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Tuesday, July 07, 2021

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Having learned its lesson with the negative taint it gave to the Chrome browser, Google has kicked “beta” to the curb completely, expunging the once-ubiquitous label from all of its high-profile product offerings.

As with Chrome, the move is substantively meaningless, but perceptionally key:

Practically speaking, the change will mean precious little to Gmail’s millions of users. But it could help Google’s efforts to get the paid version of its package of applications, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Docs and other products, adopted inside big companies. Corporate technology managers tend to shy away from beta products, and Google wants to remove any barriers to adoption that it can.

“For business customers, it is an important sign in terms of the maturity of our product offering and commitment to this business,” [Google director of product management Matt] Glotzbach said. “I’ve had C.I.O.s tell me that they would not consider a product labeled ‘beta.’”

So, once again, the irony: The removal of a “beta” designator underlines just how hollow the designator itself was. The bright side: With Google being an industry bellwether, maybe its actions here will finally end the concept of a perpetual beta culture in software and Web development.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/07/2021 09:44pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, Internet, Tech
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If a Hindu temple reconsecration is a once-in-a-lifetime event, then one taking place in Queens has a rarity that transcends lifetimes (i.e. reincarnation, appropriately enough). That must be why 10,000 people are expected to show up on Thursday at Ganesha Temple in Flushing for the event:

“Those who are blessed to watch this ceremony get enormous and immeasurable amounts of blessings from the lord,” [temple president Dr. Uma] Mysorekar said. “In Hinduism, it is believed it will rejuvenate one’s life.”

On the last day of the ceremony, called the Maha Kumbhabhishekam, the deities’ power will be reinstalled into the stone statues, she said, through a series of rituals. Then they will be placed on new altars. Other highlights include a feast and an elephant - the physical depiction of Hindu god Ganesha - leading a procession of worshipers around the temple.

Rejuvenation and an elephant sighting, courtesy of everyone’s favorite pachyderm-headed diety. Good times.

Even more interesting is what the Hindu priests did to the statues in the first place to “separate their spiritual power from the stone”:

They invoked the gods by chanting mantras and feeding fruit and herb offerings into a fire. Eventually, they believed the power was transferred into bowls of water and then into drawings of the deities.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t swing a trek all the way out the last stop on the 7 train. Best I can do is visit Curry Hill.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/07/2021 08:51pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Society
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At least one good thing is coming out of this gobbledygook rebranding of Sci Fi Channel to Syfy: We’re getting free wireless Internet access!

Syfy will also be providing public Wi-Fi for a year in Rockefeller Plaza and, starting later this summer, in Union Square and other pedestrian hubs in Manhattan. While the service stresses Syfy’s civic-mindedness, says [network president Dave] Howe, it offers the additional upside of directing the million projected users to a Syfy-branded login page.

Solid. Good to know of some reliable hotspots around town, ideal for quick iTouch checks. I’ll endure the Syfy imagery; doubtful that it’ll spur me to actually tune into the channel, which is effectively non-existent to me now, regardless of the i/y substitution.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/07/2021 05:20pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., New Yorkin', TV, Wi-Fi
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