What About Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Home’s Search Videos Feature?

Tux, the Linux penguin

Tux, the Linux penguin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I use Ubuntu 12.04 from time to time, but I often forget that Ubuntu 12.04 does have a really cool feature known as Search Videos.  Search Videos feature actually resides within Ubuntu Dash Home.  Recently, I often toy around with this particular feature, and I think it’s a really cool feature for Ubuntu.  Cool enough that I had made a video to ramble on about it.

In my opinion, Google as a current leader in web search business has a lot to worry about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature, because this particular feature on Ubuntu can actually be a model for other operating systems to implement unique search implementations.  When more operating systems begin to implement unique search implementations, Google web search dominance might not be so dominant if people begin to see that unique search implementations can actually yield better unique search results right on the desktop.  For an example, within Ubuntu Dash Home, when Linux users use Search Videos feature, they don’t really have to be bothered by irrelevant search results of other implementation types such as article search implementation type.  To put this in another way, we can say that Linux users won’t have to worry about clicking on links that will lead them to anything else (e.g., articles, websites, etc…) but just video/movie web links when they’re using unique search implementations on a desktop.

In addition to yielding results of web links, Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature implements the implementation of allowing Linux users to search for videos and movies that reside locally (i.e., videos and movies that can be found within the computer itself).  Web search engines such as Google cannot do the same in this regard.  With that being said, major search companies such as Google can totally roll out desktop app that allows computer users to use unique search implementations.

At the moment, it seems there is a drawback of using Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Home’s Search Videos feature.  The drawback I’m talking about is how you can’t actually add your own video sources.  This limits the amount of videos that can be presented within the Search Videos feature’s result at any one time.  Nonetheless, I guess this limitation can also be a good thing, because reckless Linux users won’t be able to add malicious video sources to their desktop.  It will be a nightmare for desktop security and computer security in general if malicious video sources spread viruses and malware.  So, I guess in the end, it’s still about the choosing of security over usability or vice versa.  Anyhow, if you’re curious about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos implementation, why not check out the video that I had made about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Just A So So Experience With Controlling Xbox Through Voice

After the new Xbox Dashboard update for Xbox yesterday, I’m now able to control Xbox with voice in a more extensive way.  Still, I think when I’m talking to Xbox, it does feel as if I’m talking to a stupid robot!  Sometimes, I have to repeat my commands.  At other times, I have to figure out what to say first before Xbox could wake up and understand me.  Often times, I have to make sure there is a black panel on the bottom of the screen of the dashboard, because without it, there won’t be a small microphone icon and I won’t be able to talk to Xbox.  I also notice there are windows within Xbox Live, I often stumble upon, require me to use my controller still.

I think Microsoft has released a better Xbox Dashboard, but I’m not impressed.  Sure, the new Xbox Dashboard is way better than the old one, but voice controller is somewhat iffy still that I prefer the use of the controller.  If I’m not wrong, Microsoft should be hard at work in improving the intelligence behind the technology which allows Kinect and Xbox to be able to process the words that come out from the mouth of any human.  If Microsoft isn’t, then I think Xbox will eventually lose luster and play catch up to something else that does it better in respect to voice intelligence.

I think voice intelligence that is able to understand the words that come out of the mouth of any human in natural way will be very popular and useful in many ways in the future.  One example would be telling a device to search for something on the Internet.  OK, sure, Xbox is now allowing users/gamers use voice commands and demand Bing to search for something, but I’ve found out that it’s rather hard to do so.  Either I’m clueless how Xbox Bing should work, because for the life of me I could not ask Xbox Bing to search for what I want.  Correct me if I’m wrong, perhaps Xbox Bing is only searching for games, music, videos, movies, and whatever else that is available on Xbox Live and console.  If this is the case, then Xbox Bing isn’t yet capable in searching the entire Internet as how Bing normally does through a web browser.

Shutting down Xbox through voice is fun if you know how to; the correct way is by saying “Xbox Go Home, Settings, Turn Off , Yes.”  This is why Microsoft definitely needs to make Xbox understands longer phrases in natural way and not through specific commands.  Nonetheless, it’s easier now for Xbox users/gamers to control Xbox through voice than before.

In summary, it’s now possible for Xbox users/gamers to play movies, music, games, and do other things with voice commands.  Before, Xbox users/gamers could only command Xbox through voice in a more limited way.  Still, Xbox voice intelligence leaves much to be improved, because it’s not natural for users/gamers to remember specific commands and reading what could be read inside Xbox Dashboard and other sections inside Xbox Live.  It’s much better if users/gamers can just speak naturally to Xbox.  Xbox isn’t Siri, but don’t we wish Xbox is capable as Siri?  How about even better, I think Xbox should be able to talk back to Xbox users/gamers in a natural way.

Microsoft’s Bing Bleeds Money Each Quarter While Trying To Outdo Google

I’m glad that the Internet has a challenger for Google in relation to search engine, and the challenger is Bing.  Perhaps, with one challenger isn’t enough, because the more the better for everyone, including the challengers themselves.  With more challengers participate in the same competitive war, the ultimate winners have to be the users.  In fact, search engine users already see some of the benefits by having Bing as the underdog.  How?  Bing is refusing to back down and hacking away solution after solution, trying to topple Google’s search engine.  One thing for sure though, Bing’s folks are determining to change the search game in a major way.  Perhaps, Bing tries to outdo Google by improving the search process such as making it more intuitive, pleasurable, and faster.

Let imagine if Bing decides to shame Google once and for all by allowing users to be able to search for anything in 3D?  How about using augment reality to search for whatever.  Imagine if one is trying to search for a Taj Mahal photo and able to use augment reality in combination with 3D, possibly allowing a user with special computing equipments to emerge inside a Taj Mahal image as if one is really standing there; when one wants to learn more of Taj Mahal, one can then click on a link inside that immersive graphic environment to read more of Taj Mahal.

Obviously, Bing might never do those things, because the things that I imagined Bing should do (e.g., augment reality, 3D) might be too unnecessary, irrelevant, too advance, and expensive.  Nonetheless, it shows that as long a search market has an underdog as Microsoft, one can expect many good things to come for search in general — Microsoft sure has the cash to bleed and experiment.  As now, CNN reports Microsoft is bleeding around $1 billion per quarter in relation to Bing.  It’s a surprise though, because Bing is gaining search market share against Google.

Source:  http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/20/technology/microsoft_bing/

Instant Search Is The Fashion

Searching on Google does feel more modern than on Bing!  Why?  Instant search does the trick!  Sometimes, I think it’s not only the functionality of a product is important, but how the product makes the end users feel!  Feeling is important!  Humans are wired to feel!  Without the senses, humans are mere robots!

Google Search has up the ante by allowing people to feel important!  Whatever they type inside Google Search, the results return to them immediately.  People feel the speed even though the speed is not even there!  I believe when you type something inside other search engines, hit enter, and you get the results just as fast!  Unfortunate for other search engines, Google knows how to make people feel great by presenting the search results as they type in their search terms.  Take note that even a person has not finished a search term, with adequate letters in the search term, Google Search spits back immediate results even for the incomplete search term.  With such a gimmick, Google Search feels faster!

Google Search is not only a search product, but it’s a fashion!  Comparing that to the clothes we wear isn’t too far-fetched, because what we like will be fashionable!  Google knows how to make its search engine feels modernizer than other so called modernize search engines by being more fashionable!  Bing Search should not overlook anything when they know Google will do anything to retain its position as the leader and the king of the search world!  Source.