As broadband makes cloud based web services more convenient, and more integrated into our daily lives, we’re beginning to see what’s possible by linking services together. The latest astonishing mash-up is a natural language commander for Firefox called Ubiquity. If you’ve used application launchers like Quicksilver or Katapult this tool will seem familiar. However, where Ubiquity blows minds is that it’s seamlessly integrated with the web. For instance, if you need to research a word, Ubiquity can pull the definition directly from WordNet. It can also grab translations and maps from Google, and reviews from Yelp. The possibilities for this mash-up maker are endless as it can integrate with any open Web API. It’s a killer app, and highly recommended, even if only to catch a glimpse of what the future may bring.
Bruce P. Mehlman