A study in how Google affects search results, even in private mode and logged out of Google

Over the years, there has been considerable discussion of Google’s “filter bubble” problem. Put simply, it’s the manipulation of your search results based on your personal data. In practice this means links are moved up or down or added to your Google search results, necessitating the filtering of other search results altogether. These editorialized results […]

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Test your phishing email detection skills with Google

Test your phishing email detection skills with Google. Source: Phishing Quiz Phishing is a hacking technique where the attacker fakes their identity to the victim, hoping the victim will not notice that they are not talking to who they think they are.  At my school we’ve had several emails from attackers saying they are a principal, […]

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Let Google spell out that number for you

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Let Google spell out that number for you. A neat feature of Google search that I didn’t know about. In the Google search box, you can type a number and append =english to the end, and Google will give you the English pronunciation of the number. I tried various other languages, and it appears this is […]

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Signing away rights using G Suite for Education

When my son started middle school last month, he brought home a slew of consent forms for this that and the other. Most weren’t problematic, but one was deeply troubling to me — the consent form for the Google Education App. In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the form […]

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Ranking the IQ level of Google and Siri

Researchers Feng Liu, Yong Shi, and Ying Liu set out to test and rank the intelligence quotient (IQ) of various natural and artificial intelligent systems, including humans, Google, Bing, Baidu, and Siri. Based on the tests conducted, Google’s AI has an IQ of 47.28. That ranks just below a six-year child with an IQ of […]

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