Google and iMessage leave multi-tasking users happy

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Tech giant Goggle has made the life of an iOS user easier, by making it easy for them to search on their website while they text their friends. The company has recently introduced an update that includes an iMessage extension to Google’s iOS app. So now users can search as well as share results without ever having to leave their text thread. As long as one has the iOS app installed in their iPhone, Google search is just a couple of taps away.

For those who haven’t used it before, they will have to enable the iMessage extension from their app drawer by simply tapping on the App Store logo. Once it is enabled, all you need to do is tap on the Google icon and find a handy search box, along with various shortcuts to check the weather, trending YouTube videos, news and nearby restaurants.

Nokia to bring back the Matrix phone

During a press conference in Barcelona, Nokia recently announced that it will be launching a rehashed version of its Nokia 8110 cell phone – Nokia 8110 4G – popularly known as ‘the Matrix phone’. The younger generation probably doesn’t even know why the phone was referred to a 1999 movie – The Matrix. It is called so because the phone was used by a young Keanu Reeves, who plays the protagonist in the film. It was a Nokia 8110, a slide-out phone which at that particular time was considered a high-end device with cool, interesting features, a monochrome graphic LCD and a hefty price tag of over $1,000.

As per news, the latest version of the device is inspired by the original phone and has a 2.4-inch QVGA curved display, 4G connectivity, a low-end Qualcomm 205 chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (and a microSD card slot), a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 1,500mAh battery. Available in two colours, yellow and black, it is expected to be up for sale in May this year.

Creepy laughter by Amazon’s Alexa is freaking people out

Amazon, the electronic commerce and cloud computing company, recently acknowledged that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill – they creep out their owners by suddenly bursting with bouts of robotic laughter. The company has now come to it’s prodcut’s defence stating, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”

Users of Alexa strated reporting the issue with their “smart” speakers on social media recently, where one users tweeted, “So my mom and I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word and our Alexa lit up and laughed for no reason. She didn’t even say anything, just laughed.” She later unplugged the device as the only possible solution to the creepy problem.

Soon after an article published on The Guardian, Amazon announced a fix and apparent explanation for the ghostly laughter. The company will change the command for laughter to “Alexa, can you laugh?” and disable the shorter command. It will also programme Alexa to preface its simulacrum of human emotion with the phrase: “Sure, I can laugh.”