Last week at Apple's Media Event, they previewed iTV - a media center that would also stream Internet video on your TV. Newsweek reports that Google's consumer product chief, Marissa Mayer, confirms that Google is engaged in talks with Apple to integrate Google Video as part of the service provided.
As usual, Google is up to groundbreaking things. Last week Google announced that they've set up a philanthropic division - Google.org - with about $1 billion initial funding they aim to use toward tackling disease, poverty and global warming. Slashdot reports that one of the for-profit organization's first projects will include developing a hybrid vehicle engine that has the mileage rating equivalent to 100 MPG. The site itself outlines several of their current undertakings including funding water research and improving literacy.
Skeptics have spoken out on its structure (for-profit means that they will have to pay taxes) and its ambition (i.e. attacking global poverty). But Google has already revolutionized how we interact online and in some cases offline (i.e. Google Desktop), and how we manage, store and search information. I don't think they've gotten this far by playing it safe.
I say rock on, Google.org.
I've been testing out Smultron, a text editor written in Cocoa for Mac OS X, as an alternative to BB Edit. A week in, and I'm sold! The feature set is comparable to the BareBones Mac standard, and includes some seriously tasty offerings like Split Window to edit 2 docs at once, grouping files into Projects, saving oft-used pieces of code as Snippets, the ability to Preview HTML docs, and .Mac Sync to sync your preferences.
The interface icons pretty much suck (much like the name), but if you can get past those points give this piece of freeware a try. Do it. Now.
Very cool and informative map displaying the current carbon dioxide emission levels of every country in the world, along with birth and death rates, and population. Click 'about' and follow the link through to ecofoot.org to take a quick survey on your individual impact on the environment.
If you don't know what that says, that probably means you're not Swedish (or you are but you can't read). No problem either way - you'll still get the idea from kominigarderoben.se, a microsite from Swedish furniture company, IKEA.