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Google Support the Use of Flash in a HTML5 Kind of Sense {1}

by ChihWei H
Google Support the Use of Flash in a HTML5 Kind of Sense

Google is providing developers with a tool, Swiffy, that converts Adobe Flash animations to HTML5. At a time when Adobe declare the death of Flash on mobile platforms, Google’s providing developers a tool to easily conversion of the .swf extension to HTML format. As Adobe Flash is still alive and well in the desktop, Google’s tool give developers flexibilities to port their creation to HTML5 so it could be use in mobile platform as well.  Adobe actually has a similar tool called Wallaby, but it’s more light weight when compare to Google’s Swiffy. read more...

Google will soon see a search engine competitor {Comments Off on Google will soon see a search engine competitor}

by Penny C
I read on computerworld.com that the Italian mathematician whose work is the foundation of Google’s algorithm will soon launch a search engine that will give different perspective of search engine.  According  the article “it’s a new radical view of what a search engine of the future could be.”  The mathematician’s name is Massimo Marchiori and he is also a board member of W3C.   The article said Google’s co-founder Larry Page, at age 23, attended his presentation on Hyper Search algorithm in a conference in 1996 and that algorithm is the basis of Google’s Page Rank system.    Mr. Marchiori cannot share details of his new search engine because he said Google is capable of putting 100+ engineers on lockdown, have them work day and night on the features and release the new search engine before Mr. Marchiori’s search engine launches. The search engine will launch in 12 different languages and according the creator, the content includes everything in the world. read more...

Google Music {Comments Off on Google Music}

by Joey L
On Wednesday, November 16, Google officially announced Google Music to the public.  Google Music is a music service that let users store up to 20,000 songs on the cloud for free and stream listen to them on the go.   Android users can stream music on their devices as well as purchase and download tracks from Android Market without the hassle of wires or syncing.   The store will provide a 90 second preview of the all the songs in Google’s database.  Google Music can also be integrated into its social network, Google+, where users can share their favorite tracks either publicly or with select groups of friends through the Circles feature.  Songs that are shared will be allowed to play the song entirely on the receiver’s account once.   Google has locked down deals with over 1,000 music labels, which includes Sony, EMI, and Universal.  Currently, users are able to download over 8 million tracks on Google’s expanding library of songs.  Google promised that their library would soon expand to about 13 million tracks. read more...

Street View Sees More Than Just Your House {Comments Off on Street View Sees More Than Just Your House}

by Caezar M
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We all remember street view, its that one thing that happened that one time when google decided that it wanted to not only digitize the earth from space but digitize it from the ground level by driving cars arround with cameras attached to them that took a picture every few feet and tied it in with a GPS location. prettty cool stuff right? well in case you didn’t know google also managed to collect information about where you are geographically. location based services are based on where your wireless connection comes from. if it is a known location the application bases its operations about where your router is located. but how did they know? well as apple says “there is a ‘database’ for that” thats right google not only collected upwards 3.5Million SSIDs, marked and stored them they also got some web browsing and communication data from those unprotected networks. However in Google fashion they have a solution that they hope like the national no call list will help keep everyones wifi from being marked in the Google database. read more...

Every hotel room simulated. {1}

by George A
The website Room 77 is a comprehensive hotel room database. It covers every aspect of a hotel including the rooms, grounds, features, food and service. They have indexed over 425,000 rooms in 2,500 properties in North America and the UK. Room 77 is accessible through the website and an iPhone app which allows the user to get a complete view of the inside of any room with square footage.  They have a room view simulation similar to Google Earth. The user is able to set desired characteristics for their room preference and then it is queried and matched by the database and website. They are currently in the process of using their own employees and non-employees to gather data regarding the rooms and are also working with Starwood in expanding the database. Room 77 acquired TripKick last year which was similar website. TripAdvisor is competitor to Room 77 and already has a set foundation in its service. read more...

Will Google TV 2.0 Be Any Good? {Comments Off on Will Google TV 2.0 Be Any Good?}

by Asbed P
Last year, Google announced Google TV which in theory was supposed to stream videos from the net, allow you to view photos, and listen to your music collection.  They have however been greatly outshone by Apple’s product, Apple TV, which is already expanding and can be found in many homes already.  Now that Google has got its act together and added some extra features to GTV, they have a chance to gain a customer base before its too late.  The biggest new feature GTV users will notice is the addition of Google Apps.  This means Netflix, Pandora, Skype and many other apps available on the Android platform will be available on Google TV.  They have also added Android Honeycomb so the TV will actually have the operating system Google designed for it’s tablets, meaning your TV will be more like a computer than it was before and who wouldn’t like that.  One final thing Google has added is the better search engine for shows and movies.  The new search will actually show you what time the next airing of the specific TV show or movie will be, but will also show the users what other services the program can be found on for instant viewing. read more...

Google’s Easter Egg Unleashed! {Comments Off on Google’s Easter Egg Unleashed!}

by ChihWei H

This article is a collection of secret “function”’ within Google’s search engine and services. “Do a barrel roll”, one of the latest Google’s stunt became one of the leading technology new during the weekend. If you type in the phase in a Google search, the whole page will actually rotates (Only in Firefox and Chrome I believe). The phrase came from popular Nintendo game, “StarFox”, which refer to a 360 degree rotation of fighter jet. Search for “z or r twice” will result in the same thing. There are quite a few other trick to try out in the article too, including Google gravity, Google map jet ski advice and more. read more...

Google brings back SQL {1}

by Monica G
It is well known that Google was at the forefront of NoSQL. This movement was to create a new type of database that could pass large amounts of information across the world. However, Google is now unleashing the original SQL database to its Google Application Engine, “a means of building and hosting atop Google’s online infrastructure.” The original NoSQL databases, Big Table, was not letting developers move or create data to the already existing relational database services, causing great inconvenience. Therefore Google released it would be using SQL once again. The database would allow for users to focus on developing the applications and/ or services wanted without having to worry so much on the administering, managing and maintaining. This database would be called, Google Cloud SQL; there is a catch. For now the services are free but like many things in life, eventually Google will start charging, of course giving the users at least 30 days notice. read more...

Google offers your music from anywhere. {1}

by George A
This article covers the information regarding Google’s music beta service. Since the article was written the service has been opened to invite only.  The service allows users to store their music in the cloud and not on their devices. Then the user will be able to stream it from anywhere.  Currently users can have up to 20,000 songs uploaded which are about 100 gigabytes of music. Some users have been given more space to around 1 terabyte. Some issues have arisen regarding getting licenses from Sony and Universal Music Group. As the service has progressed Google has streamlined the process meaning the users do not have to make direct uploads to Google’s cloud – they just need to let Google scan the files on their computer. The music is then opened up to the user on the cloud and played from a copy of the song that is already there. read more...

Google’s Dart {1}

by Chris S
Recently Google announced one of their new projects, Dart. This new language aims to eventually replace Javascript, which Google believes is flawed, and is in dire need of improvement. Their main target with their new language are the iOS devices, like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. Dart is unique in the fact that it has the ability to run as another language, rather than just natively. A developer has the option of compiling their dart app as a javascript file, meaning that future dart programs can run on today’s javascript. read more...