See Google Voice for HTML5-enabled mobile browsers (iPhone 3.0+ and Palm Web OS) in action.
Those of us with Android phones know that our devices have power and flexibility. Those, though, aren't enough to impress the iPhone-wielding masses around us. There are, however, some things you can do with Android that make it easy to show off.
Near pandemonium has spread among geeks following BusinessWeek's anonymously sourced story of Apple's alleged talks with Microsoft about powering the browser search for iPhones with Bing. Quickly drawn conclusions and conspiracy theories claim a souring Apple-Google relationship has prompted the discussions. There is another theory out there. Its the money.
Android and iPhone users can now try Google's latest release "Near me now." It is supposed to be a faster and easier way to find out more about a place in your immediate vicinity or within a short walk. Video demo in jump.
The Wake County school system is a hot topic in more ways than one right now.
This afternoon, "wake county public schools" was ranked 7th on Google's hot search terms list. Wake finished behind search times such as "robin hood 702" and "chris henry funeral" but ahead of others such as "operation chokehold" and "adonal foyle."
The role of today's weather situation as opposed to the school board changes in the ranking is uncertain.
It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees. And Interstate 40 is still closed at the Tennessee border, because of an Oct. 25 rock slide.
NCDOT is using dynamite and dump trucks to remove tens of thousands of tons of boulders, to repair the roadway - and (hopefully) to stabilize the hillside so this won't happen again. I-40 won't reopen until spring.
If your holiday plans include a drive through the Smokies, you'll want to take care in choosing your route. (And if you've found a good one, please let me know by e-mail or in a blog comment below.)
NCDOT is sticking with its suggestion that drivers stick with interstate highways: ... [MORE]
Russell Barrett reports that there's more than one way to get around the rock slide that closed Interstate 40 a month ago just east of the Tennessee border. (See today's story, with a map of NCDOT's recommended detour.)
How you get there depends on where you ask for directions. Barrett found that some online mapping services will lead you into trouble - but some give good guidance.
Here's what he found when he consulted four of them. (I've added links to the specific maps and directions.)
After reading of the continued problems with I-40 in the mountains this morning, I checked four online mapping programs to see if they were aware of the situation. I used Lake Junaluska as the starting point and Knoxville TN as the finish.
The results: they batted .500.
Yahoo and Google maps both routed around I-40. ... [MORE]
Warning time: More Internet work-at-home schemes are popping up to take advantage of people who are trying to earn extra money for the holidays.
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina warns of a Raleigh company that is using Google’s name to lure people. The Eco Venture Group is using several different Web sites including Google Profits Kit, MyBloggingNews.com and YourBlogProfits.com, according to the BBB.
"The Google name leads consumers to believe they are getting a job with Google that will provide huge money-making opportunities,” said Beverly Baskin, president of the BBB.
Want to learn more about those server farms and data centers that North Carolina has been recruiting? The New York Times has a long story that will be going in its Sunday magazine. If you have an inexhaustible appetite for stories about these things, this is for you.