You may have been using Google and all its related tech for years, but we're willing to bet there's still a thing or two you could learn from a seasoned expert or even a newbie about the way the search engine functions, how it recalls information, and even how it can scrub specific websites for data in place of an on-site search option.
Few things in life are as frustrating as losing a Starcraft match to a Zerg Rush. Falling to a teeming wave of cheap, quickly produced Zerglings flat-out sucks. No matter how many cannons you fire, the fodder just keeps coming. A new Google easter egg brings the doomed gameplay of fending off an unending Zerg Rush to your Google Search results -- but unlike in Starcraft, it's actually surprisingly fun. (You're still screwed in the end, though.)
Two days ago, Google started mixing Google+ connections with general search results. Pics, photos, shared links, posts, authored articles – if someone in your Circles shared something related to what you’re looking for, it shows up in your search results. Google calls it “Search Plus Your World;” I call it annoying. When the first page of results is dominated by “Personal Results,” that’s a problem. And to make it worse, Google doesn’t exactly make it easy to turn the “feature” off for good.
Google a week ago began rolling out a social search update called "Search, "Plus Your World," which meshes photos, comments, and posts on your Google+ account with your search results. This has drawn the ire of a privacy advocate called EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) concerned over privacy and antitrust issues that could arise from the new search feature.
“Do a barrel roll!” a virtual dogfighting rabbit screamed into a virtual dogfighting fox’s ear in Starfox 64 and BAM! 14 years later, a Google Easter egg was born. Dorky? Sure. Awesome? Yep. And that’s not even getting into the ironic fact that Peppy Hare – an old male rabbit with a grown daughter – has somehow changed genders and is now laying Easter eggs of his own. Peppy may be surprised from the sudden turn of events, but we’re not: Google has a long, storied history of dropping arcane, geektastic tidbits in the dark corners of its products. And we’re here to show them to you!
China's been catching a lot of grief lately for ruthlessly culling scores of websites from the Internet, but as it turns out, Google may have been unintentionally doing it's part, too. Yesterday, James Breckenridge, the director of operations at UK Web Media, reported an exploit in Google's Webmaster Tools that allowed anybody to remove any website from Google's search results. And, as everybody knows, if you're not on Google, you might as well not even be on the Internet.
There has been an alarming increase in scareware over the last couple of years. Google, which in 2010 ascertained 15% of all malware to be of the scareware variety, has begun notifying search users about a new strain of malware, which is thought to have been delivered to around a couple million PCs hidden inside fake antivirus software. According to the company, the said malware “causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through a small number of intermediary servers called ‘proxies’”. Hit the jump for more.
There are a lot of time-wasters on the Internet, but not all of them merely waste time. Some of them impart interesting knowledge about how the Internet is used, and what it is used for.
Google’s search engine is one place that offers loads of possible answers, and Simon Elvery devised a fun little way of digging into them for insight. His web site, whatdoyousuggest.net, shows links between search terms. In his visual rendering one search term leads to another, and, as they play out, they give some idea of the connections being made by Google search users.
The visualization also allows a look at the way language is currently being used. In the above instance the first search term is jelly. Common connections would seem to be belly, fish, or roll, and sure enough fish does have a strong link. But an even stronger link is to car. Plodding along the main search arterials, it soon becomes clear that Jelly Car is a game for the Apple iPhone, and that searchers are intent on finding cheats. (Cheats are needed for an iPhone game?)
There are other surprises in store--some that will definitely make you wonder what Google search users are thinking. If you’ve some time to kill, this might be a good place to use a few of those doomed minutes.
Google announced today, on the official Google blog, a few enhancements to the specialized movie search feature. They have pushed improvements adding detailed movie pages, genre filters, and theatre map views.
If you search for any movie title (where the wild things are) you’ll see brief bits of information about the movie, and movie times for a couple of your nearest theaters. If you click “More theaters,” or go to google.com/movies, you will be taken to an enhanced details page.
The page lists additional show times that which can be filtered by date, movie or theater. It also aggregates movie reviews from across the web. For some movies, there is an embedded YouTube player featuring the trailer and additional photos from the movie.
It’s a pretty nifty update. They just need a way to buy tickets using Google Checkout and they would have the whole package.
Google Mobile App is now available on Windows Mobile. It is basically a search application with an ambiguous name. The Google Mobile App spares lazy mobile users the trouble of opening their browser for initiating an online search.
You might want to know about the amount of time that can be saved with this app. According to Google, it is possible to get "search results for identical queries nearly 50% faster from Google Mobile App than from navigating to google.com in the mobile browser."
The search application can not only be accessed directly from the start menu, but it is also possible to summon it to action while another application is active by pressing a shortcut key assigned to it (assigned by the user).
There are not too many reasons for WM users to overlook this application. Apart from search, the Google Mobile App also provides instant access to many other popular web services, including Google Maps, Gmail and Google News.