Khamis, Ogos 31, 2006

Google Friends Newsletter - August 2006


Saved locations in Google Maps

We've gotten numerous requests to be able to store a list of personal addresses on Google Maps, and now you can with our new Saved Locations feature. To get started, just click on the "Saved Locations" link in the upper right corner of and sign in to your Google Account. If you're already signed in, this link will display your existing list of saved locations. By default, we'll automatically save every location you enter into Google Maps, but you can choose to disable the auto-saving from this screen. From here, you can also add, modify, or delete locations, or create a label such as "home" for any of your saved locations. The next time you start typing a location or label into any search box on Google Maps, we'll offer to auto-complete it for you. When a list of auto-completions is suggested, you can quickly select the first one by hitting the Tab key.


Map search gadgets for homepage

If your personalized homepage doesn't yet have a map, how about adding the new Google Map Search Gadget? This is an easy way do local searches and then quickly scroll through the results on a map.

Google Desktop 4

No matter where in the world you live, you should be able to find your own information on your computer. Google Desktop 4 is now out of beta and available in 26 languages. You'll find a batch of new and improved features, including an improved interface to find international Google Gadgets, a configurable "gadgets" button, and greater support for developers. Windows only.

Google Talk file and photo sharing

We've released some new Google Talk features this month, including file and photo sharing. Now you can drag and drop one or more files directly onto a chat window. As soon as your friend on Google Talk clicks "Accept," the transfer begins, and when it's done, the
recipient can open the file or find it on disk with a single click. As for photo sharing, when you drop up to 10 photos on Google Talk, smaller previews automatically appear right inside the chat window, so you can chat about them right away. The previews adjust to the size of your chat window, so just enlarge the window when you want to see more detail. To view the images at full size, or to save them for later, click the "Download Originals" link. If you've already downloaded Talk, these additions will auto-update. Or you can download the new version directly from the site. Windows only.

Two new downloads for Mac users

Share photos with friends and family using the Picasa Web Albums Uploaders for Mac. It comes with two handy tools for uploading photos: a plug-in that lives within iPhoto, and a stand-alone uploader for sharing the occasional picture.

Get your Gmail and Calendar notifications on the Mac-only upgrade of the Gmail Notifier, now called the Google Notifier. It offers built-in
pop-up notifications for upcoming events and unread mail, custom sounds, and of course some fun new icons.

And this isn't a download - but we just released Google Calendar support for Safari!


+ Supporting women in technology +

For several years, Google has honored the legacy of computer scientist Dr. Anita Borg with a scholarship program designed to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. The awards are $10,000 scholarships for outstanding female undergraduate and graduate students completing their degrees in computer science or related fields. Why are we doing this? Because we believe in what the Anita Borg Institute calls the "virtuous cycle." Through this scholarship program and other efforts, we hope more women can be encouraged to embrace engineering and technical professions and learn the skills of leadership. Then they can use those capabilities to influence how technology is designed and used, and focus on practical solutions to global issues - energy, food, illiteracy, environment, elder care, disease control - that confront us all. As the products and services resulting from their innovations permeate the global market, new generations of women will follow, in a profession that is increasingly more supportive of women.

The Institute is named for a renowned computer scientist who spent her life inspiring and motivating women to become active participants and leaders in the technology revolution that can benefit all of us. For the 2006-2007 academic year, Google received 324 applications from students at 90 different universities across the country. We awarded scholarship support to 47 young women, and look forward to their successes in the coming years.

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