Google is the new http://

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Google |

I’ve noticed lately that many users have all but stopped typing domain names directly in the web browser, and started using Google instead. Instead of writing “” as the address, they write “myspace” into Google.

Read more at FranticIndustries

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Download of the Day: Google Earth 4 (All Platforms)

Posted on January 10, 2007. Filed under: Google |

Windows/Mac/Linux: Google has just pushed Google Earth 4 out of beta and into the world, improving its already incredible 3D content by adding higher quality 3D terrain and texturing 3D buildings, among several other features.

Off the bat, the first thing you’ll probably notice is an upgrade to the Google Earth interface, which has been simplified and made much more usable. Also, for anyone who’s gotten used to playing with Google Earth’s many available KML overlays, Google Earth 4 makes it easier than ever to actually make and share your own overlays. Finally, for the hardcore Earther, you can sketch your own 3D figures for more detailed annotation using the previously-mentioned path and polygon tools. In all, it’s safe to say it’s a strong update to an already great piece of software (be sure to at least check out the terrain and textured buildings videos at the Google Earth page). Google Earth is freeware, available on all platforms.

+ Google Earth

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Microsoft launches Google Earth killer

Posted on November 9, 2006. Filed under: Google, Microsoft |

Hey guys check this site from Microsoft called as virtual earth(Google earth killer app. as proclaimed in the blog). This looks so good when compared to google earth though it has a limited version to its disadvantage. It is not covering any other part of the world apart from USA as far as i could see.

The quality of the image is so good. Check it out

+ CNET Reviews 

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Play MP3s in Gmail

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Advice, eMail, GMail, Google |

I was uploading some MP3s that I wanted to have available without carrying around a thumb drive. After I uploaded the files and the messages containing the MP3’s showed up in my inbox, I saw a link next to the files that said ‘play.’ I clicked it and, lo and behold, a little player (similar to the one Google Video uses) popped up and started playing the file. Could be useful to people who don’t want to carry music files around.

Sure enough, it works. Alas, Gmail won’t play WMA files, only MP3s. Even so, great tip.

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Early(ish) Adopter Download of the Day: Firefox 2.0 RC 3 (All platforms)

Posted on October 17, 2006. Filed under: Browsers, Google |

Another short week after releasing RC2 (which was released a week and a half after RC1), Firefox is pushing out the 3rd release candidate of Firefox 2.0.

To be honest, I can’t see a ton of changes between RC3 and RC2 after installing and playing around with it for a little bit, but you can assume there have been some small tweaks and stability improvements along the way. Also, according to a quote from Mozilla engineer Mike Schroepfer at ComputerWorld, “If there are no showstoppers, RC3 will be it,” meaning if you’ve been waiting for the final 2.0 but just can’t wait any longer, chances are pretty good that RC3 is good to go. For some enticing 2.0 candy, checkout Gina’s screenshot tour of Firefox 2.0. Firefox 2 RC3 is a free download, all platforms.

+ Release Candidate Downloads [Mozilla]

+ New version of Firefox available for download [ComputerWorld]

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Firefox 2 Tip: Instant calculator

Posted on October 15, 2006. Filed under: Browsers, Google |

Reader Jerry points out that Firefox 2’s suggest-as-you type Google search box is an instant calculator.

Simply type your mathematical formula into the search box (Alt-K Cntrl-K to get there quick) and you’ll get your answer even before you hit the equals sign. Awesome.

+ Early Adopter Download of the Day: Firefox 2.0 RC 2 (All platforms)

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Turn Google into your own personal (free) Napster

Posted on October 15, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Browsers, File Sharing, Google |

Google is good for so many things, among which is searching for all sorts of files, including MP3’s. Here’s a quick primer:

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Nirvana”

Just substitute the term “Nirvana” for any band or singer you might be looking for, and your search will lead you to open indexes that contain downloadable music files.

+ Turn Google into Napster 2000 [Marc and Angel]

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Use Gmail Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses

Posted on September 9, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

Gmail has an interesting quirk where you can add a plus sign (+) after your Gmail address, and it’ll still get to your inbox. It’s called plus-addressing, and it essentially gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to play with. Here’s how it works: say your address is, and you want to automatically label all work e-mails. Add a plus sign and a phrase to make it and set up a filter to label it work (to access your filters go to Settings->Filters and create a filter for messages addressed to Then add the label work).

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GMail Hacks/Tips

Posted on September 5, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

I’ve been using GMail since 2004 and have always thought it was the best email service. With the large amount of space it offers, and the amazing features the possibilities are endless. The filter feature is easily the best feature of GMail. You can use it for its purpose – to filter spam and other unwanted emails. Or use it in some unique ways such as bookmarking, and storing recipes. Here are some nifty hacks/tips that allow you to get the most out of your GMail account.

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Work for Google with the Image Labeler

Posted on September 5, 2006. Filed under: Google |

Google’s newly-launched Image Labeler game puts interested users like you to work improving their image search results. Volunteer 90 seconds of your time and Google will pair you up with a random partner, then:

You and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner’s label, you’ll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out.

Interesting to see Google turn tasks into gameplay. This is definitely more of a time-waster than a time-saver, but it’s more productive than Tetris or backgammon in that “giving back to the community” Wikipedia kind of way.

+ Google Image Labeler [via TechCrunch]

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Death by Google Calendar: How I Identified you to rob you

Posted on September 4, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Google |

I find it very interesting utterly stupid that people display their lives online. As a simple study, I did some digging on Google Calendar. Now, keep in mind that I am somewhat tech-savvy but I used no skills for this. Everything I found in this case was simply a result of a Google Search, an additional search on Travelocity and a 411 call. There was nothing to this at all.

*Note: This message happens to be specific to Google Calendar but it’s implications hold true to any calendaring or MySpace-type site.

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How to insert images and other HTML into Gmail

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

The Digital Inspiration weblog has a step-by-step for adding HTML to Gmail messages.

For those of you who have tried inserting an image or table in Gmail, you’ve probably noticed that Gmail won’t really allow embedded HTML (at least not in a traditional sense). In order to embed HTML, you actually need to copy the rendered HTML from either an existing web page or WYSIWYG HTML editor and then paste it into Gmail. Doing so allows you to insert your own tables, divs, images, etc. into Gmail pretty easily.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of embedded anything in emails (give me plain text, please!), but for those of you who have been missing HTML in Gmail, Digital Inspiration’s method should do the trick. If that method isn’t your cup of tea, you might also want to try the Gmail Skins Firefox extension, which allows you to embed HTML directly in Gmail.

+ How to Add HTML Signatures with Images to GMail Email Messages [Digital Inspiration]

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Five Reasons You’ll Use Google Office (and 5 Reasons You Won’t)

Posted on August 28, 2006. Filed under: Google, Microsoft, Online Applications, Windows XP |

Google launched today a hosted software package of productivity tools that places it closer into competition with Microsoft’s Live products.

Google Apps for Your Domain is a software bundle aimed at small and midsize businesses. The free package combines Google’s e-mail, calendar, IM and page creation software. The package creates a private label suite all hosted by Google. Aaron Ricadela at InformationWeek has a good in-depth story (although he doesn’t even mention MS Live and focuses on Office instead).

But read my lips: Google Apps for Your Domain (GAYD?) does not compete with Microsoft Office. Microsoft’s Office market may be $12 billion, but the lion’s share of those billions comes from a relatively small number of large companies. Writely can’t compete with Word, Spreadsheets can’t compete with Excel. They cater to the soccer mom, not the corporate worker. Right now, you need both to do your job. It’s not a zero sum game.

What Google gains from these apps is knowledge about how you use office software and what kind of information you’re sending back and forth. This data goes into its advertising efforts so it can target you better. Everything is in the service of advertising. Google is also firing a shot across the bow of Microsoft Live, which targets the same functionality.

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More ways to connect and share with Google Talk

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Google |

Millions of you use Google Talk every day to connect with friends, family, and colleagues via chat and calls. Google have recently released a new version of Google Talk that introduces several more ways to share and connect.

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You can download it here.

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