Google's open or Apple's integrated: Whose side are you on?

Google's open or Apple's integrated: Whose side are you on? It's war! Again. Or still. Whatever. Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched an "epic rant" during an earnings call this week blasting Google's "fragmented," er, "open" approach to...

10/19/2010

Analyst says Android tablets will beat iPad. Is he right?

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted this week that the tablet market will play out much like the cell phone market has: Apple will lose its early lead to Google.Munster is very bullish on tablets and pessimistic about the...

10/12/2010

It's like Google TV and Twitter were made for each other

You may have heard that Twitter announced a Google TV app. That means you'll be able to tell the Twitterverse that you're watching Google TV -- from Google TV. Nobody will care. But if you're a Twitter fan, it might be fun to tweet...

10/04/2010

New service follows up (so you don't have to)

I've whined and complained in this space several times about Gmail's limited features for time-delaying e-mails. I've told you about two third-party services that help a lot: Hit Me Later and Boomerang. Now I'm going to tell you...

09/28/2010

Google's new data center to be cooled with sea water

Google representatives told the magazine Computer Sweden that its Hamina, Finland, data center (now under construction) will be cooled with water from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. This will probably be the first data center in the...

09/23/2010

Three strikes and you're out, Michael Arrington!

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington took issue yesterday with my post about recent condescending remarks by top Google executives.Arrington starts off by questioning my motives, suggesting that I have learned over the years to...

09/13/2010

Why is Google so condescending?

Google's Gabriel Stricker, director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, opened the Google Instant launch this week. And he was incredibly condescending to the audience. He said that the reason Google holds events like this...

09/11/2010

As Google gets smarter, are we getting dumber?

Google's gazillionaire co-founder Sergey Brin said yesterday "we want Google to be the third half of your brain." But at the rate Google is going they'll soon form all three halves. As you know, Google announced yesterday Google...

09/09/2010

Toshiba to launch Foleo... I mean Folio!

Toshiba announced plans to release a new Google android-based tablet. That makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that they've decided to name the tablet the Folio 100. Isn't that pretty much the name of the ill-fated Palm netbook...

09/07/2010

Will Google Wave features be built into Gmail?

The Google Wave blog was updated this afternoon with an announcement that Google may be building some technology in the now defunct Google Wave into other products. The announcement stated, in part: "We're looking at ways to continue...

08/30/2010

Dispatch from the Google fringe

Google this week rolled out plans to broadcast (via YouTube, of course) a kind of weird "infomercial" highlighting the "hottest searches" on Google in the past week. Called Google Beat, the series presumably ignores the scandalous...

08/30/2010

Google tests 'Live Search'

Google is testing "live search," which means that new results pop up as you're typing. If you want to search for "pizza," for example, the results start flowing in as soon as you type "p." Typing the "i" narrows the search further,...

08/24/2010

Google controversies trotted out in outrageous Taiwan CGI video

No doubt you've seen the crazy CGI videos of various news events created by some TV program in Taiwan. They address technology scandals, including Apple's antennagate. Now they've gone after Google over its Wi-Spy scandal. The video...

08/20/2010

Finally: E-mail scheduling coming to Gmail

I've been calling on Google to add e-mail scheduling to Gmail for some time. Now help is on the way in the form of an upcoming service called Boomerang. A company called Baydin sells a $14.95 product for Outlook called Boomerang for...

08/19/2010

Google CEO's solution to privacy: Change your name

Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal that in the future, the passage from teenage life to adulthood will include an automatic name change "in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media...

08/17/2010

Why does Google like Like.com?

Google will soon announce the acquisition of Like.com, the image-matching technology company formerly known as Riya. The Silicon Valley rumor mill says the deal will exceed $100 million. Like.com is sitting on some killer technology....

08/16/2010

Here comes Gmail... the game!

A guy named Paul Truong created this arcade-style space shooting game -- with a Gmail theme! He did it to learn how to create interesting apps with HTML5. At the beginning of Galactic Inbox, a winged Gmail logo rises out of the 20%...

08/14/2010

Why Google's Gmail redesign is brilliant

Google unveiled a redesigned and retooled Gmail and Contacts this week. While a vocal minority is objecting to the update on the social networks, most users seem to like the changes.I think the move is a strategically brilliant one...

08/12/2010

What to do with your Google 'Social Circle'

Google these days provides "social search" results, meaning that it lumps in along with your regular search results links to your friends' social activity where that activity is relevant to your search. Google is up front about what...

08/09/2010

Hooray! Google fixes dictionary disaster!

Google rolled out last December something horrible called Google Dictionary, which it made the default dictionary for users of the Google Search engine in the English language. But now Google is suddenly doing dictionary definitions...

07/26/2010

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