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Google Lighthouse  - Performance, accessibility and more reports for Web Developers
An open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. You can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, progressive web apps, and more.
webdesign  tools  performance  standards  Google  opensource  browser 
1 hour ago by liqweed
Commentary: How We Can Stop the Tech Monopoly Takeover | Fortune
The size and scale of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft threaten American democracy. Is it too late to stop them?
data  privacy  monopoly  facebook  google  apple  amazon  2018  fortune  anti-trust 
yesterday by wmaceyka
Pixel Watch investigation: everything we know, and what it needs to succeed • Wareable
Husain Sumra:
<p>Multiple reports have said Google is prepping a Pixel-branded smartwatch for this year, but what will it look like and what features will it host? That much is still up in the air, but we can certainly start the speculation. Here's what we know so far, and what we're hoping to see…

A smartwatch with a better Google Assistant means a more proactive assistant. Dennis Troper, head of product for Wear OS, told Wareable that Google wants Assistant on Wear OS to anticipate how it can help before a command is issued. Think of this like the Pixel's song identification feature. If there's a song playing in the background, the song and artist will pop up automatically on your homescreen - no need to Shazam it.

You can likely expect a Pixel Watch to show off how helpful Assistant can be on the wrist, setting an example for the rest of the Wear OS partners. It'd be nice if Google could use Assistant, Google Maps and a new health focus to do things like track runs, or recommend running spots or food places or whatever else from your wrist.

The other thing Google really wants to improve is how Wear OS handles fitness. Troper says we can expect more on this from the Wear OS team this year, and we're willing to bet a Pixel Watch is where these features will get their big debut.

One of the things Google is working on is proactive coaching, helping with wellbeing and motivating users to stay more active. You can likely expect a Pixel Watch to have at least a heart rate sensor.</p>

I'd have thought Google would want to pack everything it could in - LTE, GPS, heart rate sensor, any thing it can.
google  pixel  smartwatch 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering • The Verge
Vlad Savov, who got hold of an internal Google concept video from 2016 which builds on the "selfish gene" concept to offer the "selfish ledger" idea of huge amounts of data collection about you:
<p>Building on the ledger idea, the middle section of the video presents a conceptual Resolutions by Google system, in which Google prompts users to select a life goal and then guides them toward it in every interaction they have with their phone. The examples, which would “reflect Google’s values as an organization,” include urging you to try a more environmentally friendly option when hailing an Uber or directing you to buy locally grown produce from Safeway.

<img src="" width="100%" /><br /><em>An example of a Google Resolution superimposing itself atop a grocery store’s shopping app, suggesting a choice that aligns with the user’s expressed goal.</em>

Of course, the concept is premised on Google having access to a huge amount of user data and decisions. Privacy concerns or potential negative externalities are never mentioned in the video. The ledger’s demand for ever more data might be the most unnerving aspect of the presentation.

Foster envisions a future where “the notion of a goal-driven ledger becomes more palatable” and “suggestions may be converted not by the user but by the ledger itself.” This is where the Black Mirror undertones come to the fore, with the ledger actively seeking to fill gaps in its knowledge and even selecting data-harvesting products to buy that it thinks may appeal to the user. The example given in the video is a bathroom scale because the ledger doesn’t yet know how much its user weighs. The video then takes a further turn toward anxiety-inducing sci-fi, imagining that the ledger may become so astute as to propose and 3D-print its own designs. <em>Welcome home, Dave, I built you a scale.</em>

Foster’s vision of the ledger goes beyond a tool for self-improvement. The system would be able to “plug gaps in its knowledge and refine its model of human behavior” — not just your particular behavior or mine, but that of the entire human species. “By thinking of user data as multigenerational,” explains Foster, “it becomes possible for emerging users to benefit from the preceding generation’s behaviors and decisions.” Foster imagines mining the database of human behavior for patterns, “sequencing” it like the human genome, and making “increasingly accurate predictions about decisions and future behaviours.”</p>

Soooper creepy. Only a concept, of course.
google  video  privacy  data 
yesterday by charlesarthur
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