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Google to kill off passwords

Posted on May 26, 2016

Search giant Google is planning to test out an alternative method to passwords in the coming months, in the hope of replacing them on mobile devices by the end of the year.

The company’s new idea was (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Waste your afternoon by Googling emojis

Posted on May 20, 2016

Google Image Search is a fantastic tool that brings us thousands of relevant (though not necessarily copyright-free) pictures corresponding to whatever text we feed into it, but why should it stop there?

Why can’t we give Google an image, and ask it to find more images of whatever the image is an image of?

Earlier this week, (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Do Google’s autosuggest options reflect prejudice?

Posted on April 12, 2016

Last week, free newspaper and light-reading website Metro published a quirky article about how Google’s search results, especially its image search, could be seen as (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Gag backfires on Google

Posted on April 4, 2016

Search giant Google has been the subject of a fierce outcry after introducing a feature to its Gmail system as an April Fool’s Day prank.

The company has acquired a reputation for introducing original and creative features to aspects of its product range in order to prank everyone on April 1st each year. However, this year, the company found itself the butt of the joke as a number of users complained about its consequences.

Users who logged into their Gmail account on a desktop computer may or may not have noticed that there were two different send buttons when replying to an email thread. The first button was the regular blue ‘send’ icon, but directly next to it was an orange button labelled ‘Send +’ with a picture of a microphone next to it.

Should a user have been (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Google can predict your next search

Posted on March 31, 2016

We all know that Google is your friend, and it’s a friend that sometimes knows far too much about us. While using the search engine a while ago, I discovered that it can even work out what I’m going to search for next.

I was reminded of this earlier this week when I showed a (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Google algorithm update highlights importance of being mobile friendly

Posted on March 23, 2016

Search giant Google has recently announced an update to its algorithms meaning that having a mobile responsive website is more important than ever before.

The company revealed the update in its Webmaster Central Blog, which explained that from May this year, sites that are not designed to work on mobile devices will be penalised when it comes to appearing in the search engine’s rankings.

At present, sites that are not mobile friendly appear slightly lower down in the rankings on mobile devices, with searches being programmed to bring up mobile friendly sites first.

Google recognised that mobile searches would eclipse desktop searches back in 2014. It stated that the number of searches being conducted on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets would surpass the number searched for on desktop during 2015. Lo and behold, in April 2015, the company announced that its prediction had come true. (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Google’s one-letter wonders – March update

Posted on March 22, 2016

About this time last month, we looked at what the top Google suggestion was for every letter of the alphabet. We therefore thought it might be interesting to take another look at these a month on, and consider what this says about the ways the internet and world around us have changed in a matter of weeks.

As such, here are (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Google announces new Destinations feature

Posted on March 10, 2016

Search giant Google has recently announced the arrival of a brand new feature that will make it easier for users to plan their next holiday on a smartphone.

The Destinations feature works straight from the Google Search function on smartphone apps, meaning that you can plan your whole holiday just by completing a regular search. The firm explains in its blog post announcement that by adding the word “destination” to the end of a search query detailing a user’s desired location, they will be provided with an easy to view set of options.

The search company claims that the new feature integrates a deep understanding of everywhere in the world, as the feature will instantly detail available flights and hotels as well as their prices through the use of Google Flights and Hotel search.

One of the biggest advantages that the feature brings is that it will save users time. In the past, users have planned their holiday by trawling through a number of relevant sites to search for various bits of information, such as flight times, airport transfers and, of course, activities to do once they have arrived. By pulling together as much information as possible into one place, Google Destinations will help save a user the time and effort this would normally take.

The feature can also suggest locations that a user may find desirable by taking into consideration their hobbies and interests. It has a filter button that can help start the planning process, even if you only know the time of year you wish to travel. It will display the lowest fares and fees for the time you are looking to book for a number of different locations.

The tool can also pull in (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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