Sunday, January 9, 2011

Google Fast Flip

Google Fast Flip is an online news aggregator from Google Inc. that mimics the experience of flicking through a newspaper or magazine, allowingvisual search of stories in manner similar to microfiche. It was launched in beta by Google Labs at the TechCrunch 50 conference in September 2009.

The site presents images of stories from Google's news partners, which can be clicked on to navigate to the story on the news provider's own website. Stories can be scrolled between using the mouse or cursor keys. The presentation of stories uses a similar algorithm to Google News, but stories can be ordered by publication as well as by subject. Krishna Bharat of Google News has said that "Fast Flip is mostly for longer shelf-life content, the kind of content you want to recommend to other people." Fast Flip was created after Larry Page "asked why the web was not more like a magazine, allowing users to flip from screen to screen seamlessly." Fast Flip is available on iPhone and Android mobile devices.

Users of Fast Flip are able to follow friends and topics, find new content, and to create their own customized magazines around their searches.

At launch, there were 39 mainly US-based news partners. Google says it will share the majority of revenue from contextual adverts with its news partners.

Fast Flip has been praised for allowing visual, fast and serendipitous browsing of news stories, but it has been criticized as being a novelty, anachronistic, as it emulates print media, limits navigation and presents few news sources, and as being more focused on the needs of publishers than of readers. Its visual search has been compared to the beta visual search of Microsoft Bing and to The Onion's microfiche iPhone app. Fast Flip has also been cited as a demonstration of Google's power in the news marketplace; by setting up another news interface that uses publishers' content without returning much value.

More Details Click Here : Google Fast Flip

Source : Wikipedia

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print makes printing more intuitive, accessible and useful, by allowing you to print to your printers from Google Cloud Print enabled apps on any computer or smart phone.

To connect your printer to Google Cloud Print, you will need to install the latest developer version of Google Chrome on a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 computer that's connected to your printer. Once installed, enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.

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Google Cloud Print

Source : Google Code Labs