Chrome Now Tops IE

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According to NetMarketShare Chrome now accounts for 41.66% of the browser market, 0.31% more than Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge—Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer. NetMarketShare also tracks the market share of search engines and mobile operating systems, both of which Google also dominates.

via Quartz. Click here to download market data

 

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TayTweets and the Dangers of AI

Humans have a long and storied history of freaking out over the possible effects of our technologies. Long ago, Plato worried that writing would hurt people’s memories and “implant forgetfulness in their souls.” More recently, Mary Shelley’s tale of Frankenstein’s monster warned us against playing God. Today, as artificial intelligences multiply, our ethical dilemmas have…

via Microsoft’s disastrous Tay experiment shows the hidden dangers of AI — Quartz

April Fools 2016

Today many of your favorite sites are April Fool‘n around.

For example, take Gmail’s MicDrop feature. It promises to give you the last word on your outgoing message. 

MicDropI wish this feature did exist; it’d be a great way to silence those REPLY-TO-ALLers.

Update: Much like Orson Welles‘ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds this faux feature, was believed real. Citing a backlash of complaints, GMail quickly disabled this Aprils Fool’s joke

Past Tom Foolery has included Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals (pictured) complete with Trojan Horse, and Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper.

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This Year H&M is onboard with a Mark Zuckerberg line of clothing http://markforhm.com/

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More faves and fails from 2016:

Found one you want to share? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to this post.

 

Cheers!

Dominos’ Drone Delivers! Meet DRU

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Dominos is unleashing a Drone army in Australia!

Meet DRU, the first soldier and prototype for Domino’s next wave of deliverymen agents. Currently undergoing trials in Australia.

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For more watch this promotional video.

Cheers!
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Google Star Wars Easter Egg

Ramping up for the December opening of Star Wars – The Force Awakens, here’s a short and sweet Google Easter egg:

  1. Go to Google search page
  2. Type in “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

Cheers!

Additional reading:

Skype’s Hidden Emojis

This month we celebrate World Emoji Day (seriously, it’s a thing) . Last post I showcased GMail’s new emojis. Now I highlight Skype‘s emoji offerings.

Disney/Pixar Emoji’s

What better way to share you emotions than with the eponymous animated character from the movie Inside Out

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Hidden Skype Emoji’s (shhhh…)

Although these emojis don’t appear on the menu they are available by entering the secret code (in parentheses)

For example, type (gift) into the SMS field (include the parentheses) and press the Send Send

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Voila, an animated present.

Here are few others (for the full list visit Skype’s FAQ support page)

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(gottarun) (poolparty) (stop) (holdon) (confidential)

Cheers!

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