Google gets Patent for Driverless Car

Google has been granted a patent for driver-less cars which is related to the method of shifting the control of a vehicle from human to the vehicle itself. Google has been experimenting with this technology for a while and applied for this patent in the month of May this year but did not made it public at that time.

According to Google, the technology makes use of two sets of sensors. The first pair determines a landing strip when the car has to be stopped and the second pair tells the vehicle its location and its destination. This can be used to find a suitable parking place where the vehicle can make transition into full autonomous mode.

The concept of self driving vehicles is not new. It has been researched by some universities(funded by Google) and some individuals over a long period of time. Various prototypes have been made available to the public over the years but this is the first time that a major company has been awarded a patent in this regard.

No doubt that this technology can be of a greater use in scenarios where the human reaction becomes very slow. For example, it can come handy while driving at a continuous stretch. Still a lot of work has to be done to make it economically available to the general public.

What do you think? Will Google be able to develop the Cars of the future?

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Google+’s Real Name Rules Are “Abuse Of Power”: A Microsoft Researcher

A Microsoft researcher by the name of Dana Boyd openly criticized the “Real Name” policy of Google+ calling it an “abuse of power” by the tech giant. This news comes amidst the so called “bogus patents” feud between Google and Microsoft.

According to the “real name” policy of Google+, users cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames in their profiles. Earlier, Google+ used to delete the accounts which were found to violate this policy but now a days it has started giving the users a chance to provide their real name if they don’t want their account suspended.

Dana Boyd said that,” ‘Real names’ policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.” She stated that the people who use pseudonyms are the ones who are most marginalized by power structures.

Though the statement of Dana Boyd is genuine but it has come at a time when Microsoft and Google are playing the “blame game” openly.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also rumored to launch its social platform in the coming months. Hence this statement though not of Microsoft, is being seen as a declaration of social war.

We think that this “Real Names” policy is rubbish and there is no need of such kind of dumb “policies” especially on a leading social network.

Do you agree with Dana Boyd or support this “policy” of Google+?

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Gmail Introduces Preview Pane

Gmail has introduced a new feature in the form of Preview Pane which will enable users to browse emails when they are replying to some other at the same time. This feature was long awaited and was finally launched yesterday.

Preview Pane may be a new feature for PC users but it has been there for a while in Gmail’s tablet apps. Users of iPad and Android based tablets are familiar with Preview Pane.

This feature is now available in Gmail Labs and its design is almost identical to that of its counterpart used in tablets.

When a user activates Preview Pane, a three window panel opens up with Preview Pane in between the navigation and email panes.

Users can customize Preview Pane as per their need with the help of a settings button which is present at the top right corner of Gmail.

Users with high resolution screens will get the most of this feature but those with normal resolution need not to worry as Preview Pane will work fine with their screens also.

Though this feature sounds good but a lot of work is needed to make it better. We’ve used this feature and drawn a conclusion that it is still a beta product and it needs a lot of testing. It does not work well with Gmail labels if used in 3 panel mode.

Will you be using this feature?

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Google Accuses Microsoft And Apple Over “Bogus Patents”

The “battle of patents” between tech giant Google and its rivals Microsoft and Apple Inc. is in news again. Google has accused its rivals of buying some technology patents with a soul motive to hold back Android.

Google’s lawyers claimed in a blog post that Microsoft and Apple are playing dirty game of using so called “bogus patents” against Google’s Android.

Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond stated that Android’s success has forced its rivals to unite and to use cheap tactics against the open source OS.

He further stated that patents are meant to safeguard intellectual property and to increase innovation but now-a-days they are merely being used by some companies to stop others from succeeding in their goals.

Google has lost a lot of patents in past months, mostly owned by Novell and Nortel, which relate to the technologies that can be used in smartphones especially in the Android OS. Most of these patents were bought by an alliance between a number of tech companies which was lead by Microsoft and Apple.

Google’s accusation seems genuine for the time being as fighting with an individual competitor is one thing but fighting a battle against an alliance of its competitors is a very tough thing and chances of Google winning this battle are nearly zero.

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Twitter’s Worth Reaches $8.4 Billion After Funding

The micro blogging giant has become a $8.4 billion company due to a “significant” round of funding from companies worldwide. Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm known for its investment in various social networking sites has contributed a “generous amount” to Twitter.

Officially, no financial details were disclosed but if insider claims are taken into account, the San Francisco based social networking giant raised nearly $800 million which was rounded to $8.4 billion after the deal.

It was also said that Twitter will take 50% of this investment and the rest will be spent for buying the shares of the existing share holders.

Twitter has nearly 600 employees and seeing the success rate of this social network, we won’t be surprised if we see more investments like this in future.

After the launch of Google+, Facebook’s competition with Twitter was sort of finished. As Facebook and Google+ are fighting continuously for the crown of best social network, Twitter played a smart game by staying out of their fight.

Though Twitter is not big as both Facebook and Google, still its growth rate shows that it could beat them in a couple of years if it keeps on growing at a fast pace.

Will Twitter introduce some new features if it keeps on securing huge investments like this?

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Microsoft’s Gmail Man: Hilarious Advertisement

This is the kind of stuff that Microsoft shows at its meetings. Hilarious thing. Do check it out.

Google Introduces Better Search Experience For Tablets

In order to provide tablet users with a better search experience, Google has optimized its interface. This move has been made mainly to attract iPad and Android based tablet users.

This new feature has come after a series of changes that Google was adding to its other web based services like Gmail and Google+. The new design is a basic one and no extra feature has been added.

The main thing that Google has done here is to provide users with an easy to use interface by which they can access their content more easily.

It was always a little bit of trouble for touch device users to explore the content using Google as the search button earlier was small.

The redesign solves this problem as it has a larger search button with more white space and exclusive visual styles all of which are user friendly.

Google is doing its best to beat its competitors in the user interface field. Recently, it was complained that the user interface of Google+ is not as good as that of Facebook.

We seriously hope that Google keeps on improving its existing features so as to provide its users with the best.

Let us know your views about this new interface.

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Facebook To Reward Security Experts For Reporting Bugs

The social networking giant has begun offering a certain amount of bounty to security experts who will find bugs in the social network and report it to the Facebook administration. The basic bounty for “certain qualifying” bugs has been set to $500.

This is the first time ever that any social networking site is going to pay its active users in return of their services. This feature is also seen by many experts as a way to counter the popularity of Google+.

The Palo Alto based company said that,”Our security team will assess each bug to determine if qualifies”. Furthermore it stated that the bounty of $500 is a base price and it can be increased if the vulnerability reported is big.

It is worth noting that Facebook is desperately trying to improve its security features as its arch nemesis Google+ openly boasts about its tight security.

Facebook recently hired George Hotz, who was sued by Sony Corp. for “degrading its product”. He hacked the PlayStation 3 and is the first person in the history to jailbreak the iPhone.

This is another attempt of the social giant to attract top security experts who give their services to many notable sites.

Will offering bounties help Facebook grow?

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Google+ After One Month: Will It Grow More Or Not ?

It has been a month since the most awaited social networking website made its debut. As it was predicted by various tech gurus, Google+ saw a huge success in its initial weeks. But at the end of its first month, its traffic has gone down a bit.

Google+ started its journey as the biggest threat to the social networking giant Facebook and made it go in a self defense mode. Facebook launched many new services in response to Google+ as Mark Zuckerberg feared the immense popularity that Google+ enjoyed in its initial days.

If we talk about the journey of Google+, so far it has done pretty well. The biggest achievement of Google+ is that while still being in a field trial stage and an invite only site, it managed to grab 10 million users in its first week and if some reports are to be believed, this figure rose upto 20 million in its second week.

While these facts are amazing, Google+ also saw a loss of around 3.2% of its users at the end of its first month.

The biggest challenge Google+ is facing today is that its user interface is not as simple as that of Facebook’s. Some users find it tough to adjust with the interface as they are used to the simple interface of Facebook. And furthermore, Google+ is not yet open to the organizations, which means no famous brands are there to follow.

Though this is only its first month and in future Google+ may get more traffic but the fact is that users no longer find it interesting as they have no new features to use.

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Internet Explorer Users Have Low IQ ?

Are you an Internet Explorer user? A recent study claims that IE users have lower IQ than the users who use Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera. If the claims are true, it is bad news for Microsoft as it has recently launched its Internet Explorer 9.

This study was done by an online psychometric testing company AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting which states that a user’s IQ and intelligence is directly related to the choice of web browser he/she uses.

The company also states that the users who use Internet Explorer or Opera with a Chrome frame have a slightly better IQ than those who only use Microsoft’s web browser.

Findings rave about that qualities of other browsers and claims that Firefox and Chrome users are best as compared to others. This study was done on more than 100,000 people of USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand by taking an online test and their scores were based on Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.

While Chrome and Firefox users can boast about their browsers, IE users can’t even think to do so after this study. One thing that must be noted here is that these claims are only published by this company and are not yet approved by any other organization.

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