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Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service

Mashable has reported that Facebook‘s Internet.org project has taken on its biggest market yet.

Internet.org, has been created in an effort to provide free mobile Internet to developing markets, and has recently been launched in India.

Expansion to India has been on the cards for some time after Facebook launched a $1 million fund dedicated to making apps for India at its Internet.org summit in New Facebook AdvertsDelhi last year.

Available in 6 six different Indian states, the service offers users access to a range of healthcare, communication and news services, including Wikipedia, the BBC — and, of course, Facebook.

“Over the last year, we’ve rolled out Internet.org free basic services to countries with more than 150 million people across Africa and Latin America,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s cofounder and CEO, said in a post on his Facebook page announcing the launch.

“More than 6 million people are already connected to the internet who previously weren’t, and we’ve started hearing incredible stories about how the internet is changing lives and communities.

Previously Targeted Territories

Internet.org had previously launched in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Colombia and Tanzania. India is of particular importance to the company, however, as analysts expect it to surpass the United States as Facebook’s largest market of users in the near future.

Most of the services on Internet.org are available in English and six local languages — Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi — and they can be accessed via the dedicated Android app, the start screen on Opera’s Mini browser or from UCWeb’s popular UC Browser app.

For more on this story, please visit – http://mashable.com/2015/02/10/facebook-internet-india/

 

By | April 27th, 2015|Facebook|Comments Off on Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service

Could Microsoft’s Digital Assistant Be Coming To Office?

The potential introduction of the Microsoft’s digital assistance has been a hot topic for the online community for the past few months and this introduction could have taken a significant step forward in recent weeks. WindowsblogItalia has recently released 2 leaked screenshots of “Work Assistant” for Windows Phone and according to these screenshots, on opening the app, it shows the hub for all your Office documents.

Accepting Voice Commands

The article from WindowsblogItalia highlights the fact that the app is expected to accept voice commands such as ‘Open’, ‘Search’, ‘Share’, ‘Edit’ along ms-logo-site-sharewith more complex commands such as “open the presentation yesterday” or “email this file to this person.”

The report also adds that as with Google and Apple products accepting the following voice commands “OK Google” or “Hey Siri,” for Microsoft the hotword is “Office” as seen in the final screenshot of “Help” topics.

Such is the importance of the work assistant project to Microsoft, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, has stated that Bill Gates has been involved with the “Work Assistant” app creation for some time. She has also indicated that the Work Assistant is “being developed by Microsoft’s Digital Life + Work group, that is a part of Applications and Services Group (ASG) run by Qi Lu.

Currently, Microsoft is reportedly testing a “Work Assistant” app that’s been designed to use Cortana to open, edit, and share documents using voice commands and Cortana.

Initial Prototype

The initial app will be a prototype, but one can expect Cortana integration in Office apps on mobile as well as desktop, adds the report. In future, Microsoft could also integrate Cortana on iOS and Android.

Microsoft has made a concerted effort to gain a hold on the mobile market for some time and the introduction of ‘Cortana’ could quite conceivably play a significant role in helping to ensure that the market  could no longer be a two-horse race between Apple and Google.

 

By | April 17th, 2015|Microsoft|Comments Off on Could Microsoft’s Digital Assistant Be Coming To Office?

Missed Out on Google Glass? You May Get a Another Chance

A recent report has highlighted that Google is wiping the slate clean in regards to its Google Glass project and is starting again with the development of this controversial invention.

Sales of the controversial smart spectacles were halted in January and development of the prototype was also believed to have been stopped.

However, this all appears to have changed as the glass development has been re-invigorated and is now being driven by former Apple gadget designer Tony Fadell, who has

Google Glass With Frame - Image sourced from Wikipedia

Google Glass With Frame
– Image sourced from Wikipedia

“reset” the project.

The report in the New York Times stated that the version will be developed internally and only released when finished.

Must Have Gadget?

From the initial reveal in 2011, Google Glass was considered to be the gadget to own from everyone ranging from techies to chief executives. It was the must-have toy that was going to set the gold standard for a new class of wearable computers.

Under Performer

Google Glass made a huge impact during 2012 when Google demonstrated some of its capabilities to the audience at its developers’ conference using skydivers and stunt cyclists.

Problems lay ahead though and many of the people who worked on the device were unhappy with the amount of exposure generated by its early reveal because it resulted in the final developments of the device taking place in public.

Will Things Be Different?

Now Glass is being overseen by Mr Fadell, who helped to bring Apple’s iPod and other gadgets to market.

Mr Fadell became a Google employee last year when the search giant bought his home automation company Nest.

Development on Glass was now reportedly all going to happen in-house with nothing released until it was ready.

Technology news site Ars Technica speculated that Mr Fadell’s “rebooting” of the project might take a long time because of the poor performance of the earlier versions.

“There is very little that Glass does well, so with a reboot, there isn’t much to currently work from,” it said.

 

By | April 10th, 2015|Google|Comments Off on Missed Out on Google Glass? You May Get a Another Chance

Could Twitter Soon Be Taking On New Importance For SEO?

After more than 3 years, Twitter is turning the tweet pipeline to Google back on.

Bloomberg Business reported recently that Twitter had reached a deal with the search giant to provide access to Twitter’s firehose data stream. This Could Twitter Soon Be Taking On New Importance For SEO?will result in Google receiving the ability to index tweets immediately after they are posted.

Google’s new agreement with Twitter to return tweets to its search results hasn’t taken effect just yet but many industry insiders are claiming that everything is in place for a launch in the first half of 2015.

Why Did Google Stop Indexing Tweets

Even after 4 years there is still some mystery regarding this but at the time, this is what Google had to say:

“Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2 2011.”

“While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google.”

For more on this, please visit – http://searchengineland.com/as-deal-with-twitter-expires-google-realtime-search-goes-offline-84175

How Much Impact Did This Make?

Since 2011, Google has had Twitter links in its results, but it has largely been around linking to accounts rather than individual tweets because it would obtain them through crawling rather than Twitter’s data firehose. The tweets should mean a higher frequency and also more specific and real-time results.

Why The Change?

The reason for Twitter’s return to the Google fold is a fairly straight forward one. Twitter is becoming increasingly focused on driving more traffic Could Twitter Soon Be Taking On New Importance For SEO?towards its content with the goal of being able to monetise this content. The ability to do this has now taken on an extremely specific form for the company: showing tweets to people who are not already Twitter users.

Twitter estimates that there are some 600 million people who already land on Twitter pages as “logged-out” (that is, unregistered) users, compared to the 288 million registered monthly active users it has today.

The Google search deal will essentially be used for “onboarding,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said. If a “logged out” (that is, unregistered or not logged in) user sees a tweet in a Google search and then clicks on it, that person will be delivered to a special “logged out” page, which will likely not only give him/her an option to sign up, but also deliver an ad or two (or three) — “topics and events that we plan on delivering on the front page of Twitter,” in Costolo’s words.

For more on this story, please visit – http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/05/twitter-confirms-new-google-firehose-deal-to-distribute-traffic-to-logged-out-users/

 

By | April 3rd, 2015|Twitter|Comments Off on Could Twitter Soon Be Taking On New Importance For SEO?
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