Friday 13 January 2012

Google Reveals New Social Search Feature, Twitter Not Happy About It


 Christo [PCD]    13 Jan : 12:35
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After Google announced Search plus Your World yesterday, Twitter responded negatively

After Google announced Search plus Your World yesterday, Twitter responded negatively

Google announced a new addition to its Search service this week called "Search plus Your World," which brings a social aspect to the table. But social giant Twitter has made it clear that Google's latest release is stepping on its toes, and could likely take away some of Twitter's spotlight.

Search plus Your World is Google's most recent effort to apply a social touch to its search engine. The new tool will allow users to not only search the Web for public webpages as they normally would via Google, but also search their own pages and content as well as family and friends' pages and content. The whole idea mainly centers around Google+ pages and Picasa images on the Web, probably in an effort to attract more Google+ members.

Google is achieving this through three new features, including Personal Results, which allows the user to find information like Google+ photos and posts that include them or were created by them; Profiles in Search, which allows a user to find people they know, and People and Pages, which helps users find people they may not know yet, but may want to based on similar interests.

Google gives users the option to add Search plus Your World to normal search just by clicking a toggle button under the Search bar. Just click the icon of a person to see personal results. If you'd prefer to see public pages like usual only, there's an icon of a globe right next to the social icon that will remove results pertaining to you or people you know personally.


Google also assures that the privacy settings are easy to use for those who do not want certain things to show up in Search. Posts and photos can be marked with settings that will only be visible to the user, limited people or the public.

Google is rolling out the new feature over the next few days, and some are not very happy about it (cough TWITTER cough).

After Google announced Search plus Your World yesterday, Twitter responded negatively with both a formal statement and a Twitter post from company general counsel and former Google employee Alex Macgillivray.

"Bad day for the Internet," tweeted Macgillivray. "Having been there, I can imagine the dissention @google to search being warped this way."

Twitter later released the following statement in regards to Google's Search plus Your World:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we've seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results.

We're concerned that as a result of Google's changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that's bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

Google responded to Twitter via a Google+ post, saying it wasn't sure what Twitter's beef was considering Twitter chose not to renew it's two-year-old deal with Google to display real-time tweets last July, which likely decreased Twitter visibility.

However, many are now wondering if Google will attract attention from the Justice Department because of this new move.

Sources: The Official Google Blog, CNET


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Samsung Aims to Beat Nokia in 2012


 Christo [PCD]    13 Jan : 12:31
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Some analysts say Samsung has a good chance of toppling Nokia

Some analysts say Samsung has a good chance of toppling Nokia

For many years, Nokia has been the top mobile phone maker in the world. Nokia was able to maintain that hold on the top spot with sales of its low-end and mid-range devices while its high-end smartphones were largely ignored in many markets. Samsung now has its sights set on Nokia.

Samsung is boasting that it is confident in 2012 it will be able to topple Nokia as the world's largest cell phone maker. If Samsung were able to pull that off, it would end the 14-year hold of Nokia on the top spot. Samsung's CEO Choi Gee-sung made the proclamation at CES in Las Vegas. Nokia is having a hard time of it recently with sales falling and it hopes that a tie up with Microsoft for smartphones will help bring it back to former glory. Few think that will happen.

Samsung isn't alone in predicting it will overtake Nokia. Reuters reports that analysts from the Royal Bank of Scotland and others think Samsung has the momentum to overtake Nokia this year. However, analysts are split with others expecting Nokia to hang onto its lead. Undoubtedly, Samsung's wide range of Android smartphones is helping push it ahead.

"Considering how strong Nokia still is in the emerging markets, Samsung's expectation seems to imply that Nokia will miserably fail in mature markets," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi.

Analysts are predicting weaker demand in established markets like Europe, but strong growth in emerging markets where Nokia is very strong. This will make it hard for Samsung to overtake. Samsung is also on a path to reach its revenue prediction early say analysts.

Samsung is predicted to have a blow out quarter with huge sales.

Source: Reuters


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Monday 19 December 2011

Dell Kills All Netbooks


 Christo [PCD]    19 Dec : 11:31
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Focus will be on thin and powerful machines

Focus will be on thin and powerful machines

For a few years, the netbook world was jumping with the small (and relatively inexpensive) machines were selling very well. That netbook heyday is over now with sales of the small machines dropping as the tablet becomes the portable computing device of choice for many people. One of the more popular Dell netbooks to launch was the Mini 10 back in 2009.

That netbook was reasonably popular, but the sales waned during its production run. Dell has now announced that it is no longer going to sell netbooks. The company will instead focus on its more recent successes with thin and powerful machines that compete against the Apple MacBook Air and other models such as the new Dell 15z.

"We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line," Matthew Hutchison, director of Dell Global Consumer PR told CNET in an email.

The fall from grace for the netbook began when Apple rolled out the iPad during the second half of 2010 and many consumers flocked to the tablets rather than netbooks and notebooks. Even Intel has moved on now with the company focusing on Ultrabooks rather than netbooks.

Intel is working hard to promote the Ultrabook, which was originally promised at a price of under $1,000. Some of the machines were offered at that low price, but many of the Ultrabooks on the market sell for much more than $1,000.

Some companies like Acer see the Ultrabook as a way to become more profitable like Apple. Apple is able to sell premium notebooks at very high prices (compared to its PC competition), and its customers still keep coming back for more.

Source: CNET


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