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(49) The best sci-fi novel I read as a kid [ Bill Gates ] – YouTube

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(49) The best sci-fi novel I read as a kid – YouTube


Posted Nov 21, 2022 — Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land is a fantastic story—and it was also a turning point for me as a young reader. Learn more at https://gatesnot.es/3GsUiCF

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Google’s Project Starline is the real deal | The Verge

Project Starline is the real deal. It makes a virtual call feel like a one-on-one conversation. But it’s unclear if it’s something most people will ever get to experience.

By Jay Peters / @jaypeters, Oct 13, 2022, 5:30 AM PDT

Here’s what a Starline booth looks like from a distance.
Image: Google

It looked like I could grab the apple. Jason Lawrence, a Google researcher, was sitting across from me, holding the fruit in his hand. I could see it, it was red and shiny, and my brain was telling me it was right there. But Lawrence and the apple were actually in another room — they were just being projected in front of me through Google’s Project Starline.

Project Starline is Google’s next-generation 3D video chat booth that it first introduced at Google I/O 2021. Slide into a booth, and your image is supposed to be projected to another booth in real time, as if you’re actually sitting with somebody else across a table.

In a heartwarming video, Google showed family and friends joyfully connecting with each other using Starline, and the virtual recreations looked remarkably lifelike. “That was mindblowing,” one person says in the video. “I’ve seen a lot, but I’ve never seen this,” said another.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/13/23400870/google-project-starline-3d-chat-booth-impressions

Google now lets you request the removal of search results that contain personal data | Engadget

Results with your address, phone number or email will be reviewed ‘more quickly.’

By S. Dent, @stevetdent, September 21, 2022 4:49 AM

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Google is releasing a tool that makes it easier to remove search results containing your address, phone number and other personally identifiable information, 9to5Google has reported. It first revealed the “results about you” feature at I/O 2022 in May, describing it as a way to “help you easily control whether your personally-identifiable information can be found in Search results.” 

If you see a result with your phone number, home address or email, you can click on the three-dot menu at the top right. That opens the usual “About this result” panel, but it now contains a new “Remove result” option at the bottom of the screen. A dialog states that if the result contains one of those three things, “we can review your request more quickly.”

Source: https://www.engadget.com/google-results-about-you-app-rolling-out-084913547.html

I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo: 5 big takeaways | PCWorld

Promising utmost privacy, DuckDuckGo in the anti-Google search engine. But what’s it really like to use?

Editor’s Note: Yes, I tried it, but I still use Google and DuckDuckGo…

By Sam Singleton, Contributor, PCWorld, Jun 9, 2022 3:45 am PDT

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Google is far and away the most popular search engine—but sometimes it can feel more like Big Brother and less like a friendly assistant. Indeed, for those concerned about privacy, Google oversteps some boundaries by collecting your personal data, and serving you ads based on what it collects. Enter DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine with its own desktop extension and mobile browser app.

DuckDuckGo touts itself as the anti-Google, promising not to track or collect your data. It offers a clean interface and familiar layout, and provides many of the features you’ve come to expect from a search engine—but without those invasive data trackers.

On paper, DuckDuckGo seems like a worthy competitor. But how does it really stack up to Google? To find out, I switched to DuckDuckGo and used the service exclusively for a week. Here are my five key takeaways.

Source: I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo: 5 big takeaways | PCWorld

Google Maps adds an ‘Immersive View’ of major cities | Engadget

Pan around popular tourist destinations directly from your phone.

By A. Tarantola, @terrortola, May 11th, 2022


Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote on Wednesday.

Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote on Wednesday.

From keynote

The new feature uses computer vision and AI to blend Maps’ existing Street View function with aerial photography to create high-resolution models of the various buildings and urban features of a given location. “With our new immersive view, you’ll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like — and even feel like you’re right there before you ever set foot inside,” wrote Miriam Daniel, VP of Google Maps, in a blog post. What’s more, Maps’ other tools and features can be applied to the view as well, enabling users to see what the area looks like at different times of the day and varying weather conditions.

Source: Google Maps adds an ‘Immersive View’ of major cities | Engadget

Belgium: KU Leuven Libraries, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium) and Google to Put Thousands of Books and Historic Documents Online

From a KU Leuven Announcement:

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KU Leuven Libraries, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium) and Google signed agreements to share a large portion of important digitized documents reflecting the rich cultural and historical heritage located in the libraries. This entails several thousand works, some dating back to the 15th century, that will be made freely accessible in the coming years via Google Books and the institutions’ own library catalogues. Highlights are the printed works by professors of the University of Leuven published before the abolishment of the Old University in 1797, several thousands of works from the world’s largest collection of books printed in Brussels (15th-18th century) and recognised unique pieces such as the first work in Western literature dedicated exclusively to biographies of women.

The selected books have been previously scanned at the libraries and the digital versions will be sent over to Google’s data centers to be further enriched with data allowing the text to be searchable and machine readable. After this process is complete, Google will make the digital copies available on Google Books. “The KU Leuven Libraries and KBR will also keep a copy of the enriched data which will be incorporated into their own catalogue. The books that are part of this project are no longer subject to copyright”, explains Stefano Reccia, Partner Manager at Google for the digitisation project.

Among the selected documents are:

Printed works by professors of the Old University of Leuven (1425-1797), digitised in the framework of the Lovaniensia project.
Corble collection: collection of the British fencer Archibald Corble (1883-1944), one of the world’s most extensive collections on the history of fencing.
A unique collection of 25,000 books printed in Brussels in the 17th and 18th centuries: the largest collection of old and rare books from the capital of the (Southern) Low Countries, with a strong emphasis on government publications in French, Dutch, Spanish and Latin.
The most complete collection in the world of pamphlets and leaflets from the time of the Brabant revolution that led to the independent United States of Belgium (1789-1790), comprising nearly 7.000 items.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Announcement From Royal Library of Belgium