Saturday, May 19, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Google recently started an experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone. To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone. Google Voice Local Search is awesome. Beats paying $1.40 for my Verizon 411. For those know me personally, are well that I'm notorious for easily getting lost while driving places. Now with Google Voice Local service and my Garmin GPS, all that's history! You've got to love google's free gifts to the world.
Interesting read: IBM applies self-assembling nanotech to chip manufacturing
Just got back from playing tennis with a guy who works in the peninsula at a startup named Like.com. Turns out the company allows users to shop via a new kind of visual search engine (called Riya). The search is personalized based on metadata as well as an actual vector-based image matching of an item (picture of an item, obviously) you like. Then, you click on that item (or you can even select a certain portion of the item you like), it finds all that look similar, and links to you to online shop to purchase the item. It's always quite interesting to see how the 'dotcoms' continue to manage to innovate on such simple concepts -- fashion magazines should love this!