Google’s Living Stories promises leap in usability

There was a torrent of announcements from Google this week — among them Living Stories, which has intriguing prospects for journalists. As Dan Gillmor suggests, a better name would probably be Living Topics. The service, which is an amazing technological feat, groups news stories and deconstructs them for better online viewing. Google says the automated initiative, […]

Google Fast Flip built for mobile

So this is it. In April, Sharon Waxman reported a conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in which he told her: “In about six months, the company will roll out a system that will bring high-quality news content to users without them actively looking for it” … one in which users “will be automatically served […]

Google’s crowdsourced traffic reports will hurt radio

“It’s stop and go on the bridge.” “Watch out for that deer on the 102.” The voices are a staple of local radio — listeners calling in to report traffic conditions. On-air updates build audiences, involve listeners and bring advertisers to morning and afternoon shows. But Google believes it can deliver traffic reports faster and […]

Mobile user experience ‘miserable’

How bad is the current user experience on mobile devices? The Nielsen Norman Group released a study July 20 and web usability expert Jakob Nielsen, who worked on it, didn’t sugar-coat the results: The phrase “mobile usability” is pretty much an oxymoron. It’s neither easy nor pleasant to use the Web on mobile devices. Observing […]