Google Makes World Bank Data More Discoverable: Takes a Swipe at Wolfram Alpha

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#Microsoft#news#web Google just announced that it now uses public data from the World Bank to display graphs for queries like “children per woman in brazil” or “internet users in the united states.” To do so, Google makes uses of the World Bank’s public API. Through this, Google can access 17 World Development Indicators. Google displays this data in interactive graphs that make it easy to compare stats for different countries. The timing of this announcement was likely planned to coincide with the news about Wolfram Alpha’s integration with Microsoft’s Bing. Google vs. WolframEarlier this year, Google also added data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division to its search results page. The queries that Google showcases in today’s blog post (gdp of a country, internet users in the US or energy use in Iceland) are exactly the kind of queries where Wolfram Alpha excels. Currently, Bing doesn’t display this kind of data from Wolfram Alpha and just focuses on math and nutrition, but a deeper integration between the two is just a matter of time. Wolfram Alpha uses curated data sets – just like the World Bank or Census Bureau data – to compute its results. Google’s current use of this data is less ambitious. Google wants to make public data more accessible – Wolfram Alpha wants to be a ‘computational knowledge engine’ that can manipulate these data sets. Google Wants Your Public DataOne interesting aspect of today’s blog post is that Google points out that there are “still many other data sets and sources out there, and we’re excited about the possibilities for the future.” Google also asks data publishers who are interested in making their data discoverable in Google to contact the company.In the current implementation, Google can display results for the following types of questions: CO2 emissions per capita, Electricity consumption per capita, Energy use per capita, Exports as percentage of GDP, Fertility rate, GDP deflator change, GDP growth rate, GNI per capita in PPP dollars, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Income in PPP dollars, Imports as percentage of GDP, Internet users as percentage of population, Life expectancy, Military expenditure as percentage of GDP, Mortality rate, under 5, Population, and Population growth rate. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

YouTube Android app to get speed controls for videos

first_imgGoogle is working on to add speed controls for videos played on YouTube Android app. While the YouTube’s desktop site already had this feature, the YouTube app users on Android will also be able to play videos faster or slower soon.Similar to the desktop site, user can slow down the played video to 0.25x, 0.5x, or 0.75x its normal speed, or faster the video to 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x. “Changing the speed won’t affect the labelled duration of the video you’re watching, but it will decrease or increase the playback at the rate you’ve selected,” says a 9To5Google report.To access the feature, user has to go the three dots given at the upper right corner of the app. It will show the menu to change the playback speed along with other options like viewing the app in Cardboard, playback quality and access to YouTube’s Help and Feedback.Google recently said that it would stricter measures to check on the terrorist content and videos that are uploaded on YouTube. The company has even added AI ability to YouTube which reportedly flags the extremist content 75 per cent more than a human can. ” We are also hiring more people to help review and enforce our policies, and will continue to invest in technical resources to keep pace with these issues and address them responsibly,” reads the YouTube Blog.  Also Read: Google takes on Facebook with YouTube live streaming service for mobilesYouTube  earlier this year also rolled out live streaming from mobile devices for its more than 10,000 subscribers. It also launched the Super Chat that allows users to highlight their message by paying a fee. “Super Chat is like paying for that front-row seat in the digital age,” says YouTube.advertisementLive video is becoming an important feature on social media. Not only for sports or shows, people also use Live videos to share their real time experiences while travelling or on holiday. Facebook also have a Live while Twitter started the live feature only last year. YouTube’s Live video aims to take on Facebook majorly which is currently ruling the segment.last_img read more

Demand for LNG on the Rise in Nordics Marine Market

first_imgDemand for LNG as a marine fuel has risen significantly, especially in Nordics marine market, according to a Norwegian LNG supplier Skangas.The driving force behind the rise is the addition of new vessels to the LNG-powered fleet on the back of ever increasing conversion of ships to dual-fuelled engines and a switch to LNG as marine fuel in anticipation of more stringent environmental regulations.The market has been waiting for the LNG bunkering vessels, according to Skangas.The switch to LNG has been prominent in European waters, Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager – Marine for Skangas said, where, until recently, most of the traffic consisted of ferries and RoPax cruise ferries routinely traveling set routes.1,000 LNG bunkering operations included:Truck-to-ship 60%Terminal-to-ship 38%Ship-to-ship 2%“Today, the supply pattern is more diverse due to the use of a greater variety of vessels, that require different types of bunkering solutions.  And we are responding directly by offering a number of solutions for this market.”Skangas said that it has completed 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017, representing more than 60 pct increase over previous years. This was enabled, among other things, by the introduction of the company’s customized bunker-feeder vessel Coralius into operation in 2017, which delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea.As responsible marine transport and shipping companies seek cleaner fuel alternatives to power their fleets, Skangas expects demand for LNG by the marine market to increase significantly during the coming years.“Already, the number of bunkering operations we’ve executed for the marine market is higher than in Q1 2017,” said Helmen.“Clearly, 2018 is set to be another exciting year for Skangas, as we continue to provide readily accessible LNG to industries that operate at sea and onshore throughout the Nordics.”Image Courtesy: Skangaslast_img read more