You may have seen the impressive demo of Google’s Web Speech API, during the 3 hour long keynote at this year’s Google I/O conference. However, experiencing an interactive speech-enabled web search yourself, can be even more enlightening.
Your computer needs to be equipped with a microphone and speakers and needs to have the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser installed, which is currently Version 27.0.1453.93.
Experiencing Speech-enabled Web Search
Now goto https://www.google.com and click on the small microphone icon, on the right side of the text input field.
The page your were looking at disappears and is replaced with a much larger red microphone and text that changes from “Speak Now” to “Listening…”
Running errands with Google Wallet in San Diego’s Carmel Valley / Rancho Bernardo area (92128 / 92129 / 92130)
Tap & Go a.k.a PayPass, is a new simple way of paying. PayPass is a payment method that lets you make purchases without having to swipe your card or provide your signature. A simple tap with a card, key fob, or mobile phone is all it takes to pay at checkout.
So this Saturday morning, I took paying with a mobile phone to the test – the only method of payment available to me was the Google Wallet application on a Samsung Nexus S Android Phone running on Sprint’s 4G Network.
Google Wallet can be linked to a Citi MasterCard, or like I did, used as a prepaid card, funded with any of my existing credit cards.
Occasionally, I speak at developer conferences, and recently have talked about how to add printing as feature into Android applications. As an example, I take a pretty simple application with only a few Android Activities and then show how a print intent can be integrated for mime types like image/* or application/pdf. After such a talk I have always a couple people come up that seem to be more interested in my demo app than the concept of adding printing to their own apps and they ask me where they can download the app.
Well, about three weeks ago, I decided to make my little demo app available in the Android Market. It’s a well known simple finger painting application, the display is the canvas and your finger becomes a paint brush.
Simply use your finger to create beautiful paintings. Use the Menu to change color or brush styles and also to print or share your artwork via Email etc. Become an Artist on Android and print some of your best creations. Using HP Advanced Photo Paper has produced stunning results, worth framing.