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June 8, 2018

Google not to work on militarising artificial intelligence
In it first AI policy, Google has said that it will not take part in projects meant to militarse artificial intelligence. The search engine giant has clarified, though, that it will continue to work with the government and the military in the fields of cybersecurity, veteran's healthcare, military training and recruitment, and search and rescue, and that the document is not meant to hinder the use of artificial intelligence. Released by Google chief Sundar Pichai, the policy will apply to all applications and services by Google that use artificial intelligence. Recently, Google faced opposition from its own employees over its involvement in Department of Defense's Project Maven to develop AI tools to identify objects and persons of interest using military drone footage.

Apple launches new iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, tvOS 12 at WWDC, 2018
Apple hosted its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at San Jose, California this week. New iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 were launched during this event. The software updates are meant to improve performance, incorporate artificial intelligence and augemented reality in a big way, and enhance continuity among its devices. A developers' beta for the software updates was released soon after the keynote address on Monday, whereas a public beta is expected.

Redmi Y2 launched in India, sale begins on June 12
Xiaomi launched the selfie-centric Redmi Y2 in India this week. The device comes with the Snapdragon 624, coupled with either 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. At the back is a dual camera setup with 12MP and 5MP sensors, similar to what has been seen on Redmi Note 5 Pro. Up front is a powerful 16MP selfie camera which is the selling point of the device. Xiaomi has incorporated AI in the front camera which can be used for better low light photography, auto HDR, AI Beautify and AI portrait selfie. The Redmi Y2 will go on sale for the first time on June 12 at 12:00 noon at Xiaomi's own website (, Amazon, Mi Home outlets and Mi preferred partners.

Moto Z3 Play launched in Brazil, supports all existing Moto Mods
The Moto Z3 Play was launched in Brazil recently. The latest offering from Motorola's Z-series supports all the exisiting Moto Mods while featuring a 6-inch super AMOLED 1080p screen. The Moto Z3 PLay comes with Snapdragon 636 coupled with 4GB of RAM. IT offers 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It will sold in Brazil for R$2299 and will be available in nearby market in coming weeks.

Android P Beta 2 available for Google Pixel devices
The second beta version of Android is now available for Google Pixel devices. It comes with final application programming interface (API) and official software developer's kit (SDK). This indicates that the Android P is nearing its launch. The second Android P beta can be downloaded as an over-the-air software update on devices already running the first beta version. It will be released for other devices that are part of the Android Developers' Programme.
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