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While many users end up scrolling through Google's Street View looking for funny, quirky or weird happenings, Scientists and Google itself have been using this service to track climate change.
A recently published blog by Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Google Earth Outreach Program Manager, outlines how "Street View gives you a window into climate change." This piece highlighted things such as Polar bears on Hudson Bay surrounded by no ice and how scientists used Street View Trekker to monitor trees, using this tool to draw large scientific conclusions.
While seemingly a sort of advertisement for Google's Street View Trekker, there's still a larger meaning placed behind this information, further displayign a use for Google services that most would have never dreamed of.
As the EU ruled that 'the right to be forgotten' shall be enforced for its citizens back in May this year, Google has already censored more than one million links in total, now that citizens are allowed to ask this tech giant to delete specific results about them.
While Google is allowed to internally asses if the links should be deleted before doing so, it seems that they are been completely flooded with requests, receiving approximately 350,000 requests since May and to-date taking down over 1.2 million links in total.
The take downs have been spread across things such as requests for individual image removal to more serious matters like "convicted criminals wanting links to stories and blog posts about their deeds to be taken out of Google's index," according to an article by itnews. With 58 percent of current requests being approved, most of the link removal requests have been regarding Facebook.
If you're trying to trash public or private property, this recount of someone videoing from the sidelines might make you think again. Pictured in the video is a 23-year-old woman dancing with a bin on her head, working with other friends to completely trash a toilet at a local pub - pictured below thanks to 9 News and News.com.au.
Unaware that anyone was filming them, the video was posted online and quickly went viral, something that the woman in question claims as "pretty much every girl's worst nightmare," further telling 9 News that "I've just been completely humiliated." Alongside multiple death threats and abusive messages from the enraged public, she has also been compared to ISIS, with some social media users going as far as to call her "actual worse than ISIS."
All three girls have been identified and banned from the premises, says Brodie Sherring from the venue's management. The video was taken down after over 600 shares and 1500 likes spread it like wildfire through Facebook news feeds, but not before major damage was already done.
Google yesterday commemorated the 41st anniversary of the discovery of a particular set of fossilised bones referred to as Lucy. The skeleton in question led scientists to believe man split from ape ancestors much earlier than previously thought, adding great new depth to the theory of evolution.
Creationists -- who deny the theory of evolution in favor of religious explanations -- weren't happy about the commemoration, responding to Google's tweet about it with choices words such as "since Allah(God)and creation have much proofs than evolution,i expect to see something about it also on your homepage", "Pushing your beliefs on others are you Google? Isn't that what you godless folks object to about Christians?", and "IM NOT A F*****G MONKEY @Google MAYBE WHITE PEOPLE CAME FROM MONKEYS BUT COLORED PEOPLE BEEN NATIVE TO THIS PLANET."
Google's tweet has 705 retweets, 1,182 likes, and a seemingly endless well of replies as of press time.
A new Chrome extension has surfaced that prevents you from being spoiled by what happens in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.
Essentially, when it detects any mention of Star Wars on a given site, almost immediately a large logo appears on top of the content and warns you that spoilers may be ahead. If you like, you can then proceed past the warning. If you can't see the movie opening day, or if you're worried about potential leaks beforehand, this is an effective if not overly aggressive tool to prevent the experience from being ruined or at least lessened.
Google is preparing to launch Contributor, a service that sees you paying in $2-10 per month to see reduced advertising across all participating websites (millions).
Contribute $2/mo and you'll see 5-15% fewer ads; $5/mo and it's 15-25% fewer ads, and $10/mo will show 25-50% fewer ads.
Google+ has received a major overhaul. In response to user feedback, the new version features a new, much cleaner look, is more mobile-friendly, and now focuses mainly on Communities and Collections (the most popular aspects of the service).
If you'd like to try it, head here for instructions on how to opt in.
Encompassing 3 million subscribers on Pyongyang and more, an Egyptian 3G telecom service that launched in North Korea has told news outlets that it has now lost control of its business.
In a bid to modernize and expand North Korea, Orascom Telecom began offering services to North Korea soon after an announcement in 2008. Orsacom chairman Naguib Sawiris wished to offer the North Koreans what they desperately needed, technology. With the North Korean branch being known as Cheo Technology and the service as Koryolink, Orsacom controlled 75 percent of all shares, with the North Korean Government taking care of the rest.
In June, an auditor's report stated that Orsacom had received a competitor in this small market, set up by the North Korean Government themselves. Orsacom proposed and was accepted to enter a merger with this new competitor, however talks went stale and Orsacom was unable to contact the Government for some time. In the latest news, Orsacom reported that "in the group management's view, control over Koryolink's activities was lost."
In a blog released recently by Google Product Manager, Satyajeet Salgar, we've been told that Google has now gotten even smarter - opening up the ability to recognize and process much more complex question than ever before.
Splitting up terms into different categories, a question such as 'Who was the US President when the Angels won the World Series' will be recognized in sections which include presidents, countries, baseball teams and world series winners by year. The example on this blog explains that Google will then search the two terms: 'presidents of the US' and 'year the Angels won the world series', placing them together to tell you that George W. Bush was in power.
This isn't limited to desktop searches either, you can now speak into the Google app on your smartphone with it working exactly the same way. There are some deeper explanations and more examples on the blog, head on over if you're interested.
Frank De Sa, CIO of Just Group, is responsible for overseeing brands such as Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Peter Alexander, Jacqui Em, Dotti and Portmans. Recently he has showcased online clothing retail at its most efficient - bragging that 1000 stores across four countries are managed by an IT team of just 45 staff, including their important online sales ventures.
Why such small staffing, you ask? De Sa says that "apparel retail knows how to do things efficiently," expanding that his extremely critical approach to IT support and infrastructure has helped the company get to wher it is today. It's not that De Sa doesn't value IT staff numbers as a whole, he says that these 45 staff are working within their means to offer brilliant service, stating that "IT is critical to the delivery of an online platform. If the culture of IT's not right, then we can only dream about a successful implementation."
Focusing on performance culture, De Sa explained that pushing workers to perform is key to success: "Whenever there's an online event like a Click Frenzy event, we basically watch with evil eye on every single transaction - what's being slow?"