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January 13, 2014

Google Releases Compute Engine to the Public

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Few names are as recognizable and highly regarded in the tech industry today as Google. When thinking of the latest and greatest trends in the industry, people often jump right to this tech giant. One of the areas that has been noticeably lacking in the vast portfolio of Google’s offerings are services related to cloud networking. Google has seen vast successes in areas like search, mobile, web apps, and a wide array of other consumer and enterprise offerings. This track record of success kept tech analysts on edge as they anticipated the release of Google Compute Engine, which remained in beta testing for a lengthy period of time. The recent announcement by Google executives that Google Compute Engine is out of beta sparked a flurry of interest from the public and media alike as it seems Google has released a major contender to become a top cloud application web hosting service in the coming months. read more

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November 21, 2013

Why Bloggers Should Also Be SEO Experts

Why bloggers should know SEOIn order to be effective blogging in today’s Internet, writers also need to realize that knowing about search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t left to programmers are Internet marketers. It’s no longer enough to write amazing content and expect it to get thousands of hits every month, much less each day.

Bloggers should know basic SEO techniques and keep up with the latest search engine trends and news in order to be successful with their blog posts.

Best SEO Practices Increase Traffic

Knowing what search engines are looking for can help you maintain best practices, which should increase your chances of regular search engine ranking and indexing. For instance, did you know that Google recently released a new feature called In-Depth articles, which they give special preference to articles that are  1500 words or more? In addition, Google is also looking out for duplicate content, which is content that is appeared on a different website or the same website before, as well as relevancy of content (which is part of its freshness factor). All of these attributes contribute toward greater traffic to your blog. read more

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November 18, 2013

Google Asks For Help Curbing Secret Surveillance

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Google Asks For Help Curbing Secret Surveillance (via slashdot)

Despite reports that National Security Agency (NSA) analysts complained that tapping datacenter feeds belonging to Google and Yahoo left them overwhelmed with data, the number of demands Google receives for information on end-users continues to rise…


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October 29, 2013

How Google+ Hangouts Can Enhance Podcasts

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Google+ Hangouts enable anyone to host a group video chat, and with the On Air component, anyone can record and stream live to their YouTube account. When I first joined Google+ on its second day of existence, Hangouts really stood out. While, let’s be honest, a lot of the functionality of Google’s own social network is similar to Facebook and Twitter, no other social network offers such a robust group video chat tool…for absolutely free.

In the early days, the service had its ups and downs. There would be crashes, performance issues on Macs, and were even some cases of Hangouts On Airs completely failing to record. Yeah, not something you’re happy to find out after having an hour long conversation that’s now in Internet purgatory. However, those days have quickly been left in the dust, and Google+ Hangouts are more robust than ever.

In the past several years, bloggers have really embraced podcasting. With faster broadband connections, including affordable mics and high quality webcams, many have also incorporated video. While you can use a service like Skype to chat with guests, it comes at a price. You have to buy software to record conversations, the connection quality can be hit or miss, and video chat with more than two people requires a paid Premium account. read more

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August 30, 2013

Is Google+ Part of Your Blogging Strategy?

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Google+ is one of the newest social media networks that has grown into millions of members. It allows you to integrate with Google services, which give you the ability to promote your content and other links, as well as to gain visibility with other Google products. Many bloggers do not realize the importance that Google+ may have been promoting their content. Google plus is no longer an optional network that people can decide to participate in when it comes to social media promotion.

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August 22, 2013

Is Google+ the Next Big Blogging Platform?

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Google+ is no slouch in the social media space, commanding nearly 200 million active users in the stream as of May 2013. While it does offer unique features like Hangouts, group video chats with up to 10 people, it’s not too awful different from other social networks. You can follow or “Circle” people, segment the people you follow into specific circles (lists), share with specific circles or publicly, and so on.

You can create a community, start a page, and with cool features like Auto Awesome, upload the best looking photos possible. With any social network, the biggest defining factor is its community, many of which who span well beyond the tech geek stereotype. As Google+ continues to grow, so has the idea of it becoming a serious avenue for bloggers. read more

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August 21, 2013

Why We Don’t Need More Domain Extensions

Domain Extension ImageOver the past year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit organization that is responsible for, among other things, assigning domain names on the Internet, has given initial approval for over 1,500 new “top level domains” (abbreviated as TLDs and sometimes referred to as “domain extensions”).

This means, fairly soon, you could start seeing sites like http://www.site.love, http://www.site.beauty and http://www.site.toys, among many others.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be snapping up your own .baby or .love domain any time soon, many of the extensions may wind up being controlled by private organizations, such as L’oreal’s bid to control .beauty, where there are obvious business interests in the TLD itself, not in selling new domains. As such, many of those applications are for closed registrations, meaning that the operators of the extension will be selective in who they allow to register.

This has already sparked a predictable and understandable fear of corporate control over the Internet. But while the discussion about the balance between corporate control and Internet freedom is important, it’s also important to ask why ICANN is so eager to expand the number of extensions so quickly and what the impact of that expansion could be on the Internet.

Sadly, if previous expansions have taught us anything, it’s probably the latter. read more

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July 12, 2013

PRISM , Big Data and the Future of Privacy

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It’s been just over a month since The Guardian broke the story about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) massive data collection program known as PRISM. The fervor has not died down and additional revelations about how the program works and similar systems existing in other countries have only stoked the flames

That anger has culminated in both “Restore the Fourth” rallies across the U.S., outrange online and a great deal of mockery as people turn to humor to best express their feelings. The nation, and indeed the world, has also turned its attention to the flight of Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who originally leaked information about the program to the media.

But in the midst of the anger, lawsuits and questions, a larger conversation is taking place, one that revolves around privacy online, how much information we put out about ourselves on the Web and who has access to it.

That is because, while the Internet has certainly made our lives more convenient, it has also made them more trackable. In our bid to communicate better and easier, we put out so much information about ourselves, both intentionally and unintentionally, that the discovery of the NSA’s program may be as much a moment of reevaluation of our own practices as well as our government.

After all, for the government to collect the information it does, someone else has to have it first and the government is not the only entity with a vested interest in tracking you and monitoring your activities. read more

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June 7, 2013

How Penguin 2.0 Puts Up A Tougher Fight Against Web Spam

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Google’s website states that: Every day, millions of useless spam pages are created. We fight spam through a combination of computer algorithms and manual review. Penguin 2.0 is their latest spam-fighting algorithm update.

The problem with spam websites is that they saturate the internet and show up in search engine rankings. When these devious sites appear higher in search engine rankings, what do you think happens to your site? That’s right – it gets pushed to the bottom of the list. read more

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June 3, 2013

What Is The Future Of SEO?

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In a society where the internet is an integral part of many of our lives, internet related industries are flourishing, including Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Without good SEO, website owners will have sites that are barely even noticed by people making searches online, which could make even the best sites all but useless.

With this in mind it is easy to see just why good SEO is in high demand. What’s more is that SEO looks like it will be around for some time yet as it is hard to see how it could become obsolete any time soon. As long as we have the internet there will be a demand for SEO and the internet looks as though it is here to stay, at least that is until something better comes along. read more

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