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Google's Gemini AI puts OpenAI's GPT-4 on notice

 

OpenAI's ChatGPT has undergone several improvements since it was launched, with GPT-4 being its most capable to date. While Google might have been late to the party, it seems that they are wasting no time as they have since announced Gemini AI, their answer to OpenAI's GPT-4.

 

While there is no doubt that Gemini AI will be able to process text and language, it will be able to do more than that. In addition to text, Gemini will also be able to process other forms of data including images, video, and audio, making it more versatile than what the competitors have to offer.

 

In fact, Google has claimed that in their tests, Gemini has managed to outperform GPT-4 in 30 out of 32 tests that involve video and audio processing, which if true is pretty impressive. We know we said Google was late to the game, but Google has actually been developing AI technologies for years, it's just that for the most part, it was never really available to the general public.

 

OpenAI surprised everyone when they decided to open ChatGPT to the public, which led to a scramble in the tech industry where the major players, Google included, started launching public versions of their AI tools. Google expects Gemini to power a variety of the company's products and services, including Android smartphones and even data centers.


It looks like another Netflix price hike could be coming

 

It didn't feel too long ago that Netflix increased the prices of their subscription, but now it looks like customers should prepare themselves for another round of increases. This is according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal who claims that the price hike could be coming in the next few months.

 

The report claims that Netflix plans to increase the prices of its subscription service in the coming months following the end of the Hollywood actors strike, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks. The price hike will affect markets such as the US and Canada first before it reaches other markets around the world.

 

Unfortunately, the report does not mention how much we can expect in terms of a price increase, but based on past price hikes, we're probably looking at around $1-$2.

 

Streaming platforms like Netflix have raised their prices over the years and while no one is a fan of having to pay more, it's to be expected. Given the fierce competition in the streaming space these days, companies have to invest more in original and exclusive content to keep their customers interested, so price hikes are a given.

 

For those who aren't that keen on having to pay more, you could always opt for Netflix's ad-supported tier which is a cheaper alternative but it comes at the cost of having to put up with ads.


Gmail for Android gets a

 

In a new update to the Gmail app for Android, Google is adding a new feature that will allow users to select all emails in their inbox at once, up to a maximum of 50. This feature has been available on the Gmail web app for some time, but is new to mobile.

 

This was originally reported by 9to5Google which found the new "Select All" button, what it does, and why it is useful. The button allows users to quickly and easily select all of the emails in their inbox, which can be useful for tasks such as deleting, archiving, marking as unread, or moving all selected emails to a specific folder.

 

Gmail for Android gets a

 

Additionally, tasks like snoozing, changing labels, adding stars, marking as important, muting, and reporting spam, will also be available to perform for all selected emails at once by tapping on the three-dot menu button. This will be especially useful for users who have a large number of emails in their inbox.

 

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The "Select All" button became available with version 2023.08.20.561750975 of the Gmail app for Android and so far has only been spotted on Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices that are on both Android 13 and Android 14. However, it also appears that the feature is being pushed out server-side, so you may not be able to see it right away. It has not been confirmed by Google when this feature is expected to fully roll out to all users and devices.

 

Although this is hardly a new feature for those that use Gmail on the web, it will be a welcome addition to those that spend a good amount of time on a mobile device and would appreciate being able to declutter their inbox with ease. This also makes perfect sense considering Google's recent push towards using larger screen devices, such as foldables and tablets.


Gmail is turning email into a more casual experience

 

These days with everyone texting each other over WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, and so on, sending an email feels more "formal". It is still largely the preferred way that businesses like to communicate with each other, but Google appears to be making some changes to Gmail that will offer up a more casual experience.

 

According to a report from TheSpAndroid, it looks like Google is adding emoji reactions to Gmail on its mobile apps. This feature was initially discovered by Steve Moser over at TheTapeDrive, but now it looks like further digging has revealed that this feature will be available on Android as well as iOS.

 

As you might have already figured out, this basically lets users react to emails with an emoji, meaning that instead of users replying to emails with one or two words, they can just react with an appropriate emoji. There are some limitations to the feature though. It seems that emails you received as part of a BCC cannot be reacted to.

 

Encrypted messages or large group emails also cannot be reacted to, and that you cannot react with an emoji more than a certain number of times. We're not quite sure how this will work out yet, but if you use Gmail frequently, then this is a feature you can look forward to once Google rolls it out.


YouTube is about to get VERY aggressive with ad blockers

 

Blocking ads on YouTube is something many people do, and it's not hard to see why because these ads are boring and can interrupt a video. But at the same time, ads are what keeps YouTube afloat and gives them the money they need to pay creators, some of whom rely on this money to make a living.

 

Now, YouTube has tried various ways to deal with ad blockers in the past, but the latest tests suggests that the company has had enough and will be approaching it with a very aggressive style. This is according to a post on Reddit by u/Reddit_n_Me, in which they discovered that YouTube is now displaying messages to users found to be using ad blockers.

 

The message basically gives users "three strikes". This means that users have three chances to disable their ad blocker or add it to their "allowlist" (meaning that the ad blocker can remain but will give YouTube an exception). If the user fails to do this, the YouTube video player will be blocked until they do so.

 

Like we said, this is a very aggressive approach and we imagine that it might actually be pretty effective. It doesn't appear to be fully implemented yet as YouTube could simply be testing it out, so it remains to be seen if this is the approach that YouTube will be going for in the near future.

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