After doing a double take to the first auto-complete search result, I mouthed the words “W T F” to myself. Either someone’s Google keyword bombing worked or people on the internet are just plain weird. Seriously. WTF is wrong with you people?
I recently got an invite to Google Wave from our UK Editor, Sam. After toying around in it for a little bit, I’m still confused as to how things will work out if I completely left email for Wave. But now, watching the video above, I see how things could be more organized. Oh and no. Marcellus Wallace doesn’t look like a bitch.
Google Wave can now be used, for those lucky few of you who have a Wave invite, on the iPhone and Android devices. Going to Wave.Google.com pops up a screen telling you that your browser is not officially supported but you can proceed ‘at your peril’:
I can certify that it does indeed work for the majority, so if you’re on Wave and have either an iPhone or Android device head on over to Wave.Google.com for some mobile Waving action.
So, what’s all this Waving business all about and should you care? Well Wave is Google’s new communication project that is somewhat difficult to describe, but is based around an amalgamation of IM, email and real-time collaboration services. It’s currently in a closed beta, recently expanded to 100,000 testers (all invited manually if we’re to believe the buzz) and may revolutionise the way we communicate with our friends, co-workers and family across the internet. Read On
You’ve seen the twitter trends, and heard it from your fellow nerd and/or geek friends. But, if you’re still wondering, what the heck is all the hubbubaloo over this so called “Google Wave”, Epipheo Studios has created this short 2minute animation to get you caught up.
When two tech giants clash, even those on the periphery will feel the tremors. The recent banning of the Google Voice App from the iPhone App Store and subsequent investigation by the FCC has spotlighted a few major issues in the emerging mobile world.
Is this REALLY something the Government should be getting involved with? What are your thoughts?
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.
“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”
On the board for two years? I can’t imagine how uncomfortable Dr. Schmidt must have been on the board, especially taking into consideration Android and the upcoming Chrome OS. Granted, I have decided come up with a few plausible reasons for his staying on the board, in spite of the (inferred) awkwardness. No supplementary Photoshopped images or anything – I’d just much do this than answer hundreds of e-mails at work. Also, you’ll notice that I was not afraid to dodge Occam’s Razor:
(1) Shareholders. Shareholders. Shareholders.
(2) Dr. Schmidt and Steve Jobs are actually brothers and they must unite for the inevitable rise of the machines. Little did Jobs know that Schmidt – after all of this time – is the creator of the machine. Bill Gates shakes his head in disappointment.
(3) The “Board of Directors” is actually a contraption developed by Nikola Tesla. And though it appeared to be the prestigious Dr. Eric Schmidt on the Board the entire time, it was actually his unknown twin brother, Mr. Derek Schmidt. Everything was going fine until now. Now, it’s simply a magic trick gone wrong.
(4) After the announcement of Chrome OS, Jobs discovered that Dr. Schmidt was also planning to create a new video game. Jobs then miraculously found a way to trap Dr. Schmidt in said game. In an attempt to not shed any light on the matter, Apple tried their best to avoid jumping into any news cycles.
(5) Eric. I am your father. After he had searched his feelings, he knew it to be true.
Any other ideas?
So as well all know, Apple squashed the official Google voice app for the iPhone and removed GV Mobile, a 3rd party GV app from the App Store, probably due to pressure from the networks (here’s looking at you AT&T). Google said that they’ll look into creating a web app similar to the also blocked Google Latitude, Sean Kovacs however, the developer of GV Mobile, decided to jump ship and go around Apple to release GV Mobile for free on Cydia. Now available to all with a jailbroken iPhone, the app behaves identically to the App Store app and Sean has indicated that he’s going to continue to develop the app for Cydia.
So people who are sitting on the fence, another reason to jailbreak and pretty much due to the networks and not Apple. Thanks AT&T, you let us have it if you’re on a blackberry, Android handset or pretty much any other smartphone but you just hate your iPhone users enough to stop them.
It’s been a long time in the rumour mill but Google has finally come clean and annouced that gOS is a reality. Google Chrome OS is going to be available on netbooks come second half of 2010 but it won’t stop there. GCOS will be available for both x86 and ARM processor architecture meaning that you might see it on ARM based MIDs (you know the Internet Devices that no one really wants) and other low power, long battery life ARM equiped devices. Google also said that the OS would be suitable for the most basic computers such as netbooks all the way up to fully fledged desktop computers. The ethos behind Chrome OS is fast, efficient and safe access to the internet. To this end Google is boasting the OS will be virus free thanks in part to the linux kernel and an entirely new security architecture. Google will also be leveraging it’s online/offline webapps including Google Docs, Gmail and Gcal and is looking to get developers on board with apps built on web standards.
So what does Google’s open source, lightweight operating system mean for the competition? Well Windows might finally lose it’s strangle hold on the netbook market, even with Windows 7 coming soon. Ubuntu and other linux distros should also be quaking in their boots for their consumer sides, as linux with the power and household name of Google behind it might just take their market shares away from them. You might even find that Mac OSX might suffer a little, but it has the die hard fans in it’s court so I don’t personally think it’ll make much impact on Apple’s OS. Leverage familiar styles and names as well as tools that you might find on a windows machine, Chrome OS might just make in-roads against Windows in the near future, especially at the bottom end of the market where a pre-loaded consumer friendly and free OS, removes the windows tax taking a fair chunk out of the cost of a machine.
So should you be excited? Well if you’re in the space for a light-weight user friendly OS, then Google Chrome OS might just do it for you. So yes, I know I’m itching to have a play with it.
[Via Official Google Blog]