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Google Malaysia introduced three new major enhancements to Google Maps, allowing Malaysia commuters to better plan their journey and look up real time information. The new major enhancements are two new layers, Traffic and Transit, as well as a Bahasa Malaysia interface.

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Sajith Sivanandan, Google Malaysia Country Manager said by turning on the traffic layer on Maps, users can quickly see whether roads are congested or flowing freely based on color coding. Red is for choc-a-bloc, yellow for slow moving and green for smooth flowing. The new real-time traffic tracking features in Google maps makes it easier for drivers to plan alternative routes to their destination. However at launch, the service is available for roads in Klang Valley only.

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The Transit feature on Google Maps provides step-by-step travel directions to travel using the public transportation system in Malaysia including bus, LRT, monorail and Komuter. Transit also gives users information on where bus stops and train stations are located.

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Google says that the data used for the Traffic and Transit features is gathered from a variety of sources including the Department of Transportation, private data providers, and users of Google Maps for mobile who contribute anonymous speed information through Google’s traffic crowdsourcing feature.

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Google Map with traffic on browser, navigate to top right hand site to activate the new traffic layer

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Google Map with traffic on iPhone map

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US Internet giant Google on Tuesday started building one of its three planned data centres in Asia to meet fast growing online demand from the region, the company said.

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“More new Internet users are coming online everyday here in Asia than anywhere else in the world,” Daniel Alegre of Google said during a ceremony to begin work on the $300 million, 15 hectare (37 acre) site in Changhua county, western Taiwan.

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“They are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family, near and far.

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“That is why we are building data centres in Asia — to ensure that our users here have the fastest, most reliable access possible to all of our services, so they can continue putting them to work.

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Construction of the two other data centres for the region — in Singapore and Hong Kong — started in December and will cost $700 million in total. Google also has similar centres in the United States and Europe, but none so far in Asia.

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The search engine giant has faced stiff competition in Asia, particularly in the China market where domestic search services, including Baidu, are household names to a 485 million-strong internet population — the world’s largest.

Gmail new loading bar

By on March 26, 2012

Gmail just make a small changing on their loading screen, the new changing makes Google’s mail service look more like a native app and the transition to the actual interface is much smoother. Whenever you log into your gmail, the progress bar and the loading [email protected] message are located at the center of the page.

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New gmail loading page design

Old version of Gmail loading page

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Other than the loading bar, the rest of the gmail features on the loading page still remain the same including the load basic HTML at the right bottom of the page. If you have a slow internet connection and the “inbox preview” lab features is enabled, you still able see the preview of the inbox while you wait for Gmail to load.

Google is one of top money making company which focus on the search engine business. The search engine giant makes about $37.9 billion last year and most of the income is come from their Adwords advertising program.

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Just Amazon itself already spends over $55 million in 2011 to advertise on Google Adword whereas Apple spend $17.9 million and Microsoft spend $16.3million. The most ironically is both Apple and Microsoft have their own advertising platform and yet they still spending so much of money to advertise on their fiercest rival.

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Let’s view the following infographic show the summary of Google source of income for year 2011

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According to a note by Macquarie analyst Ben SchachterApple made US$1 billion off Google last year by having it as the default search engine in Safari. He observed that Apple seems to be moving away from Google Maps, which doesn’t affect Google much. But if Apple decides to stop using Google for search, it could be a major blow to Google, since the iPad appears to be gaining a lot of popularity around the world. If the iPad overtakes the PC in the next five years and it becomes the preferred method that people use to make their search, then Google will be in trouble.

Schachter believes that Google searches on iOS devices resulted in US$1.3 billion in gross revenue, and Google has a 75% traffic acquisition cost associated with that revenue.This means that the Internet and software corporation only gets US$335 million in net revenue from searches on iOS and Safari.

Google is profiting from ads posted by illegal London 2012 Olympics ticket resellers, the BBC reported. These ads have since been removed, as have ads for cannabis, fake identification cards, and passports that the BBC found and reported to Google.

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Google told the BBC that “the company keeps any money it might make from companies advertising illegal services before such adverts are removed.”

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BBC’s report recaps the ordeal of a woman who first found an ad from LiveOlympicTickets at the “very, very top” of Google after searching for “Olympic tickets.” That would be an AdWords ad (which is strangely referred to as a Sponsored Link multiple times in the report, even though Google renamed Sponsored Links to Ads in November 2010), which often appear above Google’s organic (algorithmically generated) search results. Naturally, she assumed this ad was trustworthy, being at the top of Google and all, and bought tickets from the scam site.

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“Selling tickets on the open market without permission from the Olympic authorities is a criminal offence in the UK under the London Olympic and Paralympic Games Act 2006,” BBC reported. LiveOlympicTickets is “registered overseas” and wasn’t an official 2012 Olympic ticket reseller, so it’s unlikely they’ll have to pay the £20,000 fine for reselling Olympic tickets illegally.

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Police had also requested Google to take down links to illegal Olympic ticket resellers. Apparently, LiveOlympicTickets remained the top advertisement for a week after the police asked Google to remove the ad.

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“We have a set of policies covering which ads can and cannot show on Google. These policies and guidelines are enforced by both automated systems and human beings. When we are informed of ads which break our policies, we investigate and remove them if appropriate,” Google said in a statement. “Our aim is to create a simple and efficient way for legitimate businesses to promote and sell their goods and services whilst protecting them and consumers from illicit activity.”

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This isn’t the first case of Google profiting off illegal activities via AdWords advertising. Google surrendered $500 million in 2011 to avoid prosecution after an investigation showed Google knowingly accepted illegal ads from pharmacies in Canada and elsewhere. Google also settled with the U.S. government for $3 million in 2007 over online gambling ads.

Have you experience that having difficulty to get the accurate information when you search using the Google search engine? Study show that most probably the information isn’t there or if it’s there, you just don’t know how to perform a well-executed search on Google.

 

But never too late to learn to use Google search engine effectively in order to help to boost your productivity and also save your time.

 

Just go through the following infographic “Get More Out of Google : Tips and Tricks for Students Conducting Online Research” and you may gain some benefit from the awesome Google search tips and tricks.

 

Enjoy it.

Google doodle gallery

By on December 26, 2011

Have you ever seen a doodle you loved, but when you went to see it again it was gone? Ever curious about what doodles in Italy look like or how your favorite holiday has been celebrated each year? Or wanted to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on the recent Les Paul doodle, and maybe share it with your friends on Google+? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then take a look at Google new revamped Doodle site.

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Back to year 1998, Google use doodles as a way to showing the thing that they like or are excited about. Since than Google created a number of doodle which people can look at it as well as play with it.

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Because most of the doodle only available for one or two day on the home page, so in order for the people to review back the doodle, Google has created a gallery of all previous doodles. At this new web site, you can browse, watch or play with over 1000 doodles.

Google Chrome Remote Desktop

By on December 25, 2011

Remote desktop connections are always a great help while troubleshooting computers. By gaining access to a friend’s computer remotely you can easily understand what computer problem they are having and resolve it. Here to offer its own solution for remote desktop sharing is Google’s new tool called Chrome Remote Desktop.

 

Chrome Remote Desktop is a browser extension by Google released for Chrome. The extension installs in your browser and generates an authentication code for you to share with others. The person you share the code with must also be using Google Chrome with Chrome Remote Desktop installed. This other person can visit the extension’s options and select the “Access a shared computer” option to connect with your computer after they provide your authentication code. Once the connection has been established, your computer could be controlled remotely by the other person; similarly you will be able to control his computer through your Chrome window.

 

You need to grant the permission to the extension before you can actually start using it

 

After everything, just provide your remote partner with the generated code, than he will be able to access your computer

 

Watch the follow video clip on how the Google Chrome remote desktop work:

 

Click here to download Google Chrome remote desktop extension

Not sure how many of you saw the Google Christmas decoration on their page. If you search of any Christmas relative key word such as “Christmas“, “xmas“, “Santa Claus” you will found out the special decoration prepare by Google in this special festival.

Besides that, there are also the special decoration at the search bar if you searching for “Hanukkah“.

Google search page decoration on Christmas day

Spacial decoration for Hanukkah day