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EgyptAir flight with 66 people disappears
An EgyptAir flight with 66 people on board heading from Paris to Cairo disappeared from the radar on Thursday.
 
There was a distress call from the flight at 4.26 a.m., nearly two hours after the plane disappeared from the radar, the airline said in a statement.
 
The plane took off from Paris at 11.09 p.m. and was expected to land in Cairo at 3.15 a.m. It lost contact with the radar at 2.45 a.m.
 
The Airbus A320 had 56 passengers, including two infants, and 10 crew members, said Captain Ahmed Adel, vice chairman of EgyptAir.
 
The 56 passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals, two Iraqis, and one each from Britain, Belgium, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Al Jazeera reported citing the airline as saying.
 
The plane was flying at 37,000 ft when it disappeared 16 km after entering Egyptian airspace.
 
Egypt and Greece have launched maritime searches for the missing flight, the Egyptian army said.
 
The French government will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the plane’s disappearance, French President Francois Hollande's office has said.
 
"The President talked to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi about the disappearance of the EgyptAir flight between Paris and Cairo. They agreed to cooperate closely to establish the circumstances of the disappearance as soon as possible," said a press release from the Elysee Palace.
 
Aviation experts said the plane probably lost contact with ground radar above the Mediterranean Sea.
 
"Apparently it was just short of Egyptian airspace, so it was likely over the Mediterranean, because the Greek airspace joins the Egyptian airspace around that area," aviation safety consultant Keith Mackey told Al Jazeera, adding "So that is probably where they will be looking."
 
Conditions were clear and calm when the plane crossed over the Mediterranean Sea, weather analysts said.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

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Pichai unveils 'Google Assistant' to help with daily tasks
Taking on intelligent virtual friends like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, Indian-born Sundar Pichai has announced "Google Assistant" which will help you with daily tasks like booking movie tickets.
 
Pichai also unveiled "Google Home" - a voice-activated product that brings "Google Assistant" to any room in your house, a new messaging app called "Allo" and video calling feature "Duo" as the company kicked off "Google I/O," its annual developer conference in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday.
 
The "Google Assistant" is conversational - an ongoing two-way dialogue between you and Google that understands your world and helps you get things done.
 
"It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater. It's a Google for you, by you," Pichai wrote in a blog post.
 
"The Assistant is an ambient experience that will work seamlessly across devices and contexts. So you can summon Google's help no matter where you are or what the context. It builds on all our years of investment in deeply understanding users' questions," he added.
 
"Google Home" lets you enjoy entertainment, manage everyday tasks and get answers from Google - all using conversational speech.
 
With a simple voice command, you can ask Google Home to play a song, set a timer for the oven, check your flight, or turn on your lights.
 
"It's designed to fit your home with customisable bases in different colors and materials. Google Home will be released later this year," Pichai informed.
 
The messaging app "Allo" comes complete with the "Google Assistant" so you can interact with it directly in your chats, either one-on-one or with friends.
 
"Because the Assistant understands your world, you can ask for things like your agenda for the day or photos from your last trip. If you're planning a dinner with friends, you can ask the assistant to suggest restaurants nearby, all in one thread," Pichai further wrote.
 
Allo includes "Smart Reply" which suggests responses to messages based on context and comes with fun ways to make your chats more expressive, including emojis, stickers and the ability to get creative with photos.
 
"Duo" is a companion app for one-to-one video calling.
 
"With Duo, our goal is to make video calling faster and more reliable, even on slower network speeds. We also introduced a feature called 'Knock Knock' which gives you a live video of the other caller before you answer," the Indian-born executive posted.
 
Best of all, both Allo and Duo are based on your phone number, so you can communicate with anyone regardless of whether they're on Android or iOS. Both apps will be available this summer.
 
"We are sharing details about what's coming in Android N, including better performance for graphics and effects, reduced battery consumption and storage, background downloads of system updates, and streamlined notifications so you can power through them faster, and updated emojis including 72 new ones," Pichai said.
 
On top of Android N, Google has built a new platform for high-quality mobile VR called "Daydream".
 
"Together with Android manufacturers, we're working on upcoming phones and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use," Pichai added.
 
Google also previewed "Android Wear 2.0", including a revamped user experience and stand alone apps that run right on the watch, no matter where your phone is or even if it's off.
 
"Finally, we're introducing Android Instant Apps - which let you run Android apps instantly, without requiring installation," he said.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Ad or Not: Google Search Results for 'Silicon Valley'
Google “Silicon Valley.” Go ahead, we’ll wait. You might expect some interesting news about the tech center of the universe to pop up. Sure enough, it does.
 
Notice these “headlines” in a slider on the page:
  1. Stanford Robotics Reports “Bam-Bot” Damaged in Field Testing 
  2. Are Hooli shares on a tear? 
  3. Introducing Jack “Action Jack” Baker!
Perhaps you should invest in Hooli, if only that were a possibility. In reality, which is to say on HBO, Hooli is a fictional company that satirizes Google on the tech comedy “Silicon Valley.” Business Insider has the scoop about these Google search results:
 
These aren’t real news stories; they are satirical posts based on events in the television show “Silicon Valley,” whose third season began Sunday night.
 
The fake headlines link to Silicon Valley’s Google Posts page. Google describes Posts as “an experimental new podium” that allows individuals and organizations to connect with people searching for them on Google. Right now Google says the feature is “invite-only,” though there’s a waiting list that interested parties can join.
 
Business Insider reports that Posts “is not for ads, and Google is not charging businesses and brands for the privilege of posting, nor forming official partnerships with any of them.” Not for ads for now maybe. What else do you call promotional material embedded among non-promotional content?
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