Hey there! Here comes one more Weekly Roundup to keep you informed of the greatest tech news! Google’s been the protagonist of several news in the past few days, by encouraging the improvement of mobile web pages, presenting a new AI tool, and by having the first crash of one of their self-driving cars. Apple has also joined our weekly update after open-sourcing Swift. We also present Spotify’s still-active innovation for Valentine’s Day as Design Inspiration and one brand new broadcasting app as App of the Week.
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Google’s AMP: pages with fast-loading tech favored from now on
Google found a way of encouraging people to stay in their phone’s browser instead of switching over to apps. Perhaps you’ve noticed in the last few days that, while browsing the mobile search results, some of them appeared with a green circle with a lightning bolt sided with the word AMP. That’s Google warning you that you’re looking at an ACCELERATED MOBILE PAGE (AMP) or, in other words, a page optimized for mobile devices. Learn more on this signalling here.
Google’s new AI ditching geotags when determining image location
Have you ever tried to determine where a pic was taken by just looking at it? I bet it’s not always easy. Google’s latest deep learning program, called PlaNet, was fed over 90 million geotagged images from the internet, including places from all across the globe. In a trial carried out with 2.3 million images, PlaNet was able to successfully determine 28.4% of the country of origin and 48% of the continent of origin. It may not be perfect, but with continued testing, the sophisticated AI has the potential to get increasingly smarter. Click here to know more about this Google’s AI.
Apple made Swift available on GitHub for non-employees
Apple made a smart move: the company decided to open-source its powerful new programming language, Swift, on GitHub. With this move, Developers can make significant contributions by submitting bug fixes and enhancements, undoubtedly leading to better features. Read more on Swift becoming open-source here.
Google’s self-driving car: the first crash
It was going to happen eventually: one of Google’s self-driving cars got into a minor accident — but, for the first time, AI was in control. To tell the truth, Google’s cars have gotten into a dozen car crashes over the years. However, before this minor accident, on every occasion the vehicle was being driven by a human, so the car wasn’t the one to blame. Check the details of the accident here.
‘Love Notes’ is a Spotify’s playlist tool dedicated to Valentine’s Day that is still active. With it, you can send someone a playlist according to settings of you choosing, including a secret message formed with the initial letter of each song. Spotify used its peculiar color palette and a lot of animations and transitions to make this experience even cooler.
App of the Week
Mirrativ is one of the brand new apps in the broadcasting world. If you’re afraid of missing out anything, sometimes it may be hard to put down any live streaming app, right? With Mirrativ, you can live stream everything on your screen, follow your favorite broadcasters and interact with your viewers in real time.