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Google owned a 65% share of U.S. Web searches in April | Technology | Los Angeles Times | RealtyGo | Blog
Google led search-engine traffic in April, with 65.4% of Web searches taking place on Google-owned search sites, according to the research firm ComScore.
The Mountain View, Calif.,-based company’s search traffic, while dominating, was down slightly from March when Google-owned sites took up a 65.7% share of the market, ComScore reported.
Coming in second place last month was Yahoo, which accounted for 15.9% share of online searches, up 0.2% from March, the research firm said.
In third came Microsoft search sites, which were also up 0.2%, taking up a 14.1% slice of the market, ComScore said.
In a distant fourth place slot was the Ask Network, which nabbed a 3.0% share of online search queries, followed by AOL which had a 1.5% take in April, ComScore reported. Ask and AOL’s April numbers were each down 0.1%, the report said.
Yahoo and Microsoft’s search sites are powered by the Microsoft Bing search engine. When Yahoo and Microsoft’s search sites are combined, Bing powered a 30% share of the online search market.
Like Microsoft, Goolge too powers searches for sites it doesn’t own, one of them being AOL.
When AOL and Google’s performance is counted together, Google’s numbers rise slightly, accounting for 67.3% of searches in March and 66.9% in April.
New device allows you to display PC imaging wirelessly to an HDTV, great for ‘real estate client interaction’ or webinars / RealtyGo blog |
The Altona AT-HDAir ($219) enables you to display content from your PC to an HDTV (HDMI or VGA connections) Completely wirelessly, no cables needed, much like RealtyGo’s Mobile Real Estate Application. The Device uses wireless technology to transmit content you are currently looking at on your PC (laptop or desktop) to an HDTV, within range. (needs to be within 30 feet but can transmit through walls).
Great for Agent-client relations in any real estate office or networking area. Review contracts or properties on RealtyGo/MLS/Realtor.com/Zillow etc not to mention the great value add for your clients, to have a larger display vs. huddling around your laptop or desktop computer in your office. With the prices of HDTV’s continuing to drop you could pick up an HDTV monitor/display for anywhere between $149 and $500 depending on how large of a display you want. Then simply put it on the desk next to you or better yet mount it on your office wall with a bracket that is adjustable and pull it out when you need it.
In the past this was available in lo-res but now it’s available in HD (720p) and it also will broadcast audio along with the video. You simply plug a small USB transmitter into your laptop/desktop PC (Windows only at this time) and then have the receiver located near your larger HDTV.
Great for the office – integrate this with a large HDTV in your near-bye conference room so Potential Buyers/Agents/Brokers can take advantage of a webinar together?
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Special thanks to Max Pigman for turing us on to this new technology.
Now you can pay for that latte with cash, credit card or mobile phone.
Starbucks (SBUX) , which tested mobile payments in select stores and Target outlets in the past year, expanded the program nationally to all its 6,800 company-owned stores starting Wednesday.
There are a handful of mobile payment experiments in operation now, including Bling Nation in Palo Alto, Calif., and Mocapay in Denver. But this is the biggest rollout to date for mobile payments, says Gwenn Bézard, analyst with the Aite Group, who follows mobile payments. Tech analysts expect substantial growth in mobile payments in coming years as more of us lead our daily lives on our phone.
“This is a more convenient way to pay,” says Starbucks Vice President Brady Brewer. “Your wallet or purse isn’t always with you, but the mobile phone is.” Customers pay using apps available on their iPhones or BlackBerrys. Download the app, and fund it with your credit card. When you reach the barista at the counter, hit the “pay” button, show the bar code, and scan it to complete the transaction. Starbucks says it’s working on an app for Android phones.
“Starbucks is using an interim technology that’s available today,” Bezard says. But he thinks the future of mobile payments will be based on a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which embeds a payment chip inside the phone.
NFC is popular in Asia, where many phones already have built-in chips, and retailers to support them. Juniper Research says $200 billion will be spent worldwide via mobile payments by 2012, up from $100 billion in 2010.Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile recently announced plans for a joint venture, Isis, to offer NFC purchasing via phones. Testing is scheduled to begin next year.
The success of its gift card sparked Starbucks’ interest in mobile payments. “Customers liked the speed of the card,” Brewer says. About one in five retail transactions are done with the card, and customers have loaded more than $1.5 billion onto them, Starbucks says.
Starbucks began testing mobile payments in 2009. To expand nationally, it had to retrofit older scanners with new ones that could accept the bar code from the apps. “We’re going to see big adoption,” Brewer says. He wouldn’t say how much the changeover cost the company.
If anyone has information at the estimated costs for starbucks to integrate this modality and upgrade their hardware and Scanners, please share. Thank You!
A pun is definitely what we are going for on this one everyone! Don’t let these infantile -quick “throw up” sites, claiming to offer mobile real estate applications make you throw up!
RealtyGo.co Real Estate Mobile application has girth to back it up. From Auto Scheduling your real estate showings to offering a robust search area for everyone, lending to better exposure and SEO for each and everyone of your Mobile Listing Codes and Listings. RealtyGo.co is the mobile real estate site of the future, today! Our technological operating system allows members to easily spread their mobile listings everywhere; using QR codes and SMS messaging efficiently to dominate the mobile real estate space. Copy paste your mobile listing TAG and place it anywhere HTML is accepted, or anywhere you can paste a link. Craigslist.com, any large Real estate listing company, all print and new papers and just about anywhere you can think of.
Republican legislation will soon allow electronic devices for the first time in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to The New York Times. In a document known as the Speaker’s Announced Policies, it is proposed that “Members may use an electronic device on the House floor as long as it doesn’t ‘impair decorum.’” A Republican spokesman Brendan Buck said that “This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.
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