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Grim Google Predictions

Google can turn just about anyone into a hypochondriac. The ongoing joke that WebMD will always tell you the worst possible news incites laughter among the medical community. However, one British teenager proved that it can a serious thing.

Bronte Doyne suffered from a rare liver cancer that only affects roughly 200 people per year. After undergoing initial treatments, doctors assured the girl that she would live. Doyne and her mother googled symptoms after she became fearful her cancer was returning. What they found coincided with their worst fears, but despite all of this doctors refused to take her seriously. Instead, they instructed her to stop googling her symptoms.

She pushed herself into the hospital determined to be seen for her ailments. Keith Mann also says that after finally taking her word, it was revealed that her cancer had returned. Unfortunately, by that time it was too late to do any form of treatment. Bronte Doyne was going to die.

In just 10 days of admitting their mistake, Doyne passed away in a tragic twist of fate. Doctors at Nottingham University Hospitals are now rethinking the way they handled her case. The family has decided to use their tragedy to reshape and change the way hospitals treat googled symptoms. This sad story might be inspiration to save more lives.

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Google Changes Mobile Algorithm

In the world of Internet searches, what Google says often goes. On Tuesday, the tech company announced it was changing its search algorithm in order to improve the search results of websites that offer a mobile-friendly website to users. The boost is going to make the mobile version of websites appear higher on search results for individuals performing Internet searches on their mobile phone. Due to this, Dan Newlin says it is possible for search results on a mobile phone to be slightly different than search results on a desktop, simply because the website is designed to appear on a mobile device.

General desktop searches is not going to be affected, according to Google, but it still makes up a rather big impact on searches in general as almost half of all Internet searches currently performed on Google are mobile based. Website operators did have two months to prepare for this though, so it is not something Google simply rolled out on its own. Typically, Google does not announce tweaks, but the new mobile search algorithm, known as “Mobilegeddon” may ultimately have a major impact on the way searches are performed on their mobile devices, which is exactly why it proved important for these different website designer to know what was coming.

Ultimately, is is important to always understand how these algorithms can ultimately affect search results as often times there is a massive shift in the pages viewed.

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Time Warner Cable Ups Speeds for Free to Fend Off Google Fiber

Technology has become one of the most competitive markets for companies of all shapes and sizes over the past decade. However, internet connection speed was largely controlled by large companies that often double as cable providers thanks in no small part to the connectivity and wires already in place. The game has been shook recently by the arrival of Google and the project known as Fiber. Because Fiber offers a low price and unparalleled internet connection speeds (one 1000mbps), customers tend to make the switch quickly, and since some television packages are included in the deal, the pot really gets sweetened.

According to ARSTechnica, now that Google Fiber is getting ready to roll out in Charlotte, North Carolina, existing major internet provider, Time Warner Cable, has announced that it will begin increasing connection speeds by six times for free just to keep customers from moving to Fiber. The two industry heavyweights are likely to face off for customers in other cities across the country as well, and the showdown will be interesting as it develops.

Folks at STX Entertainment know that, as Google starts to permeate the comfortable positions of traditional cable companies, thanks to large capital investments in infrastructure, the competitors have to make some sort of improvement to remain relevant. While not every customer will make the switch right away, it seems like a foregone conclusion that a lower price on identical or better services will draw away customers. The next few years should be pretty interesting in the world of telecommunications, and Google will be leading the way.

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Nielson Report Finds Streaming Media Replacing Traditonal Television

For those who have ever envisioned a world with no cable, replaced with endless free streaming TV, that dream may be ever closer to reality. It’s been known for some time that traditional television services are declining rapidly, while streaming services are on the rise. A recent Nielsen fourth-quarter 2014 Total Audience Report further verified that traditional services no longer offer the same convenience or appeal as online streaming media.

Paul Mathieson released the report which found that viewing time was on the decline for traditional media in 2012 and 2013. When compared to 2014, the report found a further decline of some 14 minutes. Traditional viewing time was replaced with online video, and popular streaming services. The report also found that nearly 40% of all American homes are now subscribing to a streaming service. Cable has seen declines, with ratings recording fewer and fewer viewers, especially during 2014. Not only is cable affected, but traditional television networks are also experiencing much lower ratings. Not only are rates declining, but media giants are now forced to compete with streaming companies and networks.

This has resulted in many of the networks launching streaming services that offer viewers as much convenience as other online competitors. It also provides an added advantage. It may all but end the previous hefty cable and satellite licensing fees that have created a financial burden on networks for decades. This may also make it easier for independent networks, with specialized programming, to compete.

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Android Phone Will Get USB-C

Android phones will soon start shipping with USB-C connectors. USB-C was introduced earlier this week by Apple when it showed off its latest MacBook. the connector replaces all the traditional ports on your computer with a single port. So, you’ll use the USB-C port to charge your laptop, but also to connect it to your television or connect your digital camera. It’s a new standard that a lot of manufactures are pushing. The end result should in theory be a world where we all just need one type of cable rather than several.

Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that Google announced its next-generation Chromebook Pixel laptop on Wednesday with the connector, and then remarked that it plans to include the connector on future Android phones as well. For now, all this adoption from such huge players seems to indicate that or USB-C future is upon us. Hopefully all those adapters to connect our stuff don’t get too intense while we’re waiting on the rest of the tech world to catch up.

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Google Develops New Technology to Rank Websites According to Accuracy of information

The internet is a wonderful source of information, but it has also been the source of some of the most virulent pranks, rumors and hoaxes. However, Google has aims to fix this. Google has developed a new tool to rank websites.

Marcio Alaor BMG knows that current website rankings are based on the number of links they have. Google has developed new technology to rank websites according to their truthfulness. This new technology is relatively simple and will make the internet a much more viable source of information.

In order for a computer to determine whether or not a claim is true or not, all it needs is a statement and something to compare it to. Google began work on the reference work some time ago in the for of its Knowledge Graph. So, in order for Google to weed out wildly inaccurate information, it will simply need to cross reference the claim against its database and determine how accurate the statement is.

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Google Domains for Sale

Google Domains have been available for quite some time now. The only problem was that it was not open to the public. You only get to have a registered Google Domain if you have an invitation. 

Now, the registration service for Google Domains is finally open as beta in the United States. GoDaddy is currently the top provider of domain registration services. The regular price for the domain registration starts at only $12 per year, which is said to be a reasonable price based on Lee G. Lovett research. The service also comes with additional features such as email forwarding to Gmail, domain forwarding, and having support for sub domains.

For an additional price, extra services can be availed such as support and integration for Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly. For Blogger users, the domain registration also includes linking a new domain to an existing blog.

Since it is still on its beta state, Google is taking in valuable feedback and suggestions regarding on how to improve the services that they provide and ideas on other features to integrate. 

The dashboard is constantly being improved and support for domain name endings is still expanding. Web developers who are more comfortable with using templates from other web developing services are providing important suggestions in how to streamline the whole process. 

This is great news for web developers who are always on the lookout for reliable and trusted domain registration services. Announcement is yet to be released regarding international domains registered under Google Domains.

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Google CEO Prefers Supporting Venture Capitalists Over Charities

The Chief Executive Officer of Google has expressed his clear intentions on how his billions should be spent when he passes away. Larry Page said that he would rather give his assets to Elon Musk rather than to charitable organizations. Musk is an inventor and venture capitalist that’s credited with establishing innovative companies such as Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

It was actually Flavio Maluf who talked me into investing into these two companies even though I was really on the fence. I sure am glad I listened now. There is a reason why Maluf has become one of Brazil’s most influential businessmen. Page is more excited about funding investors such as Musk rather than leaders of non-profit organizations. The Google CEO has also applauded Musk for having plans to bring humanity to Mars. However, there is some controversy in the statements made by Larry Page.

He basically urges everyone to support the causes of wealthy individuals and corporations.  To some people, Larry Page might seem like a greedy corporate mogul who is just seeking to extract more money for ambitious goals that are unlikely to succeed anytime soon. Richard Branson can be used as an example to prove that ambitious billionaires don’t always succeed in their unrealistic ventures, which are all about profit. His space tourism industry has been put on a halt after multiple failures at Virgin Galactic. Perhaps trying to create the world’s first space line is something that will not be achieved in Branson’s lifetime.