Google eBooks Get Search, Translation & Definitions

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Pick up a book like James Joyce’s Ulysses and you’ll likely want a library at your side to help define, translate and help give the context needed to understand the plethora of heady content inside. Before the days of the Internet, reading some of the more scholarly literary texts involved just that – having a dictionary or other reference materials on hand. Now, Google has brought these things together by adding search, translation and word definitions directly to its Google eBooks offering.“When bookworms stumble across a word we don’t know, we face the classic dilemma of whether to put the book down to look up the word or forge ahead in ignorance to avoid interrupting the reading experience,” writes Google engineer Derek Lei on the company’s blog. “Well, fret no more, readers, because today you can select words in Google eBooks and look up their definitions, translate them or search for them elsewhere in the book from within the Google eBooks Web Reader–without losing your page or even looking away.”Google does this, of course, using its in-house tools, such as Google Dictionary, Google Translate and its flagship Google Search technology. Readers can also search for the word or phrase not only in the text, but in Google and Wikipedia. When looking for a word definition, readers are presented not only with a basic definition, but the ability to hear the word pronunciation. It’s great what turning printed words into digital representations means for the reader experience, isn’t it? Instead of flipping through a dictionary, all you need to do now is right click on a word and a world of context and information is immediately available.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansonlast_img read more

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Google Shutters Realtime Search, For Now

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Real-Time Web#search#web Over the weekend, the keen eyes at Search Engine Land noticed that Google’s Realtime Search had gone missing. The website returns a 404 error, the option no longer appears in the left-hand sidebar and search results for news no longer include real-time links.A Google spokesperson confirmed the closure, but called it a temporary one. According to Google, Realtime Search has been shuttered as a 2009 agreement between Twitter and Google had expired, making what was one of the key element of that real-time content – Tweets – no longer available.Tweets weren’t the only part of Google Realtime Search, to be sure. Other content included Google Buzz, Google News, MySpace posts and FriendFeed updates. Although that list of services is just a partial one, it makes the centrality of Twitter to this search pretty clear. With the launch last week of Google+, the inability for Twitter and Google to renew their Realtime Search agreement suggests an interesting road ahead for social and real-time search. Tweets do still show up in Bing social searches, it’s worth noting. Google Plus and Realtime SearchGoogle may move to incorporate the new Google Plus posts into a revised real-time search, but that hardly addresses the problem of searching for Tweets. As Danny Sullivan points out, Twitter has “largely outsourced the service of Twitter search longer than a few days to Google.” Although Google will still have access to Twitter data by crawling the Web, it won’t be the same, and the recurring complaints about the difficulties surrounding Twitter search and archives are likely to resurface.Social Signals in SearchIt’s easy to read the falling out between Twitter and Google as being connected to the newly launched Google Plus, but it’s far too early to make any sweeping pronouncements about Google no longer needing Twitter to beef up its social search now that it has what appears to be a successful social component on its hands. Google has managed just fine without having Facebook integration, of course. But the value of Twitter in real-time searches seems to go beyond just “the social.” Add to that, Google+ still a nascent network, one that may be, at least according to journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, somewhat less useful of a tool for breaking news coverage and by extension, less useful for real-time search. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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Effort to remove infants gender from health card advances equality experts say

first_imgVANCOUVER – A parent’s request to exclude their child’s sex on government-issued identification is pushing past the boundaries of gender stereotyping, experts say.Kori Doty, a B.C. parent who identifies as transgender and prefers the pronoun they, refused to provide the sex of their child Searyl to the government when they were born in November.Doty said it was a victory when Searyl’s provincial health card arrived in the mail in April displaying a “U” instead of an “M” or “F” to designate the child’s sex.Vancouver-based lawyer barbara findlay, who advocates for gender-free identification, said race is no longer recorded on birth certificates or other identification because it’s personal information and gender should be treated the same way.“One’s sex, one’s gender identity is as personal a piece of information as how you identify your race and it shouldn’t be on ID documents,” said findlay, whose legal name is not capitalized.Historically, the government used information about gender to distinguish who — specifically men — could own property or vote, findlay said. Since those barriers no longer exist, she said it’s unnecessary to continue displaying gender on ID documents.Aaron Devor, chair in transgender studies at the University of Victoria, said an infant’s gender identity may not develop as expected. Assigning gender may also force intersex babies into a category in which they don’t belong.There shouldn’t be a need to identify someone by gender on their ID at all because discrimination is prohibited, he said.People also shouldn’t be “labelled and pigeonholed” to a particular stereotypical set of gender expectations, Devor said.Stereotyping is especially damaging to people who are transgender and whose identity cards don’t match the gender in which they present.“They’re subject to any number of unpleasant circumstance, which could range simply from being looked at funny to being denied service that they require to being abused verbally or even physically,” he said.It’s because of those restrictive stereotypes that Doty didn’t want to prescribe a gender to Searyl. Instead, Searyl can determine their own gender identity when the time comes and not be limited by societal expectations of how boys and girls should be, Doty said.“I’m not imposing a non-binary gender identity on my kid, I’m just holding the space for them to figure out who they are without the application of a rigid assumption,” Doty said.Jen Marchbank, a professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University, said studies have shown that infants are treated differently when labelled a boy or girl with babies dressed in blue getting played with more than those dressed in pink.Raising a child without an assigned gender could help avoid people imposing their biases, Marchbank said, adding it would be impossible to avoid stereotypes entirely.“Even if it’s not being imposed on them, they will witness my friend Patsy, who is a girl, is treated this way and my friend Bobby, who is a boy, is treated that way,” Marchbank said.Efforts to do away with the male-female binary would benefit everyone, but simply offering a third option isn’t the solution. Marchbank said she knows many people who feel their gender is fluid, rather than permanently fixed as male or female, and a third option wouldn’t necessarily represent them.A third option displayed on government ID would unnecessarily “out” someone as being either transgender or intersex, putting them at risk of discrimination, said Marchbank, who works with transgender youth in Vancouver.In Ontario, gender was removed from health cards in June 2016 while driver’s licences have “X” as an option.It’s a move Doty and other advocates for gender-free ID want to see implemented for all government documents.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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