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By Usama Jawad96
Google is improving its search results to protect people from online harassment
by Usama Jawad
Google Search is quite heavily used all over the world so it's no surprise that the company regularly updates the service with more features and redesigns it from time to time as well. Last month, it also revealed that it is working on a new technology called Multitask Unified Model (MUM) to fetch answers to more complex search queries.
Now, Google has revealed that it will be further enhancing its Search experience to better protect people from harassment.
Google's existing mechanism in this domain involves people manually reporting websites which post content about them without their consent and demand payment for its removal. A common example of this is revenge porn where malicious actors post explicit, non-consensual content of a person online. As part of the current process, Google investigates the information provided by someone affected from this harassment, and then removes the page from search results while also demoting the website's overall ranking.
Now, Google plans to further enhance this process by not only targeting the malicious site but also reducing the ranking of similar "low quality" predatory websites that appear in search results. This will aid in protecting people who are targeted by repeated harassment via unfavorable information posted about them online without their consent. Google says:
As highlighted, the road to enhance Search is an endless one, and Google says that it will continue evolving the experience based on feedback and the changing landscape.
By Abhay V
Microsoft Search will soon begin traversing Teams meeting transcriptions
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft Search will soon allow users to search for recorded Teams meetings stored in SharePoint or OneDrive with not just meeting titles, but also using terms from the meeting transcription itself – if it is available. This is possible thanks to the firm indexing the contents in transcribed Teams meetings for search, along with the titles of the meetings or the filenames for files stored within OneDrive and Teams.
The firm listed the feature in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap (spotted by Petri) which is labeled as being in development. The company has provided more information in an admin center message, which was kindly posted by Petri.
The introduction of this feature makes it easy for users to search for recordings based on points of discussion, rather than lookup (or remember) the title of the meeting, allowing for quicker discovery. For those curious about confidentiality, the Redmond giant says that Microsoft Search results for recordings will be restricted only to the attendees of the meeting, ensuring that results will not include recordings that the individual wasn’t a part of.
However, currently, there is no granular control to tweak the feature as it is automatically rolling out to eligible users with no action required on the admin’s part. The only way to prevent Microsoft Search from indexing transcriptions is by turning transcriptions off completely, which seems like a hassle. It is not clear if the firm will introduce more options in the future.
The feature is being tracked in the roadmap under Roadmap ID 82003 and will begin rolling out to users later this month, with completion of the rollout slated for mid-to-late July.
by Razvan Serea
"Everything" is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything"). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.
"Everything" only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database. A fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index. 1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.
"Everything" will run on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 . NTFS indexing requires the Everything service or running "Everything" as administrator.
Everything 184.108.40.2069 changelog:
fixed an issue with detecting NTFS volumes. "Everything" is Freeware. If you use "Everything" in a commercial environment and find it useful a donation would be appreciated.
Download: Everything 220.127.116.119 32-bit | Portable | ~1.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Everything 18.104.22.1689 64-bit | Portable
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By Usama Jawad96
Google's MUM will answer your more complex search queries
by Usama Jawad
Google Search is an arguably comprehensive product which is used quite widely around the web and on mobile devices. Google regularly adds more features to it and redesigns it from time to time as well. Although it handles basic and somewhat advanced search queries quite well, Google says that it is now working to handle even more complex questions.
This endeavor utilizes a new technology called Multitask Unified Model (MUM) to fetch answers to more complex search queries. It is built on Google's Transformer architecture but is reportedly 1,000 times more powerful than BERT. MUM has been trained on 75 languages and various tasks at once which means that it has a stronger contextual world knowledge compared to existing models. An additional benefit is that MUM can handle different modalities. As of now, it can understand text and images but will be able to handle video and audio in the future too.
Google has highlighted a case to demonstrate the usefulness of MUM. If you've hiked Mount Adams and are now planning to hike Mount Fuji, you would want to know how to prepare differently for your next endeavor. Right now, you'd probably be able to get your answer from Google Search but it would require complex search queries and time. If instead, you asked the same question from a professional hiker, they would quickly be able to provide you an answer. MUM aims to build on this example even further by utilizing world knowledge to recommend you training techniques, top-rated gear, and other helpful subtopics with a single and simple search query like "I've hiked Mt. Adams and now want to hike Mt. Fuji, what should I do differently to prepare?"
The fact that MUM is trained on dozens of languages also means that it can efficiently transfer knowledge from one language to the other and show you recommendations in your preferred one. A future possibility could also be uploading a photo of your hiking boots for MUM to determine whether they are reliable for hiking Mount Fuji, and recommend you alternatives if they're not.
Google says that avoiding bias in new AI systems and reducing their carbon footprint is essential so it will follow a rigorous evaluation process similar to BERT to ensure that MUM ticks all the right boxes. Features powered by MUM will be coming to Google Search eventually as the project is in early exploration phases right now.
By Namerah S
Search function finally arrives at Stadia for web, future updates detailed
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Google's cloud gaming service is currently available in 22 territories around the globe. Stadia is available on many platforms such as desktops, TVs, and phones. In February, the tech giant promised to bring more than 100 games to the game streaming platform's library in 2021.
Despite the size and availability of Stadia, it lacked one crucial feature until today: a search bar. That changed today with the introduction of a search bar. The new update is currently rolling out to web users of Stadia.
In addition to the new search function on the Stadia store, Google also offered users a sneak peek of upcoming updates for the web UI. The company plans to make Stadia accessible directly through internet browsers on Android instead of launching the Stadia app to reach it.
Google will also introduce an activity feed on the cloud gaming platform. Users will be able to share game-related content with their friends, including gameplay footage, and react to posts with emoticons. They will also be able to share their game states on the activity feed with State Share.
Sample screenshots of the upcoming activity feed can be found below.
Lastly, in the future Stadia update web users will be able to manage videos recorded on the platform better. Users will be able to delete video captures and State Shares in bulk.
Google has pointed out that the are yet-to-be-released features it detailed in the Stadia blog today are only mock-ups. Some elements of the updates such as the design may change. A concrete launch window for the updates is also unavailable at the moment.