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Google Claims Its Artificial Intelligence Will Not Be Used for Weapons


Google has promised that its artificial intelligence will not be used for weaponry, following criticism over its contract with the Pentagon.

Google Cloud Platform announces new credits program for researchers


From Big Data projects like Strayer University's student support system to AI projects like Carnegie Mellon's socially aware robot, researchers are discovering that cloud technology can help make academic research cheaper, faster, easier, and more secure. Whether you're just starting out with a new idea, or validating your work before sharing it with the public, we want to help you advance your new discoveries. Academic researchers in qualified regions are encouraged to apply. Like the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants to support computer science courses and the partnership to support National Science Foundation (NSF) grants in BIGDATA, our GCP research credits program supports faculty who want to take advantage of GCP's data storage, analytics, and machine-learning capabilities. Andrew V. Sutherland, a computational number theorist and Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is one of a growing number of academic researchers who have already made the transition and benefited from GCP.

New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor authentication


Two-factor authentication is getting a stronger padlock to further secure your Google account. Currently you can further secure your account by getting a code via text message (or phone call), or with a code from the Google Authenticator app. A new Google prompt adds a third option. You'll see a simple prompt to approve the new sign-in request. Whenever you go to sign in somewhere new with your Google account, you'll see a simple pop-up notice to approve or deny the request.

Google Maps for Android integrates Google Calendar events


Google announced on Friday the integration of Google Calendar events into Google Maps for Android, thanks to an update starting to rollout worldwide on Google Play. Google Maps is getting a coupons and deals infusion in a move that will become increasingly handy as wearable technology accelerates. Now, when you leave for a meeting, you will no longer have to open the Google Calendar app for the address attached to the event. An "Upcoming" tab within the Google Maps "Your places" section will list events pulled directly from Calendar. "With your Google Calendar events on the map, now you've got one more way to personalize and make the most of your Google Maps experience," wrote Zach Maier, product manager at Google Maps, in a blog post.