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Google Unveils Android Things To Kick Off IoT Race

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The Internet of Things is touted to become the next big battleground for technology. As you would expect, Google is at the forefront with its recently launched platform called Android Things. Developers can now avail of the preview version.

The highly popular OS has become a springboard for IoT. It's not the first attempt from the tech giant. A former project, Brillo, had similar features but it did not catch fire. More features are coming soon in an effort to match Apple's HomeKit platform for the same space.

Google is lending support to the early adopters of Brillo to ensure that their projects can be migrated seamlessly. Android Things is seen as its natural evolution with a more polished design thanks to hard-earned learning's.

Google Rankings With Freshness Update

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The freshness update that Google has implemented in its algorithm opens up greater opportunities for websites to increase their overall rankings. With slight adjustments to older content bloggers can benefit from this update. The Google Freshness Update is great for searchers because it ensures fresh content and also benefits bloggers who are rewarded for making the appropriate changes to their content.

Bloggers can update content via different methods. The following goes a little deeper into these methods.

Because Google wishes to reward bloggers who create content more frequently, websites that update their content on a regular basis will be scored with higher rankings. But, just posting new content more frequently is not the only factor that should be considered. The quality of your content is also important. Posting high quality content on a regular basis is the best combination to ensure your SERP rankings increase.

Udacity And Google Introduce An Android Programming Course Aimed At Novices

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Google wishes to encourage people to master programming -- particularly for its' Android interface. Although the firm has already provided several courses on programming, they were usually aimed at people with at a bit of basic programming knowledge.

From today, Google's Android Basics Nanodegree course is offered on Udacity - the web educational platform. It is the first time Google has promoted an Android nanodegree class intended for those with no knowledge of programming.

Shanea King-Roberson, Google's program manager, said that Google wanted to make Android development understandable and accessible to all, so that irrespective of your circumstances, you can master app building and enhance the lives of others.

Google Shows Tweets In Search Results

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Earlier this year, Google and Twitter partnered to bring tweets to Mobile search results. The results have been good for both companies and now Google is adding Tweets to its desktop results also, according to an article update from the company. Twitter gets new users from the partnership as search users want to be a part of the conservation they see in their search results.

Google Rolls Out Mobile Based Search Results

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Google announced that it would be rolling out a Mobile Friendly Update this week based on the mobile qualities of a website. Early Wednesday morning, there was not much change in the search results of many sites leading some to wonder if a change had been made at all. Google has stated that the roll-out will be a one week process, so changes might still be coming. Companies such as Search Metrics and SEOClarity were not able to pick any winners or losers as they did not see any significant change in the search results from Google.

Sites such as WikiPedia.org might see better results within mobile searches as their site is fairly friendly to mobile devices. Websites should not see any change in ranking when searching from a desktop as this update only affects mobile searching. Google started informing webmasters in their webmaster tools dashboard if their site had mobile issues. But no action was taken against those sites until this week and the announcement from Google.

Santa Clause On Google’s Radar

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Google will be tracking Santa Clause once again this year as he travels around the world in one night. The Santa Tracker is available from Google to track the sled and the reindeer on Christmas Eve 2014. In addition to the tracker there will be games, animated shorts, information on holidays around the globe and even some JavaScript classes for the kids.

Google Shuts Down IGoogle

iGoogle with the Winter Scape theme.

iGoogle with the Winter Scape theme. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Google Shuts Down IGoogle


iGoogle, Google's all-in-one homepage site, was finally shuttered in early November. The site's shutdown is only the latest in a long line of rollouts and shutdowns from the giant search engine company, and one that seems to have been a long time coming. In fact, iGoogle's continued existence might have been puzzling to many.

AOL Reader - A Replacement For Google's RSS Reader?

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The second logo for AOL, used from 2006–2009

The second logo for AOL, used from 2006–2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AOL Reader - A Replacement For Google's RSS Reader?

It is difficult to understand why Google would end its RSS reader service, especially as dozens of copycat services have appeared to feast upon its cast-off users. AOL, perhaps better known for its virtually defunct ISP than its adoption of modern conveniences, has jumped into the fray with the AOL Reader. The product incorporates many of Google's features into a speedy pattern, making it a relatively useful alternative for those who feel lost in the new market.

What To Expect At Google I/O

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Screenshot of Android 4 on Galaxy Nexus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What To Expect At Google I/O

This year Google I/O plans to outdo last year's presentation, but the bar is set pretty high.  After revealing the Nexus 7 tablet last year this year Google plans to not outdo itself in presentation but to be relaxed.  A common rumor is Google Glass, Chrome, Wallet, Music and Google Maps are getting updates.

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