The Weekly Techno Briefs help you keep pace with the fascinating and constantly changing world of technology. This week Google is all set to challenge Apple with its latest operating system, Symantec has announced its plans to split into two, and 1 million have signed up to preview Windows 10. Find out about some of the innovations and upheavals of world of technology in today’s Weekly Techno Briefs.
After Kitkat, Android set to launch Lollipop“Lollipop" or Android 5.0, the upgraded operating system for mobile, "is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit," said Google vice president Sundar Pichai, who heads the Android operations in the Economic Times.
Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a plethora of functional improvements and one of the biggest enhancements that it brings is its visual presentation. Most visual elements have been tweaked to utilise Google's new Material Design paradigm but in terms of UI structure - little has changed. In a move that aims to improve user experience and provide consistency across different form factors in the vast Android ecosystem, Android 5.0 Lollipop's Material Design makes the platform feel more mature and polished than ever.
Visit the Android Lollipop page to learn about its exciting new features.
Snapchat hacked?Even as the threats of a lawsuit over the Google hack are just beginning to abate, the Internet is abuzz with the news of the Snapchat hack. Snapchat was extremely quick to blame users for the "Snappening," as it is called. According to the Times of India, Snapsaved.com, a website which allows users to save images sent via Snapchat, claimed that hackers had breached its servers and stolen some 500 megabytes of photographs. This isn't the first time Snapchat's security or its user privacy has come into question. In January, the service leaked 4.7 million usernames and phone numbers, according to Mashable.
Type your emotionsResearchers have developed a new computer program that can recognize people's emotions based on how they type. Scientists from the Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh asked a small group of people to type a block of sample text, and then analyzed the keystrokes and characteristics to see if they could identify any of seven different emotional states: joy, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, shame or guilt. The emotions that the program recognized with the greatest degree of accuracy were joy (87% of the time) and anger (81% of the time). "If we could build any system that is intelligent enough to interact with humans that involves emotions — that is, it can detect user emotions and change its behavior accordingly — then using machines could be more effective and friendly," the researchers reported.
One million people sign up to preview Windows 10Thinking about trying out the Windows 10 preview build? You are definitely not the only one to have considered it. According to Microsoft, its Windows Insider Program hit one million registrants over the weekend, giving a huge number of potential users access to the latest build of its next generation operating system. Currently joining the Windows Insider Program is the only way to get access to Windows 10 currently and Microsoft says it has received over 200,000 pieces of feedback through Windows' native feedback application. The team says that it's currently trying to categorize and process all of the feature requests and feedback it’s receiving, and promises to continue to revise and improve the OS before launch.
Google offers virtual medical supportGoogle’s “Helpouts” product — a service where people can search for experts and talk to them over video — is running a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The search results prompt users to “talk with a doctor now”, and initiate a free video call similar to Google’s Helpouts support service but with a doctor to talk through symptoms for a remote diagnosis or advice.
Link: The Guardian
Symantec follows the spinoff trendSecurity company Symantec has announced that it is splitting into two, in order to focus on security and storage. Slowing PC sales have hurt its security sales, while sluggish demand for its storage and data management software has diminished the value of Veritas, which was seen as a "cash cow" when it was purchased. The break-up, comes during a banner year for spinoffs. More than 60 are expected to be completed this year, the most since 2000, according to research.
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