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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.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
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.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014
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.
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Passwords are vitally important when it comes to protecting your security on the internet, as you will be placing them onto websites which contain pages full of your confidential and personal information.
In its own study to find the most popular password online, Google Apps questioned 2,000 web users and concluded that a pet’s name was the clear winner.
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This American multinational rules the search engine world from the eccentric surroundings of their 70 offices spread across 40 countries. If you work at Google and you happen to notice a bubble machine blowing bubbles around the room, don't be surprised because this is just another day at the office. Catch some shut eye in one of the napping pods, chill out on one of the bean bags dotted around the building, blow off some steam on the crazy-golf course, challenge yourself on an arcade game, or escape the world of computer monitors by retreating to the music practice room. Of course, when you want to go downstairs, don't wait for the elevator, just hop on the slide and slide down to the next level.
Facebook make social networking magic happen from the fun-filled environments of their domestic and international offices. If you work for Facebook you can write a message on the giant 'wall', hang out in the video game room and enjoy unlimited sugar rushes with on-tap sweets and fizzy drinks. Sometimes Facebook theme their office spaces, like when they adorned one of their floors with Super Mario-inspired decorations.
This playful animation studio strives to be one of the most fun environments to work in. The fun-filled atmosphere at this film studio inspires its talented staff to continue creating entertaining and endearing blockbusters. If you start working for Pixar: you will become accustomed to walking passed giant monuments and art features depicting characters from the movies; you might like to theme your office front to look like the set of a Western movie; your office supplies might include a collection of toys; and you will have access to all you can eat cereal. After work head down to the soccer field, Olympic-sized swimming pool, volleyball court or basketball court to stay fit.
Skype has changed the way the world communicates. They manage their global network from their spacious surrounds in London, Stockholm and California. They have divided their open-plan office space into purposeful subsections. Park yourself on one of the vibrant soft-furnishings to chill out, on one of the functional desk chairs to focus, or one of the multi-coloured dining chairs to refuel.
This young information network has only been on the scene since 2006. Their San Francisco office space is simple but sleek. It promotes a creative and energetic culture. Staff can relax on the rocking chairs, admire a birds-eye (excuse the pun) view of the surrounding neighbourhood from the rooftop vegetable garden, take breaks in the games room and feast on free breakfast, lunch, dinner and beer. The office has a natural feel due to the wooden art pieces and multitude of plants. It would of course be even cooler if they had an aviary.
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This news has been presented mainly to prove that this item is functional—more than just some novelty toy. However, in these mid stages of production preparation, convincing the public of its usefulness may not be easy.
“It All Depends On the Price”
“It all Depends On the Price” is part of a quote from a user who gave Google Glass a two-week review. Robert Scoble shares on his Google Plus profile that he gave five speeches while wearing it, and passed through an airport a total of six times (two more within a couple of hours per his post). He says, “I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep.”
Scoble's review also says that he even let hundreds of other people try it. As far as how useful it is, this may not be yet enough proof, though. You probably need to hear from other users as well.
Thankfully, Scoble has provided a summary of what other consumers would pay for the Glass. He would ask people during a presentation if they would pay a certain price, and then worked downward to a minimum price. The lower he went with his price the more hands went up, and literally everyone's hands went up when he reached the $200 point. Although some people would be willing to pay more, it seems that the majority of the public thinks $200 is a fair price.
This new eyeglass computer will have a breaking news CNN alert app as well as Elle featured fashion app. Also included in Glassware are the following: Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, and more. In other words, your computer glasses will look very much like the screen of your iPhone, tablet, or tablet PC.
Each app provided by Glassware will be customizable. For instance, you can choose what topics of alerts you want. You also can set the time of day that you want the alerts to show up. These setting features are already announced as available for the CNN, Elle, but these customizable options are more than likely going to be offered on “Maps,” “Search,” and “Notifications.”
Once you get your hands on a Google Glass device, most of the features you use will be fairly standard. For instance, you will also be able to snap photos, record video, and replay phone messages. You will also be able to Tweet messages by voice and send photos to Facebook.
However, you also might possibly involve yourself in a bit of a more “nerdy pursuit, which would be to use the incredibly awkward “Ice Breaker” app. It involves receiving notifications of nearby
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Schmidt joined Google as their Chairman and became the company’s CEO. He took part in the daily operations of the company and a keen interest in various aspects of the business. His strong technical background is a major plus point and this is one of the main reasons for his successful career path. He took care of business expansion plans of the company to keep pace with its rapid growth and at the same time on various other legal and management responsibilities that come along with the position he holds. He stepped down as CEO but continues to be on the board of directors. He was briefly associated with Apple as its director, but subsequently gave up his position due to conflict of interests.
A noteworthy aspect of his career has been his founding “Innovation Endeavors”. It is a venture fund set up to help entrepreneurs with technical and financial support to start off path breaking ventures. It has helped several of them around the world. He is also a member of the board of New America Foundation, a public policy institute. He has been open about his political leanings and was a chief advisor to the current President’s campaign for office. He was even rumored to be on the list of probables in Barack Obama’s administration. He has since become a member of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, his forte.
His position in Google is one of the most noticed ones as the company is a common name in every household. The most reliable search engine by far, users noticed the people behind the scenes as well. Eric Schmidt has used his popularity and wealth for meeting some of his social responsibilities. He is an avid art collector and takes part in several conferences and shows around the world. A fierce advocate of sustainable use of natural resources the Schmidt Family Foundation that he set up does a lot of work in this segment. The foundation supports organizations and individuals who work in the field of renewable energy with the aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
A career built on his technical and managerial skills is a truly inspiring one. He has been recognized for his contributions to various businesses and out of business work as well and has been popular with his team in all of his assignments.
James is a writer and blogger with 5 years experience.
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Google had recognised how much we rely on our smart phones and how helpful Siri is to many of us and have taken it one step further. Google glass is a smart phone in the form of a pair of glasses. Go hands free and see everything in front of you with your world as a back drop. The ‘Google Glass’ is controlled by simple commandments. Use the Google glass to take photos, view maps, sent text messages, phone people, record videos, share live footage, translate phrases, Google search terms...virtually everything you can do with a smart phone, but better, hands free and always right in front of you as clear as day.
It’s certainly a unique and innovative idea, but will it take over the smart phone?
Google have teamed up with Adidas to bring us stylish smart shoes. The new technology means our shoes will give us motivational pep talks and congratulate us when we are doing well. It has been suggested that Google have no intention of releasing the shoes, and that is was just an experiment to see how the technology would interact with the human body and movements. This could be a cover up by Google’s technology PR department as there is talk that Google may release the shoes in order to introduce people to interactive devices that you wear in preparation for Google glass.
SEO has been around for a while now, but without Google it wouldn’t even exist. Google is the creator and controller of search engine optimisation, determining how it works and the rules surrounding it. SEO is a technology that has created thousands of jobs, before Google and the internet the world of internet marketing didn’t even exist. Now anyone who wants to receive traffic from search engines need to practice SEO in order to rank well on Google. Other industries have had to change the way in which they work too due to Google and SEO such as Public relations and especially technology PR.
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