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November 30, 2006

Google Reader gets an update, more Feed Actions !

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 4:14 am

Google Reader shows more contextual actions for each feed. Now you can rename the feed’s title and change the tags without going to the settings. And if you do go to the settings, Google Reader Team says everything will load faster.

If you subscribe to a feed, you’ll see a text that says: “You have subscribed to [this feed]. Add to a folder.” Hopefully, all your feeds will be categorized. (And hopefully, someone will decide between tags, folders and labels.)
The new features were available last week for a while, but some problems with Internet Explorer 6 caused a roll back until they were fixed.

If you have suggestions for Google Reader, check this wiki at Google Groups.

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November 29, 2006

Picasa 2.6 Build 35.65 relased !!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 6:40 pm

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by datewise.

Download at, http://picasa.google.com

Google closes Google Answers !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 6:23 pm

Ask a question. Set your price. Get your answer. That is what Google Answers is all about. I was surprised to read that Google Answers is Shutting Down. They are not accepting any new questions and will stop accepting new Answers to questions by the end of the year.

“Google Answers was a great experiment which provided us with a lot of material for developing future products to serve our users. We’ll continue to look for new ways to improve the search experience and to connect people to the information they want.”

Though there are several knowledge groups, niche forums and ask an expert sites online, Google Answers team had over 500 carefully screened researchers (experts on every subject) who answer your question for as little as $2.50 and usually within 24 hours. The answers were usually well researched with links to find the answer you were looking for. Since you paid for the answers, your satisfaction was completely guaranteed. These Frequently Asked Questions will tell you all about the service.

Meanwhile Yahoo Answers is taking big strides, organizing contests, and you can even find Oprah asking questions there. It is sad to see Google Answers is signing out of the web…

Free Disposable Email Address Expires in 10 Minutes

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 6:22 pm

10 Minute Mail provides you a temporary email address for 10 minutes only. Any e-mails sent to that address will show up automatically on the web page. You can read them, click on links, and even reply to them till the email address expires after 10 minutes.

“Why would you use this? Maybe you want to sign up for a site which requires that you provide an e-mail address to send a validation e-mail to. And maybe you don’t want to give up your real e-mail address and end up on a bunch of spam lists. This is nice and disposable. And it’s free.”

Now that is a truly disposable email address. Just click on the link and you get an autogenerated email address like
mail80131@10minutemail.com
which you can use for ten minutes. If you are stuck with a slow internet connection, or need more time, you can click to ask for 10 more minutes and extend it till you require it…

Major Update in Google Spreadsheets

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 6:17 pm

Google Spreadsheets continues to be surprising and miles ahead of the other half of the package, Google Docs. This is probably the biggest update since the product has been launched.
Now you can publish a spreadsheets in every imaginable format (HTML, PDF, XLS, ODS, CSV) or as a feed. What’s great is that the file is automatically updated, so you’ll be almost certain that someone gets the latest version. You can also publish all the sheets or only some of them. But the coolest thing you can do is to embed a spreadsheet into your blog or site. The spreadsheet you can see here shows the top 20 queries for this blog’s search from April 1st until yesterday.

Google Spreadsheets shows you all the revisions of a spreadsheets, so it’s easy to go back to an earlier version. And there are two new functions that use information from the web:

  • GoogleFinance(“symbol”, “attribute”) that returns information about a stock. GoogleFinance(“GOOG”, “price”) returns the current price for GOOG.
  • GoogleLookup(“entity”, “attribute”) that returns answers to simple questions like: population of Italy, Jay Leno’s date of birth, that usually appear at the top of search results in Google.com. GoogleLookup(“Italy”, “population”) will return the population of Italy.

Don’t forget to place an equal in front of the function name.

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