Teach Technology to Parents [Google Launches TeachParentsTech]

Google is slowly getting into content game – right from launching a fashion site to now launching TeachParentsTech.org, a website aimed at teaching technology to parents, via Youtube videos.

TeachParentsTech.org lets you select from more than 50 basic how-to videos to send to mom, dad, your old college roommate, your neighbor or anyone else who could use a little help with tech task. [source]

The site is nicely categorized and videos are short and informative – and of course, they all (mostly) talk about Google products (like ‘How to chat’ is all things GTalk).

Gmail’s Mobile App Now Supports 44 Languages

Gmail’s mobile app’s latest release (HTML5) supports 44 languages, including Hindi.

“..go to gmail.com in your phone’s browser and the new interface will appear in your language automatically. We’ve been rolling these changes out, so some of you may have already seen them. You’ll get a bunch of new goodies including offline support, smart links (titles will appear in links for Google Maps, YouTube and Google Docs), the ability to add and remove labels, layout improvements and more—in addition to the existing features like starring, better threaded conversations and search”. [source]

Visualizing Friendship [Facebook]

Facebook has shared visualization of data in a locational context.

“I began by taking a sample of about ten million pairs of friends from Apache Hive, our data warehouse. I combined that data with each user’s current city and summed the number of friends between each pair of cities. Then I merged the data with the longitude and latitude of each city.

I defined weights for each pair of cities as a function of the Euclidean distance between them and the number of friends between them. Then I plotted lines between the pairs by weight, so that pairs of cities with the most friendships between them were drawn on top of the others. I used a color ramp from black to blue to white, with each line’s color depending on its weight. I also transformed some of the lines to wrap around the image, rather than spanning more than halfway around the world.” [source]

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