Friday, October 21, 2011

Google Voice Update: Version

Google has fixed the Google Voice crash bug for iOS 5.0 with version - Great news for any iPhone Google Voice users! iTunes Store - Lifehacker

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Swype Update is Much-Needed

Swype beta had an important update today.  If you're registered with the beta, go get it at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Google Voice on iOS 5 - fix pending?

If you're a Google Voice user and recently updated to iOS 5.0, chances are you've experienced crashing with frustrating regularity.  It sounds like the cause of this has been discovered and isolated, and a fix will be coming soon.

From the Google Support Forums:
Everyone: we found the sign in bug and have come up with a fix. We are testing it and will release an update as soon as we can. Sorry about this and thanks for your patience.
Vincent Paquet
Google Voice Product Manager

Monday, October 17, 2011

I recently received a great forwarded email.  I don't usually appreciate the chain mail stuff but this one was really great.  Check below the break to see a few more and a link to the mapping stereotypes project home page.  Here's an example:

Europe according to Britain:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More on Amazon's Personal Document Storage

Here's some more info on Amazon's updated Personal Document Storage, below the break.

Amazon Personal Documents Service

I received this email yesterday, buried amidst the other miscellaneous emails Google deems as "Notifications".  First glance at the subject line almost resulted in my marking it as read and moving on.  It's actually a really exciting feature upgrade and something I've been hoping for, for a long time.  Anyone else out there with a substantial ebook library they've built up should likewise be happy, as they'll now be able to rely on Amazon for storage and syncing of their "personal documents" - original email included after the break.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Using Gmail, Calendar and Docs without an Internet connection

Google has (finally) announced offline access for Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. This is especially exciting news for those of us using Chromebooks like the Samsung Series 5. While the offline access for Calendar and Docs is handled through the normal web interface, the offline access for Gmail comes in the form of a Chrome App. It is very reminiscent Honeycomb Gmail App. Check out the full article from Google's blog here.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Open source anti-theft solution for Mac, PCs & Phones – Prey

A must-have application for any owner of mobile devices, and it's open source!

Supports Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

Open source anti-theft solution for Mac, PCs & Phones – Prey

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NSA: Operating Systems Security

Lifehacker ran a short article today on securing your computer. It turns out that the NSA has published their guides to securing various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris.

Check out the links below.

NSA: Operating Systems Security

Lifehacker: Lock Down Your Computer Like the NSA

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google IO - final afternoon

More photos after the break.

Google IO - Introducing In-App Payments for the Web

Session video coming to Youtube within 24 hours.
People don't just pay for the goods, but for the experience.
Paying with moneys well as their time.
Prevent developers from worrying about certain concern ie risk management, etc. See photo.
Demo from pop cap (plants vs zombies). 75% repeat purchasers.
API call is java script, so doesn't necessarily require button, can be triggered by other events.
Emphasis on security measures taken to protect against firebug.

See pictures after the break.

Markus wins an ADK kit!

He did a hell of a lot better than I did!  And the Google ADK kit looks awesome!  Pics after the break.

Google IO - Cloud Robotics

Most power consumption is from computers, not motors. Remove one of the two computers and double the battery life.
Used kinnect to fly around small helicopters.
Turtlebot platform similar to Google street car mapping technology. Lets you map and search your house?!? Scary..."did you leave the bedroom door open again honey?"
"3d printers"
Connect Android devices with Robots. Because android devices typically have wireless connectivity, they also serve as the robot's bridge to the cloud, which reduces the robot's processing needs, power needs, and cost.

Pictures after the break.

Google IO - Day 2 - Morning

Keynote is starting off all about Chrome this morning.
160 million users relying on Chrome as their primary browser.
One year ago, chrome 4, Windows only. Made the switch to 6 week release schedule. Over 8 versions of Chrome in the last year alone.
Quick highlights:
Canvas 2d
Chrome webstore:
2x more time spent per app installed from webstore.
2.5x more purchases.
Charging users in-context, without interruption.
1 click to make purchase, 1 click to return to content.
Single line of code for implementation.
Fees: we wanted to keep it simple. [Google] will charge a flat rate of 5%.
Angry birds, on web platform.
Built using webgl, also supports canvas.
Uses local storage for offline: "So you can play the complete game online."
"A special treat, only for the users of Chrome":  New levels with Chrome blocks. Bringing Mighty Eagle to Chrome platform.
"Let's pop some pigs"
Interactive music videos: Three dreams of black
Models: bear to horse, buffalo to tarantula
Talk's transition to Chrome OS:
Better over time instead of degrading over time as per traditional machines.
File exchange APIs.
Offline access already here for many apps. Coming this summer to gmail, Google docs and Google calendar.
New Chromebooks: Samsung (larger,  12"? screen) and Acer (11" screen).
Partnered with citrix and VMWare to make traditional applications available. "Desktop visualization".
Working on a Chrome box.
IT administers can centrally manage all machines, add content, update, etc. Centralized web console.
Software + hardware for $28 per month per user. $20 for education and government.
Available June 15.
Free Chromebook for every Google IO attendee!

Pics after the break.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google IO - After Hours - 3

Page 3 of After Hours party pics - after the break.

Google IO - After hours - 2

Page 2 of After Hours party pics after the break.

Google IO - After Hours - 1

Page 1 of After Hours party pics after the break.

Google IO - What is NFC?

Lots of people know what nfc is, but few developers have integated it into their apps.

"Physical action, virtual reaction".

Some talk about contact info stickers and comparison to QR tags.

Sticky notes demo app allows phones to leave easter eggs for each other.

"worm hole" - video chat with another device anywhere by touching your device to a NFC spot.

Fruit ninja, hand-off to bluetooth connection for multiplayer.

Icecream sandwich release features.

Hand off nexus s movie to tablet viewing.

Application sharing. One phone is running fruit ninja, touch another phone to it and the new phone will open fruit ninja's page in the market.

More emphasis on NFC plus bluetooth.

Tags can be rewritable or read-only.


Passports, transit, etc.

Enable program dispatch

PRIVACY: NFC is not RFID, it does not work at a range of meters. It only works when the screen is on. 3rd party program s should use NFC in the foreground. SECURITY: If the data is sensitive, you should consider encryption.

Another note: card emulation. Intentionally left out of gingerbread. Issues surrounding platform.

Google IO photos - 3

Google IO - Map applications for desktop and mobile

If _ is done badly, then the user experience will suck.

Examples: layout - such as clutter detecting from usability.

If data representation is poor, then the user experience will be poor.

Pictures: "every public toilet in Australia" vs clustering number of public toilets vs concentration of public toilets.

Styling: 41 latitude

NYTimes 2010 census
Trulia - price reduction map (real estate)

Part 2 - changing colors
NYTimes - USA ethnicity mapping
WSJ - marathon guides
Google bicycle paths

"consider making roads white"
"Don't be afraid to take stuff off the map"
"dont hesitate to remove roads if your map has nothing to do with navigation."

Google maps API styled map wizard and

Google IO photos - 1

Google IO photos - 2