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After cutting ties with the Pentagon, Google starts testing…

After cutting ties with the Pentagon, Google starts testing…

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Smart Google Lens upgrade lets you analyze any image on you…

Smart Google Lens upgrade lets you analyze any image on you…

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Google Lens could soon let you analyze existing images saved on your phone. The feature, available in the beta app, is said to work in the same way as if you took the picture with Google Lens. It is already possible to use Google Lens to search existing images through Google Photos. Google Lens may soon allow folks to perform searches on previously snapped photos. 9to5Google says it found the feature in versions 8.24 and the 8.28 beta of the Google app. The feature is said to appear both when using the Google Lens app and when accessing Google Lens through Google Assistant. The Google Lens app allows you to identify specific objects in a photo to find out information about them or select and translate text. The new feature adds a small photo icon on either the top right or top left
Charge your EV with Google Maps

Charge your EV with Google Maps

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Quick: Find a plug to charge your EV.Image: Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images By Sasha Lekach2018-10-16 21:54:45 UTC Looking up nearby gas stations on your Google Maps route is one of the easiest things to do on the navigation app. But if you need some juice for your dying battery in your all-electric car, it's not so simple. That is, until now. Starting Tuesday, you can search for "EV charging" or "electric charging station" on the Google Maps app on iOS and Android. The nearest "fill-up" spots will show up on the map. The listing will also show you information about the station, what type of plugs are available, charging speeds, and other business details crowdsourced from other users.  If a business has a charging station available
Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search eng…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search eng…

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"It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries," he said on stage. The executive defended the project, telling people that Google is "compelled by [its] mission [to] provide information to everyone," but it also has to follow the laws in every country. China serves as home to 20 percent of the world's population, after all, and its absence in the nation means it's missing out on such a huge number of potential users.Pichai said that there are many areas where Google could provide "information better than what's available" to people in China. The search engine could lead to reliable cancer treatment info, for instance, instead of the fake information they might be getting elsewhere. The Google CEO also said during the...
A Photo of a Cat in a Cookie Monster Costume Was Sent Out b…

A Photo of a Cat in a Cookie Monster Costume Was Sent Out b…

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Sometimes, you just need a photo of a cute cat to get through the work week.That may have been the case for the U.S. State Department, anyway, when it accidentally emailed a fake meeting invitation with a photo of a cat dressed in a onesie, making it look like Sesame Street fan favorite Cookie Monster. Yeah, you read that right.As reported by the Australian Associated Press, on October 14, the United States embassy in Canberra apologized for the State Department email, calling it a “training error.” According to The Guardian, the email included "meeting" as the subject line, some Latin text, and a photo of a tabby cat perched on a couch, dressed as Cookie Monster, with a plate of cookies in its lap.Based on a Google Image Search, the photo has been making the rounds on Pinterest boards
SEO: Include Images and Videos in Sitemaps

SEO: Include Images and Videos in Sitemaps

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Including image and video content in an XML sitemap may help Google discover that content to potentially include in image and video search results. XML sitemaps are a convenient way to share page information with search engines such as Google. While submitting a sitemap will not guarantee that a page will be indexed, it will not hurt rankings. As a result, it is a search engine optimization practice to submit an XML sitemap. A typical XML sitemap includes the URL and other information about the specific pages you want Google, Bing, and other search engines to index. Collectively, the standard XML tags used for sitemaps can be described as a schema and are used by all of the major search engines. Google extends the XML sitemap schema to include tags for images and vide
DuckDuckGo sets new record for private searches, still trai…

DuckDuckGo sets new record for private searches, still trai…

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The internet is a huge place, and while there’s a variety of search engines available, it’s undeniable that Google is the top player: it handles roughly 77% of web searches around the world. But with that in mind, it’s still an impressive feat when an underdog reaches a milestone, especially one with goals different from the entrenched leader. That’s the case this week, as the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo hit 30 million direct searches in a single day. For those unfamiliar, DuckDuckGo allows users to perform completely private searches, with no tracking of personal information or location, and no browser cookies. In a time when web giants like Google and Facebook experience privacy scandals almost regularly, DuckDu
Search for Woman who Stole Thousands from Deckers Store

Search for Woman who Stole Thousands from Deckers Store

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office At approximately 12:45 p.m. [Wednesday], October 10, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6600 block of Hollister Avenue in the City of Goleta to a report of a burglary that had just occurred. A woman walked into the Deckers Brand Showcase and appeared to be shopping. She gathered more than $2,200 of merchandise, including an UGG coat, several pairs of women’s designer boots and men’s designer shoes. After approximately six minutes, she ran out of the store and into the back parking lot. She was last seen fleeing the area in a light blue, GM, long-bed truck with a logo on the side. Sheriff’s deputies searched the area but were not able to locate the vehicle. The suspect is described as a Caucasian female, in her fifties, with short blon

Microsoft’s Bing and Yahoo are showing users racist and ‘IL…

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BING and Yahoo! are suggesting racist and disgusting web content to people using their search engines, with some suggestions being for illegal porn. The suggestions largely come from the auto-complete feature of both search engines, which direct users to offensive web pages and also images. Bing.com Bing is Microsoft's answer to Google's search engine Bing's tendency to auto-complete inappropriate web searches was first flagged up by the How-To Geek website. It found that when users run image searches using such terms as "Jews," "Muslims are," and "Black people are," the search engine returns racist results. These include nasty images and also suggestions for 'related' searches, such as "Muslims are evil" and "Muslims are stupid." And since Bing powers the Yahoo! search engine, the Verg
Google breaks Settings Suggestions out into its own app

Google breaks Settings Suggestions out into its own app

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The Settings menu/app on Android phones has evolved quite a bit in recent years. Starting in Android 8.1 it got a search bar that made digging for individual settings a bit easier, and in Android N it got suggestions to help encourage you to enable things like a lock screen, finish the setup process, or explore additional customization options. Google even reserved some secret sauce for search and suggestions on its Pixels, and now it's breaking that out into its own app called Search Suggestions. Indications that this would happen cropped up as early as the Android P DP2, though at the time it was a new pre-installed app on Pixels without its own Play Store app listing — and it didn't seem to do anything. Search Suggestions "is the intelligence behind Settings" according to the app