There’s a lot of junk on the web. There is also a lot of good stuff on the web. And then there is the stuff that’s been lifted from the good and dropped amid the dross—the aggregation, the block-quotes, the straight-off copy-paste jobs.
The extent of that duplication now has a number: according to Matt Cutts, a long time Google search engineer who developed Google’s family-friendly “SafeSearch” filter and who now leads Google’s web spam team, “something like 25% or 30% of the web’s content is duplicate content.”
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Not all of the duplication is plagiarized or hastily created traffic-seeking junk. Examples of inoffensive duplication include quotes from blogs that link back to the original blog, or the thousands of pages of technical manuals scattered across the web that are updated with small changes but remain largely the same..
WhatsApp preferred to Facebook for mobile messaging, report states Digital Spy On average, the results also showed that mobile users turn to social messaging apps to communicate the most, over voice calls, texts and email.
Google's Motorola Mobility division has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a "system and method" to tattoo a mobile-device microphone with lie-detector circuitry onto your throat.
Your immediate response, dear reader, was ours as well: What the...? With such a device tattooed on one's throat, it would make it rather painful to, say, switch carriers, eh? And with a lie detector permanently attached, NSA snoops could have a field day.
It wasn't until we had read at least halfway through the 10 pages of US Patent Application No. 20130297301, "Coupling an Electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Device" that we encountered the words "flexible substrate".
After our fears were so allayed, we were able to more objectively evaluate the application, filed on May 3, 2012, and published this Thursday during the USPTO's weekly patent-fest. In sum, some of the filing's ideas seem reasonable, and others risible.
We'll begin with the reasonable, then move on from there.
LoopPay, the mobile wallet that transmits payment data to magnetic stripe payment card readers, will today announce an Android version of its payment app, which launched on iOS in February. “This is just another step, and we’re taking many steps toward getting more Loop-ready solutions out there,” LoopPay CEO Will Graylin tells us. Currently available as a $39 key fob that pairs with the app, Loop uses a magnetic coil to transmit payment card data. Users simply hold up the fob to a merchant's card reader in order to pay. Soon, a LoopPay iPhone 5/5s charge case will be available, and the company is hoping to convince manufacturers to build Loop’s transmitter into handsets. Still in its early stages, the company numbers its users in the thousands — but Graylin stresses LoopPay's advantage in that virtually all merchants are already equipped to accept LoopPay-powered transactions.
It’s clear that the so-called messaging 'wars' are heating up. But can these services monetize? Even though Snapchat is essentially deleting its biggest asset, it is operating its service an order of magnitude cheaper than its competitors. Yet it could still target ads as well as Facebook does.
Interesting "back-of-the-enveloppe" calculation.... very smart
La marque du groupe Decathlon a invité la presse à une présentation de son Quechua Phone 5" le 28 novembre prochain. Produit par le français Archos, le smartphone était testé par une dizaine d'utilisateurs depuis le début du mois de septembre.
Hier mercredi 13 novembre 2013, Google France présentait sa Google House parisienne (IIIème). Une maison connectée telle que la conçoit le géant américain inaugurée à l'occasion du lancement de sa dernière technologie de recherche vocale.