Posted April 24, 2013 By David
Google is planning to bring its personalised homepage feature it has for Android phones to its web search page.
‘Google Now’ takes all your data and uses it to create a completely personalised homepage customised to your needs and routine. It can alert you to heavy traffic conditions and arranges an alternate route to work or tell you the live score of your favourite sports team.
All of these things are relatively easy to find online, or through a variety of smartphone apps, but Google Now wants to make all the information you need to go about your day available in one place so you won’t need to access other sites for this information. This could effectively move more internet traffic over to Google, if all goes according to plan.
Posted April 16, 2013 By David
If your time on Earth comes to an end, Google’s new Inactive Account Manager will allow you to pre plan how your account is handled following your departure.
“We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife — in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone,” reads a post on the company’s Public Policy Blog.
In setting up the Google Inactive Account Manager, users will be able to select a length of time the account must be inactive before the alert goes out. Then, up to ten trusted individuals will receive a customised information on how to proceed or handle the account. Finally, Google gives users the option to effectively “burn” their account, wiping all materials from all Google properties — including public Youtube videos, Google+ profiles and Google Voice extensions. Read the remainder of this entry »