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MH370 news: New Google Maps image hailed ‘significant’ by i…

MH370 news: New Google Maps image hailed ‘significant’ by i…

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Andre Milne has heaped intense scrutiny on Google to explain a snap being lauded by truth-seekers as the doomed jet.It shows the plane captured in Cambodia, with the Google Earth app claimed to show it at a "45-degree angle" in the mountains.Google Earth enthusiast Matthew Betts captured the image using the app's 3D option, after forensically examining co-ordinates pinpointed by tech expert Ian Wilson.Private investigator Milne – founder of military tech firm Unicorn Aerospace – said the latest snaps served as further reason for Google to explain them.He told Daily Star Online: "It is clearly significant that a separate independent analyst was able to concurrently verify not only the existence of the Cambodian Aerospace image in the Google Maps database, but t
Algorithms can turn any scene into a comic

Algorithms can turn any scene into a comic

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Comics take the form of a series of still images that together tell a story. The images are often highly stylized and the graphic artists admired for their skill. But this kind of artistry is hard to learn and difficult to perfect, making it time consuming and expensive to produce. So artists, publishers, and readers would dearly love an automated way to make an image imitate a desired comic style. It turns out that this kind of algorithm already exists. Back in 2015, a group of researchers in Germany discovered a way to transfer the artistic style of one image to another. Since then, others have steadily improved this approach to make it quicker and more accurate.
Google Sitelinks With Image Thumbnails

Google Sitelinks With Image Thumbnails

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Google seems to have launched image thumbnails in the sitelinks of the mobile search result snippets. If you search for [bear] on Google mobile search and look at the Sitelinks for the Wikipeida snippet, you will see these images in the Sitelinks carousel.I reported this yesterday at Search Engine Land based on an article from CNBC on how this feature was approved, simply because the data showed searchers like it.I didn't see the feature working yesterday, I did see it working this morning. Here is a screen shot showing the sitelinks with thumbnails (I was able to take this screen shot myself):Here is what it looked like yesterday for me:I tried to replicate it for cat, lion, rat, etc - so far no luck yet. But I do suspect it comes up for a lot of searches on mobile.This does lo...
The Woman Trying to Make Yoga More Accessible (and Affordab…

The Woman Trying to Make Yoga More Accessible (and Affordab…

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For so long, mainstream media has fed us an image of what a “yogi” is supposed to be—a skinny, athletic, affluent white woman dressed in head-to-toe Lululemon. Just do a Google image search of “yoga” and count how many people of color you see (even though the practice originated in ancient India). Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Google Like many other women of color, I've stayed away from the yoga community out of fear of feeling like “the other” and occupying spaces that were not made for us or by us. So how do you engage in the practice of yoga when you don’t necessarily fit the description? You create your own space. And lately, a wealth of people of color have mad
How to double-check if online news articles are legit

How to double-check if online news articles are legit

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ORLANDO, Fla. - There are all sorts of articles that look legit on the internet, but how do you know if what you're reading is really accurate? So News 6 put together these tips to help you vet your source. FOLLOW, WATCH, READ NEWS 6/CLICKORLANDO.COM In order to make sure users are still receiving news, weather, traffic and all other updates from their trusted source, we put together the following instructions on how users ca
Typhoon Mangkhut Hits China and Hong Kong as Philippines De…

Typhoon Mangkhut Hits China and Hong Kong as Philippines De…

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Hong Kong is used to fierce storms, but when Typhoon Mangkhut struck the city on Sunday, it soon became clear that this one was different. Wind gusts as strong as 120 miles an hour swept through the city, rocking tall buildings and fueling storm swells that threatened the coastline with waves as high as 40 feet.At midday, the city’s normally teeming streets were devoid of people and cars. The weather authority issued its highest typhoon warning, a signal 10. The government also issued a landslide warning, urging people to stay away from steep hills and retaining walls and asking residents in vulnerable areas to evacuate.And for the first time ever, Macau, the Asian gambling capital farther along the Chinese coast, closed its casinos because of a storm. About 20,000 households
Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

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As everything is taking place on servers rather than your phone, Google isn't facing constraints on processing power or storage with Sound Search. It's combing through roughly 1,000 times as many songs, and is using a neural network four times larger. It also increased the number of dimensions (that is, details in the fingerprint) to reduce the amount of work, and doubled the density of those fingerprints (to increase the chances of a match). The result is song recognition that can search a much wider range of tunes and produce matches considerably sooner.The company acknowledges that there's still work left. Its methods aren't good at picking up sound in particularly loud (or quiet) spaces, and it isn't as quick as it could be. This might not...
Google’s Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides…

Google’s Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai in 2017.Photo: Eric Risberg (AP)Google’s widely reported search engine prototype for China, which is allegedly code-named Dragonfly, not only blacklists search terms to comply with the wishes of government censors but ties all searches to devices’ phone numbers, according to a report on Friday from the Intercept.Google pulled out of China in 2010 amid censorship concerns and a cyberattack that compromised some human rights activists’ accounts, but it is reportedly planning a return to cash in on a massive market that has been overtaken by rivals. To do so, though, they need to comply with the whims of Chinese authorities. The Intercept wrote that internal documents show “Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as ‘human rights,’ ‘student
Google Introduces Shoppable Image Ads

Google Introduces Shoppable Image Ads

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