Archive | July 2012

Google Handwriting for Mobile Devices

Google has released a new fancy and simply awesome function to its Google search homepage! The new functionality allows users with mobile devices to search by ‘writing’ on their screen. This is then translated and used as a search term with suggestions. A simple settings adjustment is needed to activate the feature and is available on devices with a least Android 2.3 and iOS 5 or later.

To activate the feature, just go to the homepage and click the cog in the top right hand corner as per below:

Google Settings

Once in the settings page, scroll down to ‘Handwrite’ and click Enable.

Enable Handwrite

Once enabled, you should now see a new bar at the bottom of the page.

New Handwrite Bar

Now start writing like you were a kid at school and watch the magic happen!

I tend to think that this is a piece of functionality to test their handwriting recognition software and we will likely be used more mainstream in future products Google will introduce. But lets wait and see!

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Why oh why is South Africa sooo far behind the rest of the world! Admittedly this is brand new and only Kansas, but we can’t even get decent internet without paying an arm and a leg.

Through all my research and investigations into the internet costs in South Africa, nothing is clear as to why all these new undersea cables (DarkFibe, WACS et.) haven’t caused the internet to be cheaper and faster in our country. When will the benefits of this start to reveal itself, so that South African’s can start to really realise how the developed world  interact and enjoy the multitude of possibilities of REAL broadband.

Gigaom

Google (s goog) launched its fiber to the home network today and the biggest surprise is probably that the gigabit speeds are aimed at consumers only. The search giant’s fiber network, which will cost $70 for Internet only and $120 for fiber plus TV, is a killer wrapper for Google’s cloud, consumer and tablet products, some of which will be included in the fiber and TV package.

The pricing details

There will be three packages available to Kansas City residents, all of which will require a $300 connection fee to help cover the cost of connecting the home to the fiber infrastructure:

Google Fiber+TV: This package includes symmetrical gigabit (the same broadband speeds on the upload and download side) speedsas well as the newly launched Google TV product, which includes local channels, integration with YouTube and Netflix as well as what Google calls “fiber channels.” It doesn’t sound like…

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Their South Africans are better than ours!

Epic cartoon from the Sunday Times newspaper after the Proteas embarrassed the English..the so called No.1 test team in the world! For those of you that do not understand….there are 4 South African’s in the English team!

Whats Up!

So! New interests! New ideas! New Blog! Massively exciting!

Out of interest, I’ve decided to create this blog and test out WordPress at the same time!

Hopefully this blog will be fun and lead to interesting things in my life!

I am no great philosophic writer, just a lover of tech, gadgets, sport and wildlife!

I’m a South African and love the Springboks, Proteas, Cheetahs and Manchester United!

I can’t wait for this journey to begin…wait a minute…it has begun!!