Special Googlepalooza Tech Tips

Posted by: on Aug 16, 2010 | 5 Comments

So last week I mentioned I might do a special blog post to highlight some items from our favorite “Don’t be evil” corporation.  Buckle up, the boys and girls at Google have been very very busy lately.

Gmail

Many of you probably already noticed some new contact functionality and a slight tweek to the user interface in Gmail. In case you didn’t get all the scoop the official Google Gmail blog and Louis Gray have all the details.

I’m not really a drag and drop kind of guy.  I guess my command line roots are showing. But for all you new fangled GUI users, Gmail now lets you Drag and drop attachments to save them to your desktop. Enough said.

Holy multiple Gmail accounts Batman.  If you are like me you probably have more than one Gmail account but can’t access both accounts in the same browser.  Google’s gone and fixed us up real fine by allowing you to sign-in and toggle between multiple account.

I have fielded a couple of calls from people wanting to move from Outlook to Google Apps Mail so I wanted to make sure you all knew that Google has recently enhanced their migration capabilities by adding support for IMAP and PST data migration.

Android

Do you have an HTC Android phone?  If you are not a big fan of the HTC Sense UI, Lifehacker has the steps to turn off Sense.

Ever been in the middle of something using the Chrome browser on your desktop and wished you could magically send it to your Android phone?  Wish no more.  The new Chrome to Phone extension is now available and adds a button to your Chrome browser to send the current web page, map, YouTube video, or selected phone number or text to your Android device running Froyo (or Android 2.2).

Voice control of your Android phone is here!  Well okay, you can’t do everything by voice control so head on over to the Google blog to find out which commands are now available.  Speak Android speak.  Good boy.

General Google

Calling all Weather geeks!!  You can now see Weather in Google Earth.  Not sure what else of value I can add on this one.

Back button, forward button, Google search, click link, back button. Wait, how do I get back to that site I found via Google search?  Never fear, Google just launched a new search history feature available on your Android phone, iPhone or desktop to help you quickly get back to sites you have been to.

Normally I am the one scouring the blogosphere to bring you tech tips but this time I thought I would pass on to all you small business owners a new Google blog that will be focusing on Small Business.  You can thank me later.

In the category of “Finally, what took so long”, all of you hosting your blog on Blogger should be aware of 2 improvements to Blogger’s comments system: much better spam filtering and the ability to view all comments on your blog in one place.

Oh my. I’m exhausted and after all these new features from our friends at Google I think it’s safe to say they are still not evil.


5 Comments

  1. Steve Boese
    August 17, 2010

    Great bag o’ tips as always! I have one more I will add for Gmail – the add-in from Rapportive – http://www.rapportive.com. Once loaded in Gmail, it overlays the ads that appear on the right hand side of the inbox with information gleaned from social networks linked to the email address of the sender. Totally neat and really cool , especially when you get messages from people you do not know.

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    • Michael Krupa
      August 17, 2010

      Thanks Steve. That’s a great tip. One step closer to Skynet.

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  2. John
    August 17, 2010

    “Command line roots” best. line. ever!

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    • Michael Krupa
      August 17, 2010

      Hehehe. I giggled a little as I was writing that. In other words, I crack myself up.

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  3. Deirdre
    August 26, 2010

    I love the weather feature on Google Earth. :)

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