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January 24, 2017

IoT AI :: AI IoT

In the land of self-fulfilling anomalies you learn to see through those high on the possibility, to focus on those exhausted from the probability. The probability they are going to build something valuable, of worth, something that people and companies want, that they HAVE to have. Something that stands out no matter what, literally at [half] the speed of light as it transcends thru those fiber-optic lines as fast as the web masses can authenticate and download. That type of data don’t lie. Doesn’t it?

It doesn’t. It seems to work pretty well in this current state of software, an unmistaken feedback loop that many have experienced if not figured out. Nothing [...]

 
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November 4, 2016

Tech Inclusion: the Diversity of an Open Mind

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was born out of an Exhibition intent on demonstrating that San Francisco had rebuilt itself. So the fact this year’s Tech Inclusion conference was held in the neighboring Innovation Hangar (previously the Exploratorium) is quite appropriate. In a sense, the goal here is to rebuild SF’s crown jewel: Tech. Young and not so young white guys hold a majority stake at present, but in the years to come, it seems to me that the tech sector is going to incur some well-deserved growing pains of a different variety. We’re not talking 4-5x the national GDP growth rate, no, this is something more like [...]

 
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September 18, 2015

The Next-Gen Chromecast Is Coming September 29 With Spotify Support, Better WiFi, And “Fast Play”

Two years ago, Google released a cool little gadget that turns any TV into a smart TV. At only $35, it was (and is) an absolute steal for watching digital content in your living room.

Since its release, the Chromecast has received a number of software updates, but its hardware has remained unchanged. But that’s no longer the case, according to a report from 9To5Google. Internal documents from Google suggest we’ll see a new Chromecast on September 29, the same date we expect to see new Nexus devices. The new Chromecast will have a totally new design (round, with three color options) as well as an assortment of new features.

Spotify, which is still [...]

 
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July 15, 2015

Google To Offer Free Internet To Public Housing Residents In Its Fiber Markets

In an effort to make the Web more accessible for many people, Google will soon offer free Internet access to public and affordable housing residents in its Fiber markets.

This move is part of the federal ConnectHome initiative, announced today, which aims to bring Internet access to 28 public housing communities in the U.S.

Google Fiber covers four of these areas: Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. The company will also extend the program to every current and future Fiber market.

Google says it was inspired by its participation in the Unlocking the Connection program in Austin.

Google’s Basic 5 Mbps Fiber tier is already free on a monthly [...]

 
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July 8, 2015

How To Plan The Perfect Social Media Strategy

There’s something exciting about going on a road trip. You get to see new and exciting places and have a memorable experience along the way. Of course, an enjoyable experience is preferred to one filled with flat tires, wrong turns, and a lack of gas money. Your social media strategy is no different.

When you think of the perfect social media strategy, you might imagine A-level content, an enthusiastic following, stellar conversion numbers and a viral reputation. That’s a great end game, but without the proper planning, you’re more likely to end up stranded on the side of the road than stumbling backward into your ideal result.

Here are [...]

 
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June 23, 2015

Google Is Developing A Wearable That Allows Doctors To Monitor Patients Outside The Hospital

In an effort to bring wearables to the medical field, Google has developed a health-tracking wristband that could give physicians real-time, detailed information about patients, even when they’re away from the hospital.

Developed by the Google X research division, the device can measure and report heart rhythm, pulse, skin temperature, and environmental circumstances like light exposure and noise levels.

“Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials,” said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, in an interview with Bloomberg.

The device is designed to [...]

 
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June 3, 2015

Google’s Evolution: Facts As A Ranking Factor

Google’s algorithm has always been heavily weighted towards links as the major ranking factor. If lots of other websites link to your own, all those websites have vouched for your site, telling Google that your site is popular and credible. But from conspiracy theory sites to anti-vaccination pages, popular and credible are often two different things.

If a team of Google researchers has its way, the very near future may bring a ranking system where truthfulness, accuracy and facts carry far more weight than incoming links.

Page-Crawling Bots Investigate Truth, Not Links

Google’s research team is developing a system where page rank would be based on its level of [...]

 
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March 27, 2015

YouTube Is Testing 60fps Ultra-HD 4K Video Streaming

Last October, YouTube added support for 60 frames per second (fps) video playback. Now, the company is experimenting with high frame rate 4K-resolution video, TechCrunch reports.

It’s little more than an experiment right now, limited to a small group of clips—which is okay, because very few people have equipment capable of shooting 4K video.

The result is awesome, though. Check out the videos below to get an idea of what 4K video at 60fps looks like. (You’ll have to click the gear icon and choose the 4K quality option.)

It helps to have a powerful machine with a 3840×2160 (4K) display, of course. That’s why it’s a limited [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Google Is Working On A Payments Service Called Android Pay

Google is working on an OS-level payments service called Android Pay, according to comments made by Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress today. It won’t be another consumer-facing service like Google Wallet, however.

“We’re working on something called Android Pay. It’s an API layer in Android, so that all the mechanics of payments can be done in a standardized and consistent way,” Pichai said.

He emphasized that because Google is integrating a payments system at the OS level, it won’t compete with things like Samsung’s new Pay service or Google Wallet.

“At a user level, people love different services… We always [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Google To Launch U.S. Mobile Network In The ‘Coming Months’

Google’s SVP of products, Sundar Pichai, today confirmed the rumors that the company will become a wireless provider in the “coming months.”

At Mobile World Congress this morning, Pichai acknowledged that Google is working with “existing partners” to create its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Previous reports have suggested that T-Mobile and Sprint will be those partners—though Pichai did not confirm this.

He did say that Google has been in contact with Verizon and AT&T about its plans to avoid any conflict with the largest carriers in the United States. “Carriers in the U.S. are what powers most of our Android phones, [...]

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