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How a Google Search Travels Around the World

How a Google Search Travels Around the World

Google has put together an infographic that shows the journey of a search on the site, from how a query travels 1,500 miles at nearly the speed of light to hit different data centers around the world to how it ranks its results. In an infographic given to media, Google likens the web to a book with millions of pages. The search ... Read More »

Google to Use Homepage to Protest SOPA on Wednesday

Google to Use Homepage to Protest SOPA on Wednesday

You won’t see a blank page at Google.com on Wednesday, but the company will use its homepage to register its opposition to SOPA. A Google spokesperson told dignaj.com that its homepage will include a link where users can learn more about SOPA, confirming a Bloomberg report. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are ... Read More »

How to Use Google Search More Effectively

How to Use Google Search More Effectively

Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I’m known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that’s shrouded in too much mystery — I’ve just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in ... Read More »

Google+ Adds Mutual Circle Chat

Google+ Adds Mutual Circle Chat

Take a look in the lower left-hand corner of your Google+profile and you may notice a brand new feature: Chat with those in your mutual Circles. This little addition is significant because it breaks down a key interaction barrier between you and those you’re only acquainted with via Google+’s Circles social connection metaphor. As Google explains it in a brief support post, ... Read More »

Windows XP: It Will Not Die

Windows XP: It Will Not Die

Ten years after it first arrived and a year after Microsoft stopped selling it, Windows XP survives. It is an incredibly resilient piece of programming that has millions of fans around the world. But we can’t hold on forever. Microsoft promises to end support for the aging code in 2014. Though those few remaining years may not be enough time ... Read More »

The History of Android

The History of Android

Android‘s box of sweets has gotten much more diverse since launching its first dessert-themed operating system, Cupcake, in 2009. Mobile app developers [x]cubelabs have laid out a timeline of these versions — from Cupcake to Ice Cream Sandwich — in the infographic below. What updates do you think were most influential? At what point did you decide that Android was ... Read More »

Google Triples the Speed of the +1 Button

Google Triples the Speed of the +1 Button

The +1 button is about to get a whole lot faster, thanks to an update Google rolled out on Tuesday. “We’ve begun to roll out out a set of changes that will make the button render up to 3x faster on your site,” software engineer David Byttow said in a blog post. “No action is required on your part, so ... Read More »

Google+ reaches 20 Million Mark in 3 Weeks

Google+ reaches 20 Million Mark in 3 Weeks

Google’s new Social Networking site Google+ has reached a massive 20 million subscribers, as almost everyone wants in on the action.  Its just been a week since Google’s Larry Page said that Google plus reached 10 million. Page noted at the time that the service remains in a “field trial” mode, and with “a lot of barriers” to use it right ... Read More »

Mobile Hacking: How Safe Is Your Smartphone?

Mobile Hacking: How Safe Is Your Smartphone?

New instances of phone hacking seem to emerge from Rupert Murdoch’s empire on a daily basis. But are the reports of interest beyond Murdoch and his detractors? Should you, as a consumer, fear that your phone will be hacked? Not yet. Experts say that it’s still fairly easy to hack into your phone, but unless you’re a celebrity, you’re unlikely ... Read More »

Microsoft Redesigns Bing Maps Interface

Microsoft Redesigns Bing Maps Interface

Microsoft has rolled out a redesign of the Bing Maps interface, consolidating most of the task and navigation options in a control bar on top of the page. You can now use the top bar to change the type of view, activate traffic information and streetside view, get directions, load map apps, and print and share the current location on ... Read More »