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Google is calling it a beta, but we're calling it a breath of fresh air (depending on where you live, of course, your air might a bit more fresh than the air we breathe here in New York City). Today, Google has added walking directions to its popular Google Maps page. Whenever you use Google Maps for directions, if the destination is within 10km (about 6.2 miles) of the originating point, walking directions will be offered as an option in addition to the traditional driving directions. Google Software Engineer, Andy Schwerin announced the feature on the Google Lat Long Blog this morning. He warns, however, while the feature is now available, it comes with some caveats:"Walking directions are... Read more...
Okay, we get it: Google wants to be everywhere--even on your iPhone. For ultra chic techliciousness, Google and the iPhone together, it's a perfect match--like chocolate and peanut butter. But sometimes Google misses the mark, and that's exactly what it's done with its newly released Google Talk for the iPhone. "We've just released in the US a new version of Google Talk designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch browsers. In addition to sending your friends Gmail messages from your iPhone, you can now chat with them while you're on the move, too! In your iPhone browser, just go to www.google.com/talk, sign in and start chatting. That's it. Google Talk runs entirely in the browser so... Read more...
Google has been ordered to turn over their logs of user activity on their YouTube site to Viacom. Viacom is suing Google over copyright infringement, and wishes to see how many YouTube users actually look at Viacom copyrighted material on the video service, then compare it to the amount of traffic any given non-copyrighted video might garner, in order to prove that Google is making money off Viacom's Intellectual Property, and assess potential damages. As you might expect, privacy mavens are up in arms over a judge ordering that usernames, IP addresses and logs of videos viewed for everyone who's ever logged onto YouTube. When it initiated legal action in March 2007 the firm {Viacom]said it had... Read more...
It appears the everyone's new favorite borg-like monolith corporation is taking it on the chin once again for overly aggressive go-to-market strategies.  This time allegations have surfaced about how Google treats its technology partners, specifically with respect to IP infringement.  Apparently Chicago-based company LimitNone is claiming Google's partnership with them, as a third party developer brought on to enhance Google products, went awry when they decided to just steal the small software company's technology.  This technology was rolled into a Google Apps product that basically allows users to migrate their MS Outlook email and contacts into gMail products.  LimitNone... Read more...
Update: The news story below was originally posted on Friday, June 13. It is a brief summary of a longer news article written by Cade Metz of The Register. After our article posted we were contacted by Technology Consultant George Ou, who was briefly referenced in our news story. Ou felt that Metz's coverage--and therefore our coverage as well--did not accurately represent his statements or some of the arguments for network prioritization. For the sake of balanced news coverage, we are adding a link to Ou's blog here, where he provides another perspective on this story.Google has been very vocal on its stance for net neutrality. Now, Richard Whitt--Senior Policy Director for Google--announces... Read more...
As the old expression goes, I don't know what Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang is smoking, but I want some. Yesterday Yahoo! announced that they had finally really absolutely unequivocally indubitably without question stopped talking to Microsoft about a takeover by, or joint venture with the Redmond giant, and that they had signed a deal with Google that essentially hands over their search marketing to Google for a slice of the revenue. In other words, they gave away what Microsoft was trying to buy from them. By the end of the day $3.6 billion in shareholder value had been lost. And it took about ten seconds for the most obvious result of a Yahoo!/Google linkup to rear its anti-trust head:WASHINGTON,... Read more...
When checking out the specs on the Voodoo Envy 133 earlier, we were pretty annoyed by the Flash intro to the revamped VoodooPC site. That's precisely the reason for a feature such as this. Search for a site, and - if the site has a Skip Intro link on it - results will have a "Skip intro," which enables users to skip the Flash intro, directly from the search results.Of course, this doesn't help on the VoodooPC site, as there's no "Skip Intro" option on their site. Possibly because the intro is pretty short, but still irritating.This is precisely the type of small, some-would-think inconsequential feature which is just the type of thing that draws people to one search engine over another. ... Read more...
Google Sites, the group Website tool that was originally available only to "companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains," can now be utilized by even non-business users--and you don't even need to host it on your own domain anymore: "Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website at https://sites.google.com/[your-website] and add as many pages as you like for free.""Getting started with Google Sites is easy. You can create... Read more...
We're  hoping to dive in to Google Trends occasionally here at HotHardware and offer you up a bit of the story behind all the top searches folks are plugging in online. We'll highlight a few of the interesting search terms and take stock of what's shakin' in the world's busiest search engine. Surprise, surprise. Today's search trends are dominated by reality television as "Dancing With the Stars" and "American Idol" wrap up their seasons. But beyond the expected popularity of singers and dancers, Google provides other topics worth talking about today. Nanotubes may be hazardous to your health. The teeny-tiny tubes are being dubbed "as deadly as asbestos" after mice... Read more...
What won't Google do with their maps?If you go to Google Maps, you’ll notice there is now a “”More” button right next to “Street View”" and “Traffic.” If you click on it after getting a map, you will be given the options to tick “Photos” or “Wikipedia.” Ticking the first option populates teh map with geo-tagged photos provided by Panoramio. Ticking the second gives you geo-coded Wikipedia articles. For instance, I found entries on a New York City map for the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, the New York Yacht Club, and other landmarks.Suggestion for more items Google can add to "More?"  Readers?... Read more...
Google is going to experiment with SSDs and they have chosen to go with Intel’s SSD technology.  The move is said to be part of plan to help reduce electric bills, but it could potentially offer some performance gains too.“The more power efficient SSDs will be installed at severs at Google's US headquarters. Intel will supply flash chips and Marvell the corresponding controller ICs, the sources detailed.  Shipments are slated for late second quarter, they added.With the increasing use of SSDs in server applications, a shortage for 16Gb and 32Gb NAND flash chips could become a possibility, the sources commented.”If Google’s experiment turns out to be a success, Intel may have found not only a... Read more...
Ever wish you could get a view of possible landmarks when getting directions from a mapping site or program?  Well, Google's heard your plea, and has added Street View to directions in Google Maps.Driving directions and Street View have been separate features of the search engine's Google Maps site. By combining them, Google said users can now get a better picture of their route alongside turn by turn information. Users simply click camera icons to get photos of the route along with an arrow showing which way to go. At the end of the line, the last view is a green marker that shows you've arrived."By viewing Street View images alongside directions, drivers have visual context for intersections... Read more...
Google has a pretty reliable algorithm for determining page rank on text searches. All sorts of attempts are made to game the system, by both legitimate and unscrupulous Search Engine Optimization schemes alike, but those strategies always seem to fail in the long run. But put a search query into Google Images, especially with safe-search turned off, and you'll get a bizarre assortment of pictures to look at. That's because image searches generally just comb through the associated text appended to images. It's the reason why if you're an ornithologist looking for pictures of birds with bright blue feet, you might see a different sort of boobies if you search for them. Now Google says it's got... Read more...
It was only February when Microsoft had a big issue with Fasthosts providing a streamed version of Office, but it seems their tone has softened.Worried by the small but growing number of small businesses and consumers switching from Microsoft Office to cheaper or free online alternatives such as Google Apps, Microsoft Corp. plans to arm a key cohort of its formidable legion of partners to help fight the threat to Office 2.0.Microsoft plans to test a yearlong change to a key part of its license for Office 2007 that will, according to multiple sources, enable Web hosting service providers to offer Microsoft Office via an emerging technology called application streaming.The sources said Microsoft... Read more...
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