Google+ allows its users to search photos by tagging them, but Vic Gundotra briefly touched on another way to find your photos of things that matter. Object recognition. This technology enables a user to type in the word, “Cat” or “Cake” and return their pictures with the aforementioned object in them. It is even as accurate as catching a cat in profile, or a slice of cake on a plate. You can also search photos shared by people that are in your circle, enabling you to find someone’s picture of a garden snake in their backyard, or a summer barbecue by searching the photo for a certain object. This is a great leap forward for technology, though not without its kinks. Some queries still return no results, but when the object recognition search works, it really works.
A long time ago (1998) in a galaxy far, far away (Albany, New York), one brave man decided to stand up to stereotypes, bullies and enemies of calculus and pocket protectors everywhere to declare Geek Pride Day an annual tradition at a local bar. He didn’t even need a lightsaber.
But the story of geek pride doesn’t begin there. In fact, the very first organized celebration of geekdom dates back to May 25, 1977 – the day that the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, was released.
Fast-forward to 2008, and Geek Pride Day began appearing on select calendars and websites in North America. By 2009, Geek Pride Day was a full-blown international phenomenon, as it was celebrated across the globe in Canada, Hungary, Israel, Romania and many other countries.
Clearly, taking pride in your geekiness is a time-honored tradition. At Modis, we’re celebrating by bringing back a tradition of our own – our annual Geekstakes giveaway contest.
Google Unites Drive, Gmail, and Photo Storage, Totaling 15GB of Space for Users
Google Drive already offered its users 5GB of space in a style similar to that of Dropbox. Gmail has had its own 10GB of storage for a long period of time, and it wasn’t long until these were combined–giving Google users a total of 15GB of storage for their Google+, Gmail, and Google Drive accounts combined. If you do not use your Gmail to store much, you can devote the bulk of the 15GB of space that you have to Drive. This makes Google Drive a very competitive cloud storage option given that its services are free of charge. Another bonus of Google Drive is that its service is relatively cost effective to upgrade. Google Drive users can opt to expand their storage capacity to 100 GB for only $4.99 per month. Dropbox’s 100GB plan is double the price at $9.99 per month. Google’s merging of its storage options allow its users more flexibility with how they store the things that matter most to them, regardless of whether that is corporate email or just family photos. What is your preferred cloud storage method? Let us know in the comments below.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of the top minds and talents in the tech realm lean toward the geekier end of the spectrum. When you’re hunting for IT professionals to staff key positions among your team of techies, geeks are often among the most sought-after candidates. At times, however, interviewing such folks poses a challenge since introversion and awkward tendencies can be stumbling blocks. We’re indeed a quirky lot, but we have a lot to offer if you can look beyond our eccentricities. As someone who falls very soundly within this wheelhouse, here’s some interviewing advice for employers that are courting nerdy kinfolk.
Searchers Still Choose Google over Bing, Even When Looking at Bing Results
A recent study by SurveyMonkey that looked into Internet users’ searching habits has found that Google search results are the go-to for users. When presented with the same information and the header logos swapped, users still preferred what they thought was the Google retrieval even though the search results were from Bing. Over 65% of survey takers chose the Bing results that were labeled as Google. Users proved a consistent bias toward Google searches and the Google logo, proving that who we trust in the Internet is largely ingrained by a site’s perceived reputation.