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Could Google’s Driverless Cars Be The Future of Travel

Is there any area of our lives that Google don’t want to be a part of?? Not content with dominating the internet search market, Google are now moving ever closer to another goal, the production of self-driving cars.

Google are quoted as saying the following:

“Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can’t drive.”

“We’re now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they’ll take you where you want to go! We’ll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world.”

Things are now far beyond the planning stage and not only can you see them in action (see below), they have now been given the go ahead for trials in the UK’s roads.

Still Some Way To Go

If the thought of putting your safety in the hands of a driverless car brings you out into a cold sweat, there is no immediate concern due to the fact that the UK Government is predicting 2030 is the very earliest that drivers will begin to become passengers in their own cars.

In the build up to 2030, the technology (which is being developed by a number of different companies) is expected to reach the required level of safety and sophistication which is crucial if drivers are to allow the car to safely drive itself.

Whilst some people have many questions which are still to be answered about this groundbreaking technology, others view the potential opportunity to continue working, talk to friends or entertain themselves on the internet as they are driven around is something that they find very intriguing.

Channel 4 recently explored some of the key questions surrounding this amazing concept.

http://www.channel4.com/news/driverless-cars-autonomous-driving-mobile-robotics-google

What are your views on driverless cars? Good idea, or bad?

 

By | March 6th, 2015|Google|Comments Off on Could Google’s Driverless Cars Be The Future of Travel

Is The Tide Turning?

For many years Google has had an inescapable stranglehold over internet searches. However, could things all be about to change?

Just before Christmas, Mozilla (the team behind the Firefox web browser) made an announcement that could have wide ranging repercussions for Google and beyond.firefox-256

Firefox users conduct over 100 billion searches per year & starting in December Yahoo! was chosen to be the default search choice in the US, under a new 5 year agreement.

Read on to see what they had to say:

“Search is a core part of the online experience for everyone — Firefox users alone search the Web more than 100 billion times per year.”

“Google has been the Firefox global search default since 2004. Our agreement came up for renewal this year, and we took this as an opportunity to review our competitive strategy and explore our options.”

“In evaluating our search partnerships, our primary consideration was to ensure our strategy aligned with our values of choice and independence, and positions us to innovate and advance our mission in ways that best serve our users and the Web. In the end, each of the partnership options available to us had strong, improved economic terms reflecting the significant value that Firefox brings to the ecosystem. But one strategy stood out from the rest.”

For more on their official statement, please check out the following link – https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/11/19/promoting-choice-and-innovation-on-the-web/

Could This Effect You?

Whilst this change is currently being implemented in the US, the chances of it being introduced in the UK have obviously increased. Would this effect your browsing habits? Is the change a positive one or a negative one?

If you are unsure about the differences between search engines such as Google and Yahoo, stick with us as we will be added an article to the website shortly which will help to shed some light on why this switch may have been made.

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please get in touch.

 

 

By | February 25th, 2015|Google, Internet Browser, Yahoo|Comments Off on Is The Tide Turning?

How Many Times Do You Think Google Is Searched Each Year?

If you had to guess, how many times would you imagine that the Google search engine is used each and every day? Despite being notorious for keeping their figures close to their chest, they have confirmed that their search engine is used for at least 3 billion searches per day!

A HUGE Figure!!

In a sighting that rivals the Loch Ness monster in terms of frequency, Google raised their head to confirm that the search figures have remained at the same level as when they How Many Times Do You Think Google Is Searched Each Year?previously released their statistics back in August 2012. It was during this period that, Google revealed it was doing 100 billion searches per month, or 1.2 trillion per year.

The world’s most popular search engine recently confirmed to the Search Engine Land website that it did give Backchannel the 2012 figure — over 100 billion per month, which Google rounds to 3 billion per day — for its story.

Following up, Google have now stated that the number of daily searches still holds true for today. However, they did go on to say that they were reluctant to use the word “over” in relation to how current figures relate to previous as it leaves things open-ended (and by implication, higher).

Google’s Growth in the Search Market

Taking into account Google’s reluctance to speak in terms relative to growth over the past 2 years, it has been left to other sources to speculate.

comScore provides its own third-party estimate of how many searches the major search engines handle. For 2012, comScore had Google doing roughly 110 billion searches per month worldwide – not that far off what Google itself was claiming.

Unfortunately, comScore hasn’t released updated worldwide figures since then. We’re checking on this. But it does release figures for the US each month. That provides a fairly conservative way to benchmark Google’s growth.

Changing Landscape?

With the recent news that Firefox is now using Yahoo as the primary search engine on its web browser, speculation has been rife that Google’s position at the top of the market could be about to come under threat. However, with visitor numbers such as these, it seems very unlikely that a serious threat to Google is anywhere close.

For more on this story, please take a moment to visit the following link – http://searchengineland.com/google-1-trillion-searches-per-year-212940

 

By | February 16th, 2015|Google|Comments Off on How Many Times Do You Think Google Is Searched Each Year?

Google ‘to put Android directly into cars’

Do you fall on the Apple or Android side of the fence? If you spend a lot of time travelling in your car, a recent announcement may offer a persuasive argument towards making you sway in a particular direction.

“Search giant Google plans to use Android operating system to control a car’s entertainment and navigation features, but could also gather huge amounts of data about driving habits”.

Towards the end of last year, international news agency Reuters reported that Google is planning a version of Android which would be built directly into vehicles, which would result in drivers being able to experience all of the benefits offered by being connected to the interest without the need of a smart-phone.

Forward Progress

Although Google currently offers ‘Android Auto’ software, which comes with the latest version of its smart-phone operating system, it has to be plugged into a compatible Googlecar with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps and therefore a fully integrated version would be a huge forward step.

Google, however, has never provided details or a timeframe for its long-term plan to put Android Auto directly into cars. The company now plans to do so when it rolls out the next version of its operating system, dubbed Android M, expected in a year or so, Reuters reported.

“It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on,” said Thilo Koslowski, vice-president and Automotive Practice Leader of industry research firm Gartner, who noted that he was unaware of Google’s latest plans in this area.

Google declined to comment to Reuters.

Solidifying Market Position

If this move by Google is a success, it would see Android become the standard system for in-car entertainment and navigation features throughout the world and take steps towards solidifying Google’s position at the top of the market in the battle against arch-rival Apple.

Google could also potentially access the valuable trove of data collected by a vehicle. Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google’s services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car’s camera, sensors, fuel gauge and internet connections that come with some newer car models.

For more on this story please visit the Daily Telegraph website by clicking on the following link – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/11302829/Google-to-put-Android-directly-into-cars.html

 

By | January 12th, 2015|Google|Comments Off on Google ‘to put Android directly into cars’

What Do You Know About Google Extensions?

Extensions pop up in all many ways, we’ve all heard of hair extensions and housing extensions, have you ever heard about Google extensions though?

Google extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome to improve your overall user experience whilst using the browser. By adding these extensions (all of which are free), you have the ability to customise Google Chrome with features that you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.

Basically they are Google’s version of plug-ins or add-ons and they are growing in number each day. google-chrome-extensions

Below we have identified 10 of the most popular extensions that can help to improve your experience whilst using Google Chrome to do your browsing.

  1. AdBlock – Few extensions have proven to be more popular than this one due to Adblock’s ability to remove unwanted adverts from most websites, providing a cleaner, faster browsing experience.
  2. Send from Gmail – Do you use Gmail as your primary e-mail client? This extension will Makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.
  3. Google Mail Checker – The Google Mail Checker Chrome extension allows easy access to desktop notifications, read, listen, archive or delete emails without opening a Gmail tab & easily manage multiple accounts
  4. IE Tab – If you are visiting a site which has been optimised to run exclusively in Internet Explorer the IE Tab Chrome Extension creates a virtual IE browser inside the Chrome browser to ensure that you do not lose any of your browsing experience.
  5. Personal Blocklist – Personal Blocklist is a simple Chrome extension by Google that allows you to selectively block websites that pop up in your search results.
  6. Evernote – Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking tools available. Evernote is an award-winning service that turns every computer and phone you use into an extension of your brain. Use Evernote to save your ideas, experiences and inspirations, then easily access them all at anytime from anywhere.
  7. Stop Autoplay for YouTube – If you’ve ever opened a bunch of videos in the background, you’ll know how annoying it is when they all start playing automatically.With this extension, videos only start playing when you actually switch to tab which has the video in it. You’ll never have to worry about videos autoplaying in the background.
  8. Feedly – If you have bookmarked RSS feeds from Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube or Amazon, the Feedly Chrome extension automatically imports your feeds, arranging the content into a magazine-style page.
  9. Chrome Remote Desktop – Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secured.
  10. Session Manager – Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like. With Session Manager you can quickly save your current browser state and reload it whenever necessary.
  11. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  12. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

Two For Fun!

  1. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  2. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

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By | April 14th, 2014|Google|Comments Off on What Do You Know About Google Extensions?
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