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Google to donate $20 million under ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’

Google to donate $20 million under ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’

The American tech giant, Google, has come up with yet another revolutionary technology. This time it is not a breakthrough brought about by Google X, its own research and development division, but the company's funding to two organizations.

With an aim to increase independence and ease of people who live with disabilities, and liberate them as individuals, Google has come up with the initiative titled 'Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities'. Through this noble endeavor, Google plans to cater to the one billion disabled people that society as yet, is not designed to serve. Under the initiative, Google would seek out nonprofits and aid them in finding solutions for the disabled community.

After Twitter, Google and Yahoo Join Race to Acquire Flipboard

After Twitter, Google and Yahoo Join Race to Acquire Flipboard

Reports that came out last night, confirmed the culmination of the ongoing deal between Twitter, the online social networking service and Flipboard, the magazine-format mobile app.

Twitter enables users to send and read short, 140-character messages called 'tweets'. It is a great platform to track breaking news and with Flipboard's cool interface, it would be able to ensure enhanced user experience.

NSA planned hack of Google Play: Report

NSA planned hack of Google Play: Report

According to a media report, the US National Security Agency made plans to attempt hacking into data links to app stores that are operated by Google and Samsung to implant spyware on smartphones. As per the online news site The Intercept, US intelligence came out with the plan with allies in Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia; it is a group known as the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance.

The report is based on a document that has been leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. According to it, the plan is intended to increase surveillance efforts on smartphones. According to the classified document, it appears that the plan have been discussed at meetings, in which the intelligence services in 2011 and 2012 were involved.

Type your name in Google Maps and you will get alarming results

Type your name in Google Maps and you will get alarming results

People typed their names into Google Maps and were served up with some scary results. This all has come after the search giant came under fire when it was reported that searches for the term ‘nig**r king’ brought up the White House.

Google has apologized but due to the coverage many net users have started wondering what results the map application would be showing up if they searched their name.

Guardian journalist Alex Hern put his name into Google Maps and it took him to a pub where he played cards most of his weeks. Hern mentioned that according to him, he had only once been linked to the pub online.

Google could launch Photo Sharing and Storage Service at I/O Event

Google could launch Photo Sharing and Storage Service at I/O Event

American multinational technology company Google could soon announce its new online-based photo sharing and storage service. According to reports, the Google’s service could be announced at the upcoming I/O event. The Mountain View headquartered company has been rumored for some time to be working on a separate service focused on photos. The standalone service will be independent of Google+, as per the rumors.

People familiar with the company’s plan revealed that Google’s new web-based photo service will be different from Google+ social platform and not be part of it. According to the reports, the company’s new photo sharing service will allow users to share photos to Twitter and Facebook.

Google Maps shows White House when User types Racial Slur

Google Maps shows White House when User types Racial Slur

According to reports, if a user searches for a racist word and adds the word ‘house’, when zoomed in capital of United States of America, Washington, D.C., Google Maps will take the user to the home where the United States President Barack Obama and his family lives, which means the White House.

It is not revealed that why it has been happening and who is responsible for creating the search but a spokesperson of the Mountain View headquartered company said that the company has been working to fix this issue quickly. Google is trying to resolve the problem, but till the 4 am of Wednesday, the search was working.

Google to feature tweets on smartphones and tablets in real time

Google to feature tweets on smartphones and tablets in real time

Search engine giant Google and social networking giant Twitter have renewed the partnership deal that ended in 2011.

The agreement would allow users to search tweets on their smart phones and tablets. This will give users the flexibility to search anything that is of their interest such as tweets by their favorite stars or news related to any event.

In a blog post, the company said, “Starting Tuesday, we are bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. You can find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results”.

The two firms had a similar arrangement dating back to 2009. However, tweets disappeared from Google search results in 2011.

Call girl pleads guilty in killing of Google executive

Call girl pleads guilty in killing of Google executive

On Tuesday, a California prostitute pleaded guilty to involuntary killing. It is related to the death of a playboy Google executive whom she killed by injecting with a fatal dose of heroin aboard his yacht. Alix Tichelman pleaded guilty to all charges in the six-count indictment. The case headed for a preliminary hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court. She was sentenced to six years jail by a judge.

According to a prosecutor, Tichelman who is a high-priced call girl didn't want to kill Forrest Hayes. She and the victim were partying together and Tichelman helped Hayes take injection that proved to be a lethal dose. It can be seen in the surveillance video that Tichelman was frightened as Hayes fell on the floor.

Disney’s New Science Series to have a Female Protagonist

Disney’s New Science Series to have a Female Protagonist

In a collaborative effort, Disney, Google and NASA, will create ‘Miles from Tomorrowland’, a new science series, aiming to inspire young girls to pursue a career in science and technology, in a bid to shamble the stereotype of male dominated technology sector.

The new TV show, inspired by female NASA astronaut Yvonne D. Cagle, is about a space adventure-seeking boy named Miles Callisto, helped by his smart sister, Loretta who codes to solve problems that the family encounters during their adventures in space. Not to miss their mother, Phoebe, the captain, who drives the family spaceship!

Sascha Paladino, the creator of the show, stated, “We want all kids to get interested in science, but we really felt that it was important for girls in particular to see strong female characters”.

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Technologies companies like Microsoft and Google are rivals, but now they have decided to join hands to improve experience for mobile and handheld device users. According to reports, the Redmond, Washington-headquartered Microsoft and Mountain View, California-headquartered Google have been joining forces to make mobile-friendly web browsing.

According to Microsoft, it is going to launch a new feature for Bing. Bing will make changes in its search algorithm pattern. In addition, it will search and rank mobile-friendly websites better compared to websites with desktop only version.

Driverless Cars to be a Reality This Summer

Driverless Cars to be a Reality This Summer

Technology takes a giant leap forward as the latest version of Google's self-driving car will debut on public roads this summer.

The two-seater driverless car needs no gas pedal or steering wheel and has to be recharged after every 80 miles. The car lacks air bags; it can't go more than 25 miles per hour and is not apt for a long ride. These cars have been assembled in suburban Detroit by Roush Industries and have the same array of radars, lasers and cameras as Google's Lexus SUVs.

Google informed that this prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving. It looks like a ‘Smart car’, with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards without human intervention.

Legal academics ask Google for more transparency regarding ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Ruling

Legal academics ask Google for more transparency regarding ‘Right to be Forgotte

A group of Internet scholars and legal academics has asked Google to be more transparent regarding its decision- making process in respect of its implementation of Europe's 'Right to be forgotten' ruling. A year ago, Europe's top court passed on a legal ruling, which requires search engines so as to process private individuals' requests intended for delisting erroneous, outdated or inappropriate data returned by a search result for their name.

Google Uses Doodle to Honour Inge Lehmann

Google Uses Doodle to Honour Inge Lehmann

Snapping to attention the phenomenal contribution of the Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann, search engine Google hails the pioneering scientist with a Doodle on its front page.

Inge Lehmann is credited with a revolutionary finding that changed our perception of the earth, by revealing the existence of an inner core, almost eight decades ago. Google celebrates her 127th birthday with an illustration that shows Earth sliced into two parts with its molten core shining like a star.

Google commented, “Inge used deduction and evidence to discover something unseen. Today’s doodle sheds light on her powerful but invisible discovery. Doodler Kevin Laughlin helps us experience the gift Inge illuminated for the world by revealing it as a glowing object”.

Urinating Android forces Google to suspend Map Maker

Urinating Android forces Google to suspend Map Maker

Earlier, American multinational technology company Google was forced to make changes after a notorious incident. According to reports, a user noticed that someone created a mythical park in Pakistan where the Android mascot robot can be seen urinating over an Apple logo. It didn't end her. Another user saw a similar bit of graffiti. To stop all this, the company headquartered in Mountain View, California, has decided to take an action.

The company has decided to suspend its map maker. According to reports, the Map Maker service of the company will be temporarily unavailable from Tuesday. The reports were confirmed by the company through a message that the California-based Internet giant posted online.

Google's self-driving cars met 11 ‘minor’ accidents

Google's self-driving cars met 11 ‘minor’ accidents

Google has revealed that its driverless cars have crashed 11 times, but said that all the collisions were caused by other drivers.

On Monday, Chris Urmson, Google's lead for its driverless car project, said that the accidents were all 'minor', meaning light damage and no injuries. Urmson wrote that the self-driving car was not the cause of the accident even once.

Google has revealed the crashes after Associated Press came to know that the company had notified California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that its driverless cars were involved in three crashes since September, the month in which it was required to report accidents as part of the permits for tests on public roads.

Four of 50 self-driving cars met with accidents Since September

Four of 50 self-driving cars met with accidents Since September

Four self-driving cars out of about 50, now moving around California, have met with accidents since September. The state started issuing permits for companies in September so as to test them on public roads.

Three cars included Lexus SUVs; Google outfitted them with sensors and computing power in its attempt to develop 'autonomous driving', a combined goal of the company and traditional automakers. Delphi Automotive also reported an accident in which one of its two vehicles was involved.

Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina, who has expressed his views extensively on the technology, said that these cases will occur if there is some sort of fault in self-driving cars.

Google Play now lets you Pre-Register for Upcoming Apps

Google Play now lets you Pre-Register for Upcoming Apps

Google has come up with an interesting new feature to the Google Play Store through which users can pre-register for upcoming Android apps.

The first app that will be offered to pre-register is Terminator Genisys: Revolution. Once the app is released you'll get a notification. On receiving the alert, you will be able to install the app.

Terminator Genisys: Revolution is a game which has no set release date or price quite yet. However, the app's landing page has provided all the other details, including a video, screenshots and a description.

With the help of the preregistration feature the game's developer, Glu Mobile has, advertised that the game is coming soon, before it's actually ready to play.

People in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area and surrounding counties use n-word in Google searches more often

People in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area and surrounding counties use n-word

As per statistics compiled by a top data scientist, people in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area and surrounding counties make use of the n-word in Google searches more frequently as compared to the most areas of the US.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre media market was ranked 16th out of 196 nationwide for frequency of computer users looking for the word. The racial slur has been used more in online searches by residents of the media market excluding the Johnstown-Altoona media market, as per a study by a data scientist who collected the information for a 2013 report that how racial animus affected the presidential elections of Barack Obama.

Google reports rise in Advertising Revenues

Google reports rise in Advertising Revenues

Search and technology major Google reported its first quarter revenue. According to the earnings report released by search giant, profit for the first quarter of 2015 edged higher from last year despite strong US dollar which impacted overseas revenue. The company has reported a healthy rise in its advertising revenues.

The Mountain View, California-headquartered company reported that in the first quarter, net profit rose about 4% from a year earlier to about $3.59 billion. The revenue surged by 12% to $17.3 billion. Google stated that the revenue was led by gains from the company’s online advertising.

European Union‘s Charges against Google will be a big mistake, say Analysts

European Union‘s Charges against Google will be a big mistake, say Analysts

According to reports, regulators of European Union could file formal charges against Internet company Google for alleged anti-competitive behavior. The charges could be filed on Wednesday, but as per some analysts, such a move could be a big mistake.

On Tuesday, some media reports stated that Margrethe Vestager, Competition Commissioner of European Union, was poised to make statement about Google. The company has been the subject of an antitrust investigation in the region. Critics of the Internet giant said that the company has been enjoying its leading position in the search engine industry. As per the European Commission, the company currently holds more than 90% of the market share.




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