Waze, which is now owned by Google, if you aren't familiar with it, is a mobile app that many drivers use to find their way around. Their tag line is "outsmarting traffic, together" So what if instead of leveraging data the app was actually manned by humans .. this rather amusing Brazilian video shows how that might work (or not!) It has subtitles! … [Read more...] about Waze in Real Life
ICANN is currently evaluating a couple of thousand applications for new top level domains. Most of the applications are for new and interesting domain extensions (the bit on the right of the dot) that will provide greater consumer choice and foster competition. Unfortunately a smaller subset is from a companies that believe they have special rights to corner off entire … [Read more...] about Big Companies Trying To Monopolise .blog, .cloud and more
Sometimes people, including me, post things on social networks that don't make a lot of sense as they lack context. XKCD's recent comic: … [Read more...] about If Social Media Updates Had Context
A couple of months ago one of the sites I run was hacked via a nasty hole in a plugin that it was using. It took quite a bit of work to find the source of the issue and resolve it once and for all. Once the hole had been plugged properly the traffic levels returned to normal. But it's only when you have a reasonable amount of data that you can really see how much impact … [Read more...] about Website Traffic And Hacks
From the "weird and disturbing" category comes today's "gem". At the moment if you type the following query into Google you will get some rather "interesting" results: what defines an english person And here's a screenshot of the results (click to enlarge): NB: I didn't manipulate this. Found via James … [Read more...] about Does Google Dislike The English?