The search engine breaks out of its single-color routine with six new themes for personalized pages.
Google on Tuesday introduced two new interface improvements for its pages displaying search results and for Personalized Home Pages.
The first is the addition of a Plus Box to certain search results listings. The Plus Box, as its name suggests, opens a drop-down window to display additional information about search results.
When searching for certain public companies, for example, a Plus Box will appear next to a link to the stock quote. Clicking on the link will expand the search listing to include a stock chart and various financial metrics.
Businesses can add Plus Box information using the Google Local Business Center. A restaurant might, for example, include a Google Map that searchers can access by clicking on a Plus Box.
Google has made six themes available, in addition to the original look: a city, a teahouse, a winter scene, a sky, a beach and a bus stop. The themes are dynamic, so they change in accordance with the time, weather, and season.
It's not exactly revolutionary technology, but it's likely to be appreciated by those who believe there's more to aesthetics than white.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.