Google Chrome Leapfrogs Internet Explorer as the Web’s Top Browser

22 May

In less than a year Chrome has passed Firefox and now IE as the most popular browser:

Google Chrome Leapfrogs Internet Explorer as the Web’s Top Browser.


Your Google Drive Files Can End Up in Ads

28 Apr

Your rights and protections under Google’s new Google Drive service fall under Google’s new unified privacy policy.  People delving into the policy and its implications for Google Drive suggest that it might have implications for content appearing in ads:

Google’s unified privacy policy states that it won’t use your material to do anything other than “provide, maintain, protect and improve [its services], [and] to develop new ones,” and will ask for consent before lending your material to any other uses. But if a file is set as publicly available, that is considered consent for use to promote Google’s services. If a user uploads a photo and sets it as publicly viewable, that picture could end up in an ad for Google.

Your Google Drive Files Can End Up in Ads | Cloudline |

Encrypted browser for iPad and iPhone

28 Apr

If you don’t want to be tracked as you go about your browsing on mobile platforms, the Union browser may be what you need:

Encrypted browser for iPad and iPhone – Boing Boing.

Google Translate boasts 64 languages and 200M users

28 Apr

Google’s translation service sees over 200 million users per month, across 64 languages.  All done via statistical language methods using multi-lingual corpora such as generated from UN documents.  So how do you manage 64 languages?  For some languages X and Y you translate from X to English and then from English to Y.

“To put it another way: what all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day,” Google Translate research scientist Franz Och wrote in a blog post. “By this estimate, most of the translation on the planet is now done by Google Translate.”

Google Translate boasts 64 languages and 200M users | Internet & Media – CNET News.

NASA tests GPS network to monitor quakes

28 Apr

Following in the footsteps of MIT’s CarTel project (detecting potholes using cellphones and appropriately instrumented cars), how about using cellphones to monitor earthquakes?

NASA tests GPS network to monitor quakes – Technology & science – Science – OurAmazingPlanet –

Google Drive Launching Next Week

22 Apr

Rumors are that in the next few days Google will be releasing Google Drive — their competitor to DropBox, which creates a virtual folder on all your devices and let’s you access them transparently across them all.  I wonder why Google would want to give away 5GB of storage on their servers for free…. 🙂

Google Drive Launching Next Week – Details Inside.

Cartoon: “It’s not cheating, it’s crowdsourcing.”

21 Apr

Especially if it’s Wikipedia.