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Posted by in Google Maps, Mobile Search on August 20th, 2010 | Comment »

Mobile Internet UseStill not convinced in the trend towards mobile internet or what has been dubbed by Jim Cramer as the “mobile internet Tsunami”? According to the Google Mobile blog, 100 million users per month are using Google Maps for Mobile.

I frequently use the Google Mobile app for Blackberry. It’s great for getting info on restaurants when you’re on the go. You can get directions, the telephone number, restaurant reviews, and more.

As I’ve stated in the past, if you’re a website owner, you better make sure your website is optimized for mobile.

I’m just waiting for the day when mobile speeds are equivalent to modern-day cable mobile speeds. Can we please get there soon?…

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Google Improves Image Search Interface

Posted by in Google Search on July 21st, 2010 | Comment »

Google has improved their image search interface. Ahhhh, finally! It’s yet another move that’s more like Bing, but it’s one that I’m certainly glad that Google made. The only time I would ever use Bing would be for their image search and it was for the simple reason that you could just keep scrolling and scrolling for the image you were looking for without ever having to click to the next page. Google has finally added this functionality into their image search results.

Not only does the new interface benefit its users, but it also benefits advertisers, who can run text ads above some image searches. With Google image searches exceeding 1 billion page views per day, along with the fact that advertisers are willing …

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Google Search Is About To Get Better

Posted by in Google Search on July 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment

Google Acquires MetawebIn case you don’t know about the history of Google and how it became the world’s #1 search engine, here is a quick summary. Google started in 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergi Brin. Before Google, search engines displayed results based on the number of times a term appeared on a page. Page and Brin thought there was a better way of ranking this information and developed PageRank, which determined relevance based mostly on the number of other pages linking to that page, among other various factors. Since Google provided better search results, it quickly went on to dominate search engine market share.

I was curious about the history of Google’s search engine market share, so I did a quick search …

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Bing Takes A Shot At Google With Latest Commercial

Posted by in Google Search, Microsoft on June 4th, 2010 | Comment »

Microsoft’s latest commercial “Los Links” takes a shot at Google in a rather funny way. What do you get when you mix a Spanish Channel actress, a dude with an eye patch, English subtitles, and a guy with a mustache coming in on a horse and riding off with the girl? One hilarious commercial.

In the commercial, Microsoft tries to point out that their search engine supplies the user with more relevant information such as showtimes when you search for a movie. However, Google also displays showtimes when you search for movies and their new sidebar has much more functionality than Bing’s.

Google search “Prince of Persia” on both Bing and Google and you tell me who has the better search results. And yes, when …

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Customize Your Google Background

Posted by in Google Search on June 4th, 2010 | Comment »

In what looks to be another change to “be more like Bing,” Google has added custom background images to their homepage, but they have Googlized it with a bunch of new cool features.  So if you’re one of people who go to Bing just for the pretty images since you hate a plain white background, you now have a reason to go back to Google.

To customize your Google background, look for the “Change background image” link in the lower left-hand corner of your browser.

You’ll be able choose from breathtaking photos from National Geographic in the editors picks and public gallery or you can even upload your own image from your computer or grab them from your Picasa photo gallery.  Additionally, you can search …

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3 Awesome Technologies Being Developed By Google

Posted by in Google Apps, Mobile Search on May 13th, 2010 | Comment »

1.) Google Tablet

Verizon Google Android 4G Tablet

The Verizon 4G network is coming to 25 to 30 cities by the end of next year.  After the Android’s hit with Motorola and HTC, Google will maintain competition with Apple by releasing their own tablet device. With Google Editions for their eBooks, who Google has a deal with “almost all” U.S. publishers with, along with a 4G device, which can download at speeds of 100 Megabits/seconds (10x faster than 3G), the Google Tablet will be a big hit. Don’t forget about Google Voice either.

2.) Android For GM

Google Android GM Roewe

Google will be selling their Android OS to Chevy.  Chevy’s goal is to extend its OnStar technology with Android.  By using Google’s OS, the car will be able to receive real-time traffic …

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The New Google Search Is Here

Posted by in Google Search on May 6th, 2010 | 2 Comments

The new Google Search is out and with the new left-handed navigation that has been tested since November.  The new search features make it easier than ever to find what you are looking for.  The icons displayed on the left-hand side of the page also change based on your query so only the most relevant icons are displayed for your search.

Here is an image of the new search results:

New Google Search

Here is a video highlighting the new features:

The left-handed navigation has also been incorporated into Google Mobile with the double-arrow next to the search box:

New Google Mobile Search

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Google Re-Brands Local Business Center As Google Places

Posted by in Google Places, Local Search on April 20th, 2010 | Comment »

Google has made huge efforts to make search more localized.  We recently discussed how Google added more relevant terms to their auto-suggestion tool, as well as Google’s new local search option.  In order to continue emphasizing local search, Google is rebranding their Google Local Business Center as Google Places. Google Places, the company says, is “just the beginning of what’s to come from our efforts to make Google more local.”

Googles Place Pages are pages for local business listings. Business owners can list their address, phone numbers, store hours, and images, while Google integrates a map and reviews on the page.  For example, here is the Google Place Page for one of my favorite restaurants Fogo De Chao.

New features …

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New Google Technologies Released This Week

Posted by in Google Calendar, Google Gmail, Local Search on April 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments

New Google TechnologiesThe pace at which Google is developing and releasing new technologies has become staggering. It’s often difficult to stay on top of all of these developments, which is part of the reason we’ve started the Zadling Google Blog, which you can subscribe to here.  We want to create a blog that deals with Google’s new products and technology only. Whether you’re here to learn more about Google Apps or Google Voice, when it comes to new Google products, we have you covered.

There have been a lot of new features introduced by Google since they released the New Google Docs just last week. Let’s do a quick review.

1.) Localized Google Auto-Suggest

Google has added more relevant local suggestions to its auto-suggest …

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Create a Google Search Story in 15 Seconds

Posted by in Google Search, Website Tools on April 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Remember the Google Super Bowl ad?  Who would have thought a Google commercial highlighting the different sections their search engine could give you goose bumps. Now you can create your very own search story.

Just visit the Google Search Story Video Creator on YouTube, type in some search terms, select which section of Google the term should interact with, pick out some music, and you’re done.

I put together a Google search story for Zadling in about 15 seconds. Here is how it came out:

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