Google Glass app helps kids with autism see emotions

Stanford University researchers are testing software that is meant to help autistic children with social cues. The Google Glass software reads the emotions on people’s faces, then tells the user what those emotions are. Early research is yielding positive results:

 

Social Media Image Sizes 2016 Infographic

Social media is a key communication channel for youth workers.  One of the challenges is that all the different social media networks constantly change the goal posts in terms of how best to share your story.

The image sizes that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and YouTube all use are all completely different.  Here’s a helpful infographic for these sites

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Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

One of the museums I would love to revisit is the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  Unfortunately it isn’t the most affordable trip from the UK, which is why a new online tour of the museum will be a welcome addition to Google Street View.

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Captured using tripod-mounted cameras, Street View trolley cameras and even drones, anyone with Internet access can explore the museum’s well-known spiral staircase, which has been featured in scores of movies.

By navigating to a special Google-created site, users can virtually stroll through the museum’s halls and peer up through the structure’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed circular skylight (known in the museum as the oculus).

The Optimal Length for Social Media Updates [Infographic]

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Many of us use social media, but these days if you want people to engage it is so important that you make sure your posts are the optimal length.

Check out this infographic from Buffer to help you know what is the optimal length for not just social media updates but also for hashtags, blog posts and titles, and even subject lines for emails.

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Google Street View Car Races Mercedes Supercar

Google Street View Car Races Mercedes Supercar

Google Street View Car isn’t exactly built for speed. It’s better for slow, steady neighborhood rides while collecting 360-degree imagery of its surroundings (and, sometimes, Wi-Fi data!). So, how would it fare against a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series with 631 horsepower and a top speed of 196 miles per hour?

Simply put, it wouldn’t. The Mercedes leaves it in a cloud of smoke and burned tire fragments. The feature is, in part, thanks to Top Gear, which brought the Google Street View Car to its test track to take the imagery and place it on Google Maps. To spice things up, showrunners pitted the car against the extremely expensive Mercedes supercar for a virtual “race.”

To find it, type “Top Gear Test Track” into Google Maps and drag Google’s yellow pegman, located in the upper left corner of Maps, onto the map.

You can virtually stroll around the test track with the Mercedes, which is driven by Top Gear‘s infamous Stig. We can call this a 1:1 — the Mercedes may be faster, but the Street View Car takes nicer photos.

Funny stories from around the world

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Carlsberg advert disses Apple release hype

As if there weren’t enough anti-Apple adverts from companies like Samsung and Google, now Carlsberg is getting in on the game too.

The beer company released its first UK ad this week for Somersby cider, which pokes fun at all the fuss surrounding Apple product launches.  In the video, dozens of people rush into an Apple-style store to get their hands on the latest products, except instead of iPhones and iPads, the store’s tables are filled with actual apples and glasses filled with cider.

The Somersby salespeople tout their products as “completely wireless,” being “full of great content” and, perhaps best of all, working “perfectly in direct sunlight.”