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    Google has been cooking in their labs again

                           

    Has Mrs Google ever explained the hygiene concerns of baking next to the science experiments?? The latest creation from the oven is Hotpot and the bite sized chunk I took was quite tasty. Hotpot is a Google powered recommendation engine and with the aggregated data of Places and the rest of the location suite, it is pretty spicy! With Hotpot you can search a place and immediately access star ratings and reviews of other users, plus add star ratings and reviews of your own! Google has added incentive for its users to add reviews and ratings by supplying further recommendations according to what you like. The interface is so clear and appealing and it is is so quick to do that I can see huge potential for this feature, particularly amongst lazier internet users. It may even be the thing Google needs to encourage users to adopt their own social network as you can connect with your friends and access more personal and relevant reviews. It has certainly beaten Facebook to the table this time around but it remains to be seen if whatever the “Social Network” is cooking up will merely fan the flames of Google’s success (at least in the location recommendation arena) or reduce this Hotpot to burnt weed. Heehee, read more at Mashable.

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    Where in the world is Carmen Sandiago anyways?

    There’s all this talk about how social media sites can find information about you these days. And while I love a good whinge fest more then anybody (refer to blog post #… well any blog actually) being Monday I have come out all Dalai Lama (don’t worry the orange sheet and feigned endearing belly giggle will disappear by 4:25 as per any other Monday of my life) and resolved to concentrate on the bright side of things. So here is how you can use social media to find Carmen Santiago or Carmen Electra or whatever. Hey no judgemnet here, it’s not 4:25 yet. Topsy and Kosmix are search engines that leverage social media sites to give you search results. Topsy is specifically powered by tweets and gives you search results that list not only the tweet that relates to your search term but also tweets that contain links with your search term. Incredibly powerful and incredibly current. Kosmix lists search results from several social media sites including Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google and filters them into topic areas for easy browsing.

    • 3 years ago

    Is your search engine arriving too early?

    Maybe Google should have consulted AMI before they prematurely ejaculated Google Instant. Sure it’s neat, to borrow an American colloquialism circa 1990, but it just lacks a little…punch. Maybe if it was scented…Well, you will be relieved to hear that I will not be formulating anymore imporvement plans because Surf Canyon has developed a browser plugin that works with Google Instant to refine your search. Clicking the logo beside the search results you like will instantly produce further recommendations that are relevant to your choice. The rest of your search is then updated in real-time. Read more at TechCrunch.

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    Whetting your App-etite

                                       

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation; conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 10 months ago Google brought forth upon the intercontinent a new application. Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are too lazy to think of key words. Google Goggles is an amazing Android application that will find search results based on an image. It does for phones what TinEye does for web. Take a picture and Google Goggles, recognising text and visual clues will return results for things like book covers, business cards, paintings, historical objects and landmarks. It will even translate foreign languages. Take a picture of a street sign or a menu and voila! Parlez vous Anglais?? Today Mashable posts that the app will soon be available on the iPhone. Woot woot!

    • 3 years ago

    Sic ‘em Rex

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    Better chain up your dog because Google is putting the postman back into your inbox. Let me explain before you bite a chunk out of the creepy, uniformed prowler’s tightie whities, Gmail Priority Inbox is the latest mail service app for your gmail that will automatically organise your emails according to their priority to you. That is, Google collates your emailing habits, the types of emails you read, delete unread, send, and to whom you send, to filter your emails and list them in order of priority. Read more about the beta testing and reviews at Mashable.

    • 3 years ago

    Can I take that back?

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    I have a nervous twitch. Not the usual, creepy, mouthbreathing, train commuter, thriller video, shoulder hit my head and made my eyebrow jerk kind of twitch. No. This is more of an ‘I am typing a message, it’s very important, ooh I’m overcome with the exuberance of my own verbosity, hahaha what a pithy pun that was, wow look at how fast my fingers type - oh shi…sh kebab! I just hit enter and sent that un-proofread, insult laden, non-spellchecked email to my entire address book!’ kind of twitch. Well, if you too are burdened with an overtly exuberant trigger finger there is a solution! Gmail has updated their Undo Send button!! Read more about it at Mashable.

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    Chroming the app market

    Google is preparing for their app store take over! In a move designed to take a bite out of Apple’s revenue, Google Chrome will soon be launching an app-selling store much like iTunes. But unlike their friendly neighbourhood worm fodder, they will only charge a 5% transaction fee instead of Apple’s whopping 30% in a bid to attract programmers. 

    • 3 years ago

    A number cruncher or an Apple muncher?

    Well the stats are in, so who do you think is winning the revenue race, Google or Apple? Click here to find out.

    • 3 years ago

    Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    How does change really affect us? I’m sorry to sound like I just stepped out from the section of the library filed under 158.2 (albeit more commony referred to as self help), but really, it is a question worth considering. This article by Nicholas Carr looks at the ways technology has influenced the function of the brain and what the internet may mean for ‘zee leetle grey cells.’

    • 3 years ago
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