FindMyPast, Google, Apple Maps, More: Sunday Buzz, September 29, 2013

Buggy Google fun: instant messages from Google Chat were sent to the wrong people.

Productivity from Matt Cutts: Getting Things Done With Google Tasks. It’s interesting reading the comments expressing concern that Tasks might get cut.

A Facebook for scientists? Sounds great. Hope they don’t waste all their time playing PetriDishVille.

Hat tip to Joyce Valenza for this pointer to 5 free online courses for teachers.

Google has added support for RAW image file upload to Google+. The full list of cameras supported is available here.

Speaking of images, check out this Roundup from Hongkiat: 16 great batch image processors and editors.

Speaking of images and Google+, how do images become viral on Google+, anyway?: “Curiously, vertical images tend to be more viral and horizontal ones. Guerini and co put this down to the fact that vertical images are more likely to contain a portrait of a celebrity than horizontal images. (Most of the most-followed users on Google+ are celebrities of one kind or another.)”

Genealogy: FindMyPast has added 300,000 Royal Household staff records. From 1526 to 1924!

Woo, semantic search engines are back, baybee! I’m Keeping an eye on Unsilo. “Unsilo gives users — initially enterprise customers in areas like scientific research — the ability to find answers to their questions by aggregating data from dozens of disparate sources. The idea behind Unsilo is that the right answers may not be related to the keywords in your search query, but in how those keywords, juxtaposed laterally as they would be in a human’s mind, might help you think of the right answer, essentially applying the concept of natural language processing to search.”

Eegad! Apple Maps had users driving across an airport runway?? Eeek! Good morning, Internet…

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