Google’s Andy Rubin Fire’s Back at Apple: Defines Open

Yesterday, in a short but fiery presentation Apple’s CEO took potshots at iPhone’s biggest competitor – Google Android. As Chinmoy wrote earlier today, Jobs challenged “everything Android – from the openness, to the fragmentation, and the tablet experience”.

Steve Jobs also gave his (rather comical) definition of open. The Apple chief, who claimed that the first thing that popped into his mind when he thought about the word “open” was Windows, admonished Android for failing to offer a consistent experience to all Android users.

As you can imagine, Google isn’t pleased with what Jobs had to say. Andy Rubin, the man in charge of the Android platform, has shot back at Apple through Twitter. Rubin used his long dormant Twitter account to share his definition of open.

the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”

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While Rubin didn’t explicitly mention Apple, it doesn’t take a brainiac to figure out who he is targeting with his first tweet. This controversy is particularly strange because “open” isn’t such a hard word to define. I have a pretty well-defined opinion regarding exactly what being “open” is all out. It essentially refers to freedom. It might be freedom to choose, freedom to redistribute or simply freedom to modify. Apple’s repeated attempts to redefine “open” is frankly distasteful. Rubin’s definition might be geeky, but his ideas are definitely closer to the conventional wisdom. But then, nothing about Jobs is conventional.

How to Perform a Location Specific Google Search

There are some situations when you may want to perform a location specific search on Google. For example – you are on a vacation and want to search for restaurants that serve thai food in the same city. Or you may want to look for historic places in a specific country using Google search.

Google makes it very easy to perform a location specific search. For some search queries, Google will automatically detect your location and serve local search results, as shown in the following example:

In the above example, I am using Google.co.in for the search query and seeing the location specific results. If the same query is performed on Google.com, the location is not detected.

Google has recently moved the location preferences on the left sidebar on Google search result pages, making it more easier to control your location preferences. If you are using a country specific Google search, your present location will be detected automatically, which can be changed by clicking the locations dropdown.

When you set the new location, the Google search result page will refresh and show local results from the same city (if available). This is very useful when you are performing special searches, some examples are shown below:

Knowing the sunrise time of a destination city

Finding Restaurants from a specific City

Finding Movie Showtimes in a specific city

The Google Public policy blog says

We do our best to automatically detect the most useful location, but we don’t always get it right—so in some cases you’ll want to change the setting. At other times, you may want to change your location to explore information relevant to another area. Meanwhile, Google has become much better at presenting this locally relevant content—so it felt like the right time to make this setting easier to find.

Musgle Makes Search Music Downloads and File Downloads Dead Simple on Google

Hey we never told you that Google was only restricted to searching for information. With the wealth of information the beast has, it can be used to practically search anything.

Musgle: Google Music Search

Google has several special search operators which can be used to search for files, music files, video files and more which are hosted across the web. Now, remembering all those search operators is a tough thing to do for anyone including a geek. But it is useful yea. So how to you combine usefulness with easy?

Google Music Search

With Musgle, a search engine dedicated for music search, which can be also used for searching music or MP3 downloads on Google. Well, if you think that it is useless, take a look at this;

I wanted to search for "some kinda music" on Google, but only downloads. I went to Musgle and typed in the query and it converted it to this:

 some kinda music -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of "last modified" (wma|mp3) -"index-of-mp3" -vmp3 -shexy -pickbrains -kaboodle -mp3gle -ihackr -indexofmp3 -blogspot -franceradio -insanbilimleri -"english-4-free" -audiozen -hyooge -"game-freaks"

Now as you can see, that is quite a complicated query which is even beyond me, so having a regular user type it would definitely be out of the question. This is why Musgle is a dead simple music search assistant for Google. Go ahead and give it a try.

You might also want to read Top Search Engines for Finding or Downloading MP3 Files

Techie Buzz Verdict

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If you want to make your life easy while searching for MP3 downloads or music files, go use Musgle. There is nothing that will make your life more simpler.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent and Dead Simple)

P.S. I cannot vouch for the legality of downloading music files from Google this way. So catch up with your attorney or learn the copyright laws in your country before downloading anything to your computer.

(via Old School Chum Himen)

Google Birthday Doodle Personalized For You

We have been talking of tons of ‘s of late, but those are only for famous celebrities or events. Now what if you would want to see a personalized Google Doodle on your own birthday?

Google Personalized Birthday Doodle

Well, there is an option for that. If you have a Google Profile, you can go ahead an add your birthday to it. Now when you visit Google.com or any other variants you use on your birthday, you will see a birthday Doodle created just for you. Clicking on the Doodle will take you to your profile page which will be decorated for the event.

Watch a video of the personalized Google birthday Doodle spotted by Danny Brown.

(h/t @mattcutts)

Youtube Leanback: Youtube For Google TV

TV sets  equipped with Google TV  will soon be available. One of the things which has everybody guessing is how Google plans leverage the power of Youtube to lure users to  Google TV, or rather how online video will finally converge with network programming on your TV.

With Youtube Leanback, you can finally have a glimpse of the future. It is available for both, Youtube Users and Google TV users. You can also try it out on your browser at http://www.youtube.com/leanback

It has a nice interface which can easily be controlled with a TV remote. You can either search for videos or view your personalized feed of videos. It also allows you to view sections like “Best of Youtube”, Comedy, Entertainment, Film and Animation, Gaming, Music, News, Technology, Sports etc.

It also supports Ads now; so expect Google’s next quarter to be even better.

Youtube Leanback

Just lean back on your couch, and try out Youtube Leanback. It’s good.

Android 4.0 Will Be Called ‘Ice Cream’

You are probably aware that each release of Android uses a dessert as its codename. For example, the current Android release (2.2) goes by the codename FroYo (Frozen Yogurt), while the next release (3.0) will be called Gingerbread. We also know that Android 3.5 will be codenamed Honeycomb. Now, Forbes is reporting that Android 4.0 will bear the codename “Ice Cream”.

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This particular bit of information comes by the way of ARM President Tudor Brown. When pressed for comment, a Google spokesperson informed Forbes, The next platform release names are Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Additional timing and details have not been released yet.

So, what do you think about the codename “Ice Cream”? In my honest opinion, it is a tad mundane, and is possibly the worst after Cupcake. But then, I guess there aren’t too many simple and catchy dessert names that begin with an ‘i’.

Bit.ly Takes Potshot At Google With Their QR Code Feature

Bit.ly the market leader in recently added a feature to their service where adding .qr to their links would generate a QR code for mobiles.

Bit.ly QR Code Google Potshot

A similar feature was made available earlier this week by Google’s for their Goo.gl URL Shortener. However, as TechCrunch noted, Bit.ly has taken a wild potshot with their QR codes feature by adding picture of a fish (which resembles Bit.ly) gobbling some balls which are of course related to Google.

So is Bit.ly heating it up here with their battle against the search giant? Only time will tell.

Also Read: How To Read QR Codes on Your PC

Google Drives Cars Automatically, Literally. Can We Get Our Google Laundry Man Now?

What is synonymous with Google? Search, Innovation, , Maps? Well, lot more than that. Google innovated email literally with . They did the same with several other things.

Google Car

But now it looks like they have taken technology to a new level with a car that runs on its own without any driver. Yes, you might have seen trains which run on a single track without any driver, but would you have every imagined that a car would be able to drive on it’s own without assistance on a road full of traffic? No, right and this statement from a recent Google blog post blew me away.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves.

Wait, what? You developed technology that allows cars to drive themselves. Are you kidding me? Well, no. This is what Google says about their automated car technology.

Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research.

Woot, what, this has to be the biggest breakthrough in technology, a way to use robotic technology to drive cars. Google apparently use video cameras and laser range finder to see other traffic along with maps, which I bet is Google Maps to navigate the road and traffic of course.

Wow totally amazing and I am floored right now to write more about it, visit this Google Post to learn more. Also a big request to Google, can you please build technology that would do our laundry automatically now?

Image Credit: Daddy Types

Google Shutting Down Directory Services 1-800-GOOG-411

Back in 2007, Google had launched a voice based directory service 1-800-GOOG-411 which allowed users to connect to businesses across the US and Canada. This service will be shut down on November 12, 2010.

Google’s 1-800-GOOG-411 became quite popular as a voice based search service which gave you directory assistance to find business around the US and Canada. However, since then Google has improvised this service and also integrated it closely with their mobile OS .

Google now has several improvised services such as Google Voice Search for Mobiles which works on , and along with Android. They also have several other integrations with Android which allows you to fill in text fields or control your Android device.

Though Google has decided to discontinue the 1-800-GOOG-411 service, users can still find information about businesses by sending a text message to their short number service at 466453 (GOOGLE). In addition to that you can also use the new Phone Calling feature which allows you to call anyone in US and Canada for free while charging you a small fee for international calls.

HTC Desire Z And Desire HD Delayed

Most of the handsets launched by manufacturers are usually delayed before their launch. This time the manufacturer is HTC and the handsets are the Desire Z and the Desire HD. The Desire HD is the European version of the highly popular EVO 4G. The handset features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a newer generation Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and an Adreno 205 graphics core. HTC_Desire_HD_Desire_Z_Delay

The Desire Z is powered by the same Snapdragon processor, but running at 800 MHz. The handset packs in a 3.7-inch S-LCD and a pop-out’ QWERTY keyboard. Even the original Desire from HTC had failed this test before being approved.   Many people over at XDA-Developer forums and according to the leaked image (on your right) state that the reason for delay is that both the devices have failed Google’s Type Approval testing.

The launch of both the handsets has now been delayed until the end of October.