Roku is going to be offering a new version of its Roku Streaming Stick to compete with the massively popular Google Chromecast.
This may appeal to some folks who don’t get Chromecast. Yes, there are people put there like that. I think the lack of remote for some is a stumbling block. But the Roku Streaming Stick will be $50 compared to Google’s $35. Will the remote help? We’ll see.
Here’s a link to compare the Roku Streaming Stick to the other offerings in Roku’s lineup: Compare Roku Products
Google Fiber is expanding to 34 new cities…but unfortunately mine is not one of them. Is yours?
Google has quietly released the conversational search that the announced at I/O to the masses.
“The update means that users can now search the Internet and ask Google questions from the desktop using only their voice. The idea is that people should be able to use words and phrases used in everyday conversation, rather than the strict keywords that have been embedded in our brains over the last decade or so.
The user could ask, for instance, ‘How do I get to Wembley Stadium?’, and Google will interpret the question and then serve up relevant route information via Google Maps. As with Google Now, the service also draws on information stored through other Google products and services. If the user asks when their flight is supposed to leave, or if they’re free later this afternoon, the service will automatically dig into Google Calendar to check.”
As cool as the update is, I’m asking myself how much I would use it on my laptop. Yes, I do want the Tony Stark experience of talking to a computer like Jarvis and having the computer do the query as I do something else. However I don’t believe we’re there yet. At least with this release. You still have to have Google up to do these searches. I want to have them done in the background. Imagine having to type a paper and instead of stopping your workflow to search something on Google, you just say, “OK Google…” and have the search done with out missing a beat. That is when I’ll see true value out of the product.
Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome :: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/22/googles-new-conversational-search-feature-is-live-in-the-latest-version-of-chrome/
““I’m passionate about breaking ground in science and engineering because technology has driven many of the advances humankind has made,” said Google CEO Larry Page. “But we still don’t have enough people working in these areas” Google is giving Cornell 22k square feet of office space on July 1, 2012. The free lease will last for 5 years, 6 months, or until Cornell’s Roosevelt Island campus is completed. Google has provided the university with the option to expand the space that it uses up to 58,000 square feet over the course of its time there.”
It’s things like this that make me like Google even more…