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Not for the first time, and probably not the last, at around 10:45 this morning Google.com went down. Understandably that represents something of an issue for many people, not least search specialists.
Once again though, the Twitter tweets lit up with concerned Google users almost instantaneously enquiring about the issue.
This not only highlights the fallibility of the world’s most popular search engine, but also the increasing diversity with which the world shares information and news. Fortunately Google remained down for only 15 minutes, although the consternation was evident – at least amongst Twitter users – and was doubtless fuelled by those who use it as their go-to source for information and statistics.
Search itself doesn’t stand still. When something happens to the leading source, be it an ecommerce, business or search site, there are almost always alternatives available. Those desperate to find content online still have the option to use Ask, MSN, Yahoo (as highlighted by one of the Twitterati on the above example, albeit slightly tongue in cheek) or any of the smaller search engines out there.
This, perhaps more than anything else, highlights the need to have a variety of sources when it comes to information gathering. Over reliance on one source can leave you high and dry, particularly in the turbulent world of the Internet.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.
When we think of reality headsets, our immediate thoughts go to viewing the world in a virtual reality (VR) from wherever we are in the world. Whether that be your own living room, office or business, VR headsets allow you to transport yourself into a completely different environment and immerse yourself in that world.
This is what makes HoloLens different.