Google TV Explained

When Google announced the Google TV, it seemed amazing but not completely clear how it worked. Now Google has released a video explaining this.

But what is still not clear to me is how Google TV can integrate with DVRs other than the Dish TV DVR. If it can integrate with my Comcast DVR I am getting one as soon as it is released.

HTC Hero

 

Check out the video demo of the new HTC’s new GUI built on top of Android. I always liked the HTC GUIs on Windows Mobile phones. I  thought they would port this to Android. But they have totally created a new GUI called HTC Sense.

The GUI is great but the best part is that the phone supports multi-touch with two finger pinch and all. Cool!

Plus it has got Pre like Facebook and Twitter integration. It has got iPhone 3GS like smudge proof coating. The only odd thing is the “chin”.

It has a 3.2 inch 320×480 HVGA screen and measures 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches. It is powered by a 528 MHz processor with 288MB of RAM. It has a a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, a digital compass, a 3G talk time of 7 hours, support for 7.2 Mbps HSPA and a microSD card slot.

Looks like it combines the best features of iPhone and Pre and then some! Coming to North America later this year. Price unknown.

Chrome Extension: AniWeather

I came across this cool Chrome extension called AniWeather today. The extension as the name says shows the current weather in the extensions area in Chrome. At preset intervals it pops up a nice notification as shown in the screenshot above.

When you click on the notification you get a nice overlay showing five day forecasts and options to view weather of other cities. When the weather displayed in the area highlighted above is clicked it opens up the preference page. Here the default city can be changed and other cities can be added. There is also options to change from Fahrenheit to Celsius, Miles to Kilometer etc.

Being a fellow extensions developer, the most interesting aspects of the extension is the popup notification, page overlay and the way of storing preference. I have not seen such notifications and overlay in any other extension. Chrome currently provides no way to store preferences apart from cookies. Everyone is waiting for HTML 5 Local Storage. This developer ingeniously stores the information on the extension’s site without needing any login information. Cool. Check it out.

Cool Google Maps Feature: Traffic at day and time

Sometimes you might have to drive to an appointment along a route you are not familiar with. You might want to know how the traffic would be like at various times of the day so that you can pick the best time to go. Google Maps has you covered. I don’t know when Google introduced this feature but it is sure very interesting.

In Google Maps just hit the “Traffic” button. There is an option to view the live traffic and another option to look at predicted traffic based on day and time.