Google Had Made it Easier for Music Junkies to Listen to The Music Right Way!

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

For music junkies out there who secretly wished for an easier way to listen to your favorite song. Here’s the good news; Google has made the most convenient and easiest way for you to listen to the music you are searching for. If you’re in the US and an Android user, this is absolutely dedicated for you!

If you have to look up for bands, musicians and other music related artists, Google will display a new “listen on your apps” section right at the results box. By using this link, you can immediately start enjoying the music by that band or artist’s music as long as you have supported apps, installed on your device.

As per Google:

“When you look up musicians and bands on Google, you often want to play their songs right away. Say you’re curious about your favorite artist’s latest hits, or you’re with friends chatting about the newest indie rock group and want to play some of their music. Starting today, when you ask Google about musician, you can simply tap a link to play their music right in one of your installed apps.”

This maybe a small feature that reflects Google’s aim of showing you specific details you need without having to exert a lot of effort to scroll through the search results in the search result box.

As of writing, this quick link music apps supports Rdio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, YouTube, TuneIn, and Google Play. According to google they will continue to work hard in order to make this feature beneficial worldwide someday soon while also working to broaden the list of supported music apps.

Google Announced an Expansion of Flight Search to More Countries

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

For the first time, Google has added countries since launching in Ireland and Poland in March. It is for the benefits for people who fond to travel often, so an expansion of Flight Search was announced by Google. This is for the benefits of three more countries such as, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

As it is very useful in order to easily plan a vacation getaway, you can able to find the prices, duration and other important details. For those in Denmark, they can access the feature at google.dk/flights. As for Norway, it’s googleno/flights and for Sweden it’s google.se/flights. For your convenience, you can also search for flights directly from Google itself. While Google will convert it to local languages as well as currencies regardless of the device you are using.

As per the blog of Google’s Stefan Trienen. “Let’s say you live in Norway and you want to plan a summer getaway. If you access Flight Search, you’ll immediately see the price, duration and type of flight for several popular destinations you might like to visit – based on your preferences and previous searches. If you set your dates and tap to expand the map, you’ll see live prices for destinations around the world. A trip to Kristiansand sounds nice.”

He adds, “Once you tap on Kristiansand, you’ll automatically be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’ (flights that represent the best tradeoff of convenience and price) and a tip for how you can save a bit. In this case, you can save NOK928 just by leaving one day late. For nearly a thousand Krones it might be worth it!”

Moreover, Google also have local versions of Flight Search for selected countries which anyone can make utilize of google.com/flights to make an effective travel plans.

Google Inspires Bing For Broad Conversational Search Capabilities

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

Google’s search engine inspires Microsoft’s search engine, adding up the latest conversational search capabilities. Where it’s result is capable of providing broad information.

Over a year ago, Google launched its version which improvement gradually took place for the moment. For instance, in May, “Ok, Google” feature has circulated all Chrome users in the United States of America which is readily available for them.

As per Yan Ke, the Principal Development Lead for the Bing Relevance Team said that Bing will be a lot useful for its search capabilities will let you ask a question just like the way you would ask a friend. For example, ‘who is Barack Obama’ or ‘the writer of the Passionate Pilgrim’ or ‘who is the tallest man in the world’, as long as the details are specific, Bing will provide the most reliable information about Barack Obama, William Shakespeare and Sultan Kösen. Just by combining powerful informations, places and things, you can acquire further details from a topic or interest.

Yan Ke says, “Today we’re taking it a step further,” As he goes on with his statement. “Now, not only will give you the answer directly in the search results, but we will also continue the conversation. For instance, you can ask ‘who is the President of the United States’, we will show you the answer. From there you might ask, ‘who is his wife’ or how tall is he.’ Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward.”

Microsoft, the company itself didn’t give any further details about “Ok, Bing.” What they are absolute about is search engine users can expect additional improvements in the coming days as they are working on it to provide broad and reliable results.

YUI Library Ceases for Development

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

YUI or Yahoo User Interface library has been around since 2005, but latterly launched to the public the following year. But recently, Yahoo announced that they are stopping the development with YUI.

Several people had take advantage and benefits from it for a long period of time since it was launched. The Yahoo Interface or YUI offered the developers free, open source JavaScript and CSS tools and other utilities that intended for building web apps.

Based on the engineering blog where yahoo posted – Several changes had executed due to different web platform that making a drastic information over time. So, they have to make a turn and also head in a new direction where they have to cope in with the changes as well.

Here’s what Yahoo says on its engineering blog:

“It has become clear to us that the industry is now headed in a new direction. As most of you know, the web platform has been undergoing drastic transformation over the past few years. JavaScript is now more ubiquitous than ever. The emergence of Node.JS has allowed JavaScript to be used on the server side, opening the door to creating isomorphic single page applications. New package managers (npm, bower) have spurred the rise of an ecosystem of 3rd party, open source, single-purpose tools that complement each other, embracing the UNIX philosophy and enabling very complex development use cases. New build tools (Grunt and its ecosystem plugins, Broccoli, Gulp) have made it easier to assemble those tiny modules into large, cohesive applications. New application frameworks and maintainable way. New testing tools (Mocha, Casper, Karma, etc.) have lowered the barrier of entry to building a solid continuous delivery pipeline. Standard bodies (W3C, Ecma) are standardizing what the large JavaScript frameworks have brought to the table over the years, making them available natively to a larger number of devices. Finally, browser vendors are now committed to making continuous improvements to their web browsers while aligning more closely with standards. With so called “evergreen web browsers”, which are making it easier for users to run the latest stable version of a web browser, we can expect a significant reduction in the amount of variance across user agents.”

Though the changes has took place, the company says that the people behind the YUI will still remain working but will prioritized with internal developers.

Google made an action with Annoying Faulty Redirects

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

Because of the annoying faulty redirects which webmaster is responsible about – Google had made an action in order to correct this “common annoyance” when tapping a search result only to be redirected where you don’t mean to go. This is to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This have become quite annoying for some mobile searchers and there are actually comics that made about it.

Several months ago – Google advised everyone that they would start calling out sites in mobile results for faulty redirects.

Such inaccurate thing happens only when a requests from smartphones aren’t appropriately operated. As per Google, it happens too often. This is why it gets to their attention and so webmasters are beginning to receive notifications hail from Google Webmasters Tools implying when their sites is responsible of this as being guilty with their faulty redirect sites.

Way back in June, Google introduced a feature that will warn mobile searches in the search result just before they tap it. For convenient, Google has featured a new color-coded syntax to the Fetch that should be pretty useful and will make things less complicated – This was reported on earlier by Search Engine Land.

To Fight Against Drug Abuse, Google Commits $250 Million

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

To battle against drug abuse – Google had settled a commitment with shareholders over a suit related to Google’s previous allowance of ads from different pharmacies that comes outside the premises of the United States. As a result, Google commits $250 million to broaden internal program which will help the search engine to disperse the grasp about drug abuse as well as fighting against reprobate.

As Google commits Google committed $250 million at $50 million every year over the next 5 years. The company has also agreed to pay $9.9 million in legal expenses for plaintiff legal advisers.

After the documents filed in a California court – As first reported by Reuters, shares this utterance from a Google spokesperson:

“We’ve been investing very significantly to fight rogue online pharmacies, and have stopped millions of ads from appearing. This settlement will continue and expand these ongoing efforts to keep users safe online.”

Though the details are still vague on how exactly Google will make anti drug abuse more visible with search engines, they said that they are going to work on it and exert more efforts as it is now happening.

After Almost Four Years, Google Announced The Retires of Web Search API

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

Last week Google has finally come up with the decision that the Web Search API is officially retiring after almost four years.

Dan Ciruli, the Google product manager has writes with their company’s Developers blog. As they are announcing the turn down of the Web Search API. He wrote:

“On November 1, 2010, we announced the deprecation of the Web Search API. As per our policy at the time, we supported the API for a three year period (and beyond), but as all things come to an end, so has its deprecation window.

We are now announcing the turndown of the Web Search API. You may wish to look at our Custom Search API (note: it has a free quota of 100 queries per day).

The service will cease operations on Sept 29th, 2014.”

Since Google announced the news, some were feeling dismayed while others are feeling excited about what Google is about to offer next.

Web Search API was latterly announced in 2010 of November first as a new tool to help everyone to use APIs in each applications and website. It was introduced to improve Custom Search API and Translate API.

Google is no longer into Authorship

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

Google latterly made a difficult decision about using authorship markup or displaying author details and information which is no longer useful and helpful as expected which can further distract the results. Therefore, Google finally decided to ceased from using the authorship thoroughly.

This is actually announced by Google’s John Mueller. Though it is pretty odd for something like it wasn’t announced on any official Google blog, but on his personal blog Google+ which seems to motivate webmasters and users to take advantage with. Mueller writes:

“I’ve been involved since we first started testing authorship markup and displaying it in search results. We’ve gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and we’ve tweaked, updated, and honed recognition and displaying of authorship information. Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this in mind, we’ve made difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results.

(If you’re curious – in our tests, removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to sites. Nor does it increase clicks on ads. We make these kinds of changes to improve our user’s experience.)”

Based on his blog posted on his personal Google+, Google will still continue to strive in order to develop a support of structured markup like schema.org and make use of it to manifest rich fragment in search results. Also, he stated that users will not be affected by the changes with Google+ from friends and other pages in search results or publisher markup.

Asked in the comments – For sake of clarity, Does this include publisher markup? Mueller said “No, publisher markup is not affected by this.” Also, Mueller was asked if Google will still be using authorship schema behind the scenes, does google still have the data and whether or not people should remove the authorship code from their pages. Then as a quick response from Mueller, he said, “No, we’re no longer using authorship, we treat it like any other markup on your pages. Leaving it is fine, it won’t cause problems (and perhaps your users appreciate being able to find out more about you through your profile too).”

As per comments, another question was asked if there is no longer any value to showing Google via interlinking with the Google+ profile, what pieces of work have been published online, Mueller retorted, “Well links, are links, but we’re not using them for authorship anymore.”

Google has considered the Right To Be Forgotten and Open Up for Registration

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

The concept of “right to be forgotten” has been discussed and put into practice in the European Union in recent years. This is a law which was established to protect the privacy of an individual without being condemned about the action performed in the past. It is a desire of the individual to live in autonomous way despite of what happened in the past.

For the past few years, Google did not allow the deletion of links but last August 21, 2014, Google has garnered over 30 million deletion requests, due to several reasons like copyright violations and privacy violations.

Just recently, Google has considered the law in Europe and opened up registration for its very first discussion in regards with the “right to be forgotten.” The organization has sets the schedule dates for the event, which are as follows:

September 9 in Madrid, Spain
September 10 in Rome, Italy
September 25 in Paris, France
September 30 in Warsaw, Poland
October 14 in Berlin, Germany
October 16 in London, UK
November 4 in Brussels, Belgium

For those interested in helping Google to improve – You may present your ideas via providing presentations with the coming consultation event regarding the effects of the “right to be forgotten” law in order to make Google a better and safer place for public conversation.

Jetpac is now joining Google

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Michael Rotkin

Jetpac is created by a San Francisco-based company to provide free city guides based on public pictures from Facebook and Instagram. It has the ability to search for the best views in different places. It also has a smile recognition technology, which tells users how happy people are at a given city. The app started on Ipad as a social travel guide but later developed for Instagram and Facebook.

Jetpac requires iOS 6.1 or later. It is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad, and iPod touch.

Here are some of the features of Jetpac:

• Provide visual guide to over 6,000 cities all around the world, from San Francisco to Kathmandu.
• Provides directions and phone numbers
• Find the most popular places where people hangout
• Find the most popular places to different category like sports, restaurants, bar and more.
• iOS7 and retina friendly design
• It has 100,000 fun photo quizzes

This wonderful application is now joining the giant search engine Google. What do you think will happen next?