Google Adds Google Translate support for Emoji

Today, April 1st, Google announced Google Translate support for Emoji in Chrome for Android and iOS. The translator converts words into little graphics that people can quickly understand. Google says its expert team is constantly improving the Emoji language. Even URLs, ecommerce and subtitles get translated. Take a look:

Posted on April 1, 2014

Google Launches the Google Maps Gallery

Google Maps Gallery

Google has launched the Google Maps Gallery, which enables organizations to share and publish maps via the Google Maps Engine. Maps in the gallery are published by Google's cloud infrastructure. The gallery can be found at:

The Google Maps Gallery already includes many maps, including historical maps, census maps, space maps, maps with demographics and more. Some of the organizations that have provided maps include the National Geographic Society, USGS, NASA, Natonal Park Service, US Census Bureau and Natural Earth. Here are a few highlights: Image: Google

Posted on February 28, 2014

China's Web Junkies Recover in Boot Camps

The New York Times did an in-depth report on China's web junkies. The Chinese have boot-camp style treatment centers to help these desperate Internet addicts recover. Most of them seem incredibly miserable. One thing is for sure they are all going to be in great shape if they survive the boot camp. Some Chinese teens became addicted to the Internet in Internet cafes. Concerned parents then take them to these recovery facilities against their will. The head of the recovery facility, Tao Ran, says their studies indicate people who use the Internet for six or more hours a day (not for work or study) are the most likely to become addicted. Some addicted online gamers won't even take a break to use the bathroom and wear diapers while gaming. Take a look:

Posted on February 22, 2014

Squarespace Super Bowl XLVIII Ad Brings Crazy Side of the Internet to Life

Squarespace, a web publishing platform, will run an ad durring Super Bowl XLVIII. The ad brings the crazy of the Internet to life. There's a lot going on in the commercial. There are viruses, traffic counters, trolls, spam and people who want you to like photos of their babies. There is also a mayor and an epic fail. This is the 60-second extended version of the ad.

The creative concept was developed by Squarespace's in-house creative team and directed by Malcolm Venville. David Lee, chief creative officer for Squarespace, says, "We love the Internet, but I think we all agree that it can be a better place. Our purpose is to make the web a bit more thoughtful and considered, one website at a time - that's what we wanted to communicate with this spot."

Take a look:

Posted on February 1, 2014

Google Santa Tracker Releases Jingle Elves Animation

The Google Santa Tracker released this cute Jingle Elves animation. The elves dance and sing a version of "Jingle Bells" in an undecipherable language. The tracker also recently released a Jetpack game. Take a look:

Posted on December 20, 2013

Google Launches Hummingbird Algorithm and Celebrates 15th Birthday

Google pinata for 15th birthday

Google celebrated its 15th birthday today with an interactive pinata doodle. CNET says Google is celebrating 15 years of its biggest product, which is you.

Google also announced an overhaul of its main search algorithm. The new algorithm is caleld Hummingbird and it is supposed to provide an improvement in conversational search and a better understanding of the meaning of the search words you use. Search Engine Land has provided a good Hummingbird FAQ.

Here are some interesting facts about Google to celebrate the search engine giant's 15th anniversary. Take a look:

Image: Google

Posted on September 27, 2013

3% of Americans Still Using Dial-up Connections

The Pew Research Center reports that 3% of Americans are still using dial-up connections. This is much lower than the 6% of American with broadband connections. The number of people on dial-up has been decreasing over time, but it has been hanging around 3% since late 2011. Hispanics at 5% are the most likely demographic group to be using dial-up internet access.

Broadband and Dial-Up Adoption Chart

Image: Pew Research Center

Posted on August 24, 2013