Made By Google

Google announced new products today at a press conference in San Francisco.  New phones, computers, cameras, and VR headsets are some of the hot items Google will be releasing.

Here are the products that were announced.

Google Home Mini and Google Home Max

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The tiny, and jumbo version of the Google Home speaker.  The mini is about the size of a donut, and will can easily blend in with its surroundings.  It does everything the same as the average size speaker.  Just smaller!  The Max is much bigger then the original Google Home.  It can stand vertical or horizontal!  Price for the mini is $49.  Price for the max is starting at $399.

Google Pixelbook

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Google’s latest laptop/tablet.  You can use it as a traditional laptop, or fold it into a tablet.  Also you can flip it over, and use it as a kickstand or base.   It has a thin sleek look, and the price will start of at $999.  For an extra $99 you can add the Pixelbook pen.  Who even uses styluses anymore?

Pixel 2

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Who ready for the new Google phone?  Here it is, the Pixel 2.  It comes in two sizes, is water resistant, has a fingerprint sensor, is the first phone to have Google Lens, but there is still no headphone jack!  Google had a hard time selling the original pixel phone, and will be interesting to see if Pixel 2 can make a turn around.

Daydream VR headset

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A follow up to the 2016 Daydream headset, this new set will have a wider view, and a few new colors.

Google Pixel Buds

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For your phone with no headphone jack, you can buy these bad boys for $159.  Cool idea, but way to expensive for my taste.  Just give us our headphone jack back!

Google Clips

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Google Clips is a tiny camera that clips on to almost anything.  Your clothes, a bike, a table, anything!  It takes pictures automatically.  This small little gadget will cost you $249.  Is this little camera really worth it for that kind of price?  I need to be more convinced.

Check out this video Google posted of all the highlights of the event today.

https://techcrunch.com/gallery/heres-everything-google-announced-today/

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Breaking News Tends to Equal Fake News

In the wake of a disaster, many people are left reeling, confused, and desperate for answers. Yesterday’s tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas was no exception. Social media was riddled with false information, mostly because it is too soon for investigators to release information. This morning, Facebook’s “Safety Check” page included updates saying that the shooter was a “far left loon”, which was written by a far-right-wing blogger. It was the top post on Facebook for a time. The shooter was also misidentified as “Geary Danley”, and this was a top hit on Google.

The problem with these sites algorithms is that it doesn’t provide security against non-reputable news organizations spreading fake news. Fake news in a situation like a mass shooting can lead to widespread issues because people will be misinformed.

If the wrong name is released as the identity of the shooter, that person may be in danger. I remember right after Sandy Hook happened, the wrong name was released as the name of the shooter. Media outlets named Ryan Lanza as the shooter, but Adam Lanza was the actual shooter. People on Twitter looked up the name Ryan Lanza and found people with the same name, and harassed them on Twitter. The name Ryan Lanza was wrong the whole time. The problem with this is that these people simply had a case of having the wrong name at the wrong time. They did not commit a crime, but were being treated as criminals by fellow Twitter users. Fake news in the wake of a disaster needs to be carefully monitored by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. 

Google Brings “Hamilton” to the Classroom

 

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Starting at 300 dollars and reaching the thousands, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is a pricey ticket. Google’s more public-spirited company Google.org gave 5,000 high school students across the country a great opportunity to see Hamilton: An American Musical. This is all thanks to an $800,000 grant from Google in collaboration with Gilder- Lehrman Institute.

Of course Google wants to help children but the real reason why they are doing this is to make some money. “Google is hoping that its virtual reality Expeditions program can cause students to more easily identify with historical events by taking on different viewpoints.”

What I gather from this article is that Google paid for some student to go on a trip to see Hamilton and see how they learn before they launch their new virtual reality platform for learning. It seems like it will be great for bringing great experiences like seeing ‘Hamilton’ to the classroom. Bringing a virtual museum or special event to a school without having to take them on a field trip could be very beneficial and cost effective if that’s what Google and schools plan on doing.

Please read more at:

Google brings ‘Hamilton’ experiences to students in the theater and virtual reality

Google Search tackles Fake News

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‘Fake News’ has been some of the most popular buzz words to come out of politicians and media news outlets mouths as of late. First fact checking came to Facebook Inc. and now to Google. Although, this giant search engine usually has a hands off approach to policing its website, they have recently gotten pressure to follow suit.

In Google News, you will see an article that has been fact checked with a simple “fact check” label. I think this is one of the best things to happen to Journalism in a long time. Although writers and publishers should have been checking each others work from the beginning, this will bring a new integrity to news and hopefully restore some faith in some parts of the media.

Like all things, this preventative measure can only last for so long before some of the ‘fake news’ sites find away around these road blocks. I am also interested in how these algorithms, if that’s how they are policing the search results will be able to decipher between satirical websites who are trying to provide humor or exaggerate a particular story.

Either way, the idea of checking new stories should have always been prevalent. Now that these fact check labels are out there we can continue the discussion and perhaps be more skeptical of what we read.

For further information visit this site:

Google’s fact check feature goes global and comes to Google Search

 

Find your parked car with Google Maps.

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Google Maps is working on an app that will help you find your parked car. At one point in time this was a premise for an entire Seinfeld episode, to find their car in a parking garage. But now this problem can be solved in seconds. This technology will only be available for Android users at first but Apple Maps has a similar feature to be compatible for cars with Bluetooth,

In the app. After you parked your car you simply touch the little blue location dot and select the “save your parking” option. You are also able to make notes and/or take pictures about the surrounding location of the parking garage, neighborhood, street signs, etc. This feature can even keep track of how long you’ve been parked in the same spot to avoid your car being towed spot to avoid those pesky signs that make you switch sides of the street at certain times of the night or if you parking meter has expired. This feature requires you to always be logged in to the Google Maps app.

Google recently lets users share their location with others. The idea of sharing your location with others and the hacking going on these days, it could be a serious privacy issue. I think this app. is a great idea, especially due to the amount of time I lose my car in the St. John Fisher parking lot alone. Like all good ideas, there are always going to be people hesitant to want to try it. After time evolves and there are little to no issues regarding privacy breaches or negative consequences due to the app. we will see what the people have chosen.

Original article posted on: Mar 25, 2017

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