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Google's zerg rush easter trick

Google’s "Zerg Rush" is here to save your day, or is it? Time to battle with the mighty O’s

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Google amazed us yet again with their latest Easter egg. This time it is called Zerg Rush. Its time for you to try it out. Search for the term “Zerg Rush” in Google and find yourself in the midst of a lot of O’s whose sole mission is to destroy all your search results by eating them up.

What is your objective? All you have to prove to the G+ team, or so the Googlers call their social network as, is to shoot as many O’s as you can before they make your screen blank. At the end of it is a prize i.e. you get to share your final score onto Google+.

Google's Zerg Rush at a glance

Zerg rush is a term taken from a video game called “Starcraft”. The “Zergs” are one of the alien races in the game Starcraft which have to be eliminated by rushing them with your militia and taking them down immediately.

Inspired by this, Google brought us a nice easter egg to play with yesterday. You can also try out this trick today too, as you know Google easter eggs never get expired. If you are looking for more of Google’s easter eggs then please refer to our other Easter Egg articles and start having fun.

Time to conclude but do tell us what your final score was, if lucky you might have already beat our Chaaps team. ;-)

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Google+ Local officially launches

Google+ Local now Officially launched: Google Places Bye-Bye

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Google+ Local has recently been launched by Google. In short, it is a replacement to Google Places but a really good recommendation tool, probably even better than Foursquare recommendations mainly because it integrates the Google+ social network.

Google has partnered up with Zagat to introduce Google+ Local. Zagat is a very well known company which rates and provides reviews about interesting places around you, mainly restaurants, hotels, clubs, diners, etc. Google+ Local tab has already been added to your Google+ profile. Just sign into Google+, and click on the 7th tab, where it says Local with a superfix NEW.

You may have already seen the advertising of Google+ Local on Google’s homepage, as that’s how they are promoting the new G+ Local. The moment you sign into Google+ Local you will see a page displaying the Recommended places in your city. There are currently 5 major categorization of your favorite places such as Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Hotels and Entertainment.

For each place there is an overall score which is dependent upon other factors. Take for example, you are searching for a nice 5 star hotel in a city to crash, just click on the most popular overall score and you will immediately see reviews from people you know on G+. The review is based on three important aspects seen in a hotel, the Quality, the Facilities and the Service which is called as Zagat’s 30 point scale. So all the scores will be out of 30.

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 3

You get to vote for each one of them and the overall score will be based on those individual votes you make. Apart from voting you also get to add a personal review. So you always get a quality recommendation…everytime! Your reviews will all be Public by default.

The Plus point here is you get recommendations from people you trust and are friends with, a feature which is seriously missing in a lot travel recommendation sites. There is also an option to book suites, what did you think Google Ads are for? ;)

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 1

Google+ Local has also integrated Search and Maps and is available for all mobile devices too. See a hotel you want to drive to, just click on Directions and Google Maps will come to your rescue.

When writing a certain review you also have the opportunity to upload photos. All those photos will be Public by default so that they can be seen by your friends in extended circles and everyone else too.

Avni Shah, Director of Product Management at Google explains us in the official blog post:

You can also share your opinions and upload photos. These reviews and photos will help your friends when they’re checking out a place, and are also integrated into the aggregate score that other people see. The more you contribute, the more helpful Google+ Local will be for your friends, family and everyone else.

By time we will see more and more features be added to Google+ Local and making recommendations ro your favorite destinations easy and beautiful. Visit Google+ Local by following the link and experience it yourself.

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 2

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Google Play all set to rock the streets

Google Play makes it to the Navigation Bar: Just one click to Android Apps

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As you would have seen this morning. Google’s navigation bar has an yet another addition. Its time for Google Play. As you know Google had recently revealed the Google Play platform to experience and share the unique features it of

fers for the Android users.

Basically, it is a transformation of Google Market into Google Play which gives you a one stop shop to listen to music, watch movies, and read ebooks on your Droid. Apart from that you can also browse through 1000′s of android apps.

Google Play - A screencapture of Play store on Google's navigation bar

The recent addition of Google Play icon in the navigation bar (highlighted with a red colored NEW label) makes it more easier for us to access Google Play content. Placed between the very popular Google Maps and Google’s very own video service YouTube, Google Play is likely to get more Clicks from visitors all over the world.

According to the Official blog post,

Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots

of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet.

As you can see the glossy Google Play logo also looks good as a favicon in any browser.

Google Play logo official

You should also know that apart from offering free apps, Google Play has integrated Google Music too and you can now stream or buy music right from the Play Store. To download music and videos just sign in to your Google account and then purchase apps with the help of Google’s pay service, the Google Checkout.

Google Play - Download paid and free apps

After download your Music will stay on Google servers as the whole thing is Cloud based

and you needn’t worry about copying your files to other android devices too, because the sync will happen automatically, assuming you have already configured your synchronization settings!

If you would like to watch Google’s intuitive new idea in launching Google Play then here’s a video to show you just that!

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Iris – Now you can chat with android !

Recently Apple launched iOS5. The main feature that caught everyone’s mind was Siri. Siri is a personal assistant application for iOS. The application uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions.

There was a huge uproar that this is the reason Android can never compete with Apple’s products. However, Dextera, the android developmental team managed to make a prototype of a personal assistant in just 8 hours! Here’s a video demonstration by XdaDevelopers:

Although still in developmental process, Iris proved a point. What took Apple a really long time to develop took Android just 8 hours. This was due to the expertise in google, existence of voice recognition software that was open sourced, and inspiration from the already launched siri.

The new Iris app is now available on the Android Market. Download it and try it out. The best part with Iris is that you can play around with it and have fun. Its not just something that’ll simplify your life but also make it more enjoyable.

Summing up: Iris is

  • Personal assistant for android
  • Developed by Dextera
  • First prototype was made in 8 hours
  • Understands everything you say(try it out, even misuses and abuses are understood)
  • More fun to use than Siri
  • Now on the Android Market

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YouTube's new video editor is now live

New YouTube Video editor launched: Have you tried it yet?

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YouTube has launched a new browser based video editor that performs quick fixes to a video after it has been uploaded. This is a built-in editor that launched on 14 Sept, 2011, unlike the cloud based YouTube video editor that we saw in 2010.

After a video gets uploaded on YouTube, you could never make changes to it, rather you had to start from Step 1 i.e. upload it again. With the addition of this editing tool, you can now make changes to the video by clicking Edit Video button.

“Until now, when you uploaded to YouTube, your video was hosted and shared, but couldn’t really be changed. Starting today, you can edit your uploaded videos right on YouTube”, said YouTube software engineer John Gregg.

While the tools are not so legendary that you see in a professional video editing software, these editing options will prove very helpful in making some small changes to your video. Some of the editing tools are:

Rotation of a video, Stabilize a shaky footage, Adjust the brightness such as Saturation levels, Color intensity and Temperature. You can also add extra effects to a video such as make it a Black and White video or effectify it with Sepia.

The exciting news is that even after editing of the video, YouTube does not swipe off all your user interactions on that video. Comments, View count, Video URL and ID, all settings are left intact. You can also undo the edit anytime in the future and still expect a positive output.

Here is a small teaser video that shows you what new features you will get in the new YouTube video editor.

So did you enjoy the new YouTube video editor. Share your experiences by a comment and let us know!

via CNET

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Blogger app for iOS devices realeased

Blogger iPhone app now available! Now blog through your Apple device

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Google just released its Blogger app for iOS devices. You can now blog on Google’s Blogger platform through your iPhone and iPod. The app got released just yesterday as stated on Google’s official blog post.

Blogger app for iphone welcome screen

According to Google, you can now create and publish new posts right from the app. You can also edit posts which you created earlier through your computer. The modified part will automatically be synced to all your apple devices and you will always get the latest version of the post when you sign in to your blogger account.

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Apart from creating and editing posts, the app also gives you the facility to add photos, labels and location information to your posts. Adding photos slightly got easier in the Blogger app for iPhone. You can now capture pics and link them directly to your posts all from within the app. There’s no need to leave the app to capture a pic. You can even attach pics from your gallery.

The app is available to download for Apple iOS devices 3.2 or later at the iTunes official store. If you are an Android-ian then don’t forget to check out the Blogger app for Android devices.

Comment and share your views about the new Blogger app for iPhone! Do you like the app?

via Gizmodo

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Google+ Suggested Users list

Google+ Suggested Users list just in. Create your own list, get followers!

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Google+, the Social Network by Google just introduced its Suggested Users list on Saturday. Yes its the same list which you would have seen on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently this list something more different and is based on a slightly new idea.

Google+ implements a Suggested Users list

Bradley Horowitz, one of the minds behind Google+, tweeted that the list based on the no. of Twitter followers you have. According to his tweet, if you have 100K or more followers on Twitter you might be the next face on Google+’s Suggested Users list. The list is not just an imitation of Twitter’s Who to Follow list, where the Popular get more popular and the decent ones get left behind. Although many people are regarding this list creates a racial discrimination between the whites and blacks. Zennie Abraham, a blogger for San Francisco Chronicle says that the list fosters racial sterotypes.

According to a quote on PCWorld, Zennie says

“The Google Suggested User List reads like the typical San Francisco Bay Area tech firm’s view of the World: most of the ‘interesting and famous people’ are white, and if they’re black, they’re male rappers or athletes. Hello, Snoop Dog, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Dwight Howard, and Floyd Mayweather!”

As indecent as this idea sounds. Bradley tells us, that was not the way the list was meant to be categorised. He says the list is built on the theory “Top content Tops the list” i.e. the person who shares genuine and informative content on his profile automatically gains a rank up on the list.

According to an excerpt on the Huffington,

In order to retain a position on the list, a user will need to continue creating compelling content. But we should probably allow for folks to take an occasional vacation without concern about their rank dropping [...] No one gets on the list “automatically.” But again, in the early days, we do want to make it easy for users to connect with people they might find compelling. If they prove not to be, justice will be served, and all will be right in the world.

If you already have a profile on Google+, creating your own list should be pretty easy. Get Started over here.

Find whom to add on Google+

How much fuzz this Google+ Suggested Users list will create in the Social Media market is unknown. I for one think that this list will be a big hit as it allows everyone to compete for a rank to top the list.

So what do you think about this list? Drop a comment and let us know! And if you own a face on this list please don’t forget to tell us.

Source: TECHCRUNCH

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google-plus-games

Google+ has games up its sleeve. A new Gaming network to start

Google+ is starting a new gaming platform on its social network. Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of the Google Plus Team announced it officially on the blog yesterday.

google plus gaming network

Soon you will be seeing a new tab on your Google+ page. The tab will be placed next to the Circles tab and will be all about Games. Like Facebook, Google+ thinks that a social interaction isn’t just limited to conversations, it is about the real life experiences.

According to the blog post,

With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.

You can also brag about your scores to other people and vice versa. The Privacy feature in Google+ is very easy to fiddle with. As Google+ states it is not compulsory for you to be interested in games too, you can easily switch off the game tab and then you will only see conversations from your friends.

Google+ currently has an attractive set of games to begin with like Angry Birds, Crime City and Sudoku. Start the gaming fun right now! Here is a sneak peek about how the gaming experience will be on Google+.

Comment if you liked this story? Do you think Google+ gaming feature will be a hit compared to Facebook games? Let us know.

Gmail Preview Pane launched

Gmail Preview Pane launched. Browse mails faster

Gmail just yesterday launched its new gadget or shall i say a Labs feature, the Preview Pane. As the name suggests its use, the widget is used to preview your mails rather than opening them completely.

Gmail Preview Pane enable

To enable this feature just goto your mail settings, select the Labs tab. Enter preview as your search word. Click on the Preview pane result. Mark the Enable checkbox and click Save changes.

gmail-preview-pane-settings

When the page gets reloaded, you will see a small list button at the side of your navigation buttons. Just click it and you will be shown with a dropdown box. Select Vertical Split or Horizontal split according to your desire. A new sidebar will be launched. Just click on any mail message and you will be previewing it on your preview pane in no time.

Gmail Preview Pane in action

Quite an easy way to check your messages isn’t it? I for one think its very arduous and time consuming to sit and open each unread mail and press back to return to the inbox. With this feature a lot of mails can be read in a short time.

Folks at TechCrunch and Mashable are regarding this as a messed up and an incomplete product but i beg to differ.

Tell us what you think about this new contraption! Is it a GO or a NO-GO?

Google Plus deleting accounts

Google Plus is deleting accounts! Save your G+ account.

That’s right. Google Plus is on a spree deleting as many fake accounts as possible. The hunt started on Saturday, the 23rd and since then we have seen a massive decline in the number of people using Google plus.

Google plus delete button

This is a post to inform you how you can save yourself from getting deleted from the Google plus team. Google doesn’t inform you whether your account will be deleted or not, it just deletes it. Period.

Stop using fake names

The main reason why Google is deleting these many accounts is that it has found many fake profiles on the social network. Crucial one being usage of fake names. If Google finds you using a duplicate name or a name which is used a promote a brand or a company then your profile will immediately into the trash queue.

Google Plus Be yourself

Google+ is calling it a community standards policy and according to that it is mandatory for every person to use his/her real names only. You should use the names exactly as it appears on your Government ID cards. You wont be spared even if you are a celebrity, for e.g. some famous personalities like Arianna Huffington, Todd Vierling, Limor Fried, Kirrily Skud Robert, A.V. Flox and Doctor Popular’s accounts were suspended as well.

ZDNet humorously referred if Lady Gaga’s account was to be suspended as well! So be careful while choosing your name on Google+ and if you are to edit your name now, be extra careful about it. Because you will be flagged for deletion if Google finds something suspicious about your name. Nothing scary just be yourself. Be the real you.

So Good Luck and All the Best. Please do comment if you were one of the people to get your account suspended! Perhaps we can help.

via ZDNet