Mobile users – note this – new mapquest app for iOS7 and Android. “Launching today, our new MapQuest mobile app offers a personalized navigation experience that’s both easy-to-use and safe for everyday drivers”
Announcing the New MapQuest Navigation App, Mapquest Blog (Nov 13)
If This Then That - — The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use the Web’s Most Powerful Tool. (Oct 10) by Albert Martinez at MakeUseOf.
The point is to use IFTTT to automate tasks at the computer in which you want one task – like having a photo you shoot with Instagram be automatically added to Dropbox. That is the example provided in this guide.
IFTTT has nearly 70 channels that include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube, SoundCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket.
Guide has a quickstart set of instructions for creating “recipes”, and provides many examples. Can use this to set up an email reminder to pay your rent – if this then maybe you can automatically send the bank transfer.
Soon the search tool will be anticipating what we want to know and send the answer to us. This is the promise of Google Now, an app for mobile devices.
Used To Searching For Content? Now, Content Searches For You by Barbara Starr, Search Engine Land (Aug 15)
Google knows enough about location and your interests to predict the question and display a Google Now answer card. Technology for entity analysis that underlies Knowledge Graph is the base for this as well. This may change the game for search, design, and SEO. Websitedesigners are advised to:
Mark up as much content as you can
Ensure you leverage authorship status and publisher information in Google
Mark up information even in advance.
Google may not really know how to display content – and should stop trying. Sam Grobart doesn’t think much of the new mobile app for Zagat restaurant reviews and mentions several others that are much better.
How Google Has Completely Botched Zagat, Sam Grobart, Business Week (Jul 31)
Google Now is making inroads onto all mobile devices as a intelligent digital assistant.
“Google wants to tell you what you need to know “now,” quickly and accurately. It works by turning natural language queries — speaking to computer as if to another human — into precise answers delivered from Google’s servers.”
Of course, the more it knows about you through GMail, your searches, your location – and more – the better it will be able to anticipate your need.
Dan Farber at CNet Google: The future of search is Now (May 3)
A Cnet video describes using Google Now on Android Jelly Bean – all voice activated – and of course Google Now learns from what you ask for. Knowledge Graph with its information packages is tied into this as is your Web Search History.
New – Google is referred to as “the Goo” – guess this is like Mr MaGoo.
Google Now is available for iOS devices – iPhones and iPads.
There was also a mention in CNet that a desktop version of Google Now might replace the retired iGoogle through a Chrome browser extension (April 22).
TechCrunch describes upcoming changes to Chrome, and some current features, as of May 23. Google Adds Notification Center And Rich Notifications To Chrome Beta 28, Will Work Even When The Browser Is Closed
It’s good to step back from our daily lives on the Internet to see a bigger picture. This article by Marisa Wong directs us to three presentations containing facts and figures that document the dramatic change to commerce and our lives due to the Internet.
Mary Meeker’s State of the Internet: Good, Bad or Somewhere In-Between? (Slideshare, May 29)
Mary Meeker’s slide show on Internet Trends (May 29) has a lot to do with devices, Internet traffic, and commercial use. There is continuing rapid growth in users outside of the United States, and tsunami level increases in content – photos, video, sharing. Google reigns as most used property, and Facebook as most used social media. Mobile is 15% of Internet traffic and projected to be 30% in 2014. Several are using Internet delivery to re-imagine their services.
Mitch Joel delivers some shocking facts, among them –.
- Fact: “Google’s advertising revenue is bigger than that of the entire US print industry.”
- Fact: “74% of businesses don’t have a plan to stay competitive in the new mobile world.”
Is your business or association re-imagining business in a mobile world?
Paula Hane shares this list of apps she has found useful on her Android device as productivity aids – manage your information and your life - Top Mobile Apps for Productivity (Information Today, June 3).
First the bad news – Google dropped translated foreign pages from the list of options under Search Tools. We used to be able to enter the query in English and ask Google to translate it to another language, search, and translated results back to English. Karen Blakeman commented on this loss and offered a workaround (admittedly less than satisfactory) in Google drops translated foreign pages (May 17). It’s another case of Google discontinuing an excellent search feature with seeming complete disregard for its users.
It may also have been a move to push people to Chrome, the Google browser, which will translate full pages. You’ll find the option under Settings.
At roughly the same time, Google let it be known at an I/O show for developers that Google Translate now serves 200 million people daily (CNet – May 18)
“The service now works in 71 languages; the last five added are Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese, and Marathi, Estelle said. Initially, only some language translation pairs were supported, but in 2008, Google launched the ability to translate any language to any other language. ”
Furthermore, Google Translate says ‘Hola!’ to Chrome (CNet – May 24). Google Translate in Chrome on the Android – that will be handy for travellers.
There’s no end to ideas on ways to use Evernote, the all purpose note taker and clipper. These tools and suggestions will be especially helpful for people on mobile devices. Take pictures, record audio, convert audio to text, draw with SKitch and save to Evernote. MakeUseOf has the guide – 7 Tools to Improve the Way You Use Evernote (May 23)
Get language packages from Google Translate on your Android mobile device. Can look up word, speak, write, take a photo and have Google translate. Handles 64 languages. Canadian Press prepared this video – Amazing Google Translate features you may not know about Add to … (Globe and Mail, May 5)