Hi-ya friends and neighbors!
This week was very busy in the Web world as several major companies announced changes, some good, some not in the way they do business. Among them, Google is ending a feature that I use on a regular basis.
I remember in 2007 reporting the new service from Google called Goog 411. It is a toll free way of getting the number and address of a business by voice recognition. In other words, you call the free number, tell Google what you’re looking for, and you get the phone number or address of the business. Well, coming in November, this great service is coming to an end. But Google promises more great features based on voice recognition coming soon.
Meanwhile, the cat is out of the bag … Yahoo Messenger will be offering video chat for iPhone and Android smartphones over 3G and between any capable platform. This is significant as they have some 81 million users. Of course the service will be free. Anyone with Yahoo Mail has immediate access to Yahoo Messenger. Get details about the Messenger here … http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/yahoo_to_offer_video_chat_on_android_iphone.php#more
Of course, there are several methods of video chatting online now including TokBox which enables you to chat with up to 20 people for free. There are no downloads required, just sign up and start a video chat! Invite your friends via social networks or IM and set up a chat in just minutes. TokBox is free to use, but if you’d like more options, you can sign up for monthly plans. TokBox may be free, but you’re going to need your own microphone and webcam. Fortunately, most laptops today come with them already installed. http://www.tokbox.com/
Logitech has built it, Google is in it. It’s called the Logitech Revue and it marks the first great step toward TV the way you want it. Here’s the look from the Logitech website … http://www.logitech.com/en-us/smartTV/revue
The announcement was made midweek that Facebook users are now able to download their Facebook data right to their computer. Every wall post, photo, message, party invite or chat log is now yours to keep forever. Maybe this is a good idea … you can know what others are seeing when they visit your site. On the other hand, if you don’t know what you have placed on your Facebook account, it might be a good time to review. http://www.facebook.com
Here’s a bookmark for video shooters … JayCut is a very easy to use and powerful online video editor. With Jaycut, you can create videos with the same tools used in desktop programs. Add clips, transitions, audio, effects, and more with their simple UI. When you finish editing a video, you can choose to download it or export it directly to YouTube. Export up to 20 videos a month with 2GB of storage under a free plan, or pay monthly for a better plan. http://jaycut.com/
The CEO was scheduled to speak at an important convention so he asked one of his employees, Jenkins, to write him a punchy, 20-minute speech. When the CEO returned from the big event, he was furious.
“What’s the idea of writing me an hour-long speech?”, he demanded. “Half the audience walked out before I finished.”
Jenkins was baffled. “I wrote you a 20-minute speech,” he replied. “I also gave you the two extra copies you asked for.”
Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a beautiful meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess’s lap and said: “Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the young man that I am. Then, my dear, we can marry and live in yon castle with my mother, where you can bear my children and serve me for the rest of your life, and feel grateful and happy doing so.”
That night, as the princess dined on sauteed frog legs in a white wine sauce, she chuckled to herself and thought: “I don’t think so.”
Lost in the woods, a hiker spends two days wandering around with no food. Finally, he spots a bald eagle, hits the bird with a big rock and eats it. A park ranger stumbles on the scene and arrests the man for killing an endangered species. In court, the hiker explains that he was on the edge of starvation and had no choice.
“Considering the circumstances, I find you not guilty,” says the judge. “But I have to ask—what did the eagle taste like?”
“Well, Your Honor,” the hiker replies, “it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl.”
And with that, we come to an end of another JWL. Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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