google-search

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has two investigations opened on Google’s business practices. One of the concerns Google’s Search business, the company’s main revenue stream, and the other is related to Google’s use of standard-essential smartphone patents in legal battles against some of its main rivals.

siri-googlevoice

A quick test of Google’s newly released voice search app for iOS reveals its superior performance over the native Siri. Even though limited to web based searches, Google voice search renders quicker and more accurate results compared to Siri. Anyone surprised?

amber alert

When a child goes missing, it’s a really serious situation and finding them is a community effort. Not only are there people always looking for the kids, but another important part in finding them is letting everyone know that they’re missing. Google is helping out with that by adding Amber Alerts to their Search and Map functions. They are working with other countries to get their missing children programs included.

hurricane sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit Northeast American shores late last night and so far the damage has been awful. However, the storm is expected to continue to rage across the Northeast part of the United States for at least a few more days. Google services, including Maps, Search, and Google Now will be providing info for anyone who needs it. This includes tracking info,preparedness info, and other details.

Google Now

There’s no need to wait for Android 4.2 to take advantage of a handful of new Google Now and Google Search features. Google Search has been updated on the Google Play Store, adding numerous... new cards to help automate your life. The list of new features includes some pretty big improvements to Google Now and Google Voice Search such as the ability to add calendar events (and not just alarms)...

google play search

Back in the day Google’s search engine made directory type sites (like Yahoo!) obsolete because now everything could be found using a search tern, but the Google Play Store is essentially a directory of apps. Every time I use it to try and find an app I think I am back in the mid-90s. Surely Google must be able to take the mighty power of its search engine and combine it with some clever technology (like the bits that power Google News) and come up with a better way for Android users to find apps. The fact that services like AppBrain exist means that Google has more it could do.