Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New About Google - 28 July 2010

  • Fine-tuning your shadows

    July 28, 2010

    You can control which entities in your models cast shadows; you can also determine which ones are able to receive them. Case in point:

    Recently, I needed an image of a traffic light that appeared to be lit up. I searched the 3D Warehouse and found a nice one uploaded by Manager. It appears to have been modeled by Andy Glucker and made available for free on

    I used Styles to make a blue sky, set my Field of View to something wider than the default, dragged my modeling window into a long, wide rectangle, and aimed my

  • Surf video all day long on TV and the Web, then tell your friends about it

    July 28, 2010

    As you could probably guess, we're really excited about the imminent launch of Google TV. You can learn more about this initiative here, but it’s basically a new way to watch TV by seamlessly integrating the Web and TV into one incredible viewing experience. Soon, you’ll be able to watch a lot more of those beautiful hi-def YouTube videos on your beautiful, hi-def TV.

    Google TV will initially be available on devices manufactured by Sony and Logitech in the fall, with more partners to be announced later. Logitech has just come up with a nifty

  • London OS Jam 17: Speeeeed

    July 28, 2010

    Just over a week ago, we hosted Google London Open Source Jam 17. The event is an opportunity for open source developers to give five minute presentations to their peers, socialise, eat pizza, and drink beer. The topic for this Jam was “Speed” and — unusually for us — many of the talks were on-topic:

    Simon Stewart, pondering

    Simon Stewart started off by telling us how to measure things: using tools like Firebug and Speed Tracer to break down client-side latency.

    Matt Godbolt gave us some tips for making speedy Android apps

  • Redesigned app pages on orkut

    July 27, 2010

    Since we launched the new orkut, we’ve been working hard to launch new features and introduce the new design to other pages that are still using the older UI. Today, we’re excited to announce the redesign of the app pages on orkut. Because we want developers to try it out first, these changes are first being rolled out to the sandbox, and you’ll have some time to give us your feedback before these go live for all users at We believe usability and speed improved considerably.

    Let’s check out what’s new:

    New canvas page

  • Two Chilean cities added to Google Building Maker

    July 27, 2010

    For those of you who haven’t yet tried it, Google Building Maker is our simple 3D modeling tool that allows you to construct buildings by aligning various types of blocks to photos - all from your Internet browser. The completed models are automatically geo-located and then reviewed for inclusion in the 3D Buildings layer on Google Earth. When the tool was originally released last fall, users could create buildings in 50 cities. Since then, more cities have continually been added, and the growing tally is now at 94.

    As part of our latest offering

  • Update on Datastore Performance Status

    July 27, 2010

    If you have been running an App Engine application over the last few months, you will have noticed that performance of the Datastore has drastically improved. In fact, it quickly improved after the blog post we wrote in May acknowledging the performance issues. We chose to wait until this point to ensure that we could maintain the performance and quality of service. Thanks to a huge effort from the Datastore engineering team and our Production team, the metrics over the past month have made us confident that we have returned to a level of performance

  • Licensing Service Technology Highlights

    July 27, 2010

    We’ve just announced the introduction of a licensing server for Android Market. This should address one of the concerns we’ve heard repeatedly from the Android developer community.

    The impact and intent, as outlined in the announcement, are straightforward. If you want to enable your app to use the licensing server, there’s no substitute for reading the authoritative documentation: Licensing Your Applications. Here are some technical highlights.

    • This capability has been in the Android Market client app since 1.5, so you don’t have to be

  • Stargazing in Pittsburgh

    July 27, 2010

    Humans have always been fascinated by the night sky. And Googlers are no exception. Over the years, Google engineers have used their 20 percent time to create Google Sky, Moon, Mars and most recently Google Sky Map for Android. This handy app, built by engineers in our Pittsburgh office, turns your Android-powered phone into a live map of the night sky. You just point your phone to the sky and it gives you information about the stars and planets that you’re looking at. Since we introduced the app a year ago, Sky Map has been downloaded more

  • Summer House Cleaning

    July 27, 2010

    As you’ve probably noticed, we’re just changing things up here on the Product Ideas team, and going for a new approach. Some of our series are closing down temporarily, and we’re going to focus on short-term PI series to collect your feedback for Google products.

    This doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to be a part of a Product Ideas series for iGoogle, Mobile, or any of the other products we’ve featured. Instead, we’ll do a PI series for a product when that team is best able to act and respond to your ideas.

    Simply put, we’ve always felt that

  • Licensing Service For Android Applications

    July 27, 2010

    [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. — Tim Bray]

    In my conversations with Android developers, I often hear that you’d like better protection against unauthorized use of your applications. So today, I’m pleased to announce the release of a licensing service for applications in Android Market.

    This simple and free service provides a secure mechanism to manage access to all Android Market paid applications targeting Android 1.5 or higher. At run time, with the inclusion of a set of libraries provided by us, your application

  • Translation and undo smartquotes in documents

    July 27, 2010

    Document translation

    You can now translate your documents in the new editor into one of the 53 Google Docs languages by selecting Tools -> Translate document.... From there, you can create a translated copy of the document by choosing a title for the translated document and selecting the language you want to translate into.

    Undo smartquotes

    When you type a quote character (') in Google Docs we automatically make it a smartquote () which indicates its direction. If you don’t want a smart quote, you can press Ctrl Z (Cmd Z

  • Great new book: SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization

    July 27, 2010

    My favorite thing about Robin de Jongh's excellent new SketchUp book is the clever writing; I tend to like my technical reading to be entertaining, too. My favorite chapter title: "How To Collect An Arsenal Rambo Would Be Proud Of"

    SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization is a treasure trove of information about making your SketchUp models look their best. Robin emphasizes a workflow that uses powerful but affordable tools (like Kerkythea and GIMP) for photo-rendering, but he also talks about creating better animations, using other

  • Chris DiBona’s OSCON Keynote: Your Work in Open Source

    July 27, 2010

    If you missed seeing Google’s Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona speak live at OSCON last week, the video from his keynote is now available online.

    There are also notes available from multiple OSCON sessions on Google Wave - check out the full listing if you want to catch up!

  • Katy Perry bares all as Lisa Nova asks your top questions

    July 27, 2010

    “Did you really kiss a girl?” “Do you ever laugh at the parody videos making fun of you?” “Are you and Russell planning on having kids?” The call was to ask Katy Perry anything you wanted, and you responded with a record-breaking 20,500 text and video questions submitted to Katy’s channel via the Moderator tool. Over 401,600 votes were cast, and YouTube’s own Lisa Nova posed the most popular questions to Perry, who was wearing a Latex getup only she could pull off:

    Along with this exclusive 30-minute interview, which

  • Empowering users to control their privacy

    July 27, 2010

    Updated video added below

    How do you come up with solutions for online privacy when technology is constantly evolving? It’s a challenge that engineers face every day when figuring out how to make it intuitive, simple, and useful for Internet users to take control of their privacy and security. It’s also the topic that Dr. Alma Whitten, Google’s lead privacy engineer, will be addressing alongside representatives from Apple, AT&T, and Facebook later today at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing

1 comment:

Translation quotes said...

Well...I tried translating a simple sentence like "my name is Rahul Dev" in Hindi & the result was a hopeless . It translated ad-verbatim instead of translating complete sentence.It translated only the first few paragraphs of a text I translated the Gettysburg Address to Spanish then back to English and the result wasn't too bad. Of course it didn't flow like the original.