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Finders Peepers: Google New Default XXX Image Blocking Draws Fire

13 Dec

Don’t be evil. That was Google’s motto for years. How people inside and outside of Google have interpreted it is very different. Those differing views are again colliding as Google changes how it shows image results for “adult” images.

Google has started to do something different when someone makes an “adult” image search request. Going forward Google is making users get more specific when searching for pornography using its search engine. And let’s face it, finding porn on the internet isn’t exactly hard to do.

Microsoft is not, at this point, altering it’s Bing search engine to do more enhanced filtering of generic pornographic search queries. We will see if Yahoo follows Bing’s or Google’s lead. There is also the alternative search.xxx for anyone’s pornography finding needs.

Google has released a statement regarding the change. A spokes person from Google has stated the following:

We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for — but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them. We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you’re looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting — you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in web search.

I think people are really missing what Google is really doing here. Let’s get to the real meat of this statement. Google says it uses “algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query.” In other words, when someone preforms a search Google is programmed to give the best results on what someone has requested. The more general the search request, the harder it is to get what the person requested. So another request is made to narrow down what the person is trying to find.

Now Google is requiring people looking for porn to think about what they are looking for and use words or phrases to narrow down their search to something more specific. This is a win for Google in multiple ways. The first, on a purely technical level, is the reduced load on their systems for performing the searches. Instead of a very broad search first search, it is more specific and should give a better chance of returning the desired results. Less work by the systems means less cost for Google for their “free” search service. Win number one.

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Numbers Game: New Report Puts Andriod Ahead of iOS in US.

4 Dec

Another day, another round of statistics from someone looking to fan the flames of the mobile OS war. According to a report by comScore [1]:

“The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone platforms, accounting for 53.6 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Apple secured 34.3 percent.”

What makes this report interesting regarding mobile OSes is these statistics include the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (which is available for the iPhone 4 and 4s as well). Not surprisingly RIM and Microsoft saw declines in usage. At this point the mobile OS field is still a two horse race.

For all the touting of apps on smartphones, the overwhelming majority of people use their phones for a different reason. Almost 76% of smartphone and non-smartphone users cite sending texts to another smart phone as their main function. This feature is also available on most “feature phones” which cost considerably less in terms of the actual phone and service plans. This could explain the large percentage of the feature. Second on the list of used phone features was apps followed by (in order of usage) using the browser, accessing social network sites or blogs, playing games and  listening to music.

Samsung at 26.3% edged out Apple at 17.8%  in OEM usage for smartphone and non-smartphone users. With the vast array of phones made by Samsung, Apple coming in second is very respectable. It would be interesting to see the statistics of Samsung smartphones vs. Apple smartphones only. But the waters would get muddied by the fact some parts of the iPhone are made by Samsung. So would Samsung get a percentage of those iPhones? All depends on how one decides to slice up the survey number pie. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five in that order. Most of which have smartphones based on the Android OS.

Over all then numbers clearly indicate mobile is not only here to stay, but growing every day. It continues to feed the addiction people have for being “connected” [2] with no end in sight.

Reference –

  1. comScore Reports October 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share – comScore
  2. Hung Up: Addiction to Mobile Phones Ruining People’s Relationships

App Recomendations

9 Nov

Apps are the bread and butter of the smartphone world. With out them, they’re pretty much just a more expensive feature phone. When someone gets a smart phone for the first time they go “app” crazy. Downloading this app and that app just because they can. It’s fun and new. Once the “app” euphoria subsides, the unused ones are generally deleted, leaving people with the most used on their phone. I was no different.

What I have on my phone are the most useful apps for me. Honestly I don’t have any games on my phone. I’m somewhat utilitarian on how I use it. What I do have an use I highly recommend. And so I thought this would be a great platform to continue my recommendation of apps. Starting next week I will being a series on smart phone apps I recommend. I want to preface I am not an iPhone user, and more than likely will never be. I am a happy Android user and am not even on the latest version of the operating system.

I also have a tablet but do not use it quite as much as my phone. And yes, I do have a game or two on it. Solitaire anyone?

I hope the series is a useful and helpful one. I look forward to the feedback and opinions!