ave you checked out Google Labs lately? If not, it’s worth a peek. The following gadgets are set to go main stream in 2010 and will be a good idea to keep a close eye on them.
News Timeline. This Web application organizes information on a topic chronologically, allowing you to view it in a timeline. For example, a search on Twitter will organize clickable news blurbs based on the time and date that the story was published to the Web.
You can also customize your search based on the news sources from which Google aggregates information--i.e. newspapers, magazines and blogs--as well as the type of media you want displayed--photos, videos and quotes.
If you find yourself mesmerized by the status of your inbox, try Email Addict. To enable this feature, visit “Google Labs” and choose “Gmail Labs” from the “Other experiments at Google” navigation. Email Addict blocks access to your Gmail screen for 15 minutes and makes you invisible in Chat, allowing you a few precious moments to forget about incoming messages and get some quality work done. What an awesome gadget!
A few weeks ago, Google announced its newest member of Google Labs--a photo-based search tool called Google Goggles, which is accessible from any Android device. After installing the tool, snap a photo (Google heeds that right now it works best with pictures of books, DVDs, landmarks, logos, business cards, artwork and bar codes) and wait as Goggles scans the image, analyzes it and identifies it.
You’ll receive information based on the image, such as details about a landmark or price comparisons for a certain book. Bar code matches will provide a link to Google Product Search to allow you to compare prices. Quite a neat invention. Only constraint is to have an Android device which has not been the best of Google technology.
When your fingers are quicker than your mind, Undo Send helps you out. By enabling this feature (also located in Gmail Labs) you’re given an extra few moments to stop the delivery of your e-mail.
Every time you perform a search, Google Social Search will pull in relevant websites, blogs, tweets and public profiles written by people in your social circle, and display the information below your search results under “Results from people in your social circle.”
Your “social circle” is comprised of your Gmail contacts and people you’re publicly connected to on social sites such as Twitter and FriendFeed. Google Social Search also aggregates related content from people connected to your contacts, such as your Twitter followers’ followers, since “there’s a like lihood that you know them as well.”
2010 will be another exciting year for technology. What will be the next set of gadgets Google will come out with? Who will get acquired? Who will bring in the next facebook mania? We shall see.
Happy new year everyone!