The new updates at Google I/O

Google I/O 2016 is held today. It updated Android and Android Wear, released Google Home, Daydream VR and its two applications. 

Android N

Google did not release the final Android N version at this I/O conference. It made a update for its Android N Dev. Google claimed that its performance, security and productivity have been improved a lot. 

Android N optimized compiler that allows the apps run 3-6 times faster. It brought in a JIT compiler which enables the installation of apps run 75% faster. 

Android N also applied the new encryption mode that could encrypt the files respectively. Regarding the productivity, it updated more features that allow users to apply with ease. 

Android  Wear

Google updated its wearable device at this conference- Android Wear 2.0. The improvements include the Watch Face, Messages and Sports. It customized more personalized features for Watch Face. It added the the optimization of handwriting on messages feature. In terms of the sports feature, Google added Google Fit API port to support blue-tooth music and sports identification. 

Google Home

Google Home is a smart terminal devices that it made for intelligent families. It is small and exquisite. It looks like Google Assistant. Google Home could help users to handle the problem by starting conversations. It aims to help users to control family voice box, connect to lights and themosat and even more electronic appliances. 

Daydream VR 

VR technology becomes a popular topic this year. It is said that 2016 becomes the key year for VR technology. Many companies plan to explore business in VR industry. At this I/O conference, Google introduced a Daydream VR platform. 

This platform optimizes VR algorithm, decreases the effect of postponement and relieves the spinning sensation. It is compatible with smartphone and decreases its performance down to 20ms. In the meanwhile, Daydream VR is compatible with helmet device. 

Allo and DUO

Two communications software are introduced to the public as well, they are instant messaging Allo and video call software Duo.  Allo is a bit like the combination of Wechat and Instagram. Google developed many customized emojis. Allo can recognize the images and sender's info. 

Duo is featured with Knock Knock function. Users can preview the invitator's situation before they accept a video call. Duo applies the exclusive QUIC agreements and supports WiFi and mobile internet connection. 

Facebook brings Chat Robots to Messenger

Facebook Inc has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create "chatbots (chat robots)," hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions.

Chatbots are automated programs that help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.

While chatbots have existed in some form for years, they have recently become a hot topic in the tech business as advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning make them far more capable and potentially able to assume a key role in the way customers communicate with businesses. Facebook launched chatbots on Tuesday with a handful of partners, including Shopify, an ecommerce site, and cable TV news network CNN.

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The chatbots are part of Facebook's effort to build out its Messenger instant messaging app as the go-to place for customers to contact businesses - a strategy that threatens traditional call centres and may cut personnel costs for some businesses.

"You'll never have to call 1-800-Flowers again," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said during the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco.

Though messaging platforms including Kik, Slack and Telegram already have chatbots, Facebook is seen having several distinct advantages.

For one, Facebook commands a vast trove of data on the estimated 1.6 billion people who use the main service and the 900 million who use Messenger. That allows developers to create chatbots that can personalize tasks, such as making an airline booking or a restaurant reservation.

"From the enterprise or developer perspective, access to those 1.6 billion people is very exciting," said Lauren Kunze, principal at Pandorabots, which has been building and deploying chatbots for companies since 2002.

"People like a personalized experience and when the chatbot can remember personal details and follow up," she said.

CNN's bot, for example, can learn users' news preferences and recommend articles and summaries accordingly. For a shopping site, users could input price ranges and other preferences before receiving suggestions from the bot.

Tech companies will have to approach chatbots more carefully, however, after an experimental Microsoft Corp bot, called Tay, unleashed a barrage of racist and sexist tweets after being manipulated by Twitter users last month. The company quickly pulled Tay from the Internet.

The original films of Netflix increased with 185% of AAGR

The original films of Netflix increased with 185% of AAGR The quantities of movies and tv shows decreased by 32% for online movie-rental service site Netflix in the past two years. However, its original films increased rapidly. 

Since 2012, Netflix's original films and tv shows received an annual average growth rate at 185.41%, up to 111 films and shows. 

It seems that its original films and show keep increasing. Netflix editor supervisor Ted Sarandos announced in January that the company will produce about 600 hours' original content, including 31 original tv shows. This productivity is twice as 2015 made. 

Its senior officers claimed that the original content is the better investment projects for the company. 

CFO David Wells suggested that there are more potential opportunities for original content though it is a bit conservative in comparison with the imported programs. CEO Reed Hastings concluded the original content more simplified " better".

It is good news to explore the original content to Netflix. It felt pressure from the traditional tv giants concerning the programs authorization. The traditional giants started considering Netflix as a threat to them. 

Its original films and tv shows help Netflix to explore the international market easier as Netflix does not need to deal with the authorized issues. 

Its global development is beyond the expectation of Wall Street though its users growth did not meet Wall Street's expectation last quarter. 

The consumers concern more about the content's manufacturing quality as there are more original films and tv shows made by Netflix. Netflix collected data from its users to improve the manufacturing quality of original films and tv shows. 

The concerned problem of Netflix is whether its original content would attract more new subscribers and retain its existing ones. In fact, Netflix considers developing original content could be the best strategy for it judged by its promotions. 

Windows 10 patch suddenly reappears on Win7/8.1 PCs

Around noon Pacific time on Tuesday, users started getting notices from Windows 7 and 8.1 users that the old, dreaded Get Windows 10 patch KB 3035583 had returned. As of early Wednesday morning, neither the official Windows Update list nor the KB article itself mention a new release. It appears Microsoft simply shipped it out again and didn't bother to tell anybody.

No doubt you recall KB 3035583 -- a patch better described as adware, or a "potentially unwanted program." It first appeared last March, titled "Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1." We didn't figure out until a week later that it was in fact dropping the Get Windows 10 (GWX) installation subsystem.

GWX has drawn nearly universal condemnation. It has a complex installer that puts hooks into various and sundry parts of Windows 7 and 8.1, all of which are designed to convince you to upgrade to Windows 10.

GWX has been associated with all manner of ills, including the following:

Even the KB article that was supposed to explain how to bypass GWX's excesses was wrong, until research forced Microsoft to fix it. Of course, GWX doesn't give you an opportunity to simply say, "Go away and stop bothering me."

Thanks to more than 100 respondents on, Twitter, and AskWoody on Facebook, I've been able to piece together the information that Microsoft somehow neglected to give us.

It looks like most Windows 7 and 8.1 Home and Pro PCs received the patch in Windows Update on Tuesday afternoon. (Enterprise didn't get it, as before.) Some systems have it listed among the Optional patches in Windows Update and others as Important -- with no clear reason for the distinction. The description of the patch (in the right pane if you click on the Windows Update entry) says it's a "Recommended Update."

For those who have the Windows Update settings box marked "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" unchecked, the entry in Windows Update appears italicized. (I always wondered what turned the WU entries italicized.)

I've seen only rare reports that the patch in Windows Update is "checked" -- that is, KB 3035583 will install for those who have "Install updates automatically (recommended)" or "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them" chosen as the Important updates installation option.

Josh Mayfield, the developer behind GWX Control Panel, wrote to me and said:

"I installed it and didn't see any problematic differences. Still honors DisableGwx and didn't install any new background tasks. I did notice that the GWX "version" value changed from 5 to 6, but I'm not seeing any new symptoms/behaviors."

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