Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives

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Google Home wakes you up in the morning and later, Google recommends a lunch spot – it even gives you live information on how busy it is. It is partly responsible for your cab home, as Google is an investor in Uber. You checked in with friends on Facebook on that morning commute (you might have also used… Read more »

All the Slick Stuff From Google I/O 2017

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From Google Lens to the the company’s new artificial intelligence chip here are the big announcements from Google I/O 2017’s first day.  Source: Wired Magazine Date: May 18th, 2017 Link to video: https://www.wired.com/video/2017/05/all-the-important-stuff-from-google-io-2017/ Discussion 1)  Why do companies like Google and Apple host these “show off shows”? 2) Google is “all in on AI”.  How might this impact… Read more »

Google’s parent eyes Toronto as location of new high-tech district

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Larry Page’s dream of using technology to fix cities may come to Canada first.   Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Page’s Alphabet Inc., has applied to develop a 12-acre strip in downtown Toronto, according to two people familiar with the plans. Details of the proposal are private, but these people said the bid… Read more »

Inside a Google datacenter

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Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure. It is very interesting to compare and contrast the Google setup of a datacenter to the Facebook setup of a datacenter here: http://wileyinformationsystemsupdates.com/2017/05/11/facebook-servers/ Source: Google Date: May 11th,… Read more »

Google advertising row spreads to US brands

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At least four major US firms have pulled millions of dollars in advertising from Google’s platform amid rows over extremist content.  The Times reported that telecoms firms AT&T and Verizon, as well as car rental company Enterprise and pharmaceutical giant GSK, have withdrawn all non-search advertising.  An investigation by the newspaper found major brands were… Read more »

Google Again Pledges Undying Support to Business Cloud Customers

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Google executives once again took to the stage Wednesday to say the Internet search and advertising company is 100% committed to providing cloud computing services to business customers.  At the company’s Google Cloud Next tech conference in San Francisco, the company’s brain trust said it will be a key provider of computing, storage, and networking… Read more »

Bad wiring or bad chemistry? What’s behind Samsung’s exploding smartphone batteries?

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Samsung has been forced to recall thousands of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because some of the batteries in the devices overheated and exploded.  The company hasn’t yet explained the cause. And it’s curious, because lithium-ion batteries — the kinds used in the phones — are safely used in millions of wireless devices around the world. Source: CBC News… Read more »

Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

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Description: The final winners will be announced live on May 19th at 7 PM PT at Google I/O and will be live streamed. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 22, 2016 Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12… Read more »