Apple’s Siri Vs. Google’s Now : The showdown


The war between Apple and Google for a very good share in the smart phone market is no more news to those who are Tech savvy or at least care about devices they spend so much on.

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Recently Google released the 4.1 update of the Android OS nicknamed ‘Jelly Bean’ (I don’t really know why they name things this way…. #Illuminati (˘̯˘ ) ) and Apple introduced the iOS 5. They both have a very innovative feature which allows users to do a voice search right on their device (People like me can now search for  ‘Shokolobangoshe’ ‘Sokoti Alagbede orun’ abbl \\(^_^)// )

So Google named theirs ‘Now’ and Apple named theirs ‘Siri’ (Do you know the meaning of this? No? me neither. #Illuminati -_-), so the main purpose of this feature is suppose to make things easier for the ‘searcher’ or the ‘searchee’ (Is ‘searchee’ even a real word? We delve further -__- )

So the people at PCworld.com decided to put both of them to the test, just to know who delivered on this promise more perfectly. The video below shows:

Just in case you can’t view the video here is an excerpt of it [from PCworld.com]:

Question 1: “Where Is the Empire State Building?”

Empire state of mind 😀

Siri seemed to have trouble understanding this question, while Jelly Bean produced a map that gave us the address of the Empire State Building in New York. For now, Android has the upper hand when it comes to locating famous buildings.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

Question 2: “Will I Need an Umbrella on Sunday?”

Err…

The first few times we asked this question, Siri gave us directions to the nearest department stores. We believe that it may have been trying to point us to places that sold umbrellas, rather than answering our weather question.

When Siri finally realized that we were asking about the weather, it informed us that it could not predict what the weather would be on Sunday, and showed us a graphic displaying the local weather forecast for the next five days. Android told us that we wouldn’t need an umbrella on Sunday, and also produced a five-day forecast.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

Question 3: “Show Me Pictures of Mount Rushmore”

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Android automatically brought up a small grid of images, while Siri asked if we wanted to perform a Web search. Siri finally showed us what we had asked for, but it required an extra step.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

Question 4: “Where Can I Get a Taco Around Here?”

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Siri, which pulls its results from Yelp, brought up 20 restaurants in the area that had tacos on the menu. Android presented a map of places that served tacos, but only one establishment was nearby; the rest were spread throughout the city. We have to hand it to Siri on this one, due to the number of results and owing to how close they were to our approximate location.

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 5: “What’s the Capital of Canada?”

Is it Ottawa or Columbia?

Both phones came up with an answer, but Android was faster at fetching a result.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

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They asked more and more questions, but my aim is not to bore you *coughs*, so You can view the rest here, if you are interested in finding out more.

So what are your thoughts on this fierce war raging between Google and Apple on the smartphone scene, please leave a comment down there 😀

N.B: Please check out also polls here

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Chrome OS on the Move


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Google’s Chrome operating system for netbooks has been in the works for a while, but the company finally seems ready for a May launch. The company launched a stable developer channel for Chrome OS last week, fueling speculation that devices with the software would be announced in May at Google I/O conference, possibly shipping by summer, as the company previously promised.

Google Chrome OS debuted almost two years ago and is an open-source operating system geared towards netbooks — the hottest-selling computers until the iPad arrived. After some delays, Google said Chrome OS devices would hit store shelves by mid-2011, a deadline rapidly approaching.

Some had a chance to test Chrome OS for the past few months via Google’s ownCR48 Chrome netbook, a hardware and software developer testbed before the arrival of mass-produced third-party hardware. The CR48 has a has a 12.1-inch screen, a full keyboard, an oversized touchpad, world-mode 3G, 802.11 Wi-Fi, a Web cam and eight hours of active battery life.

Reviewing Chrome OS and the CR48 laptopPCWorld‘s Edward Albro wrote “I don’t expect using the Chrome OS to be a revolutionary experience. Instead, it feels a bit more like working with one hand tied to your side — it’s possible, but awkward.” He notes, however, some advantages of Chrome OS versus netbooks running Windows, such as 15-second boot, longer battery life, and simplicity.

But with the iPad probably the hottest consumer device right now, do Chrome OS netbooks stand a chance? They could, if the price is lower: for example, Asus is rumored to launch a sub-$250 Chrome netbook, targeted for people who want to use basic productivity applications or browse the Web. That’s almost half the starting price of an iPad, and could be a tempting proposition for customers.

Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba, original Google partners for Chrome OS, have yet to announce any products, let alone pricing and availability, for any netbooks running the browser-centric OS.

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App Store Wars (Google Vs. Apple)


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A mere day after Apple met with lukewarm reaction to a subscription model for media apps for the iPhone and iPad, Google announced a rival approach it says will put more money in the pockets of publishers, and will work across the web and on mobile apps — a one-login system to rule them all.

Google’s One Pass system promises to let publishers set up an easy subscription and paywall system so that a user who buys a subscription via their desktop browser can access the same content on a mobile phone browser or in the publication’s apps. Readers will login via their Google account and pay via Google Checkout.

The announcement is clearly Google’s answer to

Apple’s subscription offering — and as usual Google is competing by being more open than Apple.

Google is also setting up a clear choice for publishers — go with something that works for just the popular iPhone and iPad at a steep price (30% of a subscription bought through an app), or go with a system that works for the web and apps, regardless of what device a reader is using, at a much lower price (somewhere in the range of 10%, according to a company spokeswoman).

Many digital publishers see readers new found willingness to pay for mobile phone and tablet apps as a way to actually charge for content in the internet age, counteracting the decline of revenue that many traditional publications have faced in an age where readers expect and get content free on the web.

Read fully here

 

Google ex-Chief to get $100,000,000


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Eric Schmidt’s role as chief executive officer of Google, Inc. for the last decade will be awarded $100 million worth of stock and options, the Internet company said on Monday.

Schmidt announced last week that he would become Google’s executive chairman after making way for cofounder Larry Page to become the new head of the leading Internet search company beginning in April.

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The $100 million payout will be spread out over the next few years.

According to a regulatory filing, Schmidt also owns 9.2 million Google shares, a stake which is roughly equivalent to $5.8 billion, or 9.6 percent of the company’s voting rights. This instance is the first equity compensation for Schmidt since he became part of the company as board chairman in 2001.

Going forward, Schmidt will still have an influential role in the company in terms of continuing relationships in political circles and other external issues says Google.

Schmidt has been accredited with the growing success of Google. However, in an interview with Reuters, he admits that his decision to step down was not due to competitive forces from players such as social network platform Facebook, Inc., but rather an attempt to enhance internal decision-making processes.

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Google’s Top Searches of 2010


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Another year is coming to a close and with it the endless parade of year-in-review articles rehashing the triumphs and tragedies of 2010. We’ve already seen Yahoo’s top searches of 2010 showing that Yahoos this year were most concerned with the BP Oil Spill, World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. Now it’s Google’s turn with a look at what its millions of users have been interested in this past year.

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You can find the complete list at Google’s Zeitgeist page that includes an HTML 5-based interactive visualization of Google’s yearly search data. The search giant has also included its typical wide ranging categories for newscelebritiesentertainmenthomemakingsportsscience and technology,humanitycitiesYouTube videos and even a quirky section that highlights the weirdest searches of 2010.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Google’s Zeitgeist 2010.

Top 5 Global Events

1. World Cup

2. Vancouver Olympics

3. Haiti Earthquake

4. BP Oil Spill

5. Ash Cloud

Vuvuzelas and Maple Leaves topped the world’s most-searched events this year thanks to the World Cup in South Africa and the Olympics in Vancouver. Two tragedies–the earthquake in Haiti and the BP oil spill–took the third and fourth spots. And rounding out the top 5 global events on Google was the Icelandic ash cloud that halted air travel across Europe for several days and stranded over five million travelers in airports across the continent. Notable events missing from the top 5 included the Pakistan floods, earthquake in China and the Chilean miner rescue.

Fastest Rising (Global)

1. Chatroulette

2. iPad

3. Justin Bieber

4. Nicki Minaj

5. Friv

6. Myxer

7. Katy Perry

8. Twitter

9. Gamezer

10. Facebook

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It turns out 2010 wasn’t the year of the tablet, but the year of Chatroulette. The Webcam-powered random chat service that connected users with strangers–and frequently led to X-rated encounters–topped the iPad as the fastest rising Google search worldwide. Apple’s iPad was next, followed by the Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber, Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, gaming site Friv, mobile phone ringtone and wallpaper provider Myxer, Katy Perry, Twitter, Gamezer and Facebook.

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IP finishing = No More WebSites


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Vint Cerf, who helped create the web while working as a researcher at Stanford University in the U.S., said the bulk of the remaining IPv4 web addresses will be allocated next spring, which potentially means they will be used up by “sometime in 2012”.

Cerf was speaking at the launch of 6UK, a campaign group to promote the uptake of the new address system, known as IPv6. According to Cerf, IPv6 can host “340 trillion trillion trillion” addresses compared to the 4.3 billion hosted by IPv4.

“So the theory is we won’t run out — at least, not until after I’m dead,” Cerf told The Guardian.

“You need to be able to talk to everyone in the world [who] is on the internet. If Europe doesn’t implement IPv6, it won’t be able to talk to the rest of the world that does implement IPv6 — that’s stupid, and we don’t want people here to be stupid.”

He also said it would be “particularly embarrassing for the U.K.” as it played a key role in developing the web.

IP might finish by 2012, so companies have to start developing for IPv6 fast!!!