Google's Celebrating Its 20th Birthday With Some Retro Easter Eggs

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A lot has changed at Google since the search engine launched in 1998. The company has changed its name from BackRub, moved out of the San Francisco garage where it was founded, and grown into a multibillion-dollar company. The world has changed a lot too in the past two decades, and Google is reminding users of that today with some retro Easter eggs created for its 20th anniversary.

According to TechCrunch, searching these 16 terms pulled from the late 1990s on Thursday, September 27 brings up special prompt suggestions meant to bring you back to the present. Search "digital pet," for example, and Google will ask “It’s 2018! Did you mean fidget spinner?" "Screen name" brings up the suggestion "social handle," "clip art" prompts "GIF," and "gettin’ jiggy wit it" leads to "floss dance." You can check out the full list of keywords below.

1. mp3 file // stream music

2. watch a dvd // streaming subscription

3. googol // Google

4. gettin’ jiggy wit it // floss dance

5. page me // New phone, who dis?

6. butterfly clip styles // top knot

7. soccer world champions 1998 // soccer world champions 2018

8. chat room // text the group

9. how to tell someone you like them // swipe right

10. low-rider pants // how to style high-waisted pants

11. digital pet // fidget spinner

12. baby // bae

13. 143 // ILYSM

14. what is Y2K? // how does cryptocurrency work?

15. screen name // social handle

16. clip art // GIF

The special search suggestions aren't the only way Google is celebrating 20 years online. Today the site's doodle features some popular searches from past years (you can watch it below). You can also check out Google Street View today to take a tour around the garage where internet history was made in 1998.

[h/t TechCrunch]

The UK Wants to Use 'Noise Cameras' to Crack Down on Loud Cars and Bikes

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Snarled traffic creates more than air pollution. Thanks to modified engines, mufflers, and exhaust systems on cars and motorcycles, congested roadways can become symphonies of belching and rattling. Now, the UK government is looking to do something about it.

According to the BBC, the Department for Transport is currently testing “acoustic cameras” that will measure the decibel levels of vehicles on public roads. If a microphone detects a vehicle producing an excessive amount of noise, a camera will photograph the source and the owner will be fined.

What defines excessive? That remains to be seen. The UK enacted a law in 2016 limiting new cars to no more than 74 decibels. It's primarily older cars and modified motorbikes that create noise disturbances and prompt complaints from people living nearby.

The trial equipment will also need to prove it can identify one vehicle's noise emissions from another's and single out cars from other possible sources of sound. If the trial results are promising, it's likely the "acoustic cameras" will be policing UK roads in the near future.

[h/t Jalopnik]

This Scented Smart Candle is Fire-Safe and Alexa-Friendly

LuDela
LuDela

Candlelight can do a lot for a room, setting a mood and signaling that it’s time to relax. But not everyone is comfortable with the idea of nursing a tiny flame and melting wax indoors. Technology has provided a solution in the form of the LuDela Perfect Pillar, a smart candle and decorative accent that takes the worry out of a flame-lit atmosphere.

The battery-powered artificial candle generates its flame with refillable liquid paraffin and offers a variety of different scents in the form of SunScent fragrance rings, which you can place on top of the candle to release the scent of your choice. The candle never dims or melts, and you can swap out its fragrance ring at any time to give your home a new scent.

The LuDela Perfect Pillar smart candle starter set
LuDela

The LuDela candle's smart features make it a safer choice than your typical accent candle, especially for homes with small kids or pets. For instance, it has a sensor inside that detects when the device is tilting; if it falls over, the flame is automatically extinguished. You can also turn the candle on and off or create a timed session using the included remote control or your Amazon Alexa. The remote control comes with a child-lock option to prevent little hands from turning the candle on without adult supervision.

You can find the LuDela Perfect Pillar on Amazon, where a starter set with a wax candle fixture, two liquid paraffin refills (which burn for approximately 20 hours each), two fragrance rings, and a remote control goes for $99. Subsequent refill capsules cost $10 per two-pack.

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