Here’s a quick recap. Between 2015 and March 2018, there was a serious privacy hole in the Google Plus social network that meant users’ names, email addresses, dates of birth, genders, profile photographs, places lived, relationship statuses, and occupations were exposed to third-party app developers through an API bug. In March 2018, Google chose not to go public that it had been failing to protect its users’ privacy for years, fearful that it would find itself in the media’s headlights when arch-rival Facebook was being quite rightly being flayed over Cambridge Analytica. In fact it took until October 2018 for Google to finally admit that there had been a problem, and that approximately half a million Google Plus profiles had been potentially affected in just the two weeks pri
PHOTO: wocintechchat.com People often ask themselves: should I be publishing my blogs on hosted platforms like LinkedIn, Medium and Quora? You may have gotten this idea after landing on an article that got massive amounts of engagement and thought: “I want this too!” Publishing on hosted platforms has its pros and cons, and there's a middle-ground option we call content syndication. We'll break it all down to help you make a well-informed decision about which platform is best for you. Short-Term or Long-Term Success? If you’re seeking a short-term gain, publishing on a hosted blog platform can work superbly for you. You can get started right away, and each of these platforms is a community in itself. Additionally, you get to efficiently tap into your existing network. But what
Google's core apps are almost designed to be taken for granted by owners of Android smartphones – Gmail, Maps and Photos are always there, delivering some of the core functions we use our handsets for. But dig deeper into what these apps can do, rather than just using them on autopilot, and you'll discover a bunch of handy features you may never have known existed. So let's take a look at some of the Google app features you may not have used before – we're confident that a few of these will make it into your daily routine. The features below are designed for Android phones, but most of them are equally applicable to iPhone users - we'll highlight where that might not be the case.Google MapsHow to cache map areas in MapsGoogle Maps lets you save huge chunks of map data, and this can be
What is search engine optimization (SEO)? SEO is a process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engines unpaid results, often referred to as natural results. In other words, Search engine optimization is a way to structure keywords of your website so that when people search for something using certain terms you increase the likelihood of your website being among the top search results. Search engine optimization is most often associated with the Google search engine since that is the most used search engine in the world. So when a search engine optimization agency wants to make a website pop out on the most top page, it has to understand at least the basic algorithm that the people of Google are using. Source: TNW SEO As Marketing Strategy ...
A professor from UCLA and the University of Southern California recently told an audience to “stop telling students to Google things” … because the search engine behemoth is racially biased. Such is the topic of Safiya Noble’s new book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.” Noble was the keynote speaker for the “Year of Data” conference held at Princeton University’s Center for Digital Humanities on Thursday. Noble said that in her previous career she had assisted clients to “get better representation” in Google search results, and as such knows how the game is played, so to speak. According to The Daily Princetonian, Noble said “corporations who pay the most money secure appearance on the first page, and thus those corporations gain the mos
After a years-long pummeling, Microsoft this week surrendered in the browser war, saying that it will junk Edge's home-grown rendering engine and replace it with Blink, the engine that powers Google's Chrome.With Edge pulling code from the Chromium project, the browser will also be able to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well as macOS."We intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," wrote Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the Windows group, in a post to a company blog.Belfiore's announcement was a stunning humiliation for Microsoft, which in the early years of this century ruled the browser world...
Urban Airship and Vue Entertainment -- part of one of the largest cinema operators, Vue International -- this week will roll out the UK’s first platform that allows consumers to buy movie tickets and add them to their Google Pay account. Earlier this year, Urban Airship worked with Google Pay to create ticketing and a boarding pass options using its mobile wallet option for travel, hospitality and entertainment. Customers can receive personalized offers through their ticket, whether it is a VIP seat upgrade or special promotions for specific showings.The option will become available at more than 30 of its paperless sites and is made possible through Urban Airship’s platform. Tickets are dropped into the mobile wallet, making them available at the time of the show.For the past three yea
Google's mission to make the web a safer place continues with the latest release of its Chrome browser which will now block all fake ads.Chrome 71 will now block all ads on abusive sites that try to trick users with fake system warnings, close buttons that don't actually work and other fake content intended to direct them to ads and landing pages.The sites using these nefarious tactics won't be blocked from Google's search engine just yet but will be given 30 days to clean up their acts.Hopefully other browsers such as Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox will soon follow suit.Additional safeguardsBesides blocking fake ads, Chrome will now also warn users when a site tries to hide the real costs and terms of a transaction.For example, if a site tries to make users sign up for a subscr...
Over the past year details have emerged about the spectacular and deadly implosion from 2009-2013 of the CIA’s covert communications system used to communicate with intelligence assets across the world. According to public reporting, the agency had used contractors to create a series of innocuous-seeming websites through which its in-country assets could communicate with their handlers but utilized similar coding and technical elements that enabled Iranian intelligence to simply Google for the complete list of sites and rapidly uncover their interconnections and links back to the CIA itself. What can we learn from this incident about our online security and privacy and what lessons might it teach us about the need to return to the previous era’s view that there is no such thing as tru
Next week, Sundar Pichai will try to reassure Congress that Google’s search engine isn’t rigged. The Google CEO is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, answering questions about “potential bias and the need for greater transparency” in Google’s business practices. It’s Republican lawmakers’ latest move in a series of hearings over Silicon Valley political bias. “Google has created some of the most powerful and impressive technology applications,” wrote House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the announcement. “Unfortunately, recent reports suggest Google might not be wielding its vast power impartially. Its business practices may have been affected by political bias.” We don’t know exactly what questions will arise during Pichai’s testimony. But this summer, Pr