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Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

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Google remains the most used search engine on the web and its annual list of the most popular searches always offers an excellent glimpse into the zeitgeist.The company's trends data reveals that people asked "how" more than any other question.As the political and natural environment erupted in turmoil this year, Google users asked: How do wildfires start? How to calm a dog during a storm? How to make a protest sign?Alongside its video of the year's trends, Google said: "These questions show our shared desire to understand our experiences, to come to each other's aid, and, ultimately, to move our world forward."Interestingly, differences between the UK and US show peculiar differences in focus.Despite North Korea's threat to attack the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental bal...
Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

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Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch.The firm's DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.The research has yet to be peer reviewed.But experts already suggest the achievement will strengthen the firm's position in a competitive sector."From a scientific point of view, it's the latest in a series of dazzling results that DeepMind has produced," the University of Oxford's Prof Michael Wooldridge told the BBC."The general trajectory in DeepMind seems to be to solve a problem and then demonstrate it can really ramp up performance, and that's very impressive."DeepMind has previously defeated several ...
What is Google's new Pixel 2 smartphone like?

What is Google's new Pixel 2 smartphone like?

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Google's new smartphone models, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are designed to do one thing really well - connect to Google's services.It is a year since Google's original Pixel smartphone was launched, marketed as Google's first own-built phone to compete with Samsung and Apple.Other than forgoing the headphone jack in lieu of a USB-C port dongle, the design of the Pixel 2 departs considerably from Apple's devices.Google has moved the fingerprint sensor into the centre of the phones' back, and the devices look and feel different to iPhones and Samsung devices.Their plastic-like coating is a sensory departure from the metallic and glassy covers of other phones - certainly the handsome all-glass slab look of the iPhone X.Image:A demo of the AR integration of the new Pixel 2 smartphoneThe small...