Monthly Archives: July 2018

Google Starts Letting Anyone Register ‘.app’ Domains

More than thirty-six months after Google paid $ 25 million for the limited rights to the TLD “.app” the company is finally allowing .app domains to be available for registration until May 7 at 09:00 PDT using its Early Access Program. The next day, May 8th, the domains will be put on sale to the public, also through other registrars.

The new top-level domain (TLD) is an apparent choice for application programmers and developers in the technology sector because it serves as an easy and identifiable alternative to .com, where for a while now popular words has been running low.

In addition to the expected application, Google requires HTTPS for every. app websites. This in-built security safeguards against the injection of malware advertising by Internet service providers and protects against eavesdropping on open Wi-Fi networks, says the Company.

Google has been a supporter of web promotion to HTTPS adoption, and said last fall that about 64 percent of the traffic flow that passed through its Chrome browser on Android was secure, 42 percent more than the previous year. Chrome’s traffic on Mac was up to 75 percent and Windows up to 66 percent at the same time. The increases are due to a number of Google actions, including the decision to flag all websites that use HTTP to transmit private information as “unsafe”.

This year, Google said it would mark all pages without HTTPS encryption as hazardous as of July, with the release of Chrome 68.

Given the company’s plans, it is logical that the new addition to the Google domain also includes integrated HTTPS protection.

Still, it’s something of a milestone, Google says.

“Because .app is the first top-level domain, with greater security available for general registration, it is helping to move the site to an HTTPS-worldwide future,” reads the announcement of the company’s new top-level domain.

Prior to the public appearance of .app, Google had contacted possible candidates, giving them a first chance to get a .app domain to show possible use cases. A few of those who have started using .app domains include, Cash App, Outdoor Voices, Bark, Sitata, Picnic, Trail, MenaVR, BNEXT, The Podcast App, Albert, CallApp, Pickle, amongst others around the globe.

The corporation has also eliminated the domain requirement restricted to application developers, although Google suggests that the name makes more sense in that market.

In an interview last month with Domain Name Wire, Google said its goal is to make .app domains cheap and accessible – expect the price to be lower than other TLDs such as .come or .song, for example. The site said that would mean that the wholesale prices would total $ 10-12 and registration would be $ 20 (However, prices were not detailed in the announcement).

If you are interested in the .app domain, you can register your preferred domain until May 7, 2018 from 09:00 PDT, if you wish to pay an additional fee for early access before the launch of the public domain through other registrars.

Grow Your Business with a Chatbot

The business world is constantly adapting by incorporating technological advancements in a way that furthers productivity. One such form of technology that is rapidly gaining attention is the chatbot.

What is a chatbot?

A chatbot(also called chatterbot) is a software that performs an automated function in the form of simulating conversations, via voice or text interactions. As the name suggests, their primary function is to chat with the customers.

They often appear on sites and applications with a chatting platform. They begin conversations with customers or give responses, usually in the form of helpful tips, advice, recommendations and instructions.

How does it work?

Chatbots work by giving preprogrammed conversational prompts and responses to customers. While this might sound limiting, many sophisticated chatbots are able to handle a wide variety of conversational cues.

Of course with chatbots the goal is to seem human in dialog, but it is fine if they fall short of this. Apart from the fact that AI technology hasn’t quite reached that level of sophistication, it is also not the key selling point of a chatbot. In a world as automated as the one we currently live, the human touch is simply not as important as functionality and effectiveness.

There are three generally accepted types of chatbots; stateful, semi-stateful and stateless bots.

  1. Stateful bots are able to retain information given during conversation and will make responses based on this conversation. That means they learn and evolve based on each conversation.
  2. Stateless bots are unable to retain any information and will respond to each message independent of any previous message. In this case, their responses are not linked to any previous message.
  3. Semi-stateful bots are able to retain some information in responding to messages but only for that particular conversation. With each conversation, the user must start over.

It’s Effect on Your Business

As messaging programs, chatbots are able to run indefinitely needing no breaks, no time to think, and no need to consult any other source of information. This means they are able to perform conversations instantaneously and they are always available. Many customers would appreciate this interaction as it means they can obtain relevant information anytime while skipping the wait.

Chatbots are especially beneficial to small businesses because of their capabilities. One simple software will attend to the needs of multiple customers simultaneously with no loss of effectiveness relative to the number of customers. This is incredibly useful, especially for businesses with small staff who can’t field every question.

This software is capable of performing more than just messaging functions. Depending on the software programmers they can receive payments, make adjustments, contact administrators, make orders, and collect statistics. Like any other form of software, they can be programmed to perform a host of functions beyond their primary use.

Considering these and more, it seems a good idea that every business online strongly consider adding a chatbot to their platform if they want to see it grow.