Google Launches Nexus One on Tuesday

Google launches Nexus One, an Android 2.1 phone
Google launches Nexus One, an Android 2.1 phone

This has long been a rumor and now it's finally here. Google is all set to launch its own Android-powered smartphone Nexus One.

Google is geared-up for the press conference on Tuesday, which marks the debut of the much awaited Google's first smartphone, Nexus One. As it is Google's first time to market such phone, the expectations set upon the mighty search engine company is relatively high.

Let's take a look at its features (sources courtesy of Wired and Engadget).

1) Nexus One was designed by HTC, which has a close relationship with Google.

2) It has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi connectivity, accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors.

3) The phone is also told to be extremely thin — slimmer than the iPhone and HTC’s Droid Eris.

4) 1-GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 512 MB of of RAM and an expandable 4-GB microSD card.

The 1-GHz processor alone should make the Nexus one of the fastest smartphones available currently. says Wired.

5) Powered by Android 2.1, the latest version of the operating system, which is reportedly to be snappier and have an improved user interface.

So far these are exciting features that one would expect from Googles first smartphone, but there's not much to compare it with other smartphones, except of course with the speed and memory capacity. But shouldn't that be the two most important things?

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Web Address Overpopulates Humans in the Globe!

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Microsoft's Bing have determined over a trillion web pages and Google have indexed over a trillion unique web addresses. And there are only about 6.7 billion people on earth. That's fairly 150,000 web addresses per person on earth! Wow, imagine how huge the internet has become since 1969?

According to InternetWorldStats.com (IWS), the top 5 countries with the most internet users are:

1 - China (298,000,000 users, or 22.4% of their population)

2 – US (227,190,989, or 74.7%)

3 – Japan (94,000,000, or 73.8%)

4 – India (81,000,000, or 7.1%)

5 – Brazil (67,510,400, or 34.4%)

Australia comes in at 25th, with 16,926,015 internet users.

In another website, this statistics was translated this way: If you get to spend just one minute reading every website in your whole life, you’d be kept busy for 31,000 years. Without any sleep.

And Bing was a little bit more conservative when it said, "an average person would need six hundred thousand decades of nonstop reading to read through the information."

Interestingly, Mark Higginson, director of analytics for Nielsen Online, said the global online population had jumped 16 per cent since last year and still he said that "with the rates of India and China still quite low, there is ample room for growth in the coming decade.

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World Map of Social Networks Shows Facebook Dominance

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It's almost the end of 2009 and we have yet to see who leads the race track in the most popular, the most effective and the most functional innovations of the year.

In the social networking world, It's Facebook again! After taking its toll in the world wide web since 2004, Facebook has proven to be most prominent social networking site in five years. With over 350 million users worldwide, Facebook continues to rise its fame in the industry.

This is evidenced by an Italian writer, blogger and photographer Vincenzo Cosenza's visual mapping of the social networking sites used worldwide. He gathered his data from the most recent traffic data (December 2009) as measured by Alexa & Google Trends for Websites.

The world map of social networking sites, deliberately identifies the dominance of Facebook anywhere in the globe as compared to other social net sites. It is seconded by Facebook clone Vkontakte.ru, which has blocked Facebook from establishing its name. Vkontakte.ru is the most and perhaps the only popular social net site in Russia.

Other social networking sites that have remained its control over certain countries included Hi5 in Peru, Portugal, Romania, Thailand and Mongolia; QQ is still ahead of everyone else in China, with an expected estimated increase of users to 840 million in 2013.

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Lala Sings Her Heart Out With Apple iTunes

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Who is Lala and why is Apple so crazy about her? She is indeed extremely hot for Apple to set eyes on.

Well, to everyone who doesn't know, Lala is "going to be" the new provider of streaming music to Apple's iTunes. This is good news to the big "A" since, it is going to save them millions of dollars every year.

Lala is an ad-free music service on the web, which stores music collections online and sells streaming songs at a big discount. Integrated in Lala is the technology that can copy users’ iTunes music collections into the cloud servers, so that they can play back the songs on internet-connected devices. Also Lala can play the last few hundred songs from a cache when there’s no internet connection.

The fact that Lala is a provider of low-cost streaming music service, Apple is expected to increase its revenue-per-user, contrary to what happened in 2007, that is according to Steve Jobs, "the average iTunes user had only bought an average of 22 songs". Lala has recently made a deal with Google to play free songs, but Apple is more interested in it's engineers who made their music service a big hit. The deal to purchase Lala is almost done, according to New York Times and All Things Digital.

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Search Engines Are Sources of Learning

Google, an example of a search engines that provides assistance to narrow query patterns
Google, an example of a search engines that provides assistance to narrow query patterns

Search engines are integral parts of the whole web experience. They do not only provide us with all the information we need, but satisfy our cravings for the latest trends in cool stuffs as well. The use of search engines have become essential in the evolution of our everyday learning.

According to a study conducted by Penn State researchers on 72 respondents, "search engines are primarily used for fact checking users' own internal knowledge, meaning that they are part of the learning process rather than simply a source for information". They found out that users use simple keywords to support their needs for higher learning. It is suggested that search engines should be improved and tailored according to the users' learning in the future.

Consequently, this study has guided Jim Jansen, associate professor in science and technology, to analyze almost 1 million web searches to determine query patterns and develop models that will predict future search reformulations.

"Given that users can predict future query reformulations, one can design information systems that provide query reformulation assistance, automated searching assistance systems, search recommender systems and others," Jansen said.

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