Google Chrome Officially Leaves Beta

12 12 2008

Google’s party-crashing browser Chrome has officially dropped its Beta tag and is a fully fledged release.

Google posted the news this morning as Chrome took the odd step of leaving Beta (we covered not long ago that 45% of Google products are in Beta, including Gmail after 4 years!)

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Zeitgeist 2008: Google Tells Us What We’ve Searched This Year

10 12 2008

Today Google told us what the world has been looking for in the past 12 months: the annual Zeitgeist list has arrived.

The release of the list of the worlds most popular searches has steadily improved in popularity in years and this year even  made the BBC News homepage.

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us a glimpse into the zeitgeist — the spirit of the times.

Google have made the move this year to present their findings for country searches as well, so you can see what was top in the UK, US and even the Philippines. And it would seem that Sarah Palin has had her moment in the sun…

Fastest Rising (Global) Search Terms

  1. sarah palin
  2. beijing 2008
  3. facebook login
  4. tuenti
  5. heath ledger
  6. obama
  7. nasza klasa
  8. wer kennt wen
  9. euro 2008
  10. jonas brothers




Google Add To Do List Task Manager To Gmail

9 12 2008

I use my Gmail account to send myself reminders. I use my Gmail to make notes on certain subjects. I had to do this by sending myself an email (very egotistical). However, the days of that are now over!

Google have released a task manager widget for Gmail. This can handle to do lists and notes and appears as a pop-up within the window of your Inbox.

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Free Google Gmail Stickers

8 12 2008

It may have been revealed around 4 days ago, but Google are offering people free Gmail stickers.

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Google Release Gmail Desktop Widget

8 12 2008

Google desktop has been customising users desktops for years, with the latest widgets enabling XP users to create Vista-esque sidebars, with clocks, docks and apps. However, after countless requests, Google has finally announced the release of a Gmail desktop widget.

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Google Countdown To 2009 With Tips

3 12 2008

As we enter December and get buried under Christmas marketing, Google have focussed just a little further ahead than most; New Year,

On December 1st Google launched the countdown to 2009 by stating that they’ll offer a tip a day, to promote all the things that you can achieve through Google’s services:

We’ll cover everything from today’s tip on “Gift ideas and holiday savings” to checking out your flight status with Google Search.
Anita Yuen, Group Product Marketing Manager

I’m aware that today is the 3rd and that means we’ve missed the first three reveals, but we didn’t miss that much. Day One offered us the aforementioned “Get gift ideas and holiday savings”. Day Two gave us “Personalize your gifts & holiday greetings” through the use of Google Docs. Today’s tip is that followers of the NFL, MLB, NHL and/or NBA can check teams fixtures and scores by searching the team name. Google used the LA Lakers as their example.

Lets hope the last 28 days are more exciting…





Chrome Updated With New Boomark Manager

26 11 2008

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Google’s browser Chrome remains in Beta, but its still receiving updates. It was announced on the Chromium Announce Google Group that the gatecrashing browser is now at its 0.4.154.25 release stage, and that the new version has a Firefox-esque bookmark manager and a cleaner pop-up blocker as its main upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »