Elections on Google

January 3rd, 2008

If you want to stay on top of the current US elections, check out the Google News Election and the Election 2008 Google gadget.

Need some Google AdSense tips?

January 2nd, 2008

If you have been thinking about ways to monetize your blog or website, there is no better way than Google AdSense. The easy to use, and easy to sign up to program has all the foundations necessary in order to make a little, or a lot of cash online.

Now to get users to do the best they can with AdSense, Google has created Newbie Central, an AdSense Help Center section that walks new users through resources for publishers. In it, Google has listed out advanced AdSense features and things that are required to maximize Google AdSense profits. It it, Google lists out Ad Formats, Channels, AdSense for Search, Referrals and Optimization tips.

Maps gets introduced to the 1-800-GOOG-411 service

July 1st, 2007

Google announced on Friday that they have integrated maps with their 411 telephone service.

When on the 411 call, simply say “map it”, and you’ll get sent a text message with the details of your search. Not only that but Google will send you a link to a map of your results right on your mobile phone.

The 1-800-GOOG-411 service allows users to call the number to get voice search results, and connect to those businesses by mobile phone.

Picasa Web Albums gets mobile, and maps photos

June 27th, 2007

Picasa has underwent some drastic improvements, and the evidence was made available late Tuesday evening.

Picasa Web Albums now has the ability to drag and drop imagery right onto a map, so you can pinpoint the exact locations where your pictures were taken. This new Map my Photos feature can be done by entering the location in the Place Taken field, or by dropping single images onto a map. Maps can then be shared, and even viewed in Google Earth.

Google has also introduced a Picasa Web Albums built exclusively for mobile devices. By visiting http://photos.google.com and entering your Picasa credentials, you are brought to a list of your available photo sets. Photos can then be viewed and downloaded onto your device. Just make sure you have a nice size data plan before viewing them. Comments can also be made on your friends photos by entering the My Favorites sections.

Google updates Docs interface, majorly

June 27th, 2007

Google has made a few tweaks here and there in Docs.

Some slight, ok, a major interface overhaul has been made to the Google Docs online interface. Users can now welcome a slick new folder system, with a new feature to view Docs or Spreadsheets by type, shared by user and drag and drop functionality. Think Windows Explorer view. Its now easier than ever to open, create and organize your documents and spreadsheets online.

Now lets get some folders for Gmail, please.

Vista has not changed enough for Google

June 26th, 2007

Google has not been happy with the latest rounds the Microsoft has implemented for Vista. The search giant believes that Microsoft is still violating the consent decree and limiting consumer choices for search options. The work done on the new OS are in the right directions, but should be further improved to give customers greater access to alternate desktop search providers.

Microsoft has not made it possible in Vista for search defaults to be changed in a universal way. They have kept the search system as a default throughout all of Windows Explorer.

Google aquires GrandCentral, one phone number for life

June 25th, 2007

Google has, or is about to acquire GrandCentral. The news was caught by Michael Arrington on Sunday, but no dollar amounts have been discussed.

GrandCenral is a business that will give you one phone number, for all of your phone for life. Their $6 Million in capital raised led them to beta launch last September with lots of success in the online space, unfortunately the product wasn’t ready, and the bandwagon slowed down earlier this year. However, they have been working hard this year with a mobile release among others.

Google’s Washington presense grows

June 21st, 2007

Just two years ago, Google landed on capital hill with one employee. Since that time Google has built that department out to a team of 12 of lobbyists that have close ties within political parties.

So what does the Google Washington team do? They dont just hang out in a lobby all day doing nothing! Ok bad joke, they lobby to try and protect Google’s constantly expanding products and acquisitions from antitrust challenges. Fighting against anything from business dealings and censorships in China, to their recent complaint against Microsoft’s Windows Vista about being anti-competitive. They of course have just won this argument, and Microsoft has agreed to make changes in the Vista OS to make it easier to use non Microsoft search applications.