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Friday, 29 August 2014

Locked inside Google's new Vault

Google is further expanding its monopoly over the information age. They've already got the Knowledge Graph, which collects data from across the web to enhance its search results:

All the Wiki information and link suggestions that pop up to the right of the search results is the Knowledge Graph

But Google have noticed that results are slowing down. The Knowledge Graph relied on human crowd-sourcing to expand its information, and humans just aren't up to scratch.

Monday, 25 August 2014

To tweet or not to tweet? That is the moral dilemma.

So during the past week, with the beheaded American journalist so fresh in our minds, a few moral dilemmas have arisen. Namely -  how are we to get across the monstrous nature of a crime and inform the world without inadvertently 'promoting' the criminals behind it?

The simple solution is, don't twoot, twit or twine about it on the internet.



Friday, 22 August 2014

Lock your tablets: Google is coming for your kids!

Many will of heard the latest announcement from Google of their plans to roll out a suite of services specifically targeted for kids. For those that haven't: Google for kids is happening.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mobile Coupons: The Future Of The Committed Couponer - Hopefully.

It was only last week that I was standing third in the queue in my local grocery store, large, heavy shopping basket in hand, waiting for the small elderly lady at the front of the line to dig out all 30 of her paper coupons. Pockets, hidden bag compartments and purses were rifled through, 11 minutes were lost, and blood pressure rose to a dangerous level.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Digital Natives

The digital natives are coming. They are growing bigger day by day. Watch them as they grab for that extra pint of milk to pour on their cereal, determined to magnify themselves into the horrible beasts they will one day become.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Gooogle annunces close variant matching fir al exact and phrase keyworrds

Spellig is hard. Why do I need to learn how to spell when i've got a perfect spell checker to do that for me? I guess it's the same reason why I've got a calculator so i never need to do sums.

Predictive text/auto-correct also means I can vaguely brush my thumb across the touch screen of my iPhone and Apple will ensure that there is minimum embarrassment for me after i press send... Right?



Thursday, 14 August 2014

15 Awesome Stats From Google That Will Change How You Think About Marketing

70% of mobile searchers call a business directly from Google search results

40 Million calls on average are made each month to businesses directly from their Google ads

Friday, 8 August 2014

Google and Yahoo - sticking it to the man?

Russian relations with the West appear to be worsening with each passing day. In response to the Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine, Russia yesterday imposed a 'full embargo' on food imports from the EU, US and other Western countries. It is also threatening to block Siberian air space - something likely to severely disrupt flights between Europe and Asia.




Thursday, 7 August 2014

Google, Wikipedia & Others Need To Stop Monkeying Around "Right To Be Forgotten"

As if the entire farce around the "Right To Be Forgotten" decree from the European courts was not ridiculous enough, the Wikimedia Foundation has joined in the fray by announcing that they will post notices for each indefinite removal of Wikipedia search results.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

New use found for Nike+ running app

The general consensus is that going for a run is both tiring and boring - but not if your San Francisco jogger Claire Wyckoff. She's decided to use her Nike+ app to create some artwork, from a corgi to a Space Invaders alien.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Google Cardboard: The New 'Oculus Thrift'

Google has made a couple of pleasantly surprising moves recently. For starters they decided to reveal the open source code for the I/O 2014 App - originally built to guide attendees around the event - in order to help developers code for their own projects.

And at a recent Google developer conference, the star of the show wasn't the smart watch or Android on the big screen TV - it was a piece of cardboard.