Google has announced three new enchancement to its search engine at their event called Searchology: Google Search Options, Google Squared, and Rich Snippets. The aim is to give searchers new ways to filter results based on factors like timeliness, result type such as image or videos, or a desire to see search results in visual form.
With Search Options, the results page gives you more options and allows you to show and hide options. It is hoping that this feature will provide more useful results and a better search experience for its users.
Google Squared is the newest addition to Google Labs. It will be available later this month. Google Squared allows searchers to create a spreadsheet based on Web results. Users can filter the data accessed through the Google Squared search, request additional categories to create a custom spreadsheet with the results that matter the most to them, and even fact-check the results by accessing the source of the data as well as alternate sources.
The third product announced is Rich Snippets, which show extra metadata in results, things like user reviews and the cost of products.
According to a leaked roadmap of upcoming phones for later this year from Walmart, the below is called Morrison or aka Bigfoot. Many believe this isn’t going to be a new HTC Android phone instead, a revised version of the G1 or second gen G1 if you like. As you can see it sports a full slide-out HTC-style QWERTY keyboard, great for those who are keen on texts. BGR reports that the Bigfoot is likely to drop in October later this year for $148 with a 2-year agreement at Walmart. As for us in the UK, we’re not too sure whether it will actually make its way here.
Here’s a quick clip featuring hands on of the Samsung i7500, Samsung’s first Android based phone. Also the first non-HTC Android phone, the Samsung I7500 is due to arrive later this summer. Its a smartphone that boasts a 3.2″ AMOLED full touch screen, 7.2Mbps HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, as well as a five megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash.
Check out the hands on video below…
The Playstation has been a dominating game console for as far as it can be remembered. But Sony / Sony Ericsson have always denied the possibility of a Sony Ericsson phone orientated towards its game console series, in other words a PlayStation phone. In the past Sony have stressed that a PlayStation-branded phone could only exist independently from the mobile phone maker. However in a recent interview with Financial Times, Sony Ericsson’s president Hideki Komiyama have hinted that a PlayStation branded phone could actually be back in their agenda afterall. “If we do not adapt to this new technology or new market environment, we’re going to lose”, the Sony Ericsson head suggested.
This comes as less of a surprise. With significant losses just within Q1 of 2009 and increasing threat into the portable gaming market from Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, clearly the Sony Ericsson boss feels it may be necessary afterall to rethink about the idea of launching a portable PlayStation mobile phone device – watch this space!
Check out this awesome retro style flip watch, from the video it looks like it was just a plain conversation concept from Fatman, but Circuit Girl found it fascinating and went on to complete it. Even Fatman was impressed and the prospect of being able to hook up the watch’s alarm so that it conects and plays an iPod automatically sounds very cool indeed.
If you’re someone who employs a robot like automatic hoover vacuum system for your home, you might be interested in this latest invention from Panasonic. Fukitorimushi is the latest in floor-cleaning robots, unlike many that you may find up for sale these days, this autonomous robot does its thing in a rather creepy way by crawling around like a worm despite it using a highly efficient tech savvy cloth to keep your floors spotless.
Technically, the Fukitorimushi sports sensors that allows it to detect dirty spots on the floor. Fukitorimushi’s body is covered in Teijin’s Nanofront cloth, which is made of polyester filament fibers measuring 700 nanometers in diameter. Though this sounds remarkably hard to believe, this means it is about 7,500 times thinner than the average human hair. The nanofibers significantly increase the fabric’s surface area, giving it superior wiping characteristics and the ability to absorb oil and ultra-fine dust particles less than one micron in diameter. The large surface contact area also increases the fabric’s friction with the floor and makes it resistant to sliding.