Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin

Google is kind of a big deal, to say the least. The tech giant has blossomed over the course of the past decade, quickly becoming part of the global lexicon, and establishing itself as an official verb in the dictionary. Although the company wears many hats, its most valuable asset has always been its phenomenal search engine.

Unfortunately, Google isn’t one to automatically recognize punctuation and grammar within search queries. However, the symbols and punctuation listed below are exceptions to the rules, ones that allow you to better refine your search results when used in conjunction with your desired search terms. Just don’t add any spaces between the symbol and your search phrases. Otherwise, Google will ignore your commands.

Punctuation symbols that help refine your search

Function Execution
To search for an exact phrase, with the same words in the same order Place quotation marks (“) around the phrase you’d like to search for Ex: “to be, or not to be”
To exclude results that include a particular word or site when searching words with multiple meanings Place a dash (-) before the word or site you want to omit  Ex: phoenix -arizona
To search for Google+ pages or blood types Place an addition sign (+) in front of the Google+ user or after the blood type  Ex: +Chrome and AB+
To search for social tags Place the at symbol (@) before the social tag you’d like to search  Ex: @digitaltrends
To search for prices Place a dollar sign ($) before the value  Ex: canon $400
To search for a phrase with missing words Place an asterisk (*) within the search as a placeholder for any unknown terms  Ex: if you give a * a *
To search for a range of numbers, usually pertaining to prices and measurements Place two periods between the designated numbers you want to search between  Ex: $75..$200
To search popular hashtags for trending topics Place a hashtag in front of the desired topicEx: #throwbackthursday

Search operators that help refine your hunt

Punctuation and symbols really only get you so far with Google. Search operators, which are additionally available within the Google Advanced Search page, allow you to greatly narrow your search results based on a variety of individual factors when you pair them with your desired search terms.

Also, omit the spaces as you would with symbols.

Function Execution
To search for results from certain sites and domains Place “site:” in front of the site or domain from which you want to pull results  Ex: apple watch site:digitaltrends.com
To search for pages that link to a certain page Place “link:” in front of the site or domain you want to find pages linking to  Ex: link:digitaltrends.com
To search for sites that are similar to a designated site or domain Place “related:” in front of the site or domain you want to find similar results of  Ex: related:digitaltrends.com
To search for pages that just have one of several words Place “OR” between the two words you are searching for  Ex: world series 2013 OR 2014
To search for designated information about a specific site or domain, including cached pages, and those linking to the site Place “info:” in front of the site or domain you want information about  Ex: info:digitaltrends.com
To search what a page looked like the last time Google crawled the site Place “cache:” in front of the page housing the cache you’d like to view  Ex: cache:digitaltrends.com
To search for a specific file type Place “filetype:” in front of the specific file type you’re looking for  Ex: matthew mcconaughey filetype:gif

Other helpful tips and tricks

There are a handful of other useful Google search functions that don’t fall under either of the above categories. Google built the engine with several useful tools that allow you to look up information without have to navigate to other sites. For instance, you can instantly check the weather for a city, or look up the definition of “miasma,” among a bevy of other actions. You can even utilize the microphone on your desktop or mobile device to search Google using your own voice, or find the Bacon Number of your favorite celebrity (we’re betting it’s two).

Function Execution
To search Google using voice commands Click the microphone icon in the search bar and begin talking
To search Google for a specific image Click the camera icon in the search bar and paste the image URL
To set a timer Enter “set timer for” followed by the desired amount of time
To check the weather for a specific area Enter “weather” followed by a zipcode or city
To search for the sunrise and sunset times for a specific area Enter “sunrise” or “sunset” followed by a zipcode or city
To look up the definition for a given word Enter “define” followed by your desired term
To look up the origins for a given word Enter “etymology” followed by your desired word
To look up the time for a specific region Enter “time” followed by the particular region
To look up your IP address Enter “ip address” in the search bar
To check the status of a flight Enter the flight number in the search bar
To look up stock quotes Enter the desired stock symbol in the search bar
To look up the date for a specific holiday Enter the name of the holiday in the search bar
To track a package Enter the tracking number in the search bar
To use the calculator Enter the equation in the search bar
To define a word Enter “define” followed by your desired word
To convert currency or measurements Enter the first amount and unit, type “to”, and then enter the second unit
To look up film showings Enter “movies” followed by your zipcode or city
To look up sports scores Enter the sports team in the search bar
To look up nutritional facts about an item, or compare nutritional facts Enter the name of the product, or enter “compare” followed by the items you want to compare
To look up a celebrity’s Bacon Number Enter “bacon number” followed by the name of the celebrity
To roll a six-sided die Enter [roll a dice] in the search bar

This article was published in digitaltrends.com by Brandon Widder

Thousands of kilometres of the Arctic and Antarctic sea floors have been charted in an ambitious and highly detailed atlas of the polar seabed. Several strange shapes gouged out of the sea floor reveal some of the more dramatic periods of the poles' past.

It's often said that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the Earth's ocean floors. What we do know about the seabed here on Earth is perhaps at its scantiest in the remote polar regions.

An atlas being presented at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna is set to change that. The map covers an area larger than Great Britain and is the first attempt at an in-depth atlas of the regions in 20 years.

Kelly Hogan, a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey who worked on the atlas, presented the results.

"These are the fingerprints of the way the ice shapes the sea floor at these high latitudes," Hogan told a press conference.

"We took ships out across up to high latitudes and used echo-sounding methods, where you ping down a sound pulse to the sea floor and record the response back up at the ship."

This can be used to probe surface of the sea floor as well as the sediments beneath, creating a 3D map in high resolution.

"This is remote sensing of the sea floor – in the same way satellites are moving round the globe and taking images, this is what we're doing on ships but sending pulse down to seafloor instead," Hogan said.

Twirly mark

The images show the scars in the sea floor left by ice sheets and glaciers as they grew and retreated over thousands of years. A twirling ploughmark discovered in the Barents Sea in the Arctic shows how the tip of an iceberg rotated, with several prongs digging a series of circular trenches in the sea bed about 10 metres deep. It is thought to have been carved 12,000 to 15,000 years ago when the ice sheet in this area disintegrated and released large numbers of icebergs.

Other ploughmarks show loop-the-loops and large, shallow depressions where a much heftier iceberg ground its way past.

Loopy mark

"The loopy ploughmark is the youngest and was probably formed by an iceberg calved from a surge of the Brasvellbreen glacier on Svalbard between 1936 and 1938, when the glacier advanced more than 15km along a 30-km long front," Hogan told IBTimes UK.

Another image shows polygons created by frost when that area of the sea bed was above ground during the last Ice Age. It was discovered in shallow waters of the Laptev Sea above eastern Siberia. These shapes are caused as the ground contracts in very cold conditions. It's thought that these polygons probably became submerged by the sea about 7,000-8,000 years ago, when sea levels rose at the end of the Ice Age.

Flat mark
It's hoped that these and other findings from the atlas will inform climate modelling research to get a better understanding of how the ice sheets behaved over the last tens of thousands of years. This could help climate scientists make more nuanced and accurate projections of climate change and sea level rises.
Frost polygons
This article was  published in International Business Times by  Martha Henriques

The Internet Archive has made the controversial decision to begin ignoring robots.txt, a directive file used by web servers to keep automated content crawlers away from selected content, in an effort to increase its coverage.

Despite being entirely funded by donations and troubled by the occasional fire, the Internet Archive is making considerable inroads into its self-appointed task to create a publicly accessible archive of everything it can get its hands on. The organisation has, in the last few years, launched in-browser vintage computing emulationplayable classic arcade games, a museum of de-fanged malware, an Amiga software library, a trove of internal documents from interactive fiction pioneer Infocom, to say nothing of its archive of vintage computing magazines.

Its most popular feature, however, is the Wayback Machine, a service which allows users to insert a URL and view any copies the Internet Archive's robots have captured through time. A fantastic resource both for research and for securing information which would otherwise be lost to history, the Wayback Machine has previously respected the robots.txt directives file that allows webmasters to lock automated content crawlers away from chosen files and directories, but now it will do so no longer.

'Over time we have observed that the robots.txt files that are geared toward search engine crawlers do not necessarily serve our archival purposes. Internet Archive’s goal is to create complete “snapshots” of web pages, including the duplicate content and the large versions of files,' explained Mark Graham in a blog post announcing the change. 'We have also seen an upsurge of the use of robots.txt files to remove entire domains from search engines when they transition from a live web site into a parked domain, which has historically also removed the entire domain from view in the Wayback Machine. In other words, a site goes out of business and then the parked domain is “blocked” from search engines and no one can look at the history of that site in the Wayback Machine anymore. We receive inquiries and complaints on these “disappeared” sites almost daily.'

'A few months ago we stopped referring to robots.txt files on U.S. government and military web sites for both crawling and displaying web pages (though we respond to removal requests sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). As we have moved towards broader access it has not caused problems, which we take as a good sign. We are now looking to do this more broadly. We see the future of web archiving relying less on robots.txt file declarations geared toward search engines, and more on representing the web as it really was, and is, from a user’s perspective.'

While the shift will allow the Internet Archive access to a wider range of content and more control over what content remains within its archives, it does so by removing that control from webmasters - a move which has proven controversial, in particular in that ignoring the directives file altogether will also ignore sites which wish to block Internet Archive access specifically through its ia_archiver User Agent.


This article was published in bit-tech.net by Gareth Halfacree


Air travel is the safest form of transportation in the country. In 2016, for the seventh year in a row, exactly zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certified scheduled airlines. Experts estimate your overall odds of perishing in a plane crash are well into the millions.  

But curious travelers may still wonder about the safest place to be in the event of a very unlikely accident. The answer, it turns out, depends on the type of crash you’re in. 

“Each incident or crash is unique,” said Alison Duquette, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Impact could come from a nosedive, a water landing or a runway collision, for example. As a result, she said, “There is no safest seat.”

The National Transportation Safety Board doesn’t keep seat-related statistics and hasn’t done studies on the safest plane seats, a spokesman told HuffPost. 

But two major media outlets have. In 2007, Popular Mechanics took matters into its own hands and analyzed NTSB data for every commercial plane crash in the U.S. since 1971 that had both survivors and fatalities and for which a detailed seating chart was accessible. Their conclusion?

Passengers near the tail of a plane were about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the front. 

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Seats in the back of the plane, behind the trailing edge of the wing, had a 69 percent survival rate, while seats over the wing and in coach had a 56 percent survival rate. The front 15 percent of seats had a 49 percent survival rate, analysts found.

A second analysis in 2015, for which researchers at Time went through 35 years of FAA data, found similar results. The group narrowed their research to 17 accidents dating back to 1985 that had both fatalities and survivors and for which seating charts were available. Time found seats in the rear third of the aircraft had a lower fatality rate (32 percent) than seats in the overwing (39 percent) or front (38 percent) thirds of the plane.

Specifically, middle seats in the rear section specifically fared best by far, with a fatality rate of 28 percent.


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The least safe were aisle seats in the middle third of the cabin, which had a fatality rate of 44 percent.

The Time researchers noted that the specific circumstances of a crash can render these averages irrelevant. But by and large, the back of the plane is the place to be.  Of course, there are ways to increase your chances of survival no matter where you’re seated. Pay attention to the safety briefing, know the number of rows to your nearest exit, and be prepared to brace yourself in the event of a very unlikely crash.

Source :Yahoo.com

Each social network is unique in its own way. How you interact and with whom you interact on a daily basis can have a great influence on how recruiters may view you. Using social media is a great way to get visibility. It also shows how you value your reputation professionally. There are numerous ways in which you can use social media to your advantage.

Get your complete profile out

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While filling out your profile, ensure that it is completed. Recruitment managers cannot go hunting for the missing bit of information that you haven’t filled up. A complete and relevant profile portrays a systematic and organised person.

Do not scatter your presence everywhere

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Being active on social media platforms gives your clients and prospective employers a chance to ensure that you are an actual human with a life. But that doesn’t mean you have to go out and make your presence felt everywhere. The point is to recognise which platforms are good for your field and go ahead and manage them well. Perhaps if you are more creative, Instagram, and not LinkedIn, would work better for you.

Review your personal information

It’s good to share your basic personal information across social media accounts so that potential employers also know about your background. However, do not go overboard and share unrequired information. It might prove to be harmful in the long run. A lot of people have been prone to hacking and abuse because of this.

Showcase your work

You could use social media as a portfolio for your work. Showcase your past work and accomplishments. It is a way to stand out in this age where competition is massive.

Get maximum information about hiring managers

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Before applying for a job, look up the HR manager on LinkedIn. Based on that, you can craft your resume and covering letter. And in case you get called, you will also know how to tackle questions to a certain extent.

Google yourself

Do a thorough research on what comes up first when anyone Googles you. You would want relevant and useful information about yourself to be out there on the web. Make sure that you clean out everything and update your LinkedIn profile as well.

Get people to know you are searching

Let your friends and followers on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter get to know that you’re searching for a job and also the kind of job that you are looking for. You never know when a certain company looks for the exact skills that you may be having. You may also come across these through word-of-mouth or referrals.

Use posts and tweets to show your passion

If you are passionate about certain subjects and constantly write or discuss about it, then share updates, posts, and tweets about them. Sharing links and articles will demonstrate your expertise. In case you have attended relevant events related to them, then post useful content and learnings you got from them as well.

Review long term career paths

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Check social media to research about various profiles and the associated career paths. It also helps in knowing about the other employees in a company and their backgrounds.

Clean up everything before you start

Cleaning up doesn’t mean removing pictures of you partying or holidaying. It means checking for anything even mildly controversial that you have commented or shared.  Although it’s fine to be opinionated, you may be unnecessarily judged for no fault of yours, which may affect your chances of fetching a job you like.

Use Twitter to gain insights about your industry

Twitter chats are a great way to build contacts and network. Twitter chats usually take place at the same time every week and are hash-tagged.  They bring like-minded people together.  They also provide an opportunity for everyone to ask relevant questions and listen to everyone’s perspective.

Show how you use social media

Learn to display how you use social media usefully. You could use social media tools to promote yourself effectively. These tools may also help the company you plan on working with. It also shows how resourceful and insightful you are. So go out there and let them know your worth.

Use job search apps

These days, more and more job seekers use mobile apps to search for jobs. There are several useful applications that can enhance your search and make it easier for you, including apps to organise your job search process and provide faster responses. Here are a few:

Pocket resume

This app lets you make a professional resume using your iPhone, and is ideal if you’re running out of time and need to send out resumes quickly.

LinkedIn Mobile

The LinkedIn Mobile app can be accessed through the Blackberry OS, iPhone OS, Android, or Windows. You can easily view the company’s info or the interviewer’s page on this app.


Job seekers can access the website directly and search for jobs using keywords, company, and location. The highlight is that you can go right away to the source using this app.


Launched by Monster.com and Monster Worldwide Inc., BeKnown works you’re your Facebook timeline to allow people to avoid mixing business and other activities. It allows job seekers to establish their own career identity.

Check your grammar

Ensure that you have used good language. Remove public posts where you have used too much slang. Spelling, language, and grammar are things that cannot be neglected.

Common connections may help

Although you may not know everyone on Facebook or LinkedIn, you could use your contacts and connections to get in touch with anyone in the same field as yours. Some of your friends or acquaintances will be able to connect you to other people who may have already worked in a company that has an interview scheduled with you.

Writing content

If you are good at writing and have lots of articles to your credit, then it would be a good idea to post your long articles on social media platforms and see what kind of audience they attract. Certain websites already have a set audience for various topics. If those areas match your interest as well, then you may get a good follower base. You may also develop a blog that you can share. Who knows? It might also prove to be helpful in your new job.

Be who you claim to be

A lot of people write descriptions about themselves in resumes and turn out to be nothing like it on social media. Most of the recruiters look up potential employees on social media to understand their background. Make sure there is consistency across all the social media platforms that you have made your presence on.

Seek job experts

You might come across several experts in your field, or the content and posts that you share may attract many professionals. Either way, you can benefit from this. It can open an array of opportunities for you.

Follow up on trends

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Reading up about a particular industry and following up on trends will give you insights about the companies you wish to apply to. It will also help in interviews and group discussions.

Project professionalism

Click a professional photograph wearing appropriate clothes to showcase yourself and gain attention of your recruiters. Pay attention to the minute details in the background, if there are any inappropriate texts or visuals, etc. You may not realise it, but recruiters many a time use information outside your professional network to see how systematic you are while you aren’t working.

Highlight your interests

Everyone likes people with versatile interests. Make sure you mention these qualities in your resume and also in your social media updates. Showing how you enjoy your free time will also demonstrate how flexible and adaptive you are. It is always good to know people who have a life apart from work. It helps in team building and recreational activities spent during your break time.

Keep up your search daily

Join relevant groups across various platforms and ensure that you check them daily. Check where the companies post updates first regarding their openings.

Follow up with any relevant contacts

After attending a conference or event, take pictures, connect with people, and follow up with them. You could connect on Facebook or LinkedIn and later on see how you could collaborate.

If you haven’t used social media for networking, branding and growth yet, then it’s time to use these useful tips to make social media work for you today!

Entrepreneurs and IT enthusiasts in Bengaluru! Here's your chance to speak to Priyank Kharge, Karnataka’s Minister for IT, BT and ask him the questions  you want about everything his ministry is doing - and should be doing - to improve things for the startup ecosystem. Limited seats available, so book your seats by applying for a slot today. Register here now!

Source : yourstory.com

Microsoft today announced the launch of the Bing iMessage Extension, ultimately enabling iOS users to express themselves with GIFs, search and easily share places, movies, and more from the web without leaving the conversation. To use the extension, all it takes is to install the Bing app on iOS 10, and then head into iMessage and enable the extension.

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As seen above, with the extension you can respond to messages with GIFs.You also can share what you’ve previously found, or find something new by tapping on dedicated areas within the extension for restaurants, coffee shops, or movies. The Bing team describes the features of the extension:
While sharing a Bing link was a good way to pass along content that users had common interest in, surfing back and forth between messaging friends and sifting through a multitude of movies or restaurants is a hassle. The Bing iMessage Extension allows you to share a restaurant or movie card directly so it’s easier and quicker to make plans. Search and then share multiple restaurants with a group of friends to help make a decision.

If this extension has caught your attention, you may access it by first downloading the Bing app for iOS, and then enabling the extension in iMessage. We’ve included a download link for you below, and also invite you to drop us a comment with your thoughts!

Source : onmsft.com

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:11

Gmail just got its own Venmo feature

You now have a new way to split the bill for dinner: Gmail for Android. While the ability to send money using Google Wallet has been available for quite a while in Gmail on the web, you can now send money from within the mobile app.

Once you've received the latest update, you'll be able to send and request money within the email compose screen. This feature is not currently available outside the US or for Gmail for iOS.

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To send or request money in Gmail for Android:

  • Open Gmail and tap the compose button in the bottom right corner.
  • Tap the paper clip button in the upper right corner.
  • In the dropdown menu, select Send money or Request money.
  • Enter a dollar amount and hit Continue.Add a memo for what the payment is for, such as coffee, pizza or rent.
    • If you don't yet have a payment method set up in your Google Wallet account, you'll be prompted to add a debit card before proceeding. Tap Add Debit Card, enter all the required information and tap Save.
  • Tap Attach Money.

Since this is just an attachment to an email, you can add a recipient, subject and message in the email body either before or after attaching the payment or money request. The recipient doesn't need to be a Gmail user or have a Google Wallet account to receive funds.

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Money sent to a Gmail address will be deposited directly into the recipient's Google Wallet account. Google says that those without a Gmail account will have the option to have the funds transferred straight to their bank account, free of charge.

After the email has been sent, you and the recipient will both receive an email confirmation from Google Wallet containing the amount, the payment method, the recipient, the memo and the transaction ID.

Source : cnet.com

With Google sunsetting its site search product, many companies are wondering where to turn for this functionality. Columnist Paul Shapiro provides some alternatives.

Spring has sprung, and Google has started off the season with some spring cleaning of its service lineup. They’ve recently announced that Google Site Search is on the way out. Come April 1, 2017, Google will discontinue sales and new renewals of the service, and a year later, April 1, 2018, the service will be completely shut down.

So, what’s the big deal? Search is search, right? The short answer: no. The longer answer is a little more complex, but still easy enough to understand from an end user’s point of view. While not everyone utilizes website search features, those who do are looking for something specific and expect to find answers quickly and easily. If people are on your website and using the search feature, they are obviously interested in what you have to say or in what you’re selling, so catering to them is important. If your search function is weak, users may leave your site, meaning you’re losing a fan, a lead and a customer — and in 2017, that is simply unacceptable.

Google Site Search was an easy-to-implement, safe bet that provided Google-level search within your website. Website owners knew what they were getting, and users felt comfortable using the feature. Now what?

Before you start scrambling to find a suitable replacement, let’s talk a bit about what led us to this point and where you can feasibly go from here. What are current customers losing, and what other options are available for website search functions?  Trust us, it’s not as bad as it seems.

What are Google Site Search customers losing?

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Let’s talk a bit about what Google Site Search (GSS) accomplished before going into viable alternatives.

Google Site Search was essentially Google for your personal website. With some tweaking and the use of XML, you could have all of the power of Google, with none of the Google branding or traditional ads normally associated with Google, all integrated into your website. Ease of implementation has been one of the great features of GSS; with just a couple of lines of code, websites had the power of Google in their search bar.

GSS also included options for multilingual searches and date biasing, meaning the most relevant results were always at the top. That being said, GSS used Google’s same crawling feature, meaning that updates to your website weren’t always updated in search right away, but instead could take several days.

Google Custom Search

If you’re dead-set on staying with Google, options are still available, but those options may not suit your needs, depending on the size and scope of your business. With Google Custom Search, your customers can search from a group of websites of your choosing or search the entire web, at the great cost of free.

With that free price tag come some stipulations, however. For one, ads are required, unless you are a non-profit or a school, but you can connect your AdSense account to monetize the ads. Also, the Google branding is required; nothing you can do about it. There are also monthly search query limits, so if you’re running a high-traffic website, there’s a good chance your Google Custom Search will stop working due to hitting search limits.

Simply put, Google Custom Search is a great solution for small blogs, and maybe even local businesses, but if you’re already scaling on a large level — or plan on advertising at state, country or global level — Google Custom Search will not fit all of your needs. If you fall into this group, you need to start looking at third-party solutions for search.

Here’s an overview of the differences you can expect between Google Site Search and the free Custom Search:

Google Site Search vs Google Custom Search Engine Features

Third-party solutions

You’re not limited to Google when it comes to search services for your website. A lot of companies care about SEO, but the key is also finding ones that understand that the user experience also has to be top-notch if you want to keep people using your search features and, in turn, your website.

That’s where third-party solutions like Algolia, Cludo and Swiftype come into play. All three of these companies do a great job of maximizing the search experience for your website’s visitors. Check out more details about each (as well as other solutions) below.

AddSearch: Finland-based startup AddSearch is one option for your website search needs. Offering easy installation and mobile support, your search will be up and running in no time and working smoothly on any device. AddSearch also offers search statistics and result control, allowing webmasters to choose and prioritize which results are most important.

Algolia: A well-funded SaaS search company that is already working with major names like Medium, Product Hunt, Twitch and Birchbox, Algolia can integrate into almost any website to offer seamless, fast search. With keystroke forgiveness, find-as-you-type live search and geolocation options, your users will be able to find exactly what they’re looking for, regardless of device or location.

Algolia Running on Zendesk Screenshot

Algolia realizes that the shutdown of Google Site Search will leave many users feeling helpless, “For website owners, GSS was a jack-of-all-trades solution, notoriously easy to set up and as powerful as you’d expect a Google search product to be. From website crawling to the actual search UI, everything was handled automatically — all you needed was a small snippet of code. GSS will be dearly missed, if only for the fact that no technical skills were required to go live with a powerful search,” says Sylvain Utard, of Algolia.

With developer-friendly API choices and multiple CMS platform integrations, Algolia will be right at home on your website, regardless of your platform, but will almost certainly require a developer to help integrate the service. The results are fantastic, however, and your custom search will provide users unparalleled search results. This is thanks in part to Algolia’s advanced navigation and search refinement that allows you to set up an Amazon-like refinement sidebar.

Amazon CloudSearch: One of the more robust services available, CloudSearch is going to be one of the more difficult ones to set up on your website, with on-site searches requiring you to set up a crawler. Basically, you’re going to want to a developer to set up this service for you. With more options than Google, ACS charges based on use, with smaller plans running around $50 per year.

Apache Solr: Another option available for search, Solr is an open-source enterprise platform built on Apache Lucene. Solr is scalable to fit any high-traffic website, with distributed indexing and load-balanced querying, Solr is the trusted search provider for a number of large businesses, including Sears, eHarmony and BestBuy. Solr features comprehensive administration features, easy-to-understand analytics and advanced full-text search options.

Cludo: Another search company available to almost anyone, Cludo wants you to know that you have nothing to worry about if you’re migrating from Google Site Search to a third-party solution. “We do most of the work on our side so that you receive a personalized search solution that fits your needs. We will design the search in accordance to your site’s style, and make sure that relevancy is tuned just for your organization. All you have to do is to copy and paste a few scripts and your fully functional search will be up and running,” states Cludo’s most recent blog post.

Cludo Screenshot

Cludo helps add relevance to your search results by including automatic spell-checking into user searches that check against spelling errors, common synonyms, alternate spelling and word derivatives. Cludo also includes analytic reports to give you better insights into what your users are searching for and how they are searching. Information included in the report includes most-used keywords, trending search results and “no results.” Having information on “no result” searches lets you know what your users are searching for and what content you can look into including in the future.

Swiftype: Another option to consider when looking for search for your website is Swiftype. Swiftype is trusted by many websites, including CBS, AOL and AT&T. When comparing GSS with Google Custom Search, Swiftype writes on their blog, “There are much fewer customization options with Google CSE — not just visually, but more importantly in the ability to control the way your content is displayed. While you can tweak little things like link colors, there isn’t much you can customize beyond that. The overall experience still looks and feels like Google, not your own.”

Swiftype Screenshot

Offering many of the things the other two examples advertise, including the ability to make their search platform look like your own and analytics, Swiftype uses an advanced search algorithm based on language modeling intelligence that takes into account factors like bigram matching and stemming. Bigram matching deals with spacing (things like highheels vs high heels) and hyphenation that might sometimes bring back bad results on less advanced search services. Stemming removes suffixes from words, so that search root words match each other.

Faceted search through Swiftype gives users even more control over their searches on your website by allowing them to refine different search attributes. Things like date, price, location, content type and author can all be used to tweak searches. There is also the option available to search by “Last Updated,” meaning your users are always getting the most up-to-date results.


It’s honestly pretty surprising to see the shuttering of Google Site Search, and there are sure to be quite a few websites out there scrambling to find a new search provider, but if the examples above are any indication, there are plenty of viable options for website owners to choose from; it’s simply a matter of deciding which one works best for you.

If you are insistent on staying with a Google product, Google Custom Search is available for use, free of charge, but does not offer the customization that many websites need. If more control over your search platform is needed, however, there are multiple third-party options available, including Algolia, Cludo and Swiftype. While all offer similar features, they do have unique features that may suit your website better than the others. The key is to do your research, understand what your visitors need from your search functions, and choose your service appropriately.

Source : searchengineland.com

ANDROID and iOS smartphones are neck and neck in almost every aspect – camera, speed, battery life, apps, design – except one. And it's an important one.

Google this month published its Android Security Year in Review – an update on the company's ongoing push to get third-party phone manufacturers to adopt security updates as fast as possible.

Unfortunately, while there is undoubtedly more hardware variety and choice within the Android ecosystem, a worrying number of these manufacturers are slow to adopt operating system updates and critical security patches.

 is well aware of the problem, and has desperately been looking for a solution for years.The California-based company even considered a plan to publicly name and shame mobile carriers and device makers that drag their feet with important updates.

Sadly, despite its impassioned efforts, progress has been slow for .

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Android Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data..

Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Android security team member Adrian Ludwig recently told TechCrunch that as of the end of 2016 some 78 per cent of all flagship smartphones in North America were up-to-date with security patches.

That's not bad.

Unfortunately, when you move beyond high-end flagship devices in North America – that progress quickly dissipates.

"About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year" Mr Ludwig admitted in a Google blog post.

Yes, that's right. "About half" of all Android devices did not get a single security update in the last year.

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

That's pretty alarming – especially given some of the sophisticated new hacks that are circulating.

By comparison, a little over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public – the new mobile operating system accounts for some 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by 

That means those iOS users are well protected against the latest security threats.

Thanks to its tight control of both hardware and software, Apple is capable of pushing device owners to the latest software updates.

The technology firm also persistently notifies iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to update to the latest iOS version, including offering the option to have the software update install overnight while the device is plugged in.

Google is working on new fixes that should make it easier and faster for its hardware partners to issue updates, like Apple does with its iOS devices.

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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display

, Mr Ludwig confirms: "We're working to increase device security updates by streamlining our security update program to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches and releasing A/B updates to make it easier for users to apply those patches."

However even if manufacturers manage to streamline the roll-out of their security patches – Android smartphone owners will still be at the mercy of mobile carriers.

The most reliable way to ensure your Android device is up-to-date and protected against the latest security threats is to use a Nexus or Pixel phone, since these are overseen by Google itself.

Source : express.co.uk

You might have a 4K television or display, but what content is really worthy of that kind of resolution? Sports? Pfft. Netflix shows? Ha. But how about space? According to people who’ve been there (who are probably best positioned to know), there’s nothing quite like the view from outside the Earth’s atmosphere, so it might finally make a fitting subject for your pixel-dense screens, when Amazon Web Services and NASA broadcast the first 4K live stream from space on April 26.

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