Marcellino Ornelas had been in and out of juvenile hall seven times by the time he finally went to prison at the age of 19 for assault with a firearm. He'd already been kicked out of high school and was working, he says, as the "local drug dealer," with a side gig at a Ross department store. In the past, every time he got out, he'd start dealing soon after. "It was like, this is how I make money. This is who my friends are," Ornelas says. "That always brought me back to the same situation." Now 22, Ornelas believes that pattern easily could have continued if it hadn't been for a program he joined at San Quentin State Prison that taught inmates to code. Since 2014, a nonprofit called The Last Mile has taught coding and entrepreneurship classes inside San Quentin and other prisons in hopes of helping incarcerated people develop marketable skills for when they get out. It's had plenty of success, graduating nearly 400 students over the last four years. It also recently launched a … [Read more...] about How San Quentin Inmates Built a Search Engine for Prison
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Update 1: 2015/04/27 2:05am PDT Set a reminder Over the past few days, we have learned of two new ways that Google has been integrating its desktop Search with Android devices: finding your phone and sending directions to yourself. The Google Operating Systems blog (not associated with Google) found that other similar "searches" now make it possible to set an alarm or send a note to your phone as well. To send a note to yourself, you simply search for "note to self," or "send a note." A card appears with a text field to write the content of the note and a device picker so you can choose which phone or tablet to send it to. Once that note is sent, a notification pops up on your selected device with the option to copy the text (that's very Pushbullet'y) or save the note. If you tap the latter, you should see Gmail and Keep as the possible options. Alternatively, you can also write everything in the search query as in "note to self to buy bread," … [Read more...] about [Update: Set A Reminder As Well] Google’s Desktop Search Also Lets You Set An Alarm Or Send A Note To Your Phone
Ahead of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall tonight, panelist Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, Robert Epstein outlined his reasons for appearing at the event. Breitbart News asked Epstein how he initially became interested in Google and search engine manipulation, and when he first noticed that there might be issues with how Google manipulates search results. “I’ve had a strong interest in computers and programming most of my life,” said Epstein. “I started getting curious about Google early in 2012 when the company notified me that my website had been hacked. Who, I wondered, had made Google the guardian of the internet, and how on earth was the company blocking access to my website through Safari (an Apple browser) and Firefox (a browser run by a nonprofit company?) Later that year, when I read about recent studies on the power … [Read more...] about Masters of the Universe Town Hall Preview: Robert Epstein Asks ‘Who Made Google the Guardian of the Internet?’
Opinion PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 30 March 2018 Google had more than seven Gigabytes of data about Tom - the equivalent of enough books to fill around a fifth of all the public shelf space in the Millennium Library. Photo: Google/Archant Archant Facebook is the headlines but it is hardly alone in digging up every last bit of information it can glean about you to make huge profits. Facebook ad topics for Tom Bristow. Image: Facebook The king of this is Google, as I found out when I downloaded all of the data the two tech giants hold about me. I wanted to find out just how much they knew. The answer, as you would expect, is everything I’ve ever done on their platforms. But they also know about anything I’ve done on tools linked to their products. Facebook even has all the contacts and numbers in my phone. The data I got from Google and Facebook showed me things I’ve long forgotten about are being stored by them, not for posterity – … [Read more...] about Google knows enough about me to fill 31,000 books
In the eyes of “experts,” when it comes to blockchain, there is often no middle ground — it will either be boom or bust, nothing in between. I for one have become a big proponent of blockchain technology, especially the crypto-economics used to jumpstart powerful network effects. But with so many opinions and noise floating around, I thought it would be beneficial to take a deep dive into the ramifications of blockchain technology as it relates to today’s top tech companies. Will blockchain based alternatives unseat Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple? After in-depth research into the business models, here is what I found… A quick explanation For those new to the space, blockchains are immutable (unchangeable), often trustless ledgers — creating digital scarcity and the possibility for much more. Due to their decentralized nature (run by a community vs a single entity) and their economic incentive models (tokens), they potentially represent a major … [Read more...] about How blockchain will disrupt Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook
In a blog post today, Google is announcing that it’s formally embarking on a project to convince the group in charge of web standards to adopt technology inspired by its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework. In theory, it would mean that virtually any webpage could gain the same benefits as AMP: near-instantaneous loading, distribution on multiple platforms, and (critically) more prominent placement on Google properties. This sounds impenetrably dense and boring, but please don’t click away yet! This is important, a little tricky to understand, and critical to how the web and Google interact in the future. In many ways, Google’s success or failure in this endeavor will play a major role in shaping how the web works on your phone. If you’re unfamiliar, AMP is Google’s attempt to make webpages as fast and portable as other “instant articles” (like what you might read on Facebook or Apple News). The idea is that when you click a link on those … [Read more...] about Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP
Last summer, when we got an Amazon Echo Show in our house, our son quickly figured out how to ask Alexa to watch snippets of his favorite movies on it. Pretty soon, Moana songs filled our home. Constantly. But last winter, YouTube went dark on our device, relegating my son to listening only. Ever since, he’s been asking when he can watch videos on our device again. My answer to him: Probably never again. At least not on YouTube. How could I explain to him, a four year old, that companies Amazon and Google — the biggest adults in the tech space — are waging a fight, which is why he can’t have his Disney movies? Each side continues to blame the other for the fighting, with each upping the game. To get you up to speed: Last year, Google, which owns YouTube, pulled all of its videos off Amazon Echo devices with a screen, such as the Echo Show and Amazon’s Fire TV. Google claimed that showing YouTube on Amazon devices violated its terms of service. But the … [Read more...] about As Amazon and Google keep bickering, consumers are the ones that lose
Google Lens is a handy little tool. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is essentially a visual search engine. Take a picture with your phone, and Google will do some clever analysis and provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it’s getting even better, and can store information from business cards as contacts, and even describe landmarks you’ve spotted. If you’ve got a business card, just open a photo of it in Google Photos and navigate to Lens. With just a tap, Lens will automatically create a contact for you using the information printed on the card. This is handy because it addresses the two things I really hate about business cards. Firstly, people at conferences eventually run out of them, meaning you’ve got to write their contact details down on a slip of easily-losable paper. I always lose them. Always. Secondly, it means you don’t actually have to take the card, because you’ve already got the information stored electronically. … [Read more...] about Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards
Online review platforms are ubiquitous. Sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and others offer consumers a platform to publicly express their honest opinions on businesses. Everyone and their cousin knows just how influential online reviews are in relation to purchasing decisions. Consumers aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits of online reviews. The businesses being reviewed are rewarded with factors like rating promotion, website integration, and avenues to interact with customers. One of the most overlooked benefits to these types of third-party review platforms is search engine visibility. Google rewards businesses that have positive reviews posted on trusted sites. Numerous positive reviews indicate that a listing is highly appropriate for its users. Google digs ratings and reviews Not all review sites are created equally, and not all have relationships with Google (see here for a full list of Google Review Partners). As the search engine’s primary objective is to … [Read more...] about Can independent review platforms make Google love your site?
Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of our browsing sessions will be voice conducted. In addition, audio-centric technologies such as Apple’s AirPods, Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are turning “voice first” interactions into ubiquitous experiences. Instead of searching via textual input, consumers are searching via voice input. This piece offers practical tools and tips for SMEs to adjust to this new era of browsing. A short history of search To understand how this new … [Read more...] about By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.