Google Allo is a new messaging client for regular and encrypted (incognito) chats. And includes an ‘Assistant’ who learns your choices and actions to help you better and suggest options. Right now Allo is an English only Preview Edition you can download from the Play Store or App Store (iOS 8 onwards).
The Google Assistant appears on first run. And helps setup the app and introduce you to the basic actions. You can also call the assistant from within Allo by typing ‘@google’ or using this as a prefix to your question. The Assistant is supposed to learn so it can offer you better suggestions. Now personally I dislike voice actuated interfaces. There’s too much room for error due to accent, stress and ambient noise. In my straw test I asked the Google Assistant “how to change Allo settings” it displayed a page about aloe vera. My next try opened a page about potatoes (aloo in Hindi). Third time I asked “change settings” to see app help. (more…)
I’ve rather recently embraced Android. And like any new user have been trawling through the vast Play Store. Of special interest are note taking apps. Because us paper ‘n pen types like to write stuff down. Everywhere 🙂
The bundled (Android KitKat) Note app is a bit sparse on features and its interface sucks! So I use Google Keep to store texts to myself. Keep is tied into the Google’verse so I can auto-backup my stuff to my Google’count. (more…)
Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news.
IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p
Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)
Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).
Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads.
And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.
After extensively using the Opera web browser on my desktop computer for over a decade. I left because I didn’t see much of a feature difference between Opera and Google Chrome, as both used the same engine. (more…)