Is Google trailing everyone else? Earlier today, everyone started talking about Google Calendar. This is Yet Another Google Application (YAGA) that I probably won’t switch to immediately. Even though Google Calendar offers all the features listed belowÂ unless there’s a very compelling reason I probably won’t be moving away from Windows Live Mail.
Google Calendar Features:
– GMail Integration
– Calendar Sharing
– Invitations. If a lot of my friends start using Google Calendar for invitations as opposed to eVite this might prove to be the switching point.
– Reminders. Seamless setup of your cellphone to receive SMS alerts from Google Calendar.
Google has just aquired Writely. I should have registered for a Writely beta account when it was first announced but figured that I had no immediate need to edit my documents from anywhere. Now, itÂ feels weird to suddenly realize thatÂ I want an account to test out the service just because Writely is now a Google product. The power of a brand.
Michael Arrington has just posted screen shots of Google’s new calendar application called CL2.
I’m still trying to figure out why Google would work on a new home page creation service when they should have been polishing features on their Blogger and Blogspot products. Nevertheless, in typical Google style they’ve AJAXed (Is that even a word?) their home page service and launched Google Pages – your one stop, easy to use,Â web page creator.
Google Pages Test Page
At DEMO2006, MP3Car introduced the first complete in-car software platform called StreetDeck. The ‘enabler’ boasts an impressive feature list including:
- Touch Screen Control
- Navigation & Mapping
- Bluetooth Phone Integration
- Satellite Radio
- Vehicle Diagnostics
- Rear-view Camera Support
- CD player/MP3 Extraction
- MP3 Player
- FM Radio
- DVD/Video Player
- Picture Viewer
- WiFi Sync Support
However, with the $1,699.00 hardware bundle price and Apple’s iPod already having rosy relationships with automobile manufacturersÂ and Portal Player announcing plans to develop WiFi and Bluetooth capable devices I think it’ll be a while before StreetDeck makes a noticable dent in the automobile market.