.web domain suffix sold

Big news floating around the web today.

Most web addresses end with .com but two days ago an auction was ran for ownership of the .web address which resulted in the suffix being sold to a company called Nu Dot Co the BBC reports.

Seven companies took part in the auction, with Google being one of the unlucky ones.

The address sold for 135 million dollars.

 

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Google DeepMind reduces energy consumption in their datacenters

The BBC has reported that the web giant Google has tasked it’s DeepMind division, which works with computer artificial intelligence, to decrease energy consumption in their data centres.

Data centres consume huge amounts of power and need to be cooled in order to run at peak efficiency and promote longevity of hardware within them. A reduction in consumption of power for the cooling systems in these centres would be a valuable system to have in any such facility and DeepMind is planning on releasing the software to other centres as soon as they can!

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iPad Mini or Nexus 7 tablet computer, which would suit me better?

Nexus 7 or iPad Mini? Let me know what you think below!

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Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad

A big debate has arisen thanks to the increase of tablet computers in the modern home and office environment.

Should I buy a Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini?

This particular post is aimed at assisting you with choosing between the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 tablets. These tablets are both small (just shy of 8 inches).

The main argument against the Nexus is the fact it’s the first edition of the tablet series by Google, in comparison the iPad Mini, although the first of it’s class from Apple inc. is the fifth in their generation of tablets. This could lead to the assumption by critics that the iPad has had more research and development funding accredited to it, including more feedback from satisfied or unsatisfied customers. However, this argument can be extinguished by defenders of the Nexus tablet thanks to the size of Google as an organisation, including their large R&D team and their market knowledge thanks to devices such as the iPad and the recently released Microsoft Surface tablet.

In terms of storage the devices are well matched however the iPad takes the lead thanks to it’s 64GB offering with some models.

Pricing is a massive factor for some people and the Nexus 7 does not disappoint in this regard at a price around £170 GBP it is very affordable. In contrast the iPad Mini will cost an extra hundred at £270 GBP. Other tablets are available for anything between £70 GBP and £800 GBP (approx.)

Software is a big attraction for Apple inc. customers, many users flock to the devices thanks to the companies ethic of simplicity. The team over at Google are not renowned for this attribute. After using the devices myself, (the Nexus 7 more so) , I would say the iPad is defiantly easier to use, but the Nexus offers more customisations out of the box.

Jailbreaking has been around for years when it comes to Apple devices, offering users more customisation and greater access to their devices. It’s use is questioned by users as it can break the devices warranty in some instances due to its questionable intent, however many people ignore this fact. Android devices such as the Nexus can be cracked too, but this is less heard of thanks to the official interface and applications that are available being as appealing as they are to users.

For IT literate users, or rather users with a bit of a passion for tinkering

I would suggest the Nexus 7

as out of the box the software does seem to offer more features to users than the Mini. However, for users who simply want a “pocket sized” device with standard features that just work, I would suggest the iPad which coincidently offers more applications to it’s users thanks to it’s long term following.

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