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Othar Hansson
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Good article on today's Android announcements and improvements to Google Now.  Quoting:

"Google also has added a number of other service features, most prominently a 25% improvement in speech recognition, on top of a 20% improvement last year, and the ability carry on a dialogue through Google Now, its personal assistant service. An example Google provided: “Text Jennifer.” Answers “Which Jennifer?” “Jennifer Fitzgerald.” “Mobile or work?” “Work.” “What do you want to say?” And so on.

Moreover, the results Google brings up on a search can tap both the Web and apps that are installed on the phone. For instance, if you search for a restaurant and have OpenTable installed, the results will show the app and with a click bring up a screen to make a reservation there. Available in about two weeks, this is a pilot program for now with about 10 apps, including Trulia, IMDB, moviefone, Etsy, Expedia, OpenTable, and “We are beginning to bring apps and the Web together,” Pichai said. “Regardless of where the information is, we want to bring it together for you.”
VideoThe Nexus 5 Google took aim at the next billion users worldwide with today's introduction of the next version of its Android mobile software on a new flagship Nexus 5 smartphone. Google said the new Android software, which it has nicknamed KitKat, will work on older smartphones as well, a key feature [...]
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More awesomeness  from my teammates in Android.  This solves a search problem that is otherwise extremely hard: "what's this song?"
The next time you hear a catchy tune on the radio and don't know the artist or title, have Google Voice Search lend an ear. Just tap the microphone on the Google Search App and when it recognizes that a song is playing, Listen for music with a music note next to it will appear. Tap the note and Google Now will identify the song, artist and album. If you're digging the tune, click the Google Play icon to buy the song or the whole album.

#searchtips   #googlesearch  
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Othar, is there an official google authorship page where we can discuss issues? I have uploaded more than 15 photos of my face to Google plus and all of them have displayed the message that there are no faces in the photo. I have tried different angles, resolutions, older photos, newer ones, and nothing works.
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On Oct 6, I'll be at Kara's "Walk to Remember 2012" in memory of my father (Othar) and first wife (Elly I-Chun Lin). Just over 10 years ago, I-Chun died by suicide after decades of struggles with depression. I called Kara the next day (thanks to the advice of a police chaplain), and started 1-on-1 peer counseling and joined a support group.

Along with a few close friends and family, Kara was one of the main sources of support during what was the most difficult time in my life. I'm very grateful, and quickly came back to Kara as a volunteer, helping to run groups in the Youth & Family program. I also served on Kara's board for about 8 years, including roles as Treasurer and Board President.

My story has been repeated, with variations, in thousands of families and individuals that Kara has served. We've also served local schools and companies reeling after unexpected deaths.

Remember those who grieve, and those they grieve for. Join me in the walk or make a donation to keep these services available to others.
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Grief is tough; depression is very tough, terminal illnesses extremely tough - my mum is dying a really painful death after a three year battle with colon cancer, and she's a severe chronic depressive too - she previously had to have electrical shock therapy twice (only ever a last resort option), so it's been a rough last few years. It is really heart-warming, then, to see someone like you who actively support the great work of organisations like Kara who reach out to and touch the lives of so many people - thank you. 
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Block off 20 minutes; search for [bacon number charlie chaplin]; explore.

it's fairly clear that the distance metric is not a measure of acting talent.
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Google Glass now does Sound Search, thanks to my ingenious teammates.  There are no easter eggs (afaik), so go ahead and test it on Nick Lowe's "Breaking Glass" or any other songs you hear while you're wearing Glass.
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Airing April 8 on HBO, on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

HBO Documentary Films: 50 Children - The Rescue Mission Of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

"50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS tells the dramatic, previously untold story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who followed their conscience, traveling to Nazi-controlled Vienna in spring 1939 to save a group of children...." including the father of one of my oldest friends.
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happy groundhog's day!
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Very cool!
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i'm surprised that no one in the media has commented on the other odd aspect of Romney's abortion statement: "There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda." ... how exactly does something "become part of your agenda" if you're running for president?  It seems so oddly and disturbingly passive.

And I think it gets to the root distinction in this election.  Barack Obama is running for President.  The Republican Party is running Mitt Romney for President.  His agenda is not his own to set.  I'll tell you what: when i run for President, I'm controlling what becomes part of my agenda.

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This is not a criticism but a question about this post appearing on your Google+ account.  Our company has a policy against public political and religious discussions from work.  This Google+ account labels you (Othar) as the "Engineering Lead at The Authorship Project @ Google".  You may be within Google policy but not at our company.  I also notice that you (Othar) have two Google+ accounts.  Question: how can we compartmentalize our identities to have different personas, one for work and another that could be used for personal opinions?  Would you recommend two (or more) accounts?  If I were to set up an account like "Senior Web Developer @ The AMM Group" who would own the content when I am no longer employed by this organization (I want the company to own the content)?
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happy 10th birthday to Google News.  I use it every day and there's not much on the web that I have time to visit every day.
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to be fair, the RNC were assured before giving him the role that Eastwood had a reputation for being a problem-solver, and had a long record of success in private industry.
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  • Android @ Google
    principal engineer, 2013 - present
    Google Now and Android search team
  • The Authorship Project @ Google
    Engineering Lead, 2012
  • Google Image Search
    Engineering Director, 2012
  • Thinkbank (now Bitway)
    1995 - 2005
  • WR Hambrecht & Co.
    Principal Developer, Managing Director, 1999 - 2001
  • Heuristicrats Research Inc.
    VP Research, 1985 - 1995
  • Apple
    consultant, 1995
  • SRI
    subcontractor, Integration Lead for the RADAR project, 2004 - 2005
  • NASA
    subcontractor, consultant, 1989 - 2004
  • Enviz (acquired by Keynote)
    consultant, 2001 - 2003
  • Intraspect (acquired by Vignette)
    consultant, 1995 - 1996
  • USVP, University Ventures, Summit Accelerator Fund, JP Morgan Partners
    consultant, due diligence
  • Postmodern Computing (acquired by Visigenic)
  • Red Pepper Software (acquired by Peoplesoft)
  • TimeDance
    consultant, 1998 - 1999
  • Responsive Learning Technologies (acquired by UNext)
  • Google search
    principal engineer, 2005 - 2013
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