** Google Desktop Live **
Google's free desktop search utility made it out of "beta" stage and users can now download a finished 1.0 version from http://desktop.google.com for free.
With improvements over "beta" version released in 2004, finished version not only allows you to search your own computer for Microsoft Office documents, emails, and instant messaging history, but now supports music, video, images, PDF files, and Firefox and Netscape Web browsers.
In their never-ending quest to make their name synonymous with "search," Google's Desktop Search utility makes a bold step towards dominating desktop search market.
Available for Windows XP and Windows 2000, Google's desktop search remains miles ahead of MSN and Yahoo!, who released their own beta version desktop search utilities several months after Google.
Google also chose to create an environment friendly to third-party software developers by encouraging them to develop "plug ins" that expand capabilities of their Desktop Search application.
By allowing others to add their "two-cents" to program, Google will further cement their position as leader in this emerging field of "desktop" search.
** MP3 Player Wars Boiling Over **
In response to Apple's iPod Shuffle, a low priced flash memory MP3 audio player, Sony announced plans to offer a comparably low priced MP3 player in $100 to $150 range.
This in response to complaints from consumers that Sony's past MP3 player offerings rated too expensive next to feature-rich iPpod.
Consumers can expect several developments in response to Sony's entry into "Under $150" MP3 player market.
First, increased use of portable players will cause related businesses selling actual MP3's and accessories to experience continued growth, both online and offline.
Second, a new trend known as "pod casting" is getting set to explode.
"Pod casting" involves content providers (radio dj's, entrepreneurs, columnists, musicians) creating MP3 audio content and then making it super simple for listeners to automatically download these "broadcasts" online and listen to them at their convenience.