Posts Tagged ‘Google Wave’

Google Testing Smartphone Speech Translation

February 8, 2010

It seems that Google is continuing its push into strange territory with news that the search giant is working on translation software that would see users able to translate speech directly.

Word comes from the Times of the Google project that it believes could well be the early steps of direct speech-to-speech translation, using smartphones as the middleman. This is something that Google has already started pushing towards with the speech recognition technology in versions 2.0 and 2.1 of its Android mobile operating system.



Google to Launch New “Guru” Service

December 18, 2009

Word is leaking out that Google could be planning to launch a service under the simple name of “Google Guru” in the same style as other popular user-driven knowledge bases like Yahoo Answers.

For those who haven’t encountered services like Yahoo Answers, the model is essentially one whereby users can pose a question and other users will do their best to try and answer it. Users can then vote an answer up or down, meaning that the correct (or occasionally, funniest) answer floats up to the top. Google had already run a service somewhat like this simply titled Google Answers, but it’s been dead for a while now.


Google Translate Gets an Overhaul

November 17, 2009

Google has revisited its Google Translate service and given it a bit of an overhaul, adding some very interesting features indeed and changing the general look and feel of the service into something a but more real-time.

School has stood me well...

Google’s translations service has long been due a bit of an update, and with the translation that it had shown off with some of the Google Wave videos some had feared Wave might become the new Google Translate. Still, with translation features yet to make an appearance in the web-based application itself, it’s good to see Google Translate getting a little more real-time.


Google Wave Interface to Hit Other Apps?

November 9, 2009

Reports indicate that Google is looking to add some of the cleanness and depth of its Google Wave interface to its other web-based applications.

Google Wave UI

For those who haven’t yet used Google Wave or seen how it looks, the above is a screenshot of the default view of Google Wave (click through to see it a bit bigger). While the fact that the inbox is broken up so that the contacts list, inbox and the wave(s) you’re currently reading is the biggest difference between Wave and Gmail, the second most noticeable shift has to be the fact that the interface is so elegantly executed.


See What Data Google Has on You

November 6, 2009

Google has launched a new service called Google Dashboard, which allows users to see all of the data that Google has accrued from its various services about your various habits.


For many, the sheer ubiquity of Google services has long been the scariest thing about the search giant. Google’s combination of targeted ads, Gmail, Google Docs the Chrome browser, alongside ownership of YouTube, has long meant that the company has a hand in, for a lot of us, some very widespread datasets about your habits on the web.


Google Launches Social Search

October 27, 2009

Google has launched a new search option, Google Social Search, which aims to make it easier to find results relevant to people you actually know.


Word comes from the Official Google Blog of a new feature being rolled out via Google Labs. Google’s issue with its own search seems to be that it can very quickly become difficult to find things by content producers with whom you’re actually friends. The idea is that you add your various social networking profiles to your Google public profile page and then you’ll be able to find content from those users in the Social Search section of a Google search.


Wider Smiles – Longer Weekend

October 23, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully Friday’s been as kind to you guys as it’s been to us, but if it hasn’t there’s always the little bit of relief that comes with knowing the weekend is only a couple of hours away… and it’s a lot nicer when you know it’s going to be a nice long weekend 🙂

Anyway, for those who don’t normally follow the blog too closely, we like to post a little something to cheer people up – see if we can’t inject a little humour into a Friday afternoon that’s just dragging by. This image was floating around on Twitter earlier in the week, though nobody’s told us where it was snapped we liked it so much we had to post it:

I'm not sure if it makes me happy it's there or sad I can't tweet about the fire...

I'm not sure if it makes me happy it's there or sad I can't tweet about the fire...


Google Touts Chrome OS

October 23, 2009

Google has released some details on Chrome OS, confirming some suspicions about just what its upcoming operating system might actually do, a topic on which it’s been fairly quiet until now.


Eweek is reporting on Google’s VP of product management, Sundar Pichai’s speech at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday, where he essentially said that in a world where people are using web-based applications like Google’s office suite, Gmail and Google Wave then the browser practically becomes an OS in itself. He then went on to talk about Chrome OS in a little detail, saying of users,

“… they don’t manage software, they don’t manage data, everything is in the cloud.”


Meteor to Launch HTC Hero November 1st

October 23, 2009

Meteor has announced an update to its fairly vague “November” launch date for the much-anticipated Hero, which we’re not told will actually happen on November 1st.

htc hero

The hype about the Hero’s release in Ireland is due to a combination of it being launched on Meteor (whose smartphone range has been a little lacklustre to say the least, since O2 snagged both the iPhone and the Palm Pre). With Vodafone to release the iPhone to its customers in early 2010, the Hero could well be the handset that keeps Meteor in the game. Perhaps most interesting though, is word that Meteor intends to introduce new price plans for users who pick up the Hero.


Google Docs Now Boasts Translator

August 28, 2009

Google’s translation service is on of its most maligned services (with engines designed specifically to take advantage of the ridiculous results of translations to and from languages), but it’s also fantastically useful. Now though, you can use Google’s translation service from within Google Docs itself.


Word comes via the Google Blog that the translation service added to Google Docs will support translation into 42 languages. Happily enough, it features the option to replace the original document with the translated text or to add the translated document to a new Google Doc, though with Google Doc’s fairly generous space there’s no real need to overwrite documents (in our experience at least).