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Google to Stop Unofficial Autocomplete API

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Google will block access to its autocomplete API to unauthorised users starting from 10 August 2015.

When asked about the move, Google explained: “We built autocomplete as a complement to Search, and never intended that it would exist disconnected from the purpose of anticipating user search queries.

“Over time we’ve realized that, while we can conceive uses for an autocomplete data feed outside search results that may be valuable, overall the content of our automatic completions are optimized and intended to be used in conjunction with web search results and, outside the context of a web search, don’t provide a meaningful user benefit.”

There have been several games and other sites created using the API with the idea of guessing exactly what Google would come up with for certain combinations of words.

The complete picture for the service is that it was originally designed for use only within the context of the Google Search itself. The API has remained unofficially available, but hasn’t really been part of the official Google offering.

Google goes on to say: “In the interest of maintaining the integrity of autocomplete as part of Search, we will be restricting unauthorized access to the unpublished autocomplete API as of 10 August 2015.

“We want to ensure that users experience autocomplete as it was designed to be used – as a service closely tied to Search. We believe this provides the best user experience for both services.”

Anyone who wants to make use of the autocomplete feature in the way they see fit can still do so using the Google Custom Search feature for their own site.

The API came about as a result of reverse engineering by the community and this hasn’t always been a bad thing. The Google Maps API also began unofficially before eventually being adopted (and licensed for a charge) by Google.

Earlier this year, Google killed off the YouTube v2 API pulling down support for a number of smart devices which relied on it. 

Taking pleasure in playing Skyforge with Skyforge credits online

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Now, you can avail Skyforge credits at your nearest online gaming house in the most affordable cost.

The credits in Skyforge are the in-game currency for this impending game, Skyforge. The gamers can enjoy playing Skyforge with the credits in the open trading method. Based on the inclusion of weekly caps on the specific development of the currency, it indicates that characters can go to level cap through buying their way. Moreover, the gamers can intensify their pace of development; they do not have the merits over the others ones in the identical level. On the other hand, there are the restrictions of monetization of Skyforge. You opt to purchase Skyforge credits online because you need to save time in gathering credits in the diverse aspects of the gameplay. You need to equip your character in the very beginning. Here, credits can help you a lot. If you do not have credits initially in your hand, it will be difficult for you to decorate your character and accelerate the leveling up process.

As a gamer, you should know that Skyforge comes out as a free-to-play AAA Sci-Fi imaginary MMORPG. It comprises a stunning action-based combat method. It is arranged in a world in which the imaginary negotiates Sci-Fi and olden secrecies stay alongside with the cutting-edge technologies. Skyforge carries the players to an outstanding universe in which the mortals along with the immortals take part in battling for survival against attacking the gods and their armies. The project of Skyforge has been in progression since the year, 2010 and the first closed Beta Test was available to choose the players on March 11, 2015 for the PC. The servers in NA and EU are accessible currently. The players need a good amount of cheap Skyforge credits to develop the character. When gaining credits seem difficult, the players opt to purchase this in-game currency in exchange of real world money.

The classes
There are several groups of classes in Skyforge relying on the accessing level. The beginners do have the access to three classes in the very beginning of the game including Cryomancer, Paladin, and Lightbinder. When a gamer finishes the different adventures and gains the awards slowly, the intermediate and advanced classes can have five in each. A Berserker is an intermediate class and it is to need some days from the beginning of the game to have the access to it. Conversely, playing as a Gunner, one might have to spend some weeks expanding the character since it belongs to the advanced group.

The classes can be altered anytime or anywhere. There are no benefits of gamers in PvP or PvE activities, if they can be able to accelerate the character development with the actual money and development. To gain more prestige, the players can purchase Skyforge Argents or Skyforge Credits. The gamers can go for trading credits for SF Argents through the market.

As we all are thrilled for Skyforge or carefully intrigued, the team of Skyforge is satisfied to disclose today that Open Beta of Skyforge has been available for Europe and North America. This fantastic game is going to the Western Audience this summer. Other than the Beta Status, one can be able to log into the game and turns out to be gods.

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GRELIS, The Little Search Engine That Could

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Global Real Estate Listing Search (GRELIS) founder Tom Rapko has developed a specialized search engine that focuses exclusively on real estate. Rapko offers people a better way to search for property, via keywords.

Another day, another real estate website it seems like, but this time it’s different according to Global Real Estate Listing Search (GRELIS) founder Tom Rapko.

Rapko concedes this was an ambitious undertaking given the multitude of real estate websites already in existence. Traditionally, the real estate search process begins and ends on a local platform which may or many not have a global presence. Listings are typically restricted to a defied zip code and then “stove-piped” back to the originating website. GRELIS changes that paradigm using niche search technology.

“GRELIS is a completely different way to accurately search for exactly the type of properties a user would like, but perhaps never considered the true parameters of a global search, and the extremely cool types of possibilities that exist,” Rapko commented. “That’s where GRELIS works its magic; it scours the internet for real estate listings, aggregates their listing keywords into a massive database, and then links back to the actual listing provider in the context of a search result.”

Although search engines have been around for years, they have largely ignored the value of niche search. By using dynamic keyword search, GRELIS lets users enter virtually any keyword into the search field and the algorithm will hunt for matching property listings from around the world; castles, villas, beach houses, farms, ranches, private islands, airstrips, vineyards, equestrian sites, anything really, can all be found instantly!

“The GRELIS database is continually growing and, as chaos theory suggests, limitless. This of course makes GRELIS very addictive,” warns founder Tom Rapko. “GRELIS is a great destination to start an adventure. This platform offers literally millions of search possibilities from all over the world.”

With over 10,000,000 search results indexed in the first month alone, GRELIS sees exponential growth ahead as the platform is rolled out to the public for real world testing. Going forward Rapko hopes to ramp up hiring and improve the user experience via the quality of the search results in terms of their quantity, relevance, and speed of delivery.

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ZPN – Reliable, Fast and Free VPN for everyone

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Here’s a great news for all those who are looking for a very secure, fast and reliable VPN. ZPN is now offering its clients the best VPN network without any sign up fees, no credit card and without any long term commitments as well.

Currently ZPN is also offering its users free accounts with monthly quota of 10GB. This offer hasn’t been made ever by any reliable VPN services in the market. ZPN offers its clients monthly, quarterly and yearly pricing packages as below:

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Mobile – for video enthusiasts, $1.99/month, 50GB of fair usage quota

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A VPN connection is necessary for secure and safe browsing. All online data using a VPN is passed through highly safe encrypted tunnel and no third parties, including internet service providers thus do not have any vision into the traffic of the user. ZPN offers this highly safe and secure VPN for its users and this feature alone, makes ZPN a much recommended internet add-on for everybody. ZPN has SSL feature for the firewalls that can capable of deep packaet inspection. Currently no other VPN in the market is providing internet usage bundles at such affordable prices and with such flexibility as ZPN.

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How The Tech Elite Really Introduce Their Kids To Technology – Huffington Post

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The wake-up call for Peter Orban came the day his oldest son strode into the kitchen and announced he’d joined Facebook.  

Nine years old at the time, the boy was too young to be on the social network — Facebook bans children under 13 from having an account. Orban, a mobile marketer who was building a Facebook privacy tool at the time, realized his work life was getting personal: He had to figure out how to oversee his kids’ technology.

“Everything changed for me,” Orban says. 

Ever since TV became a household necessity, parents have worried about the effects of devices on their children. This fear has only grown as screens connected to the wilds of the Internet become more pervasive, while normal childhood activities — reading, writing and playing — have moved onto devices. American children now spend an average of seven hours per day using gadgets, a habit associated with childhood obesity, erratic sleep patterns and difficulty concentrating, according to the The American Academy of Pediatrics.

For parents who work in technology fields, policing kids’ screen time is even trickier and more personal. Some try to limit their kids’ usage of gadgets, fearing the technology addiction that’s overwhelmed some of their colleagues. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously banned his children from using the iPads and iPods his company churned out, and Silicon Valley’s screen-free Waldorf School is overrun with the kids of influential tech founders.

For others, this logic seems counterintuitive. Many moms and dads who work in tech fields believe that cutting off their kids from the devices that forged their own careers might be destructive, limiting kids’ ability to cope with modern life. In order to make sure their children grow up balanced, but still tech-literate, they must navigate new territory.

Eli Mandel, the founder of PluggedinBD, a digital media consulting firm, has found a kind of happy medium he thinks will help foster his kids’ interest in tech. He gives them free reign over the YouTube Kids app on his iPad, but he keeps them away from anything that contains sexual content.

“I want them to be curious, and if my kids are interested in it, I would push them towards coding,” Mandel told The Huffington Post. “For me, it’s something that I know is a steady profession, and giving them that exposure definitely helps.”

Using devices rewires our brains — but not necessarily in a bad way. Exposure to the web increases our ability to scan, sort, and synthesize short chunks of information, a skill that’s increasingly useful in the modern workplace. 

“I believe that technology is the future and that limiting access to it is counterproductive,” said Ana Pajkovic, the founding CEO of Kidster, an online marketplace for children. That’s why she lets her 14-month-old daughter, Hanna, use her iPad. And when Pajkovic and her husband, who is also in the tech industry, work startup hours on their iPhones and iPads or speak in webinars from their living room, she says they’re modeling the benefits of technology to their daughter.

“In many ways, she already lives in the future that the next generation will inhabit,” said Pajkovic. 

Some tech workers say that early access to a computer can set the foundation for a lucrative career as a programmer. “I would always have loved computers no matter what, but if my parents had restricted my screen time during my obsessive periods, I don’t think I would be half the programmer I am today,” wrote a commenter on a Hacker News forum devoted to limiting children’s time with tech.

Another commenter complained that a two-hour limit on computer use while growing up had stalled childhood attempts to build things. “Some days I would spend the time outside just sitting and thinking about my program, working out solutions.” That programmer’s advice to parents: “Please don’t restrict mediums. Restrict activities.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children younger than two should not have access to screens, and that parents should restrict older children’s “entertainment media” screen time to one to two hours. But the restrictions don’t differentiate between the different types of activities that screen time can be used for. 

The difference between active screen time (creating, reading and interacting with content) and passive time (just vegging out in front of a video) is an important distinction. For Kabir Seth, the father of a 2 1/2-year-old, “any screen time we’re giving him is going to be active screen time.”

This belief in tactile learning inspired Seth to build “Storied Myth,” a digital storytelling game for early readers. As children read the story on a tablet, they interact with physical toys that connect to the app to find clues that relate to the narrative.

The game is part of a new wave of tech toys: part-tactile, part screen-based. Others include Tiggly, a set physical blocks intended for toddlers that interact with an iPad screen, and Roominate, a toy geared towards older girls that enables them to build electrical circuits that they can operate using an iPad app. 

“I think by giving kids access to technology, a lot of people might be afraid that they are just going to be spending time staring at a screen,” said Roominate co-founder Alice Brooks. “But I think there are so many ways to empower their creativity. The more they have access to, the more they can really do.”

And not all of Silicon Valley’s elite are sending their kids to schools with laptop bans. At AltSchool, a grade school program founded by former Google employees, technology underlies education. Children check in via wearable tech, a computer calculates personalized lesson plans, parents can view copies of schoolwork through a web portal, and kids complete and submit assignments using Google Docs.

“These are kids who are growing up in a technology environment, who will be using this technology for the rest of their lives,” says Bharat Mediratta, a former engineer at Google who is now the CTO and co-founder of AltSchool. “We want to give them a solid [foundation] to work with.” 

“It sometimes means getting construction paper and cutting it into the shape of an elephant,” says Mediratta. “Or sometimes, for a 10-page essay on the Iliad, that means getting out your Chromebook and writing a Google Doc.”

Orban, the mobile marketer, says navigating his kids’ use of technology has only enhanced his career. He’s now the co-founder of a mobile startup that turns text messages into video clips and is targeted toward young people between age 13 and 25.

Orban has chosen to expose his kids to as much technology as possible, with a helping of parental gravitas. As his children use a new technology, he and his wife talk to them about the best ways to use it — and the potential pitfalls.

If Orban’s research has taught him anything, it’s that recreating his own tech-free childhood is impossible in a world where kids’ social networks revolve around technology. Limiting devices, he believes, isn’t a long-term solution. 

The compromise he’s reached with technology is part of a digital-age upgrade for what Orban calls the “parents’ handbook.”

“Have an open and loving relationship with your children, so they feel like you trust them,” he says. “But they can also come back and ask questions.” 

A Good Example of Fashion and Tech– Airwheel Intelligent S3 electric scooter for sale

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Airwheel intelligent self-balancing scooter S3 is conceptualised as a perfect way of locomotion. Streamlined and sleek contour, Airwheel S3 is carefully crafted from head to foot.

In respect of its body work, Airwheel intelligent electric scooter S3 is coated best-in-industry with magnesium alloy. This ensures the sturdy nature of S3. The casing of Airwheel S3 is made of natural rubber and advanced polycarbonate material. High-quality accclly materials confer understated elegance on Airwheel S3.

Airwheel S3 is the sate-of-the-art means of transportation adopting aerospace attitude control theory, fuzzy software algorithm and gyroscope system to maintain balance by leaning forward and backward. Riders can control the vehicle to go forward, accelerate, decelerate, and brake, etc. by leaning forward or backward. Similar to the techniques of riding a bicycle, the riders achieve balance on Airwheel by slightly tilting sideways.

The traffic jam is quite common especially in the large city like New York and London, which is a big bugbear to office commuters. Airwheel electric two-wheeled scooter S3 presents an expedient solution to traffic jam. With it, you can scoot about in the city at pleasure. The worry about traffic congestion is to go out of the window.

Much to your excitement, bright colourful LED displays are mounted on Airwheel S3. In the evening, Airwheel S3 with colourful LED displays turned on looks dearly beautiful. In eyes of avid tastemakers, it is the first choice.

Airwheel S3 dispels people’s worry about the traffic jam during commuting. Plus it makes a good contribution into the cause of protecting environment in the city. It would be wise to purchase it.

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Instagram Brings Search to Desktop

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Initially a mobile app, Instagram is growing its online presence by adding search features to web-based browsing.

On Monday, the company integrated updated search capabilities into its desktop experience. In June, Search Engine Watch reported that Instagram allowed users to search for posts based on hashtags, locations or specific accounts within the app. Users can now do the same on Instagram.com.


In addition, links to hashtags and locations will redirect users to a landing page that shows the top posts around a specific topic, based on the number of likes. Previously, users could find a specific post on Instagram.com only through direct link or from a user’s feed.

According to Instagram, the update is designed to provide a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile. The company added that in June alone, embedded Instagram posts generated more than 5.3 billion impressions, so it’s important for the platform to improve discoverability on desktop and give users more ways to find content.

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4 Ways Technology Has Impacted Presidential Elections – Entrepreneur

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The 2016 presidential election is already picking up speed as new candidates join the race and set out on their campaigns.

Over the past decade, political discussions have migrated from water coolers and dinner tables to smartphones and social media. Here are just some of the ways technology has dramatically changed the race for the presidency in a short period of time:

1. Social influence

Twitter and Facebook have transformed the way candidates interact with their constituencies. Ten years ago, campaigns were drastically different.

Related: From Startup to the White House: 3 Key Campaign Trail Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Think back to the Bush vs. Kerry election of 2004. There was hardly any social media. Facebook had just launched nine months before the election, and was only available to a handful of people. Twitter didn’t hit the Internet until 2006, and it wasn’t widely used by the general public for some time after its launch.

During that election, candidates didn’t speak directly to the public via social channels, and everyday people didn’t have as many outlets to share and debate their political views. Today, social media gives candidates a direct line of communication to the American people. That’s a positive change.

But on the flip side, social media is an uncontrolled, democratized soap box where individuals can spread opinions that are not substantiated, which can change the public’s view of a candidate overnight.

2. Threat of virality

During an election, candidates are always under the microscope, but new technology allows the media to watch them more closely. Social media runs in real time and with the variety of channels, from Twitter to YouTube, candidates’ words are replayed, dissected and played again. Once something hits the web, it stays there forever.

Candidates now need to live under the assumption there is always someone with a smartphone, camera, microphone or other recording device capturing their actions to share with the world. While this constant monitoring of candidate activity has brought more transparency to elections, it has also brought more sensationalism and often reduced political coverage to paparazzi-style reporting.

Nothing is off limits. Candidates’ family members are targeted on social media, and their words and actions are turned into memes to live on in infamy.

Related: Why Businesses Should Think Twice About Getting Involved in Political Issues

Sen. Marco Rubio had his own meme created when he took a pause in a televised speech to take a drink of water. Think about that — he paused to drink water, and the Internet went crazy. Every little word candidates speak or action they take has the potential to go viral.

3. Smarter campaigns

Candidates always relied on polls to give them insights on where they stand with the public and what they should change about their campaigns.

With the rise of big data and analytics, candidates can now understand much more deeply what’s working and what’s not in their campaigns. With this information, campaigns become more effective and can be tailored to garner the votes, funds or public opinion needed from a particular region or constituency.

4. New issues

Technology itself brings new issues to the debate floor that candidates must know about, speak about and take a position on. Topics such as net neutrality and cybersecurity are important to constituents, and candidates need to be informed.

In addition, candidates need to keep up to date with technology, otherwise they will be viewed as outdated and irrelevant. Candidates who don’t use Twitter, for example, won’t be taken seriously.

The more in touch candidates are with technology, the more people they will reach. Understanding new technologies and trends is now a key part of connecting with voters and running a successful campaign.

What do you think? How will technology affect the upcoming presidential election? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Finding a Tailored Airwheel electric scooter distributors Type for you

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With the new release of Airwheel A3 electric scooter, a new riding model is added to the Airwheel family. The enriched Airwheel types provide more options for riders. It is wise for riders to choose from the four types according to personal preference and needs. The current four series are designed to cater for people’s varied needs with their own specialties.

X series single-wheeled electric scooter is specially designed for player riders who ride scooters for entertainment and thrills. After all, the single-wheeled design is unique and brings the trend of standing-posture riding. Young people easily fall in love with X series due to its fashionable and stylish riding model. Commuting is a complementary function of X series for those young riders.

Compared with the X series, Q series twin-wheeled electric scooter is more suitable to act as an alternative transport for daily commuting. Because of the twin-wheeled design, the Q series outperforms X series in aspect of stability and riding simplicity. Q series scooter is especially favored by those young female fashion chasers, and it fits the needs of a wider range of groups and is easily applied to varied situations in life.

Airwheel S series two-wheeled electric scooter is labeled as CEO style due to its royal appearances and double built-in intelligent chips that advance the overall performances. S series is suitable for city commuting and functions well as a tool in many working scenes, including the new released S5 which is featured by powerful practical functionality. People who are fond of driving show more interests in S series since the two-wheeled scooter can be controlled like a car yet with more simplicity and flexibility.

Then comes the A3 self-balancing scooter that is a real blockbuster. A3 starts a new Airwheel riding model with its unprecedented sitting-posture design which enriches the riding formats. A3 shares some resemblances with S series in the two-wheeled and stylish design, however, it differentiates from S series in many aspects, including its accessory app for data service as well as long-distance travel capability. Truthfully, A3 self-balancing scooter realizes long-distance travel with energy efficiency and labor saving.

Currently, the four types of Airwheel electric scooters cover varied needs of Airwheel riders including entertainment, commuting, long-distance travel and practical utility. It is no exaggeration that Airwheel riding has penetrated into all walks of people’s life.

Mr. Tang
Airwheel electric scooter brand

How to Identify Click Fraud and Minimize Wasting Your Ad Budget

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How would you feel if up to 20 percent of your pay-per-click (PPC) budget was being regularly wasted as a result of fraudulent activity? Most marketers today know that PPC advertising is a useful, and effective marketing tool that can drive traffic towards your website, improving search visibility and enhancing customer conversion. In fact, almost all websites and businesses online today that engaged in serious online marketing schemes will take advantage of PPC programs like Google AdWords at some point. 

Unfortunately, although a targeted PPC campaign can be an ideal way of boosting your online traffic, it is not immune to the unscrupulous marketers out there that abuse the PPC model to sabotage competitors. Click-fraud is a serious issue to anyone unlucky enough to encounter it, and unnoticed click fraud can drain money from your marketing budget, while providing the false impression that your schemes are successful – thereby creating an even bigger problem.

So what is click fraud? In simple terms, it is a method that competitors use when they’re frustrated with seeing other company ads appear above their own. By employing bots or people to commit click fraud, these competitors aim to spend up your daily budget before you’ve even had the chance to reach your real potential clients. Click fraud can also allow advert display networks to generate large amounts of false commission. In a fair world, ad networks would be paid according to only the natural clicks they generate, but by utilizing bots in collecting data about adverts, then using other bots to click these adverts, huge amounts of fraudulent revenue can be generated.

Either way, the company paying for advertising efforts is left seeing a huge number of clicks without the results they should expect from actual conversions. Unfortunately, completely eradicating the risk of click-fraud today is unlikely, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to minimize the damage and make more out of your PPC budget. Here are some useful tips that should help.

1. Select Targeted PPC keywords

The first, and often most useful, way of dealing with click-fraud is to minimize the amount of potential damage false clicks will have on your campaign. If you want to yield the highest possible ROI, then you should only bid on the most industry-specific and targeted keywords, as these high-value words will generate more traffic and ensure that the majority of the clicks you receive will be from customers – not bots. Tools like AdWords Keyword Planner can be particularly useful when researching PPC keywords.

2. Monitor Your User Behavior

Remember, minimizing click fraud starts with being able to identify it. If you want to weed out false clicks and maximize your ad value, you should make a habit of checking your PPC program each and every day. This should be something that you do anyway if you want to see which keywords and ads are yielding the most positive results, but don’t forget to check for click fraud at the same time.

If you use Google AdWords, then you can start by looking at dimensions, as well as frequency and reach. Measuring reach and frequency should give you a good idea as to whether the majority of your clicks are coming from a single IP address or browser – which can be a sign of click fraud. Try to cross-check the repeat click-through against the bounce rate for the day – this should help you to determine whether you have become a click fraud victim.

3. Establish Your Budget

Once you have built an appropriate range of long-tail keywords for your campaign, you’re going to need to establish a bidding strategy that fits your budget. If you’re new to the concept of PPC – it involves paying a certain amount for each time someone clicks one of your ads, and this amount generally depends upon the desirability of your chosen keyword.

In order to reduce your chances of falling victim to click fraud, it’s a good idea to set a maximum cost-per-click bid so that you can ensure you won’t accidentally end up spending more than you intended. You should also consider setting up a maximum daily PPC budget so that you are never charged more than a certain amount each day.

This should help to reduce the damage of fraudulent clicks, and help you to analyze your AdWords campaign more appropriately. For example, a large influx of clicks in a particularly short time period could be a sign of click fraud, and by setting a daily budget, you may be more capable of containing the damage.

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