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Google Glasses to Be Released Later This Year

Google has invented the nerd world’s next big trend, and I should know because I live in this world.  That trend is glasses that operate like a smartphone.  This just brings to mind the Terminator scene where the terminator is looking at the world through a computer.  Not to say that Google will turn us all into actual Androids, but it is very cool.

The glasses will give the wearer a real time view of the world around them.  This means that they will be able to see navigation routes, friend updates, and be able to record and take pictures.  The glasses themselves resemble Oakley Thumps.  This only adds to futuristic styling imagination that Google is creating.

The New York Times reported that these glasses will be using solely an Android system, but 9 to 5 Google released an update that said the glasses will tie into Google Cloud.  The glasses are meant to be used in combination with Google’s “location services.” They might have a version of Android, but the glasses are meant to allow the wearer to walk around with information popping up on the screen that is coming from nearby Wi-Fi services and GPS.

The glasses will have a heads up display in one lens that is not transparent.  The navigation works by head tilting to scroll and click.  The storage available is speculated to be at least 1GHz.  There will also be voice input and output available.

The release of the glasses will start out as a “pilot program” later in the year to allow Google to see if there is any actual mass market appeal for them.  I do not know about the rest of the planet, but I would definitely like to try a pair of these out.

Google Will Trade You Money for Your Privacy

Everyone complains about their privacy being sold to online companies, if you’re one of the few people that complain about not getting any money in return, Google is about to give you a chance to get your share. How much would you like to get paid for Google to spy on your browsing habits? Would you do it for $5? That’s how much Google thinks your browsing history is worth. Just fill out a form, and Google will send you a $5 Amazon gift card in exchage for letting them spy on your browsing habits.

Screenwise, the name of the research, goes something like this: install an extension in Chrome and start using the internet. That extension will send info back to Google as they figure out “how everyday people use the internet.”

The new project is called Screenwise. As a panelist, you’ll add a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them. What we learn from you, and others like you, will help us improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone.

For every three months you participate in Screenwise, you’ll get another $5 gift card, but only til you’ve sucked about $25 from them. I’m not sure how this is going to be used, but would you give out your privacy for that much? via SearchEngineLand

Google Started to Crack Down on Android Market Malware

The Google Android App Market Place is amazing, one of its strongest points is how “unregulated it is” unfortunately, this is also one of its weakest points. Unlike the Apple App Store that regulates every single one of the apps that goes into the market, Android devices can download and install just about any application made for the phone. This flexibility and “hack-ability” of the phone makes it the phone of choice for many developers.

As the phone market continues to grow however, so does the number of people that use the phone to conduct business transactions, banking transactions, online shopping, and much more. That’s why Google decided that it was time to add a virtual Bouncer to their market place. The Android Market Bouncer has been working in the back end of the market place since last year. It scans available apps for malware, viruses, and other security threats against the Android users.

This is the first time that Google has cared enough about the market place to really do something about it. When a new app is developed, the application has gone through Bouncer system, the application gets analyzed to see if it contains any type of malware, to include Trojans, spyware, and viruses. To take the security process one step further, the market place Bouncer compares the application to other applications that have caused problems in the past. It also checks how the application is operating and not how the application is “supposed” to operate. Which is a big difference:

Instead of checking the application’s functions – the list that tells you what the application want’s access to – The Bouncer checks how the application behaves in your phone. If it detects something is happening, the bouncer will take care of the problem for you.

Lastly, the application detects new developer accounts to see if the developer is a new developer, or if it’s an old developer who has been banned for creating malware and malicious applications. Google has not released information on how they detect that yet. I can only assume is for security reasons.

The Bouncer app has been working in the background for some time and Google claims that the application has stopped 40 percent of bad and malicious applications. Which makes you wonder how bad the market place is, but regardless, it’s getting safer now! Finally, the market place is starting to become a safer place for everyone. [Img Credit: JD Hancock – Via: Google]

Google: From Grad School to $150 Billion Company

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin met back in 95, I’m sure neither of them knew just how successful Google would become. Controlling 80% of the market share for all searches online, Google has now managed to become an integral part of our daily lives. The majority of us probably use Google just as much as we use other everyday items like cellphones.

So, how exactly did Page and Brin manage to start from humble beginnings to creating a $150 billion company?

This cool interactive piece explains how they did it in a comprehensive timeline. It also takes a deeper look at some other highlights from the years of 1995 to 2011 (even popular memes)- def a trip back memory lane.

Just click on the image below to start the timeline:


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How The Google Ruined Christmas: How to Opt Out of Advertisement Tracking Cookies

Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole bunch of emotion and joy when you surprise your loved one with that one gift they’ve been waiting for all year. But what happens when your loved one figures out what you’re going to give them? What happens when you figure out the perfect gift but Google ruins the surprise for you?

Well, Google can sometimes be a scrooge, but he doesn’t have to ruin Christmas surprises for you. Earlier in the week, I thought I had the perfect surprise for the wife. But she’s a little quick when it comes to computers and as she was using my office computer,  Google began to display advertisements for Zales. Every website she would visit she would get three different Zales advertisements; it didn’t matter where she went it was Zales Zales ZALES! Until she finally put two and two together and figured out what she was going to get.

But how does Google track your sessions? And is there a way to block their Ad tracking cookie?

Surprisingly yes, Google’s business is to sell advertisement, but they do care about your privacy in a way. They give you the ability to opt-out of the session. According to Google, when you access the web through a browser, Google uses an advertisement cookie called the DoubleClick cookie, this cookie stores what kind of items, stories, and web pages you are visiting. This cookie is used to display more relevant ads to get you to buy things.

If your device, or system does not allow cookie technology, they actually assign an anonymous ID to your device. This ID is a completely random and anonymous string of characters. There are an advantage to this, when a Google ad is displayed, you can be sure that the advertisement is personalized based on your Google Account information.  Here is what Google says about this tracking cookie:

As you browse websites that have partnered with us or Google sites using the DoubleClick cookie, such as YouTube, Google may place the DoubleClick cookie in your browser to understand the types of pages visited or content that you viewed. To serve ads that are relevant and tailored to your interests in applications or other clients that use an anonymous ID, we may use information about your activity in applications or other clients. Based on this information and/or anonymized partner data, Google associates your browser or anonymous ID with relevant interest categories and uses these categories to show interest-based ads. For example, if you frequently visit travel websites, Google may show more ads related to travel. Or, if you download a golf application, Google may show you ads related to golf. Google can also use the types of pages that you have visited or content that you have viewed to infer your gender and the age category you belong to. For example, If the sites that you visit have a majority of female visitors (based on aggregated survey data on site visitation), we may associate your cookie with the female demographic category.

If you don’t like to be tracked because you feel your Christmas shopping will be ruined, there is a way to opt out of the tracking cookie advertisement.    Simply click on the “Opt out” button on the Ads Preferences Manager. When you are accessing the web through a web browser, during your browsing session, Google will not collect cookie information. Google also offers a number of options to permanently save your opt-out settings in your browser. After you opt out, Google will not collect interest category information and you will not receive interest-based ads.

So there you have it, if you don’t want Google to become this year’s Scrooge for Christmas, go ahead and opt out of the session. It may save you the sucky ness of having to deal with your family knowing exactly what you’re going to get them for Christmas.

Google pulls 22 apps from Android Market because of premium SMS scam

Earlier today Google removed 22 applications from their Android Market because Lookout, a security software provider, discovered that they were scamming users into paying for a premium SMS service. The Applications were posing as popular games and aps like Angry Birds – once downloaded the application would ask the users to download another application in order to get their first app to work properly. If the user downloaded the app, they would be automatically signed up for the SMS service.

The Apps were part of a scam called the “RuFraud” scam that tricks you into signing up for the Service without your permission. Fortunately for us, the charges from the service only affected people in Europe because the code does not work for North American phones. But that doesn’t mean the malware is not out there for American phones – It just hasn’t hit American Codes yet.

Since the removal of the 22 apps from the market, the security company found five additional applications, they have been reported to Google, but they have not been taken down from the market. The Following List was taken from My Lookout’s Blog post, visit their blog for additional applications.

Corazon LLC:

  • Horoscope (horoscope.android)
  • Horoscope (com.corazon.horoscope)

Corelly LLC:

  • Horoscope (com.corelly.horoscope)

Ranzy LLC:

  • Twilight (com.Twilight.wallpapers)
  • Puss in Boots (com.Puss.Boots.wallpapers)
  • Moneyball (com.Moneyball.wallpapers)

Astrolog LLC:

  • Sim City Deluxe FREE (com.astrolog.sim.city.deluxe.free)
  • Need for Speed Shift FREE (com.astrolog.need.forspeed.shift.free)
  • Great Little War Game FREE (com.astrolog.great.little.war.game.free)

Logastrod:

  • Cut the Rope (com.Cut.the.Rope)
  • Angry Birds (com.Angry.Birds)
  • Assassins Creed (com.Assassins.Creed)
  • Talking Tom Cat (com.Talking.Tom.Cat)
  • NEED FOR SPEED Shift (com.nsf.Shift)
  • Where is My Water? (com.swampy.Water)
  • Great Little War Game (com.Great.little.War.Game)
  • World of Goo (com.World.Goo)
  • Shoot The Birds (com.Shoot.The.Birds)
  • Riptide GP (com.Riptide.GP)
  • Talking Larry the Bird (com.Talking.larry.Bird)
  •  Bag It! (com.Bag.It)
  • Talking Larry the Bird (com.Talking.Larry.Bird)
  • Angry Birds (com.Angry.Birds.free)

Allwing Concept:

  • TETRIS (com.tetris.free)
  • Pool Master Pro (com.Pool.Master.free)
  • Reckless Racing (com.Reckless.Racing.free)
  • Paradise Island (com.Paradise.Island.free)

Get More out of Google

A lot of people simply don’t realize that effective Googling goes far beyond entering in a phrase or a few key words. The truth is that many people just don’t know how to maximize effective searching on Google. More surprisingly, while you might assume that college students would have no problems utilizing the search engine, recent studies have shown that the majority don’t know how to use Google either. In fact, 3 out of 4 students weren’t able to perform a “well-executed search”.

Fortunately, Hack College just released this graphic to reveal some tips and tricks for searching on Google – especially for students using it for online research. View the full graphic below to learn more:

Get more out of Google
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New Features with Google +

Facebook is probably the most popular social media site available. It offers just about every feature needed to make new friends and meet new people online, and its popularity is certainly the highest among teens. However, there are other categories of users as well, who value things like privacy more than the “Like” button. Such users are not overly pleased with Facebook and are actively searching for a replacement. Fortunately, Google + is just what the doctor ordered!

Some consider it a weaker version of Facebook, while others think it is a huge improvement. As mentioned above, different categories of users give different importance to some of the features Google+ brings to the table.

The most notable feature is improved privacy. That’s right, Google+ offers much more than simply choosing if anyone else other than your friends can see your profile information or photos. Facebook doesn’t allow much customization other than that, and many users have had problems when trying to restrict certain information from being visible to only some people from their friend’s list.

Google+ allows users to make content available only to certain groups of friends. This allows everyone to have more control over their privacy and should prevent mistakes like those that frequently take place on Facebook and end up getting people fired.

As Google has gotten us used to, the UI of Google+ is as simple as possible. You won’t find any buttons that have little use or anything else that stands out from the rest. The interface is easy to use and effective, so anyone can learn how to use it without too much effort. This is something that will attract children, teens, and adults as well, and those who were frustrated with Facebook’s UI certainly don’t have any reason to dislike this one.

Creating groups of friends is extremely easy, and these groups are called circles. Are someone to your circle of close friends and you can immediately share content with that circle alone. This is a wonderful way of grouping contacts from work, family, or any other friends, and managing what content each circle has available.

Sharing is extremely easy, and anything from photos, links and videos can be shared. This means even teens who are more interested in a way of sharing their favorite music and videos with their friends will find it interesting, while people who value privacy more than anything else will also find it useful due to the different circles.

Another feature that will make it a huge hit with teens everywhere is the fact that it has both an Apple and an Android app available. While the Apple application lacks some features, the Android has every single feature available on the PC, as well as an “instant upload” option. It’s well known how much teens and even adults use their phones to stay connected and be notified as soon as someone on the friend list posts any content, so this is bound to attract more people to Google+ than any other feature!

Just exactly how popular it will be remains to be seen, because those who have a large network of friends on Facebook probably won’t want to switch to Google+ anytime soon. Those with newer profiles and with few or no friends shouldn’t have any problems joining though. As more people join, others will follow, and the growth should be exponential. We believe that Google+ is a strong competitor to Facebook and there is a chance that once people start using it, Facebook will be left without users! The more likely thing to happen though is that most people will have two accounts, one on Facebook and one on Google+.

This article is written by Kevin Moor, who also writes for registrycleanerswatch.com, a site emphasizing on registry mechanic.