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Difference between Google’s AI search and its Bard chatbot

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Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., showcased an updated version of its core search product that incorporates more artificial intelligence (AI) into its responses. The move aims to dispel concerns about Google losing ground to Microsoft’s Bing search, powered by OpenAI. 

While Google already has the Bard chatbot as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the new search update emphasizes the distinction between using traditional Google search for finding information and using Bard for creative collaboration.

The updated Google search, called the Search Generative Experience, retains the familiar search bar on the homepage. However, the difference lies in the answers provided. When the new Google identifies that generative AI can effectively respond to a query, it will display the AI-generated response at the top of the search results page, with traditional web links below. For instance, a search for the weather in San Francisco will yield an eight-day forecast, while a query about outfit suggestions for the city will generate a detailed response generated by AI.

Additionally, users will have the option to enter a “conversational mode” that remembers their previous questions, allowing for easier follow-up inquiries. It is important to note that conversational mode is not designed to mimic a chatbot with a personality but instead aims to refine search results. Unlike Bard and ChatGPT, conversational mode responses will not include the use of personal pronouns.

Although the Search Generative Experience is not yet available to users, it will be accessible to U.S. consumers in the coming weeks through a waitlist. During this trial phase, Google will assess the quality, speed, and cost of search results. In contrast, Bard is now accessible in 180 countries and territories without a waitlist, and Google plans to expand its language support to encompass 40 languages.

Through these updates, Google seeks to leverage AI to enhance its search capabilities while maintaining a distinction between traditional information-seeking searches and the creative collaboration facilitated by Bard. The company aims to provide users with more comprehensive and contextually relevant search results, bolstering its position in the search engine market.

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WhatsApp adds a calendar function to make message retrieval simple.

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The “search by date” tool is an inventive innovation that makes it simple for users to access their favourite previous chats.

Users of Android and iPhone may now search for messages or media on a given day by using the app’s calendar interface, which is a new feature of the update. The laborious process of manually reading through chat history is eliminated by this function, which is especially helpful for regular users who have large message archives.

The announcement was also announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his WhatsApp channel, highlighting the company’s dedication to improving user accessibility and ease.

When users click on the calendar icon and choose a desired date, WhatsApp takes them directly to the messages that were sent and received on that specific day. This makes searching easier, which is especially helpful for those looking for certain details or memories that are hidden in their conversation history.

The addition of the calendar function to WhatsApp’s recent version rollout brings more formatting options for text, including strikethrough, bold, italic, and monospace. Additionally, the platform has given security improvements first priority, guaranteeing a secure environment for its large user base.

Nevertheless, in the middle of these developments, Android users of WhatsApp should be aware of a recent modification pertaining to conversation backups. Google Drive backups of conversations are no longer available for free since they now count against the user’s storage allotment.

To utilise this new feature, users can simply access WhatsApp, select a chat, tap on the name of the person or group, and choose the “Search” option. The calendar interface will then facilitate seamless navigation to messages from the selected date.

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VPNs, X, and Slow Internet Services Are Still Blocked in Pakistan

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Users are reporting poor performance on numerous social media sites due to widespread slowdowns in internet access. Furthermore, X (previously Twitter) has been inaccessible for the past six days, despite the Sindh High Court’s directive to allow access. In the meantime, Pakistan is blocking VPN services.

X Remains Unblockable

On February 17, 2024, the Pakistani government first prohibited access to X when it was discovered that Rawalpindi’s Commissioner had rigged election results. The block is still in effect, even though there has been no official announcement or explanation for it. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the prohibition, the administration has not yet disclosed any plans for reinstatement. Furthermore, officials are giving media outlets conflicting information about the limitations.

Blocked VPN Services

Virtual private network (VPN) services are being widely blocked nationwide, which exacerbates the problem. Apart from limiting accessibility to X, the government has initiated the banning of prominent VPN providers, impeding users’ capacity to establish connections with any server.

sluggish internet access

There is a noticeable slowdown in internet speeds and a decline in performance across Pakistan. The problem hasn’t been acknowledged by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), nevertheless. Even though internet service providers (ISPs) insist there aren’t any outages, consumers on social media sites are nonetheless complaining about poor access.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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