The first TV search engine
Google has transformed how we get information on computers and cellphones, and now it's set to upend television. Good Morning America? Top Chef? It's all just data to Google TV, and soon you'll be able to be as picky about what you watch as you are about the blogs you read. The service searches metadata, such as titles and keywords, from cable guides and the Web—even DVRs on the Dish Network—to cull results. What's more, since Google TV is an open platform, developers will soon be able to create apps to embed more info (such as IMDb entries) or translate closed captions in real time. All that requires a little computing power from a low-power PC processor, which is currently built into an add-on set-top box from Logitech as well as a Sony HDTV and Blu-ray player.