The face of TV as we know it is about to change, just ask Google. The search engine giant, and master of just about all things digital is jumping into the TV bizz as we announced on May 23rd of this year. The big difference is that Google has found a way to merge the TV and the Internet into one machine and make them work together in what I think are some really cool ways.
Keeping track of all your options is difficult, and comparing the phones you like best can be tough too. This is especially true when the phones you like best come from different carriers. It isn’t easy to compare the top phones at Verizon and AT&T when neither carrier will let you leave the building with a phone you haven’t bought.
We don’t really make phones calls like we used to. Nowadays, it seems like people pay a bunch of money for their mobile phones, but use them primarily for apps, surfing the web, texting, accessing social media, and email.
Google sees a way to make talking on the phone easier than ever. They’ve incorporated their Google Voice service into Gmail as a function of the embedded Google Chat app. Now, you can quickly and easily dial any of the numbers that you have saved in your Google Contacts or you can use the dial pad to input any other phone number. Best of all, calls that you make in the US and Canada are free, at least for now. This reminds me a lot of Skype, but Skype isn’t currently free.
By now, many of you have probably already heard that Google has launched Voice Actions for Android 2.2 users. The voice actions feature allows you to interact with your phone using your voice to get the information you need in a way that used to require you to type, tap and search through your phone’s browser, contacts, map application or email.
We know that many of our readers are Android fans and that due to all of the recent good and bad news for Apple, we haven’t posted as much about Android as we should have. In recent weeks, we’ve been making a greater effort to do so, and Google has been giving us plenty of good material to talk about.
Most recently, Google has created a new extension for Google Chrome that makes sharing content between your Chrome browser and your Android device extremely easy. The extension is called Chrome to phone and it is very simple to use. It is only compatible with Android 2.2, Froyo, at this time, but with Google changes and updates to other, older versions of Android are always possible.
In the last few days, many have discovered that Google has a new little Easter Egg going on their videos on YouTube. They are known to do stuff like this on occasion, but for all you old school gamers out there, this one is kind of cool.
Google rolled out a brand new look and feel for their Google Images product, designed to let you see more information, more easily, more clearly, and with much better results. At first glance, I’d have to say they hit the mark.
I had heard that Google was looking to make a change, but I didn’t have much in the way of details. So I was out just looking for an image this evening, and noticed that this wasn’t the Google Images I was used to, and it didn’t look this way yesterday.
Ok, so I was just in Chicago where parking is extremely hard to find. Add to this that it was the 4th of July weekend, the Taste of Chicago was on in full force, and U2 was in concert at Soldier field. During the U2 concert day, if you could find any available spots, you were paying double for them. However, price wasn’t much of an issue, because you simply couldn’t find anything.