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Facebook Graph Search to change the face of social media

Posted on January 31, 2013

A new tool launched by Facebook is set to revolutionise the way that people use the social media network. Graph Search will let users search for news, messages, pictures and posts, providing a new route to finding information on Facebook, according to the chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Although the new search facility for Facebook could lure users away from Google, Zuckerberg stressed that (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Google plans to build new development at King’s Cross

Posted on January 30, 2013

The UK headquarters of Google are to be relocated at a £1bn property development. The new site will be at King’s Cross, covering 2.4 acres of land for the new development. The search engine giant plans to build a complex which has seven and 11 storeys, to house the staff who are currently located in Holborn and Victoria.

Staff who are housed at the current offices are expected to move into the new premises following completion of the new complex, which is expected to be in 2016. According to Matt Brittin, northern and central Europe’s vice president for Google, the new development is “good news for Google, London and the UK”.

The new complex will be situated at the King’s Cross Central development which covers 67 acres of land. The area was previously a coal, fish and grain yard. Following extensive redevelopment the site will house shops, offices and new homes.

Previously, Google has leased offices at overseas developments. However, the US company has bought premises in Dublin, Paris and London in the last two years, demonstrating the investment made by the company. Brittin said:

“This is a big investment by Google. We’re committing further to the UK, where computing and the web were invented.”

Work at the new site is expected to commence towards the end of 2013. Google plays a central role in the search engine optimisation of company websites. As the company demonstrates its long term commitment to remain in the UK, businesses all over the UK including Chester will be focusing on their SEO campaign.

Posted by Cheryl Mathews

Google glasses may benefit from virtual keyboard

Posted on January 29, 2013

Google’s Augmented Reality glasses, which are expected to be available to the public by 2014, could be fitted with a virtual keyboard. Google’s explanation of how the glasses could be controlled by a virtual keyboard, was discovered in a patent filing recently published. By installing a camera and a projector into the Project Glass AR glasses, information could be input by (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Now that’s what I call outsourcing

Posted on January 28, 2013

There are a great many things that businesses choose to outsource today; from IT services to office cleaning. One area that many firms outsource is SEO, largely because of the greater exposure it can give them and, perhaps most importantly, the expertise provided.

However, a recent security check at a US firm has shown that one member of its IT staff was outsourcing his own work, pocketing (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Stone the crows! What a load of sheet music

Posted on January 27, 2013

Like most UK cities, Liverpool has a lot of birds. Frequently, people get a little reminder of this – perhaps on their shoulder, maybe their trousers or, most likely, their hair and face.

It is of course bird droppings.

Despite the old wives story that such a dumping on provides good luck, many would contest this. However, artist Kerry Morrison and composer Jon Hering have thought that bird poo luck could well be on their side, by creating (more…)

Posted by Matt Jones

Mis-Apps threaten to undermine success

Posted on January 26, 2013

More people are connecting with businesses using apps, as mobile devices become increasingly popular. As much as these wonderful pieces of software are though, it is not all rosy in the garden, as recent news stories clearly demonstrate.

Naturally, the way to make an app a success is to have a good app. If it does not work, does not deliver what is promised and does not engage the consumer; it ain’t going anywhere. In many ways, it is much like creating (more…)

Posted by Matt Jones

Facebook launches long-awaited search tool

Posted on January 25, 2013

Following months of anticipation, Facebook has finally revealed its search tool.

Named Graph Search, the social networking outfit is eager to distance itself from rivalling web search engines though, with Zuckerberg stating:

“We’re not indexing the web.”

That said, Graph’s inclusion of Microsoft’s Bing ads and results to pad out query returns will (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Social media could be an aid to weight loss

Posted on January 24, 2013

According to recent research carried out by the Arnold School of Public Health of the University of Carolina, the use of Twitter and other social media sites could promote increased weight loss. Those taking part in a mobile weight loss programme have an increased likelihood of losing weight than those who shun social media sites. Brie Turner-McGrievy from the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behaviour at Arnold School, states that the research is the first to examine the impact of (more…)

Posted by Cheryl Mathews
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