Yes, yes it is. Google mobile search for different animals on smartphones now brings up the option to view them as augmented reality images that you can place into your surroundings, whether that’s your backyard, on the couch next to your brother watching TV, or in the middle of the kitchen.
According to 9to5Google, as of this week, searches for lions, tigers, bears, alpine goats, timberwolves, European hedgehogs, angler fish, emperor penguins, and giant pandas bring up a 3D image within search that can then be “transported” into your reality through an AR filter. Searches in Chrome or the Google app bring up a 3D card on the screen. Read more…
Microsoft is testing developer tools that allow chatbots directly in Bing’s search resultsReports of the tests in Seattle and surrounding areas have been around for at least a month. The bots are powered by Skype.
The bots are currently limited to a handful of locations. Searching for a participating location reveals an option to ask the bot for help directly in the browser, as with El Gaucho (pictured above). The bots can answer basic queries about the location’s parking info, hours, and more via both buttons as well as natural language input.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta search engine, Alibaba hits a home run with its earnings report, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies opens up a new facility in Toulouse, France, and a new Find My Airpods feature from Apple. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
As more of the world’s population comes online for the first time, so Google is focusing on making the web and its services more accessible. That means smaller sized apps for budget devices with limited space, and offline support to help deal with intermittent, spotty or weak internet connections. Read More