News / UK and world by Press Association October 31, 2018, 9:53 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Google has offered up a Halloween treat for users of its search engine with its first Doodle to feature a multiplayer game. Doodles, used to mark significant occasions and commemorate holidays, have included a number of interactive elements in recent years but Trick-or-Treat: The Great Ghoul Duel is the first time users have been able to participate in a game together. Users can invite up to seven other players to join, simply by sharing a unique web link generated each time you choose to host a session. Alternatively, if no-one else is available to play, you can take on random players from across the world. The aim is pretty simple – collect as many spirits as you can before the time runs out and deliver them to your team’s safe house. You’ll run into your friends along the way and be able to steal their … [Read more...] about Google introduces its first multiplayer Doodle game for Halloween
GOOGLE has released its first-ever multiplayer interactive Doodle for Halloween - but how does it work? Here we explain how the game works and how you can win. How does the Great Ghoul Duel work? Users can team up in groups of four to collect the most wandering spirits in two minutes. There are several maps, and people who collect a lot of flames will unlock special powers. Available powers include speed boosts and night vision. Players can either host a game with up to seven members of friends or family, or play with random people around the globe. How do you win? Teams win by collecting more spirit flames than their opponents. The team that collects the most spirits and returns them to their home base in two minutes wins. However, opponents can intercept spirits from one another and bring them back to their base. Customised personal superlatives are awarded to players based on their performances. ExclusiveMURDER BLUNDERS Cop lost chance to nail Suzy Lamplugh's 'killer' over rows with … [Read more...] about Google Doodle Halloween game! How do you play it with your friends and how do you win?
0 Have your say At last the digital tax pops up at a tablet near you. As the Chancellor introduces taxation on tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, I have to ask the question: why should they be free to you and me? For years now, we have all had the opportunity to “like” people, friends, posts, tweets and a whole lot more on social media. Hours of our lives have been taken up browsing the internet via Google and other search engines, while we upload and share pictures, memes and videos. Yet, this has cost us nothing, zilch, a big fat zero. So, maybe it is time for these online heavyweights to commence a new business model that involves us paying for the services they provide.Don’t think for one minute that the big online players in search and social media will allow any government to tax them in such a way that it will hit their bottom line and cheese off their investors. No, they will of course come out fighting on that front. You … [Read more...] about Jim Duffy comment: Why shouldn’t we pay to use platforms like Google?
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Donald Trump, press champion: Watch this snippet from an interview conducted by our Washington Playbook colleagues with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the importance of press freedom. As for Trump? “He has great respect for the role that the press plays,” Pence said. BY THE NUMBERS: Italy’s GDP stagnated in the third quarter compared to the second, according to fresh numbers provided by statistics office ISTAT, and saw a mere 0.8 percent growth year-on-year, with neither trade nor domestic consumption picking up. Unsurprisingly, the government said it wasn’t surprised and took the data as a sign it’s on the right path. Political logic: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, speaking from India, said the lack of growth showed why additional expenditure is … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: What Merkel means — EPP fight night — Trump vs. facts
A new optical illusion is so good that it has fooled Google's reverse image search algorithms. The photograph, shared on Twitter, confused tens of thousands of people. It is of a cat with its head tilted sideways, in a way which makes it look like a crow. The photograph was shared by Robert Maguire, a Research Director at Citizens for Ethics, who wrote: "This picture of a crow is interesting because...it's actually a cat." It has since amassed more than 35,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes. When the photograph is submitted to Google's reverse image search tool, it says it is a "common raven." Google image search works by analysing the image to find its most distinctive points, lines and textures and creates a mathematical model. It matches and compares this with other billions of other pictures, in order to find the ones which best resemble it. Also fooled by the illusion was BBC presenter Jeremy Vine, who tweeted: "HELP ME WITH THIS." Many said it resembles a real-life … [Read more...] about Cat or crow: Latest online optical illusion is so good that even Google’s AI algorithms can’t work it out