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Google's top search result is Google

Interesting look at how Google's search results page has morphed from one directs you to the best result(s) into one that shows you the result then and there.

It is a great feature but from the perspective of a publisher it does feel very shady. If Google can scrape the answers and publish it to the user, you can't really make the experience any faster but the publisher has no knowledge of how helpful their content was.

Scroll down about half way to the How Far Down Are the Traditional Search Results? section and you get an annotated journey of how far you have to scroll until you get to the results. In the example given, it's 36%. I tried the same search on google.co.uk and it was far quicker. For me, google.com showed no 'knowledge panels' but it was still quite a scroll to get through all of the ads.

AMP is another feature Google offer. As I understand it, the publisher can at least be aware of their content being viewed with AMP so it has an ethical advantage over the other techniques Google uses... Although I don't understand why Google doesn't use their position to enforce better standards for speed and weight of a website. AMP addresses it, but does nothing to encourage developers to do better.

Posted 4th Aug 2020 @ 10:22

Bug blamed for Instagram unexpectedly accessing camera in iOS 14

Ever hear someone say how creepy it is that they were talking to a friend about a product or service and then a little while later, Instagram is showing ads for the very thing they were talking about?

There's never been a way to really know if this was true, but I have Background App Refresh turned off for all Facebook related products and camera and mic access disabled too. They can frame this as a bug if they want, but just the latest in a long line of apps that have been exposed for doing something shady.

Posted 28th Jul 2020 @ 09:11

Function101 offering alternative Apple TV remote control

If you rely on the Apple TV for all of your content (even if you have an amplifier in between it and your TV), then this might be a good option as a replacement for the Siri Remote and it only costs $30.

It won't bring back the one feature missing from the Apple TV interface, but I can imagine a more traditional remote would be welcome to a lot of users. Myself included, I'm not sure I could use the Siri Remote all of the time..

Posted 22nd Jul 2020 @ 11:29

Polestar 2 real world first drive

Of all the most affordable EVs, the Polestar 2 is the one I would love to own the most despite it being tied to Android at the moment.

Overall, I think the car looks great, inside and out. My only complaint (other than it's adoption of Android) is that the digital dash could be more interesting. If that's all I can complain about, then it can't be too bad.

Carwow's Mat Watson also has a good look at the Polestar too.

Both reviews comment on the optional performance pack and it looks like it's just not worth the money.

Posted 21st Jul 2020 @ 18:15

Viral: The 5G Conspiracy Theory

These people are out of their minds. When experts and scientists are ignored with such ease, there's no need to wonder why this pandemic has been so deadly. While the world has never been closer thanks to the internet, it's somehow driving us all further apart.

Posted 21st Jul 2020 @ 17:00

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