The Google+ Long Game Is Brilliant – could Google+ eventually win out over the social network competition? They do keep adding good new features such as Hangouts and Communities and I’d rather use it more than Facebook…if only we could all agree to just move over from Facebook!
How Google Author Rank could change content marketing and journalism – as much as I’m not a fan of some of Google’s algorithm changes over the past couple of years (one hurt Zath pretty badly), I do kind of like the idea of good authors getting deserved recognition in search results, obviously it’s just another ploy to make you use Google+ and get more social signals.
Wikipedia hoax about a war that never happened deleted after 5 years – it makes you wonder just what else might be up on Wikipedia that has no basis in fact?
Tactus first look: the screen technology that adds a physical keyboard to a tablet – this is a really interesting concept to bring to touch screens. It does seem rather futuristic and would have to work well to be really useful, but I still can help but question whether we actually need this now? Aren’t most people now getting used to typing on touchscreens, although I suppose it could also be developed to be a great Braille system for the blind?
Why the Facebook and Apple empires are bound to fall – it’s always tough to tell when a company might peak, be it their share price, their sales or their user-base, but like most ’empires’ I’m sure it’ll eventually happen, although in Facebook’s case, as much as I’d like us to all move on to a better alternative, there’s that annoying ‘network effect’ where it won’t happen until people leave in droves. But then that’s unlikely as long as all their friends stay, so Facebook has a pretty good lock-in until something is substantially different and better…or they make such bad decisions and screw it for themselves. Which is also probably why Apple is happy only making small upgrade changes to avoid alienating existing users.
Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
He has provided IT consultancy services to both home and small business users for over 15 years, building PCs, fixing hardware/software problems and providing comprehensive training.
Simon always likes to get the best out of the technology he is using, by both making informed decisions of what products to purchase and also optimising how it is then used to get the most benefits possible.
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