Google announced Freshness Algorithm

Google recently updated its search algorithm to favor fresher results. It’s so called freshness algorithm that can return the most recent updated search results when users find something hot topics.

Google attempts to intelligently give a most up-to-the-minute results when the users search the terms of the current issue, such as disaster, or any trending topics. It knows how to return the latest information of the reoccurring event such as conference or sporting events, for example, search ‘olympic’ and yield results on 2012 instead of 1900, even you not mention ‘2012’ in your search terms.

The Twitter users tend to find the real time results while old Google search algorithm is not able to return the newer results but it is outdated. Given the incredibly fast pace at which information moves in today world, the most recent information can be from the last week, day, or even minutes, depending on the search terms, the algorithm needs to be able to figure out if a result from a week ago about a TV show is recent or a result from a week ago about breaking news is too old.

If your search terms is not related to trending or hot topics, Google should be able to return the most relevant results for you. For instance, you find ‘what is the best camera’, it probably give you the most up-to-date result.

Google seem realized that the different searches have different requirements for freshness. If you just want to find the historical events, it also algorithmically improve its ability to contextualize your search preferring the freshest results for some searches and not placing much weight on freshness for others.

Google updated its algorithm 500 times annually, but it just affects a small portion of search results. But this new updated algorithm said to be affecting a third of search results, some websites may will lost their ranks due to algorithm changes.

Freshness algorithm is intelligently give you the most fresher results based on the requirements resiliency.

Imgshow Platform Analytic Alpha

Imgshow Platform Analytic feature is now going to Alpha stage. This feature shows the usage of Imgshow Platform in graphical chart way.

Discuz! forum that installed Imgshow Platform Plugin can see the Analytic feature in their Help Page (but currently not showed openly, just by link access). Let’s view some example pages:
http://bbs.qxinnet.com/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat 

http://www.discuz.my/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat

You also can view the site specific analytic chart, let’s see:
http://bbs.qxinnet.com/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat&page=1

http://www.discuz.my/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat&page=1

http://www.warung.my/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat&page=1

http://hsw00.com/x2/misc.php?mod=faq&action=plugin&id=qx_imgshow:help&topic=stat&page=1

iOS5 iCloud Storage API

Apple announced iCloud service part of the features built in with iOS5. iCloud sync automatically the content across all your devices, you can take a photo on your iPhone and immediately share it to your friends using iPad, or store anything, your photo, music, calendar notes, mail, messages on iCloud. It is completely free to use.

Apple allows iOS and Mac Developer Program members utilized this great feature iCloud integrated into their apps by providing iCloud Storage API. Utilizing iCloud Storage API the developers can store the user documents on iCloud, or storing key-value data for small amount information. Developers need not worry about the background operation of iCloud service, as iCloud service resolved all the possible conflicts may happened. iCloud also provides auto notification of file changes to your apps.

Your apps may be a document-based application. You sure familiar with document-based application existed on both desktop and mobile application such as word processors, spreadsheets and drawing program. In iOS5, you can easily implement a document-based application by subclassing UIDocument class, and providing any details of your document structure, while iCloud technology takes care of the background reading and writing of data asynchronously.

Your apps can store key-value data to share small amount of information, you may store integer, string, or date data in the key-value pair. The key-value data is stored in iCloud and shared across all user devices and all the apps. Any changes of data from one apps will automatically reflected in changes into other apps that using that data. Therefore, you may configure your bundles of apps to share certain key-value data to store some configuration or else.

iOS5 New feature added on Reminder with Geofence

iOS5 will be released on 12 October 2011 which released 200 more new features.

I love one of the feature, said set up a geofence around an area, your device will set off a reminder once you enter or leave the place.

Sometimes I passed by MRT station and wanted to insert money into my EZ-link card I will always forgotten and I got a similar idea if I can set up a reminder when I passed by MRT station then the device will remind me to insert money. I found this updated feature is very convenient for me.

iPlacePlus Helps you Check in from Second Life

Nowadays people love to check in from their First Life, posting to Foursquare, a very popular Location-based Site, sharing their current location to their friends. Some people may like it, may want to go there, may been there before.

Second Life is a 3D social game, brought in First Life experience into the virtual world, there are many interesting places waiting for us to explore.

A new service, iPlacePlus.com, is another LBS helps you to check in from Second Life. Wherever you go in Second Life, you can use iPlace Tool (a scripted box inside Second Life) to check in, and your current location will be posted to iPlacePlus to be shared to public. There is a Second Life map will be shown in the web page, the other users can see the map, click the “Teleport” button and in case they had opened their Second Life Client program, they are able to be teleported to the location you had been to.

iPlacePlus is currently in alpha release, and I just created for fun, and I will use it for myself or shared to little friends in Second Life. It will have sign up feature for new member, but currently is closed. When you first time using iPlace Tool in Second Life, the tool will help you sign up directly with iPlacePlus as well.

Sharing your iPlacePlus map to your friends is very easy. It will provides various embedding methods in the website. It will supports Facebook Sharing in the future.

The first place in Second Life I would like to share with you is a Second Life English school, a very interesting school with friendly teachers and students from around the world. I joined there almost one year. Really good.

Click this link http://iplaceplus.com/view.php?placeid=1 you will be able to see the Second Life Map of the English school.

Alternatively, I shared the English school to some Discuz! based forum as well, click here http://bbs.qxinnet.com/thread-42272-1-1.html for Chinese, or click here http://warung.my/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1140&extra= for English.

Watch this video if you want to know a little about how to use iPlace Tool inside Second Life. The video is outdated already. The main feature is very similar and there are additional features built-in. I will show out when it is ready.

AD TIME: If you really really interested to this Second Life English class, you can visit their website directly -> http://drive-through-esl.info/.

As you see, the iPlacePlus.com website design is very sucks. Forgive me I have no design and color concepts in my brain, current design is simple. If you are web designer, and you passionate to Second Life like me, and you are very helpful and wants help to contribute design to this website, contact me. If you have comments, you have plan, you have idea, contact me as well. I created this site for fun, and it will be a free community website when it released to public.

I will reserve first ten user accounts to my close friends, even they may not using this service. My lovely angels will be the first, because I super love her.

 

In short, I had introduced a new service, iPlacePlus.com, that helps you check in from Second Life. You can explore beautiful places in Second Life, share to your friends by checking in your current location to the website, or shared to Facebook.