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Adam Yakish is the Director of Technology at Myriad-Core, an Erie based Web Technology Company. Adam is Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and Yahoo search certified. He is a member of the Search Engine Marketers Professional Organization (SEMPO), under which he sits on the Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC), and the National Mobile Task Force. He has spoken at the annual Hampton Roads Business Summit, and The Internet Marketing Foundations Conference, in Pennsylvania.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 5th, 2012

Today Google unveiled “Project Glass: hybrid glasses that act as a miniaturized smartphone wired with hands-free access to a micro display, cameras, microphone, Web browser, and speech recognition.”

Led by Googlers Babak Parviz, Steve Lee, and Sebastian Thrun, all from Google[x], the project seeks to continue the evolution of intermingling man and machine.

“A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do” (Project Glass).

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Posted: September 21st, 2011

After twelve weeks of field trials, Google+ announced early yesterday that it is now [publicly] available.

The news came at 9:00 AM PST on Tuesday in a blog post on Google’s official blog. Open signups were among the nine new Google+ features that were unveiled:

“For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature; open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.” (Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering)

The other new features released yesterday are:

  • Hangouts on your phone
  • Hangouts on air
  • Hangouts with extras (which includes four unique releases – screensharing, sketchpad, google docs, and named hangouts)
  • Google+ search
  • And, of course, public access – dubbed +Everyone (which I love)

Google+ now boasts 100 unique features that will be rolled out globally today. You can read the whole post on Google’s blog here.

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Posted: May 17th, 2011

Google has implemented a setting that allows users to choose the frequency that blogs and press releases appear in their search engine results pages. Regarding news worthy blogs, you may want to ask Google to consider reclassifying your blog as a news source.

The settings for this feature can be found on the Google News settings page:

You’ll also find a new setting that tells Google to refresh blog and press release pages every fifteen minutes.

If you’re ready to “stop being a blog,” you can submit this form, and Google will consider your request.  Google is evasive about saying what exactly they, by default, consider a blog. It seems as if RSS content will put there right out of the gate.

What we do know is that in September of 2009, Google said to use the aforementioned form if you’d like to be reclassified, or felt as if you were “misclassified.” A preview of it is shown below:

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Posted: May 11th, 2011

Yesterday, Google announced a cloud-based music service called “Music Beta by Google.” The service will be available by invitation only beginning today; the beta is free. Google claims that the service will allow users to upload up to 2,000 songs to their cloud, “tech talk for storing data on remote servers.” Watch the video below to learn more, or to request an invite from Google for the beta, click here.

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Posted: May 10th, 2011

Yesterday, Google’s blog reported that Google will be launching a sorting feature to be included in their images results. The feature will help return more relevant images to the user’s query:

“When you’re searching for images, sometimes it can be hard to come up with exactly the right words to describe what you have in mind. For example, when you think of London, you might picture the iconic clock tower or the big Ferris wheel. You may not always remember the names of those landmarks, but you can visualize them in your mind” (Google).

For example, when you search for “London,” the default setting returns results ranked by relevance. However, now what you’ll see is an option on the left that reads “Sort by subject.” Upon selecting this option, you’ll see images sorted into categories that “will narrow down your search and help you find the exact image of London that you want.”

This organized view will sort the most popular images associated with London, e.g. the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and the city at night. According to Google, this will better enable the user to arrive at the “ah-ha” moment that might go something like, “Ah, that big clock tower I saw is called Big Ben.” The user can then drill down further to select the most appropriate image within that group.

Furthermore, the new feature will allow users to explore categories within a general topic:

“For example, if you want to get flowers for someone but you only know what their favorite kind looks like, not the name of it, you can sort by subject to learn different flower types and discover the name of the type you’re looking for” (Google).

Watch this video to learn more about how sorting can help you find the image you’re seeking:

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