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Through the Google lens: search trends November 28-December 5

The end of the year is almost upon us, but just like the rest of your life, search isn’t slowing down. Here’s a look at what was trending this week on Google:Signs of the seasonNow that the turkey’s been carved, and even the leftovers have been gobbled (pun intended) up in the form of sandwiches and soup, the holiday season is officially underway. Show More Summary

Viva La Espana: 50 new Street View sights in Spain

The Iberian Peninsula has a rich and varied artistic, architectural and cultural legacy. Roman remains, Al-Andalus, Gothic splendor and 19th century Catalan modernism are just a few examples of what you might see travelling around Spain’s cities and countryside. Show More Summary

GTAC 2014 Wrap-up

by Anthony Vallone on behalf of the GTAC Committee On October 28th and 29th, GTAC 2014, the eighth GTAC (Google Test Automation Conference), was held at the beautiful Google Kirkland office. The conference was completely packed withShow More Summary

My Maps Pro, Free for Everyone

My Maps Pro used to be the paid version of My Maps. It was previously called Maps Engine, while the free version was called Maps Engine Lite. My Maps Pro had less restrictive limitations than My Maps and it was better suited for companies. Show More Summary

Santa Card in Google Search

When searching for [Santa] or [Santa Claus], Google shows a card that promotes its own Santa Tracker. Just like last year and the year before, NORAD's Santa Tracker is powered by Microsoft and not by Google. Google also developed a Santa Tracker app for Android and a Chrome extension. Show More Summary

Device Assist for Android

Google released an Android app that provides tips for using your device and helps you solve some of your device's issues. The app is called Device Assist and it's currently available to "US-based Nexus, Google Play edition and Android...Show More Summary

Finding Music Key Enabled YouTube Videos

When Google announced YouTube Music Key, I expected that mobile users will be able to download and play in the background almost any music video. Unfortunately, these features don't work for many videos, especially for music videos from...Show More Summary

Why Google Inbox Doesn't Replace Gmail

When Google launched Inbox, many people wondered why it's a new product and not a Gmail upgrade. Jason Cornwell, a member of the Google Inbox team, answered this question in a Reddit AMA:The way people use email has changed a huge amount since we launched Gmail. Show More Summary


Google has been testing a new version of reCAPTCHA that makes it easier for users to prove that they're actually human and not bots. The new reCAPTCHA no longer uses a CAPTCHA, so you no longer have to deal with blurry house number images or squiggly words from scanned books. Show More Summary

Edit Office Gmail Attachments in Google Drive Apps

Gmail now lets you edit Microsoft Office attachments with a single click: mouse over an attachment and click "Edit with Google Docs" for Word documents, "Edit with Google Slides" for PowerPoint presentations or "Edit with Google Sheets" for Excel spreadsheets. Show More Summary

A moment of zen: 100 incredible satellite images of planet Earth

Thanksgiving weekend was a busy one for many Americans. Traveling, shopping, cooking, and visits with friends and family can be a bit hectic. For a mental break, we invite you to visit Earth View, a collection of 100 beautiful images from around the world, all taken from Google Maps’ satellite imagery. Show More Summary

This year the holidays are Made with Code

Carol-singing, hot chocolate, latkes and ice skating are all things that get us into the spirit of the holidays. But now there’s a new way to deck the halls: with code. Earlier this year, we introduced a program called Made with Code...Show More Summary

Image Options in Google Docs

Google Docs added a cool feature that was already available in Google Slides: you can now change image options. Right click an image, pick "image options" from the menu or click the image and use the "image options" feature from the Format menu. Show More Summary

Merge Table Cells in Google Docs

There are still basic features that are missing from Google's online office suite. For example, you couldn't merge table cells in a Google Docs document until yesterday, when this feature was added.Select multiple rows or columns, right click and pick "Merge cells" from the menu. Show More Summary

Race with Rudolph and skydive with Santa in the countdown to December 24

December may mean snow days in Denver, Colo. or beach days in Sydney, Australia, but in Santa’s Village, it means the countdown to Santa’s big night. Starting today, the elves are back on the clock in the North Pole—and throughout the...Show More Summary

Protractor: Angular testing made easy

By Hank Duan, Julie Ralph, and Arif Sukoco in Seattle Have you worked with WebDriver but been frustrated with all the waits needed for WebDriver to sync with the website, causing flakes and prolonged test times? If you are working with AngularJS apps, then Protractor is the right tool for you. Show More Summary

7 More Android Apps Added to Chrome Web Store

Google announced that 7 new Android apps were added to the Chrome Web Store. ChromeStory found the full list: Couchsurfing (travel), Overdrive (borrow ebooks), Cookpad (share recipes), Packpoint (travel), Homeaway (vacation rental property listings) and AnkiDroid (learn flashcards). Show More Summary

New Gmail Categories

Gmail automatically categorizes messages. Right now, there are only 4 categories available: social, promotions, updates, forums and they match Gmail's inbox tabs. Even if you disable Gmail's inbox tabs from the settings, you'll still see the list of categories in the right sidebar. Show More Summary

Android's Email App Links to Gmail

Now that the Gmail app for Android lets you add non-Gmail accounts and works like a generic email client, the Email app is no longer necessary. When you open it, the app shows this message: "Email has moved. The Gmail app now lets you view all of your email accounts." You can tap "Take me to the Gmail app" and check "Always do this". Show More Summary

Find Your Purchases Using Google

Google uses confirmation messages from Gmail to show helpful information about your purchases in Google Now, Google Search and other Google services. That's not a new feature, but there are some ways to make it even more useful.If you're...Show More Summary

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