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Going local – Facebook and Google re-think news that’s near you

Going local - Facebook and Google re-think news that's near you

Local newspapers may soon be in line for a boost from an unlikely source, after Facebook decided to place greater prominence on local news even though it’s downgrading other Page content.

The social network recently de-prioritised news – and posts from seemingly any other Facebook Pages – from the newsfeed in favour of posts from friends.

But in something of an apparent volte face it will now also have a focus on “topics that have a direct impact on you and your community”, as head of news product Alex Hardiman and head of news partnerships Campbell Brown put it. Read the rest of this entry »


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Art selfie app sees Google Arts & Culture go viral

Google Arts Culture Selfie matching app web

Google has done some amazing work in arts and culture, offering virtual access to some of the world’s greatest museums, art galleries and historical sites.

From the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, they’re all available to explore online.

But the company, which says it’s always looking for new and creative ways to connect people with arts and culture, appears to have a masterpiece of its own on its hands. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ugly and the bad, but also the good, as seen in Google’s 2017 Year in Search

Google search trends 2017

The world’s search history is a revealing repository, and this year’s reveals a lot about how bad 2017 was.

From Hurricane Irma to Las Vegas Shooting, North Korea to Harvey Weinstein (and Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer…), Google’s global search trends paint a pretty dismal picture of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google continues to up its translation game

Google Word Lens online language translation app

I’ve been learning Bengali off and on for over ten years now and am, unsurprisingly, always on the look-out for digital tools to help me with the language.

Despite it being the seventh most spoken language in the world, it’s not the easiest task, with on- and offline Bengali resources being few and far between.

So, although it’s probably years away from being available in my chosen language, I was nonetheless taken by the recent expansion of Google Translate’s Word Lens to Japanese. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google is still aiming high with Google+

Flickr Google logo Keso sIt’s hard to imagine now, but at its launch Google+ was seriously considered as a rival for Facebook, though, given the ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter, it’s perhaps just as hard for some to remember Google+ exists.

In a recent study of US teenagers’ social media habits (where Instagram is vying with Facebook as the most popular platform) Google+ didn’t even register, and that’s far from being the only study in which it did not feature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google takes a virtual reality walk through dementia

Google VR virtual reality Alzheimers dementia

Launch of Google and ARUK’s VR project at London’s St. Pancras International

Earlier this year Google teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) to raise awareness of some of the lesser-known symptoms of dementia, like visual disturbances and disorientation.

To do this the tech giant produced three virtual reality stories – available at A Walk through Dementia – that aim to show the subjective experience of a person with dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you want to make sense of data?

From leaks to mis-communicated projects to much-discussed ideas, data is rarely out of the news at the moment.

Against this backdrop Google has set up new online course, Making Sense of Data, that it says is “intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualise, and manipulate data”. Read the rest of this entry »


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