ProRoundup, 29th July: Google Docs & Sheets Add-ons, e-Cigarettes Causing Cancer & More

ProRoundup is a daily tech roundup of all news that you should know but just don’t make it through to our usual transmission. So warm up your tea (or coffee) and sip along as we summarize our hand picked content from around the world.

Google Docs & Sheets Add-ons:

Google is turbocharging the utility of Sheets and Docs on Android with the addition of add-ons. These add-ons can help you with digital signatures, integrate CRM data, make apps from Sheet data without the need for code, scan documents and add them in Docs as editable text and more. Just use the Add-On menu in the apps to install them.

Snowden & WikiLeaks in Twitter spat:

Edward Snowden recently tweeted that while Wikileaks was a credit in this age, its famous hostility towards curation was a mistake. In response, the Wikileaks Twitter account responded with: ‘Opportunism won’t earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows’. Cue the popcorn!

Playstation Keeping Sony Afloat:

A staggering 78% of the $546 million in profits at Sony in Q1 2016 were contributed by the Playstation division. The company was quick to point out that the increase came due to games rather than hardware. Overall though, things are grim with both revenues down 10.8% and profits down by 42%.

S7 Boosts Samsung to Record Breaking Profits:

Samsung has posted a revenue of $45.2 billion and operating profit of $7.22 billion. Both revenue and profits were up by 5% and 18% respectively y-o-y. The mobile division was responsible for half of the revenues and profits. Strong sales of S7 & S7 Edge helped the company and it’s counting on the new Note to continue the good streak into the next quarter.

Google’s Parent Company Now Worth Over $500 Billion:

A healthy quarter has pushed Alphabet’s value over $500 billion. Revenues rose by 21% to $21.5 billion. Profits were up by 24%. Google’s Ad business had a strong showing but there is concern over Facebook, which is rapidly gaining market share. Interestingly, Alphabet now owns 7 services that have over 1 billion users each.

Yahoo builds an Online Abuse Detector:

Researchers at Yahoo Labs have created an online abuse filter that has an accuracy of over 90%. Machine learning and AI help identify offensive and hateful speech and comments. Even if individual words aren’t offensive but the whole sentence is, the filter will catch it. About time!

e-Cigarettes Contain Carcinogens:

Bad news for everyone who switched to e-Cigarettes since it was billed as a safer option. Scientists have discovered 2 cancer causing chemicals in liquid used for vaping. However, a lot depends on the quality of the vaporizer. Temperature, voltage and maintenance affect the amount of toxic chemicals emitted. So don’t buy a cheap vaporizer and as always, moderation is key folks.

AMD’s Budget Gaming Cards Coming in August:

AMD is all set to release the RX 460 and RX 470 in early August. The RX 460 is focused on eSports titles like DOTA, League of Legends and CS:GO and can provide over 90fps in these games and others. The RX 470 is focused on 1080p 60fps gaming. Both are expected to cost less than the VR focused $200 RX 480.

Talal is a Director and the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


  • Abbas Halai

    Please give sources to such news items.