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  • Google to show health information directly in its search results

    Google is altering the way it displays search results. Over the next few days, Google Search will begin to dish out health bits of facts with search news. This is Google’s new attempt at health news, in fact, this could be a way to reimagine the now defunct Google Health. This is not a first for Google. Its feet are firmly planted in the health space, having previously launched feature where people can connect to a doctor via video and its

  • Google predicts massive growth in African ecommerce by 2017

    Google South Africa is seeing considerable growth in Africa’s ecommerce space and expects 2015 to be another growth year. Luke Mckend, country director for Google South Africa, spoke at the eCommerce Africa Confex in Cape Town this week, where he shared stats on how Africans are increasingly Googling with the intent to buy. “We see a story of growth,” says Mckend. “Search is growing much faster than in mature internet economies.” Despite 2014 being a “tough year” for online businesses, Google has seen a 37% increase in query volume for South Africa, 49% in Nigeria and 33% in Kenya. “What’s particularly...

  • Google earnings disappoint analysts while ad revenue continues to grow

    Apple blew investors out of the water with its record earnings. So did Facebook. Google, on the other hand, fell short of analysts predictions with its fourth quarter earnings rounding up to US$18.10-billion, up 15% from last year this time. If the numbers are going up, why are investors still yawning at these numbers? Advertising via Google accounted for 89.2% of the company's revenue in the fourth quarter and 89.5% of its revenue for all of fiscal 2014. Most of this cash comes from Google's own sites (YouTube, Gmail, Google Search, etc.). More people, over the last year, have been...

  • Google Indoor Maps now in SA

    South African Google Maps can now get directions for select indoor locations. The indoor areas that have been selected to be mapped by Google’s mapping service include airports, shopping centres, casinos, convention halls and universities in South Africa . This is especially useful if you're one of those people who finds that shops suddenly go missing at the mall or if you're looking for that Gautrain terminal whose position is a mystery to everyone. Users can also access Google Maps features such as ‘Where am I’ and ‘What’s around me’ when walking indoors. Google Maps is already good at showing people where...

  • Google invests $1 billion in SpaceX as 21st century Space Race heats up

    Solar-powered drones, laser beams, internet satellites and a city on mars. These all might sound like something from a Star Wars movie, but they're actually projects conceptualised by some of the biggest leaders in tech today. And it's oh so exciting. As first reported by The Information, Google and Fidelity has just invested US$1-billion in the private space exploration company SpaceX, claiming 10% of the company's shares. If anything, this cash injection reiterates that the 21st century Space Race is on. The move is complemented by the search giant and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's ambitions to conquer the space frontier within...

  • Google launches Classroom mobile apps for Android and iOS

    Google’s Classroom education initiative launched its own set of mobile apps yesterday. The initiative has been around for six months but only on the web where some 30 million assignments that have been submitted via the platform since its debut. The launch of the Android and iOS apps means that students and teachers can snap a picture of an experiment they are doing and attach it to their assignments. Google says that this is useful when students forget their homework at home and someone can easily send it to them and they can turn it in with the app....

  • Google to shut down free website service Woza

    Google is about to shut down Woza, its free website tool aimed at startups and small businesses. The service, which launched in early 2012 was designed to give businesses “the opportunity to create their own websites… and develop an online presence — for free, and in under an hour”. Since going live, the service -- launched with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry, Vodacom and Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) -- has reportedly been used to create around 40 000 websites. In an official statement to Memeburn, Google South Africa confirmed that the service will...

  • Microsoft criticises Google for disclosing Windows 8.1 bug before it fixed it

    There is a possible war brewing between Microsoft and Google after the Redmond-based giant publicly criticised its Mountain View counterpart for releasing details about a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before it could patch the bug. Microsoft accuses Google of putting users at risk by rejecting Microsoft’s request to wait until the fix was released. Google made the disclosure as part of its “Project Zero” security initiative, which provides companies a 90-day deadline to fix vulnerabilities before they are disclosed publicly. The flaw in the Windows 8.1 log-on mechanism would allow a hacker to escalate their privileges on...

  • Google’s barrier breaking real-time voice translator is almost here

    The world is more connected than ever before. Yet, foreign languages still seem to be the biggest barrier to achieving a truly interconnected planet. It doesn't matter how many fibre cables you lay or smartphones you create, if people can't easily understand and learn from each other, what's the use? In a mission to break these barriers down, major tech companies such as Microsoft and Google are gearing up to release real-time voice translation services. As the New York Times reports, Google is about to unveil a real-time language translator that would be able to automatically recognise a popular spoken language...

  • Google donates $300 000 to Charlie Hebdo through fund

    This week satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo faced the onslaught of gunman who ended up killing twelve people, including eight members of staff. Among other donations, the Digital Press Fund, which is backed by Google, is donating €250 000 (about US$300 000) to support the magazine's mission to print a record-breaking 1 million copies of its next issue. As the Guardian reports, the press innovation fund was setup in 2013 to settle a dispute of whether or not Google should be taxed for displaying news results. France, along with other European governments, flirted with the idea of implementing a Google...

  • Google sees biggest traffic drop in five years as Yahoo grows

    Recent numbers by StatCounter show that Yahoo has achieved remarkable growth in the last month while Google's search traffic dropped. In the US at least, the world's largest search engine faced a drop of 2.1% between November and December after Mozilla announced that its Firefox web browser would be ditching Google for Yahoo as its default search engine in the US. “The move by Mozilla has had a definite impact on US search,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “The question now is whether Firefox users switch back to Google.” Firefox users represented just over 12% of US internet usage in...

  • Here’s what we were searching for in 2014

    The death of a beloved actor, a global sporting event and a mysterious plane disappearance. On the face of it, those things don't have all that much in common but the FIFA World Cup, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 and the death of Robin Williams all shook the world in 2014. It's hardly surprising then that they all also feature in Google's most searched terms for the year. Williams' suicide topped search results for the year, no doubt because it came as so much of a surprise to so many. Few knew of the private struggles...

  • These are 2014’s most popular apps, games and movies on Google Play

    If you have Candy Crush along with Duolingo, Facebook and MyFitnessPal on your phone, you're probably one of the most average Android users of 2014. That's according to the new stats on what was trending on Google Play this year. Housing an estimated 1.3 million apps, Google Play tops the Apple App Store which is home to 1.2 million and therefor is the biggest mobile operating system's store. The most popular Android applications per category are Duolingo under Education, Facebook in the Social category, MyFitnessPal in Health & Fitness, Netflix in Entertainment, Pandora under Music, NFL Mobile under Sports and...

  • Have Spanish publishers shot themselves in the foot with Google News shutdown?

    Google has shut down its News offering in Spain. The decision follows a ruling in a Spanish court that would compel Google to pay license revenues to Spanish publishers if their content appears on Google News. Google will also remove Spanish publishers from Google News. The move, seen as compulsive and a strong statement against being bullied, will occur next week on 16 December 2014. A group of Spanish publishers, including newspaper group AEDE, tried to turn Google into a source of licensing revenue through a copyright and anti-piracy law that would have required fees for content in Google...

  • YouTube now allows users to check copyrighted music before uploading a video

    Google has launched a new feature in the YouTube Audio Library which allows content creators who use copyrighted music to see what will happen to their videos before they upload them and not as it has been, after. Before this there was no warning at all, all that happened was that if the song had been taken down, one would be confronted by a blank video. Beginning yesterday, when users uploads a video to YouTube, its Content ID system will automatically try to figure out if you’re using any copyrighted music in it. This service will allow artist and labels...