Here are a few of technology developments that I thought were kind of interesting. One is that Google will now allow a user to download all of his or her search history for all time, or at least all tracked time. Then again, isn’t “all time” and “all tracked time” synonymous? The instructions and links to the relevant screens are available in this article from CNBC. I don’t really have a problem with Google tracking anything. I do as much or more searching based on my work as a reference librarian. That leads to some interesting ads, such as books from Thomson Reuters or Lexis Publishing available on Amazon. I know other people don’t have the same attitude I have about Google and other search engines. At the same time, I’m probably one of the most boring people around when it comes to targeted ads.
Another story from CNBC also mentions a change in the Google search algorithm that will favor mobile sites in search rankings when the search comes from a mobile source. The story notes that nearly half of Google traffic between June and November 2014 came from a mobile device. The change goes into effect tomorrow.
Here’s a short note about the Internet of Things. Mashable and other sites are reporting that Wink Hubs, controllers for things like door locks and lights, among other connected devices stopped working because of a software update that broke the connection between the device and its servers. The device is so secure that a remote software update isn’t possible. Owners have to send the device back to the company to get fixed. I guess turning keys in locks and flicking light switches is sooooo 2000. Kids these days! They have it easy. Why I remember when Alta Vista was the best search engine around. And when we used Yahoo, we didn’t search, we looked through lists of links! Those were the days.
Speaking of Yahoo, the company is reworking its deal with Microsoft on using Bing as the engine that powers Yahoo search. Some of the results will now come through Yahoo’s own engine which will also supply Yahoo’s own ads. The story is here.