Google Goes Social

August 13, 2009

Google eyes a piece of the social network pie with iGoogle.

Google LogoAmidst a search engine overhaul and talks of Facebook’s aim at Twitter, Google (GOOG) is attempting to expand their already gigantic family of web experiences. By adding social gadgets to iGoogle, you can have the social features and functions of some of your favorite networks right on your homepage.

Will Google’s new social initiative get any traction?

Hear about it straight from Google.
“First, we’re excited to introduce social gadgets for iGoogle. Social gadgets let you share, collaborate and play games with your friends on top of all the things you can already do on your homepage. The 19 social gadgets we’re debuting today offer many new ways to make your homepage more useful and fun. If you’re a gaming fanatic, compete with others in Who has the biggest brain? or challenge your fellow Chess or Scrabble enthusiasts to a quick match. Stay tuned in to the latest buzz with media-sharing gadgets from NPR, The Huffington Post, and YouTube. To manage your day-to-day more efficiently, check things off alongside your friends with the social To-Do list gadget.”

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New Google Search Coming Soon

August 10, 2009

Google Is Changing Their Search Engine.

Lego Google LogoThe household search giant Google (GOOG)  is changing their search engine. Lucky for us all it is for the better. With faster results, more results, and better results, analysts are speculating this new innovation is in direct response to Microsoft’s Bing.

Mashable did an in depth test comparing Google’s current search, versus their up coming search.

“While this test was nowhere near scientific, we do have some solid takeaways:

New Google is FAST: It often doubled the speed of Google classic.

New Google relies more on keywords: SEO professionals, your job just got a lot harder. The algorithm’s definitely different. It has more reliance on keyword strings to produce better results.

Search is moving into real-time: Being able to get info on breaking events is clearly a priority for Google and Bing. With both Twitter (Twitter) and Facebook (Facebook) launching real-time search engines, they needed to respond.

It’s partially a response to Bing: At least, that’s how we feel. This new search has a focus on increasing speed, relevancy, accuracy, and the index volume, things that Microsoft really hit on when it released Bing. It feels as if Google “Caffeine” is meant to shore up any deficiencies it may have when compared to Microsoft’s offering, though it’s been in the works long before Bing launched.

The new Google will only get better as features are implemented and developed. The end result is a better search experience for the user. Competition really does breed innovation.”


Microsoft Moving Office Suite Online

August 6, 2009

Microsoft is bringing their Office Suite to a web browser near you in 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010In an effort to remain the productivity suite of choice amidst increasing operating system competition, Microsoft is moving their famed suite of applications online.  A recent purchase of the domain Office.com is spurring talk of Microsoft’s plan to use the domain for their products in place of their current office.microsoft.com.

Cisco is also planning to release a competing suite of products in the near future. While some are excited about the possibilities with these new products, security remains a concern.

What are your thoughts on the push to move these apps online?


New Look for Twitter

July 29, 2009

Twitter has a new homepage.

It’s true. Twitter is starting what looks like a brand overhaul with a new look to Twitter.comTwitter New Look of Homepage

Twitter users may see a new interface soon.

Once logged in to Twitter, everything looks the same as it has in recent history. How would you change the current Twitter interface if you could? More functionality? A different look?
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    Snail Mail to E-mail

    July 13, 2009

    Snail Mail vs EmailThe Swiss Postal Service is taking a stand against snail mail.

    A new service launched in June of this year allows Swiss citizens the opportunity to view their unopened envelopes by email. With the ability to filter, sort, and eventually read a scan of the mail all through their home computer.

    The technology for this service is provided by Seattle company, Earth Class Mail. Only time will tell if this service will gain momentum, or if people will view it as a privacy concern.

    Earth Class Mail has private subscribers worldwide, but the majority of their customers are in Britain or North America.


    Google Voice

    June 29, 2009

    Google Voice Logo

    Technology giant Google moves into uncharted territory.

    Email. Check.

    Search Marketing. Check.

    Television & Radio Ads. Check.

    Telecommunications? Check.

    With Google’s latest venture into telecommunication they are once again revolutionizing an existing service. While providing cool features like Conference Calling,  Phone Routing & Voicemail to Email Transcription, Google is once again filling needs that most people didn’t even know they had.

    Check it out.


    Steve Jobs is Back at Apple

    June 29, 2009

    Steve Jobs Back at AppleMonths of speculating about his poor health, and vague answers to the question “When will Jobs return?” can all be put to rest as the technological visionary has re-claimed his spot at Apple, Inc (AAPL). Just days before his self imposed deadline.

    “Steve is back to work,” said an Apple spokesman. “He is currently at Apple a few days a week and working from home the remaining days.”

    While Apple’s stock usually dances whenever Jobs leaves and returns, this time it seemed to have little to no effect as shareholders were expecting his return.

    “The entire Valley is happy to see that he is back,” said Paul Holland, Silicon Valley venture capitalist.