Google Overload
Article by George Norman
On 25 Sep 2009
Every once and again this happens: we get distracted by other things and forget to cover what Mountain View-based search engine giant Google is doing. And when we give it a closer look, we find out that several items make for good news pieces, but it’s the end of the week and we couldn’t possible cover each item individually. So we put them all together and come up with something like this, or this or this.

Here are the things we’ve missed. I’d hate for you to miss out on what could be something very interesting. So I’ll just present the bare minimum so as to understand what’s going on and the link to the official announcement so that you can find out more details:


Google Sidewiki: the browser sidebar that allows you to share your opinion on specific webpages as well as read what other people have to say about that webpage.

Picasa 3.5: Google’s free photo editing software has been updated to version 3.5. The most interesting change is that you can add name tags to photos.

Google Sync with push Gmail support: leaving the fact that you can sync your Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with your iPhone or Windows Mobile-powered smartphone, Google Sync now lets you push Gmail messages to your mobile device.

Google Chrome Frame: an open-source plug-in that gives Internet Explorer HTML5 compatibility and faster JavaScript. Basically, you can run whatever Chrome can run, just that you do it in IE.

Product Ideas for Google Reader: the Google Reader team has launched a new tool that lets you submit your feedback/product ideas to the G Reader team and other G Reader users.

Google SketchUp 7.1: the latest version of this tool that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models has been upped to version 7.1. The version change comes with several important performance enhancements and new features.

Place Pages for Google Maps: a web page for every place in the world.

Gmail for iPhone and Android has received two new features: Move and Enhanced Refresh.

Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile has new features as well: My Location, Google Suggest and Search with Maps.

Project 10^100: Google launched a project that harvested world-changing ideas from people everywhere. Now Google wants you to vote which idea will be out in practice.

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