Friday, January 14, 2011

New About Google - 14 January 2011

  • Football, hot wings, cars, commercials
    January 13, 2011
    Ready for some football? Or perhaps some Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings?

    For the third year running, we're proud to launch the Ad Blitz Pre-Game program, sponsored by Chrysler. Ad Blitz is a one-stop shop for anything and everything related to the NFL Playoffs, the Super Bowl and Super Bowl parties.

    This includes, but is not limited to, NFL Playoff coverage from Fox Sports, trash talk from our most colorful sports vloggers and party recipes and planning tips from our best chefs.

    And, of course, on Super Bowl Sunday come to the Ad Blitz
  • Top tasks for Google Tasks
    January 13, 2011


    A few months ago, we asked for your help to make Tasks better by voting on your top feature requests. We were blown away by the number of responses we received, with over 17,000 people participating and an overwhelming 185,000 votes.

    Now, we’re preparing to tackle some of your top requests. In no specific order, here are the top five feature requests that emerged from the Tasks product ideas page:
    • Ability to create repeating tasks
    • Reminders and notifications
    • Sharable task lists
    • Tasks

  • Have Androids. Will Travel.
    January 13, 2011
    [The first part of this post is by Reto Meier. —Tim Bray]
    From c-base in Berlin to the Ice Bar in Stockholm, from four courses of pasta in Florence to beer and pretzels in Munich, and from balalikas in Moscow to metal cage mind puzzles in Prague - one common theme was the enthusiasm and quality of the Android developers in attendance. You guys are epic.
    For those of you who couldn't join us, we're in the middle of posting all the sessions we presented during this most recent world tour. Stand by for links.

    Droidcon UK

    We kicked off our

  • Rebuilding L’Aquila in 3D with Google SketchUp
    January 13, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the SketchUp Blog)

    On April 6, 2009, a powerful earthquake struck l’Aquila, Italy. Three hundred and eight people died, and most of the buildings in the city center and surrounding areas were damaged or destroyed. About six months ago, we received an email from a British architect named Barnaby Gunning proposing an ambitious project: to use Google SketchUp to build a digital 3D model of the city, as it is now, in order to stimulate discussion about its reconstruction. He had already created a website—called Comefacciamo
  • New Year, New You! How to Connect with Fitness Buffs
    January 13, 2011
    The New Year has started off with a bang, with a renewed commitment by many to achieve health and fitness goals. January is traditionally the month that consumers seek out new fitness equipment/programs and nutrition tips, according to Insights for Search. Each year however, consumer interest tends to shift in relation to various types of fitness products.


























    What will fitness lovers seek this year? Over the last seven days, general fitness terms, P90x and treadclimbers are the top and rising
  • Chrome enables open innovation
    January 13, 2011
    Earlier this week, Google announced that Chrome’s HTML5 support will change to match codecs supported by the open source Chromium project. Chrome will support the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and support for the H.264 codec will be removed so that resources can be directed completely towards open codec technologies. This is in line with Google’s continued support of the open web.

    For more information, check out the original post.

    By Ellen Ko, Open Source Team

  • Rebuilding L’Aquila in 3D with Google SketchUp
    January 13, 2011
    On April 6, 2009, a powerful earthquake struck l’Aquila, Italy. Three hundred and eight people died, and most of the buildings in the city center and surrounding areas were damaged or destroyed. About six months ago, we received an email from a British architect named Barnaby Gunning proposing an ambitious project: to use Google SketchUp to build a digital 3D model of the city, as it is now, in order to stimulate discussion about its reconstruction. He had already created a website—called Comefacciamo ("What can we do?")—to contact and

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