Top Tech News March 2022
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1. Google offers employees free electric scooters. But why?
Google employees get free scooters so that they can get back to work. The tech giant is preparing to call its employees back to work in the office, however, to help ease the transition the company offers them free electrical scooters.
Google has teamed up with Unagi, an e-scooter maker to launch a new program called “Ride Scoot” where most of Google’s US-based employees can get reimbursed for the full cost of a monthly subscription to Unagi’s stylish Model One scooter. The e-scooter is a lightweight dual-motor scooter with a top speed of 20mph and a range of 15.5 miles. The Model One retails for $990.
David Hyman, the founder and CEO of Unagi said that the reason behind it was to help Google workers get to work or atleast get them closer to the bus stops. Google also provides the well-known free Shuttle Bus Service in Silicon Valley dedicated to the employees. This is to help them hassle free commute while on their way to the workplace.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic has fallen back, most work from home for various companies comes to an end. The same is happening to Google and introducing this commute facility is a way to encourage its employees to come back to the offices.
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2. NASA conducts elaborate dress rehearsal with new mega rocket
NASA is staging an elaborate dress rehearsal with its new humongous rocket, the Space Launch System. The legendary space agency put to practice all the major steps and performed when the vehicle launches for the first time. It is indeed a massive milestone for designing the rocket and one of the latest major tests is in wait to undergo before the vehicle is confirmed to fly anytime soon.
SLS or the Space Launch System is NASA’s new flagship rocket built to carry people and cargo into deep space. It will play a vital role in the agency’s Artemis program and initiate sending the first person of colour and the first woman to the moon by the mid-2020s. The mega rocket can hold 60000 pounds of cargo to orbit beyond the Moon. Besides, it is designed to launch Orien, NASA’s new crew capsule which future astronauts bound for the lunar surface will be carried.
3. Google Is Buying cybersecurity firm Mandiant for $5.4 billion
Google reported on Tuesday that it plans to buy cybersecurity firm Mandiant for about $5.4 billion. The Tech Giant company said that it will enhance and better protect its cloud customers. It will be Google’s second-largest acquisition after the $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility deal in 2012 if the regulators approve the deal. The company had sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion a couple of years ago. Google will be joined by Mandiant in its cloud computing division which is in the process of growing to the same height as Amazon Web Service or Microsoft Azure.
4. Elon Musk On Board With Twitter’s Board Of Directors
Twitter will appoint Tesla CEO Elon Musk to its board of directors serving as a class II director until 2024. The social networking service company’s classified board appoints members in overlapping terms alleviating the newly-appointed board members from subordinating the company right away.
Parag Agrawal, Twitter CEO tweeted on Musk’s new role saying, “the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term. Welcome Elon!”. He praised Musk as “both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service” and said he would “bring great value to our Board.” to this, Elon Musk responded via twitter, “to making significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!”
5. Get To Know Google’s next Generation: Google Analytics 4
Google has advised its faithful users to prepare for the future with Google Analytics 4. It has announced that the previous analytic generation, the universal analytic will be sunsetting soon or by next year. Google has set deadlines for Universal Analytics on July 1, 2023 to come to an end. However the advance of Google Analytics 4 will help and support your business better. It is designed with objectives such as app installs or driving sales, generating leads or connecting online and offline customer engagement. Other than that, it can also support your business in a few other ways: Understand your customers across touchpoints, get a 360° view of the users lifecycle with an event- based measurement model that is not fragmented by platform or organized into independent sessions.
6. Know How IIT Madras and US University Develop AI-Powered Algorithms to enhance 3D Effects In Phone Video
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and US-based Northwestern University researchers have developed deep learning algorithms to enhance smartphone cameras with depth perception and 3D effects in video shot. This algorithm will eventually help prevent flat images on mobile phones and transmit a realistic 3D experience. One of the greatest perks of this algorithm is that there is no need for fancy equipment nor lenses to capture videos with depth.
Kaushik Mitra, the assistant professor of Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT expressed that most amateur and professional photographers have major complaints on photographs and videos shot using smartphone cameras that have a flat, two-dimensional look. Apart from that look, some 3D features like the ‘Bokeh Effect’, although it is easy in DSLR but not in smartphone cameras. Their algorithm enables any user to view a video from not just one point of view from any of the 7×7 grid viewpoints.
7. MediaTek captures 46% share in Android tablet apps chips
The Taiwanese fabless semiconductor MediaTek company captured 46 percent of the Android tablet applications processors market (AP) during Q3 2021. This was driven by increased traction with leading Android tablet OEMs. The global tablet AP market decreased to 14 % in terms of unit however it grew 8% in revenue in Q3 2021 according to Strategy Analytics.
Notable tablet companies Apple, Intel, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Samsung LSI in Q3 2021 were positioned in top-five tablet AP revenue share rankings.
8. Google’s handful updates to Google Maps Include Estimated Toll Prices For Better Navigation
Google has announced a handful of updates to Google Maps that includes showing toll prices before you start navigating to your destination. The feature will soon roll out on Android and iOS for about 2000 toll roads in countries like the US, India, Japan and Indonesia in April and it will initiate in more countries soon. It will be out soon on Android, Android Auto, iOS, and Apple’s CarPlay software.
Adding more to it, the feature will be able to display traffic lights and stop signs along your route, including enhanced details such as building outlines and area of interest. When you choose “select city” the shape and width of a road, medians and islands will be the additional details.
There will be targeted updates for Google Maps users on Apple devices too. Also by next week, there will be a new widget for the iOS app that lets you access trips pinned to the Go tab. Furthermore, the Google Maps Apple Watch will let you get directions to any of your Google Maps shortcuts, like Home and Work.
9. India Will Have Its Largest Microsoft Data Center Region in Hyderabad
Microsoft announces to put up its fourth data center in India in Hyderabad, Telangana. It will be the largest data center in the country and it will start functioning in 2025. The tech giant company already has established data centers in three Indian cities in Pune, Chennai and Mumbai. The new center will potentially increase the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services from both the private enterprises and government sector.
Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement with the Telangana state government for the set up and agreed upon an investment of Rs.15,000 crore.
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