>> Google launches a million products at once, as usual. The UN Library goes online. And how to get a job doing nothing but Twittering. It's Tuesday, April 21st. I'm Natali Del Conte, and it's time get Loaded.
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We have several Google announcements today. First, Google is launching an improved image search. The feature is called similar images. And now, Google will be able to give you images that look more like what you're asking for through a single link. The example they give is "jaguar." Are you looking for the car or the animal? This will help you distinguish. Second, the company is launching Google News Timeline, which is pretty much what it sounds like. You can now view news for a given topic on a timeline where you can scale by days, weeks, months, and years. You can also specify which source the information comes from, like a newspaper or a magazine. And where will we put all this new innovation? Google Labs is relaunching at Googlelabs.com. Built with Google's own app engine, the company is really hoping to engage audiences with new features and then fine-tune them for product releases.
In YouTube news, the site is also testing out comment filtering. The company has been trying to keep a squeaky clean image for the past six months or so. They're launching a new feature in the US that lets users set preferences to see all video comments, no video comments, or filtered out video comments. Although, in my experience, the comment trolls will not go away just because you're not reading what they have to say.
Sony's new line of MP3 players are essentially rocking out little USB sticks. The colorful new lineup comes in 2, 4, and 8-gig models, and will cost les than $150.00. They have an LCD display, FM radio, and three hours of battery life with just a three minute charge. They launch on May 16th in Japan, and I don't trust Google translator enough to be able to tell when they'll launch in the US. I'll ask Jasmine France, when the West Coast wakes up.
If you live in Washington, D.C., you may soon be able to get free digital TV on your cell phone. Later this year, local affiliates from CBS, NBC, PBS, ION, and FOX will begin offering their broadcasts on mobile devices, including phones, laptops, and in-car entertainment systems. This was announced at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. But which gadgets will support this? Not that many yet, but manufacturers, such as LG and Samsung, are working on it. This is something that's supposed to be rolled out nationally, but the cities that will see it soonest are New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Atlanta.
The entire United Nations library is now online and available for all to see. This is a digital library with information about human cultures and history. This is a four-year project, and it has novelties, such as the Japanese work that's considered the first novel in history, and the works of Arab scholars that was groundbreaking in the field of algebra. It really is an archeological treasure trove. It will be inaugurated in Paris today at the headquarters of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. But you can find it in seven languages right now at wdl.org.
FOX News is integrating uReport with MySpace. uReport is FOX's user-submitted service, where anyone can send in stories, photos, or videos about breaking news that they witness. MySpace is, of course, owned by News Corp, which also owns FOX. Now, the two work together. You can browse other people's submissions or submit your own content at MySpace.com/ureport. This is a lot like CNN's iReport, which accepts submission mobilely or over Facebook.
Verizon FIOS customers can now program their DVRs from the web. This is convenient if you forget to set it to record something, and you're away at work or vacation. TiVo has had this capability for a long time, but most cable companies do not offer this service. Now, all FIOS TV DVR customers can do this from the web, and home media customers can even do it from their cell phones.
The Today Show has a new iPhone application, which I think is worth mentioning, even though I work for the competing morning show. The application brings highlights and clips from the day's four-hour broadcast because, presumably, not many sit there and watch the entire four-hour show. The application was developed by a company called Zumobi.
The iPod Touch and iPhone are being used in battle in Baghdad. Newsweek reports that the US military has been using Apple's hot little gadget to equip soldiers with intelligence, such as aerial images and translation software. These programs can provide maps, photos, bring villagers pre-taped video messages, and give intelligence on local statistics. Although they aren't very rugged, exhibit A, my cracked iPhone screen. I have to think that I'm not harder on my iPhone than a soldier, right?
If you're looking for an internship, you may consider Pizza Hut if you like to Twitter. The pizza chain is looking for an intern to help them disseminate pizza news to the masses. A representative for the company told the New York Times that this lucky person will be the company's social media journalist, chronicling, in 140 characters or less, what's going on at Pizza Hut. They need an entire person to do that? And what kind of job will an internship like that land you? From Twitter intern to Twitter executive? Vice President of Twitter Relations?
Loaded viewers are starting to send in their in-flight Wi-Fi speed tests. Si [assumed spelling] flew Southwest Airlines recently, and he got download speeds of 2,823 kb per second, and upload speeds of 171 kb per second. Not too shabby. If you are globetrotting and use an in-flight Wi-Fi network, send us your speeds. We'll keep track of the various airlines and their test results here on Loaded. Send them to Loaded@cnet.com.
Those are all your headlines for today, but I will see you tomorrow. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV, and you've just been Loaded.
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