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According to the Wall Street Google_WimmJournal, Google is preparing to start mass production of its smartwatch. It’s probably no surprise to some as Google acquired the smartwatch maker, WIMM Labs, two months ago. Supposedly already in the last few stages of development, the smartwatch will run on Android with a heavy emphasis on Google Now.

 

It appears Google is aiming to address the usefulness of smartwatches with its own smartwatch. The product category has yet to take off due to the current crop of smartwatches’ limited uses despite many different models being present on the market right now. The Google smartwatch is rumored to be able to communicate with a smartphone, and draw information such as schedules from a user’s email through Google Now in order to enhance its usefulness.

 

Google is also looking to reduce its smartwatch’s power consumption so as to extend its battery life, which is another weakness of the current generation of smartwatches.

Google Makes Quickoffice Free

By on October 29, 2013

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The Quickoffice mobile app can be used for both iOS and Android devices to create, view and edit Microsoft Office files such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The app can also be integrated with Google Drive, so files can be stored and accessed across devices.

As a bonus, Google has seen fit to offer an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for the next two years to users that signed up for their Google account by September 26. In addition, Google has also added a new features to the app, such as the ability to create ZIP folders and view charts in PowerPoint and Excel.

“Converting old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides is still the easiest way to share and work together, and we’re working every day to make the files you convert look better,” said Alan Warren, Engineering VP, Google Drive.

Google previously acquired Quickoffice in June 2012 and has been expanding its availability ever since. Though the company has been investing on the software’s resource, its long-term goal is to transition people to use its web-based productivity tools.

iGoogle Closing Annoucement

Google place the closing announcement for iGoogle

 

 

Over a year ago, Google announced they are closing iGoogle 16 months later on November 1, 2013. Well, November 1st is about 30 days away and to remind iGoogle users, Google placed a pop up on the iGoogle home page.

 

The closing of iGoogle come after close down of Google Video, Google Mini and Google Reader.

 

This sent a ton of iGoogle users back into the forum to start a smaller but yet another revolt. iGoogle users have not found a good alternative and they are pleading with Google to keep it.

 

The following are some of the alternative for iGoogle after the closing:

Happy birthday from Google

By on October 1, 2013

The first day step into last quarter of 2013 is my birthday and thanks for the greeting from all my friend in Facebook, SMS, Whatsapp, WeChat and more.

Birthday wish from Google

I’m so surprise when I start my work by Google information online, the first thing I saw on the page is the greeting from Google search engine.

Google take over Bump

Google has bought Bump for an as of yet undisclosed figure. Bump is a simple tool to help share files between smartphones by tapping the phones together. The Bump team were also responsible for Flock which automatically created geotag-based group photo albums with the uploaders Facebook friends.

The Bump app is a direct competitor of NFC which Google has been championing with its devices for a while. NFC and Bump may have parity in terms of functionality when it comes to smartphones but Bump has the edge for data transfer between smartphone and computers. Bump allows for users to transfer data from a smartphone to a computer by loading the Bump website on your phone and initiating the transfer by pressing space bar  Being able to share data between smartphone and computer, without the need for any cables or cloud syncing could be handy feature which Google could implement in future services.

With the acquisition of Bump, Google also gets ownership of the Flock app. As mentioned earlier, Flock automatically creates geotag-based, group photo albums. Google+ already has a group photo feature titled “Party Mode”. The geo-tagging aspect of Flock should dovetail quite well with Google’s existing social media platform photo features.

Google Voice Search
 
If you can say it, you can search for it.

You can now search Google by saying your search term, instead of typing it. This could be a convenient way to search if you speak faster than you type or if you’re not sure how to spell your search term.
 
Using Voice Search
Open the Chrome browser and go to http://www.google.com/. You’ll see a small gray microphone on the right-hand side of the search box.

 

Click the microphone or press Ctrl+Shift+Period (Mac: ⌘-Shift-Period) with your cursor in the search box to start voice search. When the large red microphone icon appears, begin speaking. You can press ESC or click the red button to cancel.
As you speak, Google will interpret your voice input. Afterwards, your results show up just as if you had typed the search term.
To improve processing of your voice input, Google may record a few seconds of ambient background noise in temporary memory at any time. This recording remains on the device only fleetingly and is not sent to Google.

 

Spoken Answers
If you ask your question to Google on Chrome, the answer can be spoken to you. The answer can be a fact, weather condition, stock price, flight status, sports score, currency conversion, mathematical calculation, and more. Spoken answers are only supported in English at this time.

 
What do you think of the new voice search?

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Google has bought Waze, the Israel mapping and navigation app that Facebook was also reportedly vying for, according to a post on the Google official blog as well as Waze official page.

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Waze announce the joining to Google in their official blog

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The deal, which didn’t have a price tag unveiled with it, follows months of speculation about who would land the startup. Reports in recent days said Google was close to a $1.3 billion deal.

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The acquisition could help Google improve its own mapping services and put a bigger moat around them against the likes of Facebook and Apple. According to Google Blog, the Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now and they are working hard on the marriage of Waze with existing Google map on traffic update as well as Google powerful search function.

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In its post about the takeover, Google said it planned to enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with its own search capabilities. The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now.

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Waze leverages a growing community of drivers to find the best routes through traffic. It said joining Google ranks, rather than taking the route of an initial public offering, will keep attention from shifting away from its community of drivers to lawyers and Wall Street.

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Back in the beginning of the year, we reported a rumor that Apple was looking ahead of acquiring Waze.

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The rumor about the Israeli developed app’s fate still hangs in limbo, but this time, it might just happen to be Google – and not Apple or Facebook – who’s going to close the deal. According to Engadget, two papers in Israel are saying the search engine giant is getting closer towards closing in on the deal and for a potential sale price of US$1.3 billion (~RM4 billion), with the company’s development team remaining in Israel after the sale.

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Where they will work from is cited from Globe, one of the Israeli newspaper publications who reported the rumor, as one of the chief reasons as to why the deal not just with Apple, but Facebook have fallen through.

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For those unfamiliar with Waze, the app generates mapping data in real-time based on its nearly 50 million users and reports of accidents or traffic jams.

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Apple iOS users do not need to envy their Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean counterparts anymore as Google Now is available on the iPad and iPhone. All you need to do is to head to App Store and update the Google Search app.

Instead of swiping up or long-pressing a button on Android devices, Google Now can be accessed on the iOS device by opening the Google Search app and swiping up to reveal the cards. As expected, the types of Google Now cards available on iOS are lesser than Android. 22 of the 29 cards available on Android will be making their way to iOS, some of which are:

  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Flight Status
  • Sports
  • Calendar
  • Translate
  • Currency Conversion
  • Time at Home

Another limitation of Google Now on iOS is its inability to do the extent of background sync that it can do on Android. It will support iOS background location feature so that the time taken to pin-point your location upon opening the Search app will be minimized. High priority Google Now alerts will not be integrated with iOS’s notification system.

 

 

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Gmail celebrating 9th birthday

By on April 13, 2013

At 1 April 2013, Google email (Gmail) is celebrating its 9th birthday. So much of evolution in the Gmail all start by one user’s feedback that she was tired of struggling to search for her email in the inbox. So the Gmail teams start to build a free webmail system that change the way of people using email.

After so many years, Gmail gone through so many change and upgrade just to serve the user better. The following infographic show the evolution of Gmail from day 1 until now.

Gmail Infographic