- Drawing Options: Right now this is very limited, basically a few shapes and arrows, with no rotation. Maybe PowerPoint goes overboard on this, but Presentations definitely needs more.
- HTML/CSS Editing: Documents allows HTML editing and the use of CSS, if this could somehow be incorporated into Presentations, maybe for just text boxes. Now for any special editing such as subscripts, I type it in Documents and paste it in Presentations.
- Animations: The only thing available now is incremental reveal which adds items one at a time. Again, more should be added so presentations can be "spiced-up."
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
- Google Earth is amazing for checking out the solar system. For example, check out the Google Earth add-on for Mars. More great solar system addons can be found at the Google Earth Blog.
- Download this KML file to get a geo-biography of Sen. John McCain. Also, check out this Google Earth blog post for the top 10 games in Google Earth.
- If your into the US presidential election, and want to search quotes by Obama and McCain, check out
Friday, 26 September 2008
"CBCNews.ca: You've had access to many employees and executives of Google. Within the company, is there a real hatred for Microsoft? Are they really trying to take Microsoft down?
Stross: Yes, they are. Microsoft is their number one target."
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Happy Birthday Google!! This week Google celebrated its 10th birthday, for this Google has done a couple of things:
- They launched an interactive timeline that begins with Larry met Sergey and lists major events up to the present. The layout and feel of this timeline is super. My current favorite date is October 11th, 2006, the launch of Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which I am using right now to write this blog and will use most of tomorrow to prepare educational assessment material and next week to present a lecture about glaciers.
- Google is wanting to change the world, and offering 10 million big ones to ideas that are world changing. This amazing idea is referred to as Project 10^100. Once all Google will select the best 100 ideas, followed by public voting to bring this number down to 20, judges will reduce this to 5, and the $10 million will help put these into action. Note that the deadline for submission is Oct. 20th, 2008, and the final winners will be selected in mid-February, 2009.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
- For iPhone users, there is a new application called Earthscape and is available for free at the Apps Store and is very Google Earth-like.
- For all you people who don't want to upgrade from the free Google Earth version but want GPS tracking with Google Earth, check out this application called Navigator. This is able to automatically log tracks to a KML file and also has USB interface support.
- There is an updated version of the Arctic ice animations, check out the 30-day animation , 60-day and 90-day animations. These new animations have better coverage and higher resolution.
- Check out before and after photos of Hurricane Ike by clicking on this file for an overlay overlay image .
- Something that I didn't know was released on the Adsense blog. It is not a violation of program policies to perform searches on one's own Adsense for search boxes. But, it is highly recommended that you do not do this because it will increase the chance of invalid clicks and provide an false view of activity on your site.
- Google Desktop 5.8 has been released and is much faster than previous versions and search covers more Outlook folders and gadgets now have support for flash.
- Gmail labs has some new features; (1) ability to put labels and chat friends on the right and left side of the window instead of being stacked and (2) "Mark as Read" button can be added to top of inbox (this was created by a guy named Mark).
- Gears has been released for Safari on OS X, it can be downloaded at http://gears.google.com.
- Google Maps for mobile has been released and now included Street View. Check out the video below (the guy should invest in a new bicycle!!!). Note that this is available for Blackberry and most Java-enabled phones.
- Google Audio Indexing has been added which as allows searching of audio within videos, super awesome!! This can be found at Google labs.
- Those environmentally-sound Google people have joined forces with GE to allow consumers better energy choices. They basically want all aspects of power to be improved and the smart grid implemented.
- Google search is now available in Pirate, yep that's right, pirate.
Google Maps for Mobile
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
- All English users of Blogger can now use the Blogger Following feature.
- Check out these cool Google Earth links: PC World Top 10 Amazing Add-ons, 51 Places You Can't See in Google Maps, and this link about a giant tribute to Lenin.
- Picasa Web Albums can be used to directly upload photos from one's email and phone, check out this post for more details.
- New features have been added to Gmail labs: reply with only selected text; default reply to all, ability to set start and end dates for vacation auto response, create own custom color combinations, and drag and drop items in the Navbar.
- In the mobile world, Google has introduced Search with My location, which will provide localized search results. Note that this is available in the US and UK only (for now) and only works on certain phones.
- For Blackberry users, Google has released Mobile App for Blackberry. This acts as a central point for Google services and can be found at m.google.com on the Blackberry device.
- Once again, old is new. Google is making old newspapers new by allowing them to be available online. These can be accessed by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News.More and more newspapers will be added and the oldest newspaper, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, is also available for search.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Reducing Greenhouse Gases....The Google Way
Google is well known for taking initiatives for a greener planet now they released a patent application for a "water-based data center." Basically, it would sit on a ship in the ocean and use tidal power for electricity and actual water for cooling, neat hey?
Floating Data Center Schematic
Sunday, 7 September 2008
- New imagery has been released in Google Earth.
- There is a new sublayer in Google Earth called "Hurricane Season 2008", and what a season it has been so far. This has forecasted paths along with current positions of active Atlantic Hurricanes.
- Check out this KML file showing all the satellites . All I can say is super cool, there are about 13000 of them up there.
Friday, 5 September 2008
- The new Blemish Tool which is similar to the clone tool in Photoshop and Eyedropper in Corel Photopaint allows the removal of unwanted areas in a photo. Unlike Photoshop or Photopaint, a preview is given before the effect is applied.
- Red-Eye removal is improved to provide better color matching of pupils.
- Picasa now has Video editing, although basic, you can do such things as add soundtracks, title cards, and place photos together with various transition effects.
- Picasa now has its own Photo Viewer, and is much better than the Windows Photo and Fax viewer.
- Collages can be automatically produced from a picture folder and has a bunch of options.
- Cropping is made a lot easier. Picasa provides 3 automatic cropping selections, along with preview thumbnails, manual mode and other ratios are also provided.
- The coolest feature is Face Recognition. Within the program Picasa 3, photos can be filtered by those having faces. In Picasa Web Albums, name tags are possible, a face in a photo is tagged and pictures with that same face are found. So unlike Facebook which requires tagging every person in a photo, Web Albums can automatically do it for you.
- The program is much faster.
- A new text tool has been added to easily add text to any photo.
- There is a new
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Monday, 1 September 2008
UPDATE!! Tomorrow a beta version of Chrome will be available in 100 countries.
- If your a blogger like myself, you'll notice a new feature over the next few weeks. The new feature is called Following and it allows you to know who is following your blog. When the followers icon is clicked on, followers can be browsed, along with the blogs they write and you can read any other blogs they are following. Also, a new tab has been added to the Blogger dashboard called Blogs I'm Following, this will show automatically the latest posts from blogs that you follow. I love social networking.
- Related to the above bullet, for any Google Reader users, you will now see a special folder called Blogs I'm Following, which allows you to see all of the blogs that your following. In the future, Google Reader will become more social by adding the Google Friend Connect.
- Hurricane Gustav is all over the news, and if you want to check out its current track, click off the weather layer to see satellite photos, radar, storm tracks etc. Check out many of the weather tools available in Google Earth by clicking on this file created by the Google Earth people.
- For all of you GPS people (I think I may be one soon),WikiLoc is a site that allows users to upload and share GPS tracks. This is now available in Google Earth as its own layer.
- Here is some more good news for Google Earth and Maps users, a new satellite which will be launched on Sept. 4th, will provide imagery for both of these programs, and it does this super fast, an area the size of New Mexico can be done in 1 day!! The name of the satellite is the GeoEye-1 adn has the highest ground resolution color imagery commercially available.
- Google Sites had just received a nice improvement. In the past, if you wanted to add a Google Spreadsheet to your site, it would have to be published to the world (shared with everyone), but no more, the requirement has been dropped.
- Some new features have been introduced to Google Calendar, adding a friend's calendar, creating new events for those busy schedules, and reminder times have been improved, check out this blog for more details.
- IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions) has released a free plugin for Google Sketchup that calculates a building's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. It looks like the environmental movement is here to stay!!
- YouTube has introduced a new caption feature to videos. Check out this page for more information.