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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Google: A look back at the first time the word ‘Google’ was used on TV | BGR

"These days, you ask someone a question and they might hit you back with, “I don’t know, why don’t you Google it.” On a related note, medical professionals will often bemoan the use of Dr. Google, a reference to patients who put more faith in the search engine than in anything else.

Today, the phrase “Google it” is just a part of the everyday vernacular. And while it’s impossible to pinpoint when it became commonplace, it is possible to pinpoint the first time the phrase was used on national TV.
According to Charles Arthur, author of Digital Wars, the first reference to Google as a verb took place on October 15, 2002 during an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The character Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) asks the following in reference to a girl, “Have you Googled her yet?”
The response? “She’s 17!”

Google: A look back at the first time the word ‘Google’ was used on TV | BGR

New MacBook Pros with OLED Touch Bars coming by late October (Apple Byte)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SpaceX's plan to colonize Mars, explained

Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy - The Verge

"Google is one of the leading providers of artificial intelligence-assisted language translation, and the company now says a new technique for doing so is vastly improving the results. The company’s AI team calls it the Google Neural Machine Translation system, or GNMT, and it initially provided a less resource-intensive way to ingest a sentence in one language and produce that same sentence in another language. Instead of digesting each word or phrase as a standalone unit, as prior methods do, GNMT takes in the entire sentence as a whole.

"The advantage of this approach is that it requires fewer engineering design choices than previous Phrase-Based translation systems," writes Quoc V. Le and Mike Schuster, researchers on the Google Brain team. When the technique was first employed, it was able to match the accuracy of those existing translation systems. Over time, however, GNMT has proved capable of both producing superior results and working at the speed required of Google’s consumer apps and services. These improvements are detailed in a new pape..."

Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy - The Verge

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chromebook Pixel 2 gets Android apps on the Chrome OS stable channel, Yeah, the Asus Flip has Android Apps on the stable channel also.


"A few days ago, Google released Android apps to two Chromebooks: the Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip. These arrived version 53 of Chrome OS, on the stable channel. However, the Chromebook Pixel 2, which has had Android apps in beta up until now, has been waiting for the stable release. This painful period is over, Pixel 2 owners, because you too can now join in on the Android fun with the release of stable Chrome OS 53 to last year's flagship Chromebook.

From what we can tell, it works the same way as it did on the beta. Simply launch the Play Store app from the app launcher, wait for it to set up, then you should be able to download Android apps from the Store. It is possible, however, that some apps will be buggy, crash, or have missing features, because they were built for phones or tablets, not laptops. Many apps work though, such as Microsoft's Office Mobile apps for typing up documents or doing sums, and games such as Hearthstone or Crossy Road. Another thing to keep in mind is that these apps were built for touchscreens, so using them with a mouse and keyboard may not give the best experience.

As for when other Chromebooks will get Android app support, we don't know. There is a list of Chromebooks that Google says it will be supporting in "2016/2017," but your guess is as good as ours as to when the functionality will be live. Just got to be patient and wait it out."

Chromebook Pixel 2 gets Android apps on the Chrome OS stable channel

Lenovo Yoga 910 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

Lenovo Yoga 910 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

Monday, September 26, 2016

Google Pixel C (Nougat) Review | best Android tablet, but...

Google Planning Superthin, 2-in-1 Laptop Running New OS (Report)

Google is reportedly developing a 'superthin' 12.3-inch touch-screen laptop that will run its upcoming Android / Chrome OS hybrid OS, codenamed Andromeda. Android Police reportstoday (Sept. 26) that the notebook, known as both 'Bison' and 'Pixel 3' internally at Google, will be the first laptop powered by the new platform when it is released in mid-to-late 2017. 
The report claims that 'Bison' will not be marketed as a Chromebook, but instead an Android laptop featuring aspects of Chrome OS. Android Police claims that this notebook would signal the end of the Chromebook Pixel line, and begin the Andromeda Pixel line.

Google Planning Superthin, 2-in-1 Laptop Running New OS (Report)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga With OLED Display Review - HOT!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apple 12in MacBook review (2016) - Review - PC Advisor

"There's no escaping the fact that this is a very similar laptop to its 2015 predecessor, which so divided the tech community. But we think the problems have been overblown. The engineering on show is superb, and the performance is completely acceptable for a modern-day computer of this size. The arguments that there should be more ports on the MacBook only exist because people want one, and are frustrated that their current set-up needs will not allow for it. Apple has undoubtedly improved the MacBook for 2016. It is a truly outstanding laptop that will be wrongly categorised as a luxury technological item. There's a difference between something costing a little too much and it being luxurious - just like the MacBook Air, this laptop deserves to fall in price and rise in specs to continue to be what we consider an excellent flagship computer. The world and its ports just need to catch up."

Apple 12in MacBook review (2016) - Review - PC Advisor

Europa changed how we saw the solar system | The Verge

"On Monday, NASA is set to hold a press conference about some “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s icy moon of Europa. There’s no indication as to what that activity might be, other than it involves the Hubble Space Telescope, but it’s garnering more than one 2010 reference around the internet. Europa has always been a fascinating world that has challenged our view of the nature of the solar system.

First Glimpse

Europa was discovered by accident. Galileo Galilei turned his telescope to observe Jupiter on January 7th, 1610, when he made a startling discovery: the planet was accompanied by four small objects, and over the next several nights, he determined that these objects orbited the planet. He wasn’t alone in this observation: a German astronomer named Simon Marius spotted the same points of light the night on the night of the 6th and gave each object their present names: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

The discovery of these moons was a major advance in the understanding of how the solar system worked. Galileo realized that Jupiter was the center of an orbital system, which contradicted the teachings of the day. David A. Weintraub wrote about Galilelo in his book Is Pluto A Planet: A Historical Journey through the Solar System, “The motion of the Medicean stars around Jupiter demonstrat[ed] that Aristotle was wrong about the Earth being the only center of motion in the universe.”

The discovery placed Galileo in opposition to the Catholic Church, which deemed his research and findings heresy. He was admonished in 1616, and later interrogated and forced to recant. In 1634, he was placed under house arrest for the remainder of his life."

Europa changed how we saw the solar system | The Verge

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