Friday, August 19, 2011

Check The Weather in Google Maps

We all know you can easily get directions and even traffic updates via Google maps, well now you can check the weather as well. From the official Google Blog … To add the weather layer, hover over the widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps and select the weather layer from the list of options. When zoomed out, you’ll see a map with current weather conditions from for various locations, with icons to denote sun, clouds, rain and so on

Google Maps 5.0 for Android OS + Navigation

Looks like Android users have been treated to a new release of Google Maps Mobile for the Android OS – now including free voice guided navigation – grab the latest release (updated August 16) in the Android Market

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ultimate Guide to Gmail

Gmail has created innovative features, and in typical Google tradition has mixed very well, fun aspects and its productivity features, for a very complete dynamic email service. One of Gmail's greatest qualities is its ability to be flexible to all kinds of people with completely different needs and desires. This 30+ page guide will tell you everything you need to know about Gmail and how to make most of it. With this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.
The Ultimate Guide to Gmail

Monday, April 25, 2011

3 Tips for Every Start-Up or Entrepreneurial Venture Considering Google Apps

Andy Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems, and Chairman for Arista Networks describes Arista's switch to Google Apps as a "completely obvious choice" and says, "It's been my best experience with corporate email in 25 years." Arista no longer needs to worry about the frequent outages it experienced with its previous hosted email provider. And the company gets back-ups and easy remote access managed by Google, allowing it to grow headcount by 10X without straining resources.
3 Tips for Every Start-Up or Entrepreneurial Venture Considering Google Apps

Prince George's County Public Schools Goes Google with Apps and Message Discovery

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is the 18th largest school district in the United States, with more than 134,000 students. In March 2008, the district ran a pilot of Google Apps Education Edition, and moved to full deployment starting in July. Nearly 28,000 faculty and staff now use Google Apps Education Edition for messaging and collaboration. More than 13,000 of these staff members also use Google security and archiving services, powered by Postini.
Prince George's County Public Schools Goes Google with Apps and Message Discovery

Friday, April 1, 2011

Zillow Blackberry App

new Zillow Blackberry App now available for free in the Blackberry App World see

OtterBox Oh Snap! Series

By wrapping tech devices with cushions of air, or bubbles if you will, the Oh Snap! Series protects from damaging shocks and bumps - see

Monday, May 3, 2010

Twitter Intros Official Android App

Good news for Android Tweeters... Twitter for Android makes it possible to share links or photos on the site by clicking the share button in an application and choosing Twitter. In addition, the smartphone app makes it possible to read tweets, the short messages Twitter users broadcast on the site to friends and followers, on a number of different places on an Android phone. (Source: InfoWeek)

Google Invests $39 Million In Wind Farms

Via the NTY... On Monday, Google said that it invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms built by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of FPL Group, a $16 billion electricity company based in Florida. Google’s investment’s represents a minority interest in a $190 million round of financing for the projects. The two wind farms have already been built, and Google said that its investment will provide funds for NextEra to invest in additional renewable energy projects. Google’s investment takes the form of a “tax equity investment” where it will earn a return based on the tax credits awarded by the government for renewable energy projects, said Jamie Yood, a Google spokesman. (Source: NYT)

Android TVs said to be code-named 'Dragonpoint'

Via Cnet... Word's out that Sony, Intel, Google, and Logitech are collaborating on a new breed of Bravia HDTVs powered by Intel Atom processors, Android's software operating system, and a QWERTY remote control. This latest development may be the next evolution of TVs, which will further blur the line between home entertainment and computing. See More

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Google Voice on the iPhone and Palm OS

This via the Google mobile blog (… Google Voice now available for mobile users (and iPhone)… One of the great benefits of web applications is that you don’t need to download and install an app on your phone. Instead, simply point your mobile browser to and sign in to your Google Voice account. visit or take a look at the Google Mobile Help Center. Please note, the web app is compatible with all versions of Palm WebOS and iPhone OS 3.0 and higher

Google Rolls Out Places - put your place on the map

Via Google LAt/Long blog, Google has today rebranded Google Local business center as Google Places. Now with millions of listings, here comes the revenue model – think Freeminum! About Places… Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners. Google reports that some 4 million place pages have already been claimed (if you have a business you should claim yours) and now the company is offering advertising opportunities enabling business owners to get higher or premium page listings (starting at $25 per month). One option I really like is that Google is enabling business owners to easily grab a custom QR code (although I suspect many owners will have no idea what a QR code is!!) then they can display it on premises so smartphone users equipped with a barcode scanner can easily scan the code. You can access Google Places at

Google Favorite Places and QR codes explained

Google is hyping favorite places (ie. places that Google search users seem to prefer) and is rewarding shop owners of favorite destinations by providing them with a handy sticker boasting they are a favorite place and displaying a QR code. One issue though is that Joe consumer is likely not familiar with QR codes and what to do with them. Here’s a handy video I created some time ago showing off the Nokia E71 smartphone scanner and showing how to scan a QR code.See more on Google Favorite Places here

Monday, August 25, 2008

Google Gears .4 API

In case you missed it last week, google announced the release of Gears 0.4 API which allows you to build applications that can "do new and exciting things" based on your users' location. See more in this blog post about location-enabling your apps. Want more help on developing on Google Aps? Check out this video (reg required) on Google Apps quick tour. Speaking of Google, I see that some of the employee dinner perks have been axed... perhaps a result of the recession??

Video Tutorial - Google Apps: Quick Tour

A handy video demo showing you how to take advantage of Google Apps... Whether you're a small business, a large enterprise or a school, Google Apps is easy and affordable, and your users get Google's innovative tools to enhance their communication and collaboration. This tour shows you Google Apps in action.

Geographic Eligibility: USA, Canada

Publisher: Google

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