OMG!! Facebook Phone

Face Fone

The great thing about writing about products that don’t yet exist is that you can say virtually anything about them and not be proven wrong. So it is with the “Facebook phone,”rumors about which have been swirling across the InterWebs this past weekend.

If TechCrunch is to be believed, Facebook is working on a smart phone of its ownFacebook denies this, of course. And you have to admit the idea does not make a whole lot of sense for consumers. A Facebook app is available for every smart phone OS already. What could a Facebook phone possibly add to that?

ably wouldn’t mind taking a slice out of your monthly phone bill, with the rest going to whatever telecom(s) it partners with to actually deliver the service. It surely wouldn’t mind having a native platform where it can deliver mobile ads and collect all of the revenue, instead of having to share it with Google, iAds, etc.

And it would explain why Facebook jumped with both feet into the geo-location biz with Facebook Places. Why ask users to load your app and manually check into a place when your phone’s GPS can do it for you automatically?

But from a privacy point of view, a Facebook phone could be a nightmare waiting to happen. Because if the ‘face fone’ is real, Facebook would automatically become the most privacy unfriendly player in the smart phone space.

Facebook phone i hope this isn’t true, in my books this is not going to fly, for a lot of reasons. What is the new thing they are going to add to what i can do already on my smartphone? i will probably have to wait to witness that maybe………….Just saying, it’d better be a rumor.


Dumbest Tech Questions…….lol!!

Yahoo answers

God bless the Internet. Where else can you assume a fake identity, pose the most inane question imaginable–like “Why can’t I see my reflection in the mirror on a television?“–and then sit back and watch the answers pour in?

Crowd-source advice sites like Yahoo Answers have become a bit of a magnet for the maladjusted. Sure, there are plenty of average Joes just looking for ordinary information. But among the sites’ many mundane queries, there’s a sea of jaw-droppingly dumb discussions guaranteed to amaze and entertain.

I spent some time surfing through Yahoo Answers to find the worst of the worst, and boy did I find it. The spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all as found in the original queries–because why put lipstick on a dodo?

So let’s take a look at the vital questions of our time, as posed by some of the deepest thinkers out there, along with the best answers I could come up with…

1. I sold my only car to help pay for gas money, but now gas has come down in price. How do I get my car back?

I tried to contact this guy, but it turns out that he also sold his computer to help pay for his Internet connection.

It's right here!!!

2. It’s Caps Lock–Capisce?


Note to self: Register; make millions.

3. I wanted to see if my computer would read my credit card so i put it in the cd rom and it got stuck, how do i get it out?? I tryed toothpics but lost them in the process?? also the drive is making noises

Oh, that’s normal. Your system is just waiting for you to pay the required $1 processing fee for scanning the card. Simply fold a greenback into a tiny square and insert it into any USB port.

Air mouse

4. Mousin’ Around

“My mouse stop working every time i lift it up from the table why is this? this is not just OS .i have linux and vista both same thing so its not drivers”

Yeah, no big deal there, either: Insert your credit card into the CD-ROM drive and tell your computer–slowly and distinctly–that you need the Air Mouse 3000 upgrade. You’ll be good in no time.

Handwriting on the wall

5. Technical Difficulties

“I’ve been asked to write an application in my own handwriting….? is there a computer programme that will do this for me? they also want original ideas. do you know any?”

This reminds me of a letter to the editor I once read years ago: “Are there any undiscovered islands left in the world?” The response: “Not that we know of.”

6. It’s All in the Details

“I have an assignment about computer.. What is unimportant details about computer?”

Wait a minute–does this assignment also require original ideas?

7. Am i married in any state? have i been divorced?

I’ll take “questions asked after a night in Vegas” for $500, Alex.

8. A Sticky Subject

“Where can i buy a really big jar of peanut butter?”

If this is from the same guy who asked the previous question, I’m getting concerned.

9. Fruit Frets

“I have ate two whole tangerines in about two hours what will happen to me?”

That all depends on whether you swallowed any seeds. If you did, be very careful not to eat any dirt or drink any water for the next two weeks.

10. Fat Chance

“How do i become obese fast? I want to look good by the end of the year.”

You can start by eating two tangerines in two hours. Then run around in circles until you figure out what “obese” means.

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Instant Goooogles #Pros&Cons

Google Instant

While Google is hyping Google Instant as the greatest thing since sliced bread, some see it as bad direction for the search behemoth. They argue Google should be focused on better search results, not gimmicks. Of course there arethe believers who see Google Instant as a major advance in search technology saving time and helping you winnow your search without ever hitting the Enter key.

I haven’t had the pleasure of trying Google Instant, but judging from those that have, at this stage of its development, there appears to be two stubborn camps forming – the Pros Camp and the Cons Camp.

For the uninformed, Google Instant is a new search option from Google that displays search results as letters are entered into the Google search field. Each keystroke triggers a predictive search which eventually will display the target of your ferreting. (See related:Google Instant Searches the Web As You Type)


The one very big pro in Google Instant’s camp is that it saves time searching for stuff on the Internet. Web searching before Google Instant is pretty much as Andy Ihnatkodescribes it in the Chicago Sun Times: “Searching the Web is like being a sniper with little talent but lots of ammunition. You guess at the right search term and hit ‘return.'” And typically you hit that Return key again and again praying for the right result.

Click to ZoomPRO

Google estimates with Google Instant you can cut by two-third the 25 seconds it takes to search Google. “Google Instant should cut down dramatically on the ‘pogo stick’ problem, where users iterated clicking through results links until they got too frustrated to continue,” IDC analyst Hadley Reynolds told eWeek. “Instant will help show what the right links are more quickly.”


Not only can Google Instant save time, but it makes it much easier to refine searches. PC World’s Jared Newman explained why that’s important this way:

“[I]f I want to read about Google’s stance on evilness, the search term ‘Is Google evil’ primarily brings up news and feature articles on the subject. Now I can tweak it and Tack on the word ‘doing.’ This surfaces Google’s corporate philosophy page as the top result. Tweaks will come in handy for people who usually start their searches from dedicated browser search bars, instead of Google’s home page.”


There are those, however, that believe Google Instant can waste much time as it saves. “You could end up getting distracted by the suggestions and read an article that you weren’t even looking for,” Heather McClain, 16, a waitress, told the BBC. “It will probably end up costing you more time than it saves you.”


Fellow Brit and university student Alistair Kerr, 22, asserted that Google Instant has diverted Google from addressing the real problem with Internet search. “A better thing to do would be to improve the quality of results that pop up,” he said. “Instead of just trying to predict what you’re looking for.”

Another check in the con column against Google Instant is that it may hurt SEO marketers. Searchers will be less likely to click through to a second page of search results, critics say, which will give marketers fewer keywords to work with.


Google Instant has also been tagged as aiding and abetting online scammers. “We know for a fact that most Blackhat SEO campaigns automatically query Google’s trending topic results and now it seems that Google Instant will be suggesting those trending phrases (verbatim), potentially putting millions of victims directly in cybercriminals’ crosshairs,” Sean-Paul Correll of Panda Labs told Webuser.


One of the biggest cons of Google Instant, though, is that, unlike plain old vanilla Google, it can’t be accessed from everywhere. It’s not on mobile browsers, nor is it plugged into the search bars found on the toolbars of most browsers. That, though, is one criticism that Google will solve in the coming months.



It’s Google on your TV

Google TV’s planned fall launch is not news, but given that Google hasn’t said much about its television plans since May, it’s time for a refresher. Here’s a quick rundown of everything to know about Google TV as anticipation grows for the imminent launch of the service:

What is Google TV?

It’s a platform that joins the Internet with traditional television. Google TV shares some traits with TiVo Premiere — search by name for a movie or show, and you’ll find ways to watch on cable or the Web — but Google’s approach to the Internet is more open. Google TV can act as a full Web browser for Flash videos, e-mail and reading, and users can set up home screens for their favorite channels, shows and Web sites.

So it’s not actually a television?

Not necessarily. Just as Android is a platform for smartphones, with hardware partners like Motorola and HTC, Google TV will run televisions and set-top boxes from other manufacturers. So far, Logitech has announced a set-top box called the Revue, and Sony plans to launch a television that integrates Google TV. Any cable box should be able to connect with Google TV devices at launch, but Dish Network HD DVR receivers will be “optimized” for the service, extending universal search to the Dish TV Guide, DVR recordings and on-demand movies.

How will subscription Web TV services work?

They’ll be available through the browser like any other Web site, but whether there will be special treatment for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus remains unclear. Google has at least demonstrated embedding of Amazon and Netflix content within the main Google TV interface.

Will there be apps?

Google TV will start supporting the Android Market next year, bringing smartphone apps to the television, but it’s still not clear how touchscreen apps will translate to the remote control. Separately, Google is encouraging Website developers to create Web apps for the television, optimized for viewing from the couch and controllable with buttons.

Do you need a mouse and keyboard?

It’s a possibility, but Logitech’s set-top box will include a remote that combines a mini-keyboard, remote control and touch screen. Logitech also has free remote apps for iPhone and Android, and this image shows the different kinds of controls that can be used. Sony’s remote control plans are not as clear-cut.

Any other phone integration?

Android phone owners will be able to control the TV with voice searches and push videos that they’re watching on the phone onto the television.

Can I watch movies and shows stored on other local media?

At the very least, I hope Google TV’s future support for Android apps will allow streaming from networked computers and media centers, but I can’t find any remarks from Google, Logitech or Sony on this topic.

How much will Google TV cost?

Pricing is still a mystery. For context, consider that Apple TV costs $99, and the upcoming Boxee Box, another Internet TV device that uses its own interface to pull in Web content, will cost $200 when it arrives in November.

Google is doing it again, trying to take over the world!!, Let’s see how this fares.

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