Archive for the ‘Google’ Category

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Swine Flu closes a Google Office in India

July 15, 2009

A Google office in Hyderabad, India, was closed from July 13th to July 14th, after a worker tested positive for the swine flu. The office was sanitized throughout the two days, but the office’s hub, in another part of Hyderabad, proceeded as normal.**

According to the Associated Press, K. Subhakar, an official of the Swine Flu Nodal Center, stated that the infected worker spread the illness to 6 other employees. The statuses of these individuals is unknown.

*Note(s):
**1) http://bit.ly/MFDF6

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Born into a Chrome OS reality??

July 12, 2009

So, the Internet is this big “cloud” that brings together messages and files from across the world and condenses them into your browser, emal or text, right? Sounds swell, but how would you like this same cloud to run your entire computer? …Well, Google has answered this question by introducing Chrome OS, a web-based operating system that will include all the Google services that everyone has known and loved.

Sounds like a hot buy, right? …Not if everyone is Windows prone and not if Chrome OS is only available for Netbooks (the downgrade on Notebooks). I mean, sure, some manufacturers will give Chrome OS a shot, but if Windows is the monopoly OS, how will Chrome OS survive?

According to NYTimes.com, the new computer generation is gearing towards “cloud computing,” anyways. In this era, there will be no more heavy downloads, no more configuring programs, and no more upgrading…of any sort. …As long as your device has a browser–whether it be on a cell phone or a laptop–you will have access to all of your files, wherever you go.

Hotmail and MySpace were some of the first services to launch “cloud computing,” which introduced some of the fastest-growing online services today, like Google (mobile), Facebook and Twitter. Apple’s iPhone and Android’s G1 are two of today’s cellular devices that are closest to being an actual computer, but Chrome OS will be the first attempt of a web-based operating system ran on a computer.

Whether Chrome OS succeeds or fails if not the issue, according to the New York Times. However, it is the idea that accessibility to our most significant files will be the easiest it has been in all of history. …Windows may not have anything to worry about now, or in the next couple of years, but as children are born into a “Chrome OS reality,” there will be no need for the upgrades of the past.

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Chrome OS for Dummies

July 9, 2009

I’m not a Tech-fan. I simply buy new technology because “it looks hot!” That being said, I took interest in an article, titled, “Chrome OS for the clueless: What it means for real people” to try and decifer what an OS is and how it relates to the launch of Chrome OS.

As noted in the headlines, Chrome OS is Windows’ new competition (or so they say), and could steal consumers from the Microsoft brand. I, myself, thought the only OS–or system that pulls together a computer’s components, to enable its programs’ functions–was Windows, and thought Chrome OS as “pretty huge” to drastically “scare” the monopoly OS. However, Google’s launch of Chrome OS is only for Netbook computers, as of now, and won’t expand to larger laptops unless the initial launch is a success.

According to the article, Rafe Needleman (the author) states that Netbooks are smaller versions of Notebooks, and are generally used as secondary computers to consumers with larger laptops. Since Windows is the monopoly OS for Netbooks (as well as most other computers), it’d be hard for consumers to buy Chrome OS because Windows is “all they know.”

However, one of Google’s main advantages–besides the fact that Chrome OS will contain “everything Google,” in which “everything Google” is wildly popular–is the fact that Chrome OS is cheap. Sounds like a great idea…but with Microsoft’s Bing on the rise, Chrome’s web-based system may not give Windows a run for its money.

Nonetheless, Google zealots will buy the new OS, when it hits stores in 2010, but computer consumers are aware that Chrome OS is a novice. It will take time to match Windows’ popularity and efficiency, but with the name “Google” backing it, it is not destined to fail.

**Note(s):
***1) http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-10283555-250.html

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The World’s Most Successful Failure is…Google???

July 9, 2009

The amazing thing about Google is how a business that makes 97 percent of its revenue selling advertising has people convinced that it is a technology company. And then gets a free pass despite a series of failures outside its core competencies in search and online ad sales.

Right now, Google seems to be flooding the market with products that are not quite finished. People do not care because the products work well enough and are free. But, suppose people had to pay for them? Then where would Google be?

Even though Chrome will be a “free” OS, it will still come loaded on a computer people well be asked to spend perhaps $300 to $400 to purchase. That puts Google under real pressure to perform, something it has never really faced.

Google’s Android smartphone OS is well-liked by some and seems to be gaining acceptance, even though its yet to prove itself with paying customers. My impression is that Android will ultimately demonstrate the importance of controlling both hardware and software if you want smartphone success. Apple, RIM, and Palm have that control, while Google and Microsoft do not.

Besides selling ads and providing search results, what successes has Google actually had in the technology space? There’s, er, and, uh, and then what? OK, Gmail, but it relies on ad sales tied to content, making it an extension of the core search business.

Gmail does, however, demonstrate that Google is technically more than competent and is capable of real innovation. Nevertheless, its ability to turn innovation into profits remains tied to ad sales.

Based on results so far, there is little reason to believe Google can make its Chrome OS into the world-changer most everyone already seems to believe it will become. It may happen, and I would welcome it, but it is not a foregone conclusion.

Google’s applications haven’t done terribly well (especially in attracting paying customers), its ventures into selling radio, newspaper, and television advertising have run aground, it’s first adventure into operating systems is moving slowly, and now it’s going head-to-head with Microsoft on netbooks?

If any other company were doing this, we would say they were daft. However, being the darling that it is, Google’s Chrome OS is already being treated as a foregone success.

Maybe that will happen. But, unless Chrome is dramatically more successful than all the Linux-based operating systems that have come before, there isn’t a lot of reason to believe Chrome will do more than force netbook pricing concessions from Microsoft. If that.

My hunch is that Google will manage to get Chrome OS onto a bunch of netbooks and then hit a brick wall of unfulfilled customer expectation, at least initially, because the infrastructure doesn’t exist to support a mostly web-based computing experience.

The counter argument is that the iPhone has managed to become a real computing platform that, if run on a netbook, could actually get a lot of work done. Provided people are willing to accept its limitations.

So, if you’re willing to accept a netbook that is able to do whatever Chrome OS can manage, then you’re set. If, however, you expect a netbook to do what your laptop does, only smaller and less expensively, then you will be disappointed and buy Windows instead of Chrome.

The move to cloud-based computing makes a lot of sense and I am a supporter, but still believe a hybrid computing experience that includes both installed and online applications makes the most sense for most users right now and, probably, for years to come.

To me, that says Windows today and maybe another OS someday, but not right away.

Nevertheless, we have to take Google very seriously. By decoupling its technology investments from the need to actually produce profits, Google has an ocean of money to spend in search of its next big thing and little pressure for an immediate return on that investment.

Nevertheless, Google has made a number of bets, only a few of them successful, while many more remain in play. While definitely the most interesting company in technology, Google is not software or online services company in the traditional sense. That is both Google’s strength and its weakness.

(Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/168129/google_successful_failure.html)

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Does Bing.com have Google scared?

June 16, 2009

Microsoft may have developed a contender that threatens Google’s Web search dominance.

In a story headlined “Fear grips Google,” the New York Post reports that the launch of Microsoft’s Bing search engine has so upset Google co-founder Sergey Brin that he has top engineers working on “urgent upgrades” to Google’s service. Brin is said to be leading a team to determine how Microsoft’s search algorithm differs from the closely guarded one Google employs. The tabloid also notes that it’s rare for Google’s co-founders to have such a hands-on involvement in the company’s daily operations.

“New search engines have come and gone in the past 10 years, but Bing seems to be of particular interest to Sergey,” an anonymous source described as an “insider” told the newspaper.

A Google representative declined to comment on the level of Brin’s involvement but did tell the newspaper that the company always has a team working to improve search.

Microsoft, which launched Bing earlier this month as an upgrade to its default search engine, is reportedly spending $80 million to $100 million in an ad blitz to tout its latest search effort. Google, meanwhile, spent just $25 million in total on advertising last year, according to an AdAge report.

Bing’s launch bumped Microsoft’s search share up to 11.1 percent last week from 9.1 percent the prior week, according to numbers released by market researcher ComScore.

However, that initial increase didn’t seem to impress Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who was pretty tight-lipped when queried about Bing’s arrival.

“It’s not the first entry for Microsoft,” Schmidt said Tuesday in an interview with Fox Business Network. “They do this about once a year.”

Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said Tuesday that the company planned to hold a “review…on it with the executive committee.”

Although Microsoft has a long way to go before it makes a dent in Google’s business, Bing may end up being the only true alternative to Google in a few years if Yahoo decides to stop competing in the search market.

(Source: http://bit.ly/17v318)

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Google Wave…Sounds Pretty Amazing

June 3, 2009

Google Wave is a new communication service previewed today at Google I/O. “A wave is equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.”

The service seems to combine Gmail and Google Docs into an interesting free-form workspace that could be used to write documents collaboratively, plan events, play games or discuss a recent news.

Google Wave has been designed by the founders of Where 2 Tech, a start-up acquired by Google to create a cutting-edge mapping service, which later became Google Maps.

“Back in early 2004, Google took an interest in a tiny mapping startup called Where 2 Tech, founded by my brother Jens and me. We were excited to join Google and help create what would become Google Maps. But we also started thinking about what might come next for us after maps. As always, Jens came up with the answer: communication. He pointed out that two of the most spectacular successes in digital communication, email and instant messaging, were originally designed in the ’60s to imitate analog formats — email mimicked snail mail, and IM mimicked phone calls. Since then, so many different forms of communication had been invented — blogs, wikis, collaborative documents, etc. — and computers and networks had dramatically improved. So Jens proposed a new communications model that presumed all these advances as a starting point; I was immediately sold,” explains Lars Rasmussen.

“In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave to see how it evolved.”

You can see some screenshots of the service and find some details about the API that could be used to extend the service and the Wave protocol that allows anyone to run a “wave” server. Google promises that Google Wave will be available later this year.

(Source: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2009/05/google-wave.html)