THE White House has reportedly drafted an executive order that would pave the way for an investigation into the alleged bias of Google, Facebook and other social media companies. Once signed by Donald Trump, authorities will “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the anti-trust laws” amid claims they rig what news people can see online. The draft order, which was obtained by Bloomberg, says: "Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anti-competitive acts by dominant online platforms." While it does not single out companies, it is understood to target social media companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter. The document instructs US antitrust authorities to recommend within a month after it’s signed any findings that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias”. But the Washington Post reported … [Read more...] about White House drafts executive order for probe into ‘bias’ at social media giants including Google and Facebook
Tech for good is a hot topic. The economic argument is clear: Accenture predicts tech focusing on solving society’s problems will become a $12 trillion market opportunity by 2030. Duly, the industry’s biggest companies are sitting up. Take Google, whose latest Campus residency programme, which will run for four months, brings together six start-ups who want to make a positive impact. So how does it work? From now until Christmas, the handpicked start-ups will receive office space in Campus’s Old Street HQ, and workshops and mentoring from a team of Googlers. The most important aspect of the programme is the community the start-ups are welcomed into. “What we do here is recognise that it’s not just two guys in a garage but a community that creates great companies,” says Amrit Dhir, acting head of Campus London. The hope is that residencies will become a standard feature of Google Campus’s offering. “Our mission is to … [Read more...] about The new Google Campus residency is all about tech for good
GOOGLE is preparing to launch a smart speaker with a built-in screen as soon as next month. That's according to two separate reports that suggest it will be a direct rival to Amazon's own 'smart display' gadgets. Google Home Hub – what is it? Google already offers three smart home speakers – the Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. They all run on the Google Assistant, a voice-controlled virtual helper powered by artificial intelligence. But rivals Amazon and Apple are making a big push in the AI space, so Google is looking to expand its efforts. Now tech sites MySmartPrice and Android Authority claim a fourth product – a smart screen – is nearly ready to debut. Google Home Hub design – what does it look like? Leaked photos of the device show a very slick product that looks similar to existing Google smart speakers. The core body of the device looks like a smaller version of the Google Home Max speaker, rocking a grey fabric exterior. Attached to the front is a … [Read more...] about Google Home Hub rumours – £150 ‘smart screen’ for your kitchen that TALKS coming next month?
News by Press Association 17/09/2018, 7:00 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Google is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout September and, as part of the festivities, the tech giant is highlighting some of the most useful things around its Search programme. Google’s search engine is the most used software of its kind and is used to carry out trillions of searches every year. To celebrate that fact, the company has created a list of “secret and not-so-secret” tips to help users get the most out of their searches. Here is a look at some of the highlights. 1. Cinema times and tickets Google a film currently in cinemas and Search will automatically show a list of viewing times and locations based on where you currently are, helping you schedule a movie into your day if you have the chance. 2. Recipe searches If you’re looking for a quick recipe, search on mobile and a carousel of … [Read more...] about Six handy Google search tips you might not know about
Image : Shutterstock The patent office in the USA initially rejected an application submitted by Google, which concerned a solution by Ph.D. Jarosław Duda, an employee and lecturer of the Jagiellonian University (UJ). A year ago the scholar together with UJ demanded the withdrawal of Google’s application. Google Polska spokesman Adam Malczak, when asked about Google’s intentions regarding the initial decision of the office, replied: “We are getting familiar with this decision.” He also stressed that Google had already declared it would like the possible patent to be available on “open rules”. Duda concluded it would mean that coding would be free in Google programs, but not in the competing software in case of the so-called “open rules” mentioned by Google. The IT environment, including EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and FSE (Free Software Foundation), criticizes Google’s patent application of ANS coding. … [Read more...] about US patent office initially rejects Google’s application on ANS coding