Google Goggles

When Google introduced a downloadable image recognition application for search based on pictures taken by handheld devices, anticipations to identify virtually anything pullulated significantly. After releasing this app for Android-powered phones, the company recently announced that Goggles is now a feature of Google Mobile app for the iPhone.

The exciting app already lets users speak their queries, and can use their phone’s location to give them more relevant search results. In this newly unleashed version of Google Goggles, users can now just tap on the camera button in order to search. This way, Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes, reveals the official Google Mobile blog.

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drop.io

drop.io is an excellent tool for online collaboration.  As stated on their website, you can “use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.”

The user can create a custom name or have one generated automatically.  Once the “drop” has been created, other users can be invited to join.  If multiple people are viewing the drop at the same time, they can communicate in the chat room and view all changes in real time.

Feel free to play around with the test drop I created here: http://drop.io/oickxws

Update: The upcoming Google Wave seems like a similar concept.  I’ve signed up to be enrolled in the beta.  If I get accepted, I’ll be sure to post about it here.