Wise Guys on WHO Radio - June 26, 2010
A few highlights from today's show:
- Dan still needs to pick a smartphone. He's waffling now because he keeps hearing new things about the "next" phone to hit the market, and it's keeping him from making a decision to just get one. Don't let this happen to you.
- Demand placed by smartphones on the networks is so great that we're hearing a lot about the network providers planning to cut back on how much data you're allowed to retrieve via your phone. That just goes to show how popular smartphones are becoming -- they're 23% of all cell phones in use in the US today, and they're expected to cross 50% by the end of next year.
- Ingenuity drives a lot of creative ideas -- like the inflatable television put up in Kenya so people could watch the World Cup.
- Google Voice is now free to everyone -- and it's clear that Google is trying hard to develop its voice-to-text algorithms so it can search the half of the Internet that doesn't show up in its index today. The vast content in podcasts, videos, and streams that's out there isn't showing up in Google now, because the sounds aren't being converted to text, which is what Google needs to search. When they get voice-to-text programs working smoothly, that will easily double the size of the searchable Internet.