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Google Moonshots

Immortality

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Photo by Jason Tester on Flickr under CC

Who won’t like to live forever? Although it looks impossible today, you have to take notice, when a company like Google starts pursuing something. Google has just formed an independent Biotech company called California Life Company (Calico for short), headed by Apple Inc and Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, to develop technologies to tackle health issues related to aging.

“While this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people,” says Google CEO Larry Page.

Driverless Cars

Google has been working on self-driving cars for 5 years now and their 3rd car model called GX3200 has been approved for commercial use in USA. Fully electric GX3200 can seat 4 passengers and can travel 750 miles on a single charge. It also has its own wifi for passengers. Global Taxi Company Uber, which just launched in Bangalore and Delhi, has already committed to purchase 2500 cars from Google.

Balloon Powered Internet for everyone

Official website for Project Loon says – “Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”

Google Glass

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format and can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands. Google Glass was made available to developers earlier this year and will be launched for general public next year.

List of moonshots Google is currently working on also includes Google Fibre, which is a 1000 Mbps Internet infrastructure and flying wind turbines to tap into airborne wind energy.

If you want to check out more similar Moonshot projects you can visit www.solveforx.com and give your inputs and discuss existing projects. You can also recommend a moonshot project of your own there.

Google for Windows Mobile

Google Mobile App started supporting Windows Mobile last week. It allows you to perform a google search right from your Today screen without need for opening a browser first. It also gives you quick access to other google applications like maps, reader, blogger, orkut, documents, calendar etc.

Google is regularly releasing applications for Windows Mobile platform. In the recent past it has released Google Latitude and Google Sync as well. Latitude allows you to see where your friends are on Google Map and Sync allows you to sync your phone contacts and calendar with Google. 
To check out all these cool Google applications for Windows Mobile click here. And to all the readers of this blog once again, you can contact me at- sachin AT palewar DOT com for any Windows Mobile software development requirement.

Free Group SMS and Google SMS Search


I am going to talk about 2 interesting but India specific Google offerings here. Although Indians don’t SMS/text as much as they used to in good old days, there are reasons to chear courtesy Google. These 2 SMS services are called:

1. Google SMS Channels – Here you can create a Channel or SMS Group and all the subscribers will be getting the channel content by SMS for free. Now this Channel can pull content from Google News and Google groups so once you point your channel to any group or news, you will be getting new content automatically by SMS. Cool isn’t it? But it does not end there – You can even pull content from your or any blogger powered blog or any RSS source, but the best part is that you can use the channel to send same SMS message to all your friends and contacts. You can just create a personal channel and invite all your contacts to it and when you post message to channel via web or by SMS it will reach everybody. So practically you can now send multiple SMSes at the cost of one sms or even for free if you use web option. Try now
2. Google SMS Search – Google SMS search is plain, simple and straight-forward like all things Google. You just need to send you search query as sms to Google India No.  9-77-33-00000 and they send you search results by sms immediately. I have tried it and it really works and here is one more Google advantage for you – since this is a normal 10 digit no and not a special no, probably you will be charged for sending only a normal sms, which is as low as 10 paise with some SMS plans. So probably Google is not looking to rip you off by having a special 4 or 5 digit no. 
BTW you can use Google search for many useful things beside search like – cricket scores, Indian Railways train schedules & ticket status, PNR, horoscopes, movie showtimes, restaurant information and more. For more info you can go here.
Oh I forgot to tell you, you can subscribe to my blog by SMS from here 🙂

Google Chrome: Not just another browser

Google released beta version of its open source web-browser last week. The browser is called Chrome and those interested in contributing to it or having a look at its code can head here.

First thing which I noticed in Chrome is that it is simple and straight-forward like most of other Google Products/Website. So there is no menu bar, no toolbar and tabs utilise conventional title bar area. All this leaves you with more browsing space, which I think is really innovative.
Chrome uses code from other browsers like Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox so you find many useful features from other browsers already present in Chrome. Chrome is loaded with many interesting and useful features like:
  1. Floating tabs – You can drag and rearrenge tabs, convert tab into window and move tabs between multiple Chrome windows.
  2. Tab does not crash Browser – Since tabs run in separate memory process of their own, if one tab crashes, it does not take the whole browser and other tabs down with it. What a relief 🙂
  3. Incognito Mode – If you don’t want to leave trace of your browsing in history, cookies etc, you have the Incognito window to help you out.
  4. Application Shortcuts – With the increasing use of many websites as applications, you can create their Shortcuts on your desktop so when you want to open them next time, you can just double-click on their icons and they will open like an application installed on your desktop. You need to try it to really understand how useful this feature is.
For a complete understanding of all the features please visit this link and to read Google’s official reason on why they chose to do a browser, click here.