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Chrome extensions arriving in developer version

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Google 

Support for extensions to customize Chrome, the top-requested feature for Google's browser, has begun arriving for adventurous users.

Previously, extensions worked only for those who enabled the feature with a command line switch. Now the feature is enabled by default in the developer preview version of Chrome on Windows, Aaron Boodman, the Google engineer who oversees the extensions work, said in a blog post Wednesday.

"We're ready for a few more people to start using extensions--the kind ...


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Google Voice and Gmail are sort of merging

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Google 

Two new little Google Voice features just made their way into Gmail. A new option lets text messages sent to Google Voice show up as e-mail messages in Gmail. You can reply to messages from Gmail, too, which makes it a nice platform for carrying on a text message conversation.

Google Voice text messages can now be read and replied to from within Gmail.

Also, there's a new Labs feature in Gmail that lets you play your Google Voice voicemail messages from inside the Gmail viewer. Previously,...


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Gmail outage blamed on capacity miscalculation

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, In : Google 
Google's nearly two-hour Gmail outage Tuesday was the result of a miscalculation regarding the capacity of its system, the company said late Tuesday.

Gmail was down from about 12:30 p.m. PDT Tuesday to about 2:30 p.m. PDT, affecting millions of Gmail customers who depend on the service for everything from fantasy football roster updates to business-critical information. The problem was caused by a classic cascade in which servers became overwhelmed with traffic in rapid succession.

According ...


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Google adds translation program to Google Docs

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, August 27, 2009, In : Google 

Google continues to move language translation into more and more of its products. On Thursday, it became a feature of Google Docs, letting anyone do an on-the-spot translation into one of 42 languages.

The new feature, tucked away in a settings menu, has the smarts to automatically detect in which language the original document is written. It then opens the translated version in a new window, allowing you to compare and contrast the two side by side, more easily checking whether the translati...


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Google's 64-bit Chrome starts emerging--on Linux

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, August 20, 2009, In : Google 

Google has begun work on a 64-bit version of Chrome for Linux, a move likely to whip Linux loyalists into a lather of excitement.

"The V8 team did some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port. After a handful of changes on the Chromium side, I've had Chromium Linux building on 64-bit for the last few weeks," said Chrome engineer Dean McNamee in a mailing list message Thursday

V8 is Chrome's engine for running programs written in the JavaScript language common on the Web. Chr...


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New Chrome beta reflects bigger Google challenge

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, August 6, 2009, In : Google 

Features that Google brought to its developer preview version of Chrome--themes, a revamped new-tab page, a tweaked Omnibox for searching and entering Web addresses, and support for HTML 5 video--have now arrived on the browser's better tested beta version intended for broader use.

Individually, these features in Chrome 3.0.195.4 (download) are niceties. Collectively, they show Google is steadily moving ahead with its browser project, which was ambitious even before Chrome OS arrived on the...


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Google building 3D hardware boost into Chrome

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 23, 2009, In : Google 
Departing significantly from what other browsers offer, Google has begun building its O3D plug-in for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics into its Chrome browser.

"The O3D team is working on getting O3D integrated into the Chromium build, and we're close to being able to complete our first step towards integration," said programmer Greg Spencer in a mailing list announcement Wednesday about Chromium, the open-source project that underlies Chrome itself. "I'll be making the Windows build of Ch...


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Changes to Google Docs hint at GDrive release

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, In : Google 

The sharp eyes over at the Google Operating System blog noticed that Google quietly changed some wording in Google Docs from "PDFs" to "files." While small, this could signal that Google Docs may soon support the viewing and editing of other file types, and possibly double as an online storage service--like the fabled GDrive.

Google has long-allowed users to upload PDFs to Docs. These could be viewed in Google's online viewer, but not edited. However, the service would not allow other items ...


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Google fixes flaws in Chrome

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 17, 2009, In : Google 

New versions of Google Chrome are out, fixing bugs and patching security holes in both the stable build and the beta build.

Two serious security flaws have been plugged. One had allowed for malicious code exploitation within the Chrome tab sandbox. Found by the Google security team, the threat was serious enough that Google has declined to be more specific until "a majority of users are up to date with the fix," the company said in a blog post.

A second security risk caused by memory corru...


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Google sees separate paths for Android, Chrome OS

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Google 
Among the many questions raised in the wake of Google's announcement of Chrome OS is exactly how the project fits in with Google's Android mobile operating system.

Essentially, nothing has changed, said Google's Andy Rubin at a press conference Friday morning highlighting Google and T-Mobile's partnership on the launch of the new MyTouch 3G smartphone. "You need different technology for different products," Rubin said, explaining that Google's approach to product development means that projec...


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Why Chrome OS? Google says, why not?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 9, 2009, In : Google 

Google has long worked on expanding its reach beyond mere Internet search. And as many had suspected, it confirmed late Tuesday night that it plans to develop a lightweight operating system based on Linux and Web standards for personal computers.

Why? Well, Google's standard response to any question about why it's working on something other than search is to de...


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Google plans Chrome-based Web operating system

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, In : Google 

That Google operating system rumor is coming true--and it's based on Google's browser, Chrome.

The company announced Google Chrome OS on its blog Tuesday night, saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself.

In other words, Google's cloud-computing ambitions just got a lot bigger.

"Google Chrome OS is being created for peo...


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Google bringing AdSense to mobile apps

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, June 25, 2009, In : Google 

Android and iPhone developers looking for an extra source of revenue will soon have an advertising option, sponsored by Google.

Google's AdSense program--in which it sells and distributes ads to third-party publishers--is coming to mobile devices as a beta program, the company announced Wednesday. A small group of developers have been testing this program but now anyone can apply, said Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management, in a blog post.

Mobile apps are one of the hottest top...


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Google and the billion-dollar HTML tag

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, June 25, 2009, In : Google 

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Those who think HTML tags are low-level technology should realize they can have a huge impact on the bottom line.

By finding an HTML tag that allowed Google to offer ads on the right hand side of its search page without delaying page loading times, Google was able to cash in without harming the user experience, said Marissa Mayer, vice president for search products and experience, at the O'Reilly Velocity 2009 conference. There aren't a whole lot of "billion-dollar HTML tags...


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Google to highlight Web's need for speed

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, In : Google 

Few would disagree that faster is better when it comes to the Web, and Google wants to get Web publishers hooked on speed.

Webmasters looking for ways to speed up page loading times will have a host of tips and tricks to peruse later Tuesday when Google launches a new Web site designed to emphasize the importance of speed on the Web, said Richard Rabbat, a product manager at Google. Google engineering gurus Bill Coughran and Urs Hoelzle plan to unveil the initiative in a blog post unveiling ...


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Google's vision improving for image search

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 22, 2009, In : Google 
Google thinks it has made a breakthrough in "computer vision."

Imagine stumbling upon a picture of a beautiful site in Europe filled with ancient ruins, one you didn't recognize at first glance while searching for vacation destinations online. Google has developed a way to let a person provide Google with the URL for that image and search a database of over 40 million geotagged photos to match that image to verified landmarks, giving you a destination for that next trip.

The project is still ...


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Why Google might want you to think it's scared of Bing

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, In : Google 

So the Googlies are, allegedly, gnashing and wailing.

Their ears, their nostrils, even their fully formed eyebrows are twitching beyond all human control.

Though I am not one of those who necessarily subscribes to the idea that Googlies ever have extreme emotions, the rumor is that they are in a fizzy tizzy. Because of Bing, the new search fragrance from Microsoft.

According to a report, Google's Sergey Brin has ordered some of his finest brains to take Bing apart as if it were a secretly smu...


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Google Squared goes live with mixed results

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Google Squared developers are quite welcome to join my fantasy baseball team next year.

Google turned on Google Squared Wednesday, letting the public test out its attempt to present search results in grid format.

Google Squared was first demonstrated at Google's Searchology event in May, when the company showed off how a query for a category such as "U.S. Presidents" would return a number of results for the gentlemen who have held that office sorted by categories, such as political party, n...


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Gmail helps you migrate from other e-mail services

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Correction: This article was updated at 11:10 PDT to remove the statement that AOL doesn't allow using non-AOL e-mail clients to access its e-mail, which is untrue.

It's been a challenge to persuade my friends to move on from AOL. It's not because I am not convincing enough (I am!), it's just that it's impossible for them to move their e-mail archive and contacts to a new non-AOL account.

(Credit: Gmailblog)

But now my persuasion level has just been raised a notch as Gmail announced Wednesd...


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Google revises AdWords trademark policy

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Google has revised its policy on trademarks appearing in keyword ads, allowing brand names to appear in AdWords copy.

Google will begin accepting new ads that contain trademark terms on Friday although the ads will not begin appearing online until June 11, Dan Friedman, a member of the Inside AdWords crew, announced Thursday in a company blog:

In an effort to improve ad quality and user experience, we are adjusting our trademark policy in the U.S. to allow some ads to use trademarks in ...

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Google fine-tunes : new filters + visualized results

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and experience, led a parade of the company's product managers on stage at Searchology 2009 to demonstrate the new features, known as Google Search Options, Google Squared, and Rich Snippets. Search Options will be rolling out gradually on Tuesday, giving searchers ways to filter their results based on factors like timeliness, result type such as image or videos, or a desire to see search results in visual form.

The announcements "center ar...


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Google Chrome ads coming to TV

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Google plans to make its first foray into the old-fashioned world of television advertising with spots promoting its Chrome browser this weekend.

Google Japan had already released a 30-second video promoting Chrome on YouTube, but the company will distribute that video through the Google TV Ads network this weekend as an experiment to see if it can drum up interest in Chrome, its new browser. Google said it's using the research it has done on measuring the relevance of television ads in o...


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Analyst: Google will walk away from bad AdSense deals

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
Are the days of silly AdSense deals with the likes of MySpace and AOL over for Google? Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay seems to think so. The analyst upped his price target to $600 for Google shares on the theory that the economy is rebounding and the search giant's revenue per click ratio will follow. Meanwhile, Google's profit margins are likely to go higher.

And Google's ability to walk away from high-cost AdSense deals are one reason those margins are headed higher. Lindsay writes in a ...


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Google Chrome patch fixes vanishing scrollbar

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Did you pine for those missing Gmail scrollbars when using the latest version of Chrome, as I did? Pine no more, because Google said its latest developer release of the open-source browser gives them back.

Chrome 2.0.177.1 is on the developer preview release channel, not the better-tested beta or stable channels, so not everyone will get it. (You can sign up for the developer or beta channels by downloading the Chrome Channel Changer, but be warned that you have to uninstall them if you w...


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Google Custom Search Cuts uTorrent Off

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
The immensely popular BitTorrent client uTorrent recently added a Google powered torrent search engine to its website. This added search capability used Google’s custom search program and allowed visitors to search for .torrent files on Google. For reasons unknown, Google appears to be blocking the use of its search technology on the site.

With over 28 million active users a month, uTorrent has established itself as the client of choice for most BitTorrent users. In an attempt to bring in so...

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Google tech tweak reveals plan for faster search

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
It was the kind of detail that only experts in Web traffic analysis could love, but a technical change Google is making turns out to reveal something a lot more people care about: faster search results.

Specifically, Google is trying out a new way to present search results that uses the JavaScript programming language and the related Ajax interface technology, not just regular HTML, to display the information, Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya said.

The reason: with the Ajax-enhanced search res...


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Google opens update software to scrutiny

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
In an attempt to better show what its software is up to, Google has released the source code of its Google Update software, a project code-named Omaha that can automatically install new versions of programs, including the Chrome browser and Google Earth.

"Some users can be surprised to find this program running, and at Google, we don't like disappointing our users. We've been working hard to address these concerns, and releasing the source code for Omaha is our attempt to make the purpose of G...

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