Archive for the 'Google' Category
First of all, Happy 2009!
It’s just the second week of 2009, Google is already giving us surprises.
Things that I’ve noticed so far are Google Pagerank update, change of their favicon (as you can see below) and the release of pre-beta version of Google Chrome 2.0.
Google Latest Favicon In 2009
Google Chrome 2.0
The speed of Google Chrome development is awesome, this is only the fourth month since it’s first release of Chrome 1.0. The version I just upgraded mine is pre-beta (Alpha release) Chrome 2.0, which is not available for public download.
A peak at pre-beta Google Chrome 2.0
This version is a developer preview version where latest features will be included for testing purposes. It could be very unstable at times and might require manual configuration too, but I just can’t stop myself from getting a peak at the features in its next release. On top of my own curiosity, I also feel like sharing this latest news with my readers as well.
Google is counting down to 2009 with us in its own way : by showing us tips of how to use various Google services on each day in this month.
Today’s tips is to keep an eye on your stocks by searching for its Stock Symbol using Google.
Well, not like there will be any sharp hike in price soon. Haha… :p
Anyway, head over to Google Countdown To 2009 page and check out all 15 tips so far.
In fact, instead of showing us tips for existing services I would love to see them revealing information on new services that they’ll release next year. It’ll be more interesting then, don’t you think so?
I love GMail, no doubt about it.
Now I love their cutely designed stickers!!!
The GMail team is so generous as they will be giving you the stickers as Xmas gift! Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to their headquarter at :-
P.O. Box 391420
Mountain View, CA 94039-1420
The sticker pack is less than one ounce, so make sure to include enough postage to return a sticker pack via U.S. mail.
For people in the U.S., a standard $0.42 stamp will do.
As for people outside of the U.S., consult the post office for sufficient postage and use EXPRESS mail because the stickers will only be available while supplies last.
first 10-minute test and it works really well. awesome job google. only problem is every time I say the word “fish” it registers as “sex“…
Some other users complained that British accents are not recognized correctly too. Well, personally I think that’s kinda predictable because even handwriting recognition is still improving its technology after so many years since the first generation of Palm PDA was released.
Besides, Google Mobile blog also anticipated such issue, as they did mentioned :-
Note that voice search will be enabled by default for U.S. English users only.
Anyway, I think we can count on Google Mobile to improve its voice recognition and support more languages in the future as well.
I can’t believe this is the 3rd post I write about GMail in 7 days. Last Thursday, they rolled out voice & video chat, then I mentioned about GMail Mobile, today they announced another new feature : Change theme for your GMail.
GMail Themes feature is not officially enabled yet, you’ll only see it in coming days. Anyway, below is a sneak peak of the 30+ themes that you get to select :-
If you like the movie Matrix, GMail engineer even came out a theme called Terminal for you :-
Besides, the default GMail theme also will have a minor facelift. I just can’t wait to see them!
GMail Mobile 2.0 was released on 23rd Oct and I upgraded it immediately. The newer version is still very small in size (256kb), but now supports more J2ME phones (Nokia N95, BlackBerry, etc.) with over 35 languages for users to select.
Well, it’s undeniable more useful features have been added into v2.0, but I still experience slow connection (even on 3G) every now and then.
Useful features :-
- Application loading up pretty fast – You don’t have to wait for too long until you see the emails list
- Support multiple accounts – Log in to different gmail accounts in 1 application
- Offline message composing – You may compose email when you are having poor signal then send it later
- Multiple mobile email drafts – Compose multiple email draft and save it in the mobile phone
- Need refreshing (to load new emails) after logging in.
- Loss of connection even signal is good.
I suppose GMail has become the top pick for free email service nowadays, so if you are using it GMail Mobile 2.0 is the application you must have on your mobile phone especially you are always on the move.