Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Google Competition?

Every now and then, a new search engine pops up that attempts to provide better search results than Google, Bing or Yahoo. Can you name any of them?
Yeah, I didn't think so. And there's a reason for that.
Most challengers don't provide much value beyond what the leading search sites offer. Google is very good at what it does. So are Bing and Yahoo (which now uses Bing for searches). Search is a habit-based behavior on the Web, reinforced by the fact that you lock-in your favorite search engine in the browsers you use. Changing those habits is hard.
Still, the challengers keep coming. Blekko is the latest, and it arrives at the party with a twist. It lets you refine your searches in intuitive, simple ways. You can create refined searches, save them and share them with friends. And, perhaps most intriguing, Blekko seeks to filter all search spam out of results - either through its own efforts, or by you designating a site as spam.
As with Google, Blekko presents

Labratory Grown Human Livers

            In the quest to grow replacement human organs in the lab, livers are no doubt at the top of many a barfly’s wish list. With its wide range of functions that support almost every organ in the body and no way to compensate for the absence of liver function, the ability to grow a replacement is also the focus of many research efforts. Now, for the first time, researchers have been able to successfully engineer miniature livers in the lab using human liver cells.

Logitech Keyboard Powered by Indoor Lights and Solar Rays

            Wireless keyboards are incredibly convenient when it comes to tapping away free of  constricting USB cables -- until their batteries go dead. But a new solar-powered keyboard from Logitech promises to keep you typing long after traditional batteries have run out.
            Available this month for $80, Logitech's K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard looks pretty much like your standard-issue keyboard. It is jet black; boasts a full complement of concave QWERTY keys, numeric keypad and function buttons; and measures just a third of an inch thick.

Iphone Coming to Verizon?

            Yet another major publication is coming forward claiming confirmation that the long-rumored Verizon iPhone is real. But don't get your hopes up for an iPhone 4 that's compatible with the carrier's soon-to-be-launched 4G network.
In its lengthy profile of Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Fortune says it has confirmed that Verizon will get the iPhone in early 2011—indeed, it's a "fait accompli," claims the magazine, although neither Apple nor Verizon will go on the record and say so.
Fortune says that Verizon

Motorola Android Phone Featured 2Ghz Processor?

     Motorola has confirmed to PhoneScoop that the company plans to ship a smartphone this year with a 2-GHz microprocessor inside of it.
This is news, not of least of which because none of the embedded microprocessor manufacturers have announced a 2-GHz microprocessor as yet. Qualcomm has announced plans to manufacture a dual-core Snapdragon chip, eventually taking the existing single-core platform to 1.5-GHz speeds.
What’s unclear, however, is what this will do for the phone’s battery life. While some older Android phones appear sluggish compared to the latest smartphones like the EVO 4G, the knock on those high-end phones is that the additional horsepower and larger displays have severely crimped battery life. (I still think those concerns can be mitigated by turning off some of the location-based services for normal use, but I think I’m in the minority.)
In any event, however, I’d say that the direction smartphones need to go is to establish a robust one-day minimum uptime with all features turned on, and then worry about additional horsepower. If Motorola has indeed met these minimums, then this unannounced 2-GHz platform may be one to watch.

Source: mobibu.com