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  • Karabo Poppy’s Int’l Women’s Day Google Doodle is simply beautiful

    Google is celebrating International Women's Day with (you guessed it) Doodles, but not just any Doodles. "Last year Google celebrated the day with a Doodle honouring the female pioneers who’ve gotten us where we are today," it writes in a release. But this year, it's focussing on "the work of 12 extraordinary women artists". "Specifically, each story represents a moment, person, or event that has impacted their lives as women. While each artist tells a unique story, the themes are universal, reminding us of how much we often have in common," Google explains. "We hope that the combined power of words and...

  • Google Lens now live on all Android phones through Photos

    Google's funky new camera party trick, Google Lens, is now available on all Android phones with the Google Photos app installed. Google Lens, which uses AI smarts to recognise features within photographs, was previously exclusive to Google's own Pixel devices. "Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark," Google Photos tweeted. Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark. To start, make...

  • The Shape of Water bested by Get Out, Dunkirk on Google Search

    The internet and the big arts academies of the world don't always agree. We've seen this with the Grammys this year, and now the Oscars may have just joined in. Judging by Google Trends data taken from across the world for the past 12 months, the internet's most popular films don't have as much "fish porn" as this year's Best Picture winner. (Also, don't worry, that link is SFW.) "The most popular among all Best Picture Oscar nominees in the US this year was, without a doubt, Get Out," Google explains. "In much of the world, however, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk proved to...

  • Google adds ‘jobs search experience’ to its Search pages

    Google wants to make it easier for those unemployed in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to find a job online. This at least according to its "new job search experience" will it suggests will simplify the process of researching local job listings on Google when using mobile and desktop. Similar to searching for flights and products, when users search for jobs an additional box with more granular information will be displayed on the results page. Tapping on this box will provide users with more details on the listings, from the job title, location, duration and requirements. Google Maps data will also...

  • Bobsleigh is South Africa’s favourite winter olympic sport

    South Africa isn't known for memorable performances in the Winter Olympics. You likely won't see Wayde van Niekerk take up curling in years to come either. But apparently, the country isn't opposed to winter sports entirely. According to Google Search data, which tallied the most popular sport by the number of YouTube videos viewed within the past 12 months, South Africa's favourite winter olympic sport is bobsleigh. SA does have one representative in the Winter Olympics 2018, but Connor Wilson will be competing in the slalom skiing events, and definitely won't be doing that while controlling an aerodynamic tube hurtling down...

  • 21 times Google Arts tried to match selfies with artwork (but kinda failed)

    Bless Google's little heart. It tries so hard to not be evil, but still develops AI that pretends it knows what it's doing (and gathers a slew of selfies in the process for its facial recognition savvy). What am I talking about? Google Arts & Culture, of course. The app is only available in parts of the United States for now, but has nonetheless seen something of a viral boom on Twitter this past weekend. Thanks everyone for sharing your awesome #GoogleArts #selfie matches!🤳 This mobile experiment (accessible at https://t.co/DUuzxlMKCd) is currently available in parts of the US. Stay tuned as...

  • Google Doodle honours anti-apartheid activist Alan Paton

    Anti-apartheid activist and author Alan Paton, who wrote the novel Cry, the Beloved Country in 1948, is the subject of Thursday's Google Doodle as the platform celebrates what would have been his 115th birthday. The static Doodle features a painted Paton enjoying the train ride said to have inspired the now-classic novel that helped incite local and global anger at the apartheid regime. "I hoped to influence my fellow whites," Paton said of the novel before passing away in 1988 at the age of 85. "I still believe there is hope." Alan Paton wrote Cry, the Beloved Country to spur his "fellow whites" into action Cry, the...

  • Google discriminates against men and underpays women – lawsuits

    Google has been accused, in two separate lawsuits, of discriminating against conservative white men and underpaying female employees. The most recent suit comes from James Damore, the fired author of a sexist memo circulated around the company last year. In the memo, Damore argued that women are biologically ill-equipped for senior engineering positions, and that Google's diversity efforts should be examined in regards to their "costs and benefits". He was fired for advancing harmful gender stereotypes and violating the company's code of conduct. Now, Damore is fighting back. James Damore is suing Google for firing him after releasing a memo deeming women biologically unfit for...

  • Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app

    We've seen quite a few lightweight versions of popular apps this year and now, it's time for Google Maps to join the party, in the form of Google Maps Go. Spotted on r/android, Google Maps Go is meant to be a more data-efficient, resource-friendly take on the standard Google Maps experience. "Designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks without compromising speed to provide your location, real-time traffic updates, directions, and train, bus, and city transit information," reads an excerpt from the Play Store listing. As for actual features, expect the usual real-time traffic information, point of...

  • South Africans were asking Google about Dumi Masilela and bitcoin in 2017

    Google has released its year in search, and while the global results are interesting (Cash Me Outside was the top-searched meme, sadly), South Africans had a locally-specific year filled with tropical storms, high-profile fights, and cryptocurrency. According to Google, South Africa's top search of 2017 was for the late Dumi Masilela, who was killed in a hijacking earlier this year. Masilela was best known for his role as Sifiso Ngema on Rhythm City, though he was also a musician and former soccer player. The second-most searched? Zimbabwe -- the country that endured the most this past month. And in third place was Cyclone Dineo, which battered...

  • Google Search updates features to keep you on the platform

    Google Search is updating a few features to provide users with even more relevant information, and well, to keep them on the platform. Each of the updates revolves around related searches, and offering them in new ways so that users keep on a-clicking. Google Search's new updates aim to offer more related content to the user Of the updates, the most novel is that now, when users search for multiple terms related to a topic, Google will identify the topic and offer related searches. For example, if a user searches "Neymar" followed by "Lionel Messi", Google Search will recognise they're searching for current soccer players, and will...

  • First coding Google Doodle is a fun game that celebrates kids coding

    Today's Google Doodle is the first ever "coding doodle" and it is nothing short of adorable. In celebration of 50 years of kids coding languages, the doodle teaches the foundations of programming with a fun game involving a pastel rabbit who says "doing" (like boing) and desperately wants some carrots. Celebrate #CSEdWeek & 50 yrs of kids coding languages by checking out our VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle! 🐰🥕🐰→ https://t.co/Kr7pjrLXOr pic.twitter.com/V0aJFBBAM2 — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) December 4, 2017 The doodle is based on the Scratch programming language for kids, and allows children -- and unfamiliar adults -- to program the rabbit across six levels, lapping...

  • Google app Datally to help us save while waiting for data to fall

    South Africans have long been clamouring for cheaper data and it often feels like our complaints are falling on deaf ears. But if you're anxiously awaiting the days data doesn't cost you your left kidney, Google's new app Datally could make your life a little easier. In essence, Datally helps you "understand, control, and save mobile data". How? First it lets you know exactly where your data is going and offers personalised tips on how to save more. It also offers a data saver mode that it describes as a "speedometer"; the mode blocks background data and tracks real-time usage while using apps. Google's new app Datally claims to help...

  • Google to announce merchant support on SA Play Store? [Update: yes]

    Update: It didn't take place on Monday, but Google nevertheless announced support on Thursday, issuing a press release. "Starting today, developers in South Africa can sell paid applications, in-app products, and subscriptions in Google Play, with monthly payouts to their local bank accounts," read an excerpt of the release. Original article: The Google Play Store might be popular in South Africa, but it's lacking one major feature in the form of merchant support for local developers. The lack of merchant account support means South African developers can't publish paid apps directly onto the Play Store. But that could change as soon as...

  • 10 things we learnt at #GoogleAfrica10

    It seems like Google has been around forever, but the company actually marked its tenth anniversary of opening an African office last week. The firm held the #GoogleAfrica10 event in Johannesburg to celebrate, while we also used the opportunity to interview country manager Luke Mckend. Here are a few details we managed to glean from it all. We have 170 new places on Street View in SA Today sees Google launching 170 new SA places on Street View, says Mich Atagana. #GoogleAfrica10 pic.twitter.com/HYQcfqQsjJ — memeburn (@memeburn) November 2, 2017 The company used #GoogleAfrica10 to announce that it's added 170 new places to Street View in South...