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Google unveils new Bard AI capabilities for coding



Google has unveiled new programming and software development-related features added to its experimental artificial intelligence tool, Bard.

The company has brought capabilities such as “code generation, debugging and code explanation” to Bard. Google spreadsheet formulas have also joined its repertoire, according to Google.

Those new Bard features went live Friday.


 In this photo illustration, the Google Bard logo is seen displayed on a smartphone.  ((Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Users of the AI chatbot had frequently asked Alphabet-owned Google to incorporate such abilities, prompting the company to do so, according to a Google blog post. The tech giant had previously said it would add them.

Bard’s new ability to explain code may be “particularly helpful” to people new to programming or those needing “some additional support to understand what a block of code might output,” Google said.


Google noted Bard is “still an early experiment,” saying the chatbot “may sometimes provide inaccurate, misleading or false information while presenting it confidently.”

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FILE – A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 24, 2019. Google is girding for a battle of wits in artificial intelligence with “Bard,” a conversational service apparently aimed at countering the popularit (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File / AP Newsroom)

“When it comes to coding, Bard may give you working code that doesn’t produce the expected output, or provide you with code that is not optimal or incomplete,” the company said. “Always double-check Bard’s responses and carefully test and review code for errors, bugs and vulnerabilities before relying on it.”

Nonetheless, Google said it thinks the new coding features “can help” people with such assignments.

They will be available for Python, C++, Javascript and over 17 other programming languages, according to the tech giant.

The update comes a month after Google expanded how many people it has let start using the chatbot, beginning with more access to U.S. and U.K. users. The tech giant first revealed Bard in February, when initially “trusted testers” only could use it.

In AI, Google has been vying with Microsoft and OpenAI. The latter, which Microsoft has backed, created a popular chatbot, ChatGPT, that has been making headlines in recent months.

ChatGPT and Bard AI

Google Bard VS OpenAI ChatGPT displayed on Mobile with Openai and Google logo on screen seen in this photo illustration. On 7 February 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo Illustration by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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Some companies have started offering features powered by ChatGPT, including ones from Expedia, Snapchat and Salesforce.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in an earnings call on Feb. 2, before Bard had been introduced, that AI was the “most profound” technology the company was working on. He said that Google is “continu[ing] to invest” in AI and that people would “see a lot from us in the coming few months” in that area.



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Annual drinking water sampling and analysis campaign by Ville de Montréal



The City of Pointe-Claire invites residents to participate in the annual drinking water sampling and analysis campaign, conducted by the Service de l’eau de la Ville de Montréal, in order to measure the presence or absence of lead, in response to the requirements of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs (MELCCFP).

To participate in the sampling campaign, your property must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Lead water service line suspected or confirmed;
  • Property built before 1970 (for which the water service line has not been rebuilt);
  • Residential property with fewer than eight housing units;
  • Establishment offering services to children 6 years of age and younger.

If you wish to participate in this simple, quick and free sampling procedure, you must contact the City of Pointe-Claire Engineering Department before Wednesday, July 12 at 514-630-1208 or An appointment will be assigned to you between July 31 and August 9, 2023.

At the date and time of the appointment, a member of the Ville de Montréal’s personnel will visit your address and collect a small quantity of water, which will then be analyzed. The appointment should last about 45 minutes:

  • 10 minutes in the home to take the water sample;
  • Stagnation period (30 minutes). The technician will wait in his or her vehicle;
  • 5 to 10 minutes in the home for sampling after stagnation.

Please note that 20 properties are analyzed each year. If all the spots are filled for 2023, your name will be put on the list for 2024.

The sampling results will be communicated to the participating residents in fall 2023.

Sampling has been done for several years to analyze whether or not lead is present in the water. The results to date show an absence or presence of lead below the standards of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs (MELCCFP), for all the addresses sampled in Pointe-Claire’s territory.

For information on lead in drinking water, we invite you to visit the MELCC website:

Thank you for your cooperation.

Information:  514-630-1208,



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Major Construction Sites in 2023



Every year, the City of Pointe-Claire informs its citizens of municipal projects that will be taking place over the year through its Web page, Major construction sites. The purpose of this informative page is to keep Pointe-Claire residents up to date on investments made to the reconstruction and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure.

This year, the City continues to refurbish and improve more than a dozen municipal infrastructures to ensure that streets, sidewalks and utilities remain in good condition for the next 50 years.

The drop-down menu, Major Construction Sites in 2023, is currently available to all Pointe-Claire residents.

For more information on upcoming and ongoing projects, visit the Major Construction Sites in 2023 page on the City’s website!




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“I wore the Dyson Zone headphones on a long flight” By Kate Kozuch for Tom’s Guide



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One of the first things I did with Dyson Zone noise-cancelling and air-purifying headphones was pack them for a 6-hour flight from New York to California. And while I was initially excited to travel with the futuristic device, the experience wasn’t as user-friendly as I hoped.

The $949 Dyson Zone are headphones with air purification technology in the ear cups. The cups push filtered air through a magnetic visor that many have compared to the mask worn by DC super villain Bane. But concerns about looking nefarious aside, I thought that current fed to my nose and mouth through the Dyson Zone would be a major improvement to stale airplane air.

I knew that the headset wouldn’t protect me from any airborne viruses lurking among my fellow passengers. In fact, airplane air is filtered through sophisticated HEPA systems, while the Dyson Zone is only rated to filter certain pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide. In other words, there was little the Zone would offer in terms of improving the air I breathed. Instead, I hoped a constant, cool airflow could ease some of my flying anxiety. Bonus points if it fended off unsavory odors.

It’s a bulky product

When it came to packing the Dyson Zone, I had to leave behind the included purse-like carrying case. I opted for the soft drawstring bag in order to fit the headphones and visor into my backpack along with all my other tech and flight snacks.

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But in the confines of the coach section, getting the Dyson Zone system out of my bag proved a struggle. Not only is the device a hefty 1.47 pounds with the visor, but the visor doesn’t stay attached if the headset gets bumped around. Juggling my iPad, water bottle and neck pillow, the Dyson Zone certainly didn’t grant me grace.

People didn’t stare

Once I had the Dyson Zone set up for use, I sat watching passengers fill into their seats, waiting for someone to notice the contraption on my face. No one did, or at least, I didn’t catch anyone giving a curious glimpse.

I’ll admit, I didn’t really care about whether people stared. But it surprised me that people didn’t seem interested in what I was wearing. Don’t they know the Dyson Zone could be a glimpse at the type of thing everyone uses in the future? At least I could settle in for the long flight knowing everyone around me would be minding their own business.

Battery life became a problem

About two hours into my flight, a status chime in the headphones indicated a low battery life (you can also check the battery status of the headphones on your iPhone, too). My options were to a) detach the visor and enjoy a bit more time with audio only or b) spend the rest of the flight tethered to a charging cable.

My options were to a) detach the visor and enjoy a bit more time with audio only or b) spend the rest of the flight tethered to a charging cable.

As I had been enjoying the filtered air, I opted for the latter. Luckily, I could reach the outlet between the seats. But the receptacle must’ve been a bit loose, because not long later, I heard the low battery life chime in my ears again. I eventually wiggled the charger at an angle that offered consistent charging through the flight. Still, not all airplanes provide outlet access, so I could’ve had a problem. I didn’t have room to pack my Sony WH-1000XM5s as a back up, after all.

Would I wear the Dyson Zone on a flight again?

Between the bulk and battery life struggle, the Dyson Zone probably won’t be coming with me on any more flights. As much as I enjoyed the cool airflow and the sound quality sufficed for binging reality TV, they’re impractical for air travel.

Unless I had more room at my seat (or perhaps a hook to hang the headset on) and guaranteed outlet access, the Dyson Zone isn’t worth the hassle. Plus, an airplane isn’t the ideal environment to benefit from the headset’s filtering features. Instead, I’ll stick to my non-air-purifying headphones for my next trip, and give Dyson Zone a go outside in the busy city.

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Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom’s Guide TikTok account, which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.

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