The Nexus program by Google is getting serious.

Nexus

Microsoft.  Remember them?  Of course you do.  They’re everywhere.  You couldn’t care less about their phones.  Windows 8 makes you yawn (for the most part).  Surface sounds vaguely cool, but you just can’t see the point.  It doesn’t matter: you still use their stuff.  Of course you do.  Even if you actively avoid them.  In fact if you work or go to school almost anywhere, you’re probably using Microsoft all the time.

Microsoft’s rivals covet the deep roots they’ve grown in business, education, and government and wish to uproot them and replace them.  No one is trying harder to do that than Google.  Google Apps for Business, Education, Nonprofits, and Government grew up on the web, sneaking in the back door so to speak.  Its primary appeal was being good enough, and at a better cost (if not free).

For all of their success in this area, Google has never owned the stack.  Even the many businesses, schools, and government agencies who chose Google over Microsoft generally still use Windows devices and Microsoft software.  Microsoft, on the other hand, can offer nose-to-toes solutions with nothing Googley involved.  This puts Google at a potential disadvantage if Microsoft closes the gap, and the back door.

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Mercedes: F-Duct Front Wing operated by the Rear Wing DRS

ScarbsF1 explains how the F-Duct front wing might be employed by Mercedes GP AMG for he 2012 season:

Mercedes: F-Duct Front Wing operated by the Rear Wing DRS.

Qualcomm’s 2.5GHz plans..

Tech never fails to amaze me every other day. After the revolution of laptops almost 15 years ago, CPU technology grew to new heights at regular intervals. But it had never been this fast and breathtaking.
Looking at what mobile CPU SoC technology has become in just over a couple years, it almost seems impossible that anyone could have predicted this rate of development and innovation. Quad core chips are still pretty new technology on desktops and laptops but mobile CPU tech has taken on a whole new definition now. Not so long ago, we had 600Mhz single core processors on smartphones and it amazed one and all.
In just over 3 years, we’re talking about processors almost more powerful than what most mid-range desktops or laptops have today. And its not just one fabricator, its at least four! Qualcomm, Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Samsung, all are trying to be a step ahead of one another and the results are mind-numbing. This is one of the most exciting times in the history of computing technology.

 

Qualcomm Announces Jump to 2.5GHz for Smartphone CPUs

Plus takes on Like!

Everyone who thinks this is just another cool new social networking thing, think again!

My thoughts and why I think this is a game-changer:

Facebook video chat has been working since y’day. But to be honest, too little too late. Facebook has become cluttered, spammy, mired in a lot of junk and just boring and largely unproductive, you know it, so don’t pretend like it does you a world of good. I’d agree that Twitter is way more productive than Facebook could ever be.
Google+ has looked at all the shortcomings of FB and has come up with a novel social media structure and it looks so much better than just adding friends. Sure, it offers 90% of the same stuff that FB already does, but where it differs is the whole structuring of services. Share what you want with who you want.
You went on a holiday with a bunch of friends, why would you want to share that with your office folks? Your brother/sister got married/engaged, why would you want to share that with people in your business circle? That’s where Google+ offers you complete choice.
Then there’s Huddle, Sparks, Hangout and Pool Party. Find out for yourself what those features offer (pretty neat I tell you!).
Also, having GMail, Search, Blogger (to be rehauled, renamed and integrated) and Picasa (to be rehauled and renamed too) all seamlessly integrated into a single Google experience is awesome and so much better than anything else out there right now. And lets not forget Google Music! 😀
This addresses the need for FB, Skype, Mail, any photo sharing service that you currently use, world’s best search engine, cloud music service, maps, location service, all rolled into one. Your online experience coupled with Chrome’s desktop extensions, make it a pretty satisfying experience and it just feels more organised. And then of course, there’s Android to access all this power on a natively supported mobile device!
There’s just nothing that can match up to this yet. Sure, Amazon has its (umm..) could service, Apple has its iCloud etc but a seamless experience is what is lacking everywhere else.
One place, all your needs addressed, why would you want to go anywhere else?

If the Buzz thinggy could be integrated into all this, I don’t see the need for Facebook, Twitter (okay maybe I’d still use Twitter), any other email service, Skype, any other search engine or maps or another location service anymore!

It’s rather interesting what Microsoft has in its plans and where its going to take computing in the near future (you can pretty much forget about Apple and stamp the fact that it’s just not fair to compare the two). If I went into all that detail, this would stretch over to a 20 page booklet. The reason I brought this up is, Google has its cloud computing plans for the future (Chrome based, very exciting stuff but too much to discuss here right now) and Microsoft has its own (again, very exciting and with lots of promise).
I could say one thing – Google looks to revolutionize social media and Microsoft looks to revolutionize personal computing (once again!) very soon. Everything/everyone else will come & go and that’s a glaringly true fact.
Sure, competition is great as it drives innovation (try telling Apple that!) but people have a tall mountain to climb to offer anything that’s close to what Google is offering right now.

First published on my Google+ page on 12th July 2011.