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Google just spent $40 million for Fossil’s secret smartwatch tech
Putting aside the cryptic product innovation talk, Fossil has specialized in what are known as hybrid smartwatches: devices that do some minor smart features like step-tracking and notifications, but otherwise look and feel like your standard, semi-expensive wristwatch. The company makes smartwatches with touchscreens that resemble other WearOS devices and the Apple Watch, but its strong suit has always been the hybrid watch, given Fossil’s design and manufacturing experience in the traditional accessories market.
google  watches  gadgets  technology 
2 days ago by terry
How to access a remote computer using Google Remote Desktop
If both you and your troubled relative use the Chrome browser (or own a Chromebook), you can use the Chrome Remote app to easily gain temporary control of their computer to either fix the issue or show them what to do. It’s available for PCs, Macs, Linux systems, and Chromebooks; there are also separate apps for iOS and Android.
computing  google  software 
3 days ago by terry
You bought smart speakers over the holidays. Now what are Amazon and Google doing with your data?
Ultimately, the choice to keep a smart speaker around comes down to what you’re getting out of the product. For some people with physical disabilities or intellectual differences, smart speakers can make household tasks easier or provide an engaging presence in daily life. For tech junkies like my friend, the sheer joy of commanding a smart home network might be enough. For Hoffman-Andrews, though, the benefits of a speaker don’t outweigh the costs. He bought a couple of products for testing, but he admits he couldn’t actually bring himself to set them up. Being able to ask a speaker to dim the lights or play a weather forecast just didn’t seem like a good enough tradeoff for giving companies access to his home.

“Is it normal to have cameras and microphones pointed at you and your guests? Currently the answer is mostly no,” he says. “These devices aim to change the answer to yes.”
amazon  google  data  alexa  dataprotection  privacy 
11 days ago by terry
Forget dot com, 2019 will finally be the year of weird domain names
“Fifteen or 16 years ago, dot-info and dot-biz were the only ones available and they sold millions,” says Kevin Murphy, the journalist behind Domain Incite, which reports on the ups and downs of domain name registration. “When you have 600 come out in the space of a few years, there isn’t that kind of scarcity.” That’s something domain name consultant Jean Guillon agrees with. “The market is crowded with new extensions and users don't know which one to choose from,” he says.

But the latest registration figures released by Verisign, an internet network company that oversees some domain name endings, seem to indicate that after a rocky few years, new gTLDs may finally be finding their niche in the marketplace. 2019 could be the year of the obscure domain name.


Not everyone is so sure, however. While Google and parent company Alphabet have recently made two big indications of support for new gTLDs by hosting their overarching website for Alphabet on the domain name and rolling out the ability for users to create new Google Drive files by typing into their web browser, these may be of limited use.
internet  technology  web  google 
4 weeks ago by terry
PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos
Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future.
app  google  photography 
4 weeks ago by terry
Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’
“That was my frustration when I went and talked to the Justice Department about Amazon,” Foer said. “It’s like, ‘Well, they’re actually hurting consumers over the long run by hurting producers. And they’re behaving in a bullying sort of way. Maybe not to consumers, but to producers. Why in God’s name can’t you see the harm?’ And they just couldn’t see it because it was so outside of the current paradigm under which they’re operating.”
amazon  business  facebook  google  internet 
5 weeks ago by terry
Google’s top 10 ‘how to’ questions of 2018 answered – from deleting Facebook to doing the floss
Google has released the results of its annual Year in Search, which reveals the most Googled people, places, events and more. Here we answer the UK’s top 10 “how to” questions of the year. So, in no particular order, here’s how to …
google  search 
5 weeks ago by terry
The year in search 2018
As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made that trip around the sun so unique. During a year of highs and lows, the Year in Search highlights all the ways people continued to search for “good”—and this year, it was more than ever.
google  search 
5 weeks ago by terry
Google+ is shutting down sooner than expected
On Monday (Dec. 10), the company revealed that a security flaw could have exposed profile information such as names, email addresses, jobs, and ages of 52.5 million Google+ users without their permission in November. The Alphabet-owned company now says it will close down the main Google+ platform by April 2019, four months earlier than planned.
google  socialmedia  dataprotection  security 
5 weeks ago by terry
6 Google spreadsheet tricks that are easy to learn and remember
The Google Translate function is capable of translating the content across hundreds of cells into multiple languages. Furthermore, this function will also help you detect which language is currently being used in the Google Sheets. This is how you can translate the individual cells in a spreadsheet from one language to another.
google  spreadsheets  tips  software  language 
6 weeks ago by terry
France is ditching Google to reclaim its online independence
“We have to set the example,” said Florian Bachelier, one of MPs chairing the Assembly’s cybersecurity and digital sovereignty task-force, which was launched in April 2018 to help protect French companies and state agencies from cyberattacks and from the growing dependency on foreign companies. “Security and digital sovereignty are at stake here, which is anything but an issue only for geeks,” Bachelier added. [...]

In France, this all started with the Edward Snowden. In 2013, when the American whistleblower revealed that the NSA was spying on foreign leaders and had important capability to access data stocked on private companies’ clouds, it was a wake up call for French politicians. A senate report that same year fretted that France and the European Union were becoming “digital colonies”, a term that since then has been used by French government officials and analysts to alert about the threat posed by the US and China, on issues of economic, political and technological sovereignty. Recent scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook imbroglio, further shook French politicians and public opinion.
france  google  privacy  dataprotection 
8 weeks ago by terry
Inside DeepMind as the lines with Google blur
Last week, the line between the companies blurred significantly when DeepMind announced that it would transfer control of its health unit to a new Google Health division in California. [...]

In March 2017, DeepMind also announced it would build a “data audit” system, as part of its public commitment to transparency. The technology would allow NHS partners to track its use of patient data in real time, with no possibility of falsification, DeepMind said. Google did not comment on whether it will finish the project.
google  ai  dataprotection 
8 weeks ago by terry
Google Drive first looks
Part productivity suite and part syncing and online storage service, Google Drive also provides excellent collaborative office-suite functionality.
google  computing  cloud 
9 weeks ago by terry
Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher
DeepMind told The Reg: “It is false to say that Google is “absorbing” data. This data is not DeepMind’s or Google’s – it belongs to our partners, whether the NHS or internationally. We process it according to their instructions.”

That claim, echoed by DeepMind Health chief Dominic King, brought a swift correction from legal experts.

“It doesn’t belong to DeepMind’s partners, it belongs to the individuals,” Serena Tierney partner at lawyers VWV. “Those ‘partners’ may have limited rights, but it doesn’t belong to them.”
google  dataprotection  gdpr 
9 weeks ago by terry
Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love
Open-source advocate Rafael Laguna, co-founder of Open-Xchange, is suspicious that Google and Facebook – the companies most under fire for privacy and other human rights abuses – were first to voice their support for the Greatest Living Briton's declaration. "They are the two outstanding creators of the problems proclaimed in Tim's paper," Laguna notes. [...]

Laguna told us: "As we have seen before with 'Privacy Shield', I suspect this move will be used as 'proof' of their reputability – but I fail to see how Google and Facebook will genuinely adhere to the requirements laid out in the initiative. The only result I can see is that it gets watered down, that it remains a lip service and, worst case, the whole thing loses credibility."
internet  web  facebook  google  timbernerslee 
10 weeks ago by terry
Find time for your goals with Google Calendar
Goals adjust to your busy life. Goals aren't easy—especially when the unexpected comes up—but Calendar can help you adjust in a number of important ways. For example, Calendar will automatically reschedule if you add another event that's a direct conflict with a goal.
google  calendar  app  productivity 
10 weeks ago by terry
Guardian Voice Lab
The weekly blog from the Guardian's Voice Lab team, a project supported by Google. Our aim is to experiment with interactive audio for the Google Assistant, bringing Guardian storytelling to a new platform. If you are interested in voice and journalism, we’ll be writing about our progress here.
journalism  technology  google  voice 
10 weeks ago by terry
5 ways Google Pixel 3 camera pushes the boundaries of computational photography
Motion photos turns on automatically when the camera detects interesting activity, and Top Shot now uses AI to automatically suggest the best photo of the bunch, even if it's a moment that occurred before you pressed the shutter button. ... At their best, these technologies allow you to focus on the moment, perhaps even enjoy it, and sometimes even help you to capture memories you might have otherwise missed
photography  phones  ai  google  cameras 
october 2018 by terry
The battle for the home
If the first stage of competition in consumer technology was the race to be the computer users went to (won by Microsoft and the PC), and the second was to be the computer users carried with them (won by Apple in terms of profits, and Google in terms of marketshare), the outlines of the current battle came sharply into focus over the last month: what company will win the race to be the computer within which users live?
technology  gadgets  amazon  apple  facebook  google 
october 2018 by terry
Well, well, well: Google dropped its bid for the $10B Pentagon cloud project
Google’s announcement comes just months after the company decided not to re-up its contract with a Pentagon AI program, when protests broke out from employees who didn’t think Google should be in “the business of war.” [...]

Only Google could turn down a $10B job
google  computing  ai  cloud 
october 2018 by terry
The death of Google+ is imminent, says Google
Google’s decision follows the Wall Street Journal’s revelation. also published on Oct. 8, that the company exposed hundreds of thousands of Google+ users’ data earlier this year, and opted to keep it a secret
google  socialmedia  security  dataprotection 
october 2018 by terry
These are the painstaking tricks Bodyguard used to make its sets ultra-realistic
To get approval from Google, it requires a synopsis of the production, description of how its name will be shown, a script with relevant parts highlighted and visual mock-ups of how things will look. "We couldn't have a link that wouldn't be on the standard search form," Clark says. "It seems minor, but there was so much finessing to get it cleared by Google."

But the finished system is far from a functioning search engine. "We'll design it all to look exactly like Google and then I will add a bit of programming so that whatever key the actor presses, it types the pre-determined search term in the search box," Gibbons says. One key press will type one correct letter, even if the wrong letter is pressed on the keyboard. It's impossible to do something that isn't already prescribed in the software.
television  google  computers  design 
september 2018 by terry
Google wants to kill the URL
"I don’t know what this will look like, because it’s an active discussion in the team right now," says Parisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Chrome. "But I do know that whatever we propose is going to be controversial. That’s one of the challenges with a really old and open and sprawling platform. Change will be controversial whatever form it takes. But it’s important we do something, because everyone is unsatisfied by URLs. They kind of suck."
internet  google  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
Revealed: Google AI has access to huge haul of NHS patient data
Google says that since there is no separate dataset for people with kidney conditions, it needs access to all of the data in order to run Streams effectively. In a statement, the Royal Free NHS Trust says that it “provides DeepMind with NHS patient data in accordance with strict information governance rules and for the purpose of direct clinical care only.”

Still, some are likely to be concerned by the amount of information being made available to Google. It includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, such as records of the location and status of patients – as well as who visits them and when. The hospitals will also share the results of certain pathology and radiology tests.
health  technology  google  ai 
august 2018 by terry
Artificial intelligence to look for early signs of eye conditions humans might miss
With the number of people affected by sight loss in the UK predicted to double by 2050, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and DeepMind Health have joined forces to explore how new technologies can help medical research into eye diseases.
health  technology  google  ai 
august 2018 by terry
Cosmik debris
The concept of consumer surplus implies a few things that are true of money but not of data: Money’s utility is symmetrical, so whatever an individual doesn’t spend stays in his bank account and remains useful to him there. Data that Facebook or Google don’t capture doesn’t accrue directly to its users in any quantifiable way; those companies can thus argue that information exchange isn’t zero sum and we might as well just give our information up to them. Keeping our data, again, really just means not letting anyone else get it—discarding it before someone else uses it for profit or worse.
data  facebook  google  uber  advertising 
june 2018 by terry
Apple isn't your friend
Generally, more competition is welcome. If Apple is giving Facebook and Google headaches, we say that’s great. But it’s a thorny issue when we’re talking about a few billion-dollar companies exchanging places on the ladder as they strive to be trillion-dollar companies. It’s just not enough for the least bad megacorp to keep the evil ones in check.
apple  facebook  google  advertising  privacy 
june 2018 by terry
Chatbots are saints
In our arrogance, we humans like to think of natural language processing as a technique aimed at raising the intelligence of machines to the point where they’re able to converse with us. Pichai’s demo suggests the reverse is true. Natural language processing is actually a technique aimed at dumbing down computers to the point where they’re able to converse with us. Google’s great breakthrough with Duplex came in its realization that by sprinkling a few monosyllabic grunts into computer-generated speech — um, ah, mmm — you could trick a human into feeling kinship with the machine. You ace the Turing test by getting machines to speak baby-talk.
ai  google  language 
may 2018 by terry
Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless
Ignore all those whoops. If we do not want to live in a world in which “assistants” trick us into flimsy conversations, and human contact is a chore left to the bottom of the labour market, we do not have to. There is a basic fact about the future the figureheads of big tech too often forget: that what it will look like is actually up to us, not them.
Google  apps  technology 
may 2018 by terry
Blogger gets a spring cleaning
It’s surprising that Blogger is still around. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Blogger site in my searches, and it sure doesn’t have a lot of mindshare. Google also has let the platform linger and hasn’t integrated it with any of its newer services. The same thing could be said for Google+, too, of course. Google cuts some services because they have no users and no traction. That could surely be said for Blogger and Google+, but here they are, still getting periodic updates.
internet  google  blog 
may 2018 by terry
Google offers an unusually clear view of how it manages user data ahead of GDPR
While there are no significant changes in services or permissions, Google’s new language is notably less dense than its current policy, and intended to comply with the GDPR’s requirement for “clear and transparent notice” of how data will be used. The policy has also been augmented with explanatory videos and illustrations, because, as Google admits, “a visual description can be easier to understand than text alone.”
google  data  dataprotection  gdpr 
may 2018 by terry
Google wants to cure our phone addiction. How about that for irony?
This is Google doing what it always does. It is trying to be the solution to every aspect of our lives. It already wants to be our librarian, our encyclopedia, our dictionary, our map, our navigator, our wallet, our postman, our calendar, our newsagent, and now it wants to be our therapist. It wants us to believe it’s on our side.

There is something suspect about deploying more technology to use less technology. And something ironic about a company that fuels our tech addiction telling us that it holds the key to weaning us off it. It doubles as good PR, and pre-empts any future criticism about corporate irresponsibility.
google  phones  technology 
may 2018 by terry
Google's new voice bot sounds, um, maybe too real
"Google Assistant making calls pretending to be human not only without disclosing that it's a bot, but adding 'ummm' and 'aaah' to deceive the human on the other end with the room cheering it... horrifying. Silicon Valley is ethically lost, rudderless and has not learned a thing," tweeted Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who studies the social impacts of technology.
google  ai 
may 2018 by terry
Talk to Books
Mastering Talk to Books may take some experimentation. Although it has a search box, its objectives and underlying technology are fundamentally different than those of a more traditional search experience. It's simply a demonstration of research that enables an AI to find statements that look like probable responses to your input rather than a finely polished tool that would take into account the wide range of standard quality signals. You may need to play around with it to get the most out of it.
ai  google  books 
april 2018 by terry
Google launches Talk to Books
Google has just launched a new service called Talk to Books and it leverages machine learning. If you type in a full sentence it searches all the sentences in over 100,000 books to find the ones that respond to your input based on semantic meaning.
google  books  ai 
april 2018 by terry
Beware the smart toaster: 18 tips for surviving the surveillance age
Just over a week ago, the Observer broke a story about how Facebook had failed to protect the personal information of tens of millions of its users. The revelations sparked a #DeleteFacebook movement and some people downloaded their Facebook data before removing themselves from the social network. During this process, many of these users were shocked to see just how much intel about them the internet behemoth had accumulated. If you use Facebook apps on Android, for example – and, even inadvertently, gave it permission – it seems the company has been collecting your call and text data for years.

It’s not me, it’s you! So Facebook protested, in the wake of widespread anger about its data-collection practices. You acquiesced to our opaque privacy policies. You agreed to let us mine and monetise the minutiae of your existence. Why are you so upset?
technology  data  facebook  google  privacy 
march 2018 by terry
Why have we given up our privacy to Facebook and other sites so willingly?
If you think you’re a passive user of Facebook, minimising the data you provide to the site or refraining from oversharing details of your life, you have probably underestimated the scope of its reach. Facebook doesn’t just learn from the pictures you post, and the comments you leave: the site learns from which posts you read and which you don’t; it learns from when you stop scrolling down your feed and how long it takes you to restart; it learns from your browsing on other websites that have nothing to do with Facebook itself; and it even learns from the messages you type out then delete before sending (the company published an academic paper on this “self-censorship” back in 2013).


Lukasz Olejnik, an independent security and privacy researcher, agrees: “Years ago, people and organisations used to shift the blame on the users, even in public. This blaming is unfortunate, because expecting users to be subject-matter experts and versed in the obscure technical aspects is misguided.

“Blaming users is an oversimplification, as most do not understand the true implications when data are shared – they cannot. You can’t expect people to fully appreciate the amount of information extracted from aggregated datasets. That said, you can’t expect users to know what is really happening with their data if it’s not clearly communicated in an informed consent prompt, which should in some cases include also the consequences of hitting ‘I agree’.”
data  facebook  google  privacy 
march 2018 by terry
Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
This information has millions of nefarious uses. You say you’re not a terrorist. Then how come you were googling Isis? Work at Google and you’re suspicious of your wife? Perfect, just look up her location and search history for the last 10 years. Manage to gain access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a chronological diary of everything that person has done for the last 10 years.

This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog videos.
data  facebook  google  privacy 
march 2018 by terry
In 2017, Google removed 3.2B ‘bad ads’ and blocked 320K publishers, 90K sites, 700K mobile apps
Google also removed 130 million ads for malicious activity abuses, such as trying to get around Google’s ad review. And 79 million ads were blocked because clicking on them led to sites with malware, while 400,000 sites containing malware were also removed as part of that process. Google also identified and blocked 66 million “trick to click” ads and 48 million ads that tricked you into downloading software.
google  spam  technology  advertising 
march 2018 by terry
The Keyword, from Google
The Keyword is designed to grow and change as we do, so as we introduce new products and technologies they can find a home here. It will guide you to the big news of the week while leaving room for smaller, fun updates from that afternoon. And everything comes with bigger, more beautiful images, videos and slideshows.
blog  google 
march 2018 by terry
Center for Humane Technology
Since 2013, we’ve raised awareness of the problem within tech companies and for millions of people through broad media attention, convened top industry executives, and advised political leaders. Building on this start, we are advancing thoughtful solutions to change the system.
design  ethics  facebook  google  technology 
march 2018 by terry
How to find live examples of just about any WordPress theme
Here’s how to find live sites for a given WordPress theme: 1. You’ll want to run a very particular Google search. Here’s how it looks: "wp-content/themes/(theme-name)" Two notes on this. First, the quotation marks are important: you want results that contain the words in your search in their exact order. Second, “[theme-name]” above refers to the name of the theme’s folder on an actual WordPress install. So for the Twenty Twelve theme, this would be “twentytwelve”—not “Twenty Twelve”.
wordpress  webdesign  google 
february 2018 by terry
Why we may soon be living in Alexa’s world
This is not the best outcome for the future; it would be better for all of us if the next computing platform didn’t come from one of the current tech giants, and if start-ups didn’t have to rely on Amazon or Google for this key piece of tech. But that seems unlikely. If Alexa is headed for ubiquity, it’s good that Google may be, too.
amazon  google  alexa 
february 2018 by terry
Stop replacing London’s phone boxes with corporate surveillance
There may be other sensors collecting other types of data, but at this point we cannot know for sure. Unlike a consumer Internet of Things product, which would have been purchased, disassembled and analysed component by component by vigilant members of the tech community as soon as it went on sale, a teardown of Links kiosks (and other bits of connected public infrastructure) cannot be accomplished without committing some very public acts of vandalism and theft.
technology  surveillance  data  london  google 
february 2018 by terry
AMP for email is a terrible idea
But if these everyday tasks take place inside Gmail, Google exerts control over the intimate details, defining what other companies can and can’t do inside the email system — rather than using the natural limitations of email, which I hasten to reiterate are a feature, not a bug. And as if that play wasn’t enough, the other one is as baldly avaricious as anything the company has ever done. Dynamic content in emails. Where have I heard that one before? That’s right: it’s Google’s entire business model for offering a free email service. Ads.
google  e-mail 
february 2018 by terry
George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society
“Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; social media companies exploit the social environment,” said the Hungarian-American businessman, according to a transcript of his speech. “This is particularly nefarious because social media companies influence how people think and behave without them even being aware of it. This has far-reaching adverse consequences on the functioning of democracy, particularly on the integrity of elections.”
politics  technology  society  socialmedia  google  facebook 
january 2018 by terry
George Soros: Remarks delivered at the World Economic Forum
Something very harmful and maybe irreversible is happening to human attention in our digital age. Not just distraction or addiction; social media companies are inducing people to give up their autonomy. The power to shape people’s attention is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few companies. It takes a real effort to assert and defend what John Stuart Mill called “the freedom of mind.” There is a possibility that once lost, people who grow up in the digital age will have difficulty in regaining it. This may have far-reaching political consequences. People without the freedom of mind can be easily manipulated.
politics  technology  society  socialmedia  google  facebook 
january 2018 by terry
Siri is my agony aunt – but is telling big tech my innermost feelings a bad idea?
It seems like a new kind of diary. In the same way we feel free to write what we really think in the pages of a book, when we discuss our innermost feelings we now tend to disclose more talking to AI than to humans, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles. The difference is now the diary answers back – and records everything.
ai  mentalhealth  psychology  apple  microsoft  google 
november 2017 by terry
Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus highlights
Global internet use continues to grow at 10% year over year, with 3.4 billion people on the internet as of 2016. Internet advertising spending is expected to surpass TV spending in 2017. Combined, Google and Facebook accounted for 85% of the total internet ad revenue growth between 2015 and 2016.
internet  technology  marketing  advertising  facebook  google  socialmedia 
may 2017 by terry
A year of Google maps and Apple maps
Over the course of a year, Google quietly turned its map inside-out – transforming it from a road map into a place map. A year ago, the roads were the most prominent part of the map – the thing you noticed first. Now, the places are.
apple  google  design  maps 
may 2017 by terry
Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web
Anybody can cram an illegitimate idea into a web page and – so long as it's encoded as AMP content – it'll look like it's from a legit new organization endorsed by Google. Because everything in AMP looks the same. Content shown in Google's AMP view is stripped of all branding as if the content were from a legitimate news agency. There's a not so subtle message behind this lack of branding: it's that the source of information doesn't matter so long as Google got you there.
google  technology  internet 
may 2017 by terry
Google in, Google out
Google has so many tentacles in so many pies that it was a bit mind-numbing to see them all sardined into a single event.
google  technology 
may 2017 by terry
Torching the modern-day Library of Alexandria
It was strange to me, the idea that somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25-million books and nobody is allowed to read them. It’s like that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie where they put the Ark of the Covenant back on a shelf somewhere, lost in the chaos of a vast warehouse.
books  google 
may 2017 by terry
Google Arts & Culture
Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute. Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends.
art  culture  google 
january 2017 by terry
Google alters search autocomplete to remove 'are Jews evil' suggestion
“Autocomplete predictions are algorithmically generated based on users’ search activity and interests. Users search for such a wide range of material on the web – 15% of searches we see every day are new. Because of this, terms that appear in autocomplete may be unexpected or unpleasant. We do our best to prevent offensive terms, like porn and hate speech, from appearing, but we acknowledge that autocomplete isn’t an exact science and we’re always working to improve our algorithms.”
google  politics  search 
december 2016 by terry
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Am I just being naive, I ask him? Should I have known this was out there? “No, you’re not being naive,” he says. “This is awful. It’s horrible. It’s the equivalent of going into a library and asking a librarian about Judaism and being handed 10 books of hate. Google is doing a horrible, horrible job of delivering answers here. It can and should do better.”
facebook  google  politics  search 
december 2016 by terry
Google arts & culture experiments - X Degrees of Separation
What is the connection between a 4000 year old clay figure and Van Gogh's Starry Night? How do you get from Bruegel's Tower of Babel to the street art of Rio de Janeiro? What links an African mask to a Japanese wood cut? What visual similarities can a computer vision algorithm find to connect a sculpture with a drawing?
art  google 
november 2016 by terry
I took a photo with the Pixel that changed my mind about the iPhone
The final exhilarating straw that broke the camel’s back was the photo below, coming straight out of the Pixel XL’s camera, undoctored other than for a horizon adjustment.
google  photography  phones 
november 2016 by terry
Google is turning your phone into a magic wand for Fantastic Beasts tie-in
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Harry Potter movie coming out. We’re only a few weeks away now from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Google is teaming up with Warner Bros. to help showcase the film with a series of Google service-based tie-ins.
movies  google  phones 
november 2016 by terry
Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we've ever known
We call them platforms, networks or gatekeepers. But these labels hardly fit. The appropriate metaphor eludes us; even if we describe them as vast empires, they are unlike any we’ve ever known. Far from being discrete points of departure, merely supporting the action or minding the gates, they have become something much more significant. They have become the medium through which we experience and understand the world.
facebook  google  socialmedia  technology 
september 2016 by terry
Google Ngram Viewer
When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.
books  google  language 
may 2016 by terry
In the future, we will photograph everything and look at nothing
The amateur in me is thrilled by the prospect of living in the Cloud, editing on the go. The purist in me wonders if, in the future, desktop photo editing will be like the film-photography revival of today—a luxury to feed our nostalgia, a wistful effort to exercise human control over a task machines have taken over from us. I wonder what Sontag would make of that.
photography  google  cloud  via:rianvdm 
april 2016 by terry
How Google’s AI auto-magically answers your emails
“Smart Reply doesn’t tie information to individual contacts or learn about individual behavior,” Corrado says. “Style matching is an active area of artificial intelligence research, but personalization at the level of an individual user’s style isn’t something we have incorporated into Smart Reply—at least not yet.”
google  ai  e-mail 
march 2016 by terry
ABout the Cultural Institute Art Project
The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, we have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online.
google  art  museums 
february 2016 by terry
Google Cultural Institute
Virtual collections from around the world with artworks photographed in high resolution. Create and share collections of masterpieces.
art  google 
february 2016 by terry
Google Charts: interactive charts for browsers and mobile devices
"Google chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. Try out our rich gallery of interactive charts and data tools."
via:mel  google  charts 
january 2016 by terry
Earth view
Earth View is a collection of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth. The colors, shapes, textures and patterns all contribute to the strange beauty of our planet, reminding us of nature’s uncanny geometry and bewildering simplicity.
google  photography  geography 
august 2015 by terry
Google Deep Dream turns 'Fear and Loathing' into nasty trip
"Deep Dream, Google's artificial neural network, has turned its hand to video. The system, which identifies and builds on certain features in images, has turned a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into a trippy nightmare."
google  video 
july 2015 by terry
Artificial intelligence machine gets testy with its programmer
"Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor."
google  ai 
june 2015 by terry
Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep
"Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying."
ai  google  art  technology 
june 2015 by terry
Why and why not Google
It’s not that sharing personal details is new—we do it all the time with friends and family. What we get in return, we hope, is a strengthened bond with those we share with. But Google is not our friend. In fact, when viewed in the context of traditional relationships, Google behaves mostly like a false friend, a traitor, taking our secrets and passing them along to others. A closer analogy puts Google in the role of Hannibal Lecter, forcing Clarice to tell him the story about the spring lambs before giving her the information on Buffalo Bill. Like Clarice, we understand the quid pro quo, but it’s unsettling.
google  privacy  via:rianvdm 
june 2015 by terry
Google Fonts
"The Google Fonts API helps you add fonts to any web page. Benefits of the Google Fonts API include: A choice of high quality open source fonts. Works in most browsers. Extremely easy to use."
fonts  google 
february 2015 by terry
What happens when you type into your browser's address box and press enter
"This repository is an attempt to answer the age old interview question What happens when you type into your browser's address box and press enter?" Except instead of the usual story, we're going to try to answer this question in as much detail as possible. No skipping out on anything.
google  internet  computers 
january 2015 by terry
Why Facebook At Work is not the answer to workplace technology
"The future must surely lie not in new tools to help us do what we’ve always done more efficiently, but in new ways of delivering value in our work."
facebook  google  socialnetwork  work 
january 2015 by terry
"And it's not the only tech company to take a shot at this market. It seems that instead of merely ruining their adolescence, technology companies can now ruin youngsters' childhoods, too. Facebook recently proposed an under-13s version of its social network, so that even primary school children can get a taste of the grown-up world of bullying and cyber-insecurity."
google  technology  children 
december 2014 by terry
Top 10 clever Google search tricks
"Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google's built-in tools, advanced operators, and third-party extensions."
google  search 
october 2014 by terry
Anonymous Gods
Anonymous Gods (Google Street View images of monumental statues with faces blurred)
google  streetview  statues  sculpture 
september 2014 by terry
Google's new font futureproofs for every device
"Not only did we have a number of designers, but we had producers and assistants layered on top of those," says Duarte. "It was bigger than any design project we've ever had." And all for a font. But that's perhaps not surprising, as type has become one of the hardest working elements in today's interfaces, which have been stripped of ornamentation in order to create breathing room for the increasingly complex functions they have to perform.
fonts  typography  design  google 
july 2014 by terry
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago |
“Ten years from now, we’ll probably look back at the Gmail dust-up with…befuddlement,” wrote Slate’s Paul Boutin, one of the journalists whose pro-Gmail stances Google linked to in its response to the privacy flap. Mostly, we do: In 2012, the last time Google issued an official count, Gmail had 425 million active users, which suggests that discomfort with its approach to advertising is a minority view. The issue has never vanished entirely, though. It’s still in the courts, and Microsoft continues to tell consumers that it’s a reason to use, Hotmail’s successor.
gmail  google  history 
april 2014 by terry
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive as layers mapped onto Google’s existing map engine.
google  maps 
december 2013 by terry
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