Google, God, and Geeks

GeekSpeak for 2010-05-22

Miles, Al, Ben, and Lindsey take your calls and questions.


AL
Music Web 2.0 Tools and Applications

This is a good list of online applications that allow you to create music within teh browser.

AL
Music: Bojam: Mix, Record and Collaborate

Bojam is an online music collaboration service connecting musicians to mix, record, and collaborate to produce original or popular music. Bojam open-sourcing all aspects of the music creation process, including a wiki-style platform for adding song info, lyrics, and instrument tabs.

AL
Picasa 3: Free download from Google

Batch resizing of jpgs

AL
EyeBatch from Atalasoft - Batch Processing Software

“EyeBatch is a powerful and intuitive batch image processor. Process multiple images at once! Select from over 50 imaging functions such as resize, convert, watermark, drop shadow, thumbnail, etc. Each function within itself is simple to use, yet elaborate effects can be achieved by utilizing numerous functions. Extraordinary previewing capabilities. EyeBatch may be used for single or multiple image processing. Perfect for preparing images for the web and making thumbnails.”

AL
'Artificial life' : About Craig Venter

“Maverick” is a word that seems to follow Craig Venter around.

The biologist and entrepreneur turned the effort to map the human genome into a competitive race and, in so doing, was vilified by the scientific community.

Dr Venter has certainly not gained a reputation for modesty about his achievements. “Is my science of a level consistent with other people who have gotten the Nobel? Yes,” he was once quoted as saying.

And he is a very wealthy user of Lear Jets and private yachts.

But his efforts in the field of human genomics have undeniably helped speed up the entire process.

After the publication of the human genome, Dr Venter turned his attention to another grand project: the creation of a synthetic life form.

Scientists at the US-based J Craig Venter Institute have been busily working on the endeavour for more than a decade. They have now published details of the result, an organism called Synthia, in the prestigious journal Science.

AL
BBC News - Call for 'artificial life' DNA ban

The success of scientists in the US in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA has led to a call for a ban on the research.

The scientists constructed a bacterium’s “genetic software” and transplanted it into a host cell.

The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species “dictated” by the synthetic DNA.

Experts agree that the technology could radically change the world but some are objecting to its use on safety and ethical grounds.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

AL
Encrypted Google Search

The link for encrypted Google Search.

AL
Crazy USB Device: Shoe Dryers?

I just don’t get why you would want to hook wet shoes to your computer.

AL
Google Starts an Application Store for Chrome

Google is all set to launch an application store for Chrome browser and OS users. Sundar Pichai, the director of product management announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

The company tells the power of the HTML 5 as a programming language and the way it will permit an action for web-based programmes. Computer users can also use this facility in off-line mode.

The chrome application store aims to provide wide range of programs and exclusive assistance for Chrome Web Browser and Chrome OS .

AL
'Artificial life' breakthrough announced by scientists

Bioethicists have reacted with caution to the announcement that scientists in the US have created the first synthetic living cell.

Dr Craig Venter’s team announced their landmark discovery in Science magazine.

They have succeeded in transplanting synthetic DNA for a bacterium into a host cell.

AL
Crealev Levitation Technologies

Levitation technology that will blow your mind.

BJ
Maker Faire

Come to the Maker Faire, this Saturday and Sunday!

AL
Google's Nexus One: How the Revolution Died

Google’s Nexus One: How the Revolution Died

With the pending closure of Google’s Nexus One online store, a smartphone revolution is in tatters. Google still has a killer product in Android, but the Nexus One’s online-only business model, meant to disrupt the way phones are typically sold, is a failure.

Google wants the Nexus One in more retail stores around the world, which means it’ll have to make nice with wireless carriers. So what if Google was selling unsubsidized phones as an alternative to two-year carrier contracts? The idea didn’t take off, so no harm, no foul. Once Google is satisfied with the Nexus One’s retail presence, it’ll shutter the online store and instead use the Google Phone Web site as a showcase for all kinds of Android phones.

BJ
Android App of the Week: NetaShare

NetaShare an RSS/Atom reader. Can be sync with Google Reader.

Features:
- Can be viewed offline feed.
- You can save up to feed until 1000 feeds.
- Star, read / unread, and then synchronize the number of unread messages.
- Runs in the background sync.

BJ
Google I/O Round-up

Google’s developer’s conference has come to an end, leaving in its wake a slew of new Android announcements for all to muse over.

AL
iPhone App: Moe's Notes, multi-media note-recorder

Moe’s Notes is a multimedia note recorder, editor and organizer for creative and/or busy people. You can save audio, an image or video, text, tags, and GPS coordinates in each note. You can edit, sort and search for notes in various ways, then email them or upload them to Facebook.

Use Moe’s Notes to:
• Capture audio/visual/textual ideas
• Make to-do, shopping, appointment lists
• Record lectures, speeches, business meetings
• Take photos and videos with geolocation data
• Assist in your journalism or blogging
• Quickly compose email with audio, image, and video
• Organize your notes with tags

Use Moe’s Notes instead of other note-taking apps because only it has:
• Audio waveform display
• Variable-speed audio playback
• Audio, image, video editing
• Quick, easy tagging
• Emailing more than one note at once
• Uploading video to Facebook
• Searching by date with calendar UI
• Searching by location with Google map

LL
Google gets approval to buy AdMob

5/21 Federal Trade Commission approved Google’s $750 million dollar acquisition of AdMob. There were industry concerns that it will extend its market dominance to the wireless search arena.
That thinking was suspended when Apple announced a deal to buy rival mobile-advertising company Quattro and unveiled its service, iAd.

LL
Seagate confirms 3TB drive

After a few weeks of rumors, Seagate’s senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed that “we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year,” but the move to 3TB of storage space apparently involves a lot more work than simply upping the areal density.

LL
Software Recognizes Sarcastic Tweets

A team from the Hebrew University, Israel, has developed an algorithm that identifies sarcastic sentences by using a machine learning technique in which a small number of sarcastic sentences act as seeds for the software to learn and generalize upon.