Tag Archives: Google

Google This Week (26/11/2008)

googleGmail now has themes.

Google Chrome gains a bookmark manager.

Google SearchWiki Launched

Google Maps Has a New Interface

Google SketchUp 7 Released

Lively Will Be Discontinued

YouTube Experimenting With 720p HD Video and Now At 16:9 Aspect Ratio


Google Chrome – A New Web Browser

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

The browser uses WebKit as the rendering engine and has Gears integrated into it.

A word of advice, it looks much better on Windows Vista and when it is maximised. You might also want to enable the Home button and keep the bookmarks toolbar visible at all times.

Like this:
Google Chrome

One thing I absolutely hate is when you install the product, it adds a startup entry of GoogleUpdate.exe. So each time your computer starts it runs the exe and it never shuts down. It also does not install in the Programs Folder like normal software programs, but instead at C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local on Windows Vista.

I know that this is beta software, so this may change when the final product is out, but Google don’t add files or services to our startup list, no matter how small. You don’t see Mozilla Firefox doing that.

Overall, it is a very good web browser, but too simple for my liking. It’s hard to keep lots of bookmarks and it doesn’t support RSS yet, but it is very fast. It is also supposed to be more efficient then other web browsers in the way it handles processes and threads. I would not recommend it for daily use just yet. A lot of sites that use advanced JavaScript functions have problems e.g. the new Facebook, so many features to do work, like joining a new group or deleting a comment.

Read the Comic Book to get a better insight into the ideas and features behind Google Chrome.

View: Comic Book about Google Chrome
Download: Google Chrome (BETA)

YouTube Has Higher Resolution Videos With Better Sound!

YouTube has started making available higher resolution versions of its videos, offering 480×360 video with higher quality audio, up from the standard resolution of 320×240. The video is MP4 with AAC audio. It has also made available 448×336 video, with 44100 Hz audio, double the normal.

To benefit from this, append &fmt=18 to the end of a video URL to get 480×360 video with higher quality audio. Or append &fmt=6 and get 448×336 video, with 44100 Hz audio. However, not all videos will work. Newer ones are most likely to work, as the source file is there so it can be converted.

One video I did notice that does have the higher quality video is the “One Peg More” video by Gop Virk & Laddi Bath. Continue reading YouTube Has Higher Resolution Videos With Better Sound!

Google 9, Me 19 and (Late) Bhagat Singh 100

Today is Google’s 9th birthday, but now only that it is also my 19th birthday and (late) Bhagat Singh’s 100th birthday.

View: Google’s 9th Birthday | Bhagat Singh

At the time of checking, Wikipedia showed Bhagat Singh’s birthday as the 28th of September, but this is incorrect, as I saw on Star News (an Indian news channel) that his birthday was today (the 27th), and many other sources report the same.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh was an Indian freedom fighter, considered to be one of the most famous revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. For this reason, he is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (the word shaheed means “martyr”).

Gmail Available For All

Until now nobody could have an Gmail e-mail address unless he/she got an invitation from another Gmail user. From today anybody can have a @gmail account. After a period of nearly three years, you can apply for an e-mail address without invitation. Since the introduction of Gmail in April 2004 the web mail service became one of the biggest rivals of Microsoft Hotmail. The big advantage of Gmail was the 1Gb of storage space they had over other providers. Now the storage space has increased to 2814,522021 MB and is still increasing every second.

For now the service still has the beta tag, and if they will get rid of that in a short time isn’t known for now. It’s also possible that Google has to deliver it’s Gmail in Europe under another name because of the law suit filled by Daniel Giersch, owner of the company G-mail. German and British users will have a @googlemail.com account instead of a @gmail.com account, and there is a chance that the whole Europe will suffer this fate.

View: Make your own account
Source: Tweakers.net (Not English) | ZDNet UK

Google Replaced by Yahoo! in Opera Mini

Opera Software and Yahoo! announced on 8th January (Opera, Yahoo!) a new partnership for mobile search.

New downloads from operamini.com will come with Y! search preinstalled in the built in homepage. We will also soon start switching existing users to Y! Search. (So don’t be alarmed when the search logo on the homepage suddenly changes. It’s supposed to do that.)

Read: Opera Mini Blog

Five New Gmail Features Just Launched!

Reply on top
No more scrolling to the bottom of a long message to find the “Reply” link. Now there’s a Reply button right on top, along with a lot of other options under the little dropdown arrow.

Reply on top

Embarassment-reducing new message notifications
Ever replied to a message only to find out that someone sent a better, smarter reply right before you? Now, if someone sends a reply while you’re in the middle of reading a conversation (or replying to it), you’ll get a notification that a new message has arrived. Click “update conversation” to see what you’ve missed.

Embarassment-reducing new message notifications

Forward all
When viewing a conversation, use the new “Forward all” link on the right if you want to forward the entire conversation instead of just one message.

Chat even when your friends are offline
Chatting in Gmail just keeps getting better. Now, if you’re chatting with a friend who goes offline, your friend will be able to see whatever you were typing the next time he or she goes online.

Get Gmail on your mobile phone
It’s new and it’s fast. To try it for yourself, point your phone to gmail.com/app

Download it once, and start accessing Gmail on your phone with just a click or two. You’ll also like it because:

  • It has the same Gmail interface you know and love
  • Your account stays synchronized whether you access it from your computer or the phone
  • You can easily view attachments such as photos, documents and .pdf files

Learn more about Gmail for mobile devices.

View: What’s new on Gmail?

Eureka! Your own search engine has landed!

From the Official Google Blog:

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could easily build a search engine on your blog or website tailored to the topics and areas you know and love the most? You’re not alone if you’d like that — we’ve heard from partners large and small, and users across the web who want access to the Google search platform, and want to customize and make it their own.

We’re thrilled to tell you that the search for your own search engine is over. Today we are launching the Google Custom Search Engine. As you might imagine, it’s a simple and straightforward product to use and understand. In a matter of minutes you can create a search engine that reflects your knowledge and interests; looks and feels like your own; and, if you choose, you can make money from the traffic you receive through Google’s AdSense program. You can even invite your friends and trusted community members to add to and help build your search engine.

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Create your own search engine!

Google 8, Me 18. Happy Birthday to Google and Me.

As you may know today is Google’s 8th birthday, but what you might not know is that it is my 18th birthday today. Google was founded on September 27, 1998.

Google's 8th Birthday

Google Inc. is an American public corporation, first incorporated as a privately held corporation on 7 September 1998, that designed and manages the Internet’s most used search engine. The company has approximately 8,000 employees and is based in Mountain View, California. Eric Schmidt, former chief executive officer of Novell, was named Google’s CEO when co-founder Larry Page stepped down.

The name “Google” originated from a misspelling of “googol,” which refers to a 1 followed by one-hundred zeros. Google has had a major impact on online culture. The verb “google” was recently added to both the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet.

Source: Wikipedia
Homepage: Google

Try Google’s New Layout!

I know this may be old, but here it goes.

Google has been working on a new interface or layout for quite some time now. Quite a few users have reported seeing the layout but could not replicate it on other computers.

I have known about this interface for long time, but forgot about it. Recently this new interface just came up when I did a search on Google. I actually liked it, not for the design, but the speed of the page loading. Then what happened was I accidentally deleted my cookies using CCleaner, and it was gone.

I have now got it back, and this is how I did it:

  • First, navigate to the Google homepage of your choice, e.g. google.com, google.co.uk.
  • Then, copy this entire code (below) to the address bar, change the domain at the end to what ever you are using and press enter/go.
  • Finally, SEARCH!

Here is the code (make sure you remove the line breaks):

The code no longer works.