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In the next several months, phone-based augmented reality is going to become quite a bit more visible for consumers as tech titans like Apple and Google launch new AR platforms. But startups won’t let the big public companies have all the fun. Blippar has been in the augmented reality field since before Google Glass. “When we just started probably one out…
Google is killing the 'Google Now' name but improving the underlying functionality to make it more controllable, engaging -- and searchable. Google Now was launched at Google I/O in June 2012. It was part of a package of updates and UI changes for mobile search, which included a female-voiced mobile assistant to compete with Apple’s Siri. Google Now was initially a way to get contextually…
According to a new report from Stone Temple Consulting, when Google returns multiple YouTube videos in the results pages, the ranking order between Google and YouTube varies 56.8% of the time. Have you ever been served a specific set of YouTube videos in Google’s Search Engine Results Pages, only to find that the exact same search yields different results when performed…
If you’d like to promote your local business online by posting directly to Google’s search results, you can do that with Posts on Google. Google experimented with allowing people to post to Google Search and Maps before. Until now, though, the service was only opened to movie studios, sports teams, and some celebrities. Now, it’s open to you if you have…
Retrieving the Google Analytics metrics you care about is now as easy as asking for them using natural language. Google has rolled out the ability to navigate Google Analytics’ interface by typing queries into a search bar. Queries can also be entered in the form of a voice search. In fact, this new feature uses the very same natural language processing technology…
Installing Tor on Android and iOS devices is not as difficult as you may think. You can safeguard your online privacy when you are using an Android or iOS device to browse the internet by using TOR. TOR hides and occasionally changes your IP address when you are online. Thus, when you are using TOR on either of these devices, your privacy and…
What is the Deep Web? What is the Dark Web? These are questions that tend to arise when we hear the term in many popular spy movies and TV shows today. It is a term that is used to describe a collection of websites that are visible but are very masterfully hidden from the general public. Most of these websites…
Researchers set up an online test using 40 images created from 10 original images sourced from Google Images. As the spread of fake news on social media gains momentum, researchers now reveal that people can detect a fake image of a real-world scene only 60 percent of the time. Even then, they can only tell what is wrong with the…
Chinese internet restrictions, known as the ‘great firewall of China’, have often been an issue for Chinese academics who find their access to overseas research restricted. They have become more concerned as new internet controls – particularly on virtual private networks or VPNs, which circumvent national censorship of the internet – look set to be introduced by February 2018.The government…
The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem. Opaque and potentially biased mathematical models are remaking our lives—and neither the companies responsible for developing them nor the government is interested in addressing the problem. This week a group of researchers, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, launched an effort to identify and highlight algorithmic bias.…
Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they’re wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive Lots of algorithms go bad unintentionally. Some of them, however, are made to be criminal. Algorithms are formal rules, usually written in computer code, that make predictions on future events based on historical…
Summary Google (and other search engines) are key suppliers for Amazon. Amazon.com receives approximately 353 million to 478 million visitors to its website per month, for free, from search engines. These customers come to Amazon at a low cost and offer large returns. When looking at new investment opportunities I try to analyze the potential risks of a business model…
Below is a visual history of "search" and search engines; hopefully it's both a trip down memory lane and a useful resource for anyone looking to learn a bit more about the history of Internet search engines. If you like the graphic or find it useful you're welcome to embed the image on your own site, link to it, or…
"Everyone’s a little bit racist,” sing the foul-mouthed muppets in the musical Avenue Q. They might, had they read the extract published yesterday from a new book about Google searches, have added the lyrics: “And lots and lots of people are a lot racist too.” Cripes, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About…
SAN FRANCISCO: Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the internet. The results will aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. Google will also show employer ratings from current and…
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