Posts tagged I/O
Google Jumps into Job Search

Jessica Guynn writing for USA Today:

"Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs.

"So Google is launching a new feature, Google for Jobs, that collects and organizes millions of job postings from all over the web to make them easier for job seekers to find.

"In coming weeks, a Google search for a cashier job in Des Moines or a software engineering gig in Boise will pop up job openings at the top of search results. With Google for Jobs, job hunters will be able to explore the listings across experience and wage levels by industry, category and location, refining these searches to find full or part-time roles or accessibility to public transportation."

Google's jumping into competition with Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, Monster.com, Indeed and the countless other job search sites out there. It will be interesting to see how effective Google is at using the crawling/SEO data that they have for all of those competitors. They could have the ability to display job results that are simply a compilation of all their competitors efforts.

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Super Useful Improvements to Google Photos

Casey Newton reporting for The Verge:

"With a user base in hyper-growth mode and Google's massive resources at its disposal, Google Photos is pressing its advantage. At the Google I/O developer conference today, the team announced useful new features for sharing photos and debuted its first physical goods: printed photo books. It also showed off plans to layer intelligence on top of your photos by turning pictures of business cards into contacts with one tap, for example, or linking your photos of landmarks and paintings to descriptions from Google's Knowledge Graph."

Google Photos is a wonderful service. (I use it alongside Apple Photos.) It's growing super fast for good reason, and these improvements, especially automatically sharing photos of my family with my wife, will lead to even greater growth.

Read on The Verge.

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Google Lens Turns Your Camera Into a Search Box

David Pierce writing for Wired:

"Google is remaking itself as an AI company, a virtual assistant company, a classroom-tools company, a VR company, and a gadget maker, but it’s still primarily a search company. And today at Google I/O, its annual gathering of developers, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new product called Google Lens that amounts to an entirely new way of searching the internet: through your camera.

"Lens is essentially image search in reverse: you take a picture, Google figures out what’s in it. This AI-powered computer vision has been around for some time, but Lens takes it much further. If you take a photo of a restaurant, Lens can do more than just say “it’s a restaurant,” which you know, or “it’s called Golden Corral,” which you also know. It can automatically find you the hours, or call up the menu, or see if there’s a table open tonight. If you take a picture of a flower, rather than getting unneeded confirmation of its flower-ness, you’ll learn that it’s an Elatior Begonia, and that it really needs indirect, bright light to survive. It’s a full-fledged search engine, starting with your camera instead of a text box."

This is a great example of Google taking advantage of their huge amounts of data to create impressive technology and customer value. It’s the primary way that they differentiating themselves from Apple. 

Read on Wired.

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Google Assistant arrives on iPhone

Emil Protalinski reporting for VentureBeat:

"At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google announced Google Assistant is coming to iOS today as a standalone app, rolling out to the U.S. first. Until now, the only way iPhone users could access Google Assistant was through Allo, the Google messaging app nobody uses."

This is obviously smart move for Google. They already offer some of the most-used services on iOS, (Google Maps, Photos, Gmail, etc) taking a signifacant percentage of users from Apple's built-in apps. 

Download Link for those struggling with App Store Search.

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