Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Cloud computing

October 28, 2008

Cloud computing refers to the increasing tendancy for online applications to be built and housed online, rather than on an individual’s computer or a smaller company’s servers.

Large data centres are renting out spare capacity to store online applications.

Amazon (with its Elastic Cloud Service) and Google (with its online applications including Google Docs) are already active in the field of cloud computing, and Microsoft has just anounced Microsoft Azure, which will allow the online storage of applications and data.

At its best, cloud computing taps into the principles behind Web 2.0, as applications stored online, or “in the cloud”, can be updated regularly and quickly in response to the ongoing “conversation” between developers and users.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Universal Search / Blended Search

October 29, 2007

Universal search has been developed by Google to allow users to search many types of web content and online media using only one search tool – and receive one set of search results.

Universal search integrates results from all types of search – for example of web pages, images, maps and directions, videos, news, books etc. Depending on the original search request, a list of contextual links may also appear, allowing the user to access deeper content immediately.

Other search engines have also developed their own forms of blended search.

There is more information of universal search on the Google Blog, along with examples of searches that illustrate the capabilities of universal search.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Algorithm

October 29, 2007

An algorithm is simply a process, formula or method for solving a (usually mathematical) problem. On the web, an average user, blogger or website owner is most likely to come across algorithms in relation to search engines, particularly Google. The Google search algorithm is a method of finding the most appropriate search results for a particular search query.

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