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Google figures out how to remove stock-photo watermarks

Google figures out how to remove stock-photo watermarks

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Watermarks are placed on copyrighted images like stock-photos in order to keep people from using them without permission or without paying. And manually removing them requires Photoshop skills and  tim. However, Google’s research division has revealed just how easy it is for computer algorithms to bypass standard photo watermarking practices, stripping those images of copyright protection and making them vulnerable to reposting across the internet without credit. The research, presented at a leading computer vision conference in Hawaii back in July, is described in detail in a paper titled, “On the Effectiveness of Visible Watermarks.” “As often done with vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, applications or protocols, we want to disclose this vulnerability and propose sol
Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

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The tech industry has a big problem with diversity. This issue has been magnified by a recent 10-page memo that circulated at Google, arguing that the company’s gender gap in leadership positions and other jobs is a result of inherent biological differences between men and women. It’s not just gender though. Although tech companies have managed to fill a lot of jobs with different races, the numbers still lag far behind. The tech industry is taking steps to change that, with Google, Facebook, and other companies now fostering big diversity initiatives. But it’s clearly not getting through some employees, if this new memo is any indication. Google has spent much of the past 72 hours insisting its commitment to diversity is “unequivocal” after the internal publication and sub
Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

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Google has plans to introduce a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser. While Google has already warned publishers about the change, the ad blocker is now starting to show up in pre-release versions of the Chrome for Android app. TechCrunch reports that the ad blocker can be found in the latest Chrome Canary app for Android. Testers can download the latest Chrome Canary build from Google Play to try out the ad blocker. The ad blocker was discovered by German-language Caschys Blog. In Canary, it takes the form of a toggle in preferences, though it’s switched off by default. Not all Canary users have received the setting at this time, so it appears to be a server-side update. Part of the reason Google is waiting until the new year to launch its ad blocker is to give web develope
Kenya , S. Africa & Nigeria: Biggest winners of Google’s Africa tech training

Kenya , S. Africa & Nigeria: Biggest winners of Google’s Africa tech training

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The Internet is at the heart of economic growth of any nation. Currently, 80% of people find out about new business through search and directories. However, Digital Skills are still under-developed, making it harder for African economies to get the most out of the web. Google aims to close this gap by training 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable. The U.S. technology giant also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people. Google said it wil
YouTube’s revamped Site brings an optional dark mode

YouTube’s revamped Site brings an optional dark mode

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YouTube has now announced that anyone can now opt-in to try the revamped site, which is cleaner, simpler, and more in line with the YouTube app on mobile devices. YouTube officially began rolling out a fundamental design change to the look and feel of the popular video sharing site. Incorporating Material Design elements into the mix, the new version of YouTube offers up infinite scrolling along with a cleaner interface and a simpler design which make things a bit easier on the eyes. Based on YouTube owner Google’s design language, Material Design, there are some subtle but welcome changes to the video streaming service’s UI. There’s more white space, a lighter and smaller search bar, the blue video title links are now black, and the sidebar menu, which can now be hidden from view using