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WTF, Google? What Does the Search Engine’s Massive “Hummingbird” Update Mean for Me?

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By Fausto Mendez

    Has Google felt a little bit different lately? On the surface, Google may look like the same, reliable search engine, but under the hood, the company just launched a major overhaul of its search algorithm. And it’s already affecting the way you search.

    Google is constantly updating its search algorithms to better serve the public; most updates barely tweak the search engine’s behavior. However, Google’s latest update - dubbed “Hummingbird” - is a major overhaul, and if you’ve used Google.com this week, you’ve already experienced features of the new change. We summarize the update below, the meatier details courtesy of TechCrunch

Presenting a New Focus on Questions & Answers

    Perhaps the most noticeable change is a new focus on questions and answers. Previously, Google Search focused on keywords, but now, Search takes a more intelligent approach to questions. Asking a question results in Google trying to answer it with the most relevant and reliable answers. 

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    Furthermore, an update to Google’s Knowledge Graph, which is a database that attempts to store and relate (connect) all kinds of data from various sources, has made the search engine much more effective at comparing and “understanding” data. For example, you could ask Google to compare the nutritional characteristics of broccoli and asparagus, and it should bring up relevant comparison charts, diagrams, Google+ pages/posts and, of course, good-ol’-fashioned links.

    In my test of this feature, I didn’t get any fancy charts or diagrams next to my search results, which is what is supposed to happen (sometimes) if Google understood your question. Fortunately, the first link on the search results did feature a fancy chart. So it looks like the update made the search results more relevant and useful at the very least, but if you’re hoping for fancy charts by your search results, Knowledge Graph may need to grow and “learn” a little more about veggies.

Over 90% Of Searches Affected by the Update

    During Google’s presentation of the Hummingbird update, the company remained quiet on how it all works, but they did mention that about 90% of global searches would be affected by the change. That’s a big percentage for an algorithm update, and that number is absolutely frightening to search-engine marketers as they may have to make big changes to the way they operate, the clients they work with, and the employees they hire. I’m search-engine marketers will ponder it over one too many drinks this weekend.


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The New iPhone 5S Hits Stores September 20

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By Fausto Mendez

    Apple just wrapped up its keynote announcement for the new iPhone 5S (and, of course, the iPhone 5C). It’s coming to a store near you on September 20th with a variety of small but significant upgrades.

    The first thing fans will talk about is the upgraded processor, which Apple claims performs 40x faster. Graphics capabilities are supposedly boosted 56x thanks to a combination of a 64-bit kernel, re-engineered built-in apps, 2x floating-point registers (whatever that is) and other developer jargon that I don’t quite understand. 

    Apple also released a motion co-processor to accompany the new smartphone. The co-processor continuously measures motion data with the help of the usual suspects, such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and, of course, GPS. The motion co-processor is meant to identify how you’re moving and adjusts an app’s settings and UX to best fit your mode of travel. For example, it can tell if you’re walking vs. driving, etc. 

    Additional upgrades include a better battery and an improved camera with F2.2 aperture, so photo fiends have something to celebrate too. The case features the classic iPhone 5 design with minor adjustments to the color scheme, and it ships with the brand-spankin’ new iOS 7.


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The New iPhone 5C Announced Today!

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you live in the USA, you may have heard a rumor or two that Apple’s releasing a new iPhone in October, and those rumors came true today. Introducing… the iPhone 5C . 

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   Featuring the good ol’s fashioned internals of the iPhone 5, the new iPhone 5C ships with a 4-inch Retina Display and plastic, solid-colored case. The Facetime camera on the front and the flash on the back is upgraded, so camera fiends have something to look forward to. Data fiends may appreciate that this iPhone ships with more LTE bands than any other phone on the market today.

    Otherwise, it’s exactly the same as the iPhone 5. Of course, it ships with the brand new and gorgeous iOS 7. Thanks to The Verge for the beautiful, live pics.


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