Lyra – enabling voice calls for the next billion users

Google Open Source Blog: The past year has shown just how vital online communication is to our lives. Never before has it been more important to clearly understand one another online, regardless of where you are and whatever network conditions are available. That’s why in February we introduced Lyra: a revolutionary new audio codec using machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls.

As part of our efforts to make the best codecs universally available, we are open sourcing Lyra, allowing other developers to power their communications apps and take Lyra in powerful new directions. This release provides the tools needed for developers to encode and decode audio with Lyra, optimized for the 64-bit ARM android platform, with development on Linux. We hope to expand this codebase and develop improvements and support for additional platforms in tandem with the community.

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Google Maps Gets 100+ AI-Powered Improvements to Help People Get Around

The new features include Live View, weather reports, and eco-friendly routes.

Google is constantly making strides to improve Google Maps. As one of the most used navigation apps, the company knows how important it is to keep things moving forward with it.

Today, Google took to The Keyword to announce a bunch of new AI-powered changes coming to Google Maps that’ll make it much easier to get from place to place. Between better indoor navigation and suggestions for eco-friendly routes, this is quite an impressive update from Google.

Google’s New Indoors Live View
The first major aspect of the update comes to Google’s Live View augmented reality feature. Now, it’ll work indoors at a wide variety of locations. While it won’t help you find the bathroom late at night in your home, it will aid you in getting around airports, transit stations, and malls, which can be some of the most difficult places to get around.

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Pixel 5 ‘doubles’ GPU performance on Snapdragon 765G w/ April security patch

As we reported yesterday, Google’s April patch for the Pixel 5 includes some minor fixes as well as a big update for gamers. Now, it’s been confirmed that the patch “essentially doubles” GPU performance on the Pixel 5.

You might have missed it last year when the phone launched, but it was reported that the Pixel 5’s GPU performance lagged well behind other phones using the same Snapdragon 765G chipset. That doesn’t make a whole lot of a difference in day-to-day tasks, but it was a restriction that those playing even slightly demanding mobile games certainly felt.

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To cool datacenter servers, Microsoft turns to boiling liquid

Emails and other communications sent between Microsoft employees are literally making liquid boil inside a steel holding tank packed with computer servers at this datacenter on the eastern bank of the Columbia River.

Unlike water, the fluid inside the couch-shaped tank is harmless to electronic equipment and engineered to boil at 122 degrees Fahrenheit, 90 degrees lower than the boiling point of water.

The boiling effect, which is generated by the work the servers are doing, carries heat away from laboring computer processors. The low-temperature boil enables the servers to operate continuously at full power without risk of failure due to overheating.

Inside the tank, the vapor rising from the boiling fluid contacts a cooled condenser in the tank lid, which causes the vapor to change to liquid and rain back onto the immersed servers, creating a closed loop cooling system.

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A child sent out gibberish tweet from official US Nuclear-agency account

A Child’s Gibberish Tweet from US Nuclear-agency Account Sends Twitter into Frenzy – Sparks Debates on National Security.
How is it possible that a child can have access to the official Twitter account of the US Nuclear Agency, which is responsible for the safety of America’s nuclear weapons?
It is indeed possible when you are working from home, your laptop is unattended, and there is a child around. What happens then is a tweet like this:


This tweet sent shockwaves across the American intelligence agencies. Though it was deleted within minutes, it sent Twitter into a frenzy.

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