Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New About Google - 17 August 2010

  • Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010

    August 17, 2010

    Making sure that your calendar is available to you whenever and wherever you need it is important. That's why Google Calendar works with a number of desktop applications and mobile devices including iCal, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry, Android, Nokia/Symbian, and Windows Mobile phones. Google Calendar Sync for Outlook is also available, but one thing was missing — until now.

    Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010 — our top feature request. Outlook 2010 comes in 32-bit and 64-bit

  • To err is human, Video Sitemap feedback is divine!

    August 16, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    You can now check your Video Sitemap for even more errors right in Webmaster Tools! It’s a new Labs feature to signal issues in your Video Sitemap such as:
    • URLs disallowed by robots.txt
    • Thumbnail size errors (160x120px is ideal. Anything smaller than 90x50 will be rejected.)

    Video Sitemaps help us to better crawl and extract information about your videos, so we can appropriately feature them in search results.

    Totally new to Video Sitemaps? Check out the Video Sitemaps center for more information. Otherwise

  • Last call for Sketch-a-Space entries!

    August 16, 2010

    In April, we announced that the Project Spectrum folks had teamed up with Easter Seals for a really inspiring design competition: Easter Seals’ Sketch-a-Space.

    The competition invites design professionals, people with autism and all other SketchUp users to design an ideal space for people on the autism spectrum, and win $2,000 to make that dream space a reality.

    The competition ends this Friday, Aug. 20th, so hurry up and visit the competition website to submit your entries. The judges are all excited to see your great designs

  • Understand errors with the new troubleshooting guide

    August 16, 2010

    One of the most critical and complicated aspects of using an API is error handling. To help address this, we’ve included detailed information about each type of error in the reference documentation and posted articles discussing general error handling best practices. While these resources are great at helping to determine what the an error is, we’ve heard from you on the forum that they often don’t provide enough context as to why the error occurred and what you can do to prevent it in the future.

    With this in mind, we’ve put together a

  • Getting to know you at AdSense In Your City: Boston

    August 16, 2010

    Last week I was given the opportunity to attend the Boston AdSense In Your City event. Though Boston technically isn’t my city (I’m a New Yorker by birth) I can see why so many of our fabulous publishers call it home.

    Despite our varied interests (ranging from hot sauce to sheepdogs, ab workouts to online video games), every single person in that room was connected by their intense passion for their site’s subject, experience with AdSense, and desire to learn more.

    We covered a lot in a single afternoon, and the Googlers learned a lot

  • Consumers Are Planning to Open Their Wallets

    August 16, 2010

    Google's latest research shows that consumers are feeling good about the holiday season: 64% of shoppers plan to spend the same or more this holiday season as they spent in 2009.

    The categories on which consumers plan to spend more this holiday season than last year? Take a look at the top 10 list:

    Source: Google/OTX State of Shopping, May 2010

    Search data also supports the placement of electronics as the top category in this list. An estimated 11 million tablet PCs and

  • Two Simple Questions

    August 16, 2010

    And the answers to them, posted here and there by senior Android engineers.

    How much memory is my app using?

    Over at Stack Overflow, our own Dianne Hackborn takes this up in detail. There's no simple answer, but Dianne does offer lots of useful information.

    How do I make a ScrollView behave?

    This one does have a simple answer, and our Romain Guy offers it in ScrollView’s handy trick. It's easy enough to do once you know how, which is harder to find out than you might think, because there's one useful XML attribute that's there in the examples

  • Celebrating the Tanabata Star Festival

    August 16, 2010

    The Tanabata Star Festival is an incredibly popular festival in Japan and this year it’s made its way to orkut as well. Although many celebrations now take place in July and early August, traditionally the festival has been celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar year (which is actually today, August 16th).

    During the festival, you can see colorful fabrics in the streets and large bamboo poles decorated with paper ornaments symbolizing the stars. We made our own ornament just for orkut and wanted to share it

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