Oct 012016
 

How Google Plans to Take Down Amazon’s Echo (EXCLUSIVE)

To Google, the Echo isn’t just another speaker. It’s part of a bigger move away from text- and app-based interfaces that require users to seek out information to voice-based systems that offer more natural interaction. In other words: It’s what’s next after Google’s search bar — and it’s made by a competitor.

*Competing in a time of great change. 

Oct 282012
 

My library of physical books is probably ranges in the two or three hundred units. On top of that, my audio book collection is probably approaching fifty.

Here’s the issue, sometimes you read or listen to a book and want to reference it later. How do you know which book it was? Well, it looks like Google can help. As part of their books search service you can create your own library. Think of this as virtual shelves that you can limit a google search to. Sort of how using site:webURL in a regular Google search allows on to search an individual website.

Well, I’ve tried this with a few books on my virtual shelves an have found it useful. It will take quite a bit of time to get all my books on my virtual shelves. It will probably be a good idea to commit to adding a few books everyday.

Wish there was a way to just scan the barcodes from the books onto my Google Books bookshelves. Oh well, this might be a really powerful tool to have, especially if you read a lot of books and want to refer back to the source material.

Jan 192012
 

Below is a screenshot of a Google search. As you might notice, the search terms are the same as the article I want to read. The Wall Street Journal includes short snippet articles in their RSS feeds. Sometimes these are interesting articles and I want to read the whole thing after reading the one or two paragraphs you can see without being a subscriber. Usually, you can copy and paste the full headline in to the Google search box, you will probably get a page similar to the one below. The link in the search result acts as something of a referral link and should allow access to the full article. A few times I tried this it didn’t work.

Google Search Results Page

Oct 012011
 

The four consumer technology and Internet firms to watch over the next five years and possibly beyond are, in no particular order.

  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google

These firms are starting to have overlapping products and services.

  • Books
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Social Services
  • Content Consumption … (New types may be created in the not to distant future)
  • Communications (Phone, IM, Email …)
  • Images / Photography
  • Community (similar to Social Services) [sort of like Meetup.com]
  • Cloud storage – Apple – iCloud, Google – Gdrive (?), Amazon – Cloud Drive

 

Notes:

These firms have been competing in similar spaces for a while now. Apple has been selling music in the iTunes Music Store since April 2003 and Amazon has been selling MP3’s since September 2007. Google recently introduce Music Beta by Google.

Will Facebook get into streaming movies? They recently added Spotify integration to make their music offering more robust.

Amazon has a streaming movie service, Amazon Instant Video, and Google has YouTube. What will happen to Hulu? Will one of these four players make a move to buy it or create a strategic partnership?

Jul 222011
 

Our Newest Employee: Techathew Cruncherin, Google+ Maven | TechCrunch:

As per Google’s very, very clear rules, someone has to run it, so we’ve hired someone! Meet Techathew Cruncherin, our newest employee. He’s shy, so you may not see him around much, but he lives here at TechCrunch headquarters. Under a desk. He’s an awesome guy. And he lives for Google+. Loves it. Shares the shit out of our TechCrunch posts. It’s awesome.

 

Was laughing out loud at this work around.  Imaginary person brought to life.

Mar 312011
 

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We spell it D. E. T. R. O. I. T!

Clicking on the ad link leads to a site representing METRO DETROIT AREA VOLVO RETAILERS

Mar 282011
 

The project, which is in its early stages, would allow holders of Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards to pay for purchases by activating a mobile-payment application developed for one current model and many coming models of Android phones. The idea is to turn the phones into a kind of electronic wallet.

via Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments – WSJ.com.

When will a phone be able hold a copy of your valid drivers licence and be legal?