SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has bought Wavii, a Seattle startup behind an application that condenses online content for time-pressed Web surfers.
Both companies confirmed the deal Friday. As with most of its acquisitions, Google isn’t disclosing how much it paid for Wavii.
Wavii’s technology grasps the context of language so it can summarize the main points in news stories and other content.
Although Wavii’s app is shutting down, CEO Adrian Aoun says the startup’s technology will be used in other Google products.
Google Inc., which is based in Mountain, View, Calif., declined to discuss its plans for Wavii. The natural-language technology could be useful for Google’s Knowledge Graph, an 11-month-old feature that summarizes information in boxes that appear alongside some of Google’s search results.
I wouldn’t recommend Skype to any businesses or individuals working for clients on an ad-hoc basis needing a physical number for people to call. It’s not a reliable tool at all. Also, just to make this extra clear, a majority of my calls with the number I have were made on a 30MB Fiber optic connection with a LAN cable hooked up to my laptop. So the calls I was making were not going through a wifi connection where quality could have been compromised by a lower bandwidth. I was also dialing my Skype number to other fixed line numbers within the same country.
So, just to conclude. Skype Premium is actually worse than free Skype. Don’t invest in it, it’s only going to waste your money, and give you a bad line. You will also then have to deal with support agents who are just as miserable as you are because they have to deal with a system that just doesn’t work. It’s a vicious circle. I feel sorry for these guys.
I wanted to talk to you about a more accurate way to tell time. There used to be a real problem with clocks at one time. You’ve probably noticed that over time your clock either gets faster and slower. This can be most apparent with your alarm clock. Sometimes you’ll want up during the news. Other times you’ll wake up when music is playing. It’s not that the clock at the radio has got fast or slow, it’s your clock that is changing. The reason is that your clock really isn’t that accurate, even if you have a digital one. I’m going to explain why and show you the better choice.
The problem with a lot of clocks is the ability to estimate a second. There are a lot of different ways that this is figured out and varies between clocks, but I’ll explain why a simple digital clock will get faster or slower over time. Basically it measures the power coming out of the wall. Electricity will come in your house at a 60Hz wave (or a wave every 1/60 seconds). The issue is that the wave can very in speed. Usually in the middle of the night it can go down to 59Hz or 61Hz. If you live down a back street you can experience wild variations in your time.
The accurate way of telling time is with an atomic cock. This one uses the natural vibrations of atoms to tell the time. Since atoms are a lot more consistent than electricity frequencies, you can get a very accurate time calculation at all times. This is the type of clock that they’ll use at a radio station and television station.