Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Google-owned video sharing site reportedly is planning to charge for some premium content this week. What do you think?
YouTube, the popular video sharing site that also is the world's second-leading search engine, reportedly is about to charge for some content. Mashable.com has reported that Google-owned YouTube this week will begin charging for "specialist" channels to help finance production of content such as television shows and films. The service will include up to 50 YouTube channels, and subscriptions will start as low a $1.99 per month, the Financial Times reported. YouTube spokesperson told Mashable, "We have nothing to announce at this time, but we're looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our creators with another vehicle to generate revenue from their …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, Whitney Houston and Election 2012 were hot items. Also, Justin Bieber was a hot search among photos. Share your thoughts.
Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, it's time to look back at what people using that key search engine Google wanted to know most in 2012. According to media accounts of Google's year-end Zeitgeist, some items were obvious, such as the death of entertainer Whitney Houston and the tragedy that was Hurricane Sandy. In the U.S., Olympics 2012 and Michael Clarke Duncan ("Green Mile") also showed strong. Worldwide, Kate Middleton was among the top 10, which should not be surprising. Also, Election 2012 was No. 3 in the U.S. Images are popular online, and entertainers Justin Bieber and Katy Perry registered among the top 10 photos, according to the Huffington Post. -- What were the search terms you used most in 2012? Share your thoughts in the …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Easy ways to lower what you pay for computers and software.
There are some secrets that market giants Apple and Microsoft don't want you to know: You don't have to pay them a dime to get a good operating system and productivity software for your personal computer. This is good news for individuals on a tight budget or for small businesses owners who don't want to spend a large amount of money on computer software. As an example, I am composing this story on a netbook that runs an operating system that cost me $0 and with a word processor that cost me $0. My total cost was $200 for the netbook itself. I don't pay for upgrades to the operating system or productivity software. My total cost will remain $200. What free equipment and software do you recommend? Tell us in the comments below. There are …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The online search giant has refined its core offering. Share your thoughts.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Google is the undisputed online search leader, but like other successful businesses, it keeps refining itself. It's latest tool is the Google Knowledge Graph, which seeks to add intelligence to search terms that might be ambiguous. -- What's your opinion of Google Knowledge Graph? Tell us in the comments below. According to the Washington Post, Google's search results page now displays instant results related to your queries — a search for Taj Mahal immediately brings up a list of facts, photos, and a map of the famous landmark, as well as quick links to other popular uses of the search term (like the musician or the casino in New Jersey). Google's goal is to get you to the information you're looking for in fewer clicks, while also …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Some leading websites are staging protests Wednesday to the pending legislation. Do you agree?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Updated 9:21 a.m., Jan. 18, 2012 "This is the first real test of the political strength of the Web, and regardless of how things go, they are no longer a pushover. The Web taking a stand against one of the most powerful lobbyers and seeming to get somewhere is definitely a first." - Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School on the efforts by the technology industry to fight Congressional bills aimed at curbing online piracy. (Via nytimes.com.) Users of leading websites such as Google and Wikipedia on Wednesday will notice major changes. Those sites are among those who are engaging in their own protests of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the controversial legislation pending in Congress that opponents say would inhibit freedom of …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Google+ is a social-media sharing platform similar to Facebook. But it has some features that you should know about as a personal user and/or a business.
On June 28, 2011, Google announced a new social platform named Google+ (also written as Google Plus or G+). Most people I know and reviews I’ve read compare the platform to Facebook. The influence of Facebook is apparent from the stream (status updates) to connections (friends) to photo share. But Google+ has some unique features and a few advantages that I think you’ll want to consider. Google rolled out Google+ initially by invitation only. Once someone was a registered user, they were allowed to invite a limited number of friends to also participate. This gave Google a controlled ramp-up of users where they could measure usage and make adjustments based on feedback. Then on Sept., 20, Google loosened the enrollment restriction and …