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Google Now is expanding: landing in Chrome browsers, and improving on Android.

As search technology advances, it’s going to become more and more like human interaction. Apple’s Siri might have popularized conversational search, but many of us feel that Google Now quickly surpassed it – with its faster and more accurate results. Soon much of Google Now’s functionality will be arriving on PCs, by way of the Chrome OS and web browser. Not stopping there, Google also added some improvements to Android’s Google Now.  Read More

Draganfly Innovations' X4-P quadcopter, which is similar to the model used in the rescue

While we hear a lot about the ways in which hovering aerial drones can potentially be used to violate peoples’ privacy, it’s always nice to know that they can help us, too. That was the case last Thursday (May 9th), when RCMP from the Canadian city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan used a remotely-operated quadcopter to locate the victim of a single-vehicle rollover, which occurred in the countryside at near-freezing temperatures.  Read More

Google has launched a less capable version of Google Now for iOS

When Google first announced Google Now, lots of people called it a “Siri rival.” The two services do have some overlap, but Google Now is much more than a sassy personal assistant. Like Google itself, Now is all about using data to provide the answers you’re looking for – whether you’ve asked or not. Today iPhone users can finally get in on the Google Now fun.  Read More

NIST chemists Thomas J. Bruno and Tara M. Lovestead

You probably don't go hunting for decaying bodies too often, but then you probably don’t work in the field of forensics. If you did, then you’d be glad to hear that technology recently developed by America’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) should make finding buried bodies much easier. Traditionally, cadaver-sniffing dogs have been used to find bodies, but they can be limited in situations such as where a body is buried under concrete. The new device, however, uses a probe slightly thicker than a human hair to probe the soil, detecting ninhydrin-reactive nitrogen (NRN) that collects in air pockets around gravesoil. Previous technology could only achieve that same end through what NIST describes as “the tedious and expensive process” of solvent extraction of soil samples.  Read More

Google Goggles is an Android Phone app that lets you take pictures to search the Web

As Juliet was heard to remark: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, that’s fine for Juliet but if you can’t think of a name for something, how do you search for it on the Web? Use Google Goggles. This new app for Android phones lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to conduct your searches. It's especially handy for things that aren't easy to describe in words – like ones right in front of you! There's no need to type or speak your query - all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.  Read More

Researchers hope that their software will be able to detect certain objects or people (inc...

Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) are developing software that would enable computers to perform video analysis tasks, such as alerting emergency services if a video surveillance camera detects a person falling and not getting up. The software could also be used to search inside videos and look for certain objects, such as basketballs or footballs, hence reducing the time taken to locate a certain game or scene.  Read More

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