https://www.google.com launches: Encrypted searching gets a boost

Though it doesn't guarantee confidentiality from prying eyes if one's computer is compromised through a trojan, virus, keystroke logger or other localised means, the launch of Google's SSL search page comes as very good news. It's not yet available for Google Sri Lanka, but I expect it will soon. As Google notes, With Google search … Continue reading https://www.google.com launches: Encrypted searching gets a boost

Google and China: An end, and a new beginning

An article and podcast published on the Guardian with Google's co-founder Sergey Brin suggests that the search giant has not just completely revised its standard operating procedures in China, but is encouraging the US administration to take action to safeguard the freedom of expression. Brin, talking to the Guardian about Google's decision yesterday to lift … Continue reading Google and China: An end, and a new beginning

Google wants to make the web faster

Hurrah! Who can argue with such a noble cause? Google's new Speed site points to tools and techniques designers and coders can use to make web services and websites more efficient and effective, especially over limited bandwidth and high latency connections. But as many agree, it's not just the code that needs tweaking. It's the … Continue reading Google wants to make the web faster

Focus on the mobile user, and all else will follow…

Worldwide phone penetration continues to climb at a break-neck pace, with over 4 billion mobile subscribers at last count. (In comparison, the PC industry is forecasted to see its sharpest unit decline in history.) Prevailing economic conditions will accelerate this trend, as users consolidate pricey communication services into cost-effective, all-in-one mobile devices. And for the … Continue reading Focus on the mobile user, and all else will follow…

Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

At the time I last wrote about the potential of location aware web / mobile mashups and services, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence disallowed the sale of GPS enabled mobile phones. That seems to have changed in the past month. Airtel and Dialog both sport the Blackberry Bold, which has in built GPS, and Dialog's … Continue reading Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

Cognition for the web?

When we designed the first secure collaboration platform for Sri Lankan peace stakeholders during the CFA using Groove Virtual Office (as part of the One Text process) a significant problem faced was searching for and indexing information. GVO didn't have tags, so the taxonomy we determined had to work for everyone. This worked better for … Continue reading Cognition for the web?

Old news is good news

Google Newspaper Archive You have to hand it to Google for thinking big. The world's most comprehensive library of (English) newspapers anyone? The NY Times reports that Google's begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers’ historic archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers’ own Web sites. This screenshot was … Continue reading Old news is good news

The power of new media or just savvy marketing: Google at party conventions in the US

Google Inc. will help set up a two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention in September, as new media gain influence in politics... With its financial support for the "Big Tent" blogger facility at the … Continue reading The power of new media or just savvy marketing: Google at party conventions in the US