Google has launched a new app designed to put parents back in control of their children’s smartphone use. This solves the problem increasingly faced by parents, who want to let their kids have smartphones, but don’t want their kids to use them all day, every day with no limits.One of the many and varied problems parents face these days is keeping an eye on their children’s smartphone usage. This can be a tricky issue, especially as few parents want to spy on their kids. Hopefully, Google’s new app, called Family Link, provides a sensible solution.
Daily Archives: March 17, 2017
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called “upsetting-offensive.” So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.While flagging something doesn’t directly affect the search results themselves, it’s used to tweak the company’s software so that better content ranks higher. This approach might, for instance, push down content that is inaccurate or has other questionable attributes, thereby giving prominence to trustworthy sources.The review teams — comprised of contractors known as “quality raters” — already comb through websites and other content to flag questionable items such as pornography. Google added “upsetting-offensive” in its latest guidelines for quality raters. Google declined to comment on the changes, which were reported in the blog Search Engine Land and elsewhere.