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Dec 17, 2010 Robot hackathon connects with Android, browsers and the cloud
Posted by Ryan Hickman and Mamie Rheingold, 20% Robotics Task Force With a beer fridge stocked and music blasting, engineers from across Google—and the world—spent the month of October soldering and hacking in their 20% time to connect hobbyist and educational robots with Android phones. Just two months later we’re psyched to announce three ways you can play with your iRobot Create(R), LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) or VEX Pro(R) through the cloud: App Inventor ...
Dec 17, 2010 Yahoo! announced they’re shutting down Delicious
Bad news from Yahoo!.. it’s now trending on Twitter: Yahoo! decided to shut down the social bookmarking site par excellence, Delicious. Even though we didn’t get any official announcement from Yahoo!, Techcrunch has confirmed the news with a response they got from Yahoo!: Part of our organizational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or [...]
Dec 16, 2010 Find out what’s in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer
Posted by Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager, Google Books [ Cross-posted from the Google Books Blog ] Scholars interested in topics such as philosophy, religion, politics, art and language have employed qualitative approaches such as literary and critical analysis with great success. As more of the world’s literature becomes available online, it’s increasingly possible to apply quantitative methods to complement that research.
Dec 15, 2010 Letting everyone do great things with App Inventor
Posted by Karen Parker, App Inventor Program Manager In July, we announced App Inventor for Android, a Google Labs experiment that makes it easier for people to access the capabilities of their Android phone and create apps for their personal use. We were delighted (and honestly a bit overwhelmed!) by the interest that our announcement generated.
Dec 13, 2010 Google: More and more Wikipedia, but surfers seem weary
My faithful readers know that I regularly conduct user studies on various search engines, including Google. The latest one contains a slew of interesting elements, one of which grabbed my attention in particular. I have underlined several times the significant place that Google (and other engines...) give to Wikipedia in their results (see here , here [fr] or here ).
Dec 09, 2010 Google: De plus en plus de Wikipedia, mais les internautes semblent se lasser
Les lecteurs fidèles de ce blog savent que je conduis régulièrement des études utilisateurs sur divers moteurs de recherches, dont Google. La dernière en date contient une foule d'éléments intéressants, dont l'un m'a particulièrement frappé. J'avais souligné à plusieurs reprises la place importante que Google (et d'autres moteurs...) accordaient à Wikipedia dans les résultats (voir ici , ici ou ici ).
Dec 08, 2010 $6 million to faculty in Q4 Research Awards
Posted by Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations We've just completed the latest round of Google Research Awards, our program which identifies and supports faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest. We had a record number of submissions this round, and are funding 112 awards across 20 different areas—for a total of more than $6 million.
Dec 08, 2010 Four Googlers elected ACM Fellows this year
Posted by Alfred Spector, VP of Research I am delighted to share with you that, like last year , the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that four Googlers have been elected ACM Fellows in 2010, the most this year from any single corporation or institution.
Dec 02, 2010 Google Launches Cantonese Voice Search in Hong Kong
Posted by Posted by Yun-hsuan Sung (宋雲軒) and Martin Jansche, Google Research On November 30th 2010, Google launched Cantonese Voice Search in Hong Kong. Google Search by Voice has been available in a growing number of languages since we launched our first US English system in 2008.
Nov 26, 2010 Fillon: Réforme, fiscalité, crise
En complément à mon billet d'hier , j'ai calculé quels étaient les trois mots les plus spécifiques du discours de politique générale de François Fillon. Certains mots peuvent en effet être fréquents dans un discours donné, mais s'ils sont également fréquents dans tous, leur signification est faible.
Nov 26, 2010 Outil: Les discours de politique générale de la Ve République
Je viens de mettre le dernier discours de François Fillon en ligne sur mon site dédié aux discours de politique générale des Premiers ministres sous la Ve République : http://www.veronis.fr/Premiers/ Celui du 24 novembre était le 20e du genre, et comme vous le verrez, mon outil permet de faire des recherches dans tous les discours, et d'afficher divers nuages et graphiques.
Nov 17, 2010 Lexique: Rom ou Français ?
Je parlais il y a quelques semaines de l'amalgame insidieux que l'on a senti monter depuis cet été en France (et auparavant en Italie) entre Roms et Roumains... Grande a été ma stupéfaction d'entendre cette opposition dans la bouche du chef de l'Etat ce soir : "Qu'on soit Rom ou Français, il faut respecter les lois de la République".
Nov 17, 2010 Lexique: Roms et Roumains
Je rentre de quelques jours à Barcelone, où j'ai été invité par l' Université Pompeu Fabra . Comme rien n'interdit de joindre l'agréable à l'utile, j'en ai profité pour aller écouter la Carmen de Bizet au théâtre du Liceu . Suberbe représentation. Roberto Alagna (Don José) a fait du Roberto Alagna, mais Béatrice Uria-Monzon a été littéralement époustouflante dans le rôle de Carmen.
Nov 16, 2010 Lexique: Révolutions
Christine Lagarde nous a fait un peu de linguistique ce matin sur France Info. A la question de la journaliste lui faisant remarquer que le nouveau gouvernement n'a rien de révolutionnaire, elle répond qu'au contraire, il est "totalement révolutionnaire car le principe de la révolution, comme expliqué brillamment par Jean-Louis Bourlanges , c'est que vous faites un tour complet à 360°".
Nov 10, 2010 Voice Search in Underrepresented Languages
Posted by Pedro J. Moreno, Staff Research Scientist and Johan Schalkwyk, Senior Staff Engineer Welkom*! Today we’re introducing Voice Search support for Zulu and Afrikaans, as well as South African-accented English. The addition of Zulu in particular represents our first effort in building Voice Search for underrepresented languages.
Nov 04, 2010 Suggesting a Better Remote Control
Posted by Ullas Gargi and Rich Gossweiler, Research Team It seems clear that the TV is a growing source of online audio-video content that you select by searching. Entering characters of a search string one by one using a traditional remote control and onscreen keyboard is extremely tiresome.
Nov 03, 2010 Suggesting tags is not always a good idea
When we are tagging a resource on a social tagging system, it could save us work by suggesting us tags for that resource. Therefore, we can choose the tags we consider relevant or representative for us. This tag suggestion can be performed in several ways, e.g., by suggesting tags that other users have annotated earlier [...]
Oct 25, 2010 Exploring Computational Thinking
Posted by Elaine Kao, Education Program Manager Over the past year, a group of California-credentialed teachers along with our own Google engineers came together to discuss and explore ideas about how to incorporate computational thinking into the K-12 curriculum to enhance student learning and build this critical 21st century skill in everyone.
Oct 22, 2010 Histoire: Et Guy Môquet ?
Eh bien, tout le monde s'en tape... 26 avril 1924 - 22 octobre 1941 Et de Baudelaire et Rimbaud aussi. Avertissement: "Manifester sur la voie publique est dangereux." (Luc Chatel)
Oct 18, 2010 Google at the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP '10)
Posted by Slav Petrov, Research Scientist The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP '10) was recently held at the MIT Stata Center in Massachusetts. Natural Language Processing is at the core of many of the things that we do here at Google. Googlers have therefore been traditionally part of this research community, participating as program committee members, paper authors and attendees.