Technology

Google rolls out new search algorithm; help for conversational searching [Hummingbird]

In case you haven’t seen the news elsewhere, Google has rolled out a significant search algorithm upgrade called Hummingbird – the first major enhancement since 2010. You won’t notice a considerable change in the look and feel of searching, but it should make search results more relevant (hopefully). One driving factor is that people are speaking search queries using their phones (see SIRI) and this ...

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Terracotta army, special properties of chinese blue, and more (ancient & new technology)

If you’ve never seen the terracotta army of 8000 soldiers in person, they are truly amazing. Each face is unique and handformed. How they made these was an advancement in art and technology for the time, but on top of that, they were painted in a now extinct form of paint called Chinese Blue (Han Blue). In researching Chinese Blue, superconductive properties were discovered. “Magnetically ...

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The autographer – a camera that records extra data (metadata)

I’d love to give an Auotgrapher camera a try.  How could a camera that records temperature, speed,compass (direction), motion,  GPS and time be used? Really interesting idea isn’t it? It could add a whole new range of contextual information to videos and photography. Although I do wonder if you would need an altimeter or if the GPS and compass to know the altitude. What about ...

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Meebo retirement date July 11! Hurry!

Meebo users: Meebo rides off into the sunset on July 11.—————————–As a past Messenger user, we wanted you to know that until July 11 you can download your archived Messenger chat logs. Log into your account on Meebo Messenger for a download link. Please act soon — after July 11, chat archives will be deleted. You may remember meebo was purchased by google…  Kind of like what ...

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