Tags: Google, Market Trends, Search, Search Engine
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Google just launched an awesome new tool that allows you to chart public data, starting with unemployment and population numbers, making the information much more accessible.
The information that Google has charted, as well as the data it plans to add in the future, is already online, and usually available through, yes, a Google search. [...]
Google is trying to make it easier to find data through a Google search, and to help users better understand the data with its charts.
Wolfram|Alpha: Our First Impressions April 28, 2009Posted by hruf in Internet & Communities.
Tags: Search, Search Engine, Wolfram|Alpha
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The hype around Wolfram|Alpha, the next “Google killer” from the makers of Mathematica, has been building over the last few weeks. Today, we were lucky enough to attend a one-hour web demo with Stephen Wolfram, and from what we’ve seen, it definitely looks like it can live up to the hype – though, because it is so different from traditional search engines, it will definitely not be a “Google killer.” According to Stephen Wolfram, the goal of Alpha is to give everyone access to expert knowledge and the data that a specialist would be able to compute from this information. [...]
Alpha, which will go live within the next few weeks, is quite different from Google and really doesn’t directly compete with it at all. Instead of searching the web for info, Alpha is built around a vast repository of curated data from public and licensed sources. Alpha then organizes and computes this knowledge with the help of sophisticated Natural Language Processing algorithms. Users can ask Alpha any kind of question, which can be constructed just like a Google search (think: “hurricane bob” or “carbon steel strength”). [...]
Will it Kill Google?
No. Wolfram|Alpha will be an amazing product, but it’s quite different from Google and other search engines. Indeed, maybe it is actually wrong to call it a search engine at all (and Wolfram prefers to call it a “computational knowledge engine”). If you wanted to know what sights to see on your next trip to New York City, for example, Alpha, from what we’ve seen so for, will not be able to help you.
Alpha, however, will probably be a worthy challenger for Wikipedia and many textbooks and reference works. Instead of looking up basic encyclopedic information there, users can just go to Alpha instead, where they will get a direct answer to their question, as well as a nicely presented set of graphs and other info.
Have a look also to a Live Webcast, where Stephen Wolfram give a demo about Wolfram|Alpha: Wolfram|Alpha demo
Hulu: CEO Jason Kilar On The State Of Hulu April 28, 2009Posted by hruf in Multimedia.
Tags: Hulu, Internet, Streaming, TV, Video, VoD
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Hulu CEO Jason Kilar sits down with Sarah Lacy on Yahoo Tech Ticker. The first and second segments are now up.
In the first segment, in response to Lacy’s question about why Hulu removed its content from the popular Boxee service, he talks about his need to juggle the needs of his three customers – networks, viewers and advertisers. The networks must be kept happy to make sure Hulu is around for the long term, he says, and this move was made to keep the networks happy. Kilar also addressed rumors of NBC pulling out of the joint venture.
Kilar talks about Hulu’s business model in the second segment. He won’t disclose revenue but says the company is ahead of plan. Analysts say the company may have made as much as $65 million last year on the back of advertising that sells at much higher rates than YouTube commands.
More segments coming up.
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Voice, iPhone, Mobile
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Nearly a month after we dabbled with these two iPhone Google Voice solutions, VoiceCentral and GV Mobile have finally made it through Apple’s torture chambers and onto the e-shelves of the App Store.
While we haven’t spent enough time with either post-release to recommend one over the other, we can say that VoiceCentral has gone and fixed every qualm we had with it in its early days. The UI has been polished, SMS support has been added, a History screen is now available, and you can choose which screen to show on start up. Both apps go for $2.99, and are now pretty much neck-and-neck as far as features (with a few perks exclusive to each app). At this point, which one would suit you better seems like a matter of personal preference.
HTC Magic con Google now available from Vodafone Spain April 28, 2009Posted by hruf in Mobile & Gadgets.
Tags: Android, G1, Google, HTC, Mobile
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My new phone: It will come
That’s right, folks. Earlier today, Vodafone Spain officially launched the highly anticipated HTC Magic (con Google, for you Español speaking readers).
While it may not be got for free (read: 139€ for the phone on the cheapest plan w/ mandatory 18 month contract) like its UK sibling (expected to launch in early May), the real point is that it is here, now (in Spain at least).
Hulu iPhone App Coming Soon, ‘Badass’ April 22, 2009Posted by pannet in Internet & Communities, Mobile & Gadgets, Multimedia.
Tags: Apple, Hulu, Internet, iPhone, Mobile, Streaming
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Hulu is in the process of developing an app for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch, we have learned from a plugged-in industry executive. The app is coming soon (within a few months) and is “badass” — as excellent as Hulu’s Web site. Video will work over both wi-fi and 3G, we’re told.
It won’t be the first Web video app for the iPhone — CBS’s TV.com app is on the market, as are Joost, i.TV and several others — but it could be the best. Hulu’s tech and design teams have demonstrated themselves as the best in the Web video industry, as everyone is now trying to emulate them. One hurdle, we assume: Because of Hulu’s streaming architecture, it might not be possible to download videos to watch later, such as on the subway or an airplane.
Why would Apple and AT&T approve this app, which will use up a lot of bandwidth and compete with Apple’s iTunes video store? Because it will help sell iPhones, iPod touches, and AT&T subscriptions. And that’s the whole point of the App Store. (And if we were Hulu, we’d offer Apple and/or AT&T an ad revenue-sharing deal, too.)
Mobile video has not taken off yet, mainly because most services — offered by carriers — are too expensive, or look terrible. Just over 3% of mobile subscribers watch video on their phones, according to comScore. An iPhone Hulu app, on the other hand, could be very popular.
Move Networks Acquires Inuk for Broadcast TV on the PC April 22, 2009Posted by pannet in Internet & Communities, Multimedia.
Tags: Internet, IPTV, Streaming, TV
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Move Networks has acquired UK-based virtual set-top box provider Inuk Networks in a deal that adds a broadcast component to Move’s ongoing efforts to distribute television over the Internet. The purchase price was not disclosed but it at least partly involved Move shares. Inuk had raised an $18.5 million second round only last June, but according to paidContent:UK, ran through its funding building a PC IPTV service that only had some 100,000 users, all university students. Inuk already uses Move’s adaptive streaming technology as part of a deal the two companies did last year. Move, which currently powers mostly on-demand streaming but also some live events, said it plans to launch Inuk’s Freewire platform in the U.S. and Scandinavia later this year. Inuk will remain in the UK and be branded as Move Networks, with Move’s major shareholders — including Steamboat Ventures, Hummer Winblad and Benchmark Capital — and Inuk’s major shareholders — including Wesley Clover, S4CDM and Cable&Wireless — continuing to have stakes in the combined entity. Move has made layoffs and is currently seeking a replacement for its CEO. The company has raised $68 million from Benchmark Capital, Cisco, Comcast Interactive Media, Televisa, Steamboat Ventures and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Though it has lost a bit of sparkle, Move still counts some major customers for its high-quality TV distribution on the web: ABC, FOX, The CW, ESPN360, ProSieben and Televisa.