Google's $500m purchase of DeepMind is paying off in more ways than one, helping the search firm slash the energy it uses cooling its datacenters by 40 percent. The DeepMind-powered savings on cooling have resulted in an overall 15 percent reduction in its datacenters' PUE (power usage effectiveness), a measure of how much energy is used by IT as a proportion of the total energy used by a building. With the shift to cloud computing, the tech sector has emerged as one of the world's biggest users of energy, much of it from dirty sources such as coal. To help cut its carbon footprint from the 4,402,836MWh Google's datacenters used in 2014, the company has, for example, built a datacenter in Finland where seawater is used for cooling equipment, and pays Swedish wind farms to compensate its other energy consumption. DeepMind offers yet another answer to this challenge by allowing Google to optimize its datacenters' efficiency with a series of deep neural networks that predict … [Read more...] about DeepMind AI helps Google slash datacenter energy bills
posted on 20 Jun 2013, 14:43 0 1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013) OH YEAH Been waitng for this! posted on 20 Jun 2013, 14:58 1 2. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012) thats the only good thing that came from it ios7 ....but just for heads up alot of apple customers wont know were that will be at and what is it for because most are stupid with their iphones ijs posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:09 0 3. darkkjedii (Posts: 27134; Member since: 05 Feb 2011) Shhhhhhhhhhh. posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:45 0 5. kozza3 (Posts: 733; Member since: 17 Oct 2012) pretty sure posted on 20 Jun 2013, 22:16 0 7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 907; Member since: 28 Jun 2012) I'm really looking forward to being tech support for simple crap that a lot of my friends can't figure out.. yay, what fun for me (SARCASM!) posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:34 2 4. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011) Apple overused green and blue color in iOS 7. … [Read more...] about Comments for : iOS background updates get Settings listing, but probably won’t help Google Now
We can all use a little help from our friends sometimes, and when you’re Google, you’ve got no shortage of friends. Or at the very least, users. And now, the internet giant is calling upon its gargantuan user base to lend a helping hand in its new app, Crowdsource. It’s an app that asks you to “do quick, simple tasks that have a huge impact.”Whether your expertise lies in improving the quality of Google Translate in your native tongue, or refining Google Maps on your home turf, you can play a part in aiding the Google community. And with each microtask promising to consume no more than 5 to 10 seconds of your day, being a good Samaritan has never been so easy.When you start using the app, Crowdsource first asks you what languages you’re fluent in so that (hopefully) you’re only contributing when appropriate. From there, you’ll be presented with various microtasks like typing out what an image of a street sign says, or identifying the … [Read more...] about Have a few seconds to spare? Help Google make the internet a better place
More than a few billionaires have sought the key to longer human life. Larry Ellison, for example, spent $335 million of his foundation’s money on anti-aging research, and investor Peter Thiel has also doled out some cash to find ways to help humans live longer.Now, it appears that Google’s co-founders are interested in pursuing the dream of immortality. The California Life Company, or Calico, was formed in 2013 to study longevity as a long-term research project. And the firm, funded by Google and pharmaceutical company Abbvie, is using the long-lived naked mole rat to uncover the secrets of how some animals live longer than others, as MIT Technology Review reports.The ultra-secretive Calico serves as an amalgam of biotechnology, technology, and academics who are looking to merge diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, genetics, and basic biological research in the search for longevity. One of the company’s first employees, Cynthia Kenyon, was … [Read more...] about Naked mole rats are helping Google figure out how to cheat death
Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site, perhaps indicating that Kurzweil will maintain a certain amount of independence: although Kurzweil has confirmed to various outlets the job is at Google’s Mountain View headquarters full time, and he will be continuing with activities like lecturing and things like his most recent book How to Create a Mind.Kurzweil has long been a controversial figure in technology. Some lump him in a loony bin with people making impossibly lofty claims about the future, fueled in part by Kurzweil’s forecasts people will be able to upload their consciousness to machines, spawn off copies of themselves, and that nanotechnology will enable people live in a transhuman state free of disease and aging. On the other hand, Kurzweil … [Read more...] about Will the Willy Wonka of technology will help Google usher in a sci-fi future?
We recently heard that Google is planning to launch its own MP3 store as part of its Music Beta efforts. Google has notoriously struggled with record labels over its music streaming service, which has been responsible for much of the lag. While Music Beta from Google received ample attention at launch, it’s since had to weather the storm of competitors (Spotify being chief among them) that have stepped up their game in the form of intense Facebook integration and boast-worthy catalogs.Never one to give up or give in, however, Google is pressing forward. Rumor has it the music store is set to launch this quarter, possibly by Christmas. And for its part, Google is also trying to make itself more attractive to recording artists and their respective management labels. YouTube now includes a variety of features that can allow entertainer’s to promote their brand. The Merch Store allows you to direct followers and fans to buy everything from your concert tickets, t-shirts, and … [Read more...] about New YouTube features could help Google’s MP3 store
Google has been offering public cloud services for several years now, but the company has continued to lag behind Amazon and Microsoft in customer growth. Under the leadership of VMware co-founder Diane Greene, who serves as the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, the tech titan has focused harder on forging partnerships and developing products to appeal to large customers. It has added a number of key customers under Greene's tenure, including Spotify. One such win is Evernote, which announced Tuesday it would be migrating its service away from its private data centers and to Google's public cloud. When Evernote was looking for a public cloud provider, the company was interested in not only the base level infrastructure available, but also high-level machine learning services and services for building machine learning-driven systems, said Anirban Kundu, Evernote's CTO.Tools like Google's Cloud Natural Language API, a service that helps parse human … [Read more...] about Could machine learning help Google’s cloud catch up to AWS and Azure?
Are you starting to tire of Facebook? It's nothing to be ashamed of. We've all been there, even me. Facebook users have grumbled about irritations with the site for years now, but there are some indications that they may finally have reached a breaking point.What You Need to Know AboutGoogle's New Social Network Google+: Users Need BetterSocial Network, Not Just Another One A recent survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found that Facebook was the 10th most hated company in America. Customers are less satisfied with Facebook than they are with utility companies or even huge financial institutions like Bank of America.And now, the social media giant has competition in the form of Google+, a new social network launched by Google earlier this week. While the service is still in beta, pundits have already suggested that its clever new "circles" angle on social networks is a potential Facebook killer.Although Google+ has plenty of great features the one that really … [Read more...] about Facebook Fatigue Could Help Google+
The 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business Report has arrived, and once again the news is bad for Facebook. The world's most popular social network scored the lowest of all the companies measured in the report, which is produced by ACSI LLC and analytics firm ForeSee Results.Slideshow: 10 Google+ Tips for Beginners 5 Google+ Tips for Advanced Users Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to KnowWhile Facebook fared slightly better this year--up 3 percent to 66 on the ACSI's 0-to-100 scale--its poor showing suggests that consumers are open to trying a new social net. And, let's see, which up-and- coming alternative might lure them away?"The survey was conducted last month, before the widespread introduction of Facebook's biggest competitor, Google+, but Facebook's low score indicates that Google+ could easily pounce and gain market share if they can provide a superior customer experience," said Larry Freed, president and CEO of ForeSee Results, in a … [Read more...] about Will Facebook’s Low Satisfaction Score Help Google+?
Business Objects plans to make it easier for users of Google's search appliance and desktop search software to find and view corporate data stored in its business intelligence systems, it announced Tuesday.When Google added a new feature, OneBox for Enterprise, to its Google Search Appliance in mid-April, it opened the way for other companies to provide software modules enabling the appliance to extract and interpret information from back-office business applications. With corporate data often spread among numerous applications -- spreadsheets, calendars, e-mail, or databases and other back-office systems -- a single search interface capable of accessing all data sources can simplify life for business users.Google's OneBox presents search results in different forms, depending on their nature or their source, so weather reports, e-mail messages, or purchase requests will all be displayed differently. Already, Cisco Systems, Cognos, and Oracle have provided modules to search data in … [Read more...] about Business Objects helps Google search BI data