Google Debuts Voice-Driven Actions on Android
You might have seen this awesome feature demoed during the 2nd-day keynote of Google I/O this year. The Android 2.2 feature allows users to say commands and get results after touching a microphone icon. For example, you can tell it to call someone in your contacts or in a Google search. You can do a Google search by voice or say "find [blank] in [blank city]" to bring up a Google Maps search. It can work with other applications too, such as music players which will pop up if you say "listen to [song]." Of course, it's hard to focus on building these cool features when you're being sued by Oracle.
There is No 'PatentGate' at Apple
FutureTap, the company that produces a points-of-interest app, recently noticed a patent proposal by Apple that had their interface on it. After the mobile community harshly criticized Apple for this action, FutureTap got in contact with Apple, who promised to add attribution to the illustration, placating FutureTap as a result. Although the patent is titled "Systems and methods for accessing travel services using a portable electronic device" they say that it is not a broad patent that would affect many points-of-interest apps.
Difficulties in Dealing with Dead Users in Web 2.0
Reminders to "reconnect" with deceased friends on Facebook can be an unpleasant experience. About 1.5 million Facebook users die each year, and Twitter experiences a similar ratio. Social networking sites are now forming policies to deal with deceased users, like Twitter, who has a process for relatives who can archive or delete accounts after they confirm a death. However, this can be a complicated process, so some have suggested account wills that explain what to do with their information in the event of their death.
Oracle Sues Google for Patent and Copyright Infringement in Android
In case you haven't heard this story, Oracle is suing Google for patent and copyright infringement in Android.