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Google Search Feature: Best Guess

I was looking around for release dates for a few different things today and noticed a new search feature on Google which aggregates information from a number of different sources and gives you a ‘best guess’ as to an answer. It works the best with release dates (as shown below) but on further experimentation it also works with any data that could yield an arbitrary answer or something that could vary.

I checked the Diablo 3 release date, it was able to tell me sometime in 2012:

It also told me who the CEO of Dell was:

You can pretty much ask it any question and it will pull possible answers from multiple sources to give you the best idea on the answer to your query. Very neat indeed.

New To Android? Why Not Start Developing For It!

I am new to the Android platform, but a few weeks ago I bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone running Android 2.3.3 (gingerbread) and I absolutely love it. It has gotten me really interested in developing applications for it and as I already have experience writing applications in Java from my university days the learning curve should be pretty small.

All that’s really needed to get started is:

  • A Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as Eclipse
  • The JAVA Software Development Kit (SDK) – The latest version is JDK version 7
  • The Android SDK available here
Android itself is open source so there are heaps of great resources online to get started developing applications. Google themselves have a great developer resource at their website http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html which has a lot of source code examples and tutorials. If I manage to build anything exciting I’ll be sure to post it up on here.

Wish me luck!

Google’s Image Revamp – Search, Mail, What’s Next?

You may have noticed over the last few weeks that Google have been progressively rolling out changes to the look of many of their core services, namely search and mail. They are going for a cleaner more minimalist look and while this whole approach is something that Google has been known for over the years, the new looks somehow just don’t feel very Google’ish.


Take a look at Google’s blog post (imaged linked to the left) which describes all their changes.

I guess it has been a while since Google changed any of their services image radically but something about it just feels like Google are going against what they are all about. A black banner at the top of search? What are you doing? What the old white one too difficult to see or something?

I’m not a Google fanboy or anything, just some of these changes just kinda don’t make sense to me.


Want To Start A Website? Use Google Sites

googlesites Google sites is a free web hosting and site creation service that started in late 2008 and provides anyone the ability to create all kinds of different websites without any HTML or web programming background whatsoever.

You can create team project sites, company intranets, picture gallery sites and file (music,photos,video,etc) sharing sites with little effort at all.

Some key features:

  • Single-click page creation
  • No HTML required
  • Customisable look and feel
  • Settings for accessing and sharing information

    Plus its one of the only free web hosting services out there that I’ve seen that gives you a huge storage space (~10GB).

    So, after logging in with my Gmail email account I was able to create a brand new website in under 5 minutes. If you want to add a new page to the site (and you will if you want something other than a homepage) you just click “Add page” link, give it a name and tell it where it will be placed (top level with your homepage or underneath as a sub link) and your done.

    You can customize what kind of content you want on that page (calendars, word, excel documents, a blog, file browser, photo gallery, video player, the list goes on. You can upload a company or site logo to be used on the site as well as customize what the site looks like.

    Also, you can create a very user content driven website with Google Sites if you like. People can visit your site and add their own content, make comments on other people’s additions and even Google talk integration for chat and IM functionality!

    If you’ve an individual, family or business who ever thought of starting their own website but don’t know how to get started, Google sites would be the best place to start. For more information visit the Google sites homepage or take a look at the service’s blog.