Joining other reactions on the web to Steve Jobs’ sudden resignation as the CEO of Apple yesterday, Google’s vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra recalled on Google+ a particular Sunday in January 2008 when Apple’s boss asked him to call his home. The reason? The Google logo on the iPhone:
So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow. I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously backed Google’s application for what’s known as market-based rate authority. The Commission grants market-based rate authorization for wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services by public utility sellers that can demonstrate that they and their affiliates lack or have adequately mitigated horizontal and vertical market power. Google on the other hand does not own generation facilities or transmission lines to deliver power, and is not planning to use the new authority for retail purposes.
In a letter to PC world Google spokeswomen said that “We made this filing so we can have more flexibility in procuring power for own operations. , including our data centers.
Google does offer an online tool (Google Power Meter) that allows you to view your home’s energy consumption from your personalized iGoogle homepage. Using information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices, Google PowerMeter helps you to save money and use less electricity.
Walt Mossberg interviews Steve Ballmer on Microsoft’s new search engine, “Bing”
Indian Space Research Organization will roll-out a rival to Google Earth, the hugely popular online satellite imagery service,
The project, Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth), will allow users to zoom into areas as small as 10 metres wide. Now compare that to the 200 metre wide zoom limit on Google Earth. Bhuvan will use a network of satellites to create a high-resolution, bird’s-eye view of India that will be accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth.
In the hope of stimulating local technological, industrial and economic development, France in 2006 announced a 2 billion euro (about $2.5 billion) plan to back a series of projects including one on a Franco-German search engine intended to rival Google. This fizzled out without a trace. Undeterred, a year later France unveiled Géoportail, its own answer to Google Earth.
Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. Google had found close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.
Google compared query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening.
So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.
You can now use voice and video capabilities in your Gmail chat (from within Gmail).
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Download the Gmail voice and video chat plug-in, quit all open browser windows, and install the plug-in.
- Sign in to Gmail.
- In the Chat section of your Gmail, select the contact you want to call. If they have a camera icon next to their name, you can make a voice or video call to them; just click Video & more.
The Best Part – Even if your friend doesn’t have a video camera, you can still make a voice call or a 1-way video call.
Google opened Gmail to further user modification by allowing users to integrate Google Gadgets in Gmail’s navigation bar. Some gadgets I found useful/addictive are listed below
1. Quicklinks – Adds a box to the left column that gives you 1-click access to any bookmarkable URL in Gmail.
2. Old Snakey – Kick it old school with Old Snakey! Enable keyboard shortcuts and hit ‘&’ from the main page to play a game of snake.
3. Default ‘Reply to all’ – Make ‘Reply to all’ your default option for responding to emails.
4. Mail Goggles – Google strives to make the world’s information useful. Mail you send late night on the weekends may be useful but you may regret it the next morning. Solve some simple math problems and you’re good to go. Otherwise, get a good night’s sleep and try again in the morning. After enabling this feature, you can adjust the schedule in the “General” settings page
5. Forgotten Attachment Detector – Prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments. Prompts you if you mention attaching a file, but forgot to do so.
6. Google Docs gadget – dds a box in the left column which displays your Google Docs. Shows recent docs, starred docs, and has fast search
6. Add any gadget by URL – Adds a “Gadgets” tab to Settings, where you’ll be able to specify the URL of any gadget. This gadget will show in a box in the left column.
In order to enable mentioned features , click on settings>labs.