Google and OpenAI both announce artificial intelligence delays

Artificial intelligence Tech Delayed

The companies that had been pushing forward as fast as they could are slowing things down. Google first unveiled its Gemini AI project at I/O 2023, intending the technology to be an artificial intelligence rival to GPT-4 from OpenAI. Google has now canceled the launch events for Gemini AI scheduled for this month. Beyond the cancellation of the launch events, Google has delayed the launch of the artificial intelligence competitor to GPT-4 in January 2024. At I/O 2023, the company called Gemini a foundational model that had “impressive multimodal capabilities,”…

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Google wants its mobile wallet to be usable as bus fare

Mobile wallet - Paying bus fare with smartphone

The tech giant is aiming to make it possible for more commuters to add digital transit passes to the app. Google is working to help commuters using transit systems in a growing number of locations to add their passes to their mobile wallet instead of having to carry a physical card. The company recently posted a blog discussing the way it wanted to combine the app with this service. Google has been watching the increasing trend in the use of mobile wallet apps and contactless technology for transactions of all…

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Google rolls out augmented reality advertising for eye and lip products

Augmented reality - Tubes of lipstick shades

The search giant has announced the launch of its AR Beauty ads targeting smartphone users. Google recently announced that it has launched a new form of augmented reality advertising option for eye and lip products in the beauty industry. The AR Beauty ads are designed to let smartphone owners use a “virtual try-on” of advertised products. Though the augmented reality marketing campaigns are initially meant exclusively for eye and lip products, the intention is to expand the availability of AR Beauty ads to include other products of this nature, the…

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Tech giants play substantial role in mobile payments

Mobile payments - POS Terminal paying with phone

A new CFPB report underscores the influence of such players as Apple and Google. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a new report underscoring the impact of tech giants, their policies and practices on mobile payments adoption, use, and trends. This is particularly true of technology allowing tap-to-pay functionality on smartphones and watches. The way these companies choose to behave has had a direct impact on access to mobile payments. For instance, Apple currently bans payment apps and banks from being able to access the Apple iOS device…

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US regulators challenge Google’s internet search dominance

Internet Search - Google Search on Laptop

The American government is looking at the power Google’s core service has online. The US government has launched a legal battle against Google’s internet search dominance and the control it has over the experience the vast majority of users have online. This legal battle is expected to begin at full strength tomorrow in federal court in Washington D.C. The internet search case is expected to be the largest antitrust trial in the United States since Microsoft faced regulators over that company’s dominance over personal computer software. That case occurred about…

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