The Esoteric Techie

Open Nest – Unlocking the Internet of Things

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Google has positioned Nest to be the central platform in the Internet of Things. Google announced recently that it will open it’s ever popular smart thermostat up to third-party developers. To try to put this in perspective, remember the iphone before Apple created the App store? No? That’s probably because the app store is what launched Apple’s iconic handheld into the stratosphere. Before the app store and the accompanying SDK (Software Development Kit), the iphone was cool, but not nearly the tool that has since revolutionized wireless technology. You may…read more

Introducing the Knowledge Graph

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Get an under the hood look at the next frontier in Search, from the team at Google behind the technology. The Knowledge Graph is a huge collection of the people, places and things in the world and how they’re connected to one another. With this technology, Google can get you the best possible answers and help jump start your discovery.

Reading the Tea Leaves: Can Amazon’s Android Tablet Compete with iPad?

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The Web is abuzz about Amazon’s new Android-based tablet set to launch this fall. Their current Kindle-branded e-reader continues to sell to book enthusiasts and e-books remain a strong category for Amazon. In fact, earlier this year e-books passed sales of printed books for the first time ever. But a fully functional Android tablet marks a departure for the online retailer. While e-readers were a logical step for Amazon that has its roots as an online book seller, tablets are a different beast altogether. It’s not as much of a stretch as…read more

Goodbye Google Wave

Posted by in Project Management, Technology

On August 4th Google announced that it would be discontinuing support for the Google Wave web service at the end of 2010. This decision was due largely to the fact that the once lauded web tool failed to gain traction and increasingly frustrated users trying to discover a workable use case. Wave was a light that burned out quickly in the tech community, hardly even reaching it’s first birthday before Google pulled the plug. There are those that will mourn it’s demise, but for most it will pass unnoticed as…read more

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Google & China Trade Threats

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Google and China are at it again. Google announced January 12th that agents hacked into their system and attempted to access information stored on Google servers regarding Chinese political dissidents. While Google has been careful not to make any direct accusations, it is very clear that they feel these acts were carried out by or on behalf of the Chinese government. Chinese officials continue to deny their involvement in the attacks even when the hackers have been traced to a prominent Chinese technical university and vocational school with ties to…read more

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Android, It’s Here To Stay

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Attention Steve Jobs and all Apple fanboys! The Android platform is not going away. With the release of the new Motorola Droid and version 2.0 of the Android OS, Google has proven that it’s not going to be bullied by the iPhone anymore. What’s more, the number of Android options available in the market makes it easy to find the phone that fits you. So I thought it might be handy to give a quick rundown of the Android devices that are currently available in the States. These are all…read more

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Google Sidewiki – Control is Illusion

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On September 23rd, 2009 Google released an update to Google toolbar, which can be installed as a plug-in for you browser. Part of that update was a new feature called Sidewiki, which allows users to post comments and feedback on a small tab that is attached to individual websites. It displays as a small arrow tab on the left side of the browser and once clicked expands to reveal comments left by other users of the Google Toolbar and presents the user with a form field to enter comments of…read more

What Can We Expect From Google Chrome OS?

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Google has taken us one step closer toward independence from native applications. Chrome OS will be a browser based operating system that circumvents the need for most locally installed software. Unlike Windows or even OS X, Chrome will not come bundled with bulky software packages. Instead it links to online versions of almost anything you could possibly need. In fact 90% of all applications the average user will ever need has a web-based equivalent. Google Docs makes it possible to open, edit and publish any office document online. The days…read more

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Google Wave & Project Management

Posted by in Blog, Project Management

On Thursday Google announced it’s new real-time communication platform, Google Wave. It’s obvious that volumes could be filled on the potential this has for changing the way we communicate, but I want to focus on it’s implications for the discipline of Project Management. On first glance it’s easy to see several ways that this tool could change the way we manage projects. After all, at its heart, Wave is a communications tool, and what is project management besides highly focused communication. However, I believe that within this platform we may…read more