Monday, April 15, 2019

Wondering how to watch Game of Thrones in India? Use Hotstar - Quartz

Wondering how to watch Game of Thrones in India? Use Hotstar - Quartz

Wondering how to watch Game of Thrones in India? Use Hotstar - Quartz

Posted: 13 Apr 2019 01:38 AM PDT

One of the world's most popular television shows is nearing its end. Yet, many Indians are still furiously searching the web for the maiden episode, which aired over eight years ago.

Between January 2018 and March 2019, Google searches for the first episode of HBO's epic fantasy show Game of Thrones (GoT) surpassed all others episodes, according to a study by the US-based online visibility management platform SEMrush.

This is ironic, given the show, which has broken many popularity records worldwide since it debuted in 2011, is nearing an end. GoT's last season will air from April 15 and is being eagerly awaited. The internet is flooded with discussions about how the show will end.

But in India, interest in the latest episode is 44% less than that for the first, SEMrush found.

While the popularity of the first season could possibly be credited to fans who wish to refresh their memory before diving into the last season, Google's search trends reveal otherwise.

What is this thing?

Between January 2018 and March 2019, the most popular search related to the show on Google in India was "what is game of thrones about." Some other popular searches include: "how many episodes in game of thrones season 1" and "how many seasons of game of thrones are there."

Even as Google searches are dominated by those ignorant about the series, there is no dearth of GoT fans in India. From playing the show's theme song in Mumbai's street orchestra to creating localised rendition of the music, GoT followers are going all out ahead of the final season.

So it is no surprise that the top 10 GoT-related searches on Google in India during the 15 months ending March 2019 were from those trying to figure out how to watch the show:

What Indians searched about?
what is game of thrones about
where to watch game of thrones
how many seasons of game of thrones
where can i watch game of thrones
how to watch game of thrones
how many episodes in game of thrones season 1
how to watch game of thrones online
how many seasons of game of thrones are there
which game of thrones character are you
how many episodes of game of thrones

Until 2016, Indians were forced to watch the show by downloading episodes from the internet to circumvent all the cuts made for Indian TV. The good news is that fans in India will get to stream the eighth season on the video streaming platform Hotstar at 6:30 am on April 15—the same time that it airs in the US.

Google Searches for 'Bitcoin' Hit Highest Total Since November - CoinDesk

Posted: 05 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Trading back above $5,000, more eyes are on the world's largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, than have been in nearly 19 weeks, a fact affirmed as worldwide Google searches for "bitcoin" currently hover at levels not seen since Nov. 20.

Google Trend data reveals the spike in searches was single-handedly achieved on April 2 when the price of the cryptocurrency surged nearly 20 percent in a single hour to clock $4,961, its highest price since Nov. 19, according to CoinDesk's price data.

While Google Trends does not provide the exact number of searches, it is apparent the amount of worldwide "bitcoin" searches reached 90 percent of what it was on Nov. 20, as is shown below.

Indeed, "bitcoin" searches sky-rocketed on Tuesday as investors, traders and the media alike were searching for reasons as to why bitcoin's price surged.

Interestingly, most searches came from countries that may not seem to be the most likely of origins.

Google's data further reveals the largest amount of searches on April 2-3 were from St. Helena, Netherlands, South Africa, Nigeria and Austria in that order. The U.S., Canada, and the U.K. did not crack the top 10 of most "bitcoin" searchers, ranking in at 11, 12 and 17 respectively.

The significance of a spike in bitcoin searches may seem trivial at face value, but studies have shown there is a connection between the price of the cryptocurrency and its search interest. The core findings suggest periods of low search volume tend to precede large markups in price that coincide with bitcoin's famous, or perhaps infamously wild market cycles.

Disclosure: The author holds several cryptocurrencies, please see Sam's author profile for more information. 

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Google Flight's new and hidden features - Business - Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 04:05 AM PDT

With summer coming many are thinking about vacations (I know I am). So I thought I would share some newer features, along with a few hidden ones, of one of my favorite vacation planning tools: Google Flight.

Google Flight provides a tremendous amount of flexibility when planning. To start with, you can enter multiple start locations. I have three airports within reasonable driving distance of my home: Cleveland, Columbus and Akron-Canton. I can enter all three as my departure point and Google will give me options for all three.

Next, you can enter multiple destination cities. What is even more interesting is looking at flight options on a map. So for example, if you are thinking about going to the Caribbean and want to find the cheapest destination option, you can enter your start point (or points) and click on "Search." You can then navigate around a map and Google will update all the available destinations with the cheapest price.

If you are unsure what dates you want to go, while you are searching on the map you can click the date option and select "Flexible Dates." What you get instead is a calendar option for what month or months you are looking to go and how long such as one week or a weekend. You can select up to a six-month period. This allows you to pick flexible start locations, flexible destinations and flexible dates all at once to find the best price or route.

A newer feature Google added to Flights is a reference to how good of a deal you are getting with your flight options. Google uses historical data, compares prices on other days and averages to tell you if the price you are looking at is lower, higher or about average for the options you selected.

If you are not sure what airports are nearby, you have a couple of options. First is to check the Google Flights map. That will have each airport pinpointed. Secondly, you can use the Google Flights "Nearby Airport" feature. Once you have selected a route and are looking at a list of flight options, a button will appear in the top right for "Nearby Airports." Google will suggest alternative destinations, list the length of flight and price, and show you drive times. For example, if I wanted to fly into Tucson, I could alternatively fly into Phoenix. I would save about $150. My drive from Phoenix to Tucson would be an hour and 57 minutes but I would save nearly four hours of time at an airport waiting for a connecting flight.

If you are not quite ready to pull the trigger on a flight, you also can set up flight price tracking. After you have entered your departure and arrival airports with dates (even if you selected multiple options for each), you can save your search by selecting price tracking. Google will send you an email when the price for your option changes (as airline tickets often do). This way if there is an opportunity in the future when the price is cheaper, you can decide if you want to go.

Google Flights is perhaps one of the most feature-rich airline search engines available. It has the advantage of integrating with all of Google's other data. In addition to searching for flights, Google can provide you with travel suggestions and guides, driving instructions and most recently, hotel searches. If you haven't tried Google Flights before, I suggest you look it up at

Brian Boyer is the managing partner of Web Pyro (http://? located in Wooster.

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