Microsoft’s research indicates that 42 percent of all Bing queries require some refinements for users to find exactly what they’re looking for. Bing offers a “Quick Tabs” pane to the left of results to help you get to content that might in some way relate to your query. But Microsoft is working hard to improve that feature. For you, of course.
Opportunities abound to provide wireless data services for new applications like smart meters, networked handheld games, additional tablet PCs, digital cameras and media players.
Barron’s reports, “Put a sensor in a dog collar, and you can find Fido when he runs away. Sew a sensor in your child’s shirt, and you can figure out where he went after school. Put a sensor in a shipping pallet, and you can track the location of your goods in real time.”
Top tech-friendly countries
Forbes reports the World Economic Forum and the French business school INSEAD ranked 133 countries’ “network readiness,” based on dozens of criteria, including the availability of venture capital, broadband adoption, intellectual property protection and science and math education. Each category was scored 1 (the highest rank) to 133 (the lowest rank).
New U.S. Air Force regulations will disable most Bluetooth functions. The only feature that will continue to work will be the smartcard reader cradle, a device that holds the user’s Common Access Card (a Department of Defense smart ID that is used for computer and network security, pictured here).
This means users will not be able to receive text messages with attached photos or videos and will also restrict users from downloading additional apps to their handheld device.
Google shutters Chinese operations
Following up on our report in last week’s Surfin’ Safari column, Google’s decision to close its self-censored Internet search service in mainland China has resulted in diverse reactions.
Australia intends to implement mandatory filtering across the country’s millions of Internet users, drawing criticism and concern that the move could “negatively impact user access speeds”; while filtering material from high-volume sites such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter might not even be technologically possible as it would have such a serious impact on Internet access.
Photoshop breakthrough technology
You really won’t be able to believe your eyes with Photoshop’s newest feature. Here’s an amazing demo of the “content-aware fill” tool that’s apparently forthcoming in Photoshop CS5. The tool will make it easy to delete objects from a complex photo, without any trace they ever existed. The ramifications for Internet publishing are frightening. Click here to see the new tool in action.
Digital secretary service demand grows
If you can’t afford to miss critical voice calls, YouMail is for you. YouMail is a ‘digital secretary’ type service that offers visual voice mail, smart filtering, voice-to-text transcriptions and custom greetings. YouMail offers free applications for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms, as well as a paid application for Palm’s webOS platform.
Have you heard the latest? YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are merging. The new entity will be called “You Twit Face.”
I’m kidding. But with the social messaging network as dynamic as it is, you might expect to see some do-si-do-ing among the newly established microblogs.
The latest with Twitter is Twision, a kind of visual twitter chat. The show, which is seen only in Spain right now, takes place in a studio with two guys on laptops and a huge screen behind them to showcase tweets. The anchors also show videos and other content as shared on Twitter.
Congratulations this week to WorldNetDaily reader Chris Garrick of Lancaster, Calif., who correctly guessed the actor Robert Redford in his portrayal of Joseph Turner in the 1976, Oscar-nominated movie “Three Days of the Condor.” The film told the story of a bookish CIA researcher who finds all his co-workers dead and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
The quote was: “Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?”
This week’s trivia quote: “I know how hard it is in these times to have faith. But maybe if you could have the faith to start with, maybe the times would change. You could change them. Think about it. Try. And try not to hurt each other. There’s been enough of that. It really gets in the way. I’m a god of very few words, and Jerry’s already given you mine. However hopeless, helpless, mixed up and scary it all gets, it can work. If you find it hard to believe in me, maybe it would help you to know that I believe in you.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!