New moves at Gmail
could make it faster, more private and more secure for users, but the moves are bad news for marketers.
Facebook says it is about making the user experience on its network more enjoyable. Critics say it is all about the money. Either way, Facebook
has now admitted that businesses that want to get any significant attention to their posts there will have to pay for it.
By the end of this year the mobile search market will be worth $3.8bn, according to a new report by Forrester Research.
Everyone knew it was a growing phenomenon, but new data that reveals just how much the popularity of online video sharing has grown is taking even experts by surprise.
They are considered so rude as to be unswipeable and off-limits to Android users in a rush, yet some of them are so mundane that it is bizarre to find them there.
Sales data is now beginning to emerge from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and it looks like the big winner is the mobile sector. Mobile sales were up 43% on last year, accounting for 21.8% of all online sales and 39.7% of total online traffic. IBM’s comprehensive analysis of the period has produced a wealth of information to help marketers understand what happened and begin adapting their strategies accordingly.
It has been the biggest mainstream story about the internet this year, but it is only now beginning to have a serious impact on internet marketing. The revelation that the NSA has been spying on internet activity, and possible gaining access to Microsoft and Google’s networks, has seen an increasing switchover to the use of encryption. Google has already encrypted all its search data and now it seems that Bing and other Microsoft search systems are about to follow suit.
In 1950, Alan Turing posed the question: will there ever be a machine that can successfully imitate a human? In recent years, several machines have come close to passing what is known as the Turing test. Now a patent filed by Google has revealed that it is working on a machine capable of not only imitating humans, but of imitating particular humans.
Google told us to expect changes in its search interface and it turns out this was not just talk; in fact, Google wants users to start talking to it. Using technology originally tested on Google Glass, the search engine giant has set up speech recognition as part of its general search services, and using it simply requires adding an update to Chrome.
Following speculation on the part of users, it has now been revealed that the Apple App Store search engine has undergone an update.