Google Blog: Keeping your company data safe with new security updates to Gmail. “Keeping company data secure is priority one, and that starts with protecting the tools that your employees use every day. We’re constantly adding security features to help businesses stay ahead of potential threats, and are excited to announce new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, unintended external reply warnings and built-in defenses against new threats.”
Monash University: Google map data to locate best hospitals for patients with stroke. “A world-first study at Monash University has used Google map data to locate the hospitals to which patients with stroke should be transported for urgent and highly specialised treatment.” If you read my recent article Why Aren’t We Talking About Google Maps? you’ll understand why this doesn’t fill me with delight.
PR Newswire: Jerrick Unveils The Omni Archive: Entire Collection of Iconic Sci-Fi Magazine Now Available Online (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: Jerrick Unveils The Omni Archive: Entire Collection of Iconic Sci-Fi Magazine Now Available Online (PRESS RELEASE). “Through The Omni Archive, all 200 issues of the published magazines are available for viewing and purchase on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Museum of Science Fiction (MOSF), the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum in Washington, D.C. This is the first time the collection has been available for digital download in high-resolution.”
Naked Security: Chrome bug that lets sites secretly record you ‘not a flaw’, insists Google. “Remember last year’s Google Chrome bug that gave pirates a way to steal streaming movies? Well, we’re ready for our closeup, Mr DeMille! This time, we’re potentially the stars of hackers’ movies: there’s a Google Chrome ‘bug’ (depending on who you ask) that allows sites to surreptitiously record audio and visual, all without an indicator light.”
Echoes from the Vault: Practice Makes Perfect! New Tools for Reading Old Handwriting. “The ReadMe! resource incorporates digital images of key manuscripts held in the University Library. These have been carefully chosen to provide good examples of characteristic styles of handwriting from the medieval to the early modern periods. Short extracts are made available along with model transcriptions. Students enter their own transcriptions one line at a time. Clicking the MarkMe! button indicates the presence of mistakes. Anything that is flagged in red needs to be checked again. Students can amend their transcriptions and click MarkMe! as many times as they wish. When satisfied (or defeated!), they can click the ShowMe! button to reveal the correct transcription. This means that by using the resource students are able to get extra practice and instant feedback: in effect they can mark and correct their own work.” Anybody can play with this online […]
ProPublica: Introducing the Vox-ProPublica Video Fellowship. “….that’s what we’re here to announce: the Vox-ProPublica Video Fellowship. It’s a yearlong position for a video producer, who will be embedded in Vox’s team, producing work fueled by ProPublica’s reporting. We figure everyone wins: Vox will get to dig into ProPublica’s investigations. ProPublica will get to learn about social video from the best in the business. And most importantly, you — our readers — will get great visual stories treated with creativity, curiosity and care.” Vox is a national treasure. I discovered it via YouTube and promptly subscribed. If you want a sample story (genealogists, you’ll love this) check out the Vox video on the work that goes into colorizing old photos.
Google Blog: Searching for art just got better. Where will you start?. “While some are drawn to the strong brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, others prefer gazing at the gilded glory of Klimt’s The Kiss, but one thing is certain: people love art. In fact, each month, there are more than 500 million art-related searches on Google. Now whether you’re a casual fan or a true culture vulture, Google can help you become an art expert. Starting today, when you search for art-related things, you’ll have access to more relevant results and the ability to dive deeper into topics of interest. We’ve also added a new feature in Street View (think digital museum guide!) that gives you key insights about the artworks on your virtual museum visits.”
Perils Of Free WiFi: Google & Railwire’s Users Most Hit By WannaCry RansomWare; MP & Maharashtra Worst Hit States (Trak)
From Trak.in: Perils Of Free WiFi: Google & Railwire’s Users Most Hit By WannaCry RansomWare; MP & Maharashtra Worst Hit States. “The devastating outbreak of WannaCry ransomware across the globe this month has exposed a very crucial vulnerability in our security infrastructure, and if this is not taken care of early on, then hackers would be celebrating Christmas and Diwali every day they wish. Enterprise security firm eScan has conducted an in-depth research into the scale of WannaCry ransomware outbreak in India, and have discovered a very serious, yet conveniently disregarded issue: Free WiFi.”
CNET: Google formally abandons its Nik photo-editing tools. “Google has officially put its Nik photo-editing suite on ice. The tech giant, which last year made the popular collection of photo-editing tools free to use for Mac and Windows, quietly let users know Tuesday that it had gone as far as it plans to go with the suite.”