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Keeping track of a user’s location is set on a per-device basis. This enables specific apps to offer more accurate information if location access is switched on. The same principle applies to Google apps, but Google has its own set of location settings. These refer specifically to any installed Google apps, e.g. Google Maps, and will only be associated with the Google account that the device is logged in to.
The Google settings effectively offer two options that work together: Location Reporting and Location History. The first option ensures that your location is reported, while History lets you view location data by day, week or month.
1. Locations Settings
To manage the location settings on an Android device, the first thing you need to do is to make sure they are switched on. Head to your Settings app and select Location access and switch on the Access to my location option. This will activate the Location sources.
2. Location Sources
By default, switching on location access will turn on both the GPS Satellites and Wi-Fi & mobile network location options. Either of the options can be switched off if you don’t want location data sent to Google. However, both cannot be turned off at the same time.
3. Google Settings
To take care of location settings for Google apps, head to the Apps screen and locate Google Settings. This will include the Location option. Tap it to open. By default, the Access location option is switched on. Deactivating the Access location option will in turn deactivate the associated options. Note these settings are related to the account that the device is signed in to.
4. Location Reporting
Google’s location settings has two options associated with it: Location Reporting and Location History. Both of these options are only related to Google apps and can be switched off if desired. Switching off the options will not affect a device’s general location settings. Location Reporting lets Google store and use a device’s recent location data. This includes activities such as walking and cycling.
5. Location History
Location History works in conjunction with Location Reporting and lets Google store location data from any device logged in to a specific Google account. Keeping the Location History on means that certain Google services can often provide more accurate results. Users can view the Location History of a Google account by visiting maps.google.com/locationhistory.
This offers two display options: Map and Dashboard. Map provides a visual display of routes on a specific day. The Dashboard, currently in beta, provides a selection of graphs for you.
I Cannot Find The Location Settings On My Device. Where Are They?
Google’s location settings can differ depending on device and version. On devices running 4.3 or lower the location settings can be found under Location. On a Nexus running Android 4.4 there are additional sub-menus.
Author Bio:This article is written by prateek who is a avid technology blogger. Read More on Android Apps at TheAndroidTips.com and connect with prateek on Google Plus Here
After Google Glasses were revealed there was a lot of speculation as to just what the technology giant was going to do next. The answer, many were shocked to find, is that the Internet and technology giant is creating contact lenses. They won't be used to browse the Internet though; the lenses, if all goes according to plan, will be used to revolutionize the way diabetics live their lives.
Sugar-Sensing Contact Lenses
People who live with diabetes have difficulty maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. This leads to all kinds of medications, lifestyle changes, and other preventative measures being taken to help control the condition. One of the most common sights though is a diabetic person jabbing his or her fingertips, swabbing a bit of blood onto a test strip, and then inserting the strip into an electronic reader to check the glucose levels in the blood.
Google might be eliminating the need for that kind of testing
The contact lenses currently being tested have tiny, miniature LED lights that look like specks of glitter when worn. Sandwiched between layers of the lens, the technology measures glucose levels in the wearer's tears. When the levels get too high, or too low, the LED lights flash to warn the wearer of the condition. There's no pricking necessary, no need to carry test strips, and less of a package to carry around when leaving the house.
The question people might ask, and legitimately so, is at this point is what's next? If contact lenses can be fitted with circuitry and worn with little to no effort, then what else is possible? Will futuristic technology be installed directly into affected tissue to cure diseases from the common cold to cancer? Will the cell phones and iPods of the future be able to catch ambient brain waves to charge themselves? Or, for that matter, will people be able to download information straight into their brains?
We're not there yet, but the keyword in that sentence is yet. Things once thought completely impossible, such as cybernetic prosthetics capable of delivering sensation to the brain, have become common. Still cutting edge, but fairly common all the same. When it comes to Google's revolutionary contact lenses, the question is really what other conditions can be monitored and treated using this tiny technology? The miniaturization of medical monitors might result in a complete change in how conditions are diagnosed and treated. They could also lead to test results being completed in minutes, rather than in hours or days as has been the case previously. Only time will tell for certain.
This article was provided by Jesse L. from the FindAFax.com blog team. Jesse earned a perfect 800 on the Math S.A.T. and is currently studying Computer Science at Stanford University.
The updates to Google implemented in recent years – namely Panda and Penguin, the two overhauls of Google’s search algorithm – have seriously altered the manner in which websites are able to implement SEO strategies.
However, even despite these changes, it is not necessarily true that all of the work you have put in on SEO will go to waste.
In this article we will explore a few different things you can do to protect your standing in the search engine results and safeguard the flow of traffic to your site against these and future algorithmic changes.
Generate Unique Content
The general purpose of these changes to Google has been to improve the quality of search results for Google users.
Perhaps the most immediate indicator of what Google would designate a low-quality website is a site which features duplicated content. If your site is full of articles copy-pasted verbatim from another source, Google will pick up on this quickly and your search ranking will suffer as a result.
Not only must your content be original, but it must also be something of value to a reader. The content which you publish to your site should be:
- Well-written: Your posts should have no obvious grammar or spelling errors.
- Valuable: Does your content offer something worth reading?
- Multi-dimensional: Consider reinforcing your written content with other media such as videos, audio, images, etc. (though be sure to do this only when it is actually called-for).
A high bounce rate is something to avoid, as Google considers the number of people who visit and then quickly leave your site a valuable indicator of the site’s overall quality.
Avoid Spamming Links
Google’s Penguin update was designed to specifically target articles which engage in spamming links.
After this change was incorporated into Google, sites which engaged in excessive, unnecessary link spamming were punished for the practice. Therefore, it is important to naturally develop a profile of links to your website.
You can build a portfolio of natural links by doing the following:
- Use raw URLs (a link which features the actual URL rather than anchor text). Penguin considers this a sign of a naturally-built link.
- When choosing anchor texts, use generic ones such as “click here” or “learn more.”
- Avoid software which automatically builds links.
- Maintain a balance between no-follow and do-follow links.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Of course, social media is an excellent tool for websites of all types. Integrating social media into your marketing approach can draw countless new readers to your site.
Minimally, you will want to be sure to have:
- Branded accounts on Facebook and Google+. A Twitter account would also be a wise idea.
- If images are a significant element of your marketing strategy, supplementary accounts on Pinterest and Instagram would also be helpful.
- Sharing buttons on every page of content throughout your site. This will encourage readers to share things which they find interesting on their own social networks.
Having the best social media portfolio possible will affect the way in which Google views your site and make your site appear more reputable.
Build a List of Email Subscribers
Having a list of email subscribers is very important for any online marketer. After all, the people who subscribe to your emails are people who have already visited your site and found it satisfactory (otherwise they wouldn’t have given out their email address in the first place).
Try using an autoresponder such as Fluttermail, and then begin collecting email addresses from your visitors. Many marketers do this by offering something in exchange such as a free e-book or something of that sort.
After all, if you’re trying to attract future sales, who better to market to than people who already like your site?
While the changes to Google might have significantly changed the SEO game, there are still many ways to attract new readers to your site – but the most effective method is to make sure that your site offers long-term quality.
Guest author Ted Lamphere works for a local marketing firm. One of their clients was nearly caught up in last year’s algorithm changes. Fortunately, they (and their cornhole supplies!) weathered the storm. Now, Ted is helping his client diversify and enhance their site. For example, they recently produced this video about the cornhole game. In addition to helping Custom Corntoss shore up their site, Ted is also sharing his thoughts about the process with online readers.
Google is well known for the quality of its mapping data. Globally, only Nokia claims to rival Google for modern, connected mapping technology. Google’s many search, social and marketing products rely heavily on location information, and Google invests huge amounts of money in keeping its maps up to date.
So how did it manage to invent an island, then lose one that definitely exists? And what can we learn about the importance of good quality data from Google’s mapping mistakes?
Google’s First Map Mishap
The first big Google Maps blunder came to light in November 2012 when Google appeared to have invented an island. Sandy (or Sable) Island existed close to Australia in the South Pacific, according to the search giant. Yet when a ship went to find it, it wasn’t there.
Sandy Island was completely made up. It had never existed. There wasn’t even a sand bank in its place – just a patch of ocean some 4,500 deep. But Google wasn’t entirely to blame. Explorers had reported seeing an island in that spot, and the information had been duplicated on many maps over the decades, with nobody thinking to question the quality of the data. Even stranger was the fact that Sandy Island appeared on satellite images as a spooky black blob.
The Lost Island
Eight months later, Google Maps was back in the spotlight. This time, it had lost an island rather than inventing one.
Jura, an island in the Scottish Highlands, was accidentally erased from Google’s databases. Like Sandy Island, it existed on Google’s satellite imagery. But it had been removed from the map overlay by accident.
Like all other data, maps are subject to data quality issues. Our world is not static, and maps have to be continually adapted to cope with natural phenomena, new developments and refined data gathered over time.
Enthusiastic amateurs update ‘open’ maps to improve data quality for all of the above reasons. But maps are not always updated to cope with natural disasters.
How Reliable Is Mapping Data?
Remember the massive earthquake in Japan in 2011? It moved the entire country up to 13 feet towards the east, as demonstrated in this video. But when it comes to shifting countries and tectonic activity, maps are not updated as frequently as you might expect.
It should be noted that Google has discovered some truly amazing information about the world; Google Earth detected lost pyramids in Egypt; some researchers devote their time to scouring Google Maps data for new places. It’s also not the only company to suffer data quality problems. Apple Maps was severely criticised for its poor mapping information that led to driving directions crossing runways.
Data Quality Affects Us All
It’s difficult to imagine the importance of data quality until it directly affects us in some way, but the problems Google and Apple experienced with maps prove that data isn’t just a corporate concern. In an era of big data, information is consumed and generated with practically every decision we make.
If data quality is poor, information is useless. And making data accurate is not a one-time project; you need time, money and software to get the job done.
Specially developed deduplication software can be used to tidy a marketing database, but it’s then needed on an ongoing basis to continually pick out duplicate records. Merging algorithms enable the speedy location and merging of data to improve database efficiency; data cleansing rids databases of outdated information and is often used to keep customer records up to date.
Data quality sounds trivial until we come to rely on the information the database holds. At that point, it becomes the most important aspect of our daily lives.
By Claire Broadley
Author Claire Broadley is a technical content writer. She writes about cloud computing and information technology for clients all over the world. Follow her on Twitter.