Google is goodish: An information literacy course designed to teach users why google may not always be the best place to search for evidence (Health Information and Libraries Journal)

Health Information and Libraries Journal: Google is goodish: An information literacy course designed to teach users why google may not always be the best place to search for evidence. “This article describes a course that was developed in response to health sector and local authority workers being reliant on Google and using it for their information needs regardless of whether it was the best place to search. The methodology for developing and structuring the course is explored, including details of the content included. The author concludes by asserting that teaching users about the effective use of Google is an important part of user education.”

Northumbria University: Design meets artificial intelligence to create new visual search engine

Northumbria University: Design meets artificial intelligence to create new visual search engine. “Novel methods of searching the nation’s gallery, library and museum collections could soon be revolutionised by a visual search platform designed in collaboration with Northumbria University. As the sector worldwide moves towards presenting collections online, the Deep Discoveries project was launched to explore ways of creating a computer vision search platform that can identify and match images across digitised collections on a national scale.” A beta version of the search is available.

New York Times: Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

New York Times: Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?. “Dictionaries heighten my senses, almost like certain mind-altering substances: They direct my attention outward, into a conversation with language. They make me wonder what other things I’m blind to because I haven’t taught myself to notice them yet. Recently spotted specimens include orrery, ‘a mechanical model, usually clockwork, devised to represent the motions of the earth and moon (and sometimes also the planets) around the sun.’ The Oxford English Dictionary also tells me that the word comes from the fourth Earl of Orrery, for whom a copy of the first machine was made, around 1700. Useful? Obviously not. Satisfying? Deeply.”

Mashable: Google Search for web officially joins the dark mode revolution

Mashable: Google Search for web officially joins the dark mode revolution. “Google Search, the main thing Google was known for before it became an all-encompassing tech albatross, will let all users switch to a dark theme in the coming weeks, per a post on Google’s support website. The classic white search webpage that’s been our door to the rest of the internet for a couple of decades can now be dark grey if you want it to be. This is desktop only for the moment.”

The Conversation: Is Google getting worse? Increased advertising and algorithm changes may make it harder to find what you’re looking for

The Conversation: Is Google getting worse? Increased advertising and algorithm changes may make it harder to find what you’re looking for. “Over the past 25 years, the name ‘Google’ has become synonymous with the idea of searching for anything online. In much the same way ‘to Hoover’ means to use a vacuum cleaner, dictionaries have recognised ‘to Google’ as meaning to undertake an online search using any available service. Former competitors such as AltaVista and AskJeeves are long dead, and existing alternatives such as Bing and DuckDuckGo currently pose little threat to Google’s dominance. But shifting our web searching habits to a single supplier has significant risks.”

Analytics India: All The Key Announcements Made By Chinese Search Giant At ‘Baidu World 2021’

Analytics India: All The Key Announcements Made By Chinese Search Giant At ‘Baidu World 2021’. “Last week at the annual technology conference ‘Baidu World 2021’, the Chinese internet giant Baidu unveiled its second-generation AI chip Kunlun (Kunlun II), robocar, a driverless taxi app (Luobo Kuaipao), and more. In addition, the company showcased various advancements in artificial intelligence, electronic devices, and plans for future growth.”

Bloomberg Quint: Apple Should Shed Google and Build Its Own Search Engine

Bloomberg Quint: Apple Should Shed Google and Build Its Own Search Engine. “For years, the smartphone maker has benefited financially from a lucrative deal in which Alphabet Inc.’s Google paid Apple billions of dollars to be the default search engine option on iOS devices. However, the arrangement isn’t likely to survive in a world of rising antitrust scrutiny. That’s why Apple should proactively get ahead of any risk and make its own offering. appease regulators but also be a smart one for its main business.”

CanIndia: Google was the first coach of Paralympics silver medallist Praveen Kumar

CanIndia: Google was the first coach of Paralympics silver medallist Praveen Kumar. “Having no knowledge about para-athletics, high jumper Praveen Kumar, who won the silver medal in Tokyo on Friday, depended on Google for basic information about the sport. ‘I would watch videos of high jump on Google and try and learn from it. There was nobody to teach me. Later, during a district-level meeting, I was told about coach Dr. Satyapal and met him and he agreed to train me,’ said Praveen Kumar, who won silver in Men’s High Jump T44 at the Paralympic Games on Friday.”

Bing Blogs: Bing Content submission API is now open to all webmasters

Bing Blogs: Bing Content submission API is now open to all webmasters. “Evangelizing the new wave of empowering webmasters to have more control on their content which they want search engines and searchers to adopt for, Bing had launched its Bing Content Submission API in Beta mode earlier in May, this year. The API provides the ability for webmasters to notify Bing directly about the changes in their site content in real-time.”

TechCrunch: Xayn launches a desktop version of its ad-free, privacy-safe search

TechCrunch: Xayn launches a desktop version of its ad-free, privacy-safe search. “Berlin-based Xayn, which as we reported last year is doing ad-free, personalized, privacy-safe search as an alternative to tracking and profiling adtech giants like Google, has expanded its product offering — launching a desktop version (in beta for now).” It’s an open beta so I spent a few minutes playing with it. Gotta say I’m intrigued.

Analysts: Google to pay Apple $15 billion to remain default Safari search engine in 2021 (9to5 Mac)

9to5 Mac: Analysts: Google to pay Apple $15 billion to remain default Safari search engine in 2021. “It’s long been known that Google pays Apple a hefty sum every year to ensure that it remains the default search engine on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Now, a new report from analysts at Bernstein suggests that the payment from Google to Apple may reach $15 billion in 2021, up from $10 billion in 2020.”

Wolfram Blog: A New Way to Ask Wolfram|Alpha Questions with Math Input

Wolfram Blog: A New Way to Ask Wolfram|Alpha Questions with Math Input. “The input field now formats as you type, which is very helpful, especially for people using Wolfram|Alpha in the classroom, or while studying or doing homework. Most mathematics, especially in the US K–12 standard curriculum, is taught by using handwritten methods, and seeing this formatting as you type is extremely useful.”