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Nan gets perfect response to her very polite Google search

Earlier this week, everyone fell for 86-year-old nan May Ashworth and her elegant manners.

Her grandson, 25-year-old Ben John from Wigan, had stumbled across one of May’s recent Google searches on her open laptop and he couldn’t resist sharing a screenshot on Twitter.

It was possibly the most polite search request Google has ever received.

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The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titans—Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—look unstoppable. They are the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon captures half of all dollars spent online in America. Google and Facebook accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America last year.

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How the way you hold your smartphone could allow hackers to steal your bank details

Hidden motion sensors in mobile phones can allow criminals to steal banking details and passwords, new research indicates.

Cyber experts believe hackers can access the information simply from the way a mobile phone tilts while being held.

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Tilting your phone can allow hackers in

The way you hold – and tilt – your smartphone and type on your touchpad could put you at risk of data hacking, say scientists.

Cyber experts at Newcastle University found that criminals use motion sensors in phones to track hand and finger movements to obtain users’ PINs and passwords.

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Is social media hacking your brain? How Facebook and Snapchat are purposely keeping us addicted

An ex-Google employee has claimed that the Alphabet-owned company and other tech giants, such as Facebook and Snapchat, are purposely designing gadgets and apps with psychological elements similar to that of casino slot machines.

According to former Google “Design Ethicist” Tristan Harris, many of the elite Silicon Valley companies are long-established gambling design techniques such as offering visual reward loops and encouraging ‘winning streaks’ to hook smartphone or tablet users into a constant cycle of checking and engaging with their devices and software.

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If The Characters Of “Friends” Had The Internet

Rachel

Rachel would be your worst nightmare as a friend on Facebook, regularly changing her relationship status to “it’s complicated” — it’s not; her and Ross have just had a small argument — and humblebragging constantly.

Joey

Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed

Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Joey would be a full-time Tinder player, although his charm wouldn’t come across through online messaging. He’d eventually delete the app after regularly stumbling across people he’s dated in the real world.

Monica

Monica
Pinterest / BuzzFeed
The quintessential Pinterest user, Monica would spend her evenings obsessively organising her many created pinboards and occasionally criticising the boards of others.

Ross

Ross
LinkedIn / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Ross would hate all social media but still have a LinkedIn profile because apparently “that doesn’t count”.

Phoebe

Phoebe
Youtube / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
An uploaded video of “Smelly Cat” on YouTube would go viral, although not as much as the Auto-Tuned version, which would make Phoebe internet famous. She’d continue posting videos and gain a small but devoted fandom on the site.

Chandler

Chandler
Twitter / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Chandler would almost definitely have a Twitter account, where he’d be tweeting terrible, but very occasionally OK-ish puns to a decent follower count.

Gunther

Gunther
Google+ / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Gunther made one post on Google+ in 2011. He still regularly checks to see if anyone’s responded to it yet.

Google Joins Forces with GoPro Inc with New Google Maps Focusing on Destination

Google will reportedly make another acquisition this time eyeing GoPro.  The company went public this June reaching a valuation of $9 billion.

As GoPro’s stocks tripled its value, analysts think there is a reason to believe that the takeover may soon become a reality. Google also released a new Maps update focusing on destination.

There is no doubt about Go Pro’s success in the action camera market. However, it is now up against rising competition like Polaroid and HTC.

Google’s takeover of the company can offer additional investment allowing GoPro to exploit as many opportunities as possible.

Value Walk notes that this is a good opportunity for the company especially since it can test its user base and strengthen its technical expertise even more.

GoPro’s specialization will also work well for Google Glass. Other opportunities predicted from the takeover include cloud storage and video processing services for GoPro owners.

Analysts point out that the takeover is possible considering Google’s recent moves on acquisition. The company took over 33 enterprises spending as much as $5 billion. Google has never been shy when it comes to big ticket deals thus taking over GoPro remains high despite its big price.

Google previously paid $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility. Other predictions from CSS Insight include big names in sports like Adidas or Nike spending on wearable companies like Fitbit, Jabra or Jawbone.

Following the release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, Google is also now rolling out another minor update on Maps focusing on destination. The Google Maps 9.1 version now gives users more information about their destinations. People only need to tap on the pin to see snippets of the local weather, time and short description.

PCWorld notes that when people touch the pin over place like the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the app describes the place with “sophisticated rooms in a modern high-rise, plus business perks, indoor pool and penthouse lounge. 4 stars.”

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