Mike Thoene

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More Google Buzz problems.. they probably should've went beta first

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Google, Security

Only a week after the release of Google Buzz, some hackers have found an exploit after tirelessly looking for one. Awesome! They found an exploit that can completely compromise your Google buzz account! According to ha.ckers.org, the exploit actually is inside the code on the mobile side of things. (continue reading…)

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So you want to completely turn off Buzz.. good for you! Here's how:

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Google, Technology

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Google Buzz. I don’t care about all that privacy mumbo jumbo so much, I guess I am just afraid of change. It is like starting something completely new, and since I am just starting everything up on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t see a decent enough reason to start once again on Google Buzz. To me, it seems like a nice feature that simply isn’t needed.. for me. (continue reading…)

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Well lookie here! The Droid can translate text.. with pictures!

by on Feb.16, 2010, under Google, Search Engines

Apparently Google has been in the process of making some wicked software that can translate text from pictures that you take with your cell phone into different languages! Sadly it can’t translate spoken words, but it can translate something from say.. a German dinner menu. The demonstration by Google translated the text: “Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern” to “Spring salad with wild herbs.”  The demonstration took a photo of a German dinner menu, sending back the translation, using an Android based phone. (continue reading…)

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Google to offer Buzz independently from GMail?

by on Feb.13, 2010, under Google, Technology

The folks at Search Engine Land are brilliant, and this article is a godsend for so many.

Google says it may allow people to participate in Google Buzz without having it integrated within Gmail, in addition to offering a combined Gmail service. That may be a welcome move for users of both products, especially in light of the substantial privacy concerns voiced this week about Google Buzz.

“It’s clear that interest in Buzz may extend beyond the current Gmail base, and we’re open to serving that community,” said Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Product Marketing, when I spoke to him about some Buzz issues at the TED Conference.

Horowitz stressed that Google would still offer a version of Buzz within Gmail, in addition to any independent version.

“We think that Buzz within Gmail is a great experience, and we’ll keep offering that as well,” Horowitz said.

Be sure to read the rest of the article by going here.

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Apple vs Google, This time it's hitting the iPhone

by on Jan.20, 2010, under Apple, Google, Mobile, Search Engines

According to Businessweek, hell is going to freeze over. The Apple iPhone might be losing it’s default browser of Google to Bing, and Apple said that hell will have to freeze over before Apple partners with Microsoft at all.

It’s a pretty risky deal, I personally hope that they still allow Google to be chosen as a serach engine on the iPhone, but I don’t thinkg the rivalry will go quite that far, at least I certainitly hope not.

Microsoft and apple are also rivals, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t work together or make products for one anther’s operating systems. At least Microsoft does, with it’s Office application like Word and PowerPoint. I don’t see many Apple applications ported over to PC.. but I guess with Apple’s low market share it seems to be justified.

“Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy,” says one of the people, who’s familiar with Apple’s thinking. “Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle.”

If these battles are successful, it could also mean that Bing could eventually replace Google as the default search engine for Apple’s desktop version of Safari as well.

With Google’s entry into the mobile phone business as well as Apple’s recent acquisition of a mobile ad company, the two businesses have encroached on each other’s territories. Apple has even been said to be working on distancing itself from Google’s Maps data in the iPhone, which will be amazingly difficult for the iPhone to replace. Because of recent reports of Apple having billions of dollars to toy with, I really don’t see that part to be much of a problem, I am sure they can qcuire a company that can make a competing map application without much of a problem.

The future will definitely be different, especially in a week with the hundreds of reports of the new Apple product being an “iPad” or an “Apple Tablet” or whatever they may call it. We’ll have to see, and I can’t wait open my eyes!

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