Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but the files can be deleted

Just talking is enough to activate the recordings – but thankfully there’s an easy way of hearing and deleting them. by Andrew Griffin Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company quietly records many of the conversations that people haveContinue reading “Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but the files can be deleted”

Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image

Here’s a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself. If the image shows a famous building or landmark, such as the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls, the task is straightforward. But the job becomes significantly harder when theContinue reading “Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image”

Man buys ‘google.com’ domain for 12 dollars and owns it for one minute before Google cancels transaction

An administration oversight allowed US student Sanmay Ved to buy the right to control the domain on 29 September. The oversight left him in charge of Google.com for about a minute until Google caught on and cancelled the transaction. Now Mr Ved has been given a cash reward for spotting the error, which he hasContinue reading “Man buys ‘google.com’ domain for 12 dollars and owns it for one minute before Google cancels transaction”

Google’s new app blunders by calling black people ‘gorillas’

Google’s new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity. The blunder surfaced in a smartphone screen shot posted online Sunday by a New York man on his Twitter account, @jackyalcine. TheContinue reading “Google’s new app blunders by calling black people ‘gorillas’”

Google executive Alan Eustace jumps 130,000ft from edge of space, setting new record

A 57-year-old Google executive is the world’s new space daredevil. Alan Eustace yesterday traveled more than 25 miles up to the top of the stratosphere in a balloon and then parachuted back down to earth in Roswell, NM, at speeds of up to 822mph. In doing so, Eustace not only broke the sound barrier andContinue reading “Google executive Alan Eustace jumps 130,000ft from edge of space, setting new record”

Japanese soft drink manufacturer will deliver a can of ‘Pocari Sweat’ to the lunar surface in 2015

The Tokyo-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical (their drinks are sold for their health benefits, but they also develop their own drugs) says it wants to use private space companies to deliver a 1kg ‘Dream Capsule’ in the shape of a can of their most popular soft drink, Pocari Sweat, to the lunar surface. As well as aContinue reading “Japanese soft drink manufacturer will deliver a can of ‘Pocari Sweat’ to the lunar surface in 2015”

Google to make smart contact lenses that will monitor blood sugar

If successful, Google’s newest venture could help to eliminate one of the most painful and intrusive daily routines of diabetics. People with diabetes have difficulty controlling the level of sugar in their blood stream, so they need to monitor their glucose levels — typically by stabbing themselves with small pin pricks, swabbing their blood ontoContinue reading “Google to make smart contact lenses that will monitor blood sugar”

How technology may change the human face over the next 100,000 years

Designer Lamm’s depiction of how the human face might look in 100,000 years We’ve come along way looks-wise from our homo sapien ancestors. Between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago, for instance, rapid changes in Earth climate coincided with a tripling in the size of the human brain and skull, leading to a flattening of theContinue reading “How technology may change the human face over the next 100,000 years”

Disney’s Electronic Wristband Illustrates Why Big Companies Push Contactless Wallets

Disney just announced an electronic wristband for visitors to its theme parks that neatly illustrates why companies like Google and cellphone networks are pushing the idea of using contactless technology in phones for payments, tickets, boarding passes and more. The short answer? They want data. Disney’s MagicBand, an ID tag that uses Bluetooth and contactlessContinue reading “Disney’s Electronic Wristband Illustrates Why Big Companies Push Contactless Wallets”

German railways to test anti-graffiti drones

Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property. The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night. A company spokesman said drones would beContinue reading “German railways to test anti-graffiti drones”