Tech Jargon Busting with Sideways and Yet More Google News

Tech Jargon Busting with Sideways and Yet More Google News

Sideways Jargon Buster

Sideways has released to solve a common problem. Everyone knows some form of jargon. It doesn’t matter if you’re a techie, a civil servant, a fashion designer or work in a pizza shop. Each has their own words and phrases that mean nothing to the general public.

Either way, you start to see how confusion can occur when talking to someone from a different specialism. As developers, we strive to talk to our clients in plain English to avoid any miscommunication. However, if you do find yourself talking to a techie insists on talking in code, Sideways have the answer. A jargon busting dictionary of tech terms, that explains everything using analogies that anyone can relate to. For example:


So whilst you may not understand the technicalities behind a term, you at least have a general idea of what it is.

Google News

Google has three new stories this week. The first is hardly news but is on the topic of Google’s news app. The public was far too often scrolling down the news feed and requesting more news be loaded. So Google has, unsurprisingly, set their app to preload more news!

Google Maps

Slightly more exciting is the newest feature of Maps. Location sharing and tracking isn’t a new feature but problematically it hasn’t featured in any users core apps. If you’re anyway using Google Maps to drive, let’s say from London to Manchester, then instead of setting the directions to just a city, you can now set it to your friend’s location.

The feature, fortunately, is a ‘user must share location’ led system and even then the sharing feature will automatically expire after a user-defined period of time. There is one version which allows continuous sharing, but to be safe, Google has said it sends email reminders to people periodically checking if this is still a setting you wish to have enabled.

Google Maps Sharing

Google Adverts

Lastly, Google has taken a more active stance about where it will post advertisements. They’ve been in a bit of hot water lately after adverts for the likes of the armed forces recruitment have been posted alongside YouTube videos of extremist content. Following the complaints from the British Government, L’Oreal, Audi etc., Google has released a formal apology with plans to hire more staff and implement better controls for advertisers to control where their adverts appear.

Stephen Collins