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Freebase: Semantic Sandwich for Google

There actually was some significant news last week in the technoverse, and it didn’t involve another episode from Mark Zuckerberg’s reality show: on July 16, Google purchased Metaweb, the semantic database company and the force behind the freewheeling Freebase. No … Continue reading

Android: The Evil Side of Openness

Fred Wilson, managing partner of Union Square Ventures (Foursquare), recently called Apple an evil company. The reason?  “They believe they know what is best for you and me. And I think that is evil.” It’s a definition of evil I … Continue reading

Get Ready for the Cruz Reader

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July 14, 2010 | Editor

First sighted back in April, the Cruz Reader from custom PC maker Velocity Micro is an inexpensive (under $200 MSRP) 7″ color Android-based ebook reader —browser included. It really is more than a book gadget, supporting full screen video (MP4), … Continue reading

Phone in Your Blog Post With Twilio

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July 2, 2010 | Editor

WordPress just announced an interesting—let’s say somewhere between quirky and neat— addition to their hosted blog site.  You can now phone in a blog post!  With help from  Twilio’s unified communications APIs, the software will deposit an audio file … Continue reading

Googling the World Cup

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June 22, 2010 | Editor

Searching on “world cup” returns the latest scores. Thanks Google.

Twilio’s OpenVBX: Open Source Attendant

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June 21, 2010 | Editor

I downloaded OpenVBX, Twilio’s bendable, programmable cloud-based unified communications platform, tried out a few call control flows, and then drifted off into a reverie about telecom start-ups before the crash. When the CLECs and ASPs first came on the … Continue reading

Good News from Google: Renaming Folders

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June 11, 2010 | Editor

Google may have accidentally-on-purpose scooped up data while (war)driving in Germany, and its new option to change the background on its home page is just plain silly, but they did do something right in the last few weeks. I am … Continue reading

$75 Tablet From OLPC

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June 4, 2010 | Editor

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation has teamed up with chip maker Marvell to produce an inexpensive tablet computer for the education market. OLPC XO-3 concept OLPC , founded by Dr. Nicholas Negroponte, has committed to distributing a new family … Continue reading

Shogo: Rhymes with iPad

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June 1, 2010 | Editor

Shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Freescale’s  7″ tablet prototype was supposed to inspire manufacturers and design houses to produce real products.  Realease took the bait and has followed up with an iPad clone it calls Shogo. … Continue reading

Google Prediction APIs: My Prediction

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May 20, 2010 | Editor

I’m waiting for the assigned Google scribe to start generating notes for the session on BigQuery and Prediction APIs. Am I in the wrong virtual room? In any case, a quick read of the documentation for Google’s machine-learning-in-the-cloud APIs makes … Continue reading