Leading today we have two stories that don’t fit into the regular categories. First, at Nature we get to hear about how genetic evidence is showing that there are likely two founding populations in the Americas. This is just really fascinating to a geek like me, so hopefully you find it interesting as well. The… Read More Geek Reading September 4, 2015
By now you have likely heard that Google finally released its long-awaited social offering. First, let’s look at the basics: +Circles – These are private lists, which are needed so that you can share things with a select group of people. Obviously, things you share with your family may not be things you want to… Read More Google Plus Looks Good But Needs An Application Platform
Google is trying to ensure that you never leave GMail. Besides GMail being a fantastic email service, Google has continuously added features to keep you engaged. We have chat in GMail and various widgets like Google Calendar to add functionality. We also recently saw a cool revamp of the Contacts application which really did need… Read More Is Google Me Really GMail 2.0?
Google launches new products and features constantly. Some of these products gain widespread adoption, like GMail, and others eventually whither and die, like Wave. In this age of the internet, the question is now whether Google expects some of these products to fail and is just releasing them to see what features people like. As… Read More Is Google Me The Merging Of GMail, Buzz and Orkut?
By now you have heard the official news, Google Wave will no longer be developed and will eventually shut down. Parts of Google Wave will still live on, and you will have the opportunity to get your information out of Wave: Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan… Read More Google Wave Challenged Email And Lost
Three companies have been making changes to the way people use the web. I am not talking about mobile devices as they still use the same basic internet that desktops and laptops use. I am talking about Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Each of these companies is trying to own something in the future infrastructure of… Read More The Web Is Finally Evolving To A More Semantic Future
Earlier this week, Google announced that they were adding the ability to “star” search results. This was added and SearchWiki was removed from the search results so that there was not duplicate functionality. The basic idea is that people like the concept of saving good search results, but really could not be bothered with changing… Read More Google Aligning Its Stars And Its Applications
So it has been a while since the original release of Google Buzz. I figured that I would post my personal review of Buzz after some time, but I have decided against it. There are enough reviews of the functionality for you to read and argue with. While reading an interesting post from Profy, I… Read More Google Buzz Is Just A Baby Step
As much as people talk about Twitter, we must realize that Twitter is only a tool (or infrastructure as I have argued). It is not a destination that people will focus their attention on for hours of the day. Destinations have been the goal for many startups, but to be a true, complete destination you… Read More The Battle For Your Attention: Google And Facebook
If you were completely disconnected from the internet yesterday, you did not hear that Google announced a new product/platform called Wave. According to various quotes, they wanted to create a product as if email was invented today. I call bullshit. Even on their blog they say that it is more than just email: Google Wave… Read More Google Wave Redefines The Rules