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Google to Make Gmail More Social

Posted in Gmail by Darrin Olson on February 9th, 2010

Google reportedly has a planned press conference on Tuesday to announce some new features to its online email service which will turn it into more of a social hub of communication between friends. The new “widget” that will be added to the free Gmail tool will allow users to keep up with their friends through a stream of quick updates, similar to sites like Facebook and Twitter.

This is not a surprising move for Google who is continuously trying to keep online users centered around Google’s tools, providing the company with more information as well as additional content and exposure to online ads.

Google could also potential integrate other online social media content into it’s stream from users, such as videos from YouTube or pictures from Picasa. It could even tie into external sources with open API’s such as …

Google to launch smartphones that translate the caller’s language

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2010

Interpreting languages can be a real challenge. It’s especially difficult for frequent overseas travelers or those who converse with foreign clients over the phone. Google wants to make things easier with smartphone translator software that will instantly convert the words you speak from one language to another while on the phone.

They’ve been doing it for some time with text translation, and now speech-to-speech translation is possible with ‘high-accuracy machine translation and high-accuracy voice recognition’ only. The idea is that the users phone would adapt to the user by learning their style of talking and make it easier to translate in real time.


Google Maps to add “Google Store Views”

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2010

Looks like Google Street View may be expanding. Apparently a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, allowed some people from Google to come into the store and take pictures of the inside, every 6 feet, in all directions. Pictures of the items on display were also taken.

Apparently its for a new Google Maps feature called “Google Store View”. Google Store Views will allow people to basically walk into the store from Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at the store, and then you can click on the door to enter, all on Google Maps.

Dyzplastic’s Android figurines

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2010

Android is all the rage. If only you had some cute action figures to display your love for the OS. Well, now you can. Artist Andrew Bell has partnered with Google to release a series of authorized Android robot figurines, starting with an initial run of 12 designs in blind boxes.

You’ll want to collect them all because these guys look adorable. The figures stand 3 inches tall and have articulating heads and arms. They will be available starting the 10th of this month.

Nexus One meets Colorware

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Colorware strikes yet another unsuspecting gadget. This time it’s the Nexus One. Oh the humanity. That Nexus One above is sporting IE colors, but you can choose whatever you like.

Your Nexus One will take three weeks to undergo its transformation, like gadget moth to beautiful gadget butterfly, for $175 if you’re supplying the phone or $800 for a brand new one. You are only limited by your imagination and your wallet.

Motorola Shadow / Nexus Two with sliding QWERTY keyboard

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

This could be just a render, but it could also be the real thing. The folks over at Mobile01 have two more photos the Motorola Shadow, which looks similar to the Droid / Milestone with a white keyboard and wrist strap. Word is that this could be Google’s next flagship device, dubbed the Nexus Two.

It seems very possible to us as it makes sense to compliment the Nexus One with one that has a physical QWERTY keyboard. But why the wrist strap? Then again it looks a little too good and people will likely complain about the Dpad placement. What do you think?

Chinese citizens hold memorial for Google, place flowers on its logo

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

As we told you yesterday, Google took a stand against the Chinese government by refusing to censor their search results. Well, it looks like some citizens are already in mourning.

Chinese citizens have been placing flowers on the Google logo as if it were a gravestone. And it just may be if the Chinese government decides they don’t like Google’s stance.

Handmade Android robot plush bag

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Not sure why we haven’t seen this guy on more things. The Android Robot does fall under the Creative Commons license after all, but check this out Android fans. This cute little guy can’t be found in stores sadly, but we still want one.

Some guy got tired of waiting for Android Robot merchandise to appear and made this himself as a birthday present for a friend. It’s a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind, Android Plush Bag. Great for your Google phone or whatever.

Google to stop censoring results in China

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Google has made a bold statement today and most would say that it is about time. It has announced that it will no longer censor search results on the Chinese version of the search engine. Apparently they are serious about it, even if it ends in the shut down of Google.cn. It seems that enough is finally enough. From the Official Google Blog:

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Google may use real-time ads on old billboards in Street View

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Those outdated billboards in Google Street View are not just outdated, but they’re an opportunity for Google, who has filed a patent entitled “Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising,”. The patent should allow them to cut out billboards shown in Street View and replace them with their own current ads.

Apparently this would be done by working with whoever owns the space. For instance a theater owner could keep the posters out front up to date at all times. We can’t think of any other way in which this would work, since they are putting ads on other people’s property without permission. It’s an interesting move by the big G.

Samsung intros E6 e-reader, with content from Google

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2010

Samsung on Wednesday demonstrated the E6 e-book reader. The 6-inch device features a wireless connection, likely Wi-Fi, to share and get your content and it also has a handwriting feature so users can doodle away. The first partner to provide content for the device will be Google, which has digitized many many popular and classic books.

The E6 should be able to compete well with Amazon’s Kindle, not to mention all of the others out there. The E6 will ship at some point later this year for $399.

Google launches local search for mobile

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2010

Want to find a local coffee shop? Maybe you need a new restaurant. As usual, Google can help. The big G has introduced local search for iPhone and Android phones.

Now when you’re on Google’s page on your mobile browser, just hit the “near me now” link to bring up search results that are near your location. Find coffee and ATMs easily at long last. Pretty soon we will get completely lost without our phones to the point where we will be zombies during service outages.

Nexus One From Google Officially Available

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 5th, 2010

Nexus One from Google officially availableThe Nexus One from Google is now official as Google has made their press announcement, as expected, that they are indeed launching their own mobile handset. The device is made by HTC and runs Google’s own Android software.

With Android, the features of the system are very similar to the existing handsets running the software with a few additions to the apps and some additional voice control. Google bragged the handset itself is no heavier than a Swiss Army Knife and no thicker than a number 2 pencil.

Google’s Nexus One Unveiling Expected Today

Posted in Google,News by Darrin Olson on January 5th, 2010

HTC Nexus One From GoogleGoogle is expected to release it’s own mobile phone in a press conference schedule for today, going by the name of Nexus One. The new phone will be the first to actually be sold by Google and will also run Google’s very own Android software stack for mobile devices.

The Nexus One is rumored to also become available through the T-Mobile and their wireless carrier network in addition to the unlocked version direct from Google. The Android software has already been available on a number of mobile phones starting back in 2008 with a device from HTC. The device Google is introducing today is expected to also be from HTC, touting a 3.7 inch touch screen, 5-megapixel camera and a Snapdragon processor.

Google branded Chrome OS gBook on the way?

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Google branded Chrome OS gBook on the way?There may be a Google-branded netbook on the way soon. Google has been talking about working with a bunch of manufacturers in order to be sure its Chrome OS runs well and now on top of that, multiple sources say that Google will hire an unnamed netbook maker to build a device specifically for Chrome OS.

Word is that we might see this gBook as soon as next Christmas. And by that time there will be more tiny and powerful processors to choose from, which will give this net-connected laptop some real power.