Gmail Adds Undo Feature

Since the arrival of email as a valid method of communication, the problem of messages that users wished they never sent has been something of a rarity. While the issue is likely more common than many think, the actual solution to the problem has been scattered at best. Luckily, the folks at Google and the popular Gmail program have come up with a solution.

According to Gizmodo, the “undo send” feature is officially part of Gmail, which allows users to cancel those messages after having a change of heart. The feature is limited to the amount of time pre-selected by the user, which means anyone can set between a five and thirty second delay to send a message during which the writer can cancel the message. The time limit is unforgiving, which means choosing words and mentalities closely is still probably the best policy when it comes to composing an email.

The undo feature is a nice touch for Gmail showing that Google is aware that sometimes everyone has an email they wish they could snatch back from cyberspace. According to Susan McGalla in this article, while users get up to a half-minute to ponder the lasting effects of a snarky message, they do not get any more time than that. The hard ceiling of time is something that is unavoidable in technology, but sooner or later a program will be written that ask users if they are certain they want to send that email.

Benefits Of Visual Search Applications

Many businesses are now using visual search technology in their e-commerce apps. Although the technology is not new, it is gaining popularity because big retailers are designing numerous marketing campaigns for visual search apps.

The Benefits

A visual search app can detect shapes, proportions, sizes, and colors. As a result, shoppers can find products quickly and accurately. Keyword searches can be time-consuming because the keywords must be placed in the product description or in the metadata.

A visual search tool can also increase sales on an e-commerce site because it boosts keyword search results. For example, when shoppers use Google’s Similar Items feature, it displays thousands of similar items.

Spear Fishing

When customers need to locate a product quickly, they use spear fishing techniques. When they spear fish while using visual search tools, they receive better results. If a customer needs a specific couture purse, a visual search tool will display different styles that have reasonable price tags.

Other Options

Although visual search tools are mainly used by fashion retailers, other industries can increase sales by using the technology too. For example, when a shopper takes a photo of an item, the technology will retrieve a mobile coupon. This feature helps many retailers target teen shoppers. Thousands of teenagers take photos of Levi’s jeans so that they use get discounts at Levi stores.

Usage Information

There are dozens of companies that develop visual marketing tools for retailers. Many businesses use Slyce because the company provides an app and has its own marketplace. Although Amazon has an app, it cannot process certain products well. Slyce, however, is very dependable and highly accurate.

Managers who use visual search tools also share the technology with other companies. However, they must design an API marketing strategy. For example, Zappos lets developers remix their products. After the items are redesigned, the developers place them into new apps.

Many people use visual apps because they reduce gas costs. Because consumers can snap photos of products to instantly gather information, they don’t have to travel to a physical store. Also, the entire shopping process is fast and efficient. After the app processes the information, the shopper can buy the item quickly and easily.

Businesses that need additional sales use visual search tools because thousands of people shop on their mobile devices every day. During big marketing projects, all tools must be reliable. This is why many retailers download use Slyce programs.

Google Desire to Offer Wireless Services

Google confirmed that it wishes to become a wireless carrier in the near future, offering talk and data coverage for willing customers. That is not to say that Google would be establishing its own network, but rather would attempt to buy access from preexisting networks like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Google would then offer plans to its customers, allowing them to manage their mobile plans and services completely through Google. This expansion in focus for the company would certainly put them in competition with other wireless networks, but Google would likely remain true to its image as being an internet and innovation based entity.

While this might appear to be a dream for some customers, perhaps one should be wary of the remarkable control Google would be exerting on a variety of markets. Though Jason Halpern says that their intentions have yet to breach public interest, to accumulate such a vast array of technological capital certainly provides the company with a powerful position in economic and even political spheres. It is difficult to know the true nature of the relationship that Google has with government agencies. Seeing as many people are becoming more concerned with the United States government’s tendency to investigate its citizens’ internet or mobile tendencies, it would reasonably follow that Google’s growth should also be of concern to the public, seeing as they have the power to rival said agencies in their investigatory capacities.

Google Fiber Set to Expand

 

Creating options when it comes to choosing television and internet service has proven to be somewhat difficult for any company in the telecommunications industry. However, in a move to combat major internet service providers and get ultra-high speed connectivity to as many homes as possible, Google has announced the expansion plans for its Google Fiber system.

According to DSLReports.com, Google will put Fiber in Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, Atlanta, and Nashville next. Andrade revealed the announcement is probably getting cable and internet provides in those areas more than a little nervous. The speeds offered by Fiber often surpass those of traditional providers, but the lower cost is what really has an effect on big corporations running the communications game. Since the rules and regulations are largely left to states to decide, the particular ins and outs of the industry are different from location to location.

The one thing that deploying a high speed internet connection with television service along of the ride does take is money, and Google certainly has plenty of that valuable asset to put to work. Granted the actual activation dates for the projects are years away, and the company could prepare to roll out in additional cities soon. However, it certainly seems that change is coming to the traditional ISP format, and that could present a series of challenges for every company entrenched with older technology and lines. Google clearly means business this time around.

FreedomPop is back with 500 MB of mobile data a month… FREE!

Last month I told y’all about FreedomPop and it’s affordable international calling plans that, let’s be honest, not everyone needs. Well, the up-and-coming company has decided to expand its reach by offering a service that I know you use…

Whether you are using a USB or wireless hotspot, FreedomPop has already launched in beta and you will need a credit card to activate the service.

For a $49 deposit, FreedomPop offers the consumer a portable hotspot or USB stick, which are both refundable. Plugging into any Mac or PC, the stick is good for those people who are out and about a lot. Wireless data can be provided by the hotspot (for a total of 8 devices at one time) for those who want to connect portable gaming devices or various tablets.

FreedomPop follows both Clearwire’s 4G WiMax and Sprint’s 3G networks, however coverage is not offered nationwide, but in 71 markets only. FreedomPop does offer 4G data speed once the 4G LTE is made available later this year. For faster service currently, users are paying an extra $3 per month.

FreedomPop offers an ad free service, but it is through promotional offers that users can earn more data. This may involve the user’s personal information.

As previously stated, FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi service can work across a broad number of devices, but it is available first through its Android app. According to sources, an iPhone app is currently in the works and will be out in a matter of weeks.

To get its standalone Wi-Fi plan, FreedomPop is ensuring that the experience with its Wi-Fi service will be similar to that of a cell phone’s auto connect. FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi carrier is expected to break one million users this year alone.

Pre-orders on sleeves for fourth generation iPhones and iPod Touches are also being taken by FreedomPop. Working the same as the hotspot, there is no voice or texting service on the sleeves.

FreedomPop’s free users get the 500 MB every month of data. If there is any extra data used, there will be a 2 cent charge per MB. When the customer gets 100 MB as a limit, FreedomPop automatically charges $10 worth of credit, which ensures the customer continued service. Autocharging can be turned off in the settings feature.

FreedomPop users can make referrals to the company and earn an extra 10 MB per month. The company also makes free data available through other promotional offers including filling out surveys, joining email lists and through video ads. If you’re interested in FreedomPop, check them out on the Google Play store or iTunes.

Google Becoming a Wireless Carrier

 

There is little doubt that smartphones and data plans have become a major element in the world of technology. As smartphones and tablets continue to win users with sleek interfaces and great apps, the mobile tech world is exploding. Anyone that thought the airwaves were already crowded with wireless carriers and cell phone providers probably should get ready for another big time name jumping into the mix.

According to The Verge, Google is getting ready to offer up a wireless service of its own. However, the company responsible for Android and a whole lot of internet searches is doing things a bit different this time around. Apparently, Google will lease space on T-Mobile and Sprint networks instead of trying to build its own network. Since Google tends to try to beat competitors on price, the lease factor is an interesting one because of the associated overhead.

While only the select few inside the major technology company know exactly what is going on, it seems that other carriers should be a little nervous. The project itself still has to release details, and all that is known for sure is that the data and networks are going to be leased. Since speculation is bound to run rampant, the company will likely release some sort of statement before too long. Without a doubt consumers , like Fersen Lambranho and myself, will be listening intently to see if there is a chance their wireless bill could shrink.

Driverless Cars Hit the Streets

Not happy with simply taking over cyber space, Google has been dabbling in many other areas of home entertainment, communications and technology. Their newest venture has them taking on the auto industry next.

Laurene Powell Jobs comments that once thought the things of science fiction writers’ imaginations, automobiles that operate and drive without the need for a human operator are about to become a reality. 

Back in May of 2014, Google released a video showing people driving prototypes.  This space age car drove them around to simulate traveling without driving. 

While that was just a publicity stunt, complete with fake looking cars, Google is ready to unleash a fleet of real cars onto California streets as early as 2015.

Google Services Outage Not Surprising

Lee G. Lovett reports that according to users on Reddit, Google Services were temporarily down early Tuesday, December 2. This is not the first outage users have had to deal with recently. Slowdown and outages also happened during the afternoon on November 25th.

Although outages can happen to any company that provides online services, these events have come to feel like a disappointing standard from Google to a lot of users of certain products, such as Chrome.

Some users learned to their horror that certain page failures were related to their decision to not use Chrome’s default HTML5 Player after developers repeatedly ignored feedback that they prefer their choice of player or that the HTML5 Player creates errors on YouTube and elsewhere.

In the past, many users have relied on hacks and blocking extensions to deal with Chrome issues because their complaints and suggestions about fixing Google products like these are often ignored or excused away in the Google Product Forums and on the Chromium Project website.

Google critics are wondering when the company’s decision makers are going to realize that users of their “free” products really are their customers and that, ultimately, they’re going to lose revenues as user’s pick more user-friendly products with fewer bugs and online companies that offer better customer service.