Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Google, News From the web, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Alphabet, BMW, Domain Name, Google | Comments Off on Google Restructures Under Alphabet, Ooops
The behemoth that is Google has announced a surprise corporate restructure, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the internet search unit as one of several entities.
Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the technology giant’s newer ventures including research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.
The new chief executive at the search unit – Google – will be the current vice president, Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet will include units focusing on life sciences such as a glucose-sensing contact lenses and the health research firm Calico. Google X, which handles research on self-driving cars and internet balloons, will also be a separate unit.
Other units to be separated include the drone delivery project Wing, Google Fiber’s high-speed internet, the home automation unit Nest and investment arms.
But Ooops… Google’s new holding company – Alphabet’s – website is abc.xyz because Alphabet.com is owned by Alphabet, a BMW-owned fleet management service. Even though only a few people had ever heard of BMW’s Alphabet before, the company clearly isn’t going to let all of this free publicity just sit there unfettered, BMW says it has no intention of letting go of the domain name :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: BLOGGING!, Social Media, UPDATED! | Tags: Business News, IPO, social network site, Twitter, Twitter Share Price | Comments Off on Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking
Twitter has suffered a massive loss in its first published financial results since the social networks highly anticipated US stock market debut last year, and though the company might not have been surprised, punters took a different view, with shares dropping almost 25 percent in value.
Twitter told shareholders it lost $US511 million/$AU573 million in the last three months of last year, that’s despite a doubling of revenue from 12 months ago to a better-than-expected $US243 million/$AU273 Million.
Financials aren’t the only woes the micro-blog are suffering, Twitter seems to be testing a new heavier design and it’s users haven’t been receptive of the changes. The new layout is reported to include a look described by many as a cross between Facebook and Google plus. Format changes in the past – including their most recent small change – have upset a bunch of users :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 25th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: Catholic Church in the Digital Age, Catholic Teachings, Pope Francis, Popes Official Twitter Account, Religious View, St Peter's Square | Comments Off on Internet is a “Gift from God” According to the Pope
Pope Francis says the internet is “a gift from God” and called on Catholics to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”.
“The internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentinian born pontiff said in his first World Communication Day message, given annually by the pope. :Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.”
The 77-year-old pontiff is a keen Twitter user whose account has attracted more than 10 million followers, check: twitter.com/Pontifex
But he also makes a point of privileging human relationships and physical touch, often walking among the crowds who flock to see him in St Peter’s Square and embracing the ill or disabled :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, Apple App Store, chrome, Glass, Google, Google 2013, Google Glass Explorers, Google Mobile, Google Play, Google Stock, Google Zeitgeist | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013
2013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.
For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.
In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television, social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.
Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.
The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: Australian Emergency Tweet, Emergency Tweet, SMS. Emergency SMS, Twitter, Twitter Australia | Comments Off on Twitter Launches Australian Real-time Emergency Alert System
Twitter has launched a feature allowing emergency services to provide real-time warnings to mobile phones during bushfires and other natural disasters.
Organisations will be able to hashtag tweets carrying critical information as #alerts which will feature an orange bell for added visibility.
Twitter Alerts launched in the US, Japan and Korea in September, followed by the UK and Ireland in November, and have already been used in a number of emergency situations.
On launching the Aussie alerts the social media behemoth said “…all the organisations participating already use Twitter as a tool to communicate important information to their followers.”
The added functionality of Twitter Alerts will help emergency services reach their followers with fast, accurate information during emergencies, natural disasters or when other communications services aren’t accessible :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: Business News, Google, Social Media Buy-up, Tumblr, Yahoo | Comments Off on Has Yahoo Just Flushed A Billion Bucks?
Internet pioneer Yahoo has confirmed that it intends to purchase popular blogging website Tumblr for more than $AU1.1 billion. Analysts say the acquisition is part of an effort by Yahoo to connect with a younger, hipper crowd as part of its battle to revive an ailing audience, and to up the fight with rival search engine Google’s global domination.
Tumblr, which was founded in 2007 by a high school drop out, is now one of the web’s most popular social media sites. Yahoo has been searching through a range of possible acquisitions since the mighty Ms Mayer took the helm last year, vowing to revive the company, which has seriously wilted in the face of competition from Google.
Tumblr could be key to Yahoo’s strategy, its popularity with younger internet users is unsurpassed. A survey this year conducted by the online data group Survata found Tumblr more popular than Facebook among those aged 13 to 25. While Tumblr generates very little cash, bringing it in the Yahoo family could offer the potential for new advertising and other revenue sources :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Facebook, News From the web, REBLOG, Smartphone, Social Media | Tags: facebook, Mobile Device, smartphone, Smartphone Addiction, Social Media Addiction, Twitter | Comments Off on REBLOG! Australians Addicted to Smartphones, the Rest of the World is Addicted to Social Media
Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.
Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.
Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.
Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine :: Read the full article »»»»