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Google Reader Retiring

By on March 14, 2013

Google Reader Retire

Google has announced it will kill off its RSS reader, Google Reader from July 1, 2013, citing a slow down in usage since the service launched in 2005.

Google Reader has allowed users to subscribe to the content from their favourite news and blog sites from one site similar to an inbox. The internet giant’s senior vice president of technical infrastructrue Urs Hölzle, announced today that after eight years, the service would be brought to an end.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader,” he said in a blog post.

“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

The application has largely remained the same over the years since the launch. Many other RSS applications, including FlipBoard, and Google’s Currents have turned RSS readers into more of a visual magazine-style way of catching up on news, while Reader has kept its look as more of an email inbox.

Before Google shuts off Reader, it’ll allow users to export their subscriptions out of the application using Takeout. The following are 5 alternative application which can replace the Google Reader if you continue to looking for such application:

The move comes as part of a cleaning of the house that Google CEO Larry Page announced in 2011. The cleanup has already claimed Google Buzz and Google Labs.

The company said today’s announcement will see a total of 70 features or services closed since the spring cleaning began.

The announcement will also see the end of GUI Builder for a focus on HTML service, Google Cloud Connect will be ditched in April in favour of Google Drive, and Google will end support for its Google Voice App for BlackBerry but users can still use the HTML5 app.

Google will also end support for Snapseed desktop for Windows and Mac beginning today.

For more information about the Google Spring cleaning, you can refer to their official blog

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Google has now implemented offline functionality to another service in their web-based productivity suite, Google Drive. The latest to get this invaluable feature is Google Slides. Now users can create, edit, and present without an Internet connection. Any changes to the presentation will automatically be saved once an Internet connection is detected.

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To utilize this new feature, all you have to do is turn the “offline editing” feature on through Google Drive. Users who already have offline editing for Docs enabled, won’t need to change any settings to get this new feature. However, take note that offline editing can only be used on Chrome browsers or on machines running Chrome OS. According to the Google Drive Blog, Google Sheets will be the next service to get offline functionality.

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Google-Adwords

Calling all marketing professionals! Google is currently on the lookout for participants to take part in its Google Certification Program (GCP) Challenge for AdWords, its search engine marketing platform.

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The GCP is a program aimed at helping digital marketing professionals to improve their efficiency in Google AdWords. Upon passing, participants will become ‘Individually Qualified’ professionals and receive a certificate that endorses their proficiency in Google AdWords.

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The GCP Challenge in Malaysia will be held from January 21 till March 15, 2013. Top three GCP candidates who pass both Google Advertising Fundamentals and Search Advertising Advanced exams will be award with a smart device worth US$600. Winning the challenge also allows the participants a chance to be globally recognized.

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In order to participate:

Step 1: Visit the GCP challenge website here
Step 2: Check your eligibility for the challenge
Step 3: Register to be in the running
Step 4: Sit for your exams online between January 21 and March 15, 2013
Step 5: Submit your results here between January 21 and March 15, 2013 for a shot at winning a smart device worth US$600

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Company URLs along with individual scores must be submitted.

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All GCP Qualified Individuals whose GCP qualification expires before March 31, 2013 are welcome to join in as well. The GCP Challenge is only open to individuals employed in Malaysia.

Zeitgeist 2012

Late Whitney Houston was Year 2012’s hottest search, announces 12th annual Year-End Google Zeitgeist.  She was followed by Gangnam Style and Hurricane Sandy.

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Zeitgeist announced the top trending queries for the year based on the study of 1.2 trillion searches on Google search engine. Zeitgeist divides searches into several categories such as Images, Athletes, Events, People, Feature Films, TV Shows, Performing Artists, Arilines and Google+ Hashtags.

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Here is the list of Top 10 Global searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

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Top 10 Consumer Electronics Search

  1. iPad 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy S3
  3. iPad Mini
  4. Nexus 7
  5. Galaxy Note 2
  6. Play Station
  7. iPad 4
  8. Microsoft Surface
  9. Kindle Fire
  10. Nokia Lumia 920

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These are Top 10 trending images:

  1. One Direction
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Rihanna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Minecraft
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Katy Perry

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And Top 10 people searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Amanda Todd
  4. Michael Clarke Duncan
  5. One Direction
  6. Felix Baumgartner
  7. Jeremy Lin
  8. Morgan Freeman
  9. Joseph Kony
  10. Donna Summer

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Watch the Year In Review

Google’s Card-Style OneBoxesd

By on December 9, 2012

Google updated the desktop OneBoxes for definitions and local time to match the card layout from Google Now. The same layout is also used in the mobile search user interface for most Google OneBoxes.

 

 

 

The good thing about the cards is where they are more distinctive and is highlighted just below your just box, so very the user very hard to ignore it.

The head of Google’s webspam team talks about Google view on subdomains- is there any difference for Google between sites set up as group of subdomains or as a group of subdirectories. Here is the video:

Google Webmaster Help has released a video with head of webspam team- Matt Cutts answering a query about parked domains without content. Here is the video:

A US judge on Wednesday was considering a request by Apple that would pull Google from the sidelines in a long-running patent war with Samsung over mobile gadgets powered by Android software.

 

Apple urged a federal court in Silicon Valley to add Android 4.1, referred to by Google as Jelly Bean, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to a patent suit on track for trial next year, according to reports.

 

The judge took the request under consideration.

 

Meanwhile, Samsung has countered with a legal move that says Apple’s iPhone 5 infringes on patents held by the South Korean electronics giant.

 

Samsung and Apple have been waging patent wars in an array of countries in an indirect assault on Google’s Android software.

 

In a separate case, a jury in August declared that Samsung should pay Apple $1.049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features.

 

Samsung has appealed to a higher court to reverse the jury verdict.

 

Google Free Zone

By on October 31, 2012

Google tries free internet browsing by launching Free Zone, a service that lets you use Google Search, Gmail and Google+ on your mobile phone for free. For now, the service is only available in Philippines and only for Globe users, but that’s because Free Zone is still an experiment.

“When you use these Google products through Free Zone on your mobile phone, you won’t be charged for data. You can use Free Zone even if you haven’t subscribed to a data plan with your operator. You can access Free Zone using any default phone browser. Sign in to your Google Account at http://g.co/freezone with your mobile phone in order to use Google Search, Gmail, and Google+. Free Zone should be accessed using your phone’s default browser. Third party browsers (such as QQ, Opera Mini and Bolt) are not supported,” informs Google.

“Since using Google+, Gmail, and Google Search is free through Free Zone, there is no limit to the amount of data you use for these Google products. You’re also not charged for any links that you click on from the search results page. Important: When using Search, the page you access after clicking on a search result is free. However, if you click on a link within that article — or if a link takes you outside of Google+ or Gmail — you’ll be shown a warning page alerting you of any potential charges.”

Free Zone is optimized for feature phones, but it also works on smartphones. You only need to change your APN settings. If Google’s description is accurate, you can use Free Zone to open almost any web page: just type the URL in Google’s search box and select the first result.

You might notice that the ‘Compose’ screen on Gmail looks somewhat different today.

 

According to an article published on Google’s official Gmail blog, the newly introduced ‘Compose’ screen was designed to be faster and easier to use compared to the old interface which ‘covers’ the entire inbox. In a nutshell, hitting the ‘Compose’ button would fire up a pop-up window at the bottom right corner of your screen, much like chat screens on Google Talk, albeit in a larger window.

 

This makes sense, especially if you need to refer to another email in the midst of composing a new one. Considering that many of us have to save the draft message, open up the old email, and then reopen the draft message in order to complete the email, the new ‘Compose’ layout does help speed up the process in this aspect.

 

Besides facilitating easy references, the new ‘Compose’ also makes it easy for you to keep an eye on incoming emails. Again, much like chat screens embedded in Gmail, users can minimize the ‘Compose’ window (and even multiple windows) to work on them later. According to Google’s blog post, it’s also easier to insert inline images with the reworked ‘Compose’ window.

 

Furthermore, you’ll now see profile pictures of your contacts as you’re adding recipients to an email message. They’ll appear in the suggested lists of recipients as part of Google’s autocomplete feature. In addition, users can drag-and-drop recipient chips between the “To”, “Cc”, and “Bcc” address fields, instead of having to copy and paste them.

 

Inline replies will also feature a similar layout as the new ‘Compose’ screen. According to Google,”replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets”.