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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Google Announces - Google Calendar

Google has launched a calendar. Check it out.
I took some time this evening to check it out for the first time. It looks a lot like Outlook. hehe Go figure.
I noticed a link showing "other calendars"
It opens a search window. I searched for a random last name and discovered lists of calendars which any one can add to their view. I would be careful doing this. I opened a womans calendar which included every apointment in her life. Locations of the appointments are mapped out using Google Maps. It seems some peope are trying to make it easy on the stalkers. I would be careful with this option "Share all information on this calendar with everyone". If you need to share, restrict it to users names you know.

Google has done it yet again. Just be careful how you use the tools provided to you ;)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Browse the Web Offline

Download the Internet

Am I the only one who thinks this is for the most part stupid? With the proliferation of broad band and Internet ready devices like cell phones and PDA's where's the strong demand for offline browsing?

Here's a snippet of the vision:

" "It would be impossible to put the whole web – roughly 10 billion pages of data – on your hard drive or phone, so we're condensing it," said Bradley Husick, president of Webaroo. "Webaroo allows you to take a cross section of the Web with you."

Since the service can't archive search engines like Google, Webaroo acts as its own search engine. When the consumer opens up their browser, the Webaroo search box comes up. Instead of replacing ads that already exist on the Web, the company will sell the sort of offline Internet as an additional form of revenue for customers.

"So, if an ad was there at the time [the site] was cached, it will still be there when you look at it [offline]," said Husick. "The difference is that most of those ads won't have the click-through, or the result page that you would go to, to view the ad." "

Yawn. I for one have no plans to use this...nor can I see anyone I know using it.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Google Buys Orion

Google has paid the University of NSW an undisclosed sum for the rights to a mathematical process developed by Ori Allon that promises to change the way we explore the web. But it is unclear how rich it will make the 26-year-old doctoral student at the university who developed the algorithm, Ori Allon. My bet is "Damn rich":-)

Orion could become the basis for the next generation of search engines, improving the relevance of responses to a search and displaying a more detailed taste of each file so users can better decide if it is what they need before visiting a site.

Google has gagged Mr Allon and UNSW from disclosing much information at this point.

For more info and headlines for this story check out Google News.

Disney to put TV shows online for free

While everyone else is out looking for ways to sell digital content online for a profit, Disney has decided to put some it's popular shows online for free.

Rather than trying to profit from the sale of content, Disney is giving the content away and selling advertising space - smart move imo.