Google to Release 7 Inch Tablet this Summer

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageIn January 2010, Google released the Nexus One, which is its first branded Android device. The smartphone was made by HTC. It failed to make an impact on the market as Verizon stuck with the Apple Android and other Android phones. Google 7 Inch Tablet

But Nexus One paved the way for other Android smartphones from various companies. The platform became the leader in the smartphone market as more Android smartphones are sold compared to the Apple iPhone.

One major issue that Google encountered with the Nexus One was that it was only available through online order. The meant that consumers couldn’t experience the look and feel of the device until it was shipped out to the buyer. As a result, a lot of Nexus One units were returned to Google and HTC because they didn’t live up to their expectations.

For its second attempt at con-branded Android device, Google is set to release a tablet that would be available near the end of the summer season. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said last December that the tablet would be ready in six months. Google originally planned to launch the device next month but pushed it back because the device was getting too expensive.

Google opted to spend a few more months to bring the price down so that it would be competitive with the Apple iPad and other tablets on the market today. It has a 7 inch screen, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and runs on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Google to protest SOPA and PIPA on homepage tomorrow

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageThe Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) have driven the Internet into a frenzy, with numerous Silicon Valley companies objecting the entertainment industry backed bill. Earlier this week, Wikipedia, Reddit and numerous other companies announced blackouts scheduled for Wednesday in protest of both SOPA and PIPA.

Google too plans to make its opposition clear, however the company won’t be blacking out its website. Instead it will raise awareness using the Google search homepage. ”Like many businesses, entrepreneurs, and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue Web sites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” a Google representative said. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. homepage.” When asked how these protest links would be displayed, Google told CNET it will not replace the company’s logo, but it will post a link on its homepage that leads to more information. Google’s homepage is the most visited web page in the world and the company’s actions will definitely draw plenty of attention.

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Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Web

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageFORTUNE — Paul Adams is one of Silicon Valley’s most wanted. He’s an intellectually minded product designer with square-framed glasses, a thick Irish accent, and a cult following of passionate techies. As one of Google’s lead social researchers, he helped dream up the big idea behind the company’s new social network, Google+: those flexible circles that let you group friends easily under monikers like "real friends" or "college buddies." He never got to help bring his concept to consumers, though. In a master talent grab last December, Facebook lured him 10 miles east to Palo Alto to help design social advertisements. On his blog, Adams explained, "Google values technology, not social science."
In the long history of tech rivalries, rarely has there been a battle as competitive as the raging war between the web’s wonder twins. They will stop at nothing to win over whip-smart folks like Adams, amass eyeballs, and land ad dollars. There’s no public trash talking à la the Oracle (ORCL, Fortune 500) vs. HP (HPQ, Fortune 500) smackdown, nor are the battle lines drawn as clearly as they were when Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) took on Netscape, but the stakes are immense. These companies are fighting to see which of them will determine the future of the web — and the outcome will affect the way we get information, communicate, and buy and sell.
Facebook and Google: Head-to-Head – Click on the picture for more.
In one corner is Facebook, the reigning champion of the social web, trying to cement its position as the owner of everyone’s online identity. In the other is Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), the company that organized the world’s information and showed us how to find it, fighting to remain relevant as the Internet of hyperlinks gives way to an Internet of people.
Although Larry Page, Google’s co-founder and its CEO since April, was born just 11 years before Mark Zuckerberg, his counterpart at Facebook, the two belong to different Internet generations with different worldviews. In Page’s web, everything starts with a search. You search for news or for a pair of shoes or to keep up with your favorite celebrity. If you want to learn about a medical condition or decide which television to buy, you search. In that world, Google’s algorithms, honed over more than a decade, respond almost perfectly. But in recent years the web has tilted gradually, and perhaps inexorably, toward Zuckerberg’s world. There, rather than search for a news article, you wait for your friends to tell you what to read. They tell you what movies they enjoyed, what brands they like, and where to eat sushi.
Facebook is squarely at the center of this new universe, and much of what people do online these days starts there. But Facebook’s masterstroke has been to spread itself across the web and allow others to tap your network of friends. As a result, thousands of websites and apps have essentially become satellites that orbit around Facebook. You can now go to Yelp to find out what your Facebook friends say about the new coffeehouse down the street, visit Spotify to let them pick music playlists for you, or play Zynga games with them. To make matters worse for Page, much of this social activity can’t be seen by Google’s web-trolling algorithms, so every day they (and by extension, Google) become a little bit less accurate and relevant.
This shift to a more social web changes everything for businesses and consumers alike. Among the first industries to be rocked: advertising. Google may capture 41% of today’s $31 billion U.S. online advertising market, including the lion’s share of the search-ad market. But growth in search advertising is slowing, and advertisers are putting more of their limited dollars into Facebook, with its 800 million users, many of whom spend more time on Facebook than on any other site. (See chart at the bottom of the page) Facebook’s display-ad revenue is expected to grow 81% this year, while Google’s display-ad dollars will rise an estimated 34%. Google and Facebook would have you believe there is room for each to drive forward with unlimited success, but don’t be fooled. As Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan explains, "It’s highly unlikely that either Google or Facebook could grow by the billions that investors expect in the display market without engaging directly and stealing market share from the other."
Like Bill Gates a decade or so earlier, Page is seeing his company’s grip on the tech world loosening. So he’s fighting back with a mammoth effort to grab a piece of the social web. His first substantial act as Google’s new CEO was to amp up the considerable financial and engineering mojo the company had aimed at Facebook’s turf by releasing Google+. It’s not Google’s first social initiative, but it’s the one that folks aren’t laughing at, and Google says 40 million people have signed up in only four months. Across town Zuckerberg knows Google+ is the first credible threat Facebook has faced since it sailed past MySpace to become the world’s No. 1 social network. (For Facebook there are more than bragging rights at stake: Anything that tarnishes its halo could impact its long-awaited initial public offering with a valuation that is expected to top $80 billion.) Not surprisingly, shortly after Google+ made its debut, Zuckerberg flipped on a pink neon sign at headquarters with the word lockdown, signaling that employees were on notice to work around the clock on, among other things, replicating some of the most praised Google+ features.
But defensive moves are not Zuckerberg’s style, and in September, at the company’s F8 developers event, he unleashed a sea of new features that alter the current service radically. And it’s expected the company will launch an ad network eventually that will harness all those social actions to help advertisers target consumers better across the web. Smartly deployed, it could further threaten Google’s position as the king of online advertising.
So while most of us spend our days casually toggling back and forth between our Gmail accounts and our Facebook newsfeeds, down in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula it’s war. Zuckerberg served free food this summer to willing workers on the weekends. Page is pushing his team to add features to Google+ at a furious pace: more than 100 in the first 90 days. The decisions that are being made right now — product launches, advertising plays — will determine which company prevails.
Google
Larry Page was not pleased. It was a weekend day last spring, and Page, 38, was playing around with an early prototype of Google+ on his Android phone. He found it too cumbersome to post photos he had just taken. He called Vic Gundotra, Google’s social czar, to complain. Gundotra tried to push back, explaining why the Google+ team decided on the approach it had taken. Page insisted that photos be uploaded with one click. At Google, what Page asks for, he gets. Gundotra ordered his team to rebuild the photo-uploading feature, and Page now gushes about the technology. "It is a totally magical experience," he said recently, as he described how easy it is to post photos from Android to Google+.
In many ways, Google+ is Larry Page’s social network. Early work on Google+ predated Page’s ascent to the top post, but he has been intimately involved with the project from the start. In the initial months, Page dropped by every Friday at 11 a.m. for the group’s weekly product reviews. To keep close tabs, Page moved his office and much of the executive suite to the building where the Google+ team was sequestered. He blessed the project with massive resources, making it one of the largest engineering endeavors Google has undertaken in its 13-year history, and he elevated Gundotra to the post of senior vice president, reporting directly to him. Page also tied a portion of the bonuses of thousands of Googlers to how well the company did in social.
Google+ is also the first test of Page’s plan to transform Google into the nimbler, more accountable company it once was, and in the process avoid the Innovators’ Dilemma, the paralysis that grips so many successful companies. In the Google+ project, the company’s freewheeling and sometimes chaotic approach to innovation was cast aside — replaced with a more top-down style. Allowing a thousand flowers to bloom may still be important at Google, says Sergey Brin, the other co-founder, but "once they do bloom, you want to put together a coherent bouquet."
Maybe some discipline is what Google’s social ambitions needed. Google’s previous attacks on Facebook’s turf were an embarrassment. Orkut, Google’s first social network, was born alongside Facebook in 2004 but is largely irrelevant outside of Brazil. Open Social, a Google-led effort in 2007 to rally MySpace and other social networks into an alliance to balance the clout of Facebook, flopped. Two years later Google introduced Wave, only to kill it after a few months, and Buzz, a 2010 attempt to shoehorn Gmail users into a social network, quickly turned into Google’s biggest social faux pas: Buzz exposed people’s Gmail contacts to others, triggering a Federal Trade Commission investigation that forced Google to revamp its privacy policies and accept government monitoring for 20 years.
The Buzz fiasco was a wake-up call at Google. Some of its most high-profile engineers started making the case that the social web posed a vital threat to Google. As the web was being rebuilt around people — and, in particular, around Facebook’s graph of human relationships — Google could end up on the sidelines, its relevance eroding by the day. The message rattled Google’s top brass, and an ambitious project — called Emerald Sea — not only to create a credible rival to Facebook but also to transform Google’s existing products around social media, quickly took shape. (Gundotra picked the name Emerald Sea to suggest both new horizons and stormy waters.)
After more than a year of gestation, Google finally introduced Google+ in June. The result? A social network that cloned much of what people like about Facebook and eliminated much of what they hate about Facebook. You’ll find familiar home and profile pages, tabs for photos and games, and of course the endless updates from friends. Google’s +1 button works much like Facebook’s Like. But where Facebook is perpetually accused of running roughshod over people’s privacy preferences, Google+ made it very easy to decide who can see what users post on the site. Facebook lacked a good way to separate workmates from classmates from real friends, so Google+ was built around Circles, an intuitive way to group people in buckets. Facebook takes 30% of the revenue that app developers like Zynga make on its platform, so Google+ said it would take only 5% for now. Since the launch, Google has rolled out more than 100 new features, and Page says there is much more to come. In Silicon Valley, where everyone had given up on the idea that Google could compete with Facebook, Google+ caught everyone — including Facebook loyalists — by surprise. "Google+ was impressive," says Joe Green, one of Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommates and the founder of Causes, an application built to run on Facebook.
Facebook
Until recently, the most popular person on Google+, with 598,000 followers and counting, was Mark Zuckerberg. But he has yet to make a public post, and indeed he’d prefer not to discuss Google+ at all. When pressed at a July event, he called it only a "validation as to how the next five years are going to play out." (Translation: Uh, they’re copying us.)
However, inside the Palo Alto office where more than 750 engineers regularly pass by the small glass conference room in which Zuckerberg, 27, holds court, Facebook employees put in some serious overtime during the summer lockdown. This had happened only once before in recent years at Facebook: After word leaked that Google was starting work on a "Facebook killer" in summer 2010, Zuckerberg called on engineers to work nights and weekends for 60 days to revamp key social features like photos, groups, and events. Just as it did then, the cafeteria opened up on evenings and weekends this summer, and children dropped in for dinners and good-night hugs before their parents logged back on for late nights. By September, Facebook had released a slew of new features like better grouping tools to mirror those Google+ circles. Says one member of the product and engineering team: "[Google] can throw all the money in the world, including hundreds of people, at this. So people were, like, This is serious, and we should take it seriously."
That anxiety wasn’t simply channeled into building a better product. In May, Facebook secretly hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller to plant anti-Google stories in papers and blogs, a ham-fisted move that backfired when journalists discovered Facebook was Burson’s client. The company defended its concerns about Google’s privacy violations but took the flak for bad judgment.
The irony, of course, is that Facebook and Google both are in a constant struggle to respect users’ privacy while mining as much personal information as possible for the companies’ advertisers. All that social information we plug into Facebook when we "like" a pair of shoes on Zappos or update our status about future wedding plans helps the company serve us up ads for things we’re more likely to want. This has made Facebook into the go-to advertising platform for big marketers hoping to do brand advertising at scale on the web. As a result, even though Facebook’s revenue is minuscule compared with Google’s, it is growing at a much faster rate. It is expected to surge to $4.3 billion this year, or more than double the $2 billion it had last year, according to eMarketer. In contrast, analysts predict that Google’s revenue will grow just 30%, to $38 billion.
Zuckerberg is obsessed with figuring out how to amass more data by getting more people to spend more time sharing more things with their Facebook friends. At the F8 event in September, he unveiled something called a timeline to replace Facebook’s aging profile pages. "Imagine expressing the story of your life," Zuckerberg explained. To demonstrate, he popped up his own Facebook timeline, where a vertical line scrolled backward through his personal history, curating all the posts he’d ever made on the site to bring to the surface the most important items and encouraging him to add posts and photos going all the way back to the May 14, 1984, post: Born, Dobbs Ferry, New York. In effect, Zuckerberg plans to coax us into making Facebook our living digital scrapbooks. Imagine the hours users may log uploading photos and labeling events from the lost decades B.F. (Before Facebook).
But the boldest move at F8 was not Zuckerberg’s flashy redesign but rather deeper social integration with other services like Netflix (NFLX) and Spotify. To register for Spotify, newcomers must now use their Facebook credentials. The upside is that you can find and listen to your friends’ playlists on Spotify or on Facebook directly. The downside is your musical tastes are revealed to the world (i.e., Sean Parker is listening to Florence + the Machine). This new stream of social data could prove invaluable over time. Until now, although many web publishers offered users the option to publish their actions — articles they read, shoes they buy — on Facebook, most people took a pass. In the new model, sharing becomes opt-out rather than opt-in, and Facebook could become the sudden recipient of a good deal more information about what we do online. Eventually, the company could use the data to sell even more targeted ads both on and off the site. If Google’s AdWords and AdSense are the de facto tools for helping advertisers reach large numbers of people who know what they’re looking for, social ads will be the tool for helping people discover new things.
The war
One day in late October, tech blogs started buzzing about the latest bit of news on the social web: Zuckerberg had lost his place as the most followed Google+ user. Who edged him out? None other than Larry Page. Trivial, perhaps, but it’s hard not to think that the news lit up smiles across the Googleplex. Neither Google nor Facebook likes to talk about competing with each other (and neither company would make their CEOs available for this story), but battles are raging on multiple fronts, and both sides celebrate even the smallest victory.
Nowhere is keeping score easier than in the battle for talent, where every engineer or executive who defects from one company or the other is easily tabulated. On that front the battle has been a lopsided affair. Look through the ranks of Facebook, from upper management to lowly interns, and you’ll bump into ex-Googlers like Adams, the social researcher, at every turn. Four of Facebook’s 11 top executives hail from Google, including COO Sheryl Sandberg and David Fischer, the advertising and operations chief.
These numbers, however, don’t tell the full story of a battle that began as far back as 2007 and has only intensified since. Facebook’s weapons of choice? Its cachet as the hottest Valley company — and its potential to mint millionaires when it finally goes public. Google has fought back with money, lots of it. In some cases Google offered top engineers or execs more than $10 million in equity and cash if they stayed, said an executive directly involved in the talent wars. Word spread quickly, and many Googlers did what rational people would do: They got an offer from Facebook just so they could get a big raise at Google. "It created an un-Googley environment," says a senior manager who left Google recently. "They like to be merit-based." So in January, Google tried a different approach: It lavished a giant 10% raise on its entire workforce. It also shifted a large chunk of employee bonuses into base pay. As a result, many people saw their paychecks increase by 15% or even 20%.
But if Google is playing defense on the talent war, it is clearly playing offense in the battle for eyeballs. Its most powerful weapon is its status as the dominant Internet company. In September, for example, when it opened up Google+ to everyone, following a 90-day trial period, it unleashed the kind of promotion that even the biggest brands would envy: A large blue arrow on its homepage pointed the tens of millions who visit it daily to a Google+ tab. Traffic on the site spiked immediately. In addition to Google.com, Google plans to promote Google+, day in and day out, to the hundreds of millions of people who use services like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube; and to weave it into millions of Android handsets. Says Dick Costolo, the chief executive of Twitter: "There is no doubt they are going to be able to pull in massive numbers of users."
Naturally, it’s Google’s power to pull in those users that worries Facebook the most. For years executives there have said that they are confident they can beat Google on a level playing field. But they fear that, like Microsoft in an earlier era, Google will use its power to peddle Google+, and not always fairly. Some tactics, like promotions on Google.com, are effective and uncontroversial. Others, like Google’s ability to use its search engine to promote Google+ ahead of other social services, could prove more problematic. Google has not yet done so with Google+, but it has done just that with other services, like its maps, prompting rivals to cry foul. Google may think twice before engaging in such tactics, as it is already under a government antitrust investigation. Yet with mobile as the next battleground, Google may also find ways to build many Google+ features right into Android phones and tablets, making it harder for rivals to compete.
That last point is not lost on Zuckerberg. It has prompted him to seek closer ties with Google’s biggest rival in mobile: Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500). The two companies have held multiple rounds of discussions, according to people with knowledge of the talks. But they have yet to find a compelling way to collaborate, perhaps because their courtship got off to a rocky start. Last year Facebook rebuffed Apple’s attempt to connect Ping, a new social network built around iTunes, with Facebook, purportedly for technical reasons. It was a rare public rebuke for Apple, and Steve Jobs personally called some reporters to voice his displeasure. That Apple chose to bake Twitter, not Facebook, into the most recent version of its mobile operating system has not helped. Still, the two companies continue to talk, knowing full well that an alliance could help them fend off a common enemy.
We know what you’re probably thinking: If this is a war, who’s going to win? The answer is not straightforward. Google has two goals with social media: One is to slow the momentum of Facebook; the other is to use data from Google+ to improve things like search, maps, and ads. Both Gundotra and Page say the latter goal is the more important one. "We can make search better," Gundotra says. "We can make YouTube and Gmail better. We can make our ads more relevant." He later adds: "Google+ will touch every aspect of Google."
To meet its goals, Google doesn’t need to best Facebook, but it needs to become a credible No. 2. Think Avis to Facebook’s Hertz. That’s a ways off. "At this point, it’s more like Thrifty Car Rental," says Danny Sullivan, the editor of Search Engine Land. To get there, Google needs to drink even more of the social Kool-Aid than it has. Consider this: In October a tech blog reported that several top Google officials, including Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman, had not even set up their own accounts on Google+. A few days later Schmidt’s account quietly appeared on the site. Google also needs something else: a value proposition that is different from Facebook’s and that compels users to switch in large numbers — or at least to be active on both sites. At this point, it is not clear how many of the 40 million people with Google+ accounts actually use the site. Google won’t say. And when asked why anyone should switch to Google+, executives there say again and again that online sharing is broken (tell that to Facebook’s 800 million members) and that with Circles, Google+ users can share as they do in the real world (never mind that Facebook has matched that capability).
For Facebook, the early successes of Google+ mean Zuckerberg can no longer afford to screw up. In the past, Facebook’s frequent product missteps and privacy snafus were by and large forgiven or forgotten. From now on, Google+ will stand at the ready, more than happy to welcome any disgruntled Facebook users — not to mention their friends. In other words, as he soldiers on, Zuckerberg must now keep an eye on Page and his troops. Yes, Zuckerberg may feel good about Facebook’s gaping lead in users and about having poached dozens of Google’s prized brainiacs. But Page has had no problem replenishing Google’s ranks. In the most recent quarter, Google added nearly 2,600 employees. That’s almost as many people as work at Facebook, and they have a clear mandate: to turn Google into a superpower of the social web.

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Wikipedia, Google protest Internet bills

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageWikipedia went dark, Google blotted out its logo and other popular websites planned protests on Wednesday to voice concern over legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy.
Wikipedia shut down the English version of its online encyclopedia for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate version, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Google placed a black redaction box over the logo on its much-visited US home page to draw attention to the bills, while social news site reddit and the popular Cheezburger humor network planned to shut down later in the day. The draft legislation has won the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of Commerce.
But it has come under fire from digital rights and free speech organizations for allegedly paving the way for US authorities to shut down websites accused of online piracy, including foreign sites, without due process.
“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history,” Wikipedia said in a message posted at midnight (0500 GMT) on its darkened website.
“Right now, the US Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” The founders of Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo! and other Internet giants said in an open letter last month the legislation would give the US government censorship powers “similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”
“We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” a Google spokesman said Tuesday. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page,” the spokesman for the Internet search giant said. Reddit said it will shut down for 12 hours — from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (1300 GMT to 0100 GMT) — to protest the legislation.
“We wouldn’t do this if we didn’t believe this legislation and the forces behind it were a serious threat to reddit and the Internet as we know it,” reddit said.
“The freedom, innovation, and economic opportunity that the Internet enables is in jeopardy.” Ben Huh, the founder of Cheezburger network, said on his Twitter feed that his 58 sites, which include icanhascheezburger.com, FAIL Blog and The Daily What, will observe a blackout on Wednesday. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the plans to shut down the site in a message on his Twitter feed. “Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!” Wales said.
“This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!” he said. Volunteer-staffed Wikipedia turned 11 years old on January 15 and boasts more than 20 million articles in 282 languages. The White House expressed concern about the anti-online piracy bills in a statement over the weekend.
“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” it said.
“Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small,” the White House said. News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, who backs the US legislation, accused the “blogosphere” of “terrorizing many senators and congressmen who previously committed” to supporting it. “Nonsense argument about danger to Internet.
How about Google, others blocking porn, hate speech, etc? Internet hurt?” he wrote on the popular micro-blogging website.

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Using Google Safe Browsing To Get Instant Message

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageGoogle’s Safe Browsing tool is integrated with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. This tool lets you know if a site has been reported to be infected with malware, and gives you a warning before proceeding. You can also use the Safe Browsing tool to receive an instant on-screen message regarding the safety of the site in the past 90 days. This is helpful if you want a detailed record of the site’s safety, or if you’re using a browser other than Chrome or Firefox.

Open the Web browser of your choice.

Type or paste the following URL into your browser address bar:

Replace "techparadise.info" with the URL of the website you want to check. Google’s safe browsing tool will display a message regarding the safety of the site with a very informative details.

 

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Why Google search’s overhaul will matter to businesses

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageGoogle’s shift to semantic search will be a game changer if successful. Businesses need to take advantage of every opportunity this makeover provides, writes Emma Barnett.

This week the engineers behind Google search, arguably the world’s most popular internet service, announced that the engine is to undergo its most radical makeover to date.

The overhaul will be gradually rolled out over the next few months, but its effects could be transformational, both for users and businesses.

Google is now going to start fusing semantic search technology with its classic keyword search system. In easy speak, this means that whenever users enter a certain type of query, Google will try to supply a single answer, rather than just spit out thousands of blue web links.

This step change really is the Holy Grail.

Google knows it has got to up its game if it is to keep being the undisputed leader in this space.

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Amit Singhal, the man who re-wrote the famous Google search algorithm, improving it so much on Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s original formula that Singhal’s code is still the one used today, 12 years on.

For his major contribution, effectively changing the way the world accesses information forever, Singhal is now known simply as a ‘Google Fellow’ – the equivalent of Jedi in Google terms and the highest honour in the Google-verse.

The search guru, who was Google employee number 167 (there are now more than 25,000 staff members around the world), is still obsessed by information retrieval – the name by which search was known in academic circles until the advent of the internet in the late nineties.

However, Singhal was still frustrated with search last June.

“Search still feels very one dimensional,” he said. “You give us a query and we [Google] returns some results. It needs to be far more communicative. You need to be able to have a conversation with your search engine. I want my search engine to be the expert who knows me the best. It needs to know you so well that sometimes you don’t need to ask it the next question.”

That will sound ominous to plenty of people. Could an Orwellian, Big Brother-style menace be on the horizon, ushered in by this casually-dressed, laid-back scientist and his colleagues?

Singhal instantly offered assurances that Google, and all search engines, would need to be very respectful of users’ privacy when building and implementing new technologies.

However frightening the vision of a search engine which knows what a person wants to know before they do may seem, Singhal makes a convincing case for the transformative experience it will offer users. And as ever with these disruptive, innovative technology companies, they seem to be offering people a solution to a problem they don’t yet know they have.

This is important for business for one simple reason – intuitive, semantic search means that business will have to think harder about making their digital offerings more sophisticated. When there is only one answer to a search request, how do you make sure it is your business that is the one?

“I still waste a lot of time when I am searching. The conversation still feels broken. Search is not as efficient as I want it to be,” Singhal said when I met him.

“For instance, today I have a ‘to-do’ list on my phone which contains tasks like – ‘pick up a gift for my father’. The phone has a GPS system and knows where I am. It also contains my calendar, so it knows when I am free.

“Why shouldn’t a search engine, which I have built a personalised relationship with, be able to sync up all that information and tell me when I am near a shop which has a gift in it that my dad would like at a time when I am free?”

At the time Singhal said Google and his team of engineers were not far off achieving this type of pre-emptive relationship with a search engine. This latest development towards definitive search is another step towards that future Singhal outlined.

Since the rise of Twitter and information updates in real-time, Google has been trying to update its core search service, to make it as relevant and timely to each user as possible.

However, despite having enjoyed a partnership with the micro-blogging site for two years it has failed to negotiate the same deal again. This has left Google without up-to-the-minute news in the body of its search results – beyond its Google News service.

By moving towards more computational search, in a similar vein to the lesser-known search engine, Wolfram Alpha, created by British scientist Stephen Wolfram, the new Google is likely to affect the millions of websites that rely upon its current page-ranking results.It is not yet clear how business will be affected – which is why it is important to make sure your brand’s website has optimised itself with the best key words for search. Business owners will need to ensure that the web positioning of your company is answering the question your product is trying to solve.

Every business is supplying some kind of solution – you just need to make sure your metadata, digital advertising and marketing strategies are all perfectly optimised for this brave new frontier of search.

It is not in Google or Microsoft Bing’s interests to transform the search experience so that it excludes businesses; in fact quite the opposite. But, as Google continues to drive the pace of innovation, it will be more and more important to keep your website up to date and in tune with the latest ethos of the web.

Google is about to undergo some its biggest changes since its inception. It’s like the Yellow Pages (albeit on a much larger scale) having a redesign and rewriting the index. Don’t miss out on taking up any opportunity the new index offers.

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VP of Google Apps Leaves to Start New Company

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

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Google announced that Dave Girouard, vice president of apps, has submitted his resignation. He was responsible for Google Calendar, Gmail and other cloud apps. After eight years at the company, he wants to start his own firm but it would not be in the enterprise market. Google Ventures would be one of the investors in Girouard’s new company. Other investors include NEA and Kleiner Perkins. Google Apps

Girouard’s responsibilities in Google would be given to Sundar Pichai, who heads Chrome and apps team. Pichai is one of CEO Larry Page’s septumvirate of product heads, who were promoted to SVP when he became the head of the online search giant last April. Part of Pichai’s goals was to decrease the divide between consumer and enterprise apps. The other executives are Vic Gundotra as SVP of social, Andy Rubin as SVP of mobile, Salar Kamangar as SVP of YouTube and video, Alan Eustace as SVP of search and Susan Wojcicki as SVP of ads.

Resignations by long-time employees at Google are rare. The company’s first employee, Craig Silverstein, resigned last month to join Khan Academy. He has been instrumental in the development of search and made contributions to Google during his stay with the company.

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Google Wallet PIN vulnerability exists, but only for rooted phones

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

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Over the last few days we’ve received questions and concerns about issues related to the security of Google Wallet. People are asking if Google Wallet is safe enough for mobile phone payments. The simple answer to this question is yes.

So here’s the skinny, the above quote is in response to that flaw discovered last week by a zvelo engineer which, when exploited—so far this has only happened in proof-of-concept tests, as far as anyone knows—reveals the PIN number of a given Google Wallet user. In a statement Google did admit that the flaw exists, but is confident in the security of its product.

Their reasoning being, in order to make use of this vulnerability, one must first physically possess the device and get through the recommended Android screen lock. Once those two have been done, the flaw only exists for rooted users. So any and all officially supported users are perfectly safe, will continue to be safe, and in many ways could be considered safer than a credit card-certainly safer than carrying wads of cash.

In addition to addressing PIN concerns, Google has also announced a temporary ban on prepaid credit cards, as there is a condition in which a phone without screen lock could give up the balance of said cards should it be misplaced or stolen. Google is reportedly working on a permanent fix, but no ETA was provided.

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Google Privacy Policy Changes Breach EU Law

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageGoogle has implemented policy changes with regards to privacy but an EU justice commissioner said that they breach European laws. Authorities found out that the transparency rules were not followed by the online search giant. Google Privacy

The policy change was implemented at the start of the month and it means that the private data collected by one Google service can be used in other platforms such as Gmail, Blogger and YouTube. The company believed that the new privacy policy complied with EU law.

With the new policy, Google can create specific search results more effectively and offer better targeted advertising to users. It implemented the new privacy policy even though the EU warned the company earlier this week.

Data regulators in France had doubts that Google’s new privacy policy could not be legal and has launched a probe in Europe. Google combined more than 60 sets of rules for its individual sites into a single policy. Browsing data and web history of a user can now be used by every Google account.

Google sells ads that are targeted on individual user behavior. It depends on collecting browsing data from its visitors. In the past, different Google services don’t share the data. This was changed with the implementation of the new privacy policy.

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High-tech accessories, tested in secret by Apple and Google

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageThose from New York Times managed to find some internal secrets from Apple and Google. The two major IT companies have developed and tested in the past year smart accessories such as bracelets and watches, which could improve the way we interact with the mobile phones.

A very small group of Apple employees wears a bracelet test glass, with similar features of an iPod shuffle.

It has touch-sensitive control areas and uses commands recognized by Siri to communicate with iPhone. The picture above is not representing the bracelet which we are talking about. iBangle is a concept introduced three years ago on the site YankoDesign.com.

The guys from Google have to turn some secret projects. This includes one who wants to develop a clock companion for smartphone with Android operating system. Motorola already has such a device on the market. Is called MOTOACTV and you can admire it below.

Among its functions include monitoring the activities of sports, music playback from internal memory and display the incoming calls on Motorola smartphone endowment. Over 2012 we hope to learn more about high-tech accessories that Apple and Google had prepare for us.

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What Google’s New Policy Means For You

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageThere are a number of questions flying around the technology world as March 1, the day when Google’s new privacy policy takes effect, quickly approaches. The one that all Google users should be asking, though, is
What does Google’s new policy mean for me?

The answer is simple: Google’s new privacy policy means that Google will offer you more personalized services and that you will see more integration across all of Google’s services than ever before. This is possible because of how Google’s new privacy policy functions. Currently, Google has a separate policy for each of its platforms, but as of March 1 most of its platforms will come under one policy. This change will allow Google to track an individual user more completely, basically as one user across all of its services, rather than logging data for each service separately. Because Google will be seeing viewers in a more complete picture, it will be able to offer more tailored results and more seamless integration across Google platforms.
How will this pesronalization affect me?

As far as personalization is concerned, Google users will experience the most changes in the advertisements and search results they see. When Google learns what exactly you are interested in and how you tend to spend your time online, it will take this information and use it to give you advertisements in which you will be interested and search results you actually want. For example, as Google learns your search habits, it will not only be able to provide you with the type of results you generally like, but will also know exactly what you’re looking for when you type in vague or generic search queries. Beyond advertisements and search results, you will also see more personalized services when Google begins to correct your frequent spelling errors and suggests a list of contacts with whom you might want to share certain content.

In addition to noticing that Google services are being tailored to meet your individual needs, when the new privacy policy goes into place you will also notice that your activity on different Google platforms are more closely tied than ever before.  For example, Google may use information you have put into your Google Calendar, such as the time of a meeting, along with data you have put into Google Maps if you’re using the service to get to the meeting, to inform you that you may or may not make it on time.
Keep a tab on your “Googlization”

Because these changes may be a lot for you to take in or difficult to fully grasp at first, Google has created tools to help you better understand exactly what the new policy means for you. For example, you can log into your Google Dashboard to view your online activity across all of Google’s services in one, succinct place. This feature will allow you to view your user data in the same way that Google will. Another new feature Google has introduced is the Ads Preference Manager, which allows you to hand-pick the type of advertisements you see, essentially assisting Google in the personalization process.
The more you use Google, the better you get

Given that these changes will occur because Google will be viewing a more complete profile of each user, it is important to note that the more often you use Google services, and the more Google services you use, the greater the change you’ll experience. Simply put, this means that if you’re a Google Apps user and utilize a whole host of Google platforms like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google+, and Google Maps daily, you will have a more tailored experience than someone who uses a few choice Google services on an irregular basis.
What to do if you do not want to be tracked?

Now that you have a better picture of what Google’s new privacy policy entails, it’s easier to understand exactly how the changes will affect you. Though these changes will improve your online experience, what if you don’t want certain information being used by Google? There is a simple solution to this. Google has tools in place that allow you to use its services without having the cloud service provider log data about you. These tools include “off the record” chat in Gmail and the “incognito window” in the Google Chrome web browser.

Although there may be some instances when you want to go off the radar from Google, on a whole, the fact that Google will be using your information to personalize your online experience is a positive change because it means that Google will be meeting your needs better and doing so more efficiently.

 

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Google pays penalty

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageGoogle pays $ 500 million because of a dispute over the outlaw’s publicity of Canadian online pharmacies. This concluded one compares with the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) gave the company plans to have accepted Ad Words ads from Canadian pharmacies, although the import of prescription drugs from Canada to U.S.

law prohibited is, reports ZDNet. According to the authority that Google was known since 2003. Google blocked the promotion of foreign pharmacies already in early 2010, but still made an exception for Canadian suppliers, provided they had appropriate approvals in Canada. The fine was more than 20 percent of the profits, the group achieved in the first quarter of this year.

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Google Nesus S

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

Fimageor its third foray into the handset market, Google has finally moved away from HTC. Samsung is the search giant’s new best buddy, and the resulting Nexus S is the first handset to sport Android 2.3 -the only phone in these Labs, and on the market for that matter, to do so.

Before you get too excited, however, the changes aren’t dramatic. For starters, performance is largely similar to phones equipped with 2.2. We timed the Nexus S at eight seconds to load the desktop BBC homepage and six seconds to complete the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. That’s quick, but the phone didn’t feel quite as responsive as the latest HTC phones, with web page zooms occasionally juddering very slightly.

We’re not blown away by the changes elsewhere. The improved task manager is arguably the highlight, as it allows you to monitor memory usage and kill power-draining apps more easily. Elsewhere some Ul elements have been darkened in an effort to save battery life and the standard onscreen keyboard has also been improved. Plus, there’s now native support for SIP VoIP calls and. The latter allows data transfer with a swipe, but we can’t see it being of any practical benefit in the UK in the foreseeable future.

We do like the hardware: the Nexus S is, after all, a Samsung Galaxy S in a slightly different chassis, and an LED flash added to the 5-megapixel camera. The 480 x 800 Super AMOLED screen is lovely – highly sensitive, colorful and very bright indeed. We’re dubious about the benefits of its slightly concave screen, though – Google says it’s more comfortable to hold to your face, but that’s a stretch, in our opinion. And we were surprised to discover no facility to shoot 720p video; 720×480 is as far as the Nexus S goes.
Battery life is merely average, with 50% remaining on the gauge after our 24-hour test on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S, which isn’t a surprise. Despite this, and other shortcomings, we like the Nexus S. It’s light, quick, has a lovely screen, and Google’s backing ensures you’ll always be ahead of the curve when it comes to Android OS updates. It’s undoubtedly expensive, but it should have plenty of appeal to early adopters with deep pockets.

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Pakistan tops Google’s maps experiment

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

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SILICON VALLEY (California) – Pakistani web users posted localised information and data on Google’s ‘map maker’ more than any of 160 countries’ simultaneously availing global search leader’s experiment that started in June last year.
“The quality and quantity of mapping information provided by the Pakistani users in last 11 months has enabled us to post Pakistan on the Google maps early this week,” said Lalit Katragadda, the founder of Map Maker software told TheNation in an exclusive interview.
Aaron Stein of Google Global Communications and Public Affairs at their main office (that they call campus) here at Mountain View City enabled teleconference with Lalit who is based in Bangalore, India.

According to Lalit, a Pakistani based in London has posted most frequent edits to the Google’s Map Maker, which is a user-operated software. “It updates information instantly after a user sitting anywhere in the world within 160 countries posts an edit to the live Map Maker,” he added. “Since we are bound to keep the user’s confidentiality, therefore, we’ll have to seek permission before disclosing this Pakistani who provided information more than all users of Map Maker around the world during the last 11 months,” he said.
While Lalit was talking from Bangalore, Aaron showed this scribe the Map Maker on computer screen to locate TheNation offices back in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi while sitting in Silicon Valley, California. “You can edit or add location, directions and street names right now of your hometown back in Pakistan,” Lalit said. It offers as many languages to post an edit as many countries it is available in.

Asked about resolution conflicting information provided by two users, Lalit said, “We can always verify from authentic as well as independent sources within an hour’s time.” According to the father of ‘Map Maker’, Google Geo project was stepping forward to actively involve state organisations, non-governmental organisations and community leaders in further this three dimensional activity involving maps, satellite view and street view. Aiming at an ultimate ‘encyclopaedic map’ of the world, Lalit said, Google is quite sensitive to local laws of each country, state and area.

He was pleased to respond to a question that Google’s Map Maker had not confronted so far any political issue or resistance from anywhere in all the 160 countries. “We have not faced any political issues so far,” Lalit maintained.
To a question about a targeted completion of the Map Maker project, Lalit said, “Map especially in the developing countries like India and Pakistan is a never ending journey. Even after drawing each and every street of a particular area, still there is room left to improvement. “Still it is getting close to the point when we’ll post this data to the Google Maps, like we did for Pakistan ahead of any other country for the first time on Wednesday only after having data to certain quality and amount,” he maintained

Asked about adding ‘street view’ to the project of Map Maker, Lalit said, “It is difficult to give a timeframe for that since the history of street view is just two years’ old. But surely, street view would be added to Google’s project of mapping the world.” He also talked about the resources limitations for the addition of street view to the ‘Map Maker,’ that in the first place cost Google nothing more than development of a user operated software.
Google so far did nothing about even creating awareness of this software available to the users in the 160 countries, not to mention promotions and projections, only because it was in an experimental phase. “Now when user provided data to none other but Pakistan has graduated from Map Maker to Google Maps, we might go for certain promotions of this project for users’ information.

Questioned about any incentives or rewards for the users posting data and information to the Google’s Map Maker, Lalit said, “We believe users are doing this out of their own patriotism and self-motivation, so it might work other way round rather than encouraging users. Since this Map Maker was born in Bangalore, we do invite users who contribute data to a certain level.
The software application is available free of cost at mapmaker.google.com

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Google – most reputable!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageAccording to a Harris Interactive poll Google has come at the top of the list of the most reputable companies in the U.S.

30,000 people were asked to identify the 60 most prominent companies in the U.S; they were rated based on different attributes, some of which included financial performance, emotional appearance, social responsibility and leadership.

Google were at the top of a list which was dominated by technology companies, Harris Interactive rates Google at 84.05/100 on the reputation scale. 80.0 Or higher would be considered as excellent, so Google have done incredibly well. Other well-known technology companies that were on the list were, Apple at number 5, Intel at number 6, Amazon at number 8, Sony at number 14 and finally Microsoft at number 16, all of which received a rating of over 80.

At the bottom of the Harris Interactive Poll were insurance conglomerates, banks and Oil companies. AIG received the worst score only getting 47.77. British Petroleum who were responsible for the worst oil spoil in history, received second place. Some of the other companies that were at the bottom of the list include Comcast, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobile, General Motors, Bank of America, Chrysler, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

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Google Integrates Google+ into Gmail

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

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People welcome Google’s integration of Google+ into Gmail. It made it easy to add people to Circles in its social network as well as photo sharing. Now users can post photos they receive in Gmail to the social network without the need to download the image. gmail

According to a blog post, Google would roll out the update over the next couple of days to Gmail Contacts, Gmail, and the standalone version of Google Contacts. Google App users would get the update later.

Google+ users welcome the change with open arms. Pages for companies feature has been adopted by groups and companies as an alternative or addition to their Facebook Pages or Twitter accounts. Gmail users who have tried out Google+ still find themselves spending more time in Facebook. It would be good for its social network by making it easier for users to use it from Gmail.

Other changes include allowing users of Gmail and Google+ to see the most recent Google+ post of the email sender without leaving Gmail. You can also add people to Circles if they’re not in any at present. This could bring more people to Google+.

The new update allows users to filter their email by Circles. Contacts are also automatically synced with the information shared on their Google profile.

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Flaw Discovered in Google Wallet

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageAccording to security firm Zvelo, a Wallet Cracker app can be used to expose the pin number of a Google Wallet account. That means the near-field communication payment system is not a secure way of making transactions. Google Wallet

At present, the technology for NFC payment systems already exists but its use is not prevalent due to several reasons such as the lack of coordination between banks, software companies, and mobile carriers. This could be resolved over time.

People fear that if they lose their smartphone, they would be losing an equivalent of their credit cards too. Although credit cards are also not that secure as proven by the incident a couple of months ago when thieves used skimmers in the Bay Area to steal information from more than 500 people.

While credit cards are imperfect, it is a product that people are already used to. New technology such as NFC payments has a hard time of winning public’s trust.

Zvelo said that in order to use the Wallet Cracker app, the Android phone must be rooted to access administrator level. At present, Google Wallet is available on a single phone on a single carrier, which is Samsung’s Nexus S 4G on Sprint.

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Flaw Discovered in Google Wallet

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

Aimageccording to security firm Zvelo, a Wallet Cracker app can be used to expose the pin number of a Google Wallet account. That means the near-field communication payment system is not a secure way of making transactions. Google Wallet

At present, the technology for NFC payment systems already exists but its use is not prevalent due to several reasons such as the lack of coordination between banks, software companies, and mobile carriers. This could be resolved over time.

People fear that if they lose their smartphone, they would be losing an equivalent of their credit cards too. Although credit cards are also not that secure as proven by the incident a couple of months ago when thieves used skimmers in the Bay Area to steal information from more than 500 people.

While credit cards are imperfect, it is a product that people are already used to. New technology such as NFC payments has a hard time of winning public’s trust.

Zvelo said that in order to use the Wallet Cracker app, the Android phone must be rooted to access administrator level. At present, Google Wallet is available on a single phone on a single carrier, which is Samsung’s Nexus S 4G on Sprint.

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Google – most reputable!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Google | 0 comments

imageAccording to a Harris Interactive poll Google has come at the top of the list of the most reputable companies in the U.S.

30,000 people were asked to identify the 60 most prominent companies in the U.S; they were rated based on different attributes, some of which included financial performance, emotional appearance, social responsibility and leadership.

Google were at the top of a list which was dominated by technology companies, Harris Interactive rates Google at 84.05/100 on the reputation scale. 80.0 Or higher would be considered as excellent, so Google have done incredibly well. Other well-known technology companies that were on the list were, Apple at number 5, Intel at number 6, Amazon at number 8, Sony at number 14 and finally Microsoft at number 16, all of which received a rating of over 80.

At the bottom of the Harris Interactive Poll were insurance conglomerates, banks and Oil companies. AIG received the worst score only getting 47.77. British Petroleum who were responsible for the worst oil spoil in history, received second place. Some of the other companies that were at the bottom of the list include Comcast, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobile, General Motors, Bank of America, Chrysler, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

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Google And Its Smart Grids Initiative

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Google has a new surprising green initiative that might make happy millions of people. The company cooperates with Spectrum Bridge for creating a smart grid wireless network. This so far was only in the field of dreams and many giants have tried to build such network.

Even the utility companies are facing problems about it and certainly for many companies, it is a financial risk to start such a project.

Google has chosen Spectrum Bridge for a partner, for the company is eminent for using the so called “white space” between the TV channels. For now, the partners are performing a beta test in California.

The test has to give an answer about the communication between the wireless electrical grid and the unused TV bandwidth, both operated trough Google’s Power Meter. If the test shows a good communication between them, this means the country will have the first smart grid wireless network

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Google: Chrome For A Cause Donates $1 Million

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Just a few days back Google Chrome was seen doing some social work, contributing in different ways but donations all based on the Google Chrome users in means of ‘Clicks’ instead of direct money. We even reported of Google incorporating the event by rolling in a separate extension within the Google Chrome browser in order to mark the contributions.

Over 60 Million Tabs were donated to the “Chrome For A Cause” Charity. The tabs were equally distributed amongst the five charities involved with the program. Google would now distribute $1 Million it had pledged in an orderly fashion according to the people’s choices.

Sarah Nahm, Google Product Marketing Manager wrote:

In 2010, the Chrome community has joined us in moments of fun, invention, exploration, and now, giving. Last week, we invited Chrome’s users worldwide to ‘donate’ their opened tabs in Chrome to drive a charitable gift of one million dollars. We on the Chrome team were deeply impressed with the support and participation and now we’re happy to share the results with you. The Chrome community responded with staggering enthusiasm and, acting together, raised 60,599,541 tabs for charity.

Google was proud to see people participate, specially in a good cause which was different than a competition. Instead of the user getting something in return, Google Chrome users donated via clicking the tabs. Some 16 million tabs were clicked alone for vaccinations, due to which $267,336 would be donated in combating meningitis with vaccinations in Africa.

Some 14.8 million tabs were clicked to divert funds to re-planting trees for the endangered Atlantic Forest which sums up to a total of $245,278, directly contributed to the trees. Charity:water, registered some 14 million tabs which sums up to a total of $232,791, going towards building clean water supplies. Furthermore, 8.6 million tabs were delegated towards providing books to schools and libraries in Africa and Asia, sums up to total of $142,518 and 6.8 million tabs for building shelter in Latin America.

via [Google Chrome Blog]

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[Rumor] Honeycomb Could be Android 2.4, not 3.0

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

With all the good Android news the past few days, I guess we were bound to get some bad news.  This isn’t the worst news, but it’s a little disappointing.

According to Android & Me, the next version of Android, which is apparently codenamed Honeycomb, will not be version 3.0, as orginally rumored.  Instead it will be Android 2.4.  It looks like Google is holding out for something big with Android 3.0.

If we go back a bit, it was originally thought that Gingerbread was going to be Android 3.0, instead it turns out to be 2.3.  Since then, we’ve all thought that Honeycomb would be the codename for Android 3.0.  Now people are already wondering what codename Android 3.0 will take on.  Maybe Jellybean or Ice Cream?

Android and Me’s credible anonymous source doesn’t point to any particular reason for this.  Everyone just assumed that Honeycomb would of been big enough to warrant a whole new version number.  Honeycomb is being touted as the “Android for tablets.”  It’s supposed to be the first version of Android to support tablet computing.

We will know soon enough, Honeycomb is expected to be released in February, around the same time as the 2011 Mobile World Congress.  With the list of keynote speakers all being CEOs, it makes sense that Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, will be there to announce the release.  If that happens to be the case, then it looks like Google I/O 2011 in May. will be the most important event of the season.  There are already rumors that Google has something big planned for upcoming I/O, could it be the Android 3.0?  We’ll have to wait and see.

[via Android and Me]

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Full Desktop Version of Google Docs Now Available for iPad

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

We told you about the newly updated mobile version of Google Docs for iPad not too long ago. Now, Google has announced that the full desktop version of the web-based Microsoft Word alternative is available for use on iPad, along with the mobile version.

While Google is recommending that users utilize the mobile version, which has been specifically designed to make for the best experience on the device, the full version will allow you to do more advanced editing such as alignment and font edits. Creation of spreadsheets is also reportedly a much smoother experience with the full version, as shown in the image below.

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Google To Introduce New Online Storage Device – Google Picker

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

One habit which I love about Google., testing and rolling out new products and features frequently. People usually refer me as a pro-Google guy and I might need to agree with their views. Tech Crunch reported of Google testing a new product, more of an online storage tagged as Google Cloud Picker.

Google has designed a simple tool for adding media content from various Google services. Users or mainly Bloggers would now be able to benefit from other sites and services such a allowing Blogger to insert images or videos from Picasso and YouTube.

Google brings in a unified way of embedding content you host on your blog or company site. Besides browsing for content, users can also search for it across the content. Might want to add one more thing, whatever feature or product Google brings out, seems new whereas somewhat a similar feature by Microsoft already existed but consigned to Hotmail only.

Most of you might be flocking the web in order to get the first look on Cloud Picker but unfortunately the product is visible to a limited number of Google Apps users.

Google made the Cloud Picker available a little earlier while it wasn’t supposed to be rolled out. The internet search giant reported:

Oops… looks like someone pushed some code too quickly. It’s not quite ready for prime time yet but stay tuned!

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Angry Birds reaches 7 million downloads on Android

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

We all know the success of Angry Birds on the App Store for iOS devices with more than 12 million copies sold since it was released last year. It appears that developer Rovio is also having incredible success on Android devices with the company stating on their Twitter account they have reached the 7 million download mark.

The title is a free download for Android platforms, unlike the 99 cent version available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The free ad-supported version of Angry Birds was released for Android in October and went on to reach over two million downloads in the first three days.

There are many obvious reasons why Rovio decided to make the Android version of their flagship title a free, ad-supported download. The most obvious is the fact that piracy of paid apps on Android devices has been rampant and affecting the bottom line for many developers that have had success on other platforms such as the iPhone.

Secondly, the Android marketplace has been known to produce many cheap knockoffs of successful games from high-profile developers. In order to avoid having their title lost among the many copycats trying to capitalize on their success, Rovio has decided to offer the game free of charge and make their revenue from in-app ads. Hopefully with 7 million downloads the developer will see enough of a profit from ads that they will be able to offer their future titles in the Android marketplace for free.

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How to Create iGoogle Themes using Official iGoogle Theme Creator

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Recently we had posted about official iGoogle Theme building tool to create your own iGoogle theme has been released. But the URL to official iGoogle Thememaker was throwing 404 error and it was inaccessible till today. That was mistake from iGoogle team which is now rectified and iGoogle Theme creater is available for use.

iGoogle Theme Creator /Thememaker is web based tool with absolutely basic functionally where you can unload your own image, crop, adjust, change text color, change background color to create your own iGoogle Theme. Here is step by step guide on How to create iGoogle Theme with official iGoogle ThemeMaker.

How to Create iGoogle Theme with iGoogle Theme Creator

1. Click here to open official iGoogle ThemeMaker Page.

2. Login with your Google Account to access Theme Maker

3. Click on Upload Images button to select Image for your iGoogle Theme

 

4. You can add image in following ways,

a. Upload from your computer

 

b. Select from Picasa web album

c. Provide image URL

5. Any Upload image to iGoogle Thememaker will be available in your Picasa Web Album

6. Make sure that Upload image is of Size 680px X 116px.

7. Crop image to show only part of image or select whole image

8. Click on Apply Changes

9. You can change Header Text Color and Background Color

10. Add Title, Author Name and Description & Click on Create Theme.

 

11. You need to accept Terms and Conditions as well as you can publish your iGoogle theme to Theme Directory which will be browsable by every one.

 

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New & Improved Google Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop Released

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Slowly Google Desktop team has started integrating all Google Services with Google Desktop thru Gadgets. Recently Google released Gmail Desktop Gadget following to this today Google Desktop Team has released improved version of Calendar Google Desktop Gadget which obsolete the need of manually login to Google Calendar to keep track of events, appointments, schedules.

Google Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop has cleaner interface and also supports Google App calendars, and also includes three different viewing modes.

Screenshots of Google Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop

 

Three Different View of Google Calendar Gadget

 

One Click Event Details with Map of location, Start time and end time etc

One Click add Event Details

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Remove Left Navigation Tab Links of iGoogle with iGoogle Tab Remover

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Google Personalized Homepage i.e iGoogle is best place to start your day. With availability of so many gadgets, themes you can personalize iGoogle Homepage to any extent. You can grab lets news headlines, read your today’s horoscope, go true feeds of your favorite websites and blog, chat with your gtalk friends, check emails and many more. Possibility are endless with iGoogle and Gadgets.

Only problem with iGoogle Homepage is more Gadgets we add more clutter it will become also left navigation links of iGoogle page seems to be useless. If you want to make room for iGoogle gadget then here is iGoogle Tab Remover firefox add-on to Hide the iGoogle left navigation tabs, so you can have more room to browse.

Screenshot of iGoogle with Left Navigation Tabs

 

Screenshot of iGoogle with without Left Navigation Tabs

 

Download iGoogle Tab Remover Firefox Add-on

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Create Custom iGoogle Themes with iGoogle Theme Creation Tool

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Google Personalized Homepage also know as iGoogle is best place start your day as you can add your own gadget to start reading news, read the feeds of your favorite websites, know your horoscope and much more. As the name says its personalized home page meaning you can personalize its content, add gadgets, change look and feel i.e themes.

Google has been providing Themes (iGoogle Theme Directory) for your Google Personalized home page i.e iGoogle & their was no scope for custom themes designed by yourself since developing iGoogle Themes requires knowledge of XML. But today iGoogle team has announced first iGoogle Theme building tool, which lets you to create your own custom themes for your personalized Google home page (iGoogle).

iGoogle Theme building tool has slick simple interface with basic set of tools to help you create your own Custome iGoogle themes. With these Themes building tool you can upload your images, photo from Desktop, Picasa, Flickr pr any where from web.

Feature of iGoogle Theme Creation Tool

1. Image Cropping – Crop your favorite photo to fit your iGoogle theme

2. Color Schemes – Pick colors to complement your photo

3. Real-time Preview – See immediate feedback of your changes to swiftly fine-tune your theme

4. Public and Private Publishing – Choose who gets to see your original themes, whether it’s just you, or if you want to share them with the world.

Custom iGoogle Theme

 

Once your theme is created, it’s immediately added to your iGoogle page for you to enjoy

Here is link for iGoogle Custom Theme tool currently this page is showing Error 404 page but soon it will available for users.

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Official Google Sitemap Generator Beta Launched

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Google Search Engine is like precious stone for any webmaster in the world, the amount of traffic a website or blog can receive from google search engine is most of the time more then any other traffic source. In order to help Google Search Engine to crawl your website deeply you need to submit sitemap thru your google webmaster account.

Generating sitemap for website having 10-100 pages is easy task but for website with thousands of web pages could become resource intensive task as well difficult to maintain and update this sitemap frequently. To help webmasters in generating sitemap Google webmaster has developed official Google Sitemap Generating Tool.

Google Sitemap Generator tool is a server site plug-in that can be installed on both Linux/Apache and Microsoft IIS Windows-based servers. Compared to third party sitemap generator, Google Sitemap Generator is different in many terms like it doesn’t just list WebPages url based on links but uses several other ways to find URLs on your website and also allows you to automatically create and maintain different kinds of Sitemap files.

Features of Google Sitemap Generator

1. Can Generates XML Sitemap

2. Can Generates Mobile Sitemap

3. Cam Generates Code Search Sitemap

4. Ping to Google Blog Search for new and modified URLs

5. Finds new and modified URLs based on your webserver’s traffic, its log files, or the files found on the server

Screenshot of Google Sitemap Generator in Action

 

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DownThemAll, FlashGot & Adblock like Extensions Coming Soon to Google Chrome

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Google Web browser Google Chrome has fast response time and better performance then any other browser but it lacks lots of features like Extension support, Google toolbar and many more. One thing which is holding back firefox users from switching to google chrome is no support for extensions.

Google definitely want to bring extension to chrome and as support to this a latest document Chrome extensions document, spotlighted Saturday by Google programmer Aaron Boodman.

As per Chrome Extensions Document,

We should start by building the infrastructure for an extension system that can support different types of extensibility. The system should be able to support an open-ended list of APIs over time, such as toolbars, sidebars, content scripts (for Greasemonkey-like functionality), and content filtering (for parental filters, malware filters, or adblock-like functionality). Some APIs will require privileges that must be granted, such as “access to the history database” or “access to mail.google.com”.

Google Chrome Extension system is categorized in to following system

Webby :- Developing and using extensions should be very similar to developing and using web pages.

Rich :- It should be possible to create extensions as polished as if they had been developed by the Chromium team.

General :- There should be only one extension system in Chromium that handles all types of extensibility.

Maintainable :- The system should require low ongoing maintenance from the Chromium team

Stable :- Extensions should not be able to crash or hang the browser process.

Secure :- It must not be possible for third-party code to get access to privileged APIs because of the extension system

Open :- Extension development must not require use of any Google products or services.

Some of suggested Google Chrome Extension

1. Bookmarking/navigation tools: Delicious Toolbar, Stumbleupon, web-based history, new tab page clipboard accelerators

2. Content enhancements: Skype extension (clickable phone numbers), RealPlayer extension (save video), Autolink (generic microformat data – addresses, phone numbers, etc.)

3. Content filtering: Adblock, Flashblock, Privacy control, Parental control

4. Download helpers: video helpers, download accelerators, DownThemAll, FlashGot

5. Features: ForecastFox, FoxyTunes, Web Of Trust, GooglePreview, BugMeNot

So it’s just a matter of time and soon we will have all extension and add-on like firefox to Google Chrome.

But what if Extensions comes to Google Chrome will it be death of Mozilla Firefox ??

Source : CNET

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Google Toolbar PageRank Update Time 25 July – 30 July 2008

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Every one loves to see their Website getting Higher Page Rank on Google and those who was unlucky and got Page rank penalty will pray that Google will remove penalty. Well here is time to see updates in Google Page Rank.

As pointed out by Google guy Matt Cutts,

Hey folks, I wanted to let you know that new toolbar Page Rank values should become visible over the next few days. I’m expecting that also in the next few days that we’ll be expiring some older penalties on websites.

This is 2nd Page-rank update of this year and looks like it’s going to bring some joy among SEO, Webmasters and Blogger particularly for those Webmaster who have suffered Google Penalty.

However keep in mind that this is Google Toolbar Page-rank update which happens after every two or three month. Where as Actual page-rank of website changes daily. You can find whether your Blog/Website has low, Medium, High Page Rank from Google Webmaster.

Personally I feel Page Rank doesn’t matter much what matters is The Search Engine Rank Position (SERP). My old blog had PR of 2 but after Changing Domain Name to Blogs DNA my blog lost its Page rank. This clearly gives indication that Google now no more passes Page rank with 301 and 302 Redirection or there is some default penalty associated with Redirection.

I am not expecting Any Page-rank for Blogs-DNA.

Please Comment About Your Blog Page Rank Expectation.

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Google Knol Public Release Knol vs Wikipedia

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Last year in December 2007 Google announced about new service called Google Knol. Google knol was in private beta which is now available for all. Knol is some what like mixture of Squidoo, Hubpages and Wikipedia. Knol is place of authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects.

There is a big speculation about Knol that google want to replace Wikipedia by creating Knol encyclopedia. Knol stand for “unit of knowledge”. A big difference between Wikipedia and Knol is that Wikipedia is maintained by worldwide users where as Google’s Knol is maintained by Authors.

Google Knol has set up three levels of collaboration in Knol:

open collaboration (any Knol user can edit the article)
moderate collaboration (any Knol user can suggest changes to the article – enabled by default)
closed collaboration (only the co-authors can edit the article)

Features of Google Knol

Google Knol Article

Rich Text Editor

Edit articles

Comment on Articles

Rate any Articles

Articles are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution

Screenshots of Google’s Knol

One of best part about Google Knol is, Author of knols can monetize and advertising on their respective knols and get a portion of the ad revenue.

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EA Sports Launches Event Marketing Tour for FIFA Soccer 11

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

Anyone with working pairs can know about the latest release and that is EA is launching FIFA 11. This had been released yesterday by EA. FIFA 11 is one of the latest chance by the EA that allows you take Madrid to Wembley. This is EA’s global bottom line. As the game has been released yesterday and it has a few of the major thing that should be taken in to account. It hardly has little fun little campaign behind it. You will not get away from it the moment you see it.

EA SPORTS FIFA 11-development team

Now for all those FIFA 11 soccer fans, this game will be the perfect thing for giving you all kinds of soccer experience. It is believed that talented team at EAC that includes Matt Bilbey, Kaz Makita and Dave Rutter, have produced a well-featured and sharp game. This has produced another great soccer experience. It is all due to FIFA development team. I still remember one of the first weeks when it was briefed on the concepts of entrance in to martial arts experience. With this EA games experience, it is surely going to be a tournament where players from all over the country would be involved in playing and participating. In fact, when it was released last night in New York, it kicked off with some great players from New York Red Bulls. In fact, even I can recognise some players who participated. If I am not mistaken then surely they were Thiery Henry and Rafa Marquez. I could be familiar with these players in the release of FIFA 11 by EA games.

 

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FIFA 11 Releases

FIFA’s 11 release went out to be huge success as many people were present and they all praised the game. As any project has an interesting journey, it happens with the FIFA Soccer 11 too. EA Sports FIFA 11 has come up with such a nice version of playing soccer that it keeps your mind and body busy. It is tough to review this products now, as it is not been still downloaded by me. Surely as I can see so many players’ face, and the fact that I also played a little bit of game yesterday, I can say that until date EA SPORTS has been able to deliver FIFA 11 soccer as its best effort. This has done a great job this time and they will surely break the ice soon.

Download EA SPORTS FIFA 11

You can even download this EA SPORTS FIFA 11 and get an all-new experience by yourself. Surely, this game will change your thinking with what all kind of games you may have played earlier. EA Sports Soccer has been able to come up with great FIFA 11 experience this time with the release of FIFA11 yesterday. Everybody at the release liked it and this is the reason the release of EA SOCCER FIFA 11 has been a hit. No wonder soon this game is going to be a hit and you will see everyone just getting addicted to it.

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Google gets its own URL shortner website, Goo.gl

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Google | 0 comments

It was in earlier this day that Google has announced its latest release. Goo.gl, the Google shortner is out in public now. They are saying this shortner to be “stablest, most secure and fastest URL shortner on web”. This might be even said to be a coolest thanks to the Easter eggs.

Goo.gl features

One of the major features is said to be secure, stable and fastest URL on web. Finally, when Google has its own website, it gives you web interface where you input a URL and receive its shorter one. This is just an instance of keeping a track of all your URLs that will help in keeping track of any previously shortened URLs. The main three features of stability, security and speed has been attained by doing some good technical works. For stability, there has been 100% uptime and Google has worked enough to make this shorter to be most stable and robust one. For Security, automatic spam detection makes its base on some type of filtering technology. This same technology is used in Gmail so you have secure means to achieve it. To cater to the speed need, Google has worked harder to give you greater speed in accessing any URLs.

Even if you are not on any of the URL, you also get ‘handy goo.gl extension’ or even the goo.gl-supporting Firefox extension’.

Google’s Matt Cutts just said that ‘if you add “.qr” in last of Goog.gl, then you get a QR code” so while you scan this QR code, you can get in to any of this URL mode. To site an example you have a URL: goo.gl/Uala, which is the shortened link for the post. You can make it as a QR link that is goo.gl/Uala.qr.

 

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Goo.gl review

The new Goo.gl feature is not exactly new but then previously it was much harder to use this feature. In fact, it was even limited by some of the main Google products so not everyone could make use of it. Now with so much stability and security maintained in this new Google shortner form, you are sure to get going with it. Now, everyone can use it with complete ease and no tension. This shortner URL of Google is out with new and easy feature that would help all consumers to get effective help from Google.

In fact, the QR code that it offers can be very much used in mobile devices. Google has made much use of it since the time android applications have started. Google has made its use in various android applications. Now Google is ready to provide you with so many new features with the help of this Goo.gl shortner form. You can search and advertise with the aim to organise and monetize your information. Plethora of technical tools is there for you to work upon. You have lot many platforms where you can choose to work. So surely, you have good hands open up with this shortner form and Google getting its own website.

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