All Articles Tagged "Google"
Is Google too big to fail? Well, the search engine is now bigger than all magazines and newspapers… combined.
“It’s on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising,” reports Business Insider. This means it is pulling in more ad revenue than newspapers and magazines, which is due in part to the faltering state of print media.
Still Google’s last full year results from 2012 are nearing the historic maximum that all magazines combined achieved back in 2007 before the crash. This would mean Google will not only eclipse magazines but also becomes bigger than magazines ever were — even before there was an Internet to compete with.
Though this is good news for Google, the Internet giant has been dealing with various negative issues lately. As we recently reported, YouTube users are upset with Google for taking away the comments section on the site. They are even petitioning to have them bought back.
And people are scratching their heads over a wacky patent Google has applied for. “Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a patent for an electronic skin tattoo, or sticker. Essentially, this patent describes a noise-canceling, hand-free microphone for your cellphone that sticks on your throat,” reports ABC News. The “tattoo” connects to a communication device, wirelessly. And, this electronic skin tattoo can be equipped with a lie detector. The tattoo is temporary tattoo.
Then there is the criticism of Google Glass. “Google’s track record with the music crowd is abysmal,” reports Wired. So to Google is trying really hard to change that with its digital goggles. They just launched an array of music-centric improvements for Google Glass, including new earbuds and voice commands to help you find and play songs. And they pulled in record producer and engineer Young Guru, known for his work with Beyoncé, Young Jeezy, Rihanna, Jay-Z, to help promote Glass.
Google has gone through five music services in four years, all which have failed, such as the Nexus Q, a spherical digital hub that could stream music to your home stereo (and digital video to your TV). “But before it actually shipped to the public, the Nexus Q was cancelled and never heard from again,” reports Wired.
Now there’s this push for music fans, who have tons of options to choose from. “But maybe Google would be better off if it didn’t try too hard and just stuck with being the most boring music service out there,” says Wired.
If you’re scratching your head over what to get your teenager this season, a new Ebates survey shows that you just can’t go wrong with an Apple device. Nearly 70 percent of kids between 12 and 17 want you to get ‘em an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. So the holidays are going to cost you this year!
A whopping 88 percent of teens want an electronic gift this year. The number one item on their wish list is an iPhone with 32 percent of teens yearning for the Apple smartphone. Taking second place for most-wanted gift is the iPad — 24 percent of teens would love to find the tablet underneath their Christmas tree.
Sony Playstation 4, the XBox One, and Apple iPod take third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. Teen girls seem to prefer the iPhone while teen boys want to snag the PS4.
Despite the competitive smartphone and tablet market, Apple refuses to budge on their premium prices. The multi-billion dollar corporation is releasing the iPad Air at $499 — the same exact price as its predecessors. And the iPad Mini will sell for $399, which is 21 percent higher than the first Mini.
“Apple has steadfastly refused to cut prices on its top-of-the-line products. Instead, it has sold older versions of its Phones and iPads at slight discounts to consumers who are willing to settle for something less than state-of-the-art technology,” Boston.com says.
Facing a vicious rivalry with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., and Samsung Electronics, Apple is opting to win over customers by offering free software. Apple is offering the Maverick, the device maker’s latest operating system, for free. iLife and iWorks, the equivalent of Microsoft Office, will also be free.
These software giveaways are conditioning customers to expect these systems to “come with the package” for free. “While this won’t disrupt Microsoft’s business overnight, it will create further pressure on Microsoft to bring down prices,’’ Boston.com adds, quoting Ovum analyst Jan Dawson.
The iPad Air is Apple’s latest baby — it’s sleeker, faster, and lighter weighing in at only one pound. “The iPad Air’s main appeal is a more svelte design and a faster microprocessor, the same kind of chip in the iPhone 5S that Apple released a month ago,” Boston.com says. The iPad Air has been available for purchase since November 1. And if you have a teenage boy, the PS4 will set you back $399, $100 cheaper than the Air, and will be on sale by November 15.
If your teen is one of the few that’s not into electronics, the Ebates.com survey notes that a gift card to your teen’s favorite store would suffice.
Will you be buying Apple this season?
YouTube users are unhappy.
Earlier this year, Google restructured the comments section of YouTube, integrating it with its Google+ social network, reports The Los Angeles Times. But it seems to have been a bad move as more than 47,000 people are now petitioning YouTube to revert the comments section to its original form.
The petition is being hosted on Change.org and it charges that Google is forcing users into creating accounts for a social network they don’t want in order to use the new comments section. Also with the change, users can no longer post comments anonymously, the petition says.
“They have completely RUINED a great thing. Comments were the number one reason why I checked my YouTube account daily. Now that desire is gone,” says the top comment posted in response to the petition on Change.org, reports The Times. (That comment, which has received nearly 900 “‘likes,” seems to have been posted under the alias “James Gandolfini,” the late star of the hit HBO series The Sopranos.)
Google debuted the new YouTube comments section in September as a way to cut down the amount of hateful comments left by users, who often posted anonymously.
“The new comments section was also designed to display comments that would be relevant to every individual user. Rather than simply display the last comment left as YouTube previously did, the new comments section emphasizes comments left by users’ friends, the creators of videos, celebrities or comments left by others that have received a lot of interaction,” reports the newspaper.
According to Change.org, the YouTube petition is currently the most active one on its website where it was posted on last Thursday. This is one of several other petitions on Change.org asking YouTube to change back its comments section.
Uh-oh! The Apple iPhone has another rival to dodge — Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone which was unveiled on Thursday, USA Today reports.
The major selling point on Nexus 5 is KitKat, Google’s latest Android system, which boasts less memory usage. “For instance, Google’s Chrome browser will use less 16% less memory on KitKat, compared to the previous version of Android called Jelly Bean,” USA Today says. With a 5-inch screen, Nexus 5 has the largest display of Google’s smartphone family to-date.
The new camera on Google’s latest smartphone may also catch a buyer’s eye. When it comes to taking pictures in awkward settings, such as low light and capturing fast-moving subjects, the Nexus 5 will automatically adjust to your situation. The camera also corrects small hand movements to reduce blur.
But the most exceptional feature of Google Nexus 5 is its price, a trait that Apple’s latest iPhones may find difficult to compete with. The Nexus 5, which comes in black and white, is $349 for a 16GB unlocked version and $399 for 32GB. Not even Apple’s iPhone 5c, the cheapest of the tech giant’s latest generation of devices, can beat that with a price of $549 for 16GB.
“Price is particularly important in faster-growing developing markets, where there are fewer wireless contracts to subsidize expensive phones and where people have less money to spend on a costly unlocked device,” the newspaper notes.
Sundar Pichai, leader of Google’s Android business, plans to take their smartphones to new heights. “[O]ne of the company’s major goals for 2014 is to get its Android mobile operating system into the hands of the next billion users. Earlier this year, Google announced its one billionth Android activation,” USA Today adds.
With assurance, Pichai concludes that “[t]his is a cutting-edge device at an incredible price.” According to CNet, the “beautiful and immersive” Nexus 5 is now on sale at Google Play stores; the phone will be compatible with Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T services for as low as $149. Marketing for this device (as well as the iPhone) is focused on the camera capabilities. Below is an intro video for the Nexus 5, highlighting the picture-taking capabilities.
Looking for a great place to work? Business Insider lists the 15 most desirable companies in the world to work for, ranging from the tech giant Apple to the popular pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. At the top of the list is Google, which reigns as the most desirable company to work for in the world today. With over 71,000 people based all around the world, Google is changing the way we see the workplace.
Following Google’s footsteps on the list are Procter & Gamble and Unilever, both consumer goods companies that make various products, from personal items to ice cream. Chances are, you’ve got products made by these two companies somewhere at home.
Google In Hot Water Over Privacy Issues: Judge Rules That Google Can Be Sued For Scanning User Emails
Google just got slammed in court — and there is more to come. “A San Jose federal judge has ruled that Google must face a lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of illegally opening and reading the contents of email sent through its Gmail service in violation of federal wiretapping statutes,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Google says it’s disappointed with the decision and claims it automatically scans emails to target advertising based on words that appear in Gmail messages. But it says machines, not people, perform the scanning.
“We’re disappointed in this decision and are considering our options,” Google said in an emailed statement. “Automated scanning lets us provide Gmail users with security and spam protection, as well as great features.”
This lawsuit is a consolidation of seven lawsuits filed by Gmail users.
Google stated in court papers that email users must expect “automated processing” of emails and that the lawsuit is seeking to “criminalize ordinary business practices that have been part of Google’s free Gmail service since it was introduced nearly a decade ago.”
Google has been in and out of court over other privacy issues. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit accusing Google of violating federal wiretapping laws when its fleet of Street View cars inadvertently gathered emails, passwords and other sensitive personal data from unencrypted wireless networks.
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Google could be held liable for damages for intercepting the personal data from unsuspecting households while photographing streets for its popular street-mapping service,” reports the newspaper.
Fresh From The AdColor Awards And Twerking With Arsenio, Nick Cannon Launches Tie Collection At Macy’s
The 2013 ADCOLOR awards, a ceremony that champions diversity in the media, were held at the swanky Beverly Hilton hotel on Saturday with Nick Cannon taking home the “All Star” award for his successful multifarious career. CNN anchor Don Lemon hosted the event.
Cannon, known as an industry chameleon with work covering a variety of media, was lauded for his achievements in television, film, and radio broadcasting, executive producing and philanthropy. We can add twerking to the mix. Cannon showed off his rump-shaking abilities on The Arsenio Hall Show this week with Arsenio labeling Cannon’s performance as “genius.” Check out the performance in the clip below.
And Cannon just can’t stop. Just this week, Macy’s announced they will be launching Cannon’s new brand of striped, dotted, plaid, and bold-colored ties. “Retailing for $65 and made of silk, each tie will express a distinct style sensibility,” Daily Finance said. The exclusive line of 25 ties will be available online and in select Macy’s retailers.
Other AdColor honorees included Ryan Tarplay, a Creative Artists Agency executive, Janet Mock, a writer and founder of the #GirlsLikeUs Project, and Torrence Boone, a managing director and business developer for Google.
Additional presenters and attendees included Randy Jackson, Garcelle Beauvais, Soledad O’ Brien, Wilson Cruz, Laz Alonso, and MC Hammer with performances by Elijah Blake and DJ Eric Cubeechee.
AdColor strives to bring the next generation of underrepresented professionals into the media fold by celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans, American Indian/Native Americans, Asian Pacific-Americans, and Hispanics.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
On a scale of one to 10, how much would you say you don’t like your job? Do you have your ups and downs like everyone else? Or a pure hatred for the company that employs you? Maybe there’s no reason in particular… people just don’t stick around. While some people are able to navigate around their emotions, there are some that just can’t fight the feeling of being unsatisfied at work, which can lead to quitting or just flat out acting up in protest.
Well it looks like you are not alone as a recent study shows a detailed list of companies that employ the least loyal employees. Did your company make the list? Let’s find out!
With much credit to their fairly new female CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo — the underdog — has surpassed Google, Microsoft, and Facebook to grab the No. 1 spot as the most visited Internet company in America, Adweek reports.
Before Yahoo’s current head honcho took over, the company lagged behind Google and Microsoft, hovering in third place. Mayer has been Yahoo’s CEO for only year but her value is already materializing; during her tenure, the company’s shares have nearly doubled, according to USA Today.
For the first time in two years, Yahoo drew in the most Internet traffic with 197 million visitors in July. Since Yahoo did recently acquire Tumblr, speculators believe that was the reason behind the boost. However, the latest comScore report shows the company’s Web traffic without data from the popular blogsite.
Google surprisingly came in at second place with 192 million visitors. Microsoft and Facebook both land at third and fourth place with 180 and 142 million visitors, respectively.
According to the comScore report, Facebook has apparently ” lost its cool factor with teenagers“; this year, there are 19 million fewer users on the social media giant. AOL, on the other hand, increased its Internet traffic by seven million.
Are you surprised Yahoo outdid Google? I certainly am.
Are you a Gmail user? You may be shocked to hear then that you shouldn’t have any expectation of privacy, according to a court briefing obtained by the Consumer Watchdog website.
According to Business Insider, in a motion filed last month by Google to have a class action complaint dismissed, Google’s lawyers refer to a 1979 ruling, holding that people who turn over information to third parties shouldn’t expect that information to remain private.
From the filing:
Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”
“Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director, in a news release. “People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy don’t use Gmail.”
According to Google in the brief, it uses automated processes to sift through email for the purposes of providing spam filters, relevant advertising, and other features of the Gmail service, says Business Insider.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a CNBC interviewer in 2009 the company is bound to the federal terms of the U.S. Patriot Act, which means your information is never actually private.
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt said. “But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And … we’re all subject, in the United States, to the Patriot Act, and it is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.”
Any reservations about Gmail?