Google Video has added a new feature that allows you to restrict results to only those that are playable in TV view. TV view allows you to navigate through search results while playing a video at the same time. As of late, Google Video search has done a really nice job of integrating better with other video streaming websites. Initially the majority of search results would come from either Google Video directly or YouTube, but searches I’ve performed more recently have provided results from other video sites as well.
The other day I came across a really nice hurricane tracking site called Stormpulse. I used it to track Hurricane Hanna as she skimmed past the coast of Florida, and have been using it to keep an eye on Ike as well.
Wow, can you believe Google is 10 years old today? Google has grown into much more than just a search engine over the past ten years. Through acquisitions and their own development, they’ve also brought us photos, a blogging platform, free email, discussion groups, a social network, an online rss feed reader, a geographical mapping website and application, a web browser, an online calendar, online documents (spreadsheets, and presentations), and so much more! It’s hard to imagine a web without Google. Granted Yahoo! and Microsoft Search have improved over the years as well, but if it hadn’t been for Google they wouldn’t have been forced to do so.
Bwana put together a nice video about Raptr, the new social network for gamers. As Bwana will tell you, Raptr is similar to other clients that will track what you’re currently playing on different gaming platforms. Raptr supports XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and Mac. Any of your friends that have the client installed will see what you’re playing. In addition to having a client, it will also tie into other social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook. It also outputs an RSS feed for integrating with blogs and news readers. I signed up and started checking it out, and so far I like what I see. If you join and you want to be my friend, my nickname is GeekLad.
Yesterday was a very busy day for Google, with the announcement of two new products and a new version of an existing product:
Google Video for Businesses
Google Video for Businesses is a new addition to Google Apps Premier Edition that allows organizations to share videos for training and informational purposes. I believe that this sort of service would probably work better for large organizations than it would small ones.
Picasa 3 Beta
A new version of Picasa is out with some nice new features. Picasa Web has also gotten a face lift with a few new features as well. I wish that Google would come out with Picasa for Mac. iPhoto is nice and all, but does lack some things that are handled better by Picasa.