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How did Google get its name?

With Google officially celebrating its 18th birthday this week, it’s a word that’s become part of our everyday vocabulary, both as a proper noun and a verb. Why ‘Google’ though? For such a reputable site that’s now officially in its adult years, it seems a bit of a babyish name, doesn’t it?

Appropriately for a site that’s all about (more…)

Study finds that UK has a smartphone addiction

A new report from Deloitte has shown that Brits are addicted to their mobile phones, with around one in three having an obsession so intense that they need to check for messages in the middle of the night.

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Will the Physical Web change the way websites function?

Google is at the forefront of developing what is known as the Physical Web, which may impact some aspects of web development.

Websites are highly influenced by the activities of Google. Every time Google makes a big change to its algorithms, savvy web developers adapt their websites in order to retain a high rank in Google’s search results.

Google is involved in many projects, but not all directly affect web development. Streets full of Google driverless cars, for example, will probably have no influence on web design. One development that Google is heavily involved in is (more…)

Why can’t Google work out when it was born?

If you’ve used Google this morning, you’ll probably have seen that it’s celebrating its own birthday with a Doodle today, and what better way to start your search than with a party hat-wearing letter G blowing up a balloon and turning it into an ‘oogle’ before floating off? Clearly, G can exhale helium.

The scientific improbability of the Doodle, designed by (more…)

Online reaction to article about online reactions proves the dangers it highlighted

The internet is not just a huge source of information, but a massive hive of misinformation too. It’s a great place to find facts, but a misinterpretation or plain untruth can spread just as quickly. An incident last week highlighted that not (more…)

The role of the website designer is changing

Web design is one of the fastest-moving industries out there, and those people and businesses involved in it must learn to adapt to its rapid changes, otherwise they will be stuck in the past.

Specialisation and the rise of teams

At one time, most websites were built by one web developer. Creating content, designing the look of the site and building the site could be performed by just one person. Now this may still be true for small simple sites or for businesses that do not view their website as being (more…)

Flags flying high, but what sort of videos is YouTube removing?

Can you guess what has been done by more than 90 million people from 196 different countries in the last decade, and is an activity growing by 25% each year? You don’t have to get off your backside to do it, yet it affects the media transmitted and received by over a billion people worldwide.

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It’s National Coding Week 2016

Despite having just turned 40, I consider myself very young. Those who know me would probably say that’s code for ‘immature’, but I’ll take that too. Whether or not I’m really considered young in the grand scheme of things, I can still remember my school days very vividly, and the lack of opportunities we had to code in school when compared to children of today.

No, this isn’t going to be one of those ‘back in my day’ posts, but back in my day we didn’t have PCs and Macs in every school. In primary schools, we had nothing. The closest we came to a computer was a scientific calculator, and only the rich kids had those. In secondary school, we had computer rooms, but they resembled the control room scenes from films such as Apollo 13. There were huge machines with very little power, and lessons were taught by people who (more…)

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