2 August 2010

Web Based Computing – The Google Cloud

Nearly 2 years ago Google released their Chrome browser to the world. This as it turns out is part of a much bigger project, having already been developed in Android mobile devices.  Over the coming months, Google plan to release their cloud based operating system called, Google Chromium OS. It will mean no blue screens of death or nagging anti …

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30 July 2010

Facebook questions – revolution, or doomed to fail?

Facebook have recently rolled out a new feature to a small set of lucky (?) beta testers – namely, Facebook questions. If you think this sounds like a familiar idea (or if you have used the feature already) you’ll probably be making connections to Yahoo! Answers, the once-innovative question-and-answer “Crowd Source” service. And you’d be right to – aside from …

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29 July 2010

Are you a Google Lab Rat?

This week saw the 16th conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining held in Washington DC (KDD-2010). “Why would we be interested in such an obscure conference?” you may ask. Well the answer is simple, Google presented their infrastructure behind how they test changes to their user interface, algorithm and methods content presentation. Google essentially stated that they are always …

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28 July 2010

Wolfram Alpha and Bing: the search for the knowledge engine

Back in November 2009 Bing and Wolfram Alpha announced a partnership to include the “computational knowledge engine” results within Bing search results. The logic behind this was to improve Bing’s search offering for direct knowledge queries, for example “how much fat in an egg”, but how successful / useful has this partnership proven to be? From a micro level, you …

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26 July 2010

Three essential iPhone ‘Tool’ apps I like.

Mobile apps on smart phones have come a long way since they were made widely available after the launch of the iPhone in the middle of 2007. At the beginning of 2010, it was reported that there were over 100,000 iPhone apps available for download. Below lists three useful iPhone productivity apps that I like: 1. Dragon Dictation: this is …

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23 July 2010

Have we all gone infographic mad?

My degree was in Graphic Information Design, so I’ve always had a passion for a good information graphic, ever since we studied the ultimate infographic, the London tube map. So I was particularly pleased when Tanya Goodin put “Information is beautiful” on my desk last year. But ever since we seem to have all gone a bit infographic mad… I …

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19 July 2010

Quick Tips for Microsoft Outlook

Here is a few tips on how to use Microsoft Outlook more productively, and get the most out of your day(s). Email: Remove Invalid E-Mail Addresses from Autocomplete List When composing an e-mail, you may have come across a time where you have started entering a name in the “To” field, only to see an invalid or old nickname / …

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17 July 2010

iPhone 4.0 perfection, hardly too much to ask, is it Steve?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs understands disappointment better than most (take a look at his Stanford University Commencement speech) so I hope he won’t mind me saying that the iPhone 4.0 delivers emotional deflation with exceptional style and timing. For the avoidance of doubt (and for ‘Sosumi’ legal precision), I will say right now that you would have to prise the …

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