Turn Off Your Ad Blockers … Or Pay Google

Google Laptop SearchGoogle has a new “Finding Choices” initiative that will directly ask web users who encounter sites where content is funded by adverts to turn off their ad blocker or pay a subscription to view the content without adverts.

Why Ad-Blockers?

Ad-blockers are programs that work through browsers / as browser extensions (or on the network for some mobile operators). The industry narrative says that ad-blockers are used because they filter out the kinds of adverts that are intrusive (videos playing automatically, adverts between the content, multiple sponsored links etc) , slow the page load time down, and even extract personal data, and that the ad-blockers can, therefore, deliver a better experience to the user.

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A Gap In The Cloud – Could Google And Microsoft Be Gaining On Amazon?

A slowing in Amazon’s Web Services’ astronomical growth rate of recent years has, according to some commentators, made it look as though Microsoft and Google have more of a chance of stealing at least some of its cloud market share. Gap In Cloud

Speculation Fuelled

This latest round of speculation about whether the two leaders of the pack chasing a bigger share of the enterprise cloud market has been triggered by the release and the trumpeting of the healthy financial figures by all three.

At the heart of the speculation that Microsoft and Google may be gaining a little on AWS (which is, realistically, still in a league of its own) is the assumption that a growth rate that big, combined with a huge number of customers (surely) can’t be sustainable. Continue reading “A Gap In The Cloud – Could Google And Microsoft Be Gaining On Amazon?”

Google Translates Business Reviews With AI

If you’re travelling overseas and you want to find a business, bar, restaurant or shop, you will soon be able to read high quality translations of the reviews that are displayed in Google Search results and Google Maps thanks to an AI upgrade. Google Eyes

What’s The Problem?

If you don’t have much local or prior knowledge about the best shops, businesses and attractions of an overseas town / city that you’ve travelled to for a holiday or business (and if you don’t speak the language) your opportunities and experiences can be limited. Turning to Google to get insider knowledge has, up until now, meant the wasted time and hassle of copying and pasting reviews in piece-by-piece sentences, into translation tools with often confusing results. Continue reading “Google Translates Business Reviews With AI”

Auto Draw From Google Drawing App With AutoCorrect

Google has launched Auto Draw, an innovative AI ‘auto correct’ art app that uses predictive and shape recognition technology to help improve and complete drawings with a professional artistic flair. Google Auto Draw Interf IDT

Improves Your Doodles

Using the same technology as its earlier ‘Quick Draw’ experiment which employed AI to guess what a person was drawing, the new AI ‘Auto Draw’ online app allows you to create a doodle which is then improved upon by the app. You can then choose to replace your doodle with the app’s improved version. You can also choose to use your own version of the drawing, choose to use drawings submitted by other artists or even submit your own drawings to Auto Draw. Continue reading “Auto Draw From Google Drawing App With AutoCorrect”

Google’s New Simpler Captcha

A new Captcha system, developed by Google, will secretly study how your interact with a web page rather than asking questions or setting puzzles in order to prove that you are a ‘human’ visitor.

Why Captchas?

‘Captcha’ is actually an acronym (dating back to 2000) for ‘Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart’. Captchas are used to stop automated bots accessing and using websites and other online resources. If Captchas are not used, some of these bots can post spam comments in blogs, sign up for thousands of email accounts every minute e.g. on Yahoo, buy multiple tickets from ticket sites, gather email addresses (written in text) from web pages, distort online polls, and launch dictionary attacks on password systems. The use of Captchas can also offer full protection to pages that you don’t want indexed by search engines, and offer worm and spam protection. Continue reading “Google’s New Simpler Captcha”

Piracy Attack – Search Engines to Bury Pirate Content

Pirate, piracy, boat, sea, shipA new anti-piracy voluntary code of practice between search engines Google and Bing could see the filtering out of websites offering pirated films, music and illegally streamed sport.

What Is The Problem?

At the moment, search engine filtering is not in place to the point where search engine users clicking on high ranking search engine results don’t end up unwittingly arriving on websites which present a possible security risk and/or offer illegal/pirated content.

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Facebook Provides Secure Keys

Secure KeyFacebook’s 1.79 billion users can now benefit from new login security measures which use a secure key alongside the password.

Security Keys.

The new security upgrade involves the introduction of a security key for Facebook users. The FIDO U2F is a physical key which can be inserted into the USB port of any device. After the user types in their Facebook login password, they can then press the small button.

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Google – No Gmail From December

mail post stamp letter handFrom December this year, if you are still using Windows XP or Vista, you will no longer be able to access your Google mail / Gmail account in anything other than basic HTML interface.

Upgrade a Familiar Story.

Since the introduction of Windows 10, and since the ceasing of support for previous operating systems XP and soon Vista, Windows users have become used to Microsoft’s message that an upgrade is necessary and inevitable.

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Tech Tip – Replacing Bing in Windows 10 with Google via Chrome and Edge

If you’re used to and prefer to keep using Google instead of Bing as your search engine of choice, you may be wanting to remove or to sideline Bing, the default search engine for Windows 10, from the Windows 10 search bar. Here’s how to do it:bookcase-1869616_1920

1. Open Chrome.

2. Download “Bing2Google” from the Chrome App Store.

3. When you perform a Windows 10 search, Chrome will boot up and allow you to conduct your Google search. This method should also mean that you don’t lose standard Cortana or device search functions. Continue reading “Tech Tip – Replacing Bing in Windows 10 with Google via Chrome and Edge”

100% renewable-powered data centres For Google by 2017

Google has announced that it’s still on target to meet a 2015 pledge that it will be able to offset all of the energy used at its data centres and offices with power that has been generated using renewable sources by next year.

Good, But How Significant?Renewable


It is no surprise that a global company like Google with around 62,000 staff, billions of users, and around 65% of the search engine market (not to mention Gmail, Google+, Google analytics etc) needs 13 data centres. To meet Google’s requirements it is reported that these data centres consume around 5.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity per year. Continue reading “100% renewable-powered data centres For Google by 2017”