Google makes it easier for people to find and amplify trusted content

Of two new Google+ features announced yesterday by Google – authorship attribution and embedding posts – the latter caught my imagination straightaway. If you want to embed a post published publicly on Google+, you can now embed that content in your own blog or website by simply adding a few pieces of code. Making it happen is quite easy: […] If you’re a site owner and you’d like to embed a post, simply find a public post on Google+, and…

Innovative co-branding (and risk-taking) with Android KitKat

There’s a lot going on in the mobile devices market these days. News about new iPhones from Apple. Much talk about Microsoft buying Nokia’s phone business and speculation about the impact on the smartphone market. The forthcoming release of a new version of Android, the mobile operating system from Google. These are usually topics of keen interest to the business and tech media and online communities, geeks and enthusiasts. But an announcement on September 3 changes all that, where a…

Chrome ready for the post-PC era

The map presents a dramatic perspective of the changing fortunes in the desktop browser market.The line graph makes the rise of Google Chrome even clearer over the past five years. I’d say Chrome has a rosy future as the post-PC era develops – I see the mobile Chrome more and more on Android devices. Early days of course, but Google has patience. See also CNET’s report “Chrome starts staking out mobile-browsing turf“ Reshared post from +The Economist Google’s Chrome browser,…

The magic of Google

I bought a belt yesterday from Marks and Spencer‘s online store. A pretty routine activity – online shopping is indeed pretty routine these days – where I chose the item, authorized the payment and will see my purchase sometime today. It wasn’t long after that virtual trip to M&S online that I noticed that nearly all the ads I was seeing on other websites I visited were for belts. Not only belts, but Marks and Spencer belts. As I remarked…

Google conversational search is a bold leap forward

The first thought that crossed my mind when I tried out Google’s new “conversational search” functionality in the latest version of its desktop Chrome browser was Star Trek. You don’t have to be a huge fan of the sci-fi TV series (and films) to remember the ways in which Captain Kirk (Picard, Janeway, etc) did search or asked a question. “Computer?” they’d start saying, and then speak. That also reminds me of the rudimentary speech commands with the first-generation Kinect…

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