Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New About Google - 23 June 2010

  • Hands-on at OSCON

    June 22, 2010

    This year at OSCON we and O’Reilly are co-presenting Android Hands-on. The event is on the evening of Wednesday, July 21 after the Expo-hall reception. Led by Google Android experts, the Hands-on will run from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, and will be intense, technical, and structured. The goal is that you leave the room with foundation skills for writing interesting code for an open-source stack that runs on a pocket-sized Internet-connected device.

    Some specific topics we’ll cover:

    • Porting existing C codebases to Android

    • Integrating Android


  • Optical character recognition (OCR) in Google Docs

    June 22, 2010

    A couple of months ago, my co-worker, Mike, showed up at my desk with a pile of paper, each of the yellowed sheets densely covered with an ancient-looking typewriter font. His wife had recently discovered parts of her family chronicles in the attic, typed up by her grandmother many years ago! Now he was wondering if there was a way for her to continue writing the chronicles in Google Docs.

    The papers sat on my desk for a while, but recently, I returned them to Mike with a smile, cheerfully telling him that what started as my 20% project is now


  • GoogleServe 2010: Celebrating community service worldwide

    June 22, 2010

    This month, Googlers around the world participated in GoogleServe—an annual event in which Google employees take a break from their day jobs to re-connect with local communities and give back through service projects. Over 6,000 Googlers from 65 offices in 27 countries spent time in activities ranging from helping the elderly get online and consulting with organizations on their social-media strategies to tidying up public parks and playing with dogs waiting to be rehomed.

    GoogleServe began in 2008 as an employee-driven initiative and is organized


  • HTML5 Rocks!

    June 22, 2010

    The term "HTML5" covers so many different topics that developers have a hard time getting up to speed on all of them. Some APIs and features are part of accepted standards, while some are still a work in progress. Additionally, there are a number of great resources out there, but most are still very hard to find. As announced on the chromium.org blog, Google is releasing a new developer resource dedicated to all that is HTML5, HTML5Rocks.com.


    The site is broken up into four main sections:

    Interactive Presentation
    The presentation


  • More room to compose messages in Gmail on the iPad

    June 22, 2010



    If you've been using the web-based version of Gmail on the iPad, you may have noticed that yesterday you started to have a big, full screen compose window for writing messages. Instead of splitting the screen between your inbox and the compose view, we updated the interface to hide the inbox messages on the side and make more of the text you're working on visible at once.


    To try out Gmail on the iPad, just go to gmail.com in Safari. Please note that the new interface is only available in


  • Google Voice for everyone

    June 22, 2010

    A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

    Over the past year, we’ve introduced a mobile


  • Google Voice for everyone

    June 22, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog)

    A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.


  • WWE lays smackdown on YouTube community with full-length, catch-up episodes

    June 22, 2010

    Wrestling fans, have we got a body-slam of an announcement for you. Today, we’re announcing a new partnership with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that will bring full-length episodes of Friday Night Smackdown, WWE NXT, WWE Superstars and ECW to YouTube users in the U.S. on the WWE YouTube channel. In case that's not enough pile-driving goodness for you, there will be even more clips from Monday Night Raw, footage from classic WWE matches, and videos from WWE Superstars and Divas like John Cena, Chris Jericho and Alicia Fox.


  • Vote for the international “I love football” Doodle 4 Google winner

    June 22, 2010

    In April, we invited young artists in 17 countries to create a Google doodle based on the theme “I love football.” Since then, more than 35,000 children in Australia, Germany, Ghana, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Kenya, UAE and Israel have created original designs for this first-ever international doodling competition.


    From footballs to goalposts, we saw some truly creative designs that prove just how much you can do with an “l,” an “e,” and


  • Chrome extensions for Google Docs

    June 22, 2010

    Six months ago, we launched the Chrome extension, Google Docs PDF/Powerpoint Viewer, that allows you to preview PDFs and Powerpoint presentations in your Google Chrome browser without having to download them.

    With more than 400,000 users, the Google Docs PDF/Powerpoint Viewer extension has become one of the most popular extensions in the Chrome Extensions gallery. Since the launch, we have continued adding features such as support for previewing Microsoft Word documents and made the extension available in all 48 languages that Google Docs

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