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Tag Archives: Google

These Directions You Best Take Seriously

By David Ponce

This is what happens when you ask Google maps for walking directions into Mordor…

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Google Announces Docs For Android And iPad Platforms

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve got an iPad, you’ve no doubt found it to be a decent replacement for a netbook, in addition to being a tablet. One good use for a netbook is creating and editing text documents. I’ve yet to break down and buy any of the iWork apps for my iPad because to be honest, I’m cheap. Between OpenOffice and Google Documents, I haven’t paid for an office suite in a very long time. I figured if was patient enough, a good free one would come to the iPad eventually. My patience, it seems, has paid off.

Yesterday Google announced that they would be releasing both Android and iPad versions of their Google Documents suite sometime in the next few weeks. These versions will allow for full editing of documents, as well as the collaborative functions seen when using them on desktop operating systems. I’m definitely glad I held off.

[ Google ] VIA [ AppleInsider ]

Rumor – Google Tablet To Be Released Through Verizon On November 26

By Chris Scott Barr

There’s no denying that Apple’s iPad has stirred up a lot of excitement about tablet computing. That’s not to say that everyone is in love with the iPad itself, rather, they like the idea of what tablets could be. Many eyes have been looking to Google, as their Android platform has been a successful rival to the iOS. Fresh rumors are pegging a Google tablet as being released on Verizon November 26th.

The most unfortunate part of the rumor is that the tablet is going to run Chrome OS, rather than Android. This could be a deal-breaker, as many potential buyers would be more attracted to the already-established Android platform and all of the available apps for it. With the impending Android 3.0 being tablet-friendly, this does sound like an odd move.

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Google Voice Opens Its Doors To All

By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve long enjoyed my Google Voice account, as I was one of the lucky people who got in on it while it was still GrandCentral. Unfortunately it has been rather difficult to obtain an account since Google took over, and there were worries that they may simply shut down the service one day. Well we shall worry no further, as the company has officially taken Google Voice out of beta.

That’s right, you can simply head over to the Google Voice page and sign up for an account (as long as you’re in the US, that is). If you already have a Google account, then you need only pick out a number. Then you can start enjoying features like free SMS, transcribed voicemails, and having a single number ring all of your phones. Seriously, go sign up now!

[ Google Voice ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Send Google Maps Destinations To Your Ford Vehicle

By Chris Scott Barr

Having a GPS in my car is great for those times when I’m visiting a new city. It tells me the most efficient way to get to where I need to be. When I want to find something to eat, or a specific store, I can just look it up on my phone, find the address and then type it into the GPS unit. Actually, that is something of a pain. Wouldn’t it be better if you could just press a button and send the address to your GPS, rather then manually typing it in? If you have a SYNC-equipped Ford car, you’ll soon be able to do just that.

Ford is getting ready to roll out an update called “Send to SYNC” which will allow you to send information from Google Maps directly to the car. You’ll be able to pull up a restaurant on your iPhone, laptop, or even your home computer, and then send the address to your car. Once you’re ready to take off, the car will guide you to your predetermined destination. Now if we could just get this sort of functionality out of standalone GPS units.

[ Ford ] VIA [ DailyTech ]

Gboard – Dedicated Gmail Keypad

Gboard (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Do you consider yourself a Gmail power user? Well without this Gboard keypad that features dedicated buttons for 19 oft-used functions, you’re nothing but a Gmail chump! Ok, maybe that was a little harsh, but for just $19.99 from ThinkGeek this keypad will have you replying, archiving or trashing message faster than ever. All you need is a free USB port, a semi-modern OS and browser, and the keyboard shortcuts activated in the Gmail settings.

[ Gboard - Gmail Keypad ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Take A Virtual Ride On The Trans Siberian Railway Courtesy Of Google And The Russian Railways

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps (Image courtesy Google.ru)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking to kill a few hours online, and by a few I mean enough to cover the almost 10,000km route between Moscow and Vladivostok taken by the Trans Siberian Railway, then head on over to Google.ru where they’ve teamed up with the Russian Railways to create a virtual version of the trip.

Not only do you get a small snippet of Google Maps keeping you constantly updated on your current location, but a series of YouTube videos provides an actual view out of a passenger window as well. And if you find the scenery lacking or the trip a bit boring, you can even choose to listen to a small collection of Russian literature along the way including Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which is sure to liven things up and make the trip fly by!

[ Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps ] VIA [ FAZED ]

Google Working On Live Speech-To-Speech “Babel Fish” Translator For Smartphones

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By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve never read The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’d suggest picking it up. No, watching the movie definitely doesn’t count. One of the coolest ideas (of which there were many) in the book was the Babel Fish. It was a fish that was inserted into your ear, and magically translated any spoken language into one that you would understand. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Yahoo has a text translation service that shares the name.

So why am I babbling about the Babel Fish today? Because it would seem that Google is working on a bit of technology that will work in a similar way (but thankfully without inserting a fish in your ear). Their new speech-to-speech translator will take a person’s words and translate them on-the-fly while on their phone. The software would be installed on the speaker’s end, so that it can adapt over time to the person’s individual voice and speaking patterns, thus resulting in a better translation.

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Google Tablet – The iPad Killer?

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

Even before the buzz around the release of Apple iPad could settle down, Google has set the alarm bells ringing for Apple by releasing the first images of its much anticipated concept – The Google Tablet. Much like the iPad, the Google Tablet will have a sleek and stylish design.

The device will offer innovative features like contextual actions triggered via dwell (What does that even mean? -Ed.), UI Zooming for multiple tabs and an ability to create multiple browsers on the screen. Google has collaborated with a number of leading hardware manufacturers to implement this concept and once it comes to life, it might well turn out to be the iPad killer. Or perhaps this secret Apple project will.

[ The Chromium Project ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]