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Google releases reCAPTCHA with new API




San Francisco, June 10: Google which until now used to prompt users to confirm whether they were robots is now rolling out a new application programming interface (API) that will radically simplify the reCAPTCHA experience.

Google’s reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site.

The company is also bringing its bot-fighting programme to Android and the mobile version will launch with “Invisible reCAPTCHA”, meaning websites will be able to tell you are not a bot automatically.

“On websites using this new API, a significant number of users will be able to securely and easily verify they are human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead, with just a single click, they will confirm they are not a robot,” said Vinay Shet, Product Manager, reCAPTCHA, Google, in a blog post.

Today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology can solve even the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8 per cent accuracy. Thus distorted text, on its own, is no longer a dependable test, the post added.

To counter this, last year Google has developed an “Advanced Risk Analysis” backend for reCAPTCHA that actively considers a user’s entire engagement with the CAPTCHA — before, during, and after — to determine whether that user is a human.

With the new API humans can just check the box and in most cases, they are through the challenge of typing the text.

“This new API also lets us experiment with new types of challenges that are easier for us humans to use, particularly on mobile devices. Early adopters, like Snapchat, WordPress, Humble Bundle, and several others are already seeing great results with this new API,” added Shet.



Google launches 3 new photography apps




San Francisco, Dec 12: Tech giant Google has launched three new photo apps that it has dubbed as photography “appsperiments”.

“We’re launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: Usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Our ‘appsperimental’ approach was inspired in part by ‘Motion Stills’,” news agency IANS quoted citing the company wrote in a research blog late on Monday.

“‘Motion Stills’ is an app developed by researchers that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilisation and rendering technologies,” Google added.

The latest experimental photo apps are “Storyboard” (available on Android only), “Selfissimo!” (available on iOS and Android) and “Scrubbies” (available on iOS only).

The “Storyboard” app takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames that it lays out in a comic book-style template.

While “Selfissimo!” is an automated selfie photographer that clicks a black and white photograph each time the user poses.

“Scrubbies” enables the user easily control the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces and replay moments.

The tech titan has also urged users to check out the new apps and provide feedback through the in-app feedback links.


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BB Ki Vines, Vidya Vox among top 10 trends of 2017: YouTube




New Delhi, Dec 11: International singer Vidya Iyer (popularly known as Vidya Vox), comedian-singer Bhuvan Bam alias BB Ki Vines and Nisha Madhulika, a vegetarian Indian YouTube chef, were among the top 10 trends of 2017, the Google-owned company revealed on Monday.

The “YouTube Rewind 2017” report stated that “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya” (title track), followed by “Tamma Tamma Again” and “Guru Randhawa: High Rated Gabru” official song were the top trending music videos in India.

“YouTube Rewind” is a video series helmed by YouTube and Portal A Interactive — a digital studio that makes, produces and distributes branded and original entertainment.

The videos are the highlights and recap of every year’s viral videos, events, memes and music.

Tanmay Bhat, stand-up comedian and producer of comedy group “All India Bakchod (AIB)”; Mastanamma, an 106-year-old cook and said to be the oldest YouTube sensation in India; and Pooja Jain, who sings using the name “Dhinchak Pooja,” were among the biggest personalities of this year.

While Top trending movie trailers of 2017 included “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (Hindi), “Padmavati” and “Judwaa 2”.

Superhit music video “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi is the top trending video of 2017 at global front on YouTube, followed by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William.


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Big firms not hiring women as cyber security officers: Report



San Francisco, Dec 11: When it comes to jobs in the growing cyber security industry, there is a massive gender crisis, as 87 per cent of the chief information security officer (CISO) roles are held by men at Fortune 500 firms, a report revealed. 

As per the international market research firm Forrester, the CISO role is dominated by male employees. While Fortune 20 companies fare a bit worse, with only two female CISOs within that cohort.

“Calling a discrepancy this large a gender gap is a clear understatement. This is an emergency signal warning us that the cybersecurity industry has major issues welcoming, developing, and promoting female cybersecurity talent,” news agency IANS quoted, Jeff Pollard, a Principal Analyst was saying.

“It’s difficult to sympathise with those claiming talent shortage challenges when roughly half of the population is so
underrepresented,” he further asserted.

Out of Fortune 500 companies, 45 per cent CISOs have MBAs, demonstrating the growing need for CISOs to understand, share and think on business terms despite technology backgrounds.

Only 11 per cent of Fortune 500 CISOs list a military background, with only 4 per cent previously employed by law enforcement, the report pointed.

“Fortune 500 CISOs have longer tenure than expected at four years, which is plenty of time to strategise, develop plans, execute, and look ahead to the next step in their career path,” it added.

It was discovered, that nearly 59 per cent of CISOs were external hires with that number jumping to 64 per cent in Fortune 100 companies.


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