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Google Chrome Now Allows For Voice Search On Laptops & Desktops

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Google updated its Chrome Web browser today to include voice search, a feature that lets you speak naturally to your computer to get search results.  The feature not only does your searches by voice but responds to questions and allows you to engage in follow up questions thereby allowing you to have a conversations with Google.

Its a product which takes mobile search and places it in your laptop or desktop.

To use voice search you need to be running the latest version of the Chrome browser.

Here is how Google described the product on its blog:

A conversation with search — across your devices

People communicate with each other by conversation, not by typing keywords — and we’ve been hard at work to make Google understand and answer your questions more like people do. Already, you can tap a mic, talk to Google in a more natural way and get responses spoken back to you on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices.

Today, we previewed what this conversational experience will look like in Chrome on your desktops and laptops.

You’ll be able to just say, hands-free, “OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?” and get a spoken answer. Then, you’ll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with “how far is it from here?” if you care about the drive or “how about Monterey?” if you want to check weather somewhere else, and get Google to tell you the answer.

You’ll also get smarter answers to questions like “what’s the population of Canada?” Not only will Google answer that question, but you also get an answer to the next few follow-up questions people often ask. In a single card, you’ll see how Canada’s population changed over time — and a comparison with California and Australia.…

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Revolutionary? Leap Motion Now In Pre-order Promises To Replace Your Keyboard & Mouse

June 1st, 2012 Comments off

A new product promises to let you replace your mouse and keyboard with your fingers.

The product is called Leap Motion and its coming very soon

“Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. ”

“It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.”

“For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.”

“This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. ”

“The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point.”

“Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”

“This is like day one of the mouse.  Except, no one needs an instruction manual for their hands.”

The Leap works on both PC’s and Mac’s, Laptops and Desk Tops.

“Two or three hundred thousands lines of code later, we’ve figured out how to use the Leap to create an interaction space around your computer, in 3D. ”

“Able to distinguish thumbs from fingers, and even handheld items like pencils. ”

“This allows users to interact like never before, using only natural movements.”

“We’ve been able to link Leap to dozens of applications and operating systems.”

“But this is just the beginning.  As our development community builds, who knows what the future holds?”

We have long speculated what would happen to the domain name world when computers become more touch and motion and less keyboard and mouse oriented.

Will type in traffic dry up?

Will computers be used more like iPads and other tablets highly app driven?

Guess we will start to find out sooner than we thought


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My One Year Experience On Four Square: Thousands of Check-ins; 14 Badges; 0 Majorships As It Grows From 175K Users to 6 Million

February 3rd, 2011 Comments off

It was just over a year ago I started using Four Square, the location based App “game” where you get points by check into locations your at.

A guy in the tech world who turned me on to Four Square told me it was going to be the next HOT social networking deal and I had to get on it.

So I did.

At the time I really didn’t get the concept of Four Square and a year later I still really don’t.

You check in at restaurants, hotels, airline terminals, pretty much everywhere you go in a day and if you check into a place a lot you may get to become Mayor of the place. (assuming no on else is already).

Some places treat their Mayor’s pretty well offering them free drinks to free food to discounts.

I get that I might be cool to be the Mayor of say the Four Seasons Hotel in New York or the city of Miami Beach or the Empire State Building.

However after one year It seems just about every place I check into already has a Mayor and that Mayor isn’t me.

Sure there are some “places” that still come up on Four Square that still have no Mayor, like the “Dumpster behind the 7-11″ which popped up on my screen the other day but somehow that doesn’t have the same wow factor as being Mayor of the Four Seasons.

Maybe its just me.

Users of Four Square also get “Badges” based on their check-in’s so if your a frequent flier you might get the “Jetsetter” badge or if your a boater you might get “I’m on a boat” Badge.

There are a lot of Badges.

Of course the Badges are virtual and there doesn’t appear to be any prize money involved.

Or any other benefit other than i guess telling your friends you basically have no life but a have been awarded a bunch of worthless Badges. (14 as of time of publication)

My tech friend was right about one thing, a year later Four Square is huge.

I got an email from Four Square a couple of days ago and the numbers are pretty amazing:

In 2010:

“We grew from 175,000 to over 6,000,000 users”

“You guys checked in 381,576,305 times in 2010″

6 Million Users and almost a half of billion check-in’s

Wow that was some year.

How many of you are on Four Square?


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How Long Will It Be Until FaceTime Is Used For Adult? Looks Like Sept 1: Is It A Game Changer

July 6th, 2010 Comments off

If you haven’t heard about Facetime its part of the new iPhone and allow you to see the other party your talking to, kind of like Skype does with a computer but unlike Skype you won’t have to accept a permanent invitation from someone that lets them see when your always online.

Since Facetime uses Wi-Fi rather than 3G quality is likely to be excellent and of course the screen itself it top rate.

As you also may know, Apple has been very anti-adult, not allowing any sort of adult apps in its store.

As soon as FaceTime was announced my first thought was this would make a great platform for adult “chat” and cam sites.

Now an ad has been spotted in the New York Craigs List:

“”Starting an online interactive pornography firm where woman will use the iphone 4 to video chat with potential customers on a pay as you go basis.
Hours are flexible, pay will increase as the business builds.

“”Woman will receive a free iphone 4 to use as personal time when not working. Woman will talk to potential clients and chat with them and perform various acts as desired by clients. All information will be confidential.”"

“”Payment will be based on percentage of sales volume and performance. Potential launch date of the company is 9/1/2010 or based on feedback received.”"

“”Woman will receive, as before mentioned, a free cell phone and a very competitive salary.”"

Please send information and pictures – we would like to launch sooner than 9/1/2010.

* Location: NYC/LI
* Telecommuting is ok.
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* This is at a non-profit organization.
* This is an internship job
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Phone calls about this job are ok.
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

So here are the questions that I have?

Now what will or can Apple do to stop the use of its product for what maybe the biggest explosion (pun intended) in adult entertainment in years?

Will Facetime, further erode the internet adult entertainment industry or somehow help to revive it?

Will a great domain be of any use in the new age of Facetime or will it be irrelevant?

Have no interest in adult, remember that adult is always the first, not the last to use technology in new ways.

If a Facetime adult industry develops, main street will closely follow.


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NSI Launches Whois App For iPhone, But It’s Fails To Impress, Compared To Existing Whois Apps

July 21st, 2009 Comments off

Network Solutions announced today that its launched a its free whois app for the iphone.

First the official announcement then my comments and comparison other free whois apps currently available

“”"The app developed by Network Solutions allows iPhone users to use the company’s WHOIS database search tool from anywhere their iPhones receive service. The application will be particularly useful to Web designers, developers, and network engineers on the go.

“”"Available now at the iTunes® store online, the WHOIS allows users to easily look up information on the domain or IP of their choice, finding all relevant information, including the WHOIS business listing.”"”

“”"”Network Solutions has been working with the WHOIS database since its inception,” said Kamalesh Dwivedi, Network Solutions CIO. “The addition of this mobile capability follows the release of the WHOIS lookup mobile application for Google’s Android operating system earlier this year. Extending this capability to the iPhone platform will benefit users in a major way.”"”

Ok so much for the official announcement.

Now for the reality check.

NSI application doesn’t hold a candle to two other free whois apps, already available on the Apple App store.

For one the NSI app doesn’t make available the soft key .com button on the iphone, so for every domain you check on the NSI app you have to type in the domain, change from the letter screen to the symbol screen to get the “.” then switch back to the letter screen to type in the “com”.

Both, The Easydns app available for free from the Apple App store and the “Free Whois” app make use of the .com button.

The NSI App uses black and white fonts, nothing special there.

Finally the NSI APP doesn’t seem to work.

On 5 trys I only got whois results  back 1 of the  5 domains that are clearly registered.

Freewhois App returns results in colors, much easier on the eyes and even better the domain name, and the servers in the whois record are both clickable so if you want to check out what is on the domain you just looked up, you just click on the link and it takes you there.

The only draw back to the FreeWhois App is that the font is pretty small on the imput side.

EasyDNS App is better than NSI, it uses the “.com” button nicely and results are returned quickly, but once again in black and white and without links.

So I declare the FreeWhois App the winner.

The question I have Is how could a company the size of NSI come out with an App inferior to existing products.

When you see what other companies have produced,  how  can you put out a product which not only fails to improve on what’s already out, but fails to even match existing products, it just blows my mind.