A new era is upon us. Google is targeting young audiences, the UK will enter the driverless market soon and Gmail is now allowing Microsoft Office file editing.
Younger audiences are starting to become much more technology literate. Kids are using tablets before they even learn how to read, and Google wants to make sure they are capitalizing on this growing market. A new report from USA Today claims the search giant is getting ready to cater to children in a better way.
Google is said to launch kid-friendly versions of its products and services soon. The first in line would be Google Search, YouTube and Chrome, as they are the most popular Google services around. These would be safe for kids, and they would allow for some parental controls.
Opinion: Children are definitely a growing market, and anyone who has ever done a search on Google or YouTube will know that a lot of content isn’t exactly suit for young ones. I can see this becoming a series of powerful tools for many of our little ones.
The future of the automotive industry is well-invested in autonomous vehicles, and it’s time more countries start testing these driverless cars. Google is already hard at work in California, but what about our friends across the lake?
We don’t know about all markets, but a new announcement sets 4 UK cities as the pioneers in the self-driving vehicle market. The first cities to start testing these futuristic vehicles are Greenwich, Bristol, Coventry and Milton Keynes.
The first two will have a project of their own, the Gateway scheme and Venturer consortium, respectively. Meanwhile the last two mentioned cities will host the UK Automotive program. All of these are focused on researching autonomous cars, and whether they would improve traffic and safety or not.
Opinion: Tesla is already releasing self-driving cars. It’s only a matter of time before these become widely available to the public.
Ever wanted to work on a Microsoft Office document that you got on an email? This can be a bit of a complicated process. Because of the format, you need to download it and open it with the Microsoft Office apps. It was recently made possible to simply convert the file and work on it from Google Drive, but that can also be a hassle.
Google is now making it possible to edit Microsoft Office documents straight from Gmail. All without the need to download or convert anything. All you need to do is download their Office Editing for Docs Chrome extension. After that, it will all be a breeze.
Opinion: I don’t quite understand the obsession with using Microsoft Office. I understand it’s a bit more complex and full-featured than the cloud competitors, but how many of us really need a complex word editor? Either way, this should make it better for Microsoft/Google Drive hybrids.