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Google teams up with edX to create the YouTube for online education

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/google-edx-mooc-online-courses/

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Google’s big list of open source projects just grew by one — the company has introduced a new online learning platform called MOOC.org. Despite the name, it’s not a website about cows — MOOC stands for “massive open online courses,” and it’s a product of the marriage between Mountain View and edX, an educational website by MIT and Harvard. However, while edX only features free courses from affiliated universities, MOOC.org will accept material submitted by other institutions, governments, businesses and even individuals. In short, just about anyone can pitch in — edX’s president even revealed that they want the site to eventually become the “YouTube for MOOCs.” The companies have yet to reveal how they’ll screen submitted courses for quality and how contributors can earn money, but we’ll likely find out when the site launches in mid-2014. Self-motivated folks eager to learn will have to hang out around libraries, campuses and TED talks until then.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Google visits reportedly represent nearly 25 percent of North American web traffic

source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/22/google-25-percent-web-traffic/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

Google visits reportedly represent nearly 25 percent of North American web traffic

Google’s pretty popular here in North America, but one analytics firm is reporting some figures that might sound a bit too good to be true. DeepField, a company that focuses on analyzing web performance, is today claiming that Google broke a web record within the last month — visits to the site now represent 25 percent of all North American web traffic, with 60 percent of all internet-connected devices accessing the service each day. Netflix, for its part, represents the leader in bandwidth (despite YouTube falling under the Google umbrella), but far more users access the search site within a 24-hour period, as you’d probably expect. Without a statement from Mountain View, it’s important to note that these figures are unconfirmed. Considering Google’s reach, however, the claims might not be far off.


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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Chromebooks take 20 to 25 percent of sub-$300 laptop market in the US

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/12/npd-chromebook-sales-boom/

Snapped up a Chromebook for less than three Benjamins? If so, NPD thinks you’ve made Page and Co.’s devices account for 20 and 25 percent of laptops sold for under $300. Stephen Baker, an NPD analyst, told Bloomberg that the research firm was initially skeptical about the cloud-tied laptops, but Google’s hardware “found a niche in the marketplace.” Mountain View’s mobile PC foray took eight months to reach current sales numbers and NPD claims that based on price, they’re the fastest-growing part of the PC industry. Bloomberg attributes the recent uptick in sales to the education market and early adopters — increased retail availability probably doesn’t hurt, either.

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Friday, July 12th, 2013 digital No Comments

YouTube partners with vendors for paid translation service

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/21/youtube-partners-with-vendors-for-paid-translation-service/

YouTube partners with vendors for paid translation services to 36 languages

Last year, Google began offering a “request translation” option for YouTube, letting you or others muddle your way through video caption creation. If you don’t want to leave it up to strangers or the vagaries of machine translation, Mountain View’s now offering paid, professional services through two outfits, Gengo and Translated.net, in 36 languages. Once you’ve created your video and added a caption track, you’ll be able to see an estimated price and create an order, after which your vendor of choice will send the translation directly to YouTube. Once approved, it’ll be live on the site, ensuring no misunderstandings of your latest opus.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013 news No Comments

Yandex passes Bing to become fourth largest search provider according to comScore

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/09/yandex-passes-bing-to-become-fourth-largest-search-provider/

Yandex passes Bing to become fourth largest search provider according to comScore

Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to take on Google directly. When it first launched there was quite a bit of fanfare and its market share grew quickly. It didn’t exactly hack away at Mountain View’s dominance, but it certainly made a small dent. Since then, things have slowed down and other players have asserted themselves in the global search battlefield. While Baidu has been riding high for quite some time, Yandex is a relative new-comer to the leader board. And, somewhat surprisingly, has already surpassed Microsoft for global market share according to stats provided to us by comScore. Though the margin is small, the Russian company saw more searches performed through its site than Microsoft in both November and December of 2012. The difference is small enough that those positions could swap again but, where as Bing has seen its numbers plateau over the last six months, Yandex has continued to grow. Of course, neither is anywhere near challenging Google which accounts for roughly 65 percent of the search traffic according to comScore’s numbers and both only see about half the traffic of the number three competitor, Yahoo. Microsoft can still claim one victory over Yandex in the number of unique searchers, though. If you’re curious for more we’ve put the entire chart after the break.

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 news No Comments

Google’s latest transparency report reveals 88 percent of US information requests are complied with

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/24/google-q4-2012-transparency-report/

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When Google receives government requests for personal data, does it spit in the G-Man’s face or invite him in for tea and crumpets? The search giant’s transparency report reveals that, 88 percent of the time, the US will be able to rifle through your emails while eating baked goods. The States tops the chart, demanding Mountain View release information on 14,791 users in the last three months — with 3,152 requested with a search warrant, 10,390 with a subpoena and 1,249 from processes including EDPA court orders. The list of the top five nosiest countries is rounded out by India, France, Germany and the UK. Tour the report and you may notice that, breaking with tradition, content takedowns are no longer mentioned — Google is planning to break out that data as a separate filing in the future.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 news No Comments

Google Apps discontinues basic package, asks new customers to pony up $50 per user for premium

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/google-apps-discontinues-basic-package/

Google Apps discontinues basic package, asks all new customers to pony up $50 per user for premium

Looking towards Mountain View to provide a suite of digital tools for your new business? Make sure to pen per-user costs into your ledger — Google Apps isn’t free anymore. According to Google’s enterprise blog, the basic Google Apps package is being abandoned to streamline the service, offering businesses a single, $50 per user option that promises 24/7 phone support, 25GB inboxes and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Pre-existing free customers can still hum along unmolested, of course, and the standard pricing doesn’t apply to schools or universities, either. Personal Google accounts are still free too, doling out gratis Gmail and Drive access to anyone with a unique user name. The team hopes that streamlining the Apps will allow it to provide better service, possibly offering enterprise users new features on a faster timetable.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Google pulls back the curtain on its new voice search, sums it up in this graph

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/01/google-voice-search-predictions/

Google pulls back the curtain on its new voice search

Google has revealed just how it harnesses your idle curiosity on every subject imaginable to supercharge its voice search. A database of 230 billion googled words was fed into a language model that can then work out the probability of what you’re going to say next. Mountain View researcher Ciprian Chelba explained that one example of this is if you say “New York,” you’re statistically more likely to say “Pizza” than “Granola,” regardless of any new year’s resolutions. If you’d like to learn more, you can find the algebra-packed original paper down at the source link.

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Google pulls back the curtain on its new voice search, sums it up in this graph originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Microsoft takes $6.2 billion of lumps on fizzled aQuantive online ad acquisition

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/03/microsoft-takes-6-2-billion-writeoff-on-aQuantive/

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Among all the Windows 8, WP8 and Surface excitement of late, Redmond has also dropped a chunk of less shiny happy news: its online services division is taking a goodwill writeoff of $6.2 billion as a result of its ill-fated aQuantive acquision in 2007. Not coincidentally, that’s almost exactly what it paid for the company, which it brought in to create pre-Bing online ad revenue — back when Mountain View was eating even more of its lunch in search. The software giant said that aQuantive didn’t “accelerate growth” as much as intended, although it added that it still provides assets for its internet advertising activities. With the advent of tablets and smartphones since then, it seems unlikely we’ll see any of its now-quaint tech — like shopping cart-mounted computers — again.

Microsoft takes $6.2 billion of lumps on fizzled aQuantive online ad acquisition originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jul 2012 07:29:00 EDT. Please see ou! r terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/google-tests-the-do-not-track-waters-with-a-chrome-extension/

Keep My Opt-Outs

Well, that didn’t take long. One day after agreeing to implement a do not track button as part of a new consumer bill of rights, Google has given the people what they want… sort of. Keep My Opt-Outs is a Chrome extension, developed by the Mountain View team, that will prevent advertisers from using your browsing history against you. Presumably, this function will get built straight into the browser one day but, for now, you have to go dig it up in the Chrome Web Store — far from an ideal solution. Still, a tepid step into the shallow end is better than no step at all. You can install the extension yourself at the source.

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, February 24th, 2012 news No Comments

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