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Gmail priority inbox is an email PA

New service from Google automagically sorts your email from most important to least important.

When I get to work, I usually have about 20-50 emails waiting for me.  It would be nice if I didn’t  have to sort through all of them to find the one or two important ones that need immediate attention or from people I care about.  This is where Google’s new Priority Inbox comes in.

I haven’t used it yet so I can’t vouch for how accurate it is.  But I can’t help but think that the technology that Google uses to determine how worthy someone’s email is could also be used in a social network application, if there is even a difference from Gmail at this point.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab(let) is coming to Verizon

The seven-inch tablet due to be unveiled later this week was found in Verizon’s  inventory management system, meaning that it is likely to land on the carrier soon.

BGR got their hands on a picture of Verizon’s inventory (right) which seems to show that two different SKUs of the Android-powered Galaxy  tablet.

That means there is an incredibly high probability that Verizon will be carrying the Galaxy Tab within the next month or two.

The Galaxy Tab i a 7-inch screen device with the following reported specs:

  • Front and rear cameras for video conferencing, photos, videos, augmented reality, etc
  • Android 2.2: hotspot, Adobe Flash and super fast browser
  • 1024×600 widescreen Super-AMOLED display (reportedly)
  • GPS for mapping, navigation
  • Phone calling abilities

What this means is that Verizon-Android and AT&T-Apple  opposing teams will still be the narrative.

Official Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video below:

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Free Google Apps for business courses offered by O’Reilly

Businesses curious about Google Apps can register for free online courses from a leading technology publisher.

 Google Apps is revolutionizing the way technology is used in the business, but it can be hard to get your head around what “Going Google” is all about.  O’Reilly Media, who have a vast expertise in technology publications, has a free online class that can help you dive in.  The course runs August 31st through September 28th and the classes are two hours each.

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Samsung Galaxy S commercial face-off

Verizon and Sprint marketing departments go head to head in advertising their new Android devices.

Since Sprint’s device is coming out tomorrow, they are up first.  Hopefully, Halo got a payout on this one: 

That seems very Droid-like.  So what does the ‘maker of the Droid’ have to say?

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Microsoft builds Bing Search App for Android

Pigs are flying over a frozen river of Hades.

In case you like Google (GOOG) for its AndroidOS but hate their search engine, Microsoft (MSFThas built a Bing Search Engine.    For now, like Skype, it is only available on Verizon’s Android phones.

The Bing app has some interesting features that may or may not grab some customers:

  • The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, flickable back seven days
  • The image search feature has endless scrolling results
  • Voice Search for ” relevant answers for things like movies, stock quotes, flight status and local listings”
  • It also has a Maps app built in.

That last feature is interesting for me because it may provide different results than Google’s Maps which are sometimes off or questionable.  In fact, one could argue that it is good to have a Google alternative in all of the above areas.

On the Microsoft side, perhaps this is their hedge against Windows Mobile 7 failure.  The app is big enough to be the starting point to an OS inside an OS with all of the features listed above.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft’s Google app develops and whether it comes to the general Android Market or stays a Verizon ‘exclusive’. More

 

Google joins Arcade Fire in building HTML5 masterpiece

Without using Adobe’s Flash, Google and Arcade Fire managed to put together a very cool interactive video.

You enter the address where you grew up and get an immersive music video tailored to your childhood.  Tools used were Google Earth, some serious Javascipt but no Flash.  I won’t spoil it, but certainly couldn’t be more impressed.

 Review: Motorola Charm – not free enough

The Motorola Charm carried by T-Mobile is a low end Android phone. That would be fine if it wasn’t priced the same as T-Mobile’s high end line.

I’ve been playing with the Motorola Charm carried by T-Mobile for a few days now.  I was originally excited by this device because I thought it would be a good replacement for Blackberry users who wanted to move over to Android. The form factor, illustrated on the right, is the first Android that is reminiscent of they typical BlackBerry (RIMM) and it runs a fairly modern version of Android OS 2.1, which guarantees some exciting features.

The phone itself is short and stout — as fat as an EVO 4G — but two-thirds the height, with a full, but cramped hardware Qwerty keyboard. That means the screen is especially small for an Android device.

It has squared off plastic on the sides, colored and shaped a bit like an iPhone 4 knockoff.  The hardware keyboard has usable plastic keys but nothing that’s going to make Droid 2 or Epic 4G users sweat. On the back is a 3-megapixel camera and a useless scroll pad, which it shares with the Motorola Backflip.

Booting up the phone, you’ll notice two things right away.  One, you have to sign into Motorola’s Blur like it is a service or special OS.  You won’t likely have a Blur ID and password, so this is an especially long process for something you’ll only find annoying later. Also, the screen resolution, even for a screen as small as the one on the Charm, isn’t great. It is 320×240 QVGA, something that was acceptable a few years ago. Fonts are pixelated and the color overall doesn’t match up with high end Android devices, including others from Motorola (MOT) and T-Mobile.  The Blur overlay on this device is as thick as it gets.

It doesn’t get much better from there…

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AMD: Ready to play ball

After decades of being viewed as an inexpensive, also-ran chip manufacturer, AMD is in a better position to compete. Much of that has to do with CEO Dirk Meyer.

Dirk Meyer has been good for AMD.

While it’s far too early to say whether the chip company will budge Intel’s stranglehold over the x86-based processor market, Meyer, who started with the company as an engineer in 1995 to work on the Athlon chip, has made significant strides.

After years of bitter back-and-forth with Intel over an antitrust suit filed in 2004, Meyer opened up communications with the rival and settled his company’s complaints for $1.25 billion last year. Months later, AMD’s manufacturing division was also spun off into a separate entity, GlobalFoundries, so the company could focus solely on design and development.

His work seems to be paying off. AMD reported that 109 notebooks, powered by its company’s chips, will launch throughout the year — three times the number of releases last year.

Moving forward, the company plans to focus on its strengths, including graphics. In addition to retiring the ATI brand name, as announced this morning, the company is getting behind two new processor platforms that will play significant roles in its two chips-in-one Advanced Processing Unit (APU) strategy: the heavy-duty multi-core Bulldozer for desktops, workstations and servers; and Bobcat, aimed squarely at lower-powered devices like netbooks that, to date, have been powered primarily by Intel Atom chips.

We caught up with Meyer last week, who weighed in on the state of his company and where he sees it going. More

 

Enter, stage right: Steve Jobs

Apple has summoned the press to San Francisco for another command performance

Jobs in 2009. Credit: Apple Inc. 

Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs is scheduled to return to the stage Wednesday for what has become a late-summer classic: Apple’s annual music-themed September special event — its sixth since 2005.

By tradition, this is when Apple unveils its newest iPods and the latest advances in its iTunes music store, giving customers and retail partners plenty of time to start planning for the upcoming holiday gift-buying season. In 2005 the headliner was the iPod nano, a product that was for a time — until the iPod shuffle displaced it — the world’s best-selling portable music player. The big news in 2007 was the arrival of iPod touch, a hit with students.

But the iPod product line is no longer the show stopper it used to be, and for the last couple of years, Apple’s September special events have left many in the audience — including journalists flown in from the East Coast — wondering why they’d bothered to come.

While Jobs was trotting out the fourth-generation iPod nano, the second-generation iPod touch and iTunes version 8 in 2008, Wall Street was so unimpressed that Apple’s share price dropped more than 7.5 points (4.7%) in the space of two hours. Last September the array of new products was so thin that the biggest news was the fact that Jobs, still recovering from a liver transplant, was healthy enough to take the stage at all.

Does he have enough material to put together a good show this year? Let’s review the rumors.

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