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  • 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!đŸ€ł 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! đŸ°đŸ„•đŸ°â†’ 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...

  • More of South Africa’s national parks, tourist hotspots available on Google Street View

    You can now explore even more of South Africa's famous landmarks, national parks and tourist attractions courtesy of Google's Street View and Drive South Africa. The two companies have captured "over 232 points of interest" across all 19 national parks and 17 nature reserves. Some reserves Google labelled as previously "untrekked". According to the company, over 200 volunteers trekked more than 900km across the country's wilderness areas with Street View cameras, officially named "Trekkers", fastened to their backs. "The Trekker camera is a 22kg custom-made backpack fitted with 15 cameras pointing in all directions," explained Andre Van Kets, one of Google South...

  • Google Trends uncovers America’s fascination with Halloween

    It's nearly Halloween, the time of year that dentists must absolutely love, and neighbourhood watch organisations absolutely hate. After all, how do you know if a criminal is dressing up for Halloween? Beyond these tough questions, the world -- and particularly the United States -- just loves preparing for the final day of October. The day has become as important as Thanksgiving and Christmas in the States (see below graph), and this year, Google Trends is shedding some interesting and spooky light onto people's habits taken from 3 October to the present. trends.embed.renderExploreWidget("TIMESERIES", {"comparisonItem":[{"keyword":"/m/03lq2","geo":"US","time":"today...

  • ‘Pay with Google’ simplifies mobile payments on Android

    Filling out forms completely suck, and even more so on mobiles. This is especially true when you just can't wait to part with your hard earned cash for that oh so cheesy pizza. But Google hopes to make this quarrelsome system a little simpler. Its "Pay with Google" service, previewed in May, is now live in the United States. The service should also be live in countries that support Google's Android Pay infrastructure. Replacing forms altogether, Pay with Google lists the credit and debit cards you've connected to your Google Account, or via its other services like Google Play or YouTube. During...

  • Google Play Store adding Instant Apps, more in upcoming update

    A number of changes are coming to the Google Play Store its parent company announced Thursday. Usually the unchanged bastion of the Google ecosystem, the Play Store will finally receive a much needed nip and tuck. As for an implementation timeline, the company remained as mum as ever. Nevertheless, sifting through the latest Google Developers Blog post, here are three standout interface and functionality tweaks heading to the Play Store sometime before the world ends. Revamped Editor's Choice Vineet Buch, author of the post and Google Play's director of product management, noted that a revamped version of Editor's Choice is now live in...

  • Got a cheap phone? Google now brings faster search to Africa

    Between the AMP project and data-saving features in Chrome, Google is providing a few solid solutions to data and speed constraints. Now, the search colossus announced the local availability of yet another solution in this regard. It announced that a faster Google Search experience is now available for most of the continent. It explains that nearly 40% of Android device owners on the continent could have a "slow or delayed" connection due to using devices with low RAM. So what does the solution entail, then? "Now for most of Africa, when you search on Google with a low RAM device via the Google...