Google Launches Crowdsourced North Korea Map

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Google opens its Google Maps program for “citizen cartographers” who can contribute in building a map of North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive countries. Google’s map of North Korea used to be as blank as a tabula rasa, save for several rivers and lakes. But if you check the country now on Google Maps, you can see that it is starting to have highways, streets, and (at least in capi

Whitney Houston “World’s Most Googled” in 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
The life and tragic death of Whitney Houston last February was the most-searched topic on Google in 2012, both globally and in the United States. Second on the global searches list is “Gangnam Style,” the song popularized by South Korean rapper PSY that became viral on YouTube. The list is followed by Hurricane Sandy, iPad3, and video game Diablo 3 in that order. Google has been compiling in-depth list

Google Apps for Business Free No More; Premium Versions Now Available

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Google has officially announced a change to its business-oriented apps. The free versions Google Apps for Business are no more, offering only its premium version that costs $50 per user, per year, regardless of the company’s size. Businesses who already have the free accounts still get to use the apps without paying the subscription free, but organizations who are signing up from now will have to pay. Google

Google Acquires BufferBox

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Google may still be exploring those other avenues of business where it can further grow. And while not every business move they make has turned to gold, exploring other business opportunities is just something that an online search giant needs to do if ever it wants to make better use of its revenue. Acquiring other businesses that will lead Google to enter markets without having to start over seems to be the best

Gmail Adds Drive Integration; Attach Files Up to 10GB

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
The bummer part about sending documents through emails is the limited space in attaching files. Gmail, for instance, can only take up to 25MB worth of files. You cannot send large-format photographs through Gmail, while really long Word documents (like in novel drafts) would force senders to divide the file into several sections to accommodate the file space limit. Google has recently announced a new way of sendi

Google Gets Blocked in China… Again

Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Google has reported that its Web services have been disrupted in much of China. According to the company’s “transparency report,” which shows information about Google’s traffic from around the world, a significant drop in traffic from China has been noticed since Friday. The blockage, however, does not appear to affect the whole country. This is not the first time Google has setbacks in Ch

Early Release Of Google Q3 Financial Report Brings Its Stocks Down

Friday, October 19th, 2012
In business, timing is everything. That applies to every aspect of the business process. If a company needs to play it well, then it needs to know about the importance of timing. In the case of Google recently, it may have learned this lesson the hard way. Google recently found itself in a precarious situation when its Q3 financial report was mistakenly released earlier than usual. For whatever reason, a draft of

Google Offers 25 Cent App Downloads To Celebrate 25 Billion Downloaded Apps Milestone

Monday, October 1st, 2012
It only was a relatively short time ago that Google opened up its Android App Store or, more specifically, Google Play Store. The store was launched about 4 years ago and it has since proven its mettle that it can compete with Apple’s App Store for app downloads. Just several days ago, Google Play has announced that it has reached its 25 billionth downloaded app milestone. It may be quite interesting to note

Google Acquires Nik Software

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Google has been acquiring companies left and right, but this recent one might be more important than others. The search engine company has announced it has bought imaging app developer Nik Software, known for its professional photography apps like Capture NX and Efex Pro. But what Google might be eyeing is Snapseed, Nik Software’s simple imaging tool for desktop and iOS devices. Although Nik Software and Go

Google Encourages Hackers to Poke into Chrome Browser

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
For the second time this year, Google has set up its own hacker competition. The web search giant is hosting the Pwnium 2, which is being held at the Hack in the Box 10th anniversary conference in Malaysia. The challenge is simple: look for security holes in Google’s Chrome browser. Over $2 million worth of rewards are up for grabs. The biggest prize goes to someone who can bug the browser by exploiting i