Long Tail Search Engines Sponsored by Google

December 8, 2012

Below is a list of search engine ideas focused on a number of niche markets.

Agoogle…internate glossary of terms
Boogle…a scary site
Cloogle…a self help site (get a clue)
Doogle/Poogle…scatalogical humor site
Grateful Doogle…comprehensive Grateful Dead encyclopedia
Hoogle…people search site
Joogle…Jewish singles site
Koogle…mom’s favorite recipe for this Jewish tradition
Moogle…cow/dairy information site
Noogle…newlywed site
Soogle…free legal advice site
Toogle…all about twins site
Woogle…generic dating site
Zoogle…animal information site
Troogle…only factual search results site
Floogle…a site for when you are sick
Gloogle…sticky stuff site
Droogle…search their wide assortment of bibs and baby goods
Scroogle…xxx products and discount condoms too
Groogle…a site for short people
Yahoogle…a google search engine for Yahoo users
Twoogle…a site for dwose wif a lisp
Proogle….a site for prude girls
Yoogle…all about you or me, depending on who is searching
Schoogle…searching america’s best university’s site
Phoogle…phish info site
Choogle…a mastication site
Bloogle…a site for people who live the color blue
Fuckyoogle…a site dedicated to road rage!


iOS6 Upgrade Features Reads Like a Windows Update

September 27, 2012

This morning I woke up to a little red 1 bubble on my iPhone 4 (not the 4S) Settings button.

I was surprised at first and then realized that Apple is at war with Google. Not only has the media reach reporting of their flagship maps changed from Google’s fully functioning and totally sufficient app to Apple’s buggy launch but there is a direct integration with Facebook, a feature I don’t like, don’t want and which will further encourage me not to download iOS 6 or buy a new iPhone. The Facebook integration also strikes me as annoyingly supporting a competing brand within the Apple ecosystem, something that Google Maps artfully dodged by having a mostly OEM feel to it.

I can’t believe Steve Jobs would have approved the tether to Facebook, it cheapens the brand in my opinion and it opens the iPhone up to one more vendors disappointments if Facebook’s integration or support should fail.

I realize as I am writing that the difference to me on this upgrade is that I don’t recall prior upgrades being pushed to me. Apple always had a smart way to compel me to follow the heard voluntarily. This time, however, that simple little push message feels more like an act of desperation rather than a friendly and thoughtful Apple reminder.

In any event, curiosity got me to read the 200+ “updates”, a statement which in and of itself which is anathema to Apple’s success in selling Simple. As if the updates for Chinese users have any meaning to me, and as if I am impressed by a larger number of updates. A larger number tells me there is too much that is new, more than I want to learn, and much that probably remains under developed. Sounds like a Windows update advertisement.

I miss the days of Simple. With the movement into the murky area of Patent litigation and this type of upgrade/launch, I do wonder if the market may eventually become very disappointed. Existing sales and user base can probably support 1-2 more botched launches, but for now this is no longer the Apple I’ve been a fan of.

I wonder if people will camp out for 400+ updates in the iPhone 6? Maybe they will use the time studying all the new changes? Hopefully it will be during a warm month.

For a full list of published updates see below. Decide for yourself after you read it.

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:
Maps
Apple designed vector based maps
Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)
Real-time traffic information
Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)
Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals
Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route
Siri improvements
Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey
Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts
Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information
Send a Tweet
Post on Facebook
App launch
Eyes Free in supported automobiles
Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
Additional country and language support for Canada (English and Canadian French), China (Mandarin), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Italy (Italian), Korea (Korean), Mexico (Spanish), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Taiwan (Mandarin), US (Spanish)
Supported on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation) and iPod touch (5th generation)
Facebook integration
Single sign-on from Settings
Post from Photos, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Notification Center and Siri
Add location and choose audience for any post
View up-to-date Facebook profile photos and contact information in Contacts
View Facebook events and birthdays in Calendar
Like content and see your friends’ Likes in App Store and iTunes Store
Shared Photo Streams
Share selected photos with the people you choose
Friends can view shared photos in Photos app, iPhoto and Apple TV
Friends can like and make comments on individual photos
Passbook
One place for boarding passes, store cards, movie tickets and other passes
Barcode display for boarding flights, buying coffee, getting into movies and other actions
Passes displayed on Lock Screen based on time or location
Passes can be automatically updated
Supported on iPhone and iPod touch
FaceTime improvements
FaceTime over cellular support for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation)
Receive FaceTime calls, sent to your iPhone number, on your iPad and iPod touch
Phone improvements
Do Not Disturb to suppress incoming calls and notifications
‘Reply with message’ option when declining a call
‘Remind me later’ option based on time or location when declining a call
Mail improvements
VIP mailbox to quickly access mail from important people
Flagged email mailbox
Insert photos and videos when composing email
Open password protected Office docs
Pull down to refresh mailboxes
Per account signatures
Safari improvements
iCloud tabs to see open pages on all your devices
Offline Reading List
Photo upload support
Full screen landscape view on iPhone and iPod touch
Smart app banners
JavaScript performance improvements
App Store and iTunes Store improvements
Updated store design
iTunes Preview history
Complete my season
Complete my album
Game Center improvements
Challenge friends to beat high scores and achievements
Post high-scores and achievements to Facebook and Twitter
Friend recommendations based on your Facebook friends
Accessibility improvements
Guided Access to limit device to one app or restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen
VoiceOver integration with Maps, AssistiveTouch and Zoom
Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S
Improved privacy controls for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos and data shared over Bluetooth
Reminders can be reordered in the Reminders app
Custom vibrations for alerts on iPhone
Clock app for iPad
Clock alarm with song
Search all fields in Contacts
Automatic movie mode for improved video sound quality
Definitions of a selected word for Chinese, French, German and Spanish
New keyboard layouts for French, German, Turkish, Catalan, Arabic and Icelandic
Keyboard shortcuts shared across devices via iCloud
Bluetooth MAP support
Global network proxy for HTTP
Features for China
Baidu web search
Sina Weibo integration
Share videos to Tudou
Share videos to Youku
Improved text input for handwriting and Pinyin
Bug fixes
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. Please visit this website for more details:
http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222


I’m Still Taken with Kinect

November 25, 2010

I’m am still dumbfounded by the Kinect platform.  It feels to me what the PC was to the word processor or more relevantly what Mosaic was to the World Wide Web.

I cannot see how this technology does not revolutionize computing.  It has been advertised as the Wii without the remote, however this seems quite short sighed to me as it beginning to look like a whole lot more.  As a Wii without a remote the implication is that it is “simply” enhancing/redefining the user’s interaction with existing software (games).  As amazing as that transformation would be by itself, the growing number of hacks of the technology being posted online show something far more sophisticated than that is now taking place.

I think this technology is truly disruptive in that it is creating entirely new applications which will soon be in search of a home.  And later, as the technology matures, experts will develop skills to create applications using 1st, 2nd or even 3rd order derivatives (hacks) of this real time 3D platform to meet complex problems.  I would imagine we may very soon see incubators and venture capital chasing this platform to build portfolios of IP, applications and products.

And the Kinect marvelously coincides with the television and film industries push into 3D displays.  It seems to me that 3D object recognition may be the precipice of an entirely new decade of technological advancement, and somehow I am not sure anyone else feels this way but me!  This either makes me irrationally exuberant about Kinect, or extremely naive.  And I am willing to accept either.  Since I’m a Mac guy though, this is not an intentional love fest for Microsoft.  The applications outside of gaming seem as endless as imagination itself.  I do wish Apple had owned this one!

Consider this seemingly simple hack below.  With a little vision, this could be come complete object recognition technology of the Star Trek variety. Forget scanning barcodes. Imagine a computer just looking at what you have in your hand and identifying it any any number of associated characteristics. Now imagine cross referencing a found object with a missing one, sorted for instance, by GPS coordinates.

Or imagine a full body scan in the comfort of your own home, with the data sent to your favorite apparel retailer for custom, made to order clothing that you can receive by mail.

My mind is small in comparison to some of the videos I have seen, and other people will certainly trump any pea-brained idea I may come up with.   But in general the possibilities seem truly endless.

Does anyone know how protected this platform is for Microsoft?  Is there room for them to build a monopoly around this technology?

 


Signs the US Can Still Innovate

November 22, 2010

The United States has been left for dead along with capitalism by a good number of people around the world.  People often forget that Microsoft and Apple were born out of past deep recessions, by authentic tinkerers who dared to dream.

There are a new set of viral videos over the last couple of days from a man named Oliver Kreylos at UC Davis.  His videos of the results of his hacking of the new XBox platform called Kinect which is able to allow gamers to use their bodies as the controller.  Oliver has essentially inverted the system, turning the sensors into 3D cameras that can recreate what the Kinect actually sees.  The results are remarkable, and the possibilities are astonishing considering this technology just hit “main street”.  I have pasted a number of links below to his most recent work.

I don’t know if Oliver is the originator of this hack and I am not surmising that he is the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but I am truly inspired by his simple first steps.  It feels to me that this sort of garage innovation is a great reminder of what America still holds as a competitive advantage over the rest of the world: the disruptive combination of wealth and talent.

The videos of his breakthroughs are prehistoric looking for people spoiled by HD video, but it opens the door to a whole new host of applications.

And he seems to be keeping a Kinect hacking blog here: http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/Kinect/

For more cool videos of connect hacks and applications check out: http://kinecthacks.net/


iPhone 3GS Application for NYC Subway Mapping

July 18, 2009

This might be the coolest mobile application I have ever seen.