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  • Google for Nonprofits will see NPOs get up to $10k in free Google advertising

    Google South Africa has launched Google for Nonprofits, an initiative aimed at assisting NPOs in making use of Google’s products and tools. The initiative was launched in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana and will see NPOs get amongst other benefits Free AdWords advertising worth up to $10 000 per month. Some of the problems that NPOs face is access to internet and technology tools. The Google for Nonprofits is targeted at dealing with problems like these. Read more: How technology is changing the way we do business travel This initiative like Google Academy for NGOs, which Google launched earlier this year...

  • Google unveils sleek new logo, pushes it out on home page right away

    Internet search giant Google has just unveiled a new logo, marking the biggest change to the famous six letters since 1999. Looking back 17 years since the company unveiled its first colourful trademark, one can certainly see a trend that's urging away from 3D towards a more basic, flat design. "We think we’ve taken the best of Google (simple, uncluttered, colourful, friendly), and recast it not just for the Google of today, but for the Google of the future," Tamar Yehoshua, Google's VP of product management writes in a blog post. The little blue “g” icon seen in your browser tab is...

  • Google holds first ever South African developer summit

    Google yesterday held its first South African Developer Summit. The event, which was the latest in its series of Sub-Saharan African developer events, was designed to bring developers from around the country up-to-date with the latest Google developer tools. According to Google, the developer summits are an opportunity for Google to assist developers across the world to build better web and Android applications. The Developer Summit in Cape Town was the last leg of a three-city African tour. Developer Summits were also held in Lagos, Nigeria on 19 August, and Nairobi, Kenya on 22 August. The summit featured Google employees...

  • Google is opening a YouTube Space studio in Mumbai

    Google has announced that its YouTube Space is coming to Mumbai, India soon, continuing its forceful entry in the country. Ask a video creator anywhere in the world and the common challenges are access to quality camera, audio, editing equipment and professional studios. YouTube creators and aspiring creators in India will now have a space to create their videos and will not have to be plagued by the everyday struggles of video creators. In Asia, India is one now amongst the top contributors when it comes to driving time spent on YouTube watching videos. India has a thriving film industry and...

  • Google redefined: the real implications of Alphabet

    Last Monday, Larry Page, the CEO of Google Inc., announced in a blog post that “Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet”, a newly created holding company. The news surprised the general public and many of the tech pundits shared their first impressions about the restructuring and its potential implications for Google and its shareholders. Several people reached out to me to get my feedback about the move last week. My first impression was the same as it is now, Google made a genius move that will be seen as a game changer for the company in the...

  • Google gets to grips with ABCs, rebrands parent company Alphabet

    Google owns plenty of other companies, very few of which have anything to do with search. Within that context, the decision by the internet giant to create a new parent company makes sense. Called Alphabet, the new entity was announced by Page, who will be its CEO, in an official blog post. According to the post, Google co-founder Sergey Brin will serve alongside Page as president. In the post, Page also revealed that the launch of Alphabet would mean a "slightly slimmed down Google". This is largely due to the fact that the companies that are "pretty far afield"...

  • Google Translate adds 20 more languages, makes voice translation faster and smoother

    Google Translate has received an update, adding 20 more languages. Now users can instantly translate up to 27 languages, making the program available to a wider audience. The update also makes real-time voice translation a lot faster and smoother. These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. The new languages that users can now translate to are Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. These can also be translated from English. You can also do one-way translations from English to...

  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Google acquires mobile app prototyping tool Pixate to boost its design team

    Google has acquired Pixate, a visual prototyping platform that allows designers to create sophisticated, fluid mobile prototypes that run natively on iOS and Android devices. The deal has already yielded fruits for users with Google and Pixate making Pixate Studio, the desktop editor for creating Pixate prototypes, free and reducing the cost of the Pixate cloud service, to only US$5 per designer per month, orUS $50 per designer per year. The trend of big companies acquiring small companies will continue for the unseeable future. What will be important going forward as this becomes common would be what pressure startups cave...

  • Google Maps’ Your Timeline knows where you have been

    After a wild night out, retracing one's steps can feel almost impossible. But Google Maps may now have a solution. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” which is available on desktop and as an update on Google Maps on Android mobile devices. Your Timeline lets users to view the places they have been to on a given day, month or year. The feaure allows users to visualise their real world routines, making it easy to the trips they have taken and the places where they spent their time. The feature works if a user has chosen...

  • Google brings My Maps to Google Drive

    Today, Google Drive is even getting better. Google announced that My Maps is coming to Google Drive. My Maps, though not hugely popular with most users, makes it possible for individuals to put their world on a custom map. Google says that people can create multiple maps and these will be searchable on the drive. There is nothing better than Google Drive, writing documents in one device and then having the ability to work on them on multiple device is perfect. Gone are the days of forgetting important documents at home or having to carry devices or transfer...

  • Suffer from vertigo? You’ll hate Google’s El Capitan Street View

    Apple may have laid claim to Yosemite and El Capitan when it came to naming versions of its operating system, but Google may just have one-upped it with its latest Street View project. The technology giant's mapping team has not only added Street View to Yosemite National Park, it's also scaled El Capitan -- a rock formation within the park -- to create the world's first vertical Street View collection. In order to produce the collection, Google partnered with high profile climbers including Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell. Even with all that expertise, there were some serious...

  • Google introduces News Lab, a project to birth journalists on steroids

    Google has announced a new project called News Lab, designed to give journalism more power. The site is a new effort by the company to empower innovation in which technology and media work far more closely and efficiently together. The site, the company explains, will feature different tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and advice for journalists on how to use the numerous Google products in their reporting. And when Google develops new products it will continue to update these resources. “From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use...

  • Google takes another look at Glass

    Starting by connecting scuba goggles to a computer, Google Glass soon become the technological baby of the wearable world. Although the glasses took a bit of a back seat, with technology that makes your eye-wear as smart as a super computer, the glasses were taken off the shelves in January 2015. One has to admire Google's attempt to blow everyone else out of the technology pool, taking a 10x VS 10% approach in tits advancements, perhaps we now see a beaming example of the much hated global over-achiever. In an article posted one the Google+ account, the technology giant...

  • Google’s Project Soli is an innovation from the distant future brought to the present

    Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) department has been working on something very special. Called Project Soli, the technology could completely change how we interact with devices, from smartphones, music systems, heaters, ovens, TVs and tablets. The fitting way to describe this project is that it has taken a leap into the distant future, a future that is currently out of sight. Project Soli is an interaction sensor using radar technology that can track movement. This is similar to that which is used by security cameras. The technology behind this is quite sophisticated but it has been built into a...