GoogleGoogle’s attempts at web domination continue at a pace with the announcement of two new services. The big G has revealed its own DNS resolver, making it able to control your web browsing from the second you type in a web address, as well as its own dictionary service to boot!

You may not know what a DNS resolver is but you use one ever day, many times. When you type a web address into your browser a DNS resolver converts the web address you type into a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address which computers need in order to connect with each other.

At the moment your service provider probably takes care of this process for you, although Google is claiming that if you let its service handle your browsing instead, you’ll see a faster, safer and more reliable result.

What have you got to lose? Well, you’ll need to mess around with network settings and there’s a chance you could bodge your connection up. But, if you fancy yourself as a bit IT-astute then give it a go.

Plus, you’ll be helping Google to help the web as a whole. You see, “the goal of Google Public DNS is to benefit users worldwide while also helping the tens of thousands of DNS resolvers improve their services, ultimately making the web faster for everyone.” Good on them. We think. Of course, it’ll also let Google monitor web traffic even when you’re not using its search services.

Less big brotherly is the Google Dictionary, providing definitions and synonyms, as all good dictionaries should. The definition of a synonym, according to Google: “a word or expression which means the same as another word or expression.” A synonym of definition: “determination.” Lovely stuff. The Google Dictionary also gives definitions from other academic sources as well as Wikipedia information.

Out Now | £free | Google (via Google blog & The LA Times)

  • http://agileweb.org Rozza

    I’m not sold on the googlenet – they are becoming the Behemoth of the web.

    I wonder how long it is before they start selling releasing restricted dns’s for schools, parents etc They are in a great position, they scan the web and now they direct the traffic.

    • http://www.gravatar.com James Holland

      It does worry me a bit. If, for instance, Google deems a website unsuitable it’ll be able to block it from search, and obstruct access through DNS. It’ll effectively cease to exist for most people. I’m not saying Google has, or would, do that, but it’s a lot of potential power resting in unregulated hands.

  • Jackson

    I’m curious. When can I order Google Air.
    Will I have a choice between NJ air or Utah air?

    • http://www.gravatar.com James Holland

      Ha! I’m sure Google will make sure it’s Open (source) Air…

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