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With New Photos, Search, and Maps, Google’s Cloud Gets Smart

first_imgA few years ago, Google’s cloud services focused on simply storing and managing objects: email, documents, music, and movies. The 2013 version of Google is now using the cloud to connect and build relationships between them, responding to and anticipating the desires of its users.Google used its I/O keynote to describe how its vast array of servers is now applying intelligence from everything from music to maps. Google drew cheers when it launched a suite of photo-enhancement apps, including tools to automatically pull put the best pictures from a camera roll, enhance them, and feature them in a selected list of photos.Google Maps will now automatically generate recommendations to preferred restaurants and destinations, and dynamically reroute users aroudn traffic. Google will even read your Google+ posts — if you allow it — and analyze their content, providing a hashtag for your readers to go deeper and explore the topic of your post even further.Wow. All this makes Apple’s Genius music recommendation engine look positively ancient.The Next Step: Putting Your Data To Work For YouGoogle’s currency has always been user data, and the transaction has always been a simple one: users contribute data, Google sells ads against it, and both sides prosper. Recent Google I/O conferences have placed a strong emphasis on devices as entry points for that data, especially photos and location.This year, Google executives appeared to be ready to take the next step.“We have almost every sensor we’ve every come up with” right in your smartphone, CEO Larry Page told attendees. Devices are used interchangeably, Page said, implying that data and how it’s interpreted should do the same. “Technology should do the hard work, so people can get on with doing things that make them happiest in life,” Page said.PhotosVic Gundotra, the senior vice president responsible for engineering at Google, introduced the new Photos experience. Google said earlier this week that it will now spread 15 GB of data among a user’s Photos, Drive, and Gmail storage.  But the new Photos experience will make “Google’s servers your new darkroom,” Gundotra said.Specifically, Photos will now intelligently scan your photos and pull out the best ones, supposedly eliminating blurry and duplicate images. Enhancements like skin softening aim to smooth out wrinkles, and red eye reduction and noise filters will help sharpen photos automatically. Google will hunt for and display images that include smiles, not frowns. And an “auto awesome” feature wil automatically pull out a few photos and stitch them together, essentially making them an animated GIF.For years, Google’s servers have only been used for storage. Now, the computing elements within them are being applied to the digital objects within them. Artists may dispute the results – shouldn’t I be able to take pictures of scowling children? – but enhancing user photos boosts Google+ and gives users another reason to upload their photos to Google.Search Google, Microsoft, and Wolfram Alpha have engaged in an ongoing war in search for years, with Google jumping out to an early, enormous lead. Wolfram shifted the struggle away from results to answers. Microsoft’s point of attack is social. On Wednesday, Google called anticipatory search as the next frontier.What is anticipatory search? It’s the sort of back-end data processing that would allow Google to answer the question “What time does my flight leave?” because it knows what flight you’re on based on your email, when the flight leaves thanks to the airline’s flight-status API, and how long you’ll need to get to the airport based on your location, traffic, real-time transit schedules and the like.Google first introduced that capability with Google Now, the “cards” feature that shipped with Android 4.0. But the new Cards feature significantly broadens the scope of Google’s vision, adding elements like music, games, and public transportation, but also drawing further connections between the two. Being able to command Google to “show mew all my photos from New York” also takes Facebook Graph Search and adds a personal, Google-esque twist. Pulling out a feature from Google Glass – voice-triggered actions – Google also announced that a future version of search will “listen” for you to say “OK, Google” and then automatically trigger a search. MusicGoogle’s least important announcement of the day involved its new All Access subscriptions, where users will be able to stream milions of tracks from the Google Play library for $9.99 per month. Quite frankly, most of what Google announced has been done already by companies like Pandora, which auto-generates a stream of music based on a seed of a song or artist.But Google Play’s new Listen Now capability will auto-suggest music based on tracks the user already owns, and what it knows about the genre, artist, tempo, and other components. Yes, it seems like an afterthought – and that’s sort of the point. MapsGoogle also unveiled a rethinking of its Maps application, where Google now doesn’t provide directions, it directs: to places that the user frequently visits, to restaurants and other destinations that other users or reviewers recommend, and to locations that Google attempts to personalize in other ways.You might argue that offering directions itself applies intelligence, sorting through numerous routes to the best destination. But the new Maps experience takes it to another level. Basically, here’s what it all means: data isn’t necessarily being devalued in the new computing landscape, but drawing relationships between the disparate elements have become increasingly important. From a consumer perspective, users should expect Google to ask for more and more data, fusing it together and increasingly adding context to it all.That, increasingly, is becoming the business model of today’s Web. 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Army Intelligence grapples with doping in recruitment rally in Alwar

first_imgThe Military Intelligence (MI) recovered large number of drugs at the ongoing recruitment rally at Alwar on Sunday but failed to act as the “army has no procedure or expertise to check doping”.    To make situation worse the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) refused to interfere saying that the recruitment in the army was not under their jurisdiction.Despite the fact that the candidates at the recruitment rallies were resorting to doping and also submitting forged documents at the recruitment rally in Alwar, the officers tried to underplay the irregularities and cited ill-equipment as the primary reason. Defence PRO Colonel SD Goswami confirmed that the MI recovered drugs including antibiotics, whiteners, cough syrups that contained alcohol contents, vitamin capsules and drugs that gave kick near the Indira Gandhi stadium boundary walls where the rally was being conducted since October 3. The rally, being organised by the army headquarters, would continue till October 13.   The army officers immediately informed the local police and the anti-doping agency for action. However, the candidates who had used them couldn’t be tracked. Even as a frisking was done on several candidates, nothing much was recovered. In view of the large number of candidates – around 7000 – the army didn’t find it possible to even frisk the candidates to check doping.Army’s additional director general (recruitment) Major General Kanwaljit Singh who visited Alwar’s recruitment rally on Monday said the NADA contacted by the recruitment officers too expressed its inability to extend a helping hand in the matter as it was not a sporting event. “Though initially NADA authorities agreed to the army’s request for a random check for doping they went back on their assurance saying that army recruitment was beyond their jurisdiction,” pointed out Singh.  Evidence suggested that drugs were also got injected by some aspirants, he revealed. It was not only the doping that remained unchecked. MI team recovered 50 bogus seals and 51 stamp- pads used in getting their documents attested by the aspirants. Goswami said that the army had registered an FIR with the local police for action into the bogus seals used in attesting the documents.Sources said that as the recruitment officers did not pursue the forgery incidents police found it convenient to hush them up. Alarmed by the development Brig. S.K. Sharma, deputy director, recruitment Zone (Rajasthan) rushed to Alwar on Monday. Significantly, of the entire recruitments from Rajasthan 40 per cent were from Alwar during the past three years, sources pointed out.advertisementlast_img read more

Cardiff beats relegation-rival Brighton in Premier League

first_imgBrighton once again looked toothless in front of goal as it fell to a fourth successive league loss. The team has managed just two league goals at its Amex Stadium in 2019 and came closest when Glenn Murray headed against the woodwork in stoppage time.This was a must-win game for Cardiff, which still has games against title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester United to come and couldn’t afford to fall further behind its closest relegation rival.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsManager Neil Warnock reacted to Saturday’s loss at Burnley by making three changes, including recalling attacking duo Mendez-Laing and Oumar Niasse. That decision was rewarded within 22 minutes as Mendez-Laing drove forward on the counter-attack, exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett and curled a superb strike into the top right corner from 20 yards.The visitors doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Porto hopes veteran Iker Casillas can lead team to a comeback SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Cardiff City’s Sean Morrison celebrates scoring against Brighton during the English Premier League soccer match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Tuesday April 16, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)BRIGHTON, England — Cardiff kept alive its hope of staving off relegation from the Premier League with a vital 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday.Goals either side of halftime from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison moved 18th-place Cardiff within just two points of Brighton and safety.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa delivered an inviting free kick deep into the area where Morrison escaped his marker to powerfully head home his first goal in almost a year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Drewry Boxship Leviathans Changing Lanes

first_imgzoom As carriers’ stock of ready-to-cascade Asia-Europe containerships is almost empty, the second phase of the cascade could be even more difficult for carriers to manage, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.New Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) will force the cascade into a potentially more destructive second phase of bigger ships moving into North-South lanes as these vessels will stretch the ability of ports to handle them and trades’ capacity to absorb them without dumping utilisation.The introduction of these leviathans and the proceeding arms race to catch up that has pushed the ceiling closer to 20,000 TEU, has had huge consequences for the industry, one of the biggest being the huge deployment headaches they have given carriers. With the biggest ships effectively locked into the Asia-Europe trade due to port handling limitations elsewhere carriers have had to be creative in shuffling ships into new trade lanes.The phasing of ex-Asia-Europe ships into new lanes has routinely destabilised the new homes and has been a major contributing factor towards persistently low freight rates. The slowdown in demand that coincided with the arrival of the ULCVs exacerbated the industry’s overcapacity and has meant that for years carriers’ deployment decisions were less than optimal, according to Drewry.“Deciding where to use their biggest assets has most often been based on necessity rather than demand,” Drewry said, adding that the average size of vessel on the Asia-North Europe trade is nearly as big as Maersk Line’s E-class units at 14,600 TEU, introduced 10 years ago. There are now only seven sub-10,000 TEU ships left on the route.While the pressure to cascade ships is intensifying thanks to the new ULCVs, carriers in the Asia-North Europe trade now have less low-hanging fruit they can easily pick off and redeploy elsewhere.Since the first quarter of 2013, the average ship size on the Europe-South Africa trade has grown by 92%, while for Asia-West Africa the growth rate was 79% and for Asia-East Coast South America it was 64%. Some of that will have been through newbuilds going directly into the trade, but most will be down to the cascade, Drewry said.last_img read more

Finnlines Design Underway for NextGeneration RoPax Concept

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Finnlines Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, is designing and developing a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) concept. The new class of ships, named Superstar, will be bigger than the company’s existing Star class which represents the largest ships in the Finnlines’ fleet, as disclosed by Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO of the group.In addition, the new vessels will meet the highest technical and environmental standards. The target of the planning is to create the most environmentally friendly ship design ever operated in the Baltic Sea. Automated berthing solutions for these vessels are also under investigation.In autumn 2018, Finnlines revealed plans to order the new series of RoPax ships. The ongoing concept development means that the company is now a step closer to building the vessels.Some USD 1.5 billion will be spent on new RoPaxes as well as other projects such as Grimaldi’s multipurpose ships, the group earlier said.Last year, Finnlines embarked on a EUR 200 million green roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) investment program by ordering three new green 5,800-lane-meter ships. Being built in China, they are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.With these investments, the company aims to contribute to reducing fuel consumption as well as CO2 and other emissions.“In order to survive in an industry facing public pressure on business operations to put the environment first, demands from customers for smarter business processes and, above all, vast regulations designed to reduce emissions, Finnlines has to constantly upgrade its fleet and make use of technological advances throughout the supply chain,” Grimaldi noted.“Saying this we have invested over EUR 1 billion during the past decade. And even more – we will continue to implement our strategy with determination and with consistency by investing over EUR 500 million more in the coming three to four years,” he continued.A strategy to increase efficiency of the capital employed on the Finnlines’ fleet and continue investing in sustainable development is paying off as 2018 was a successful year for the company, according to Grimaldi.The Finnlines’ January–December 2018 result increased by 15.1 percent to EUR 95.1 million in 2018 from EUR 82.6 million seen a year earlier.Revenue also rose by 9.9 percent to EUR 589.4 million in 2018 from EUR 536.3 million posted in 2017.last_img read more

A BRAND NEW ERA REFLECTING ON 30 YEARS OF CBC DAYBREAK MORNING

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Former Prince George host Mark Harvey. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC) CBC Prince George’s original reporter, Kevin Brown, returned to the studio to share memories of the bureau’s early days. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC) It wasn’t the smoothest of starts. Similar preparations were underway as Daybreak South in Kelowna launched the same day, joining existing locations in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.“Champagne corks are popping all over the place and mixing with the coffee this morning,” said Michael McEwen, then CBC’s director of radio services on the day of the launches.Years later, Victoria and Kamloops also joined the provincewide coverage. Twitter Just a few of the faces at Daybreak South in Kelowna. Clockwise from top left: David French, Brady Strachan, Jaimie Kehler, Alya Ramadan, Marion Barschel, Bob Keating (Nelson), Christina Low, Chris Walker (Daybreak South)center_img Login/Register With: Facebook Daybreak North co-host Russ Knutson remembers a pair of legs sticking out from underneath a console, just before the Prince George show went to air on Nov. 24, 1988.“It was one of the technicians from Vancouver, and there’s this little plume of smoke coming up,” Knutson said.“He was literally soldering wires together by my feet to start this show.” Thirty years ago, a brand new era for CBC Radio in British Columbia began with the launch of bureaus and morning programs broadcasting from studios in Prince George and Kelowna.“For the first time, we will be a truly provincial service that will reflect the province to itself and to the rest of the country,” announced Eric Moncur to listeners, as Daybreak North and Daybreak South went live for the first time. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Deer Lake evacuees reach Smith Falls

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the northern Ontario forest fires. They’re going to communities across Ontario and Manitoba.APTN National News reporter Nigel Newlove joins evacuees from Deer Lake First Nation in the town of Smith Falls, Ontario, and he has this story.last_img

Ewing Grossly Incompetent says PDM Leader

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 31, 2016 –   “Only a few months ago during my Budget Address I told this country that the Rufus Ewing led Government has been marred with incompetence.  It appears that once again Rufus Ewing and his Government have shown this country that he and his colleagues are not capable or fit to govern.”“The Governor in a Statement issued earlier has said that he will be postponing the date of Election due to the inability of election office officials not having the required preparation time stipulated under the Elections Ordinance and that this decision was made in consultation with the Premier. Whilst the Premier may make a request for the dissolution of the House of Assembly by virtue of section 57 of the Constitution and the date is set by the Governor under the powers given him under section 59 of the Constitution, it is precedent that the Governor entertain the Premier in agreeing the date for General Election.” “No doubt the Premier has had to admit his incompetence and his promise to announce a new date confirms that he had made a confession of same to the Governor.  Another history making event for this outgoing Premier, and nothing short of an indication of how he ran this country over the past few years and what you can expect if the country were to unfortunately fall into his hands again.”“Rufus Ewing is the FIRST Leader in our Country’s History to ever get an election date wrong!  We assure our supporters that we are more than ready for December 5th or any date to come.  We encourage all voters to be patient until the new date is set but to also take note of the PNP’s weak, incompetent leader who has not even gotten the election date right.” “Let’s be all in for a PDM Win!  Enough Is Enough! It Is Time For A Change!” Related Items:last_img read more

Shelter Magazines Capitalize on the Evolving Concept Homes Trend

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Pink outfit puts Lutfunnahar in peril

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