Thursday, June 23, 2011

New About Google - 23 June 2011

  • Enhanced documentation for selectors and reports
    June 22, 2011
    We understand the importance of documentation when navigating a system as complex as the AdWords API; for this reason we’ve been working to expand our reference materials to include even more information.

    First off, we’ve published a new Selector Fields page that provides information about the fields that can be used in generic selectors. This information was always available on an object’s individual reference page, but now we’ve aggregated it together across entire services for quicker lookups.


    Additional information on how to migrate
  • Applauding the 2011 Knight News Challenge winners
    June 22, 2011


    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog and the Google News Blog.)

    Over the past few months, we’ve announced $5 million in grants to be distributed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the International Press Institute—two non-profit organizations developing new approaches to journalism in the digital age—and we’re pleased to congratulate the first initiatives that have been selected as part of that funding.

    Today at M.I.T.,
  • Applauding the 2011 Knight News Challenge winners
    June 22, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Google News Blog and the Google Public Policy Blog)

    Over the past few months, we’ve announced $5 million in grants to be distributed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the International Press Institute—two non-profit organizations developing new approaches to journalism in the digital age—and we’re pleased to congratulate the first initiatives that have been selected as part of that funding.

    Today at M.I.T., the Knight Foundation showcased 16 projects selected as the winners
  • Real-time design with SketchUp
    June 22, 2011
    Guy de Lijster is a designer from the Netherlands who works with the IBI Group in Portland, OR on transit-related architecture, like light rail, subway and bus stations, and occasionally even bridge design.

    I’ve really enjoyed working with SketchUp since I was introduced to it in 2007. I especially appreciate that SketchUp allows me to model in real-time which is a feature I use in meetings with clients, stakeholders and other consultants on the design teams. A few years ago a colleague of mine, Gary Hartnett, started using SketchUp in meetings

  • Highlights from our Google I/O Presentations
    June 22, 2011
    Now that things have settled down from last month’s Google I/O, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the technical talks given by the App Engine team. At this year’s I/O, we emphasized some of the big themes we’ve been focusing on this past year: availability and productionization of our platform, removing limits while maintaining performance at scale, and developing new APIs.

    Availability and Productionization of our Platform

    Since App Engine automatically handles all of the sharding and distribution of your application

  • 10 Gmail gadgets to try
    June 22, 2011


    There is a powerful but little known Gmail feature that lives in Labs called “Add any gadget by URL.” Once you turn it on, you can add iGoogle gadgets (or any gadget specified by an .xml file) to the side of your Gmail account. While most of these gadgets are built by third-parties and not owned or maintained by Google, they can be super handy.

    To install any of these gadgets, follow those steps:
    1) From your Gmail account, go to the Labs tab of Gmail Settings.
    2) Look for the Lab “Add
  • Introducing Native Driver
    June 22, 2011
    NativeDriver is an implementation of the WebDriver API which drives the UI of a native application rather than a web application. I am happy to announce that the Android version is available for download and we are welcoming all users and contributors. We are hosting on Google Code (http://nativedriver.googlecode.com/). An iPhone (iOS) version is under development and will be available soon.

    WebDriver exposes browser functionality as a clean, object-oriented API, and Google uses WebDriver to test web applications on many platforms

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