Will Microsoft's Internet Explorer see the sunset later this year? It's certainly not my browser of choice. Indeed, I don't use it at all, preferring Google Chrome on the desktop and mobile and, lately, experimenting with Vivaldi, an impressive new browser that's based on Google Chromium code. Since it first appeared in 1995, Internet Explorer has come with the Windows operating system. Unless you manually install an alternative, that's what you end up with. In Europe until recently, … [Read more...] about Plenty to like in Project Spartan
Last month, I bought a Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch. It's been on my wrist every day over the past few weeks, replacing my usual traditional watch that tells the time and shows me the date. Of course, a digital smartwatch can do a lot more than just that, one of the reasons why people buy them. You want to check your heartbeat? Count how many steps you take walking, or running or hiking? Track your sleeping time? The Gear 2 Neo does all of that and more. I'd argue, though, that dedicated … [Read more...] about Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch – some initial impressions
Wow - now you can do a Google Hangout On Air (a live video broadcast) for up to 8 hours! That's a huge amount of additional time from the previous 1-hour-maximum you had. And remember: up to 8 hours means just that - you don't have to do 8 whole hours. Oh what possibilities! Here are just 4: A live idea-a-thon to flesh out thinking and ideas for brand engagement via live participation with brand owners, customers and fans on the social web. Live segments over a set period with … [Read more...] about More possibilities with extended-time live video from Google+
I've been having some fun this morning with Jelly. Jelly is a new mobile search service announced yesterday that works via apps for Android and iOS. The company was co-founded by Biz Stone, one of the original founders of Twitter. So what is Jelly? In a nutshell, it's an app you use to ask a question about something, such as the one about Starbucks mugs you see in the screenshot, where you show a photo of a mug you take with your phone's camera. You ask the question of those in your … [Read more...] about Is a (search) picture worth a thousand words?
Earlier this year, Google announced a new feature for search - conduct a search with your voice in the Chrome browser. To conduct a conversational search, you'd fire up Google Search; if you saw a little microphone symbol in the search box, you could click on it to activate the function, and then speak your search phrase in conversational English (or any of the other supported languages). When I tried it in May, I thought it was a bold step by Google in making everything easier in how you … [Read more...] about Get used to “Ok Google”