Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Google Friends Newsletter - March 2010

POWER TIP

Star your favorite search results

Stars let you quickly and easily bookmark your favorite web content.
Click the star icon next to any search result's title. The next time
you conduct a search while signed in to your Google Account, and one
of your starred items is relevant, it will appear in a special list
right at the top of your results. Stars sync with your Google
Bookmarks and Google Toolbar, so you can easily see and organize your
starred items whenever you want.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/stars-make-search-more-personal.html

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NEW PRODUCTS & UPDATES

Biking Directions in Maps

Google Maps now features directions customized for biking, helping you
find a convenient and efficient route that makes use of dedicated bike
trails or lanes and avoids hills whenever possible. To find biking
directions, select "Bicycling" from the drop-down menu when you do a
directions search on Google Maps or turn on the "Bicycling" layer in
the "More" menu at the top of the map.
http://maps.google.com/biking

Google Reader Play

Reader Play is a new way to browse the most interesting stuff on the
web, all in one place. Items are presented one at a time, and images
and videos are automatically enlarged to maximize the viewing
experience. You don't need to have a Google account to use Reader
Play, but if you have one, your experience will be personalized. Click
the "Like" button, and we'll show you other content we think you’ll
enjoy. Reader Play is an experiment, and can be found in Google Labs.
http://www.google.com/reader/play

Smart Rescheduler for Google Calendar

This new feature in Google Calendar Labs helps you reschedule events
easily by automatically analyzing attendees' schedules, evaluating
conflicts and proposing the best meeting times. Once you turn this
feature on, just select an event, click "Find a new time" and the
gadget will take it from there.
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/smart-rescheduler-in-google-calendar.html

iGoogle travel themes

A new collection of iGoogle themes and gadgets is focused on world
destinations and travel.  With these themes, you can bring beautiful
landscapes, historic monuments, stunning beaches, iconic cities and
other picturesque sites to your personalized iGoogle page. You can
also find and use gadgets to get inspired with new vacation ideas and
plan your next getaway.
http://www.google.com/help/ig/travel

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MISCELLANY

If you're already a Google Friend, perhaps you''d like to befriend
YouTube as well. If so, check out the YouTube blog for all the latest
news and notes on our favorite video site, from the scoop on YouTube's
newly redesigned watch page to hearing how you can participate in
interviews with luminaries such as the chairman of the FCC and the
President of the United States. If you're especially interested in
citizen participation, visit citizentube.com for updates from the
YouTube News and Politics team plus highlights from citizen
journalists using YouTube to tell their stories.
http://youtube-global.blogspot.com
http://www.citizentube.com

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