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Google Discontinues Q&A Services

Google had a few local Q&A services in different countries: Otvety (Russia), Baraza (Africa), Tanya Jawab (Indonesia), Guru (Thailand), Giai Dap (Vietnam), Ejabat (Arabic), Wenda (China). On June 23, all the services were discontinued...Show More Summary

No More SMS for Hangouts

Back in April, Google removed the SMS feature from Gmail Labs. Now SMS for Google Hangouts is discontinued.Here's how Google described the feature: "If you enable SMS for Hangouts, you'll receive messages even when you're not connected to the internet. Show More Summary

Understanding Android Wear

Android Wear watches work best when paired with phones running Android 4.3 or later. You can also pair them with tablets, but they're more useful as phone companions. Android 4.3 brings support for Bluetooth 4.0 and that's the reason...Show More Summary

New Features for YouTube Uploaders

YouTube has a lot of new features in store for those who upload videos and for those who watch them.YouTube Creator Studio combines a lot of useful information about your videos: analytics data, video management, comment management and a dashboard that lets you see what's new. Show More Summary

ThreadSanitizer: Slaughtering Data Races

by Dmitry Vyukov, Synchronization Lookout, Google, MoscowHello, I work in the Dynamic Testing Tools team at Google. Our team develops tools like AddressSanitizer, MemorySanitizer and ThreadSanitizer which find various kinds of bugs. In this blog post I want to tell you about ThreadSanitizer, a fast data race detector for C++ and Go programs. Show More Summary

Google to Shut Down Orkut

It's not surprising that Google will soon shut down its first social network, Orkut. It used to be popular in India and Brazil, but it's no longer used by many people. "Ten years ago, Orkut was Google's first foray into social networking. Show More Summary

Short URL for Classic Google Maps

Now that Google Maps for desktop redirects to the new interface, I tried to find a URL for the classic version. Last year, I found: https://www.google.com/maps?output=classic. Here's a shorter URL: http://www.google.com/local. For some reason, the old Google Local address redirects to the classic Google Maps. Show More Summary

More Google Shortcuts

More Google services let you add shortcuts to the app launcher. Here are some of the new services I found: Google Image Search Google Video Search - for some reason, the app launcher doesn't display an icon when adding the shortcut Google...Show More Summary

The New Android

Somewhere between the new gadget releases and the new Android flavours, there's a new Android and it doesn't look like the old one. The old Android was about developers and customization, the new Android is about users and user experience. Show More Summary

Google's Detailed World Cup Results

Google used to call them OneBox results. Now they're interactive gadgets that provide detailed information.World Cup instant results are probably the most comprehensive OneBox results ever added by Google. They offer so much real-time information that you don't even have to visit other sites. Show More Summary

Google Docs' Identity Problem

Google's office suite has always had an identity problem. Google changed product names multiple times and didn't manage to differentiate its products.Back in 2006, Google acquired Writely (an online document editor) and XL2Web, which later became Google Spreadsheets. Show More Summary

Plugin-Free Google+ Hangouts in Chrome

Last year, Chrome's team announced that NPAPI support will be removed by the end of 2014. At that time, the Google+ Hangouts (Talk) plugin was one of the most popular NPAPI plugins used in Chrome (8.7% usage), so it was obvious that Google had to provide an alternative solution.Now Google+ Hangouts no longer requires plugins in Chrome. Show More Summary

QuickOffice Will Be Discontinued

2 years ago, Google bought Quickoffice, one of the best mobile apps for editing Office files. At that time, Google explained that "Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats,...Show More Summary

New Interface for Gmail and Google Drive File Previews

When you use Google Drive and click on a file that can't be edited, you get a preview interface that lets you quickly check your files, navigate between your files and more. The same file preview UI is also used for Gmail attachments.Google updated the file previewer to give more focus to the content. Show More Summary

Password Lock in Google Drive for iOS

Google Drive for iOS has a feature that lets you set a 4-digit passcode code for the app so that others can't access your files while using your iPhone or iPad. Just go to the settings, tap "passcode lock", enable the feature, enter a passcode for Drive and decide if you want to enter the passcode even when you return to the app. Show More Summary

Responsive YouTube Player

Remember the YouTube experiment that resized the player dynamically? Now it's a regular YouTube feature."When using YouTube on your computer, the size of your video player will automatically adapt based on the available space in your browser window. Show More Summary

Google Play Services Delivers Security Updates

One of the most important new features announced at Google I/O was that Google Play Services will deliver security updates. Google Play Services started as a way to solve Android's fragmentation problem: instead of adding APIs to new...Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: long live football

With more than 1.2 billion searches and counting, World Cup fever continues in Brazil and around the world. This week, we’re taking a special look at the top search trends from throughout the tournament so far. Keep up with all of our insights from search at our World Cup hub. Show More Summary

When YouTube's Automatic Captions Were Funny

YouTube's auto-captioning feature used to work so poorly that the captions were funny and not very useful. There's a video from 2010 that shows how the "transcribe audio function turns great works of literature into hilarious nonsense". Show More Summary

Android Developer Previews

This year, Google changed the way it releases new Android versions. Just like Apple, Google released a developer preview that allows developers to test their apps, add new features, tweak their UIs before regular users install the new...Show More Summary

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