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Monday, December 29, 2014
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Google uses confirmation messages from Gmail to show helpful information about your purchases in Google Now, Google Search and other Google services. That's not a new feature, but there are some ways to make it even more useful.
If you're signed in to your Google account, you can search for [my purchases] and Google shows your latest purchases from sites like Amazon, eBay, Google Play and more. Click one of the items to find more details, including tracking links, prices and links to email receipts. Click "show 10 more results" to see more orders.
Read the full post @ the Google Operating System blog.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
At least according to the Department of Homeland Security...
In a restricted intelligence document distributed to police, public safety, and security organizations in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a “malicious activity” that could expose secrets and security vulnerabilities in organizations’ information systems. The name of that activity: “Google dorking.”
“Malicious cyber actors are using advanced search techniques, referred to as ‘Google dorking,’ to locate information that organizations may not have intended to be discoverable by the public or to find website vulnerabilities for use in subsequent cyber attacks,” the for-official-use-only Roll Call Release warned. “By searching for specific file types and keywords, malicious cyber actors can locate information such as usernames and passwords, e-mail lists, sensitive documents, bank account details, and website vulnerabilities.”
That’s right, if you’re using advanced operators for search on Google, such as “site:arstechnica.com” or “filetype:xls,” you’re behaving like a “malicious cyber actor.” Some organizations will react to you accessing information they thought was hidden as if you were a cybercriminal, as reporters at Scripps found out last year. Those individuals were accused of “hacking” the website of free cellphone provider TerraCom after discovering sensitive customer data openly accessible from the Internet via a Google search and an “automated “ hacking tool: GNU’s Wget.
But this warning from the DHS and the FBI was mostly intended to give law enforcement and other organizations a sense of urgency to take a hard look at their own websites’ security. Local police departments have increasingly become the target of “hacktivists.” Recent examples include attacks on the Albuquerque Police Department’s network in March following the shooting of a homeless man and attacks on St. Louis County police networks in response to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.Read the full article @ arstechnica.
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Read more @ LifeHacker.
Google Operating System explained how this works. All you have to go is visit Google and, for reminders, type add reminder or create reminder into the search bar, and the interface will change to let you fill in the details. For reminders, you'll get a field asking what you'd like to be reminded of, when, and where. You can even click to have Google Now remind you on your mobile device. If you type in more details from the start, like "add reminder to call Whitson tomorrow," the fields for when and what will fill themselves in automatically.
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Read the full article @ TorrentFreak.com.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Via Tech Crunch:
One fun Google trick is the ability to type in “5 Euro in USD” and get an acceptably accurate currency conversion in a few seconds. Now, however, you can get your BTC on by simply typing “price of bitcoin” or “X bitcoin to euro.” The feature rolled out yesterday as a reaction to Bing’s addition of BTC pricing in that search engine.The ability to use BTC in queries follows Google Finance’s addition of a special bitcoin page on the site last June.It’s one small step for Google, one giant leap for the obsessives who track every single apparent change in bitcoin adoption.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
You know what’s really great? When you’re trying to access a website on your phone and the page you’re looking at uses Flash, which is not supported on iOS devices and hasn’t been supported on Android since version 4.1 started rolling out in 2012. In an effort to preempt user frustration (and nudge sites to upgrade their mobile experiences), Google is now including information about unsupported technology on a site when it turns up in mobile search results.
So if you Google a site that uses a lot of Flash and you’re on a device that doesn’t support Flash, you’ll see a result like the one pictured above, telling the user that they may be going to a site that doesn’t function properly on mobile.Read the full post @ The Consumerist.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
There's also a great analysis of this decision @ Search Engine Land.We've been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we're simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.)
For more information on using authorship on pages of your website, check out https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1408986
Friday, June 20, 2014
Starting this week, Google has started to highlight step-by-step instructions found in search results. There's no clear cut way to make sure this result type appears since it's dependent on the content of the linked-to results but here's a few examples:
Friday, June 13, 2014
Various surveys have shown usage of Google Scholar is rising among researchers, particularly beginning and intermediate level researchers. Our own internal statistics such as link resolver statistics and views of Libguides on Google Scholar, tell a similar story.Of course, researchers including librarians have taken note of this and there is intense interest in details about Google Scholar.
I noticed for example in April....
Top 10 “Hot” Articles in Library and Information Science, April 2014 http://t.co/6IO0rwWzur - 5 out of 10 about google scholar.
— Aaron Tay (@aarontay) April 13, 2014
Read his full post @ Musings about librarianship.More recently there was also the release of a Google Scholar Digest that is well worth reading.
Sadly Google Scholar is something I've argued that libraries don't have any competitive advantage in, because we are not paying customers, so Google does not owe us any answers, so learning about it is mostly trial and error.
Recently, I've been fortunate to be able to encounter and study Google Scholar from different angles at work including
a) Work on discovery services - lead me to study the differences and similarities of Google Scholar and Summon (also on systematic reviews). Also helping test and setting up the link resolver for Google Scholar.
b) Work on bibliometrics team - lead me to study the strengths and weakness of Google Scholar and related services such as Google Citations and Google Scholar Metrics vs Web of Science/Scopus as a citation tool.
c) Most recently, I've was studying a little how entries in our Institutional repositories were indexed and displayed in Google Scholar.
I would like to set out 8 points/features on Google Scholar that surprised me when I learnt about them, I hope they are things you find surprising or interesting as well.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
From the Google Travel Blog:
Read the full post on the Google Travel Blog.
Just over a year ago, we launched an experimental feature called explore flights to give you a unique, price-focused way of exploring different destinations within a region. It's still available, but over the next few days we’ll be rolling out some of the most popular functionality right into Flight Search -- plus a few other surprises.
So, whether you know where you want to go or want to throw caution to the wind and visit some place completely new, we've got some fun, new ways to help you explore the world around you! See it in action.
Read the full post on the Google Travel Blog.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
"The book contains screen shots on almost every page to help you along your Google way and ends the book with an index. This is an extremely useful book for both patrons and library staff to help them acquire a better understanding of all that is Google. It is highly recommended for public, university, and special libraries."
—Public Services Quarterly, Melissa Aho, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Well, by "all" they mean Chrome users in the US who have the default language set to English. You'll need to enable it by clicking on the microphone in the search box but once you do, as someone who's been using voice commands on my phone for a while now, it's a very handy feature.
Friday, May 16, 2014
If you search maps for "famous" locations, look for the new "Quick facts" link over on the left beneath the location name and address. Clicking on that will bring up knowledge graph information about the site in question.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Google Search used to have an option that allowed you to restrict results to forum pages. You'll often find helpful discussions and it's nice to be able to exclude blogs, news sites, videos, shopping sites when searching for a software bug or other tech-related issues.
Fortunately, you can still restrict results to discussions: just add &tbm=dsc to a Google Search URL.
This also works for:
- recipe search: add &tbm=rcp
- local search: add &tbm=plcs
- blog search: add &tbm=blg
- patent search: add &tbm=pts
Read the full post @ GoogleSystem.blogspot.com.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
User research studies help us improve Google products by allowing us to get feedback directly from our users (that's you!)During a study we may present you with and gather your feedback on an existing product, a new feature, or even prototypes. We may also interview you about particular daily habits or ask you to keep a log of certain activity types over a given period of time. Study sessions can happen at a Google office, in your home or business, or online through your computer or mobile device. Afterwards, you'll receive a token of our appreciation for your cooperation. Sharing your experiences with us helps inform our product planning and moves us closer to our goal of building something you'll love.
You don't have to be a Google product user or a tech aficionado to sign upWe value input from people that are unfamiliar with our products or the latest web technology, as well as those who are deeply engaged with them. If you've used the Internet in any way before, we want to hear from you!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
We've increased the size of result titles, removed the underlines, and evened out all the line heights. This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look. We've also brought over our new ad labels from mobile, making the multi-device experience more consistent.
Read the full post on Google+.
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Generally this sort of thing has greater implications to the SEO crowd, but any change to the algorithm will have an impact on the type of search results you'll receive.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Since 2009, filtering by usage rights has been a part of the Advanced Search when doing a Google Image search. Recently, that feature was made more prominent - it's now available under the Search Tools option after you've done an image search.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
In the Google search below, I am asking Google to look only on the Taleo.net website (where their system hosts various unadvertised jobs that are typically obtainable when a jobseeker does a search on a company’s careers website). I do this when I search: “site:taleo.net” Afterward, I ask Google to find only those webpages that have “careers” in the title. This is what “intitle:careers” means. Finally, I add in the job title “programmer” because that is the job I am looking for. Of course, just adding a job title is giving me too many broad results. I narrow it down by adding more keywords like “SAS” and “macro.”
Read the full article @ Lifehacker.com.