→ Dreams of neural networks

Google fed their image recognition neural network images and instructed them to enhance whatever objects were recognised in the picture, resulting in some pretty weird stuff. Then they just started just inputting random noise and feeding the result back into the system over and over, ending up with some really interesting images.

→ Chrome mobile web apps

This upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu.

Then anytime you’d like to open the saved website, just tap its icon on your homescreen. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher.

Application shortcuts on Android – Google Chrome Blog

Better late than never.

This version of Chrome also introduces a somewhat questionable feature to proxy all HTTP requests over Google’s servers so they can be compressed with SPDY and images converted to WebP.

Coder for Raspberry Pi

Coder is a free, open source project that turns a Raspberry Pi into a simple platform that educators and parents can use to teach the basics of building for the web. New coders can craft small projects in HTML, CSS, and Javascript, right from the web browser.

Coder for Raspberry Pi

Looking forward to trying this out, previous versions of Chromium have been doggedly slow on the Pi.

Edit: Bummer, looks like it’s just running a Node.js webserver, not Chrome itself.

Google drops support for IE8

Google confirmed late last week that it would soon be killing off support for Microsoft’s now aged browser, Internet Explorer 8, which also means it no longer gives a stuff about Windows XP hold-outs.

The company said in a blog post on Friday that it would discontinue support for IE 8 on 15 November, claiming the move was prompted by the forthcoming arrival of IE 10 on 26 October.

Google to axe IE 8 support, cuts off Windows XP lifeline – The Register

Includes Google Apps for Business, Education and Government. Pretty bold.