We already know Google collects a ton of data on us, and a lot of it comes from search. Google offers plenty of ways to limit the amount of data you have lying around, but they're not all that easy to find. Starting today, Google is making it easier to both see and delete your search activity. Previously, you could visit your Google Account in Settings on Android phones or on the web on iOS, tap Manage your data & personalization and then My Activity to see your search results. Then you needed to tap the three-dot menu and select Delete to get rid of something.
I could not agree more. At DSC, we've replaced our previous under-performing search tool by a new one, much more user-friendly and powerful. It's to the point that we are even considering creating a search engine entirely dedicated to data science, using our search tool. We are also getting more and more traffic from internal search, by posting / tweeting search result pages such as this one or this other one.
Google search powers trillions of inquiries a year, but for those on the outside of the company, precisely how that engine works is a mystery. Some people, like President Donald Trump, see political bias in this opacity. But while the exact algorithms that power Google search are unknown, the way it generally works--and some of its history--are knowable. And the fact that it is somewhat mysterious is actually a good thing for the average internet user. Google's search system is powered by proprietary algorithms that deliver results based on what it thinks the person wants in return.
If you have a Google Search Appliance you are now months away from it turning into a big yellow brick. Thousands of organizations are now scrambling to find a GSA Alternative and the task of going through this process can be cumbersome at best. Yippy has already helped numerous companies (Read Article) quickly make the transition to a more robust application that greatly decreased search times while providing advanced security, data discovery and ease of use. For this reason, we have created a Google Search Appliance Replacement Program to make the transition easier while reducing the internal bandwidth of going through an implementation of a new search application. Here are some of the benefits of our program.
Google updated its search app Tuesday by introducing tappable shortcuts on its iOS and Android search apps and Google.com on mobile web. "Getting up-to-the-minute info is as easy as a single tap. With shortcuts right on the home screen, you now have access to in-depth experiences across sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather," Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of product management, Google, said on the company's official blog post. Additional shortcuts such as translate, nearby attractions, flights, hotels and internet speed tests will be present below the search bar. The new update will even add a "fun" section that will have shortcuts to games such as "tic-tac-toe," "roll a die," "animal sounds" and "I'm feeling curious."