AOL says it's hiring hundreds of journalists, which they seem to do all the time, and then they're never heard from again ... hmm. In other news today, Pulse seems to have a pulse again, while the New York Times is on life support and doesn't even know it, and we're putting together a little hit list of doomed Twitter-related apps. Oh, and if you pirated the "Hurt Locker" movie, we totally know your IP address.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Google has finally released the awaited update to its search indexing technology, providing a jolt of Caffeine to the search industry.
The company announced the release of its Caffeine indexing technology--which it has been testing for almost a year--in a blog post late Tuesday evening. "Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered. Whether it's a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible … Read more
Caffeine keeps a computer from locking up or falling asleep by regularly simulating keystrokes. Like a strong cup of coffee, the program prevents your screensaver from kicking in without your having to disable the screensaver itself. It's handy for times when you don't want a screensaver but also don't want to change your desktop settings.
We enjoyed this program's interface, because it didn't try to overextend itself. Caffeine basically has only an on/off switch. It's pretty much impossible to be confused with such a simple layout. The program's description claims it simulated … Read more
Google's Caffeine initiative to perk up search results is leaving the sandbox.
First revealed as a "secret project" in early August, Caffeine is intended to speed up search results and improve their accuracy. Google's Webmaster Central blog at the time described Caffeine as "the first step in a process that will let us push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions."
A Caffeine Web page had been set up as a developer preview test site asking people to try out the new feature and offer their feedback. But as spotted … Read more
Here's one for the paranoid decaf coffee drinker--D-Caf Test Strips. These tiny strips of paper will tell you if there is too much caffeine in the beverage when you dip one in a small sample. It takes about 30 seconds to display a result and will work with both hot and cold coffee.
Those who get their days ruined by intolerance to caffeine may want to check it out at online shopping site The Spoon Sisters, which sells the product for $9.95 per pack of 20 strips. Or, if we may so suggest, drink something other than coffee. … Read more
An independent search engine bug bash gave high marks to Google's bug testers and found that while Bing is buggy, it's also doing a lot of things right.
A company called uTest solicited 1,100 software developers and set them loose on the four major search engines of the day: Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Google's new Caffeine update. Google had the fewest number of bugs and the least severe bugs among the competition, while Bing amassed the most bugs yet still scored well in the accuracy of its results.
Google is running a public experiment of a new search technology, code-named Caffeine (link takes you to the beta search engine). There are visible changes in search results, but they are so subtle that you likely won't notice differences between the old Google and the beta Google unless you run queries side by side.
Caffeine is a test version of the Google indexing and ranking system, not an upgrade of the Google user interface. For many queries that I ran, the top entries were identical, and result pages look the same.
For example, when searching for "Google Caffeine,&… Read more
One of the largest behind-the-scenes updates to Google's search technology in three years is under way, as the company reworks its computing muscle.
On Monday evening, Google quietly began soliciting feedback for "Caffeine," a new system for Web searches that is being tested completely separately from the live search results currently found through Google.com.
Google makes almost constant changes to its search algorithms and infrastructure, but it hasn't made an update of this magnitude since 2006, said Matt Cutts, a principal engineer at Google who is considered one of the driving forces behind its approach … Read more
With more and more people watching movies on their wide-screen Macs and Apple TV, it's no secret the computer is starting to move in on traditional DVD, Blu-ray, and other video player territory. If you have a laptop and the right cords, you can even plug your computer into your big-screen TV and enjoy all the glory of the new standalone Hulu for Mac. But while your Mac is great for watching movies, your Mac's sleep feature to save energy has a nasty way of making your screen go dark right in the middle of the show. To … Read more
I've always assumed prankster-loving baristas might substitute decaf coffee for the real thing. I'm sure there are those out there who would not think twice about slipping some caffeine to an unsuspecting customer. Whether accidentally or on purpose, for some, this unexpected addition of caffeine could be a serious health threat--at least serious enough to warrant caution.
Those who have high blood pressure or a heart condition should probably be avoiding caffeine. However, as many people tend to do, the doctor's advice goes out the window when in the real world of cafes, restaurants, and soda pop … Read more