Monday, May 3, 2010

Twitter Intros Official Android App

Good news for Android Tweeters... Twitter for Android makes it possible to share links or photos on the site by clicking the share button in an application and choosing Twitter. In addition, the smartphone app makes it possible to read tweets, the short messages Twitter users broadcast on the site to friends and followers, on a number of different places on an Android phone. (Source: InfoWeek)

Google Invests $39 Million In Wind Farms

Via the NTY... On Monday, Google said that it invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms built by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of FPL Group, a $16 billion electricity company based in Florida. Google’s investment’s represents a minority interest in a $190 million round of financing for the projects. The two wind farms have already been built, and Google said that its investment will provide funds for NextEra to invest in additional renewable energy projects. Google’s investment takes the form of a “tax equity investment” where it will earn a return based on the tax credits awarded by the government for renewable energy projects, said Jamie Yood, a Google spokesman. (Source: NYT)

Android TVs said to be code-named 'Dragonpoint'

Via Cnet... Word's out that Sony, Intel, Google, and Logitech are collaborating on a new breed of Bravia HDTVs powered by Intel Atom processors, Android's software operating system, and a QWERTY remote control. This latest development may be the next evolution of TVs, which will further blur the line between home entertainment and computing. See More

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Google Voice on the iPhone and Palm OS

This via the Google mobile blog (… Google Voice now available for mobile users (and iPhone)… One of the great benefits of web applications is that you don’t need to download and install an app on your phone. Instead, simply point your mobile browser to and sign in to your Google Voice account. visit or take a look at the Google Mobile Help Center. Please note, the web app is compatible with all versions of Palm WebOS and iPhone OS 3.0 and higher

Google Rolls Out Places - put your place on the map

Via Google LAt/Long blog, Google has today rebranded Google Local business center as Google Places. Now with millions of listings, here comes the revenue model – think Freeminum! About Places… Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners. Google reports that some 4 million place pages have already been claimed (if you have a business you should claim yours) and now the company is offering advertising opportunities enabling business owners to get higher or premium page listings (starting at $25 per month). One option I really like is that Google is enabling business owners to easily grab a custom QR code (although I suspect many owners will have no idea what a QR code is!!) then they can display it on premises so smartphone users equipped with a barcode scanner can easily scan the code. You can access Google Places at

Google Favorite Places and QR codes explained

Google is hyping favorite places (ie. places that Google search users seem to prefer) and is rewarding shop owners of favorite destinations by providing them with a handy sticker boasting they are a favorite place and displaying a QR code. One issue though is that Joe consumer is likely not familiar with QR codes and what to do with them. Here’s a handy video I created some time ago showing off the Nokia E71 smartphone scanner and showing how to scan a QR code.See more on Google Favorite Places here