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Financial service Google Compare being shut down

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 12:02 am

Google is shutting down another service that you've probably never heard of but sounds great: Google Compare (also known as Google Advisor). The website allows you to obtain quotes from a variety of companies on car insurance, travel insurance, credit cards, and mortgages.




"Despite people turning to Google for financial services information, the Google Compare service itself hasn't driven the success we hoped for," Google wrote in an e-mail sent to partners yesterday. "After a lot of careful consideration, we've decided that focusing more intently on AdWords and future innovations will enable us to provide fresh, comprehensive answers to Google users, and to provide our financial services partners with the best return on investment."


Google explained it had difficulty attracting advertisers to the service, in part due to limited availability of products in the US and UK.


The service will wind down as of February 23, and close completely on March 23.

Google changes desktop advertisements

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 22, 2016 4:33 pm

ZDNet has noticed something that many of us may never think about - Google has changed its side-displayed advertisements on searches. Previous 'versions' of this search program would display direct link advertisements for product sales, with companies vying for your dollar and continued service through this marketing option.




This changes a few things for certain companies, now unable to directly market to consumers looking to buy something on a whim or look for reliable resellers of wanted products. While a good opportunity for Google to ensure its pages load faster and look more streamlined, many are upset at this move - taking out a popular advertising avenue used by many.


Small business' may be the ones suffering majorly due to this change, meaning that companies are now going to have to pay top dollar to this tech giant in order to increase their search ranking. With less advertising space comes a higher asking price for what's left - I hope your budget is big!

Super Bowl 50 sets record for most data transferred at sporting event

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 18, 2016 1:05 am

Super Bowl 50 didn't just set records on the field, but data-wise as well: a historic 10.15 terabytes of data were transferred over the Levi's Stadium Wi-Fi network on game day, according to provider Extreme Networks. The figure represents a 63% jump over last year's 6.23 TB, and sets the record for most data transferred at a sporting event.




To put things in perspective, 10.15 TB of data is equivalent to more than 6,000 hours of HD video or about 1.2 million 2MB photos.


Levi's features over 12,000 network ports, over 1,200 Wi-Fi access points, about 1,200 Bluetooth beacons, and 40Gbps of bandwidth.

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Internet outage affecting Comcast customers nationwide

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1:06 am

Comcast customers across the US have been suffering from a serious lack of Internets and cable today thanks to a widespread outage beginning about 9AM EST. Customers in DC, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Oregon seem to have been hit the hardest.




Comcast has confirmed the issues, although noted some may not be linked to the outage. It's also stated that its engineers have repaired the problem (what was repaired exactly isn't clear) and it should be mostly resolved. As of about 3PM EST, customers are still reporting trouble.

Aussie telco Telstra smashed by free data day, 1841 terabytes

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 15, 2016 4:35 pm

Thanks to a recent nation-wide outage, Telstra offered its mobile customers a free data Sunday promotion, seeing those from The Land Down Under take full advantage of this offering.




In total, it is explained that Australians downloaded a massive 1841 terabytes, something that explained as 5.1 million Game of Thrones episodes.


With the majority of this data being downloaded over 4G connections, Telstra group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, explained that "Over the course of the day we had twice as much traffic as we would normally see on a Sunday (or any day)," further stating that "We hope it helps make up for some of the inconvenience we caused."

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CBS not talking with Apple about streaming TV services anymore

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2016 9:04 pm

CBS was in some heated negotiations with Apple to bring forth their lofty network services through the network, and potentially allowing you to stream that content to Apple devices. But that's no longer, or so says the CEO of CBS.




According to the CEO, Les Moonves, they really haven't heard from Apple regarding that aforementioned TV streaming service. The initial meetings occurred, and they appeared to be positive from what we can gather. It's just that Apple never called them back afterwards.


"We had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," Moonves told CNNMoney in an interview. Internet streaming services have accounted for nearly 40% of their revenue this past year, meaning that they understand the importance of digital media. They've made a number of partnerships with outside companies for streaming content, so a partnership with Apple isn't out of the question. Apple just needs to answer the phone.

Google's 'right to be forgotten' initiative extended to every domain

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2016 5:03 pm

The right to be forgotten, or the set of regulations that were passed in the EU that allow people the right, and ability, to ask that search results pertaining to them be hidden or outright deleted, is being extended thoroughly.




It used to be that only the particular countries Google domain would remove those search results, but now all domains within Google will subsequently erase that information. That means that someone in Belgium requesting info be forgotten won't have those same search results available on either. It seems that this is a result of a Canadian court case forcing Google to apply the rules worldwide combined with France's threat of a fine if such widespread forgetfulness wasn't implemented.


The original idea was quaint because it didn't quite cover the entire worldwide web as it should have from the very beginning. You could just as easily find the same info by doing searches from other country domains, so it really amounted to doing next to nothing.

Search engines are about to be creepy good at predicting what you want

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 9, 2016 12:01 am

Google and Bing are already quite good at predicting what you're thinking and giving you relevant suggestions. But it's slow and the predictive algorithms just aren't quite good for actual real-time suggestions. So a graduate student from Cornell wants to speed things up considerably, making things potentially awesome, yet incredibly creepy.




We all like our personalized suggestions when shopping or even when searching for things. It legitimately helps us, despite the privacy concerns related to it. But those results don't show up instantaneously. There's a significant amount of background work going on that links your actions to those personalized results. Wenlei Xie has come up with an algorithm that could potentially speed things up to near real-time.


Search engines and their underlying suggestions generally use a weighted node graph which is examined analyzed to see just how appropriate the suggestion is based on years of collecting and correlating information. The problem that Xie has found is that there's just so much information to walk through, that it's incredibly slow. So to make it faster and more relevant even sooner, he's proposed simplifying those graphs. In essence they're assembling only the most pertinent information, and discarding a lot of the fluff, to make it quicker.

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Frinkiac is an incredible Simpsons-centric search engine

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 6, 2016 12:06 am

A search engine just for The Simpsons? If you were ever curious about when someone said something, then you can now search through all pieces of dialogue from all 15 seasons.




The search engine parses through nearly 3 million screenshots from every season and shows the appropriate dialogue beside it. You can easily make a meme out of it just by clicking the appropriate button. So if you've ever been curious when any word has been said, just type it in and you'll get every result you'll ever need.


And now you'll never have an excuse not to quote The Simpsons. The search engine itself is fast and efficient with a good layout that's easy to use. It's all very Simpson's-esque as well. This is perfect for those fans that need a quick reference. It's also an example of what could be useful for any number of other shows or games. The program itself was written in Go and works in a fairly simplistic way, according to the blog post by the creator, Paul Kehrer.

YouTube Red's first original series 'Scare Pewdiepie' debuts Feb 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 4, 2016 6:26 am

We're finally seeing the fruits of Alphabet's labor with YouTube Red, with the company promising original content for subscribers who cough up $10 per month.



Well, the first YouTube Red original series features none other than infamous YouTuber 'Pewdiepie', with 'Scare Pewdiepie' being the first show off the rank. Pewdiepie's "reality-adventure" will continue his work from YouTube, but there will also be three movies released onto YouTube Red from Astronauts Wanted and Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth.


There'll also be a release from Lazer Tech, a documentary called A Trip To Unicorn Island, which covers Singh's 30-city world tour. When YouTube Red's original shows were announced in November 2015, we were promised 10 projects - so we should expect 7 more programs and movies to be released, including a project from CollegeHumor.

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