The buzz everywhere is that Google will sometime this year announce a service called GDrive. The service will allow the users to store their data online and allow access to that data from anywhere, thus reducing the need for a PC with large hard drives. This will turn the users into one more thing that they use via the web, they already access such services as e-mail, photo storage via the web. If the GDrive is really what people make it out to be, they it could turn the PC into a device to access the web. The GDrive concept is being described as “cloud computing”, where the web rather than the hard drive is used as the medium to store information. The big question will be are people willing to trust their personnel data to Google. Only time will tell if such a service is announced and then used by the people in a safe manner.
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Google has announced the long awaited phone. The phone is called G1 phone, running Android software is manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese manufacturer, and will will be offered exclusively by T-Mobile. The G1 is going to provide some competition for Apple’s iPhone. The G1 has some nice functions and features that are building upon the Apples iPhone and BlackBerry. It has a qwerty keyboard which slides out, and a “trackball”. It also allows to download digital music from amazon.com, with easy access to Google applications like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps.
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Google launches its own browser on Labor Day holiday. The much anticipated browser is called, called “Chrome” was announced over the holidays with downloads available as early as Tuesday 02 September 2008. The browser will run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system and efforts by Google are still underway to also offer the browser in compatible with Apple Inc.’s Mac computer and the Linux operating system. The download is going to be available in more then 100 countries. This will put the new browser against MicroSoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s free browser Firefox.
Yet another search engine has been launched to compete for your searches. Online ad revenues is huge with a big marketplace and hence everyone wants the piece of the pie. Now, a group of former Google employees have launched to compete against their previous employer. The new search engine called Cuil , which is pronounced ‘cool’, claims to provide a more comprehensive guide to the web. Cuil claims to have indexed more then 120 billion web pages with which they have to search against to provide better results in a new way. Now online time will tell if Cuil will overcome Google, or maybe can instead overcome Yahoo and MSN?.
Google annouced the launch of a way to transalte websites to Hindi using its popular Google translate application. This shows the importance and the expansion of the India online market. Other innovations targeted to the Indian market include Google Local Search and Google Local Business Centre.
There is some news around the web that Google is preparing to launch a site called Knol. The new site would be a combination of Wikipedia and Squidoo and would allow users to post stuff to become a knowledgebase of everything. Google will probably intices users to post articles by giving them a share of the revenue that Google will generate from that page. With this people may question what Google is upto, until now Google was justing indexing page on the web, now it seems to be helping people create content on the web with tools like the Blogger and now Knol.
The big three online advertisers, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo were fined for allowing online gambling businesses to advertise online gambling using the three companies respectively ads mediums. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the fines added to the over $40 million with Microsoft is to pay the largest penalty totaling $21 million. While Yahoo will pay $7.5 million and Google is to pay $3 million.
Today Google announced that is has optimized the Google Search, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Reader for the iPhone which builds upon other Google products like Maps and YouTube that are already available. When a iPhone user visits the Google main site, the iPhone is automatically detected and the apps are made avaialble to the user via iPhone’s Safari browser. In other news, Google introduced the addition of AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) To Gmail.