Shouldn’t We Be Celebrating Google’s Failures?

Plenty of observers have been happily gloating about the failure of Google Wave, the real-time collaboration tool that the company has said it is shutting down due to lack of interest. But shouldn’t we be celebrating the fact that Google is willing to try new things?

3 Tips for Learning Google Wave

I’ve been pondering how new users can get up to up to speed on Google Wave (s goog) since writing “6 Tips for Using Google Wave on your First Project.” Learning Google Wave right now is going to require a “hands on” approach, because the platform’s still at an early stage, leaving its users to chart their own direction and usage scenarios.

While Google Wave breaks away from the traditional web-based collaboration models that many of us know, you can still apply your experience using web mail, web office applications and instant messaging to learn the product and use it productively for online collaboration with your project team and your clients.

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Google News: Chrome Mac Beta Due in December, Follow Function Added to Wave

Google LogoTwo small pieces of recent Google (s goog) news were just announced that merit a mention, since both have ramifications for web workers. First, Google has put a date on a Mac (s aapl) beta build of Chrome, meaning there’s finally an end in sight to one of the company’s most egregious oversights. Also, a new change to Google Wave should reduce inbox clutter, and maybe make it more usable for those finding it hard to adjust it (like me).
Let’s get to that great news first. While the “new” web browser has now been available for download to Windows users for over a year (the beta was first released last September), Mac users only recently got access to a stable developer’s build of Chromium, and that’s far from a release version of the software. Luckily, the new Mac beta is said to be on track for an early December release. Read More about Google News: Chrome Mac Beta Due in December, Follow Function Added to Wave

Google Wave Makes Its Biggest Splash Yet

wave-logoGoogle is apparently satisfied enough with its pre-release Google Wave project that the company today started rolling out a preview version, although it’s only available to some users. Wave (see “Google Wave Explained” at GigaOM Pro, subscription required) has already been available for a tiny group of developers for some time, but now more than 100,000 invitations to try it in its newest incarnation will go out to active preview developers, the first users who signed up and offered to give feedback upon Wave’s announcement, as well as to some customers of Google Apps. There are even signs that people who received invites are giving them to others who didn’t. Read More about Google Wave Makes Its Biggest Splash Yet

Google Wave Spreading to More Users

Google (s goog) has apparently made enough progress with its pre-release Google Wave project that, starting today, the company is rolling out a preview version, although it’s only available to some users. Wave has been available for a small group of developers already, but now more than 100,000 invitations to try Wave in its newest incarnation will go out to active preview developers, the first users who signed up and offered to give feedback upon Wave’s announcement, and some customers of Google Apps. Read More about Google Wave Spreading to More Users

Rumor Has It: Leaked iPhone Specs Describe Big Improvements

iphone3As you’re probably aware if you read any mobile tech blog, including our favorite jkOnTheRun, the Palm (s palm) Pre is set for a June 6 release date as of today, and will run you $199 with a $100 mail-in rebate, or $299 if you’re too lazy to drop that rebate in the mailbox. It’s big news, big enough to completely dominate the tech blogosphere today, which may be the reason new leaked iPhone (s aapl) specs also just recently made an appearance.

Unlike earlier hardware details posted by a Chinese forum-goer, the newest rumored specifications are far from underwhelming. In fact, they basically agree with pretty much every other early report we’ve seen to date, which either supports or takes away from the credibility of the new source. The origin of these latest specs is reported by AppleiPhoneApps.com as being “closely connected to Apple’s hardware development team.” Read More about Rumor Has It: Leaked iPhone Specs Describe Big Improvements

Where to Watch the Tour of California

adobetourofcaliforniaLive video is a slam dunk for sporting events, bringing in major viewership via the Olympics and golf’s U.S. Open and basketball’s March Madness, and significant paying audiences for sports from baseball to basketball to hockey to cricket.

One sport that gets hardly any oldteevee love whatsoever is professional cycling, though there’s certainly demand for it online, with 3.4 million Tour de France video downloads last year. And so a group of Adobe (s ADBE) employees have teamed up for the third year running to make a live tracking dashboard for the Amgen Tour of California, which starts Saturday right in their backyard of Sacramento.

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