Google April Fools (2) – Really Advanced Search, Inter-planet Analytics, Voice for Pets

The second round of Google’s April Fools!  This time we have a “really” advanced search, Google Analytics that shows traffic from the universe and Google Voice for your pets.

 

Really Advanced Search

This version of Advanced Search allows users to search for:

  • “words almost, but not quite entirely unlike” your phrase
  • “rhyming slang for” your phrase
  • exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime
  • “subtext or innuendo for” your phrase
and some more… you can also narrow the search results by “font”, “textured background”, “looping midi music” etc.  I wish this “Really Advanced Search” comes true someday.  If Google is really this intelligent, we could get much more accurate search results that suit our particular needs.

Google Really Advanced Search

http://www.google.com/js/reallyadvanced.html

 

Google Voice for Pets

This new product features “technology originally developed for NASA spacesuits”.  A LED emitter could project a virtual keyboard on the ground for your pet to type messages (if you pet knows how to tap).  By putting a collar on your pet’s neck, what is “said” by it wuold be collected and uploaded to your Google Voice account.  The voicemail transcription engine will translate your pet’s messages into English.  There is even an Android app to make voice call to your pet!

Google Voice for Pets

What would happen if you “Call” your pet?  Will the system translate your voice into cat meows?

http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/google-voice-expands-to-new-markets.html

 

Interplanetary Reports by Google Analytics

My final pick is Google Analytics.  For the first time we can track the visits by our extraterrestrial friends!  This new function shows the visitor number from Mars,Venus, Jupiter…  The following screenshot shows a web site with around 200 hundred visitors from some planets:

Interplanetary Google Analytics Reports

If this could happen, I want to see friend from Mars landing on my site too!

 

Read more: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2012/04/interplanetary-reporting-comes-to.html

 

There are lots and lots more April fools by Google and other tech companies such as Google Fiber Bars, Google Street Views by kangaroos, super miniature Ultrabook by Sony, Reddit timeline, etc.  Find out more from these April Fool Round-ups:

http://www.slashgear.com/april-fools-in-the-tech-world-2012-round-up-01221002/

http://searchengineland.com/googles-gags-go-worldwide-for-april-fools-day-2012-117046

http://www.pcworld.com/article/252985/20_april_fools_mustsee_websites_from_google_to_sony_to_youtube.html

 

Sony Vaio Chromebook Leaked in FCC Documents

According to documents and pictures in FCC reports, a product with the code VCC111 was being tested.  It was suggested that this new laptop is a 11.6-inch Chromebook by Sony, possibly running on ARM chipset.  Why do we think it’s a Chromebook?  Well, look at the keyboard, it has the Chrome-only keys.  Photos of two versions, black and white, are found.

Sony Vaio Chromebook VCC111

Sony Vaio Chromebook Testing Setup

And the testing configuration comes with a Sony charger.

Sony Vaio Charger

The reported chipset is a T25, which could mean anything but a guess is an ARM chip.  Sony requested confidentiality for 180 days since 15 August 2011, meaning that this test device was born in last year and there may be a chance we could see it later this year.  Could we see it in Google I/O this year?  I would say highly possible.

 

via TechCrunch

Sony VAIO with Chrome OS coming this summer

Sony Vaio laptop

(Source: Sony USA Official Web Site)

Sony Insider, a blog specialized in reporting news about Sony, reported that Sony would release a VAIO notebook with Chrome OS as the operating system.  The new notebook is said to have the following specifications:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 (250) platform
  • 11.6″ (1366×768) LCD display
  • 1 GB of Memory
  • 16 GB eMMC memory card
  • Ultra-low power GeForce GPU
  • Wireless WAN
  • Wide Keyboard (18mm), similar to that of the Google Chrome Cr-48 laptop
  • Dimensions: around 19.9 mm thick; 298 mm wide and 215 mm deep
  • Bluetooth and GPS to be enabled later
  • Around 2.2 lb (1kg)
  • 8 hour battery life

This adds to the latest rumour that Asus would release Chrome OS netbooks later this year.  Of course, I could expect the Sony thing is a much more expensive and (hopefully) more powerful device.

via Sony Insider

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