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Google Labs Debuts Exciting New Services

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Google Labs Debuts Exciting New Services

Google has been showing Gmail a whole lotta love in 2009 but now it has also dealt out the hugs and kisses to Google Labs.

The search leviathan has announced two rather useful new projects 'Google Similar Images' and 'News Timeline'.

The former should be ideal for those who use Google Image search on a regular basis (the topic of your interest I couldn't possibly guess) as it uses image recognition technology to filter results for the end user. In the examples given by Google a user will be able to search for 'Jaguar' and ask it to differentiate between the animal or cars, pick out specific locations, monuments, products or even specific poses for celebrities {SafeSearch is off!}.

As for the second, 'News Timeline' is exactly as it sounds: it allows Google news results to be displayed in a chronological timeline to provide users with a simple overview of the news at any specific day, week, month, year or decade. Should prove a boon for journalists, know-it-alls and anyone researching/reminiscing.

In typical Google fashion, both announced projects are immediately available to try out.

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Similar Images

News Timeline

Ohmz

April 21, 2009, 5:51 am

Good Lord! Why would anybody use anything other than Gmail?





Messenger, that's right....

lazerlightning

April 21, 2009, 2:06 pm

I wonder how much extra electricity the Google servers are using up processing all those images?

Geoff Richards

April 21, 2009, 4:08 pm

I'm loving the Image Search functions - you can add extra meta filters to your keyword(s), so photos that only include Faces for example, and / or Colours. I expect the former is helped by some of the facial recognition software used in StreetView, but instead of blurring it out, it tags the image as containing a face.





The latter might prove to be VERY useful - instead of typing "porsche 911 red", you just search for "porsche 911" and then use the Colour filter to get all the Red ones. Fancy blue instead? Just change the filter and BAM - all the images are blue. Really cool stuff!!

Keithe6e

April 21, 2009, 5:41 pm

On a side note, was on the train the other day and to keep my 2 year old boy occupied I did a search for trackers on Google images using the I-Phone, Thumbs up to Google the way the Images are displayed and navigated on the I-Phone is really nice.

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