Using your Camera to Search an image or item in Google

Have you ever passed by an item in a store or a mall and wanted to know the name of that item and other information like what it is for, how much is it, where else I can buy it from.

Or when you were on a trip to a museum or a tourist on vacation some place  foreign and saw an artifact or a piece of art or maybe a historical landmark and wanted to know the background of it,

Or even in a bookstore to check on a book or a grocery store to check out some new food items.

Well, there is an App that will make your life much easier in getting information just by using your phone camera. Point your phone camera at something and Google Goggles will find out all about it for you.

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While tapping the search box on the home screen and typing a word or phrase is straightforward, Google Goggles provides a different way to search: by using the camera. This has many benefits and one of its great features is its ability to recognise famous landmarks. Just point your device at the landmark and in seconds Goggles has analysed the scene and recognised it. It then shows one or more links to information on the web, Wikipedia entries and so on. Google Goggles can recognise books and DVDs. Just point the camera at the item and it scans it, then provides a series of links at the foot of the screen, such as the author, artist and so on. It can recognise barcodes on products and by using this to identify the item, you can follow the links to discover where you can buy it online and who has the best shopping deals. It recognises text and can add contacts by scanning business cards. Paintings and photos are recognised. It’s a handy way to search.

How to Use:

1: Choose the network

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If you want to use Goggles when you are out and might not have a Wi-Fi connection, select the first option. Bear in mind that it uploads photos and uses a fair amount of data.

2: Point and scan

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Point the camera at something and hold it steady for a second. If it recognises items in the frame, it automatically takes a snapshot, but you can also tap the camera button.

3: View the results

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One or more items in the image may be recognised. Here it has detected three and displayed them as a series of links at the bottom of the screen.

4: Start a search

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Tapping one of the recognised items at the bottom performs a web search. Here we tapped on the photo, which it recognised, and there are Wikipedia entries and more.

5: Share your results

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You can share your results to your friends and families to give them information if ever they have the same interest or they have asked you to research on that item.

6: Scan barcodes

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Any item with a barcode can be scanned and this enables the item to be instantly recognised.

7: Go shopping

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It assumes you might be interested in buying this item and it therefore shows links to places where you can buy it online. There are options to show videos, images and more.

And so before your next trip in the mall, in the streets, or to another country, get your google goggles installed and ready to bring out the best information that search can provide by a click of the camera shutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A perfect time to start a career in SEO

Looking for a career or field to enter to into I.T. which would be relatively new or should I say where the current players are not far ahead that it would not be hard to gain the same level in a few years time. I suggest you venture and invest some time learning SEO which stands for Search Engine Optimization.

Tactical-SEO

 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s search results. Generally, the higher ranked on the search results page the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users.

This practice have existed since the mid-1990s by webmasters optimizing sites for the first search engines and soon became a career after Google came into the picture and became the leading search engine of choice by users.

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So you would probably wonder how come I say that the people already working on this field are not far ahead in their expertise for those who will just start to venture and enter this field as a newbie knowing that this have existed more than a decade already.

Well the answer to that would be because what happened on February 11, 2011. On that day, Google released the Panda update. Google’s search algorithms were optimized and updated. The update was designed to filter out low quality web pages from the index. And it left webmasters and site owners not knowing why their sites were penalized and lost their rankings in the results of page search.

Then on April 24, 2012, Google unleashed the Penguin. On this update, it completely changed the way how people need to think about SEO. Just about everything that have been taught about SEO in the last 10 years have been put in the trash can.

Another update came on May 22, 2013 which was Penguin 2.0. This is also a major update to the Penguin itself and moved the standard much higher.

And finally there was Hummingbird. This update of Google’s algorithm was implemented on August 20, 2013. By that time all Webmasters and SEO specialist were back at square one to figure out how to bring back their Sites to rank well again in the search results.

Now is just the perfect time for anyone who wants to enter this field and make a career out of it while this field is still in its infancy stage again.

How to get started in Android Development

One of the challenges on shifting and venturing to another programming language or platform is having to figure out how to setup the right environment and tools needed for that language or platform.

In Android, the people in Google made this task the least painstakingly as possible . To get started developing in Android, you will only need to download the ADT (Android Developer Tools) Bundle. You can download this from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download

This bundle includes the following:

Eclipse
an integrated development environment used for Android development. Because Eclipse is also written in Java, you can install it on a PC, a Mac, or a Linux computer. The Eclipse user interface follows the “native look-and-feel” of your machine, so your screen may not look exactly like the screenshot below:

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Android Developer Tools
a plug-in for Eclipse.  As of this writing (July 2014) , version of ADT (Android Developer Tools) is 23.0.2 You should make sure
you have that version or higher.

Android SDK
the latest version of the Android SDK tools and Android platform-tools for debugging and testing your apps, a system image for the Android emulator lets you create and test your apps on different virtual devices

After downloading, you just need to extract it to your local drive and run the eclipse application executable file under the bundle and eclipse folder.

That simple!

The only extra effort you need to do aside from the above is if your Java Runtime Environment version installed in your local machine is not compatible with the minimum requirement of the Android SDK. In this case, you only need to upgrade or install your Java Runtime Environment version to the latest one (check https://www.java.com/en/download/).

Next stop in this journey is learn android development