Category: Google

Google Chrome Browser Review

Google surprised everyone when it recently released a web-browser named Chrome. The surprise was primarily due to the fact that Firefox seemed to be the Google darling for many years. As Google has grown, the dependency on browser technology has also grown. As a search engine Google primarily displays HTML with some minimal JavaScript. But […]

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Why the Chrome OS Matters

Two years ago I stood at Goolge’s mountain view campus in front of about 100 Linux desktop architects. The message I delivered was simple. Linux would never take off in it’s current form. A new strategy was needed and the core of this strategy was the web. The arguments for Linux on the consumer desktop […]

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Google maps prediction

Google maps is providing a new tool to allow users to view and search for maps in an amazing and dynamic way. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here: http://maps.google.com. In other news Google recently purchased a company called Keyhole that shows images from space of the world. It doesn’t take […]

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5 Email Problems not Solved by Google Wave

Google wave is an interesting new technology for communication. In concept it’s supposed to fix many of the issues associated with email. While it solved some of the back & forth in traditional email threads it fails to solve a number key email issues and instead introduces it’s own set of problems by radicly changing […]

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Google prediction part 2

So on 2/18/05 I predicted that Google maps would add satellite images from their Keyhole company. Just two months later my prediction comes true: http://maps.google.com. The interface is very simple and allows you to either view the maps on google or the satellite images. The interface is fully functional between maps directions, and the drag-to-scroll […]

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Quick Calendar UI Review – Google

This is a simple UI critique of a simple feature burried in Google Calendar.  Here’s the original: It’s a relatively simple form.  It’s certainly not bad but I think it could be better. Here’s a quick mock up: Here are the key design points: The body of the form has “What, When, Where”  but doesn’t have “Who” […]

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Google’s Web Browser

Is Google building a web browser? I’d bet on it. Google, our friendly search engine giant is very likely taking a look at developing their own web-browser. Some may say that building a web browser is a great way to waste millions of dollars but for Google it’s a strategic necessity in order to continue […]

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Android on it’s way to a 3.1 moment

The story of Android vs. iPhone reminds me a lot of the story of Microsoft Windows vs. Apple Macintosh. In this version the part of Microsoft will be played by Google. The similarities are striking. Apple was first to market and wowed everyone. Google followed close behind with a competitive, less polished product. Now is where […]

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Next Step for Search Engines

There are several aspects to a modern search engine. Ability to index web pages Ability to search and rank web indexed page results Ability to display results in a meaningful way So far most search engines have gotten a grasp at #1 and #2 but the best we have come up with for displaying results […]

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What’s wrong with Android

The UI design is inconsistent and ugly and has many usability issues Since there are inconsistincies in screen size it make it hard to write certain types of apps. Games in particular. The Android Market is broken, in many ways but primarily the checkout experience. Any app no matter how bad gets in. Google is […]

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