Friday, November 18, 2011

Google Music finally available

So guess what, Google just made Google Music available to everyone. No, not just the app in beta version. Not just its Android app in which you can listen to music stored on your phone. You can now download music from Google, just like you can from iTunes. All of it happens on your laptop, or on your Android phone or tablet. What's better, you can choose to store your music on Google servers and you can access it everywhere you have internet connection!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Get cash back rewards by using your debit card!

The day's when you got cash back rewards from your debit card are long over. Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have stopped rewarding their checking account holders for using their debit cards long time ago. Fortunately, there is a new way you can get these rewards now the same way you used to! Well, not exactly. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

A million-dollar mistake in German museum

File this one under "O" for "Oops." A cleaner with the best intentions accidentally destroyed a piece of art worth more than $1 million when she removed what she thought was a "stain" from the installation. Spoiler alert: It wasn't really a stain.

The piece of art, titled "When It Starts Dripping From The Ceilings," features a series of wooden planks and a (formerly) discolored plastic bowl. The artist, the late Martin Kippenberger, intended for viewers to understand that the bowl had been discolored by water running over the pieces of wood.

Unfortunately, the bowl isn't so discolored anymore. A spokesperson from the art museum in Dortmund, Germany, remarked that "it is now impossible to return it to its original state." The cleaner was apparently unaware that she was supposed to stay at least 20 centimeters away from the works of art.

Kippenberger died at the age of 43 in 1997, but he left behind a large collection of work. Roberta Smith of the New York Times said he was "widely regarded as one of the most talented German artists of his generation." Like many of the greats, his work has grown more valuable since his death. In 2005, a Kippenberger painting went for more than $1 million.

So far, there's been no word on whether the cleaning woman will be in any legal or financial trouble for her mistake. The piece of art was on loan to the museum from a private collector, who will probably think twice before lending out any more million-dollar pieces of art. According to the AP, insurance adjusters are currently "assessing the damage." It'll be up to the owner to decide whether to approve an effort to restore the piece to something resembling its original state, or just leave it as is.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Google Changes Search Algorithm, Trying to Make Results More Timely

The new algorithm is a recognition that Google, whose dominance depends on providing the most useful results, is being increasingly challenged by services like Twitter and Facebook, which have trained people to expect constant updates with seconds-old news.

It is also a reflection of how people use the web as a real-time news feed - that if, for example, you search for a baseball score, you probably want to find the score of a game being played at the moment, not last week, which is what Google often gave you.

“This is the result of them saying we need to find a way to more effectively get fresh content up,” said Danny Sullivan, editor of Search Engine Land and an industry expert. “It does help with the issue of people thinking, ‘Wow, if I need to find out about something breaking, I’ll go to Facebook or Twitter for that.”