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22 Mar/12

YouTube Launches One-click Video Improvements

YouTube Launches One-click Video Improvements

If you do not have the time or skill to edit your videos locally before you upload them to the popular video hosting site YouTube, you’d probably grew fond of the video editor that YouTube added last year to the site. While pretty basic in functionality, it can be used to correct a few issues with your videos. Features offered include trimming and rotating, as well as adding effects and exchanging the audio of the video.YouTube has just announced a new feature that they have added...

20 Mar/12

Gmail Reports Why Mails Have Been Rated As Spam

Gmail Reports Why Mails Have Been Rated As Spam

Like many other email providers, Gmail is using anti-spam technologies to filter out spam messages automatically. These spam messages are then moved into the spam folder, and not into the mail inbox. That’s beneficial to the user, as it reduces the time it takes to go through all incoming emails.Gmail’s automated spam filter is relatively thorough when it comes to identifying spam messages. It can happen nevertheless that legit mail is identified as spam. That’s why many...

15 Mar/12

Google Expands Its All Your Base Are Belong To Us Approach

Google Expands Its All Your Base Are Belong To Us Approach

When Larry Page took over the steering wheel at Google, the company made a u-turn on the “do not do evil” road which it had followed for most of its existence. Now, Google concentrates on generating revenue, and pleasing investors, and if that means shoving certain services down a user’s throat, so be it.The Wall Street Journal reports that Google plans to roll out another change to its search engine in the coming months that is going to affect a lot of users, webmasters...




15 Mar/12

Google brevetta il pay per ring: la pubblicità sbarca sui cellulari

Google brevetta il pay per ring: la pubblicità sbarca sui cellulari

La pubblicità è l'anima del commercio, un'affermazione assolutamente incontrovertibile che ha assunto una nuova valenza nell'era della connettività globale e delle nuove tecnologie. In forte crescita nel comparto web, è apparsa anche nei videogame ad esempio, sotto forma di cartelloni posizionati sugli sfondi dei titoli videoludici ed ora si appresta, grazie a Google, a sbarcare sui cellulari (ma, volendo anche sugli apparati fissi) in una forma mai concepita prima: i toni dei telefoni.Continua...

13 Mar/12

Google To Enable HTTPS For Internation Search Users In The Coming Weeks

Google To Enable HTTPS For Internation Search Users In The Coming Weeks

HTTPS has been the default protocol for the past months for users connecting to the google.com website. Google switched to https on by default last year, from previously offering https connections as an option in the search settings. Web users who load http://www.google.com/ in a browser will notice that they are automatically redirected to the https version of the site. The idea here is to improve the overall security of the connection, and to eliminate eavesdropping and traffic snooping...

11 Mar/12

Game Developer Abandons Android App Citing Unsustainability

Game Developer Abandons Android App Citing Unsustainability

The company behind the popular Battleheart game for Google’s Android operating system are ceasing support for the platform citing the unsustainability of the platform in the long term.  In a blog post, Mika Mobile said… We spent about 20% of our total man-hours last year dealing with Android in one way or another – porting, platform specific bug fixes, customer service, etc.  I would have preferred spending that time on more content for you, but instead I was thanklessly...

7 Mar/12

Google Rebrands Android Market, Becomes Google Play

Google Rebrands Android Market, Becomes Google Play

Android Market was the place that the majority of Android phone owners went to for downloading and installing new apps and games on their phone. The market offered free and commercial offerings side-by-side, but no music or ebook offerings whatsoever.Google itself had two issues with that Android Market concept. First that the company’s book and music services where not integrated into the market. Apple’s iTunes for instance is a one stop destination for all iOS users to get...

1 Mar/12

Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect Today

Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect Today

By now you have probably read about Google’s privacy policy changes that take effect today. Some of you may have deleted their web history and other Google history, or even migrated Google services to other service providers with stricter privacy policies.Google today announced the privacy policy change and a small FAQ that explains Google’s point of view and motivation behind the move.The company basically states that that the new privacy policy is easier to understand, that...

23 Feb/12

Customize Google+ With GGGG GUI on Chrome

Customize Google+ With GGGG GUI on Chrome

I do not spend more than a few minutes of my time per day on social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook or Twitter. When I’m on there I like to get most out of the time, and that works best with extensions and tools that help me do that.GGGG Gui for the Chrome web browser is such an extension, as it lets me customize the layout of the stream and the Google+ page.When you install the extension in Chrome and visit Google+ afterwards, you will notice a new row of buttons that...

21 Feb/12

Guide to A/B Testing with Google Website Optimizer

Guide to A/B Testing with Google Website Optimizer

To generate more conversions on your website you’ll have to look into traffic statistics. Google Analytics is a fantastic service, but it can only go so far. The concepts behind A/B testing are sound and have been used within professional Internet marketing for years. Basically you would create 2 pages with slightly different content: headers, images, and other stuff you want to test out. Google Web Optimizer will tally all your total visitors and split traffic between both pages...

20 Feb/12

Google Caught Red-Handed Reaching Into Internet Explorer’s Cookie Jar

Google Caught Red-Handed Reaching Into Internet Explorer’s Cookie Jar

The Wall Street Journal a few days ago described how Google and other advertising companies bypassed a user privacy feature of Apple’s Safari browser to drop “ad-tracking cookies on [..] Safari users”. Safari by default blocks third party cookies, which are often used by advertising companies to track users on the Internet. These cookies are used to track the user on every site the scripts of the advertising company run on, which in the case of Google are a lot of different...

20 Feb/12

Websites Can See If You Are Logged Into A Social Networking Site

Websites Can See If You Are Logged Into A Social Networking Site

Can websites find out if you are logged into Facebook, Twitter or Google+? That’s what Tom Anthony wanted to find out. If third party websites could, it could be used for different purposes, from user tracking to optimizing the websites services for the networks the user is logged in.Facebook for instance provides an API for that that developers can use to find out if users who are connecting to their website are currently logged into the social networking site.For Twitter and Google+,...

17 Feb/12

In Nevada via libera alle vetture dotate di sistemi automatici di guida

In Nevada via libera alle vetture dotate di sistemi automatici di guida

E' prima mattina, la temperatura sottozero, c'è nebbia e la voglia di guidare per andare al lavoro è pari a zero, ma non potete fare altrimenti, dato che la vostra zona è servita in modo pessimo dai trasporti pubblici; in quel momento vla vostra mente inizia a fantasticare su quanto sarebbe bello poter entrare in macchina, impostare la destinazione e poi mettersi comodamente a leggere, a rispondere alle prime mail della giornata o a prolungare il sonno interrotto troppo bruscamente...

13 Feb/11

“I’m bored… There’s Nothing on the Internet!” The Argument for a Walled Garden

“I’m bored… There’s Nothing on the Internet!” The Argument for a Walled Garden

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The call “There’s nothing on TV” has long been a common phrase in households around the world, but now I’m beginning hear people express disappointment with the quality and availability of good stuff on the Internet.  This has just gotta be absurd, right!?  Well, perhaps not. There can be absolutely no doubting that the Internet is anything but boring.  There are billions of websites out there...

29 Set/10

Google Hiding Search Results Pages

Google Hiding Search Results Pages

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A few months ago, when you would have asked me why you are only seeing one page of results in Google Search, I would have told you that this is because you have searched for an exotic term that does not yield more than a handful of results. Today however I witnessed for the first time that Google seems to bey experimenting with their search results listings (again), by artificially limited the results to the first page. What happens?...

27 Set/10

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Hit a big milestone today! We released the first beta of ThinkUp, the PHP/MySQL webapp that archives your social media interactions in a database you control. Download it here. Following eight alpha releases over the past eight months, I’m so proud that the ThinkUp community and the software product itself has reached beta. The beta represents hundreds of commits by over 20 thoughtful developers scattered across the globe, and countless conversations on the mailing list, in Wave,...

25 Set/10

Google: Apple is not our main competitor

Google: Apple is not our main competitor

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Alan Murray, the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, discussed how and who Google now needs to compete against and it’s clear that the foundation of the company, search, is still its main focus going forward. In the interview, Schmidt described Microsoft’s search engine as their main competitor, describing it as a “well-run, highly competitive search engine.” He said that Microsoft need to be watched and implied that...

20 Set/10

Germany.gov calls for Data Protection Code

Germany.gov calls for Data Protection Code

Germany is the largest country in Europe where Google’s controversial Street View has not gone live.  This is because of privacy complaints made about the service around the world.  Now the German government has called for a voluntary data protection code to be in place by 7th December this year, as reported by the BBC. The announcement follows a meeting with Google, Apple and other companies to discuss how personal data can be accessed online and at a time when mainstream...

16 Set/10

Now Available: The Complete Android Guide

Now Available: The Complete Android Guide

My fellow Lifehacker Kevin Purdy has just published The Complete Android Guide, a soup-to-nuts how-to book on making the most of that Android-powered computer in your pocket. The book is available to browse freely online, as a $9 PDF or ePub file, and in print for $20. (This week only, if you follow @completeandroid on Twitter and send them a direct message, you’ll get a 20% discount code.) Congratulations to Kevin for publishing his first book, and to our publisher 3ones for continuing...

10 Set/10

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Google Instant promises to save you up to 5 seconds every time you search the Web, but you’ll only see those savings if you know how to take advantage of its new real-time mind-reading. Here are the must-know keyboard shortcuts for zipping your way around Google Instant predictions and results. Google Instant is rolling out to Google.com now, but it’s not available in your browser’s search box–yet. (Executives confirm Google is working on that, as well as making...