Google launches music search ( via Yahoo! News)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

In an effort to make searching for and buying songs easier, Google has gotten into the music game, in partnership with online music stores like iLike (which is now a part of MySpace) and Lala?no mention of iTunes or Amazon MP3 though. From now on, when you search for the name of any song on Google, the first result will actually allow you to preview the song right on the page, and then proceed …

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Fake Google Chrome OS download makes the rounds ( via Yahoo! News)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

For Google fans, trick-or-treat came a bit early. On Wednesday, a brief rash of Twitter posts suggested that the search behemoth had released a preview version of its forthcoming Chrome OS. An official-looking page offered the opportunity to download the public beta as a VMWare appliance?but it turns out that the download was a fake. The site, hosted on Google?s Web-hosting service, has since …

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Use your own number with some Google Voice features ( via Yahoo! News)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Google Voice users can now use their existing phone numbers with the service, which will come as good news to people who don?t want to give out a new number to all of their existing contacts. But there are some catches.

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Google Docs launches shared folders ( via Yahoo! News)

Monday, October 12th, 2009

If recent events haven?t left you skittish about cloud computing?s future and your distaste for Microsoft Word exceeds even your hostility for Dane Cook, then you?ll be excited to learn of the latest additions to Google Docs. Google updated its Web-based collection of office productivity tools Monday to include shared folders?a much-requested feature among Google Docs partisans.

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Google releases Android 1.5 SDK preview ( via Yahoo! News)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Though Google?s Android platform for mobile devices is widely considered to be the most significant competitor to the iPhone, my review of January 2009 concluded that Android was promising but in need of a hefty coat of polish. On Tuesday, Google announced a preview version of the Software Development Kit for Android?s first major update, 1.5.

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Google updates Gmail, Google Calendar for iPhone and Android ( via Yahoo! News)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

On Tuesday Google gave the iPhone?as well as its own Android phone operating system?a great big bear hug by rolling out new mobile versions of Google Mobile Web Calendar and Gmail that are specifically optimized for the WebKit-based web browsers used by the two phone platforms.

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Yahoo Messenger for the iPhone nears launch ( via Yahoo! News)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Given the state of Yahoo Messenger for the Mac?an app that’s been around for years and doesn?t support features like video conferencing to this day?I hadn?t expected Yahoo to take the iPhone too seriously as a new platform. However, it seems that my presumptions were misguided because Yahoo is now gearing up to launch Yahoo Messenger for the iPhone.

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Google releases Picasa for Mac beta ( via Yahoo! News)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Google on Monday afternoon released a public beta of its Picasa for Mac desktop software for organizing, editing, and uploading photos. The software, which runs on Intel Macs with OS X 10.4 or later, marks the first time that Picasa has been offered for the Mac (it joins the Windows and Linux versions already available).

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Google to launch Picasa Mac at Macworld 2009? (ZDNet)

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

According to someone who claims to work at Google, we may be seeing an Apple version of their popular photo management software at the 2009 Macworld Expo. This unconfirmed rumor does definitely sound plausible, considering a Google representative said earlier this year that a Mac version would be available…

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Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview (Slashdot)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

ClaraBow writes with this excerpt from MacWorld: “A small Indiana company has sued tech heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, and Google, claiming that it holds the patent on a common file preview feature used by browsers and operating systems to show users small snapshots of the files before they are opened. … Cygnus’s owner and president Gregory Swartz developed the technology laid out in the …

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