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Google’s Robotic Car

15 Oct

Internet giant,Google takes a plunge from search engines into Robotics! Google recently released “Robotic Cars” which drove successfully through Lambard Street,California all along Golden Gate bridge.

Glimpse of Lambard Street:

Technology used in Robotic or Self driving Cars:

Automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by robotic cars when mapping their terrain.

Test Drive :


Google Instant & You Tube Instant

20 Sep

Google Instant: Google, the Internet’s most widely used search engine, announced an update last week called Google Instant that automatically refreshes the page with results as a search query is typed, forgoing the need to press the enter button.

Previously,Google search engine used to predict keywords and display results after hitting the “Enter” key. But now,Google Instant predicts and displays results as you start typing in the search box!

Video explaining “Google Instant”:

You Tube Instant: Hours after the launch of “Google Instant”,Stanford University student Feross Aboukhadijeh was inspired by it and he had a bet with his room mate that he could create “YouTube Instant” within an hour. But it took nearly 3 hours for him to create you tube instant. He later posted the website url on his facebook and twitter pages asking his friends to check out his new invention,YouTube Instant. Within hours,he received countless e-mails congratulating him, a bevy of interview requests, a server flooded with Web traffic, the creation of a Wikipedia entry in his name, and — perhaps most notably — a job offer from YouTube CEO Chad Hurley via Twitter!!

Is this what we call Instant Fame??!!

Google’s App Inventor

19 Jul

Google has released a new tool,”App Inventor” which facilitates the users to build applications! “Programming is NOT a Rocket Science anymore! This tool enables the user with zero programming skills to build applications!

You visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.

The App Inventor team has created blocks for just about everything you can do with an Android phone, as well as blocks for doing “programming-like” stuff– blocks to store information, blocks for repeating actions, and blocks to perform actions under certain conditions. There are even blocks to talk to services like Twitter.

Google acquires “Bump Top” to take on Apple!

4 May

Canada’s hottest software startup, Toronto-based BumpTop has been acquired by the search engine for reportedly between $30 and $45 million

Set up just three years ago, BumpTop has pioneered touch-screen software that allows use of multiple fingers at a time on a multiple touch screen.

Called ‘desktop workspace,’ the software allows users to organise pictures, documents and videos much more intuitively. Users can perform many functions with their fingers, including dragging of items into docks, and playing around with photos on desktop.

Check out this video for jaw-dropping features of “Bump Top”!

Google Buzz on Iphone!

15 Apr

Drooling over “Google Buzz” in your inbox? Desire to procure it on your iphone?

Follow these steps:
1>Visit on your iphone and sign in with your google account
2>Click on “+” to install the “Buzz” app on your iphone!
3>Start “Buzz”ing from your iphone!

Google Vs China!

26 Mar

Catching up with the story of tussle between Google and China over censoring of results about China to people in Mainland China?

Google recently shifted the China site to Hong Kong. So anyone now accessing in Mainland China will be re-directed to

Check out my comics on the same!

Google Me!

12 Mar

Now You can “Google Me”!!

Type Swathi Pra in Google ( and it throws up my details in search results..

Google Buzz

9 Feb

In answer to Facebook and Twitter,Google today,dated 9 Feb 2010 has unveiled “Google Buzz“,a social networking product!

What is “Google Buzz”?
It is a Google’s new way of sharing status messages,pictures,videos and anything you find interesting right from your Gmail..!!

Here are the few main features of the desktop version of Buzz, which will be built right into Gmail:

1. Auto-following-You don’t need to build your social network manually. Buzz uses your Gmail social network, and automatically adds the people you email and chat with most often.

2. Rich, fast sharing-You can now share your thoughts(as status messages),pictures,videos and other stuffs to the world or selected group of people right from your gmail inbox!
It automatically posts pictures from links, play videos in-line.
You can also connect other sites that you use: like Picasa,Google Reader,Twitter and Flickr.

3. Public and private sharing-Privacy settings allow you to share publicly and privately, and with custom groups.

4. Inbox Integration-Buzz shows up the new comments on your inbox when someone comments on stuffs you share.You can also reply to the comments right from there by typing @ and a username and Buzz will autocomplete your contact and deliver your message to that user’s Buzz.

For more details on “Google Buzz“,watch this video!

Iphone 3GS or Nexus One?

13 Jan

“Apple Iphone 3GS or Nexus One”?? Which one is the Best?! Probably,the Comparison table below will help you decide!

iPhone 3GS vs Nexus One

The recent Bad Reviews about Google’s Nexus One doing the rounds are:

1>The touch screen functionality is not as good as Apple Iphone 3GS!
2>The ETF (Early Termination Fee) is about $200 which is extremely high compared to other phones.
3>Google has also imposed an additional $350 ETF if Nexus One owners decide to end their service after the 14-day trial period is over but before four months have passed will be hit with upwards of $550 in fees — more than if you bought the phone outright from the start
4>Customer satisfaction was pathetic when few customers called Google’s Customer Care with Nexus One issues.

Things lacking in Nexus One in comparison with Apple Iphone:

1>Like the Droid, the Nexus One doesn’t do hardware encryption, meaning that most Microsoft Exchange shops will refuse to support either model (unless you can convince your company to downgrade its default security policy). The iPhone 3GS does support Exchange’s default policy settings, which require device encryption.

2>The Android OS also can’t handle moving purchased software titles from Android Market into the devices’ Flash RAM storage (which on HTC and Motorola devices, like other phones developed for Windows Mobile, is provided primarily on removable SD RAM cards). This results in a significant limitation for developers and for users who want to run sophisticated mobile apps such as games.

3> Nexus One doesn’t have anything comparable to the iPhone’s Dock Connector, which has given birth to an ecosystem of iPhone and iPod related peripherals. Instead, the Nexus One only provides a mini USB connector.

4>The iPhone 3GS also supplies a consistent multitouch user interface that is used throughout it bundled apps. Google has only added limited support for this in the Android OS, and apps that can make the most use of “pinch to zoom” type features don’t consistently offer it to the user.

5>The Nexus One also lacks the iPhone 3GS’ automatic focus, white balance, and exposure set by the user’s touch.

Information Courtesy:Apple Insider

Google’s Nexus One Unleashed!

7 Jan

The much awaited Google’s Nexus One was unleashed on Jan 5th 2010.

Click here for full details on Nexus One.

Cant wait to possess one? Check this link for all the Awesome Features of this phone!