In another expansion of its Profiles site, Google has enabled people to share their contact information with selected contacts, a move that offers modest convenience for users of the service and valuable data to Google.
The feature shows as a "Contact info" tab; clicking on it shows whatever contact information you've entered and the note, "You are not sharing your contact information with anyone. Edit your profile to add contact info, and then choose who to share it with so that they always have the most up-to-date information."
Google Profiles is hardly a Facebook crusher or a LinkedIn slayer, but it is getting gradually more elaborate, as Google builds it up. In October, user profiles became visible to search engines. In November came identity authentication and a mechanism to let people contact you without sharing your e-mail address.
Here's why this Profiles move is interesting: telling Google whom you entrust with your personal information is a good way of identifying the close members of your social circle--in other words, the strong links in your social graph. … Read more
Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories about the recession's effect on the tech industry.
It's disastrous when 80 percent of your business's revenue suddenly and unexpectedly vanishes, right?
Not exactly. Well, at least not for Steve Borsch, half owner of Marketing Directions. The consultant, whose Connecting the Dots practice advises companies on how to use blogs, forums, and social networks to engage with customers, is about as focused on the silver lining as he is on the clouds.
The precipitous decline of his main work became the impetus to make changes he … Read more
According to the early reports, Blu-ray is faring well this holiday season and it's not hard to see why. With standalone player prices finally slipping below $250, more popular movies available, and reliable standalone players hitting the market, Blu-ray is now a solid option for those that want the best image quality from their home theater. If you're looking to go Blu over the next few weeks, here's a roundup of our recent Blu-ray coverage to help you make your choice.Five Blu-ray players for less than $250 If all you care about is price, check out … Read more
We've certainly been critics of BD-Live in the past, but Sony reports that Blu-ray's interactive platform is catching on. Sony's servers for BD-Live content are coming up on the one million hit mark, according to a report by Video Business, and Sony VP Rich Marty is quoted saying that "consumers are engaging with this game-changing interactivity and are defining BD Live as that killer application." That's in pretty stark contrast to previous reports that industry insiders considered Blu-ray's interactive features to be mostly a let down.
While the one million mark is surprising … Read more
I'm a big fan of Adobe Systems' camera profiles, which when editing the raw images that higher-end cameras can produce imbues photos with what I find to be more natural hues. So I was glad to hear camera profiles are moving out of Adobe Labs and into Photoshop and Lightroom.
I apply the "camera faithful" profile by default when I import photos from my Canon SLR into Lightroom. But when I tried to use the profiles on some photos I took with an Olympus E-3, I found I couldn't.
Now seemed a good time to find … Read more
Google Profiles have become a bit more socially useful, with the search giant adding an option that lets people offer it as a way to get in touch without actually sharing their e-mail addresses.
To enable the option, click the "Edit profile" link, then check the "Allow people to contact me through my profile (without showing my email address)" option.
Enabling the option adds a "Send a message" link to your profile page, but not just anyone can send a message, though--only those with a Google account.
I sent myself a message; it had … Read more
On the Internet, nobody except perhaps Google Profiles knows that you're a dog.
For those who want to endow their self-description with an extra layer of authenticity--helping put doubts, for instance, over whether their Profiles page may have been created by a scuzzy ex-boyfriend to rest--Google has carried over a feature from its Knol sites that let people verify that they are who they say they are. People who go through the process--Google executive David Glazer is one--get a green "verified name" tag on their profiles.
Google Profiles got its start as a way to centralize users' settings and self-descriptions. Now Google has now flipped a switch to let search engines discover people's profiles, giving the service a much greater social component.
Before, profiles were effectively invisible to search engines, but last week, the company changed that setting, as ZDNet blogger and iQmetrix programmer Garett Rogers noticed. And Google clearly wants people's profiles to be noticed.
"The more information you provide, the easier it will be for friends to find you," Google says on the page, where people can enter profile information … Read more
So far, BD-Live has been a pretty questionable feature overall, and last week's Iron Man mishap only makes matters worse. According to High-Def Digest, BD-Live servers were overwhelmed last week, making it impossible for many customers to access the extra content.
The fact that the BD-Live servers were overwhelmed only emphasizes the fact that most BD-Live features could easily be fit on the Blu-ray Disc, instead of having to download them from the Internet. For example, we loaded up Iron Man this morning on the LG BD300, which uses a standard USB memory stick to save the BD-Live content. … Read more