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Liquid Galaxy: Google Earth in Surround Mode

December 7, 2009 1 comment

(Mashable) – Have you heard about Google’s 20 percent time? Google encourages their employees to spend 20% of their work time working on their own projects. Usually, it results in some cool extension to an existing service, such as Google Reader, but it can also turn out to be a very important product, such as Gmail.

via Liquid Galaxy: Google Earth in Surround Mode.

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Official Google Blog: Explore images with Google Image Swirl, now in Labs

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Back in 2001, to give people a new, quicker way to find images, we launched Image Search. When you do a search for [eiffel tower] you'll find an array of images of the tower in the daytime, in black and white, at sunset and more. With Similar Images, which recently graduated from Google Labs, you can click “Find similar images” to narrow your search to, say, pictures of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Today, we've launched an experimental feature in Labs called Google Image Swirl, which builds on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a fun, exploratory interface.

via Official Google Blog: Explore images with Google Image Swirl, now in Labs.

Categories: Google

Thunderbird GO!

April 18, 2007 Leave a comment

If your an Outlook hater and like Mozilla’s free email app Thunderbird, then goodness awaits! The new Thunderbird 2 is on Mozilla’s servers, but its not “officially” released. I found the link for this page from WIRED. All kinds of new stuff they put in Thunderbird 2, and here is the list lifted directly from there page. The thing I like the most is the Gmail access they give you, its nice to check my email all in one place instead of having to log in and out to check it. Mozilla FTW!

What’s New in Thunderbird 2 RC 1

  • Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
  • Visual Theme: Thunderbird 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability and maximize screen real estate.
  • Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
  • Advanced Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
  • Easy Access to Popular Web Mail Services: Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords.
  • Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
  • Improved New Mail Notification Alerts: New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message preview text.
  • Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
  • Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
  • Find As You Type: Finds and highlights message text as you type.
  • Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
  • Updates to the Extension System: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.
  • Windows Vista Support: Many enhancements and fixes for Windows Vista.

The Rumbling Edge has a more detailed list of notable bug fixes.

Categories: Google, Mozilla, Thunderbird, Wired

Google Earth and Friends

March 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Surely you have heard of this free program from Google. Its called Google Earth and is pretty much the coolest bit of free software EVER! I have seen that a lot of the major news stations use it when they want to dazzle you with satellite views of the “hot spots”. So now you too can be cool like them and get lost exploring the earth from space. Now the Friends part; Google Earth Hacks. This site is dedicated to finding all the bizarre stuff that you didn’t know was stuck on the globe. There are many more features that can be loaded in to it as well, like map overlays and even current weather data. If you have a high speed connection your good to go, otherwise I don’t think you’ll be able to use the software since it streams all its data from the Google servers. Enjoy!

Google Earth

Google Earth Hacks

Categories: Google, Maps