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You Can Virtually Visit 31 National Parks This Week With Google Earth

Adventure Journal: “In honor of National Parks Week, which runs through April 28, Google Earth has launched a stunning virtual tour of 31 parks. Obviously, you’d rather be in those parks, but if you can’t, this is a pretty novel use of eye-opening technology to bring you there. The tours are part of Google Earth’s “Voyager” project, and in addition to a sort of fly-through overview of the parks, there are guided virtual tour videos of some favorite places of the national park’s rangers. The program is easily navigable; just click on the park you’d like to visit and the software plops you right down on the trail. Well, your computer, anyway, not physically you. The ranger tours are in videos in which you click and drag for 360-degree views of the cave or rock formation they’re showing off. A cool diversion from your workday.”

Google – Expanding ways to find authoritative information in Europe

Google Blog: “Providing useful and trusted information online is a complex and important responsibility, especially around elections. Our aim is to build helpful tools that get you to the information you’re looking for. As we get closer to the EU Parliamentary elections, alongside our broader package of support, we’re making it easier to help you… Continue Reading

Google Chrome to get a Reader Mode

ZDNet – Google’s Chrome browser will get a Reader Mode, similar to the one found in competing browsers like Firefox and the old Microsoft Edge. The feature is currently under development, but Chrome Canary users can test it starting today. Chrome’s Reader Mode will work by stripping pages of most of their useless content, such… Continue Reading

Google searches reveal popular bird species

EurekAlert – Knowledge may help fine-tune conservation messages – “Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species drive human interest. Study findings have just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of… Continue Reading

DuckDuckGo vs. Google: An In-Depth Search Engine Comparison

Search Engine Journal: “In the world of search, Google towers above the rest. It’s the “industry standard” search engine that is relied on in most any instance (at least in the United States), and, let’s be honest: it’s for good reason. Google search is an amazing tool. But competitors are always going to be vying… Continue Reading

Lifting Journalism by Knowing What Readers Are Looking For

The New York Times: “Claudio E. Cabrera, who specializes in search engine optimization, describes how he keeps track of what’s hot in search and how that informs coverage — and what the limits are…How do you keep track of search trends? A lot of it really starts with taking a dive into the journalism your… Continue Reading

Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer privacy? This news industry research says no

Neiman Lab – A significant majority of consumers do not expect Google to track their activities across their lives, their locations, on other sites, and on other platforms. “…Our findings show that many of Google’s data practices deviate from consumer expectations. We find it even more significant that consumer’s expectations are at an all-time low… Continue Reading

UK to introduce world first online safety laws

Gov.UK – The Government today unveiled tough new measures to ensure the UK is the safest place in the world to be online. “In the first online safety laws of their kind, social media companies and tech firms will be legally required to protect their users and face tough penalties if they do not comply.… Continue Reading

How Google warped the hyperlink

Wired – 30 years on, SEO and social media silos have replaced pre-web visions of linking: “You might think of the hyperlink as a relatively recent invention, but, at least conceptually, it’s not. But more than 70 years later, it’s warped beyond all recognition from what was first proposed. In the 1960s Ted Nelson introduced… Continue Reading

Search Encrypt

“Search Encrypt uses local encryption to secure your searches. It combines AES-256 encryption with Secure Sockets Layer encryption. Search Encrypt then retrieves your search results from its network of search partners. After you’re done searching, your search terms expire so they are private even if someone else has access to your computer.” Continue Reading

Find peer-reviewed research from the world’s most trusted sources

“Semantic Scholar is a free, nonprofit, academic search engine from AI2….See the Semantic Scholar FAQ “Semantic Scholar helps researchers find better academic publications faster. Our engine analyzes publications and extracts important features using machine learning techniques. The resulting influential citations, images and key phrases allow our engine to “cut through the clutter” and give you… Continue Reading