Google, Facebook, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, March 20, 2014

Google has launched Android Wear, which is just what is says on the tin: Android for wearables.

More Google: Looks like Google Voice is getting smushed into Google Hangouts. (“Smushed” is a technical term. It means smushed.)

Fast Company Labs has an interesting article on how Wolfram|Alpha extends its dataset algorithms with human knowledge.

From BuzzFeed: Twitter and periods: a two step guide.

Want to keep up with all the Web sites offering two-factor authentication? Here you go. (And have I mentioned lately how ridiculous it is that Amazon doesn’t offer two-factor???!)

Facebook’s face-recognition tech is creepily good: “Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time. New software developed by researchers at Facebook can score 97.25 percent on the same challenge, regardless of variations in lighting or whether the person in the picture is directly facing the camera.”

Nice: 15 Tips for Facilitating Online Discussion.

After I wrote about that site that shows you whether you’re using Windows XP or not, I got a pointer from Sander R to http://supportdetails.com/ , which provides an array of useful tech information about your computer setup that can be easily e-mailed, exported to CSV, or saved as a PDF. Brilliant. Good afternoon, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

Posted on March 20, 2014, in afternoonbuzz. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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