hbr.org. At its simplest, an IA will merely launch the app (“Siri, launch Photos”).Siri has been around since iPhone 3 (2009) but it’s never quite cut it as a credible time saver or productivity enhancer. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Google does it best, and the EU ruling won’t change that

“The cold reality for the EU is that most Android users prefer Google search, Google apps, and the Google ecosystem” writes Tristan Rayner for androidauthority.com. However, the overall demands won’t change Android as we know it, even if  Google can’t successfully appeal the ruling.An appeal also almost certainly means Google won’t have to pay the fine or change Android until a final decision is reached. Source: androidauthority.com Share This:

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EU hammers Google with record $5 billion fine over Android

“The EU fined Google $2.7 billion last summer for abusing its dominance as a search engine to steer customers to its own Google Shopping platform” reports axios.com. The fine is the latest action by the EU to target the dominance of one of the world’s most powerful companies.The size of the fine is meant to curb Google’s dominance over mobile phones, one of its biggest areas of growth. Source: axios.com Share This:

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The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean?

“And, not only that, but it also paid mobile vendors and networks to preload the Google Search app on devices” writes Dan Grabham for pocket-lint.com. Namely, that Android comes preloaded with certain Google apps.Indeed, the EC alleges that Google did some bad stuff around the Google Search app in particular to “cement its dominant position” in search on Android devices as well. Source: pocket-lint.com Share This:

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Fitness app Polar revealed not only where U.S. military personnel worked, but where they lived

“Now, a group of reporters in the Netherlands has found another fitness app that may have placed U.S. military personnel at even greater risk” writes Rebecca Tan for washingtonpost.com. The security breach, which alarmed lawmakers and Pentagon officials, prompted the U.S. military to launch a review of its guidelines for wireless devices at military facilities. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Google launches game on Tencent’s Wechat as it eyes China market

“Last year, Google launched its ‘Google Translate’ app in China, and in May it added a file management app to several app stores run by local Chinese firms, a first for the company” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The latest product, Caihua Xiaoge, is a drawing game based on Google’s AI image recognition technology, and is a WeChat ‘mini app’, which works only within Tencent’s WeChat.Google in January announced a patent licensing deal with Tencent with the intention of collaborating further in the Chinese market.BEIJING (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s…

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China’s ride-hailing app Didi gets $500 million funding from the parent of Booking.com

“Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing has received a $500 million investment from U.S. travel firm Booking Holdings, in a boost for its aggressive plan to enter new markets outside of China” writes Zhang Peng for cnbc.com. The new funds come as Didi is expanding heavily into several new overseas markets, where it hopes to challenge U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies. It has also invested in a handful of Uber competitors in other markets, including Brazil’s 99, India’s Ola, Singapore’s Grab and U.S.-based Lyft.The two firms announced the investment in a…

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Booking Holdings to invest $500 million in China’s DiDi Chuxing ride-sharing app

“BKNG, -0.56% the online travel site that used to be called Priceline, said Tuesday it is investing $500 million in DiDi Chuxing, the Chinese car-sharing app, as part of a broader strategic partnership” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. As part of that agreement, the companies will combine technology capabilities to offer travel experiences across the world.”Booking Holdings’ brands will have the ability to offer on-demand car service through their apps, powered by DiDi, and DiDi customers will have the option to book hotels through Booking.com or agoda,” the companies said…

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