Monday, December 13, 2021

What Is and How Is It Different to Other Search Engines?

See Microscopic Butterfly Wing Scales Materialize Inside of a Chrysalis Smithsonian

The myth of independent central banks FT

Finding People Resources and Sites 2022 – This guide by Marcus P. Zillmanidentifies a wide range of free and fee based resources from which to choose to conduct people searches as well as brand and company reputation research, for business or personal reasons. It is important to note that the largest and most prominent data aggregators resell their content to other sites. In addition, data on free and some fee based sites may not be cleansed and can include inaccuracies that range from minor to critical. Also, many sites offer free search but charge a fee to view the results. It is therefore advisable to use multiple sources in your research and compare and contrast results before pursuing the use of these data.

MakeUseOf: “ is a search engine that putsWhat Is and How Is It Different to Other Search Engines? - MakeUseOf its users first. Using a combination of search results, apps, and shortcuts, it presents information in rows that “form an interface of your digital life”. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time scouring the internet for content, may be for you. You can use the search engine as-is, customize your experience, or take advantage of its Private Mode. In Private Mode, searches, preferences, and locations don’t get stored. What’s more, anytime you search, the queries come from the’s IP address, not your own. Within the results page, you can utilize You Apps to find information and get things done. Think GitHub, Reddit, and Twitter all on one page. You’ll also find results within the apps that are relevant to your search…”

Washington Post – “Zoom, Google, Microsoft and others say new features and tools will help improve the headaches of hybrid work meetings…As workers brace for a hybrid environment in the long run, makers of some of the most commonly used video conferencing tools are hoping their latest updates and those yet to come will address some of the biggest pain points of video calling and provide more collaborative capabilities. “It’s an evolving set of concerns,” said Sanaz Ahari, senior director of product for communication apps across Google Workspace and Android. “A lot of [our focus] has been around collaboration equity and making sure we have the right set of tools so people can collaborate regardless of where they are.” Office workers have a growing wish list of improvements for videoconferencing tools, from audio enhancements to better video features, that they’ve been using for nearly two years. And the makers of the tools — Microsoft, Zoom, Google, Webex, BlueJeans and LogMeIn — say they’re listening and responding. They’re working on minimizing background noise, allowing people to blur or change their backgrounds, get in and out of back-to-back meetings with one click, and better focus on individual faces and voices when workers are huddled in the same room together…”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 4, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: You Should Opt-Out of Verizon’s Data-Collection Scheme Right Now; Crowd-Sourced Suspicion Apps Are Out of Control; Who owns our health data — and why we should care; and the White House Readies Plan to Boost Cybersecurity of Water Supply.