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‘The Google Effect’, are people becoming too lazy?

A new survey released by a psychologist, Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University says that ‘The Google Effect’ is changing the way people’s brains choose to remember. We all know the situation, you get into a conversation with a friend and they say ‘I Google’d this’, or ‘Google it!’. With the …

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Google sales beat projections

Search engine giant Google have had a good week, releasing reports that sales beat projections. Their sales rose to $6.92 billion, which was more than the %6.57 billion projection of analysts which were surveyed by Bloomberg. So far it seems a good start for Larry Page, who replaced Eric Schmidt …

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Google+ to be used as a teaching aid?

We have reported before that Google are working hard to target the social networking sector. Previous failed attempts such as Google Wave and Buzz seem to be fueling their efforts to ramp up their efforts. College professors are apparently looking into ways of using Google+ as a student learning tool, …

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Google Plus: can it succeed?

Google’s Eric Schmidt told reporters at the Allen & Co media conference in Sun Valley that Google Plus is becoming an integral aspect of the business. “The whole company is ramping up on top of it.” he said. Google Plus is a serious effect by the organisation to challenge Facebook …

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Google+ invites turned off, due to ‘insane demand’

Google+ offered existing Plus users the opportunity to give out free invites to friends – expanding the test procedure further. Unfortunately, the freebies didn’t last long and Google had to turn the system off as the new rush of users caused issues for the search engine giant. Google’s head of …

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Google face £261 million lawsuit

Google are under fire for allegedly giving preferential treatment to its own services, while demoting rival companies. 1PlusV, a french rival to Google’s search engine platform, as well Microsoft, Foundem and German price comparison site Ciao (owned by Microsoft) are complaining that their practices are unjust. Google has allegedly prevented …

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Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung now on sale

Both Acer and Samsung were slow off the mark, with Kogan releasing the first Agora Chromebook on June 7th. Both market leaders however have released new laptops based around Google’s Chrome operating system. The Agora machine was being marketed at a very respectable £269 inc vat. Google have revealed that …

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Google enhance search speeds in Chrome

Google have released information on a new search feature, which they are calling ‘Instant Pages’. This will give Chrome users faster connections to websites from links on search results. Instant Pages will apparently reduce times taken with a search process and it will be included in the latest test version …

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First Agora 12in Chromebook launched for £269

Today the UK is being treated to the first Chromebook laptop, which is created by Australian IT company Kogan. This machine is based around Google’s new Chromium OS and comes ahead of releases from market leaders Samsung and Acer which will launch in a weeks time. Chromium is a browser …

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Google’s Schimdt admits ‘rough’ relationship with Apple

Google Executive chairman Eric Schmidt said yesterday that they have reached an agreement with Apple to continue providing maps and search technology for the iPhone. Schmidt spoke at the D9 conference and said that Google’s relationship with Apple had gotten ‘rough’ as competition between iOS and Android was getting more …

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Paypal suing Google over stolen trade secrets

Paypal has filed a suit against Google in California court. They are saying that the search engine giant have stolen trade secrets from the mobile payment business. Osama Bedier, an ex paypal staff member was hired at Google and they claim he has shared Paypal’s business secrets with the new …

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Microsoft attack Google over Chrome netbooks

Microsoft, the operating software giant have decided to target Google after a demo of the new Chromebook featured the user logon name Tom Rizzo. It struck a nerve, as Tom Rizzo is the senior director of online services at Microsoft. Rizzo has been active in slating the Chrome netbook and …

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Facebook caught paying for Google smear campaign

Google and Facebook have had a long history of intense rivalry, however latest news shows that even billion dollar companies will get down and dirty to try and damage their competitor. Facebook have hired a well known public relations firm to try and get stories planted criticizing Google’s privacy policies. …

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Android phones – 100 millionth is activated

While Microsoft limp rather poorly into Q2 2011 with mediocre Windows Phone 7 sales, Google Android continues to grow. Latest reports indicate staggering adoption rate figures. Hugo Barra, Product Management Director for Android passed over growth figures in his speech yesterday. Since it launched in October 2008, Google are saying …

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Google address partner lackluster Android update freqency

Yesterday at the Google I/O, the search engine giant addressed the slow update problems that plague a portion of their user base. If you buy a Google Android smartphone today, there is a good chance it will be several revisions behind the latest version. There is even a good possibility …

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Google Chromebook – is this the future?

Apple have been changing the tech industry in the last year. It has been shown in analysis that the iPad is killing netbook, and even some notebook sales. Google have stepped into the mix, with their new computer platform. They hope to change elements of the PC age, adopting ideas …

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Google to release Samsung Alex Chrome OS Netbook: under £200

Google have released information on the new Alex machine from Samsung, the first commercially available Chrome OS netbook. The Samsung Alex is the successor to Google’s CR48, a machine which was provided in limited quantities to various people and businesses. The Alex will ship with a 1.5GHZ Intel Atom N550 …

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Google claim that location data is valuable

The Wall Street Journal have written an article based on comments made last year from a Google executive which says that the collection of location information from millions of mobile devices and personal computers is ‘extremely valuable’. This email,. with others are being used as part of a lawsuit against …

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Google sued by Android phone users over location tracking

Two Android phone users are suing Google over claims that their phones are secretly recording and storing data relating to their movements. The residents of Oakland County in Michigan filed a complaint on April 27th in federal court in Detroit. The residents are claiming that their HTC Inspire 4G phones …

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Google shares decline – caused by massive overhead increase

Google feel 5.6 percent in extended traded yesterday after a first quarter hiring spree, their operating expenses are the highest in three years. First quarter operating costs rose 54 percent, outstripping a sales gain of 29 percent to $6.54 billion. Larry Page, has recently replaced Eric Schmidt as chief executive …

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Google’s WebP ‘Jpeg killer’ embraced by Opera

Opera have released a new version of their browser – V11.10, otherwise known as ‘Barracuda’. This improves the speed of the Turbo traffic compression service and expands the SpeedDial interface to provide quick access to an unlimited number of sites. Barracuda is now available for Windows, Linux and the Macintosh …

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Larry Page returns as Google CEO, starts a shake up

Google co founder Larry Page has returned as CEO of the company. He has been making a lot of decisions, such as promoting seven new executives to run the most important divisions, reporting directly to him in an effort to cut down on the time it takes to make important …

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Google Android phones selling 1 in 3 in US

Android has been a runaway success story for Google and the latest reports in from Comscore show that Android based phones are still taking a chunk out of the market share of competing devices. Statistics from America are staggering, with a 33 percent adoption figure, or in laymans terms … …

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Google deny plans for Facial Recognition program

CNN released a story which stated that Google were developing a facial recognition application. Google have since denied it, but the rumours persist. “Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people’s faces in order to access their personal information, a director for …

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Google receive penalty from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is ordering Google to implement a comprehensive consumer privacy program that will force the Internet Giant to submit to regular privacy audits for 20 years. This is the first time this has ever happened in the Federal agencies history. The action comes from a settlement of …

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Google claim Chinese government are blocking gmail

Google have claimed that the Chinese government are blocking the Gmail service, after many users have complained they cannot access the site. Users of Gmail in China have not been able to access accounts and have had issues sending email and using other services for the last two weeks. Google …

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Google to launch social ‘Circles’ network in may: rumour

The Next Web, a respected technology blog, repeated their claim that Google’s social service is going to launch in May. Google are not confirming the claims, saying ‘We do not comment on rumour and speculation.” Strengthening their social media networking makes sense for Google as it is one of their …

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Google gmail problems still ongoing for users

On Monday a small portion of Gmail users woke up to find that all their emails had vanished. Google have since said that the problems were due to a bad software patch which caused some accounts to reset to first time status. A Google spokesperson said that the service would …

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