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My my Google, we have been busy!

Yesterday, I took a well deserved day off to catch up on some Christmas shopping. Presents acquired, I sat back on the sofa to catch up on the day’s digital developments. What a day to miss!

Google have been suspiciously quiet recently and at a talk at the Computer History Museum, they revealed what they’ve been up to.

For anyone else who spent the day emersed in tinsel, here’s a quick run down.

1. Google has gone real-time
This means real time search results will appear next to the standard serch results.

2. You can now search by location
Google knows where you live and will give you customised search results based on location. This now gets even more specific when you’re on your mobile.

3. Now you only need to take a photo
Google can analyse the photo, extract the text and give you tailored search results.

4. You can fire your translator
Soon, you will be able to speak in to your phone and Google will translate your voice in to your chosen language.

5. Google will walk your dog and do the washing up
Alright, maybe not. But it wouldn’t surprise me if this was their next announcement!


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December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

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How real is ‘real time’?

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When Twitter revolutionised the digital world with its launch in 2006, claims of real time communication became one of its core USPs. The ability to watch a stream of incoming thoughts, opinions and interactions from across the world was impressive.

My problem is the inferior technology that surrounds me. Our aging desktop at home is only slightly more advanced than our toaster and the clunky server at work offers no escape. This creates a good five second delay when monitoring the flow from Twitterville.

The refresh button has become my nemesis and I expect I’m not the only one.

Should a telephone conversation be held in this way, we would be attacking out handsets with the nearest blunt implement – any kind of delay means it’s not in real time.

Google Wave and Twingly Channels – which I wrote about last week – seem to be a little more accurate with their claims. You can actually see updates as users type, like a real conversation, in real time.

It’s undoubtedly impressive and sure to transform the way we use social media. Let’s hope the average user’s decaying hunk of buttons and ram are fit enough to ride the wave.

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October 5, 2009 at 7:19 pm