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Google search gets a new look

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

Google has decided to introduce a new look to their search results, making it even easier to search for and find exactly what you’re looking for. There’s some simple left-hand navigation the new Google look, but we’ll let the video tell you all about it.

I’ll just say that I happened upon the changes by accident last night and was quite pleased with what I found. In general, contextually relevant, left-hand navigation has been added to the page, while the overall look and feel has also undergone some slight changes.

Google Editions e-book service launching this summer

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

Google isn’t content to just make public domain books freely available for e-book readers. Google has just confirmed that its Google Editions e-book service will be launching in late June or July. Looks like the service will let users buy digital copies of books they find through Google’s existing book search service, and let retailers sell Google Editions on their own site and retain the “bulk of the revenue.”

We don’t have a ton of details yet. Nothing on pricing or which publishers involved, but Google has said that it planned to make between 400,000 and 600,000 books available with prices to be set by the publishers.

Sony set to launch Google TV in May

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Sony is planning to introduce its new TVs, which are powered by Intel chips and Google software next month. Sony and Google will be talking about the new products at a conference in San Francisco on May 19th and 20th.

Logitech has even been given the assignment of designing the remote control for the new set-top box, which will include a keyboard for navigation. The set-top-box will be powered by the Android operating system, and of course require an Internet connection. In this market, Google will be competing with the likes of looks likes of Cisco, Motorola, Microsoft, Apple, and TiVo.

Google Store View gets official

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

Remember back in February when that retailer allowed google into their shop to take pictures of the place? Well, as it turns out, Google really does have plans to make easier for you to check out stores from your computer.

With Google Places, you can check out the interior of places like restaurants, cafes, hotels, spas, salon, gyms and retail stores, all from your computer. The pictures are taken by Google photographers who arrange a photo shoot with the business owners. Right now Google is running a trial in about 30 cities across the US, Australia and Japan.

Wii Game Ando Kensaku uses Google search results

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

It’s a scenario old as Google itself. You have an argument and you settle it by comparing the number of Google search results. You wouldn’t think they could make a whole Wii game inspired by it, but they have done just that.

The game was developed in cooperation with Google and players have to choose which of the several search terms is most popular. There are 14 mini-games in total. Chances are it won’t be released outside of Japan, but for those in the land of the rising sun it will be out on the 29th of April.

Google Set-Top Box coming soon

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

You knew that Google was looking to take over your living room at some point and the NYTimes has the details on Google TV, a platform to deliver web content to Android-based set-top boxes and TVs through partnerships with Sony, Intel, and Logitech.

Google hopes that the platform can succeed where many others have failed to seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, and of course games, webapps, and more.

Google Mobile Search shows you what’s in stock nearby

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

Google Product Search was already useful, but the addition of local inventory info makes it even better still. The new feature works on the iPhone and any PalmOS or Android device. Just search for Shopping results and Google will return not just pricing information for the item in question, but it will tell you which retailers have it nearby and whether they’ve got it in stock or not.

That saves you a trip and the cost of gas. The problem right now is that only a few retail partners are signed up. There are some major ones like Best Buy, Sears, and Williams-Sonoma, but the feature needs more participation from both big stores and local merchants. We are sure that will happen given some time.


First Google Buzz iPhone app

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Buzzie, the first iPhone app aimed at users of Google’s new social networking tool Google Buzz is now in the iTunes App store. The app allows non-Buzz users to tune into Buzz conversations in their local area without logging into the service.

Once logged in, you can start conversations, or join in with your followers. You can also mark your Buzz as private or public and decide whether you want to publish your location, which is selected using the iPhone’s GPS.

New Google patent will really piss off Rupert Murdoch

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Rupert Murdoch hates Google. The publishing giant and Google have been at each other over Google’s book scanning program and the fact that Murdoch owns many of the newspapers whose stories are indexed by Google and then offered to readers free.

Murdoch thinks that we should all be thrilled to pay to read online news just as we pay for newspapers. Google has a new patent that will really make Murdoch unhappy. The patent is titled “Segmenting Printed Media Pages Into Articles.”

Google fiber network: 100x faster broadband

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2010

Google has announced the latest stage in their plans to accelerate broadband speeds, with a plan to offer 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections for between 50,000 and 500,000 people across the US. The planned service is described as “competitive” and the network would offer connections about 100 times the speed of the current average US broadband.

Once the new system is in place, Google is hoping to experiment with new uses of high-speed connectivity, like bandwidth-intensive apps and services, together with looking at the physical ways in which fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is deployed.

Google Buzz Brings Social Widget to Gmail

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2010

The Google press conference we heard about on Tuesday, as expected, brought us a new social networking “widget” called Google Buzz. The new feature integrates into Google Gmail with almost no setup whatsoever and provides a way to share and keep up on information with friends or the general public.

By going to the Google Buzz website users can quickly add Buzz to there Gmail account where they can see a feed of posts from others and posts their own statuses, all integrated with the existing Gmail inbox. Users can choose to share these with just their closest friends through the application or to everyone. Google even gets users started by automatically having them follow the contacts they chat and email with currently through Gmail and Google Talk.


Google to launch smartphones that translate the caller’s language

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2010

Interpreting languages can be a real challenge. It’s especially difficult for frequent overseas travelers or those who converse with foreign clients over the phone. Google wants to make things easier with smartphone translator software that will instantly convert the words you speak from one language to another while on the phone.

They’ve been doing it for some time with text translation, and now speech-to-speech translation is possible with ‘high-accuracy machine translation and high-accuracy voice recognition’ only. The idea is that the users phone would adapt to the user by learning their style of talking and make it easier to translate in real time.


Google Maps to add “Google Store Views”

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2010

Looks like Google Street View may be expanding. Apparently a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, allowed some people from Google to come into the store and take pictures of the inside, every 6 feet, in all directions. Pictures of the items on display were also taken.

Apparently its for a new Google Maps feature called “Google Store View”. Google Store Views will allow people to basically walk into the store from Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at the store, and then you can click on the door to enter, all on Google Maps.

Chinese citizens hold memorial for Google, place flowers on its logo

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

As we told you yesterday, Google took a stand against the Chinese government by refusing to censor their search results. Well, it looks like some citizens are already in mourning.

Chinese citizens have been placing flowers on the Google logo as if it were a gravestone. And it just may be if the Chinese government decides they don’t like Google’s stance.

Google to stop censoring results in China

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Google has made a bold statement today and most would say that it is about time. It has announced that it will no longer censor search results on the Chinese version of the search engine. Apparently they are serious about it, even if it ends in the shut down of Google.cn. It seems that enough is finally enough. From the Official Google Blog:

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.