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It’s Official: Google Claims to Have Achieved Quantum Supremacy

It’s Official: Google Claims to Have Achieved Quantum Supremacy | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
And that brings us to today, when Google officially published the paper in the prestigious journal Nature. In it, Google claims its Sycamore quantum computer has completed a random number generation-related calculation in just 200 seconds — a task that would take the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years, according to the tech giant.
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10,000 years in 200 seconds....    It's official now says Google....

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and I still want Quantum on my desktop

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How to Back Up Your Pictures After Google Ends Photos and Drive Sync

How to Back Up Your Pictures After Google Ends Photos and Drive Sync | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Starting July 10th Google will no longer sync your pics and vids from Google Photos to Google Drive. Here is a look at what's happening and how to back up content from your phone or computer.
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changes in the wind...  does the Google change affect you?

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All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google knows more about you than you might think. Here's how to keep it from tracking your location, web browsing, and more.
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reminds me of words from a song...   "every breath you take"...

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How to stop Google from storing your location history

How to stop Google from storing your location history | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
If you use Google apps on your phone, Google keeps a log of everywhere you go with stunning detail. Here's how to stop Google from tracking your location and delete its log of where you've been.
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I wonder if the bad guys know to turn this off? mine has been turned off for a while now - I am not a bad guy....

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Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world

Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
No technology company is arguably more responsible for shaping the modern internet, and modern life, than Google. On Tuesday, September 4th, Google turned 20 years old, marking one of the most staggeringly influential runs for any corporation in history. Here’s a list detailing how the company got to its position at the peak of Silicon Valley.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOOGLE

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Google confirms rolling out a broad core search algorithm update earlier this week

Google confirms rolling out a broad core search algorithm update earlier this week | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google has confirmed rumors that a search algorithm update took place on Monday. Some sites may have seen their rankings improve, while others may have seen negative or zero change.
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oh, wonderful....   growing pains i guess...

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How to delete Google from your life

How to delete Google from your life | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Get rid of Google by deleting your account information and searching for alternative services.
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could you? yes. should you? seriously? then what?

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Google quietly released a killer new feature in Google Maps

Google quietly released a killer new feature in Google Maps | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google Maps now has elevation estimates.
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anyone going for a walk?

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Google's Amazon Echo killer could be called 'Chirp' and launch this year

Google's Amazon Echo killer could be called 'Chirp' and launch this year | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google's response to the the Echo, Amazon's voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker/smart home hub, will arrive sometime this year, according to a new report.
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Can't wait.....

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Google Confirms Creepy New Privacy Problem

Google Confirms Creepy New Privacy Problem | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google has insisted that it is committed to earning the trust of users, but this latest privacy intrusion revelation might have made that commitment even harder to realize. Here's what you need t
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if Google confirms creepy privacy problem - we should be listening  (they are)....

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Google’s login chief doesn’t mind Apple’s new sign-in button

Google’s login chief doesn’t mind Apple’s new sign-in button | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google’s login chief is surprisingly sunny about competing with Apple’s new single sign-on (SSO) button, as long as it means fewer passwords.
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so Google is cool with the Apple sign-in button...

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Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?"
Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier.
Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
So come with me on an unwelcome walk down memory lane. I listened to four years of my Alexa archive and found thousands of fragments of my life: spaghetti-timer requests, joking houseguests and random snippets of "Downton Abbey." There were even sensitive conversations that somehow triggered Alexa's "wake word" to start recording, including my family discussing medication and a friend conducting a business deal.
You can listen to your own Alexa archive here. Let me know what you unearth.
For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It's easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn't know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there's a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check.
Let's not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that's collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.
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"Eavesdropping" is a sensitive word for Amazon, which has battled lots of consumer confusion about when
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HEADS UP FOLKS....

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Google Duplex starts rolling out to iPhones and more Android phones

Google Duplex starts rolling out to iPhones and more Android phones | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google said Duplex would launch on iOS devices and other Android phones, and it looks like that’s now starting to happen. The service has appeared on a Galaxy S10 Plus, showing the rollout is underway.
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what is 

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I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said

I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they are spying on me. Here's what each voice assistant had to say.
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ARE they listening?  Your thoughts?

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Google's 'Advanced Protection' Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before

Google's 'Advanced Protection' Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google offers a powerful new security setting aimed its most (rightfully) paranoid users.
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interesting - would this work for you?  anyone using it now?

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Google made a tiny error and it broke half the internet in Japan

Google made a tiny error and it broke half the internet in Japan | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
When a company the size of Google makes a tiny mistake, the outcome could have much more immense repercussions: Just ask Japan's internet users.
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TINY error shuts down HALF OF JAPAN...   wonder what would happen with a BIG error?

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Google's desktop search could be out of date compared to mobile results soon

Google's desktop search could be out of date compared to mobile results soon | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Google splitting its mobile and desktop indexes within ‘months’ to offer better smartphone experiences, according to a Google webmaster trends analyst
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this could be HUGE!

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