Do people really want smartwatches? Google Search autocomplete results offer hilarious answers

Originally posted on BGR:

It’s up in the air as to whether smartwatches will be a success or not. Companies are dumping millions of dollars into the development and release of them, and no one is quite sure whether they will catch on. However, if you ask Google, it will autocomplete the answer for you… and it’s not good news for smartwatch vendors.

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How to read books from your local library on your tablet

Originally posted on Gigaom:

I’m a voracious reader, and read between 80 and 100 books a year. Obviously, this is a habit that gets expensive so I’m always looking for legal ways to still read and cut back on the spending. Until I got my iPad in 2010, I was a frequent customer of my town’s library. Once I got hooked on digital books, however, I never really went back.

Some of this is due to the fact that I live in a very small town (about 5,000 people). I often joke that there are more cows on my street than people. So, my library is very small. While we are tied into a regional network of libraries, the next closest library is still two towns over.

Thankfully, my library joined the digital age and I can check out books digitally. This is a big deal for them, since the last time I asked them if I…

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Google Adds European Search De-Listing Requests To Its Transparency Report

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google has published some new details about the search index de-listing requests it’s receiving in Europe. The information is being put online in a new section of its Transparency Report where it also details link removal requests it fields from governments and courts, and also copyright requests — the latter forming the vast majority of Google link removal requests.

The new section is called European privacy in search. Here Google is breaking out the number of URLs and removal requests it has received and processed per European country, along with the proportion of URLs that it has and has not removed. Overall, Google says it has received 146,357 requests for de-indexing across Europe, with 498,737 URLs evaluated so far. The proportion of requests granted overall is just under half (41.8%).

In the U.K., the page reveals Google has so far received 18,486 requests for de-indexing covering a total of 63,616 URLs — and has granted just over a third (35.4%). While…

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Here’s why your WiFi speeds are never as fast as advertised

Originally posted on BGR:

It’s always heartbreaking to test your home WiFi speed. The results are likely only a fraction of what you signed up for, no matter how much you’re paying your service provider. Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Culling from a variety of articles on the subject, BuzzFeed has put together a list of reasons why your home Internet is always much slower you expect it to be.

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