Google Raises the Ax to the URL

As we've reported recently, Google is researching ways to make navigating the internet less URL-heavy.  Their reasoning for this is simple - URLs can be messy, confusing, and are easily abused by phishers who can hide their scheme within those characters.  Google does claim, however, that URLs are necessary and will stay - their goal is mainly to reduce the user's reliance on them.  Now, Google is putting their plans into motion.

A Record-Breaking 5.1 Billion Robocalls

We all know the irritation of seeing our phones light up with a number we don't recognize - more often than not it's a spam call promising that we've won an exciting vacation or that the IRS is hunting us down.  Sadly, little progress has been made to stem the flow of these scams and they must be working because the spammers keep at it.  These calls, often coined "robocalls" due to the tech used to automatically dial numbers, sadly numbered over 5.1 billion in November 2018.  This is the highest number ever recorded and is up from 2.9 billion at the beginning of this year.

AirAsia Embracing the Cloud to Improve Passenger Experience

AirAsia, a Malaysia-based low cost airline, recently revealed insight on how it's utilizing Google Cloud services and a "data-first" attitude to help passenger experiences be "more personal and less friction-filled" across their network.  These insights were shared at the Google Cloud Next '18 conference in London by AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes.