Saturday, May 29, 2010

New About Google - 29 May 2010

  • My new favorite thing: Fur Maker

    May 28, 2010

    Having spent the last three hours fiddling with Ruby developer tak2hata’s amazing new SketchUp plugin, I can proclaim one thing with absolute confidence:

    Everything is better with fur on it.

    I submit for your consideration the following well-known corporate logo (modeled in SketchUp):

    Not bad.

    Now with fur added:

    Awesome. Awesomer. Awesomest.

    I rest my case.

    Tak2hata released Fur Maker into the world less than a month ago, but it’s already made quite a splash with the SketchUp faithful; people are having tons of fun


  • Happy 1st birthday, Google Wave!

    May 28, 2010

    Last week, we opened sign-ups for Google Wave to everyone as part of Google Labs and made it available for all Google Apps domains. Here is the quick (seven minute) update on the state of the product from this year's Google IO conference:



    Today, it's been a full year since the Wave team first got on stage at the Moscone Center and demoed a new vision for communication and collaboration to a crowd of developers. In a guest article on the Huffington Post last week, Lars described innovation and working on Google Wave as a rollercoaster


  • Author badges in the 3D Warehouse

    May 28, 2010

    We’re excited to introduce author badges in the Google 3D Warehouse. Badges are our way of recognizing your modeling accomplishments and helping to establish your reputation in the 3D Warehouse community.

    There are badges for:
    • uploading a SketchUp model
    • creating a Building Maker model
    • recognizing the number of buildings you’ve had accepted into the 3D Buildings layer of Google Earth
    Here are my badges as displayed in My Models page:

    As you can see, I’ve been busy working on badges and not models, so perhaps you’d like to see badges


  • Formula highlighting in spreadsheets

    May 27, 2010

    In the new version of Google Spreadsheets, cell references and the corresponding cells are now highlighted to make it easier to keep track of your formulas.


    Please note that this new feature is available in Chrome 4.0+, Safari 3.0+, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0+. We plan to add support for Mozilla Firefox 3.7+ soon.

    Let us know if you have more feedback and ideas for improvements.


  • We’ve officially acquired AdMob!

    May 27, 2010

    Last Friday, we said that mobile advertising was moving fast. So are we! Today, we closed our acquisition of AdMob. Omar Hamoui has built a great team and great products at AdMob and we’re thrilled to officially welcome them to Google.

    We’ll now begin the process of bringing our products and teams together in the best way, and building new products and features together. We’re working to make this integration happen as fast and as seamlessly as possible. We’ll actively keep our clients up-to-date as we bring our businesses together — stay tuned


  • Use your own photos in Building Maker

    May 27, 2010

    Previously, Google Building Maker restricted you to using only our aerial images for your models. Today, we are happy to announce a new feature that allows you to upload your own photos for building creation - resulting in higher-detailed and more realistic building facades! The following images demonstrate how this new feature improves your building's appearance:

    Watch this video to learn how to use this feature:



    A new "Add your own photos" link will appear below the left image list after you have constrained three points of


  • Android Cloud To Device Messaging

    May 27, 2010

    [This post is by Wei Huang, who helped implement this feature. — Tim Bray]

    In the just-launched Android 2.2, we’ve added a new service to help developers send data from servers to their applications on Android phones. Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data with servers.

    Most of the useful applications on your mobile phone use the Internet to keep users connected. Traditionally, many apps use polling to fetch data periodically. POP mail clients, for example, connect to the server every


  • Benvenuti a Venezia

    May 27, 2010

    Venice, Italy in 3D is now live on Google Earth. You can take a virtual stroll starting at the train station (Venezia Santa Lucia) and traverse Ponte Scalzi to get to Campo Santa Margherita. You can check out the recently completed "fourth bridge" (Ponte della Costituzione) on the Grand Canal, without ever having to be in Venice. Or, you could watch the city from the vantage point of a bird perched atop St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco), walk around Palazzo Grassi or explore the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto).

    All of these


  • Chrome Extensions for Web Development

    May 27, 2010

    The Chrome Developer Tools are great for debugging HTML, JavaScript and CSS in Chrome. If you're writing a webpage or even a web app for the Chrome Web Store, you can inspect elements in the DOM, debug live JavaScript, and edit CSS styles directly in the current page. Extensions can make Google Chrome an even better web development environment by providing additional features that you can easily access in your browser. To help developers like you, we created a page that features extensions for web development. We hope you’ll find them useful


  • Chrome Extensions for web development

    May 27, 2010

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    The Chrome Developer Tools are great for debugging HTML, JavaScript and CSS in Chrome. If you're writing a webpage or even a web app for the Chrome Web Store, you can inspect elements in the DOM, debug live JavaScript, and edit CSS styles directly in the current page. Extensions can make Google Chrome an even better web development environment by providing additional features that you can easily access in your browser. To help developers like you, we created a page that features extensions for web development. We hope


  • A Bridge to Open Source

    May 27, 2010

    Next week, several members of the Open Source Programs office will be in Portland, OR for the second Open Source Bridge conference which takes place over four days, June 1-4.

    Carol Smith will be giving a talk called Foundations, Non-profits, and Open Source. Carol explains, “Figuring out whether to become a non-profit or a foundation can be a confusing topic for open source projects, and I hope to illuminate it based on my experience sitting on the Board of Directors for the Metabrainz Foundation.” Carol’s talk is on Wednesday, June


  • "Reshare" in Google Buzz

    May 27, 2010



    The other day I posted this video to the version of Buzz we use inside of Google. A few people commented on it, 13 liked it, and 68 of my coworkers thought it was interesting enough that they wanted to share it with their own followers. Collectively, thousands of people watched it, many of whom were many degrees away from me.

    For the last couple weeks we've been testing reshare — and today we’re excited to roll it out to everyone. If you don't see the "Reshare" link quite yet, hang tight. It should


  • Tips & Tricks: Comments in Google documents

    May 27, 2010

    In April, we launched a new version of Google documents. One feature that makes collaboration easier is improved commenting.

    Connecting text to note
    Comments let you make suggestions about the text in your document without modifying the document itself. When you click on a comment, the text it’s referring to is highlighted. And vice-versa -- when you select highlighted text in your document, we identify the associated comment.



    Additionally, when you move highlighted text around within the document, the comments will follow the text and


  • Google Moderator on YouTube enables real-time feedback from your audience

    May 27, 2010

    YouTube is about starting a conversation. Every day, hundreds of millions of videos spark dialogues on everything from the future of the African continent, to what should be done about the oil spill, to the best slam dunk of all time. But until now, it’s been difficult to harness those free-flowing discussions.

    That’s why, starting today, we’ve integrated the ability to use Google Moderator into every single YouTube channel. Moderator is a versatile, social platform that allows you to solicit ideas or questions on any topic, and have the community vote the best ones up to the top in real-time. We previously used Google Moderator as part of our interviews with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Here’s how it works: You set the parameters for the dialogue, including the topic, the type of submissions, and the length of the conversation. Watch as submissions get voted up or down by your audience, and then respond to the top-voted submissions by posting a video on your channel. The platform operates in real-time, and you can remove any content that you or your audience flag as inappropriate. You can also embed the platform on your own website or blog.

    To get things started, we’ve invited 12 YouTube users, including Michael Buckley, the New York Times, Stanford and Howcast, to try out the feature and show us how it’s done:

    Foodwishes wants you to submit and vote on your favorite recipes, and Chef John will make the top-rated dish and name it after the creator:





    GreenForAll is asking for your ideas for how to help clean-up the Gulf Coast oil spill:






    HotforWords is looking for your best examples of redundant acronyms:





    HouseholdHacker welcomes your questions in his series “Ask Household Hacker”:





    HowtheWorldWorks invites you to make the case for why the YouTube community should listen to you when you vlog:






    Howcast wants your ideas for their next “how-to” video:





    Kina Grannis is looking for a poet to help write the lyrics for her next song:





    Michael Buckley wants to hear about your problems in love and life, because he thinks he can help:






    Mystery Guitar Man is taking your ideas for what crazy instrument he should use in his next video:





    Nick Kristof of the New York Times is open to your questions about his travels around the globe, and why a man like him so often writes about women’s rights issues:






    Stanford is offering up renowned cardiologist Dr. Euan Ashley to answer your questions about heart disease and other genetic-related disorders:

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