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The iFixit team gave the Googles Nexus 7 a 7 out of 10 repairability score. The iPad scored a 2 and the Fire scored an 8. The only real problem they have with the Nexus 7 is that the LCD doesn’t separate from the display glass – making repair more expensive. Another step in the right direction for the Nexus 7.
I’m excited about Google’s “Gaudi” initiative. Google announced yesterday that they’re going to start indexing the audio content on YouTube. Why is that cool? Because, it’s going to make YouTube content a lot easier to search. New features will also allow you to jump to the specific time index in a video where the sounte bite you searched for begins. Searchable YouTube content is cool but I’m more excited about what this means for the future of search and the semantic web.
I was trying to share a Google DOC with two co-workers this morning and ran into this problem again in FireFox 3.0. Notice the strangely absent text box for your invites below Invite people? I had to load docs.google.com up in IE to share the DOC. Annoying – not the 1st time I’ve seen this problem. Pretty sure I experienced it in in FireFox 2.x for a while as well. Come on people.
I really don’t like the fact that Google Adsense is dumping “Obama Exposed” ads on my blog. I’m an Obama supporter and I’m about to pull Adsense from my blog because of this. Is there anything I can do in my Adsense setup to solve this problem? Maybe the new Ad Review Center will do the trick for me. Maybe I can switch out the “Obama Exposed” ads for the “Impeach Bush” ads ; )
Great tips on using search operators to improve your Gmail searches. Now if I could only remember a few of these.
Viewzi, a new visual search engine, looks promising. I’m surprised Google isn’t playing around with visual search more – text heavy search results aren’t going to last forever.
A *More* button was just added to Google Maps. Clicking *More* gives you the option of displaying Wikipedia articles associated with the map you’re viewing and photos from Panoramio. Google Maps just gets better. Love it. Read more about the *More* button.
I’m a big fan of Google Apps. If you check my browser history you’ll see a lot of action around docs.google.com. I think Google Apps is sneaking up on the flank side of MS Office for the sneak attack – but I’m an early adopter and smart enough to realize that I don’t represent the masses. MS Office still owns the lion’s share of the office productivity market. Bernard Lunn, a self described "later early adopter," writes today on "Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office."
This is the perspective of a “skeptical, later early adopter”; the sort of person who Microsoft needs to retain and should have been able to retain easily. I don’t spend time on productivity tools that may at some date make me more productive, but which today are just a frustrating time sink. That describes the majority of people. MS Office can be annoying, but it does work. So any serious alternative has to offer a significant advantage and at the same time make adoption a total breeze. [continue reading]
In his post, Bernard does an excellent job of summarizing some of the key reasons more and more people are logging into docs.google.com. Collaboration, and mobile access are two of the key reasons.
Microsoft managers, patting themselves on the back for cooking-up a nice marketshare pie chart, need to keep one thing in mind – a lot of current Office users are dabbling in docs.google.com – at some point, the tipping point, they’ll stop adding Office to the cart when they’re configuring a new machine because docs.google.com is good enough. I have Office on both of my machines at the office and I spend more time in docs.google.com than I do Office.
Google released a Public Calendar Directory today. Public calendars have always been searchable but the Calendar Directory is organized and easy to browse.
Google Gears (a developer API that’s supposed to make it easier to build Web apps that work offline) is getting a lot of attention today. Scoble tossed up a quick interview with Bret Taylor, the Google dude responsible for developer products, that’s worth a quick watch at under eight minutes. Take a look. Here’s the link to Scoble’s post.
Google Trends, a Google Labs project that can help you analyze interest in specific search terms, is fun to look at once in a while. Hot Trends, a nice list of the 100 fastest rising search queries in the U.S., is especially interesting and sometimes a bit disturbing. Today, for example, “Shark Virgin Birth” is close to approaching the top of the list – apparently a lot of people are interested in this.
According to TechCrunch Google is in the closing stages of acquiring Feedburner for $100M. This is a great acquisition for Google because it provides them with more real estate for ads – rss feeds. Google continues to impress me with their acquisition strategy.
VentureBeat: Google buys Feedburner for $100M
I spend a lot of time In Google Reader, probably too much, and I’ve got to tell you – it’s just plain slick. You can’t define "slick" software but you know when you’re sitting in front of it. It feels slick. A specific feature addition motivated me to type this up.
Google Reader (as far as I can remember) has always supported an Email feature that lets you e-mail a feed item. Until recently however, it wasn’t slick. Clicking Email below a feed item would pop-up a new window that just didn’t feel right. It worked and did what it was supposed to do but it wasn’t the best user experience. Recently, the Google Reader team improved the Email feature. They didn’t add new functionality – they just improved the user experience. Now, clicking Email below a feed item (the link is still in the same place) drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item. It’s simple, it features fields for your recipients, a subject, a short note to go along with the item, a send button, and a cancel button. And more importantly, it feels slick.
Google Reader is "slick" because the team spends time working on the finer points of usability. They didn’t have to improve the Email feature, it worked fine before, but they did and in the long-run it pays off. Google Reader is quickly becoming the preferred web-based feed reader.
Some other "slick" Google Reader features include:
Short-cut ? displays excellent Keyboard Short-cut overlay
When you Email a feed item to someone a copy is put in your Gmail "Sent Items" folder
The "To" field is connected to Gmail so "auto-complete" functionality works
(screen grab: clicking Email below a feed item drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item)
- Windows Vista will be hugely popular.
- Apple’s growth in the personal computer space will slow as a result of Vista’s success and the next generation hardware that will support it.
- RIA apps., powered by WPF/WPFE and similar technologies, will start to get traction as the line between client-side software and web-based software continues to soften.
- Yahoo! will continue to loose momentum as Google and nimble Web X.0 companies continue to eat away at it.
- Wi-fi everywhere and geo-based advertising will start to catch hold and Google’s early efforts in this space will pay off – securing their dominance in the ad space for the near future.
- Microsoft will establish multi-media beach-heads in more American living rooms this year using the xBox 360 platform – re-configuring the gaming system into a Media Center replacement via free updates as unsuspecting users sleep.
- Apples’s cell phone will change the way we think about cell phones and cell service forever.
NOTE: I reserve the right to add to this list for the remainder of this week ; )
Google, for me, just reached a critcal mass tipping point. A tipping point – say what? I’m now using enough of Google’s kung-fu on a daily basis that I’m more likely to look to Google to fill a need than to say Microsoft or Yahoo! I want to consolidate a lot of what I do on-line and I want to consolidate with somebody I trust or more importantly somebody with a lot to loose if they don’t take security and backup seriously.
Take a look at this list Google kung-fu that I currently use. I tried to order the list by frequency of use – I use the kung-fu near the top of the list the most.
- google.com Personalized Home Page (replaced Yahoo! Home page)
- calendar.google.com (recently, completely replaced Outlook)
- reader.google.com (recently, replaced Bloglines – long-time Bloglines user)
- desktop.google.com (recent addition, replaced Yahoo! widgets)
- mail.google.com (long-time user, personal use)
- checkout.google.com (established, use rarely)
- docs.google.com (long-time Writely user)
I only recently started using a lot of this kung-fu - that’s part of what I find interesting. In recent months Google has really been working on their kung-fu and it’s showing.
Joe Wilcox (Microsoft Monitor) posted an excellent write-up on Google‘s spreadsheet and how it might impact Microsoft. I like the way Joe thinks about Google, more specifically, the way they compete (or don’t) and the method to their madness. Microsoft Monitor: Google My Spreadsheet
Personally, I think Google Spreadsheet and the other on-line spreadsheets are weak – I don’t fit the use case. On the other hand, I’m excited to see the 1.0 generation emerging – imagine what it will be like when we get to the 2.0 and 3.0 generations. Better, less expensive, and more accessible software is coming our way.
Microsoft Monitor: A Question of Relevance Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Monitor, writes about the competition between Google and Microsoft. A great read – very much in-line with my opinion on the subject.
TechCrunch: Google Calendar is Live