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Google Pixel 2 turns on ‘DND’ mode while driving



Google Pixel 2

San Francisco, Oct 7: The recently launched second-generation Google Pixel smartphones have an interesting sensor-based feature buried in the software which can automatically switch on “Do Not Disturb” (DND) mode when the user is driving, reports said on Saturday.

Google had also released a new application named “Pixel Ambient Services” along with the new Pixel phones.

The description for the app read: “Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices”.

According to Android Police, Google provides screenshots for the app featuring an automatic setting when the phones detect a user driving.

The “DND” mode will activate when the user is driving based on the phone’s sensors.

Smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung also introduced their own “DND” mode while driving features this year.

Both of their features send auto-replies to people who call or text. However, it is not clear whether Google’s solution does the same.

This year’s Pixel line-up bets big on artificial intelligence (AI), software and hardware.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones and Daydream View Virtual Reality (VR) headset will be available in India in November.



Maruti Suzuki launches all new Vitara Brezza




Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

New Delhi, Feb 24 : Automobile major Maruti Suzuki India on Monday launched the all new compact SUV Vitara Brezza, which was unveiled at the recently held Auto Expo 2020.

The new vehicle has been priced in the range of Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.40 lakh, the automobile major said on Monday.

According to the company, the new compact SUV offers enhanced sportiness, bolder looks, stronger stance, premium interiors and a host of new features.

The vehicle is equipped with the powerful 1.5 litre K-series BS6 petrol engine.

“The compact SUV will be offered with 5-speed manual and advanced automatic transmission with Smart Hybrid,” the company said in a statement.

In less than 4 years of its launch, Vitara Brezza has sold over 500,000 units.

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Android 11 OS update for POCO X2 confirmed

With a Full HD+ resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio, the device comes HDR10-certified.




Android 11 OS update

Bengaluru, Feb 24 : POCO, an independent brand by Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, on Monday confirmed its POCO X2 smartphone will be updated to Android 11 operating system (OS).

Announced earlier this month, POCO X2 currently ships with Android 10 OS with MIUI for POCO on top.

“With a demonstrated history of listening to its consumers, POCO enjoys a loyal fan and user base that stays engaged with the company. With a commitment to upgrade POCO X2 to Android 11-based MIUI for POCO, users can be sure their 120Hz display-powered POCO X2 will stay updated with the latest and the best software,” the company said in a statement.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset-powered POCO X2 sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. POCO X2 runs Android 10 operating system (OS) and house a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast-charging.

Currently, the company shares manufacturing facility in India with Xiaomi.

With a Full HD+ resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio, the device comes HDR10-certified.

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More information may sometimes lead to worse decisions




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New York, Information overload may not always be a good thing. Researchers have found that in certain circumstances, having more background information may actually lead people to take worse decisions.

The study, published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, may help reframe the idea of how we use the mountain of data extracted from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms and how healthcare professionals and financial advisors present this new information to their patients and clients.

“Being accurate is not enough for information to be useful,” said Samantha Kleinberg, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, US.

“It’s assumed that AI and Machine Learning will uncover great information, we’ll give it to people and they’ll make good decisions. However, the basic point of the paper is that there is a step missing: we need to help people build upon what they already know and understand how they will use the new information,” Kleinberg added.

For example, when doctors communicate information to patients, such as recommending blood pressure medication or explaining risk factors for diabetes, people may be thinking about the cost of medication or alternative ways to reach the same goal.

“So, if you don’t understand all these other beliefs, it’s really hard to treat them in an effective way,” said Kleinberg.

For the study, the researchers asked 4,000 participants a series of questions about topics with which they would have varying degrees of familiarity.

Some participants were asked to make decisions on scenarios they could not possibly be familiar with. Other participants were asked about more familiar topics i.e. choosing how to reduce risk in a retirement portfolio or deciding between specific meals and activities to manage bodyweight.

The team compared whether people did better or worse with new information or were just using what they already knew.

The researchers found that prior knowledge got in the way of choosing the best outcome. Kleinberg found the same to be true when she posed a problem about health and exercise, as it relates to diabetes.

When people without diabetes read the problem, they treated the new information at face value, believed it and used it successfully. People with diabetes, however, started second-guessing what they knew and as in the previous example, did much worse.

“In situations where people do not have background knowledge, they become more confident with the new information and make better decisions,” said Kleinberg.

“So there’s a big difference in how we interpret the information we are given and how it affects our decision making when it relates to things we already know vs. when it’s in a new or unfamiliar setting,” she added.

Kleinberg cautioned that the point of the paper is not that information is bad. She argued only that in order to help people make better decisions, it is important to better understand what people already know and tailor information based on that mental model.

Started in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the oldest technological institutes in the US.

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