Thursday, April 14, 2011

News About Google - 14 April 2011

  • YouTube Copyright Education (remixed)
    April 13, 2011
    YouTube remains committed to protecting original creative works, whether produced by an established star or the next breakout artist. To keep this commitment, we’ve worked hard not only on powerful tools for copyright owners, but also to encourage good behavior from our users.

    Because copyright law can be complicated, education is critical to ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them. That’s why today we’re releasing a new tutorial on copyright and a redesigned copyright help center. We’re also making
  • 4 Easy Ways to Find Meaning of Any Word with Google
    April 14, 2011
    Ofter while reading online, we need to find simple meaning of some complex word. For example, while reading about unfamiliar topics or in-depth article from McKinsey Quarterly, we may find some unfamiliar words in course and then we leave/misunderstand them due to lack of time. This is not at all advisable as a little misunderstanding with a word can change the complete meaning of the sentence.
    Being a Google oriented blog, we will solve with this concern with available Google tools. Here are 4 easiest ways to find meaning of any word:

    1. The Easiest Way – Using Google Dictionary

    Google Dictionary
    For any word, the simplest tool to use Google Dictionary. It is a dedicated site for finding word meanings, definitions, related phrases, synonyms and pronunciations. It also offers word bookmarking for remembering complex words and translations for better understanding.
    Note: Dictionary may not work in all countries. In that case try -

    2. Using define Operator in Google Search

    Define Keyword in Google
    Do you know that you instantaneously find the web meaning of any word by searching it on Google with define prefix. For example, try define:endogamy .
    To use this method, just write define: before your search word in Firefox Search Box or Chrome Omnibar (Address bar)and press Enter. You will be surprised to see its simplicity and usefulness.
    Related: Google Search Prefixes for better redefined results.

    3. Use Browser Addon or Extension

    Chrome Dictionary Extension
    This method is quite preferable as you don’t have to leave the page to check any word meaning. You can keep on reading and to find any word definition, just double click on it for fancy in-page popup.
    For Chrome, here is the official extension available from the Google team which works perfectly.
    For Firefox, try “Google Dictionary and Google Translate” addon. Though it is a third party addon, but words equally great.

    4. Hack Firefox Address Bar Default Behavior

    Firefox about:config Hack
    Previously, we have written about turning Firefox address bar into word lookup dictionary. You can use this hack to directly jump to result page of Google Dictionary.

    Mostly I use define: prefix in Google. Its easy, convenient and fast. Which method will you use? Tell us in your comments.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero is next in World View lineup; takes your questions
    April 13, 2011
    José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, currently serving his second term as the Prime Minister of Spain, has made some bold choices during his time in office, like removing Spanish troops from the war in Iraq and legalizing same-sex marriage.

    Now, he’s taking your questions, about these issues and others, as the first Spanish-speaking participant in the YouTube World View interview series. On April 27, Zapatero will sit down to answer the top-voted questions submitted by citizens from around the world in an interview streaming on YouTube.


  • “Don't forget Bob” and “Got the wrong Bob?” graduate from Labs
    April 13, 2011
    Posted by Assaf Ben-David, Software Engineering Intern, Israel

    Don’t forget Bob” and “Got the wrong Bob?” are two Gmail Labs features that help prevent you from making two common mistakes: forgetting to include someone on an email, and sending a message to the wrong person with a similar name to the person you meant to email — like emailing Bob (your boss) instead of Bob (your friend).

    We’ve received quite a bit of positive feedback from people who avoided some embarrassing situations thanks to these features. And today, we’re excited
  • Customizing the Action Bar
    April 13, 2011
    [This post is by Nick Butcher, an Android engineer who notices small imperfections, and they annoy him. — Tim Bray]
    Since the introduction of the Action Bar design pattern, many applications have adopted it as a way to provide easy access to common actions. In Android 3.0 (or Honeycomb to its friends) this pattern has been baked in as the default navigation paradigm and extended to take advantage of the extra real-estate available on tablets. By using the Action Bar in your Honeycomb-targeted apps, you'll give

  • Beefing up with new features
    April 13, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Social Web Blog)

    Since we launched our URL shortener last September, we’ve been lucky enough to build a thriving and growing community of passionate users who aren’t shy about letting us know when something could be better. We appreciate the feedback, and today we’ve completed a series of feature rollouts aimed at addressing your most common requests.

    Copy to clipboard

    Now you can easily copy new short URLs to your clipboard, a frequently requested feature on our forums. When a new short URL is created
  • Featured Geo-modeler: Mano Papanikolaou
    April 13, 2011
    Mano “Pan” Papanikolaou has 32 models uploaded to the 3D Warehouse; 30 of those have been accepted into Google Earth's 3D Buildings layer. Thank you for your passion and commitment Mano—you’re an inspiration for many!

    It was four years ago when I discovered Google Earth and the few (back then) 3D models. I started modeling about two years ago because I realized that nobody in my country is modeling well enough and I wanted to try my skills. I never expected that I could have good critiques from the best modelers and that made me continue
  • New Carrier Billing Options on Android Market
    April 13, 2011
    [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. —Dirk Dougherty]
    Since last year, we’ve been working to bring the convenience of Direct Carrier Billing to more Android Market users on more carrier networks. Building on the launches to T-Mobile US and AT&T users in 2010, we’ve recently launched Direct Carrier Billing to users on three popular networks in Japan -- SoftBank, KDDI, and NTT DOCOMO.
    The momentum continues and today we’re excited to announce that Direct Carrier Billing is now available on Sprint. We've begun a phased

  • 5 years of Google Calendar and a new (useful) favicon
    April 13, 2011

    On April 13th, 2006 we released Google Calendar to the world. What started as an experimental project by several Googlers has grown to become a service that millions of people rely on every day. From photography studios to schools to airlines to supermarkets, we discover new ways people are using Calendar all the time.

    A birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a little present, so today we’re happy to announce our latest tiny addition: the up-to-date favicon. When you look at the Google
  • Meet April’s On The Rise nominees
    April 13, 2011
    Every month, we identify four channels that are experiencing big gains in subscribers but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 mark. Then we ask you to vote for your favorite. We’ll reward the winner with exposure on the YouTube homepage and the videos channel as well as posts on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all about giving a kick start to the next generation of Partners who will go on to do big things on YouTube. Past winners like emilynoel83, justjesse197 and joshsundquist have seen their subscriber numbers jump, thanks to your support
  • New Interface Wednesdays: Combine and Chart Feature
    April 13, 2011
    These features are found in the Performance Reports tab, under Custom channels. Depending on the number of channels you’re using, you might be asked to filter the list and then click Update report button. Once your selected channels are listed below the graph, you can view the combine and chart buttons.

    Let’s review the combine feature first, which can be used to easily total items in your list and allow for deeper analysis. Click a few of your channels that you want to view earnings for together, then click the Combine button.
  • Fashion Emergency! Finding the Perfect Dress for Prom Isn’t Easy
    April 13, 2011
    Have you ever had the dreaded moment of wearing the same outfit as your frenemy? You are not alone! Luckily there’s a new online solution to help solve this teenage fashion dilemma by letting girls reserve a look for the most important day of their high school years -- prom.

    Now that we have avoided that travesty and the dream dress is reserved, let’s focus on being the belle of the ball. How can you ensure your consumer feels like Cinderella at her prom?

    Stay on trend. Be there or be square.
    Searches for prom dresses have steadily increased

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