The latest beta release of the Chrome browser for Linux, Mac and Windows introduces support for voice commands, as well as improved support for responsive design for web developers.
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Jason Perlow calls "one device" the natural evolution of Post-PC. Matt Baxter Reynolds says it's a solution in search of a problem.
Facebook's latest crash course on Graph Search focuses on the natural language interface for deciphering user queries.
Microsoft has yet more updated guidance for those in search of the elusive 128 GB models of its Surface Pro tablet/PC hybrids.
The post-PC debate moves to the marketing world as a new study highlights the boosts for search advertising and e-commerce thanks to tablets.
The web giant has purchased a Cambridge-based firm specialising in speech synthesis, with a view to creating enhanced, naturalistic computer speech
New numbers are out from market-research firm IDC and search-analysis firm comScore on October 13. The findings: Apple is now No. 3 in U.S. PC shipments, and Bing/Yahoo's combined U.S. search share is down slightly compared to last month.
Nuance's Dragon speech recognition tools are well known on PC, but in the mobile world the company's probably best known for its work on extended T9. That's going to change with the arrival in the UK App Store of iPhone and iPad versions of its voice-powered Search and Dictation apps.
I was fortunate enough this week to help conduct an interview with Frank Karlitschek who founded KDE-Look.org back in 2001, which has grown to become one of the biggest online communities for Linux.
Will Microsoft's Windows 7 succeed where Vista failed? The new operating system offers a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, but it still might not offer enough to convince PC users to buy it. ZDNet Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, and Ed Bott, ZDNet's Microsoft Report blogger, about Windows 7's pros and cons.
Regular readers here know that I am a big fan of the Evernote application that I use on my PC, Mac, and mobile phones. Evernote just announced an amazing new feature for premium subscribers (I have been a premium subscriber since day 1) that I am sure will be great news for many of you. Evernote now supports PDF Search capabilities so the PDF documents you upload to your account go through their search recognition technology engine servers and are fully searchable within minutes.
On June 3, Microsoft kicked off its multi-million-dollar ad campaign designed to promote its rebranded Bing search engine. But there are no "Laptop Hunter" type ads -- via which Microsoft would directly target and call out Google the way it has been doing on the PC front with Apple -- in Bing's future
When you've got a problem with your PC, you usually have to search for a post from someone else who has suffered from a similar glitch. Now Microsoft Fix It wants to solve the problem for you.
Google is reportedly thinking about cutting deals with PC makers to have its Chrome browser pre-installed on new computers, a move that could position the Internet giant to not only boost its presence in search but also put some of its branded apps - Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader and others - in front of new users.According to a report in The Times, Google will likely start working those deals after it pulls the "beta" label from Chrome in early 2009.
CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with senior writer Ina Fried about Bill Gates' imminent departure from Microsoft. He's technically leaving the company as a full-time employee, but Fried explains why Gates will still be involved with pet projects like search and the Tablet PC.
As I noted in the first installment of this series, some of my favorite productivity-enhancing techniques don’t involve custom code or registry edits. Instead, they involve learning how the basic building blocks of Windows work, and then rearranging those components to cut steps out of the tasks you perform most often. In today’s installment of this two-part series, I share some of my favorite tweaks for getting maximum mileage out of Windows Search. I also explain the inner workings of volume shadow copies and how you can make better use of these automatic backups with System Restore and the Previous Versions feature. I show how to get quick access to your local and network data files by combining shortcuts in a single, easy-to-reach location, and I explain why hybrid sleep should be the default on every desktop PC.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Yahoo's Google ad deal: Savior or mistake?Icahn's plan goes kaput as Microsoft talks endGarett Rogers: Microsoft and Yahoo stop talking, and Google winsMary Jo Foley: Yahoo says it won't sell its search biz to MicrosoftTechmemeBits: More Top Yahoos Heading for the ExitsMicrosoft warns Web site owners to prep for IE 8Tom Steinert-Threlkeld: Cable: Act, Don't ReactRobin Harris: The 16 TB RAM PC: when?
Hewlett-Packard will make Microsoft's Live Search the default search engine on every consumer PC shipped in 2009 and the deal may be a hit if you assume that most folks are too lazy to change browser settings.Can Microsoft buy its way to being a search player?
An international team of computer scientists has developed a new image-recognition software. They found that 256 to 1,024 bits of data were enough to identify the subject of an image. The researchers said this 'could lead to great advances in the automated identification of online images and, ultimately, provide a basis for computers to see like humans do.' As an example, they've stored about 13 million images picked on the Web and stored them in a searchable database of just 600 megabytes. The researchers added that using such small amounts of data per image makes it possible to search for similar pictures through millions of images on your PC in less than a second. But read more...
For all the easy mockery that automatic translation services can inspire, they are nonetheless much better than nothing. However, they are generally a fairly unidirectional affair - you bung in the URL or paste the text, and out comes the translated version.
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