Category: Technology

Google is now using AI to keep its data centers cool and save energy

Cooling towers sit atop a Google data center in The Dalles, Ore., as expansion continues. (GeekWire Photo / Tom Krazit) Google is practicing what it preaches, handing control of one of the most vital components of its data center operation over to its machine-learning algorithms during the past few months. DeepMind, the Google subsidiary that is responsible for much of…

This browser extension makes it harder for Facebook advertisers to target you

A trio of Mozilla Fellows recently released a browser extension designed to keep Facebook‘s advertisers from pigeonholing you. We’ve argued that Facebook should pay users for their data, but in lieu of that, at least this tool makes it harder for the social network to exploit it. Fuzzify.me is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox that collects information as…

Google Play promised to ban cryptocurrency mining apps, but we found tons

Google recently announced its plan to curtail the distribution of cryptocurrency mining apps on the Play Store, but it appears some are still slipping through the net. “We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” the Big G wrote in its updated developer policies last month. “We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.” But this isn’t…

First impressions: Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana are friendly acquaintances, not best friends

The new integration between Alexa and Cortana is promising, but far from complete, based on our initial testing this week. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) “Cortana, open Alexa. … Play Jeopardy!” Just like that, we heard the famous theme song and voices of announcer Johnny Gilbert and host Alex Trebek on our Microsoft Cortana-powered Harman Kardon smart speaker, allowing us…