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Google is the most go-to search engine available on the Web. We use Google to perform research on a particular subject, look for jobs, images, travel, and even email. Google first came about in the mid-90s only as a search engine. In the last fifteen years, Google has grown from solely being a search engine to a multinational corporation known as Google Inc.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin first developed the Google search engine in 1996. Page and Sergey both attended Stanford University in California as PhD students. Google was part of a research project they worked on together to dry and develop and improve the method of search engines. At the time, the only way one could access Google was through the Stanford domain. The name “Google” originated from the term “googol” which refers to the large number (10 to the 100th power) or the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Not too long after Page and Brin finished their research did Google become a registered search engine in September 1997. Google Inc. was founded a year later in September 1998. For the next decade, Google Inc. bought out and partnered with smaller companies and purchased stock. One of the most vital moves in Internet history is when Google bought YouTube back in 2006 for $1.6 billion. Google Inc. also partnered with other companies such as NASA to assist in their research, and AOL, Microsoft, and Nokia.

In November 2009, Google officially became the most popular search engine in the United States. Today, it is the most used search engine on the Web. Google has even impacted society and the English language by suggesting or recommending someone to “Google it”, referring to something unknown.

One of the reasons why Google is so successful is that it is more advanced that other search engines. Google provides more advanced results and searches than some others. For example, when you type in a keyword or sentence in the search bar, it will pull up more advanced information such as stock and weather reports, detailed statistics, maps, airports, home and career listings, and even sports scores.

Google also provides other services such as Google “Docs” which is similar to a free online storage server. You can share, send, and view or edit documents posted to Google docs. It also provides a translator and money converter.

Google also offers for-profit services such as Google AdWords. AdWords is an advertising service that help small businesses with their tag lines. Google will provide small strings of text (usually a line or two) used for advertisements or banners. This is also known as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. This is Google’s main source of revenue generating over $23 billion in 2009 alone.

Google has certainly dominated the World Wide Web with its advanced search engine functions and other beneficial services. Google and Google Inc. will most likely continue to grow and prosper in the future. They are continuously one step ahead on the Web, which puts them in first place in competition. So where will the Internet and search engines be in the future? “Google it”.

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Mobile Communications: The Effect on Industry and Society

What would you do without your cell phone? Most of us don’t know how to respond to that as our lives are completely inundated with cell phones and mobile communications. We have become so reliant on mobile communications.

Mobile communications include any electronic device that is used solely to communicate to another by way of a network and satellite. These are also known as “cell sites” and today, there are many of them. The first mobile phone first rose to the surface in 1973. It was invented by a man named Dr. Martin Cooper who worked for Motorola. His model wasn’t released to the public until 1983.

Like all mobile communications, cell phones have greatly evolved over the years. The original model was based on the two-ray radio. It’s pretty amazing to think that the size of a two-way radio has shrunk to today’s tiny, hand-held phone in just a little over thirty years. Today’s cell phones also have many more capabilities than the original two-way radio and Dr. Cooper’s 1973 design. Today’s phones come standard with Internet access, instant and text messaging, games, Bluetooth capabilities, and GPS and camera functions.

Mobile communications have even further evolved with Smartphones. Smartphones include specifically the Blackberry and iPhone. These Smartphones have all capabilities and functions in one hand held device. They have Internet access, email, calendar and camera functions, text messaging and instant messaging, and GPS capabilities. What else could you ask for in a phone?

Smartphones also have applications. Applications, or “Apps” are small, fun programs available for download to your Smartphone. Applications include everything from the Weather Channel to sales at your favorite shoe store. They are useful tools to look up information or receive notifications rather than looking up the site on the Web.

The telephony industry really hit it big with mobile communications. In 1990, approximately 12.4 million people were using cell phones or subscribed to a cellular plan. By the end of 2009, it was recorded that 4.6 billion were using cell phones, which included Smartphones and the like.

As much as cell phones and Smartphones have helped us, they have also hurt us. Ask any auto body or auto repair technician. He or she will tell you that business has doubled since the rapid growth in cell phones. Too many people take their lives into their hands by talking or texting while driving. While doing this, our alert and reaction time decreases, which subjects us to more accidents and fatalities. Cell phones are a great tool that are meant to help us rather than be a danger to us.

The telephony industry and mobile communications, or cell phones and Smartphones have really become necessary tools in our lives. So try and answer the question again. What would you do without your cell phone or Smartphone?

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