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Google Maps Adds 25M New Building Footprints

Google has added another layer of detail to its maps for desktop and mobile. Now, besides, streets, parks, and bodies of water, users can also see even more building footprints in major cities across the U.S. The Web giant debuted this new addition yesterday by adding 25 million new building footprints to its map platform. Cities include Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

October 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google to Hold October 29 Event

Google just sent out invites for an October 29th Android event in NYC. The festivities start at 10:00 EDT and the event will also be live streamed on YouTube, seemingly indicating this is a big announcement. The invite sheds little light on the subject matter, but that’s the date long-rumored for the launch of LG Nexus smartphone.

October 18, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Releases Web Site Speedup Software

As part of its "make the Web fast" effort, Google has released version 1.0 of a module designed to improve the very widely used Apache software that's very widely used to host Web sites. The Apache Software Foundation's flagship project is Web server software that delivers Web pages to people's browsers when they request it. It can be extended, and Google believes its mod_pagespeed extension for Apache is ready for use.

October 15, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Reigns in Search For September

Surprise, surprise, Google is still the king of search in the U.S. In fact, any other search engine pales in user numbers comparison. According to new data released by digital analytics company ComScore yesterday, 66.7 percent of users core searches in September were on Google, which is 0.3 percent higher than August. Trailing behind were Microsoft's search engines, which got 15.9 percent of the market share, and Yahoo came in third with 12.2 percent - which is down 0.6 percent from August.

October 15, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Publishes A Tablet App Quality Checklist

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has been quite a hit, but there can be little doubt that the average quality of Android tablet apps still ranks behind iOS. Google is clearly aware of this and yesterday, the company is making a new push to get developers to ensure that their apps run well on tablets. To do this, Google just launched a Tablet App Quality Checklist that walks developers through the process of getting their apps tablet-ready.

October 9, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Launching AdWords Business Credit Card

When small businesses need to make investments in IT or other operations, it’s often the companies selling them the goods that help with financing solutions. Now it looks like Google is using that model to help drive more dollars to AdWords search advertising.  Google is launching a new service in the UK, AdWords Business Credit, which offers credit to companies specifically in the SMB sector to boost their online ad spend with the company.

October 8, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Poised to Let Users Buy Web Content

Micropayments, a long-discussed way of supporting content on the Web that has yet to catch fire with users, is about to get a big boost from Google. The company confirmed that users will soon be able to pay for Web content using Google Wallet, buying individual articles for an average of $0.25 to $0.99 each. Once users buy the page, they will own it forever.

October 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Street View Goes Underwater

After having already surveyed ancient ruins and Arctic villages, Google's Street View team has now expanded their reach to the world's oceans. This week, the company added its first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, giving users an intimate glimpse at coral reefs along the coasts of Australia, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Google gathered its underwater imagery as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a research initiative devoted to studying the world's coral reefs.

September 27, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Glass Moves Beyond Photography

Dante D'Orazio has seen Google Glass trotted around more than a few times now on the faces of plenty of Google employees and even on a handful of models, but information on how the device functions and what its capabilities are beyond photography have been extremely difficult to come by. Yesterday he got precious few more details about voice commands and other functionality courtesy of The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Ante, who recently got a moment with a pair of the glasses and Sergey Brin.

September 13, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Wallet to Discontinue Prepaid Cards

After seemingly overcoming a series of security issues, Google is cashing out of the prepaid payment card market next month. The Web giant began telling users yesterday to get busy spending whatever balances that remain on their cards because they will be discontinued on October 17. The prepaid card was made obsolete with the introduction of the ability to use any debit and credit cards with Google Wallet.

September 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov