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  • Google’s FASTER joins Japan, US with 60Tbps undersea cable

    The ocean -- yes, that big puddle on our planet's surface -- plays a pivotal part in our Facebook and Instagram selfie obsessions. Every day, millions of terabyes of data is transferred from place to play using cables buried beneath the sea bed. Now, because the world definitely doesn't have enough of these, Google (along with five other companies) recently switched on its latest cable -- a 60Tbps monster spanning the Pacific, connecting Japan to mainland USA. The aptly-named FASTER cable, and consortium, is the brainchild of "China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel," the latter's...

  • Newly discovered Symantec vulnerability is ‘as bad as it gets’, affects 25 products

    Symantec reps are probably having a horrible, horrible day today. A new report by Google's security collective Project Zero, suggests that Symantec anti-virus and security products have some huge and "critical vulnerabilities" that can affect the very kernel of the operating system. "These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets," explains Tavis Ormandy on the Project Zero blog. "They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption." It's so bad, that users...

  • Google now shows song lyrics within search, thanks to LyricFind

    If you annoy family members with your awful carpool karaoke sessions, blurting aloud the wrong words to Taylor's hit new song, Google can now help. Partnering with LyricFind, Google will now display lyrics directly in search results, negating the need to visit countless lyrics site. Although that does sounds pretty awful for those countless lyrics sites, it is great for artists. "I can’t get into the rates, but we expect it to be millions of dollars generated for publishers and songwriters as a result of this. It’s all based on usage. Royalties are paid based on the number of times a lyric is...

  • Google uses 700 trillion pixels to update Maps, Earth

    We often take Google Maps and Google Earth for granted, but the Mountain View company has updated its cloud-free mosaic with some wonderfully sharp images this week. Yep, the company has taken advantage of new processing techniques and the Landsat 8 satellite to deliver an updated global mosaic - and the results are rather impressive. Google said it sifted through over a petabyte of data to deliver this new mosaic, coming three years after its original Earth mosaic. It added that the petabyte of information was made up of 700 trillion individual pixels. "To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7000 times more pixels than the...

  • Google CEO’s Quora account hacked by ‘OurMine’

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai is likely having a bit of a blue Monday after hackers-cum-security analysts infiltrated his Quora account earlier today. Netizens were first alerted of the breach after Pichai's Twitter account began logging auto-tweets from Quora. The three-hacker collective known as OurMine, is kind of what FSociety is to the real world. Instead of hacking high-profile targets and setting world financial markets into ruin, the group often leaves high-profile hacked accounts with this simple message: "we're just testing your security." These hacks do seem to be more of an odd advertising ploy than Robin Hood-like goodwill. The team has a...

  • How do tech giants contribute to the clean, green energy economy?

    Most of us consider the internet to be a virtual world in which we can learn, communicate, store data and perform a host of other useful activities without actually having much of an effect on the physical world. It's important to note, however, that the energy required to run the internet must come from actual, brick-and-mortar electricity suppliers. As the popularity of computing devices increases, particularly in the mobile and home automation spaces, we can expect there to be more Internet traffic and therefore a corresponding increase the the amount of energy expended. While the ink's still wet on December’s...

  • Google Play Music gets contextually active with Concierge in SA

    Google Play Music has officially launched its Concierge service in South Africa, bringing automatically generated, contextual playlists to the country. Play Music subscribers will receive playlists based on the time of day, mood or activity when they update the app on their Android or iOS device. "Choose an activity to get options for several music stations to make whatever you're doing even better -- whether it's a station for a morning workout, songs to relieve stress during traffic, or the right mix for cooking with friends," the company said in a press statement. Other possible contextual playlists include one for Monday morning, a...

  • The Greatest dead at 74: the internet pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

    Legendary fighter Muhammad Ali has today died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74. The Kentucky-born boxer with the golden gloves and the memorable quotes succumbed to a series of health issues that began back in 2014, further complicated by Parkinson's. He lived a fabled life, winning 37 of his 61 fights by knock-out, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games for the US. Beyond the ring, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was known for his wisdom, his self-belief, paradoxically as a boxer, his immense kindness. Muhammad Ali. Sports Illustrated: "Sportsman of Century" BBC: "Sports Personality of Century" AP: "Greatest Heavyweight of 20th Century" —...

  • Google wins landmark legal battle against Oracle

    After almost four years of legal wrangling, a US jury has ruled in favour of Google in its long-running dispute with Oracle. The jury unanimously ruled that Google's use of Java APIs to create Android was indeed fair use. Oracle had reportedly been seeking $9-billion in damages. Oracle has indicated that it will appeal the decision however. "We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google's illegal behaviour. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case...

  • Google Hangouts won’t be culled, will remain ‘a standalone product’ – report

    In case you went to bed early last night, Google kicked off its I/O conference with a slew of new announcements, including two more chat apps. One, dubbed Allo, will use the company's machine learning savvy to make chats with friends a richer experience, while Duo, takes the company's server and bandwidth power to a whole new level, with live video chat capabilities. You can read about both of these here. But a question that wasn't quite answered by Google's Erik Kay, who demoed both apps, was this: what about Google Hangouts? According to a Business Insider report, Hangouts is here to...

  • Need proof that content marketing is the future? Here it is

    There is currently a heated debate going on between business owners across the globe: SEO vs. content marketing – which will do more for your brand? The truth is that this argument is completely null and void. Why? Because the only way in which to really maximise one’s digital marketing results is to incorporate aspects of both disciplines into one’s marketing strategy. As Google has proven over the last couple of years, SEO and content marketing belong together, and should not exist as separate entities. They have an interdependent relationship and cannot provide businesses with much success when actioned in isolation...

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • Google wants women to also be professionally represented with emojis

    Google's on a mission to makes emojis more inclusive, and that starts with a new set of proposed Unicode emojis representing women in the workplace. According to the proposal, "Google wants to increase the representation of women in emoji and would like to propose that Unicode implementers do the same. "Our proposal is to create a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere." The new emojis will include the likes of female chefs, rock 'n rollers, scientists, doctors and even...

  • Google brings more specific traffic alerts to SA

    Checking your smartphone for commute times has become the norm for millions of people around the world. Google pioneered this function with Google Now, but Apple and Microsoft were quick to copy the feature for their respective platforms. The Mountain View company stepped its game up in November last year, moving beyond generic "25 minutes to work" alerts. Instead, the company delivered specific traffic notifications in Google Maps, offering spoken alerts and notifications about traffic conditions. Now, South Africans, Nigerians and Kenyans can get in on the action too, the company announced. "Just in time for you to hit the road, we're updating Google Maps with new traffic alerts to...

  • Google promises to train one million Africans in digital skills

    There's no doubting that internet penetration, digital skills and economic growth are closely entwined. So it comes as no surprise to hear that Google has announced a "commitment" to train one million Africans in digital skills in the space of a year. Google confirmed the news in a blog post and a press statement, saying it is supporting non-profit Livity Africa to run two free digital skills programmes in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. "A group of 65 Googlers from nine different countries have helped Livity develop content, provide mentorship and, in some cases, deliver the training," it added. "The internet is at the heart of...