Do you have children? Worried about them Googling and getting some less than ok results? Well, good news parent guy! Google has just released ‘Kiddle’ a kid safe version of their search engine (That’s google, just in case you didn’t know).
Bad words are not allowed. As you can see.
The first 1-3 results are curated by editors and are safe sites written specifically for children. The next few results are in simple kid-friendly language and the rest are filtered by Google safe search to avoid them stumbling on anything inappropriate.
Additionally, Kiddle’s logs are cleared every 24 hours and it collects no personal information.
That’s right, folks, here’s where we see exactly how we look in the 2015 Google mirror. What were Americans most interested in finding out more about this year?
Lamar Odom. It’s Lamar Odom. We didn’t want to waste any more time on peaking your curiosity on that one. Donald Trump was the most searched for American Politician. Add in Charlie Sheen, Kylie Jenner’s lips, Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy, What to pack for Cancun, and What is zero divided by zero for the most searched for items in different categories and it’s looking pretttttty bleak.
Thank goodness for other categories, saved by Stephen Curry, The Golden State Warriors, Why do dogs wag their tail, Better call Saul, and Sangria.
Sangria for the win!
Below is the top 10 total Google searches for 2015, and click here for the other category winners.
1. Lamar Odom
Do you use the Inbox by Gmail App? Are you interested in a more efficient and rapid way to respond to emails? Duh. Well, the guys over at Gmail had an idea, and it looks to be a pretty decent one. They’re going to answer your emails for you. Kind of.
The feature is called ‘Smart Reply’.
When you receive an email, it will give you three options of phrases and short sentences to choose from, for a reply. The responses are created by deep machine learning and analysis of the content of the email and will (hopefully) make perfectly awesome sense.
The feature also learns over time which replies you pick most often, and which one’s you discard, making the process even more efficient.
From the sauce:
“For those emails that only need a quick response, it can take care of the thinking and save precious time spent typing. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away.”
Google’s Project Tango is now for sale. Aimed at developers and invite only, the device sells for $512 and, in Google’s words, “combines 3D motion tracking with depth sensing to give your mobile device the ability to know where it is and how it moves through space.”
Nifty. Check out these youtube videos if you, like us, are still a little lost.
Perhaps in honor of the great day that is April Fools day tomorrow, today Google has enabled a most excellent feature in Google Maps!
Say bye bye to Tuesday work, say hello to playing Pac-Man in the streets where you live! Don’t believe us?
Go to Google maps now son! Make sure the location you’re set to has a lot of roads, or change it to one that does, and on the bottom left of the screen, next to street view, you’ll see your old friend Pac-Man.
Click and play, man. Click and play. Sorry Tuesday work, well played Google.
Google has been busy. Well, Google is always busy, but in this context, we’re talking about their vision of bringing a Google Modular smart phones into life.
Modular: involving a module as the basis of design or construction.
Umm… Module: each of a set of standardized parts or independent units that can be used to construct a more complex structure.
So. A phone made from a bunch of individual and independent parts. The idea is that you can buy each part separately, depending on what you want and require out of a smartphone instead of buying a whole phone with functionality you might not want or need.
This would also mean you could replace an individual part when it fails or when an update comes out without needing to replace the whole phone. Pros: cheaper and more customizable. You want two camera’s on your smart phone? Buy two camera modules. Use your phone a lot? buy multiple batteries, replace one and charge it while you’re using the other.
Google have just announced their plans to release a Market pilot version of their modular smart phone, called Project Ara in Puerto Rico later this year.
In true Google PR style, they’ll be using a bunch of food trucks running around Puerto Rico to demo the phones later this year. Because, obviously.
After they’ve understood how customers are going to react to the amount of choice presented to them by a modular phone, and how successful it is, how they can make it more successful, etc, the idea is that the rest of the world will then be introduced to the Google Modular phone too.
See the video for the Google Project Ara modular smartphone here!
Google have announced that they have partnered with Novartis, the worlds biggest multinational pharmaceutical company, to work towards the development of a product that could have massive health repercussions if successful.
The product they have in mind is a ‘smart’ contact lens with capabilities to not only help those who suffer with being shortsighted with an auto-focus type feature, but also to measure and transmit blood sugar levels of people who suffer from Diabetes. This would be a huge step forward in the care and health of diabetics not only with the elimination of manual glucose measuring but with the ability for both themselves and their doctors to have real time blood sugar levels collated in a smart phone or similar device.
Google are already on their way with the creation of the groundbreaking product. As of January their prototypes being able to make one Glucose reading per second.
Those involved are saying that the development of the ‘smart’ lens will take at least 2 or 3 years to bring to market, but they are hopeful that with the collaboration of Novartis and those behind the miniaturization of electronics in the X blue-sky innovation arm of Google will be able to succeed as soon as possible.
This is one of many inroads into health technology being made by the big tech companies, and is a hugely positive marker that as an industry, they’re heading in the right direction!
One of Google’s more recent acquisitions is Skybox Imaging, an intelligence company that has been making vast inroads in satellite technology which Google will harness to use in mapping. The technology could however also have other far reaching implications on privacy and business to business competition and spying.
From the Sauce:
‘By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.’
Cool cool, right? But they also rather casually mention:
‘ They are already looking at Foxconn every week and are able to pinpoint the next iPhone release based on the density of trucks outside their manufacturing facilities.’
Oooooh…. Interesting? Useful? A waste of technology? Kinda creepy? NOBODY KNOWS! We appreciate the map stuff though, because just how the hell did people know how to get places before?
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