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Google patents an anti-spoiler tool for TV series, films and books

Google HQDid it ever happen to you, while searching the web, to have the plot or ending of a book you’re reading (or TV series) revealed? To me it happened two weeks ago before finishing the book Allegiant and had the protagonist’s faith revealed. I was expecting it anyway since the beginning of it, but it’s one of the most annoying things that can happen every now and then, especially on YouTube comments which are mined of spoilers. Read More…

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April Fools day is approaching, even for Google Maps and Pac Man

Schermata 2015-03-31 alle 18.49.17Someone at Google has to like Pac-Man a lot. April Fools day is coming, you better have something ready to pull out of the hat tomorrow. How about sticking a piece of paper right on the mouse’s laser of a friend of yours, or faking a 10€ note below the computer’s keyboard? Google decided to come up with Pac-Man this time with Google Maps. That’s right, you can enjoy playing Google Maps on your city’s streets by clicking on the iconic, fruit-eating yellow semicircle on the Maps view.

There’s really nothing else we should add on how Pac Man works, just make sure to pick a map without very wide streets, or you may have a hard time at cornering…


In Italiano

Qualcuno a Google deve amare molto Pac Man. Il giorno dei Pesci di Aprile si avvicina, e forse è il caso di tenere pronto qualcosa da tirare fuori dal cappello domani. Magari attaccare un pezzo di carta sotto il laser del mouse di un tuo amico, o fingere una banconota da 10€ sotto la tastiera del computer. Google ha optato per una versione di Pac Man completamente giocabile su Maps, semplicemente cliccando sull’iconico semicerchio giallo mangia-frutta nella modalità di visualizzazione della mappa.

Non credo ci sia nulla da aggiungere su come funzioni Pac Man, assicuratevi soltanto di scegliere una mappa priva di strade troppo ampie per evitare intoppi a girare…

Apple and Google sign a cease-fire to stop lawsuits

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Apple and Google finally signed a historical truce to put an end to the countless number of lawsuits they had in these years. The announce has came from a joint press, that explains how all ongoing and soon to take place lawsuits are over with no one winning the cases. With a grand total of around 200 lawsuits since 2010, both Apple and Google can take a break from the galactic expenses these battle have led. However, there isn’t going to be an exchange of technologies, which were at the center of the controversies.

The first lawsuit took place back in 2010, when Motorola (now a Google’s division) accused Apple of stealing patents regarding mobile communication; in response, Apple suited them back for stealing technologies regarding the same products.


 

However, this cease-fire does not include Samsung. Maybe searching for an agreement for Apple was a better choice, in order to divert more attention to its direct rival, whose Android-based products have been defined as “stolen products” by Steve Jobs.

Anyway, it should be noted how these days everyone patents even the smallest possible invention, feature or whatever someone might get to think about after we did. Quoting 2010’s film The Social Network, “if I want to build a chair, I don’t have to pay everyone who has ever built a chair”, a line that quite applies nowadays. Even the very fundamental technologies that permits the basic functionality of a smartphone, like connectivity have to be licensed for use. This complicated web of patents and licenses could apply years ago, when technology that now we consider common was still experimental or rudimental; now that they’ve reached a wide diffusion worldwide, it doesn’t make sense anymore.

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In Italiano

Apple e Google hanno finalmente siglato uno storico accordo che pone fine alle infinite cause portate avanti negli anni. L’annuncio è stato fatto con un comunicato congiunto, che spiega come tutte le cause sia prossime ad aver luogo, sia quelle in corso, saranno terminate senza alcun vincitore. Con un totale di circa 200 processi dal 2010, Apple e Google possono prendere una pausa dalle spese astronomiche a cui hanno portato queste battaglie legali. Tuttavia, non ci sarà nessuno scambio di tecnologie, che erano al centro delle controversie.

La prima causa ebbe luogo nel 2010 ad opera di Motorola (ora una divisione Google), quando accuso Apple di aver rubato brevetti riguardanti la comunicazione mobile; di tutta risposta, Apple fece ricorso accusando Motorola di aver rubato tecnologie dai dispositivi di Cupertino.

Tuttavia, la tregua non include anche Samsung. Forse la ricerca di un accordo per Apple è stata la scelta migliore, per dirigere maggiore attenzione sul proprio diretto rivale, i cui dispositivi Android sono stati definiti “prodotti rubati” da Steve Jobs all’epoca.

Dobbiamo comunque sottolineare come, di questi tempi, ognuno pensa a brevettare anche la più piccola invenzione, funzionalità o altro a cui qualcuno possa pensare dopo di noi. Citando il film del 2010 The Social Network, “Se voglio costruire una sedia non devo dare soldi a chiunque abbia costruito una sedia”, una frase che trova applicazione adesso. Anche le tecnologie fondamentali che permettono le funzionalità di base di uno smartphone, come la connettività, devono essere licenziate da qualcuno. Questa complicata rete di brevetti poteva avere senso anni fa, quando la tecnologia che ora consideriamo comune era ancora ai primi stadi di sviluppo; ora che hanno raggiunto una diffusione globale, ha perso di senso.

 

Gmail introduces Tabs for automatic Inbox filtering (and how to disable it).

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The new Gmail tabbed browsing system split users in those who like it, and those who wants back the common Inbox. Gmail tabs organizes automatically new messages in up to 5 different tabs:

  • Primary: Just for general emails that doesn’t fit the tabs listed below.
  • Social: For emails regarding news from social networks, like Facebook notifications, Twitter mentions, YouTube digests.
  • Promotions: The other part of spam, this tab groups newsletters that you’re subscribed at, mainly commercial websites.
  • Updates: An example here can be Google Alert, or any other sort of updates like weekly emails from information websites or whatever you feel like going here.
  • Forum: Forum communities emails that you’re registered at go here. Read More…

Google remembers 66th years of Roswell incident with an interactive doodle (how to solve it)

Google Doodle Roswell incident

Google is use to make funny doodle in occasion of special events or anniversaries. Today is time for the 66th years of Roswell incident, featuring an UFO crash landing on the planet, with the quest of finding the three pieces fell on the ground.

Roswell accident

Precisely on the 8th July 1947, something airborne crashed near the New Mexico city of Roswell. Explanation of where the pieces found on the area are official and unofficial, and made this news famous around the world. The official conclusion of the story was that a military surveillance balloon crashed on the ground, but some people were sure about the retrieve of extraterrestrial life and object at Roswell. Read More…

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