Do you use a voice assistant like Google, Siri or Alexa? We learned in last month’s Contractor Quick Poll that a proportion of our readers aren’t using voice-activated devices; however, a good chunk do enjoy the benefits of solving quick problems, getting directions and just having fun with the computer on their phone or home assistant.
To go one step further, we asked our readers about their favourite assistant. Between Amazon, Apple and Google, there’s some stiff competition. While some people said they have no preference, there are some obvious preferences for Google and Alexa.
Kids today will never know the pain of having to find a phone book, going line-by-line seeking the closest business and then having to call to find out when they’re open or if they have what you want. They’ll never experience the anxiety that comes from not knowing the name of that actor who played in that movie, or the friendships torn because there’s no easy way to settle the debate. They’ll never even know the patience it takes to watch The Weather Channel, waiting for it to finally display the local forecast… and the frustration that comes from turning your head and missing it! That’s because we’re in a world with instant answers and many of those answers come from one of three famous voice-activated assistants: Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.
Humans naturally build relationships and loyalties and, oddly enough, a strong, emotional commitment to an AI device is not unheard of. Whether via a smart home device or a phone, almost all of us have access to Alexa, Google or Siri, and many have chosen our favourite. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re reaching out to our audience to learn who you believe is the best voice-activated assistant.
As we gear up for 2020 and reflect back on to all of the positive memories from 2019, Google is also looking back at the incredible things that happened this year. Their 2019 Year in Search looked at the hottest trends but focused on an inspirational topic — heroes, and not the kind from the big screen.
As the YouTube descriptions says “Throughout history, when times are challenging, the world goes looking for heroes. And this year, searches for heroes — both superheroes and everyday heroes — soared around the world.”
In the last year, three technology giants became the first companies to hit the $1 trillion-dollar valuation mark on Wall Street, with Microsoft being the most recent and Alphabet predicted to be the next. It’s an incredible feat, especially considering how each has their own story of highs and lows before their stock suddenly exploded.
This video from the Wall Street Journal explores each company’s accomplishment, where they came from, and what innovations helped drive them over the top. Where do you think these companies will go next? Will they keep growing, plateau or collapse? Who will be the next to hit this milestone? Share your predictions in the comments below.
According to Internet Live Stats, there are just under 2 billion websites across the Internet. And every day, millions of blog posts are written and billions of Google searches are performed. Given all that, how can you possibly be certain that you’re navigating the world wide web efficiently and finding the most accurate information for any given need?
Google is an intelligent search engine with some of the world’s smartest people creating its algorithm to increase your chances at finding the most relevant content. But, you have to meet those geniuses half way. Since Google still isn’t at the point where it can read your mind (yet), it can only give results for what you search. The more accurate the search, the more accurate the results.
That’s where this infographic from Zety.com comes in. It provides some amazing search tips and tricks that will improve your searches, raise productivity, and overall make your Google experience more efficient.
Google is one of the world’s leading technology companies, viewed as an inspirational innovator to many but as an unethical threat to others. This past Summer, the European Union fined Google 4.3 billion euros for breaking antitrust laws, stating that it abused its Android market dominance. The situation continues to raise additional questions about whether or not Google is a Monopoly and if the government should do more, similar to the Microsoft situation at the end of the 20th century.
This video from CNBC International does a great job of summing up the situation, including whether or not Google is a monopoly and comparing their circumstances to similar ones in history. Do you think there should be more government intervention over Google?
Smart technology has become increasingly popular today. Many people rely on these devices for news, music and even setting alarms. But you can also have a bit of fun with these smart devices, like Google Home. Google Home is powered by AI and is typically referred to as Google Assistant. A video by TechGumbo highlights the top 100 commands you can give for funny or entertaining responses. So take a break, watch the video and make your Friday even better!
Not long ago, Silicon Valley companies were notorious for asking ridiculous and strange job interview questions that they said tested an applicant’s critical thinking abilities. While some technology companies and IT recruiters continue to keep this in their mix, Google and many other leaders have toned it down a bit. Certainly, job interviews at Google remain challenging and nerve-racking; however, there are some questions that proved to be so complicated and unhelpful, that Google stopped asking them.
Check out this video from Tech Insider which reveals a few Google job interview questions (and their answers) that have since moved into the archives. The challenge is fun but could you survive the pressure of a job interview that included these?
Unless you live under a rock, have an extreme aversion to everything Google or despise cloud technology, you’re already aware of Google Docs. It’s the word processor component of the Google office suite that allows you to create, edit and store documents in the cloud. It doesn’t have the advanced and intelligent technology of MS Word to take its place but it can be a lifesaver in a variety of situations.
If you’re shaking your head right now and in complete denial that Google Docs has a place in your world, then it’s possible you just don’t understand it enough. From basic documents to styles to research, Docs has extensive capabilities and this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis will tell you all about them…
Stop using Google Calendar just to keep track of appointments or meetings and take advantage of some great features that can make your life easier and more productive.
Sharing or publishing a calendar can make planning a meeting around another team member’s schedule easier or simply lets your client’s employees know what you’ll be completing for the day. As an independent contractor searching for IT jobs, you can keep track of what staffing agencies you’re in contact with and for what position by scheduling reminders with the email included in the description.
Steve Dotto further explains the five “hidden gems” of Google Calendar in this video from Dottotech.
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