Archive for June, 2011
The Google search changed its look recently with a smoother-looking interface. They also rolled out Google Calendar sporting a new skin, and just tonight Gmail announced a preview of their new look as well. Just tonight writing this post, I also noticed that Google Docs has had a makeover. These new looks are popping up as Google begins rolling out Google+ (6 Youtube Videos at this link!) … who new?
Check out a video, some screenshots of “The New Google” below, and read the Google posts for MORE info…
ONE MORE LINK … more about GOOGLE+
Recently Gmail improved that anti-phishing effort with additional phishing protection to include emails sent through websites and emails, and even suspicious-looking Gmails.
MORE PHISHING FIGHTING
Gmail posted a shameless plug/reminder today that you can call dear Dad (or anyone, really) from the US to anyone in the US or Canada for free.
They also cited their great rates for long distance in other places – view Google Voice International Rates.
LifeHacker Rings in on Free VOIP Google Voice Calls
Google just launched a new website about Google called Inside Search, designed to inform you about the different features and usefulness of Google Search. Who would want to know more about Google, we already know about it. Right? Aside from new features, Google’s post points out …
Whether you’re a beginner to web search or a search master, you’ll find all the search shortcuts you need under the Features section of the site. For example, most people don’t realize that the Google search box is a calculator, a world clock and a unit converter.
SEARCH GOOGLE BY TALKING
Have you noticed the small microphone inside the Google Search box? Now, if you have a microphone, you can search Google by talking. Just click the microphone icon and if a micorophone is found on your computer you can just say your search phrase. Its a lot faster to say than it is to type many search phrases.
Google Advisor can help you make financial decisions. Advisor helps you choose Mortgage, Credit Card, Certificated of Deposit (CD’s), bank accounts and more. Yes, Google Advisor can help you with financial decisions by cutting down the time spent looking for, applying for and comparing offers and programs. Google for your daily life … check out Google Advisor, more info and video are below.
HALO 4 IS ON THE MARCH
Master Chief returns …. are you ready for Halo 4 (release Holiday 2012)? Halo 4 is developed by 343 Industries (343? As in 343 Guilty Spark?).
HALO FREAK NOTE: Halo CE stands for Halo Combat Evolved, the first Halo video game.
Who is 343 Industries?
First, a little more about 343 Industries’ name. 343 Industries is part of Microsoft Studios. According to 343 Industries’ creative director Josh Holmes, they are “the caretakers for the Halo franchise moving forward.”
More from Joystiq.com:
As for the 343 Industries name, Ross mentions the obvious connection to everyone’s favorite Forerunner AI, 343 Guilty Spark, but adds that it may be more fully explained in the future. O’Connor expands further, noting that the answer to the mystery behind 343 will “make itself evident in a few years.” Our best guess: “Because it sounds cool.”
Back in May of last year, Google added a new feature in Gmail allowing dragging and dropping images into Gmail, which now also works in Firefox 4, but NOT Internet Exploer 9.
Just today Gmail one-upped drag-n-drop images into Gmail with copy-n-paste images from your clipboard into Gmail,. Simply hit your Prt Scr button in Windows, or Command-Control-Shift-4 on your Mac and you can then paste your image into Gmail.
Next? Maybe cropping and rotating your image in Gmail? Well, sort of… after pasting into Gmail in Chrome if you right click, you can selecgt image size small, medium, large or original size. This is also how to delete the image once pasted if you change you mind. Very nice …. cropping and rotating next?
Okay, first off the header up there is a JOKE, this guy is NOT the person to blame when Gmail goes down. But he’s one lucky computer dude!
When Gmail does go down or seems unusually slow Hareesh Nagarajan (or his co-workers) or Gmail usually aren’t the cause. Usual suspects for Gmail issues…? Don’t forget your ISP. How about your computer (RAM, CPU, how many programs you are running, etc)? Also how many features have you chosen in Gmail? Also, try these tips to get Gmail running faster.
Moving on, Hareesh Nagarajan is one of the guys that works with computers at Google – how cool is that job? Can you imagine being paid to work on computers at Google?
SOME DUDE: Hey, what do you do?
GOOGLE DUDE: Me, oh, I work with computers at Google.
SOME DUDE: So, you play video games all day?
GOOGLE DUDE: Nah, I upload my photos to my Picasa account, and pretty much basically I google stuff all day. Like yesterday I was googling how to improve my golf swing, and the latest statistics classes I could take to brush up.
SOME DUDE (in conspiratorial tone): C’mon man, you can tell me. Google has a bunch of Alienware PC’s and you guys game it up all day, right?
GOOGLE DUDE: No, get serious, that’s just the break room you’re describing.
Ok, back to serious again… Hareesh Nagarajan loves statistics and data, writes software, blogs and writes software. Faces of Google also points out Hareesh also does NOT play video games at work, but helps keep their datacenters running at max efficiency. Did I mention he writes software? Oh, twice… read the Gmail blog post and maybe you’ll see why.