theEweekly Wrap: 5 Dec
Google to go child-friendly in 2015
Google are planning to create child-friendly versions of their popular products, according to an article posted on USA today.
Pavni Diwanji, the Google executive in charge of the new initiative, said the plan was to create products which are “fun and safe for children”, and it is thought Google will work towards releasing new versions of Search, YouTube and Chrome.
She added that search results for “trains” might return information on Thomas the Tank Engine rather than links to ticket booking sites.
Parents will be able to monitor the amount of time their children spend online and how they spend it, with the new products offering more than the “safe search” tools which have long been available within browsers.
A timetable hasn’t been outlined for the project, but executives stated the company will be working round-the-clock to produce interface designs and an algorithm which delivers appropriate search results.
This latest news follows Google’s previous child-focused releases like Doodle 4 Google, virtual Maker Camp and its Made with Code project.
North Korea denies hacking Sony Pictures
A North Korean official has denied Pyongyang is behind last week’s cyber attacks on Sony Pictures which caused massive disruptions to the company’s internal computer network, resulting in a number of unreleased films being leaked.
A Pyongyang diplomat in New York said linking North Korea to the hacking “is another fabrication targeting the country”, and the country intends to “follow international norms banning hacking and privacy.”
Investigators suspected hackers in Pyongyang were behind the attack after a letter to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, called the upcoming release of Seth Rogen and James Franco film, The Interview, “an act of war.”
Experts had also suggested the recent Sony cyber-attack was similar to an incident last year where North Korea hacked South Korean banks and TV networks.
The statement comes after a spokesperson refused to rule out Pyongyang’s involvement, telling reporters to “just wait and see” who was to blame.
Gangnam Style ‘broke’ YouTube
To round off this week’s wrap we have the news YouTube has upgraded its view counter after the video for South Korean pop song Gangnam Style, which was first uploaded in July 2012, was viewed too many times.
YouTube posted a statement saying the video caused an error when the view count reached a number greater than the 32-bit integer mark (=2,147,483,647 views), or the maximum possible amount of views.
The video surpassed the figure which staff thought was possible for a single video, forcing YouTube to alter the way views are counted.
In response, YouTube said it had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (=9,223,372,036,854,775,808 views).
At the time of writing, Psy’s smash hit has been watched 2,155,018,583 times and is the latest thing to ‘break the internet’, following Kim Kardashian’s photo shoot last month which saw her become the most popular image search term overall.
Gangnam Style is currently the most-watched video on YouTube by over a billion views, and is trailed in second place by Justin Bieber’s single Baby.