Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
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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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.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Sunday, March 17, 2013
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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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
First of all it has to be stated that Google Wallet is a free feature. There is no doubt Google plans on monetizing this novelty. However, the plan is to use it as another advertising channel. When you use Google Wallet to pay for stuff, Google gets a clearer ideas on what your shopping preferences are. This way they can send you more tuned ad offers to make money with you.
Now, there are three things you have to do to operate Google Wallet. First of all, you need to own a NFC (near field communication) smartphone. Then you need to upload Google Wallet app onto your phone. Finally, you need to find stores, equipped with special NFC readers. A good thing is that this new Google app is compatible with MasterCard's PayPass system. So, if your nearby stores are equipped with that system, you may use your smartphone there to pay the bills.
Once you get registered with Google Wallet, you can register your credit or gift cards there. Then you can pay for things using discounts. The application is protected with a PIN. When you decide to use your smartphone as you wallet, you need to bring it close to the NFC reader, then you enter your PIN and get the transaction finished. Of course, presently the use of Google Wallet is somewhat limited. Just few stores are equipped with NFC readers this far. Still, you get over 150 thousand stores furnished with MasterCard's PayPass system. Plus, Google is working with some of the larger retail networks on getting them equipped with NFC readers, too.
Another valid benefit of using Google Wallet is that you can get discounts and coupons with one tap of your finger. Google sends your smartphone notifications with coupons or discounts in them. So, if you choose to shop through your smartphone and pick their offer, you atomically claim the coupon or discount. This makes mobile shopping experience more enjoyable and easy.
The big idea that stands behind Google Wallet is to make you forget about your physical wallet by turning your smartphone into your ultimate shopping solution. With time you would be able to use it for online mobile shopping as well as for offline one.
Presently, only few smartphones come with NFC chip in them. The rest of smartphone users have to download the applications from the web. However, it is very probable that in future more and more smartphones would be produced with the built in NFC option. There are good chances that in few years Google Wallet and other similar apps would win over the market and become very popular ways to close transactions.
So, as you may see, learning the ins and outs of Google Wallet today may keep you on the front line of technology. You stay tech savvy and benefit from various offers provided by free Google apps. Plus, you surely can find many great discounts and coupon offers from Google Wallet advertisers.
Sean Harris is tax and technology writer for serveral websites.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ice Cream Sandwich
The first name that comes to mind is Ice Cream Sandwich. It was a follow-up to Honeycomb, another Android version, and was launched in May 2011. It totally refined Honeycomb and came with lots of new features. This version was designated Android 4.0 and became very popular among the techies. Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone that came on the market with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Honeycomb, designated as Android 3.0, came out in February 2011 with Motorola Xoom, and was the first version of Android that was specially made for the tablets. Many Google applications including Gmail app and the Talk app were updated for use with Honeycomb, making it one of the most successful Android versions.
Gingerbread or Android 2.3-2.4 was launched in December 2010. It came on the market in the Google Nexus S and brought some new enhancements to Android. There are phones today that still use Gingerbread as their operating system (OS)
The other name in the list is Android 2.2 – Froyo. Announced in May 2010, it brought support for Adobe Flash 10.1 enabling the users to enjoy Flash-based games in Android's web browser. There were many other technologies that added to its popularity.
Éclair or Android 2.0/2.01/2.1 was introduced to the world in the last quarter of 2009. It first came with Motorola Droid and brought a lot of improvement in Google Maps and GPS navigation systems. Few phones launched with Android 2.1 were Motorola's Motoblur, HTC Desire, HTC Legend and many more.
Android 1.6 or Donut was launched in the month of September in 2009. It also came up with lots of interesting features and was a big hit in its time. High resolution touchscreens, native support for phones like Sprint and Verizon were few attributes of Donut. Smartphones like Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo 4G were based on it, and were quite popular among the users. Donut was used in the phones like Motorola Devour, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the Garminphone.
Android 1.5 or Cupcake was the first major version of Android Operating System. Released in April 2009, this Android version brought lots of changes in User Interface. Features like Bluetooth were improved and upload services like Picasa and YouTube were introduced in many smartphones thanks to Cupcake.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Throughout the Nortel Auction, a group teaming Microsoft Corp., Apple and Research in Motion Ltd. bought Nortel Networks Corp.’s patents for $4.5 billion out of bankruptcy last year. Google has lost the auction for those patents after making an initial offer of $900 million. This time, Google decided to join Apple in order to escape any further bidding loss after they had both created separate teams to try to get some of Kodak patents.
What lead those two companies to lineup when they could have fought over the patents as they have always done? What incentives did they both have to meet after a long history of business conflict? In order to obey bankruptcy terms, Kodak announced that she would be discharging 1,100 patents of digital imaging sort. Both, Apple and Google were interested in those patents since they represent a technology where they would both want to be successful. Apple and Google knew for sure that those patents will be sold for a very high price that is why they decided to team up to collect a high amount, higher than $500 million dollars, enough to win those patents.
However, spokesmen of all mentioned companies strictly refused to make any official statement. Similarly to every underground discussions, private negotiations or secret lineups, the representatives of these three companies refused to give any legitimate declaration or official statement about any of the news posted on Friday. When asked, Kodak’s spokesman didn’t want to reveal any information not even a small hint related to what’s going on behind the scenes and remained silent about all the declarations and leaks that have been broadcasted. The followers and the people interested in technology and business will have to stay focused on the news if they are willing to be the first to know what this teaming and bidding might produce.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
But if you were to choose between investing ads on Google or Facebook, which one would you choose and which of the two sites can provide you with the biggest return of investments? Let’s take a look at it now.
Investing ads on Google is a great investment because it ensures that you will be able to get your investment back in no time. That is, if you know how to do it right. For instance, if you invest some ads on Google and you get it to appear on keywords that people search more of, then that’s going to benefit you and your business as well.
On the other hand, if you invest ads on Facebook, there is also a huge chance for people to see your advertisements. This means that when people log into their site and they search through different pages on Facebook, your ads will be the one that they will see on the right side of their screen.
The downside to investing ads on both Google and Facebook is that since a lot of other business entities invested on the same thing, and then it’s more likely that there will be really tight competition. This shouldn’t be a huge problem though because if you come to think of it, competition is always there anywhere you go.
Another downside to investing ads solely on Google is that it does not allow you to broaden your market. If you stick to just Google, then that’s where you’ll only be seen; the same thing goes with Facebook. So to answer the question on which of the two investments is more viable will really be up to you. It depends on what kind of advertisements you want to invest on and it also depends on the nature of your business.
Now that you have an idea on what some of the things are there that you need to consider before jumping into this kind of investment, then what are you still waiting for? Make sure to keep them in mind if only to make sure that your money will never be put to waste.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
How long your website loads on a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet is crucial to the success of your mobile campaign. 3 seconds is your target time. Five seconds is already considered slow. People who use their phones to browse the Internet are usually people on the go so they don’t have time to spend waiting for your website to load.
These people also probably use the free Wi-Fi in the areas that they go to so that’s another consideration. The connection might be slow so you might want to take it easy on the images. Avoid videos and sounds as much as possible as these add to the loading time. Some devices also don’t support Flash so avoid that as well.
Your website will be viewed on a device with a much smaller screen than a PC or laptop so you have to compensate for the size. Make sure that your links are prominent and easy to tap/click on. Your buttons should also be larger so that they can easily be spotted.
Limit your scrolling. If you can say everything that you have to say on one 3 or 4-inch screen without the user having to scroll down or to the left or right, do that.
Make sure your text is big enough to be read. Avoid pinching (zooming in or out) as this can be frustrating to a lot of users.
Make sure that the customer has access to the information that he or she needs in order to avail of your product or service. Put your address and a map for directions, your phone numbers, your email address and a link to your main website. Don’t forget to give directions on how to order up front.
In a survey conducted for Google, 67% of over 1,000 smartphone users said they were more likely to purchase from a mobile-friendly site. 61% said that they would most likely leave a website that is not optimized. 52% said a bad mobile experience will make them less likely to engage with a company.
If you care about your business and your customers, be sure that your website is optimized for mobile use. You can also gain new customers through this new channel. Just be sure to keep up with the developments in mobile commerce.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
If you’re already hooked on the cloud, then you might even be a Google customer for this service at this point. If not, and you are still weighing your options for a cloud service provider, here is a great infographic which might help you.
The focus is on Google Drive, but it does compare Google’s cloud service to its competitors, namely Dropbox, Skydrive, and iCloud.
With regard to free storage, Google Drive does pretty well with 5GB. Only Skydrive beats it with 7GB. As for file size, Google Drive beats everyone with a 10GB limit.
Of course, there is the premium service that many people are willing to pay for. While Google Drive does not have the cheapest option, it does offer competitive prices. Go analyze the comparisons yourself. Here is the infographic. Hopefully, it will help you make the right decision.
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“A custom URL is a short, easy to remember web address that links directly to your profile or page on Google+. For instance, +TOYOTA can now use google.com/+toyota to unveil their latest models, +Britney Spears can share her upcoming appearances at google.com/+britneyspears, +Ubisoft can share game trailers and videos at google.com/+assassinscreed, and +Delta can help travellers find great deals at google.com/+delta. “
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Google’s SupremacyAs the most visited web page on the planet, it is clear that Google are the undisputed number one when it comes to search providers. The vast majority of SEO companies spend the greatest amounts of their time looking at Google’s algorithms so they can optimise your website accordingly.
Of course, a lot of Google’s web traffic comes from the fact that most people default it to their homepage. With web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox not delivering to browsers’ needs, Google are even grabbing market share of the browser market with their Chrome browser.
Critics of Google are usually turned off by what they see to be “ad spamming” by the site and their means of generating revenues by effectively selling web visibility. Ads and this sort of thing is easy to turn off even for the greenest of computer beginners, however, so who are offering the real alternatives to Google?
Yahoo!Yahoo! itself was once in the position Google finds itself now, however they offer a very different search proposition than Google. Yahoo! is more of an “Internet Central” sort of site, offering news and shopping, as well as chat and other social media options. Google have recently decided that they are going to be getting rid of their “iGoogle” page by the end of next year, deeming it unnecessary. Although Yahoo! provide services and functions that are probably a step forward from that, it will be interesting to see whether they are able to continue evolving and keep themselves relevant to a mainstream audience over the coming years.
Ask.comIf you can get over the petulant immaturity of logging onto Ask Jeeves and typing “is Jeeves gay?” then this is actually a really useful search engine to try out. The various search options are up there with the industry leaders, while the way their results are grouped and easy to read is arguably the best system available.
The Internet ArchiveLooking for that news report from 10 years ago, but just cannot seem to find it as it is on page 50 of the Google search results? If this is a common frustration for you, then look at using The Internet Archive. It is definitely not a site for everyday search, but if you are looking for the more obscure stories and articles that are years old, then this is definitely a better bet than Google.
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Adding to the wealth of other announcements Google made during its two hour press conference yesterday. Is another neat update rolled out to the Google Play store, within the “My Android Apps” section, which adds ability to now uninstall apps across all your Android devices.
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