Google has 'lapped Siri' with sci-fi-like search - Computerworld.
Google has always been the king of search. Now, the biggest announcement yesterday may be what is to come. How about a futuristic conversation with your phone or computer, and a real thinking computer talking to you about your questions? Google Now is already better than anything else out there, and I already talk to it about my day. It either answers me immediately with relevant information, or points me to websites with the answers I need. It even anticipates my questions. I wanted to go to Castillo De San Marcos in St. Augustine this afternoon, and, before I could even ask, Google Now gave me a list of nearby destinations in St. Augustine. How Google Now knew that I was interested is a matter of keeping up with my location, searching, and travel. Amazing.
Google Play Books enables user uploads of e-books, documents | Internet & Media - CNET News.
One of the things I love about Google Music is that I can upload my music to the Cloud, and access it from any device. Yesterday, Google announced the upgrade of Google Play Books to do the same thing with up to 1,000 books and documents. Now, my classics don't have to be loaded on to each device. They will be available wherever I am. The future is in the cloud.
UPDATE 4-Google launches streaming music service ahead of Apple | Reuters.
I didn't think so. When Pandora has 700 million users, and charges only $3.99 a month, why pay Google? Of course, Google gives away most of its services; but, they have to pay the performers, so some charge is necessary. However, Pandora is king of this hill, and they aren't going away. Sorry, Google, I will have to pass. I love Pandora, and it is playing at my office all day long.
Official Blog: Live from Google I/O: Mo%u2019 screens, mo%u2019 goodness.
If you want to know all the announcements being made today at Google I/O, and you don't want your news filtered third hand through he mouths of pundits, this is the place to go. The Google blog has published the announcements officially right here. If you want, there is a link to watch the conference live; but, there will be plenty of recordings available later. For now, check out what's new in the GoogleVerse right here.
BillyJim47: My Life With Technology - Chapter 2.0.
Bill Holmes' book has moved to Chapter 2. In this Chapter, Bill moves to start up data processing centers, which, in the old days of computing, were populated by huge computers in remote locations. Nowadays these centers have been replaced by huge server farms, and the processing is done inside a computer. The IBM 360, pictured here, was the smallest computer then available, and had a whopping 8K of memory. This is a fascinating look at how computing and data processing has developed from a human being intensive activity to something that happens inside a modern processor. Thanks, Bill, for the education. I, for one, can't wait for the next Chapter.
Apple looks to add Samsung Galaxy S4 to patent infringement suit | Android Central.
Just when you thought it was safe to buy another phone, Apple has "examined the Galaxy S4 and decided it was infringing". Well, if Apple says it, it must be true. Apple has asked to add the Galaxy S4 to its list of "infringing" phones in the California Federal litigation over its patents. Hey, Apple. Every time I am out and about and I see someone squinting to see the text on a tiny iPhone, I compare my Note 2 to it. Are you kidding me? Do you really believe that any consumer can't see the difference between the devices? Most of the iPhone users I encounter tell me they would never carry such a "big" device. I "like" the tiny screen size, they say. What I don't like is having to write about patent litigation between companies that should be focused on making better smart phones for consumers, in as many competing flavors as possible.
Breaking: Windows Blue will be a free update named Windows 8.1 | Ars Technica.
Microsoft is trying very hard to fight back the negative fallout from Windows 8. Giving away the Windows Blue update later this year is a good start. To be known as Windows 8.1, it promises to fix the things you don't like. What do you want to bet that it is easier to navigate, and that Microsoft replaces the Start button? What do you think needs to be updated or changed?
I wish I could say I took this shot; but, alas, SWMBO got it last weekend. This is one of those cases where shutter lag in smartphones is a good thing. As she focused on the bird in the nest, the bird flew away at the moment the shutter clicked. Good job, honey. Great shot.