By Nilay Patel posted May 21st 2010 5:56PM

Google made some waves yesterday when it announced the new Google TV platform, backed by major players like Sony, Logitech, Intel, Dish Network, and Best Buy. Built on Android and featuring the Chrome browser with a full version of Flash Player 10.1, Google TV is supposed to bring “the web to your TV and your TV to the web,” in Google’s words. It’s a lofty goal that many have failed to accomplish, but Google certainly has the money and muscle to pull it off. But hold up: what is Google TV, exactly, and why do all these companies think it’s going to revolutionize the way we watch TV? Let’s take a quick walk through the platform and see what’s what.

By Richard Lawler posted May 21st 2010 1:40PM

The Google TV has landed and is already sending ripples through the marketplace, but what about all the companies already blending internet and TV? Whether they are already planning to work with the new initiative (Rovi), even more firmly staking a claim on their existing technology and vision for the connected TV (Microsoft, Yahoo), sounding like it’s an option for the future (Samsung, VIZIO, Boxee) or already working on their own Android on TV projects (People of Lava, MIPS) each one should tell a little bit about where this market is headed in the coming months and years. Read on for their statements — and a quick breakdown of what each is bringing to the table in case you weren’t already running a network cable to your HDTV years ago.

By, Stephen S. Cook

I am in a Leadership training class through work. There are 6 of us in the group. We meet every other week for an all-day session. We were recently asked to define leadership.

Here’s what I found:

A Dictionary Definition

Function: noun 1 : the office or position of a leader; 2 : capacity to lead 3 : the act or an instance of leading — Source: Merriam-Webster On-line

Leadership Definition 1

“My definition of a leader . . . is a man who can persuade people to do what they don’t want to do, or do what they’re too lazy to do, and like it.” — Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972, Thirty-third President of the United States, Miller, More Plan Speaking

Leadership Definition 2

“You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.” — Grace Hopper, Admiral, U. S. Navy (retired), Nova ( PBS TV), 1986

Leadership Definition 3

“The superior leader gets things done with very little motion. He imparts instruction not through many words but through a few deeds. He keeps informed about everything but interferes hardly at all. He is a catalyst, and though things would not get done well if he weren’t’t there, when they succeed he takes no credit. And because he takes no credit, credit never leaves him.” — Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching

Leadership Definition 4

“Leadership occurs when one person induces others to work toward some predetermined objectives.” — Massie

Leadership Definition 5

“Leadership is the ability of a superior to influence the behavior of a subordinate or group and persuade them to follow a particular course of action.” — Chester Bernard

Leadership Definition 6

“Leadership is the art to of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives.” — U. S. Air Force

Leadership Definition 7

“The feminine leadership style emphasizes cooperation over competition; intuition as well as rational thinking in problem solving, team structures where power and influence are shared within the group . . . interpersonal competence; and participative decision making.” — Marilyn Loden, Founder and president, Loden Associates, Management Review, December 1987

Leadership Definition 8

“The first job of a leader is to define a vision for the organization…. Leadership of the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren Bennis, President, University of Cincinnati, University of Maryland symposium, January 21, 1988

Leadership Definition 9

“The ultimate test of practical

leadership is the realization of intended, real change that meets people’s enduring needs.” — James MacGregor Burns

Leadership Definition 10

“Managers have subordinates—leaders have followers.” — Murray Johannsen

Leadership Definition 11

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams quotes (American 6th US President (1825-29), eldest son of John Adams, 2nd US president. 1767-1848)

Leadership Definition 12

“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” — Henry Ford

Leadership Definition 13

“Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.” — Grace Hopper, Admiral, U. S. Navy (retired), Speech, Washington, D. C., February 1987

Leadership Definition 14

“As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; the next, the people hate.” — Lao Tse, 604-531 B. C., Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching

Leadership Definition 15

“A manager takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to.” — Rosalyn Carter

My Definition

“Leadership is the ability to guide and inspire others to act; to work together towards a common goal.’ -Stephen S. Cook

Google Announces Android 2.2 with Flash,  Google TV at I/O ConferenceGoogle’s made it official. They’re releasing an Android 2.2 for phones with Flash support, web-synced apps and music, and faster performance, and a whole new product, Google TV, that aims to integrate web content, search, DVR, and regular old television.

Gizmodo’s covering the Google I/O conference live, and they’ve got up-to-the-minute screens and updates on what’s being revealed about Google TV, Android 2.2, and even a screenshot tour of Android 2.2 in the wild. We’ll dig into the new Android OS from a user’s perspective, assuming it gets released, later today, but in the meantime, there are a few notable conveniences for users coming down the pike:

Android 2.2

Google Announces Android 2.2 with Flash,  Google TV at I/O Conference

  • Speed: Google claims Android 2.2’s browser is the fastest mobile browser around, due in large part to its new JavaScript compiling engine. They also cite frame rates in gaming and other speed improvements around the system.
  • Over-the-air apps installing: The app syncing comes through an update of the Android Market’s web page, which users can soon sign into, and the Market app on phones. You’ll be able to click an app in the (searchable!) Market and push it to your phone, and have the web Market know what you’ve got installed on your phone.
  • An “Update All” button: A small, but very time-saving, addition to the Market app.
  • Music and photo syncing: Your music stashed in iTunes, iPhoto, Windows Media Player, and other locations can synchronize over the web soon, through Google’s acquisition of SimplifyMedia (which caught almost everyone unaware).
  • Flash 10.1 support: Expected, but now official. Interesting development for gaming and interactive apps—and a new platform for crash complaints.
  • Built-in tethering and Wi-Fi sharing: Also expected, but very helpful. Remains to see which carriers will disable or push back on it.

The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone  Should KnowAnyone can sit down at a Windows PC and get along fine, but with the right tips and tricks, you can get around much faster. Here’s a handful of clever tricks to boost your Windows skills (and show off to friends).

You might recognize a few of these tips (we’ve covered most of them here before), but chances are good there’s something new in the list for just about everybody. And if you know all of them already? Pat yourself on the back for your masterful geek skills.

(Note: This list far from exhausts Windows’ full slate of shortcuts and tricks; instead, I aimed for lesser-known tips. To round out your Windows 7 master class, be sure to check out our complete guide to Windows 7, the master list of Windows 7 shortcuts, and the power user’s guide to Windows 7.)

By Richard Lawler posted May 20th 2010 1:21PM

Sony will be first out of the gate with a Google TV powered device, with its “Sony Internet TV” devices — in the form of either an HDTV or a set-top box with Blu-ray player — arriving on shelves this fall. The rest of the partners were just as the rumors indicated, with Logitech adding a QWERTY Harmony remote, “companion box” to bridge the gap to existing home theater equipment and eventually video chat capabilities, Intel providing the CE4100 Atom processor at the heart of the devices and an Android 2.1 OS with Chrome browser brings it all together. DISH Network and Google have admitted to their ongoing trials but there’s no word on any release date,(Update: We didn’t catch it onstage, but DISH just announced it will enable “advanced integration” via HDMI on all of its HD DVR receivers this fall, details after the break) while Best Buy is already on board to sell all of this and inevitably offer to hook up those IR blasters for a fee, while Adobe is just happy to see another device that runs Flash 10.1. The rest of the details are in press release and video form after the break, but you can sign up for updates at Google.com/tv (developers check in here) or check out our ongoing liveblog right from Google I/O.

Install Ubuntu on a Windows Netbook, No  Partitioning NeededMaybe you want to give Linux a try on your netbook with Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix, but don’t want to have to wipe your system to do so. Luckily, you can install and remove Ubuntu from Windows, just like any other application.

At the How-To Geek’s abode away from Lifehacker, writer Matthew details the pretty simple process of installing Ubuntu as a kind of sub-system in Windows using Wubi, a method we’ve previously detailed. Pick “Ubuntu Netbook” from the Desktop Environment menu when installing, and you’re on your way. Matthew also details how to make your Windows files and folders easily accessible from your new Ubuntu desktop, along with explaining more advanced Windows/Ubuntu boot options and providing a basic tour of the small-screen-focused Ubuntu. It’s a pain-free way of trying out Ubuntu on a netbook and seeing if it works for you.

Got a netbook that Ubuntu Netbook Remix just absolutely sings on? Have a few things you wish were fixed in UNR? We’ll gladly take both talking points in the comments.

Google Wave Now Open to EveryoneGoogle Wave now lets anyone with a Google account to jump in and see what the early adopters have been squawking (and snarking) about. Head to wave.google.com now to get Waving, but read on for some beginner tips and use cases.

Gina and Adam have been using, testing, and detailing Wave’s features from day one, and their Complete Guide to Google Wave is available as a free read on the web (with paid PDFs and print copies also offered). Gina’s also offered frequently asked questions about Google Wave, charted the differences between Wave and other messaging/editing apps, feature by feature, and offered real-world use case studies, many of them provided by readers and Twitter followers.

As noted, Google/Gmail users can head to wave.google.com and start tinkering right away. If you’re a Google Apps user, your administrator can also enable Google Wave for group use right now—the details are explained at the Google Enterprise blog. Tell us what you think of Wave as a new user, or a veteran watching the progress, in the comments.

How to Start Using Procedure Checklists for  Flawless Task ExecutionThere’s a good chance you’re either using checklists to record and strike through one-off tasks or you’re not using them at all. Either way, you’re missing out on an enormous boost in productivity and efficiency if you’re neglecting the humble procedure checklist. [Read More]

By Vladislav Savov posted May 19th 2010 9:43AM

You’ll remember the TX5 as Sony’s do-it-all solution for compact camera fans. It aims to be both stylish — with a slender 0.7-inch profile and a 3-inch touchscreen — and rugged, thanks to a metal frame that makes it impervious to water, dust and sub-zero conditions. Throw in the backlit Exmor R CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, SDHC compatibility, and 720p movie mode and you’ve got a pretty fearsome paper tiger on your hands. But does it roar in reality? According to Photography Blog, you won’t be getting the finest image quality around, but the TX5 impressed with some terrific high ISO performance, excellent handling of chromatic aberrations, and a versatility that allows you to take photos you might not otherwise get to with more conventional shooters. That is an opinion broadly shared by CNET, though both reviewers agreed that pricing will be a tough pill to swallow given that this is still just a 10 megapixel point-and-shoot. Hit the sources for more or mosey on past the break for a sample video. [Video Here]