Friday, February 4, 2011

New About Google - 04 February 2011

  • Take a trip to the Super Bowl with Google Earth
    February 4, 2011
    [Cross-posted from the Latlong Blog]

    We’re two days away from one of my favorite events of the year, the Super Bowl (and I’m sure I’m not alone!). I’m one of those fans who starts watching football during pre-season and can have entire weekends ruined if my team loses. For me, the Super Bowl is the culmination of hours spent glued to the television and more hours doing post-game analysis (read: arguments) with fellow football enthusiasts.

    However, what I love most about the Super Bowl is the tradition around it. It’s a time when friends
  • YouTube Highlights 2/3/2011
    February 3, 2011
    This is the latest in our series of YouTube highlights. Every couple of weeks, we bring you regular updates on new product features, interesting programs to watch and tips you can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

    Since our last update, we’ve connected you with the U.S. President via an exclusive YouTube interview, brought the Sundance Film Festival to your virtual door and launched a new homepage that’s personalized to your interests.

    YouTube World View
  • New Regions and Cities Now Available for Targeting
    February 3, 2011
    This week, we’ve expanded city-level location targeting to more countries. Starting today and over the coming weeks, we will be introducing new cities and regions in the following countries for targeting via the AdWords API.

    Argentina (regions only)
    Austria
    Brazil
    China (coming soon)
    Colombia
    Czech Republic
    Finland (coming soon)
    Hungary (coming soon)
    Malaysia
    Mexico
    Morocco
    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Norway
    Poland
    South Korea
    Switzerland
    Ukraine

    You can see the full list of new cities and regions that are supported now

  • Update to Webmaster Tools Search Queries
    February 3, 2011
    Webmaster level: All
    Last year we relaunched an exciting feature in Webmaster Tools: Search Queries, an analysis tool that visualizes your site’s presence in our search results. It has two main parts: an interactive graph, and a table containing detailed data related to queries for which your site appears in our search results.
    Two of the most important pieces of information in the table are ‘impressions’ and ‘clicks.’ ‘Impressions’ shows the number of times your pages were shown in the search results for a certain query, and ‘clicks’ is

  • IPv6 marks the next chapter in the history of the Internet
    February 3, 2011


    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog.)

    In the same way your phone is associated with a unique number, your computer is assigned a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address when you connect to the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, allows for approximately 4 billion unique addresses—and that number is about to run out.

    This morning the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced (PDF) that it has distributed the last batch of its remaining
  • IPv6 marks the next chapter in the history of the Internet
    February 3, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Public Policy Blog)

    In the same way your phone is associated with a unique number, your computer is assigned a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address when you connect to the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, allows for approximately 4 billion unique addresses—and that number is about to run out.

    This morning the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced (PDF) that it has distributed the last batch of its remaining IPv4 addresses to the world’s five Regional Internet Registries,
  • The Android 3.0 Fragments API
    February 3, 2011
    [This post is by Dianne Hackborn, a Software Engineer who sits very near the exact center of everything Android. — Tim Bray]
    An important goal for Android 3.0 is to make it easier for developers to write applications that can scale across a variety of screen sizes, beyond the facilities already available in the platform:
    • Since the beginning, Android’s UI framework has been designed around the use of layout managers, allowing UIs to be described in a way that will adjust to the space available. A common example is

  • It's Googler v. Googler this weekend as the Packers and Steelers face off
    February 3, 2011
    When you think about football, computer scientists probably aren’t the first thing to jump into your head. But with the big game this weekend, that’s exactly how to describe some of the fans who will be rooting along for both the Packers and Steelers. With Google engineering offices in both Pittsburgh, Pa. and Madison, Wis., Googlers in both areas will be glued to our TVs on Sunday along with the rest of the country.

    As everyone begins to gear up for their own parties this weekend, we thought it would be fun to see what (American) football fans
  • Two improvements to contact groups
    February 3, 2011


    Organizing your Gmail contacts into groups can save you time when you’re writing messages to multiple people at once. For example, if you create a “Family” group, instead of addressing an email to your mom, dad, sister and brother, you can just start typing “Family” and Gmail will complete the rest. Today we’re making two improvements to contact groups which should make them easier to create and control.

    First, let’s say you have a list of coworkers you think you’ll want to contact again in the future
  • Woodcraft.com hammers home a 34% increase in search revenue with Google Commerce Search
    February 3, 2011
    Editor’s note: Woodcraft Supply is one of the nation’s oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies, offering more than 20,000 products through its retail stores, catalog, and website. We’ve invited today’s guest blogger, Nancy Miller, VP of Internet Sales and Development for Woodcraft Supply, to talk about how Google has helped her increase search revenue and transform Woodcraft’s online store. To learn more about her experience, read the Woodcraft.com case study.


    At Woodcraft, we strive to provide the best
  • Export Google Calendar Events to Excel Files with Gcal2Exel
    February 3, 2011
    Ever wanted to export/save your Google Calendar events for offline use? Why, you may be thinking. Let’s see in following scenarios where downloading GCal events might be helpful –
    #. Suppose you are stuck at a place where you don’t have an internet connection. Now in this condition, if you wanted to check your event details on Google Calendar, how will it be possible?
    #. Unfortunately, you forgot your Google Account password or your Google Account got deactivated. It’s not only your account that is gone but all your important meetings and future plans got demolished.
    #. You are an old-school-type-guy who likes internet but prefers to keep his data safe in his hard-disk.
    Gcal2Exel provides a simple answer to all these problems. With this free tool, you can export all your Google Calendar events to MS Excel spreadsheet as backup or for offline use or for tracking your activities.


    As you can see from the the right-side image, Gcal2Exel offers various options to the present events. You are free to choose date ranges and even column fields for excel.


    Another useful feature of this app is that you can convert multiple calendars into separate MS-Excel spreadsheets or into a single spreadsheet. So you can effectively track your timings and know on which event you are spending the most of your time.
    GCal2Exel Gadget Mode
    GCal2Exel Gadget Mode


    Gcal2Exel offers 3 modes to export your Google Calendar. You can use any of these:
    • As a Google Gadget (the simplest way).
    • From a web page.
    • Through a Desktop Application.
    GCal2Exel as Desktop Application
    GCal2Exel as Desktop Application


    Go ahead, try Gcal2Exel yourself. Though it’s a third party tool, the creator – Anupom guarantees complete confidentiality. It is free, open-source and trust-worthy tool. A must for every Google Calendar user.

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