Bye Bye Instant Previews

Instant Previews were launched by Google back in 2010 and gave people searching for a site the ability to get a glimpse at a webpage by hovering over a magnifying glass next to the page in the search results.

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However, this week Google has decided to remove this function all together due to low usage and replaced it with a drop-down option to see a Cached Version, see Similar Results or share the page on Google+.

Google has also removed their instant previews from mobile and video.

“As we’ve streamlined the results page, we’ve had to remove certain features, such as Instant Previews,” according to a Google spokesperson in the Google Search Forum. “Instant previews saw very low usage by our users, and we’ve decided to focus on streamlining the page to benefit more users.”

Tesco Plans Big Things As ‘The Best Multichannel Retailer’

Tesco-LogoTesco have announced their intentions for the future claiming that it is working towards becoming

The best multichannel retailer for customers.

Tesco recently announced its first drop in their annual profits for near on 20 years, however this was coupled with over £3bn of online sales for the first time in their history with a growth of 13%. The global firm also announced that they would be coming out of the USA and leaving the Fresh and Easy operation, costing £1.2b in profits. They have also stopped any new new developments here in the UK.

Philip Clarke, chief executive, said: “The announcements made today are natural consequences of the strategic changes we first began over a year ago and which conclude today. With profound and rapid change in the way consumers live their lives, our objective is to be the best multichannel retailer for customers.

“Our plan to Build a Better Tesco is on track and I am pleased with the real progress in the UK. We have already made substantial improvements to our customers’ shopping experience, which are starting to be reflected in a better performance.”

He added: “Our focus now is on disciplined and targeted investment in those markets with significant growth potential and the opportunity to deliver strong returns.”

“Tesco Direct is a key part of our multichannel strategy going forward,” said the full-year statement, “but its path to profitability has progressed less quickly than anticipated. It is a clear priority for the year ahead – and the one which is receiving most of our focus in this area – to ensure that we have a profitable, scalable model before we look to accelerate growth.”

Is Bitcoin Really The Future?

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The question your probably asking first of all is What is Bitcoin?

Great question! The answer is… the fastest growing currency in the world!

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that governments and banks have no control over. It was created by a developer called Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009 and is one of the most innovative and complex currencies that has now got financial experts discussing how this may be involved in the world financial future.

If you think this is some sort of late April fools joke then think again, people are actually using this currency everyday for buying food and everyday items and a man in Canada has just earned the title of being the first person to put his house up for sale in Bitcoins.

It’s value has tripled in just a couple of months. In February the Bitcoin was valued at £22 per bitcoin, that number is now around the £60 mark.

As you can imagine, with the latest Euro bailouts and the Cypriot banking crisis a currency that cannot be touched by governments at their whim is a much welcomed idea.

I guess you are probably asking now, is this actually real money?

Anything can be considered money if it used to exchange for goods or services so yes it is. The problem comes for people when there is no physical item to hold like a note or a coin however if you think about much of your daily transactions this is pretty much how we currently pay for items. Using debit or credit cards or services like PayPal etc. you are not actually physically exchanging any hard cash.

In the same way as a PayPal account works, so does Bitcoin and the more its demand rises so does its status as being thought of as a real form of money.

Let us know your thoughts below if you have ever used Bitcoin or are thinking of doing so in the near future.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Paid Google Shopping

Paid Google Shopping is now roughly a month and a half old but how has it shaped up since its full migration?

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Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are now a completely paid for service and appear down the right side of the Google Search Page or below the advertisements above the normal search results.

Nothing else has changed a part from this with the ads linking to the retailers products on their website. When Google made this decision there was somewhat of a backlash in the US, especially from Bing with them setting up their own advertising campaign and website with the strapline of “Don’t Get Scroogled”.

Although this now means that retailers will have to pay more for their advertisement, this move does actually hold some advantages to both retailer and consumer alike.

Because retailers now have to pay for their ads it has massively reduced the amount of bad ads in the system with less products that are out of date, out of stock or not available at all at the advertised price, colour, size etc.

 

New Google Shopping Express

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For those living in San Francisco Bay you can be among the first to test out a new initiative from Google, called Google Shopping Express. Google haven’t decided on their pricing plans as of yet but these early testers will get 6 months for free with unlimited same day delivery. The test will then expand outwards as Google correct any of the issues with the service.

Started on the 28th March 2013, Google Shopping Express is a local delivery service that will make it possible to get items you order online delivered to your house on the same day at a low cost. As the project is in it’s very early stages it is only available to those in the San Francisco Bay area but it is still interesting to keep an eye on if you are not from this region.