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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 / Asus Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 (Tablet)

[ad#shaq-top]Google might of surprised us with the awesome Google Glasses Demo they showed off at I/O this year but the next best thing an affordable tablet that even a parent on the Family Tax Benefit* in Australia can afford. Google announce th

e Nexus 7, and of course its a tablet. The new Android slate running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with an amazing 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and of course a big 7 inch screen resolution of 1280×800.

The tablet which comes with 1GB of RAM (Random Access Memory), 1300 MHZ quad processor, and also comes with Google Chrome for android as its default browser. One of greatest features with the tablet (in my opinion) is that the screen is scratch resistance. So if your like me that throw my keys

in my bag with my electronics the chances of the screen being scratched is very slim. And this seems to be a feature lacking in many of the current Android tablets available on the retail market.

The only issue i have with the Nexus 7 is that you don’t have a SD card slot for expandable memory, basically your stuck with the basic Nexus 7 internal memory with 8000MB (about 6.6GB) of available space. However the tablet does have USB 2.0 ports and Micro USB support.

The Nexus 7 built my Asus also comes with Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Voice commands, Voice recording sensors and features. The Nexus 7 Tablet is to be released in the third quarter of 2012 in the US and its RRP (Recommended Retail Price) should be around the

$200 range according to Google.
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*Payments vary per person, based on full family tax benefit scheme

google build australia

Google and Lego Team Up Downunder- Google Build

[ad#shaq-top]Lego lets face it! How hasn’t heard of it or played with it, either if you where young or in your 80′s building a Lego harry potter castle.Or just be like internet sensation iJustine building her Lego self. Well now in Australia go have

teamed together with Lego to bring Google Build a Google Chrome experiment.

The new experiment announced on the Google Australia blog on the 26Th of June about the new “Build With Chrome” experiment. This is mainly the celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lego bricks in Australia and New Zealand. Build With Chrome enables people to (sadly this is only avaliable too users in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand) build things on the Australian and New Zealand Lego map.

Google also posted that “we hope to see

you fill the Build world up with everything from medieval castles to sea snakes, giant mouse cursors to smiling monsters and even a Kiwi!”.

One of the most awesome features i like about the Build project is that you can build things from a rock to a large sky scraper. In fact i just built my house in South Western Sydney, i won’t be sharing it as

not all of us are artistic with Lego. I’d rather share screenshot of what a bird eye view of Australia looks like made out of Lego so far.

Also Google has given us a little image of what you can build with Lego with Chrome by building a man on a stage which is view-able by playing the video attached below. So will you be using Build With Chrome? Also you can use Build With Chrome by going to http://buildwithchrome.com/.

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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 Drive is now out

Google Drive becomes official: What you need to know about it

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Google Drive is the latest attraction from Google which is a Cloud storage solution but more than that actually. But we already have a number of solutions for cloud storage such as the popular Dropbox, box.com, Microsoft Skydrive but what’s so special with Google Drive? Lets find out shall we.

What’s the Getaway?

Google Drive as all other cloud solutions gives you a limited storage space at first i.e. a 5GB free account and when upgraded to a paid plan gives you 25GB for $2.49 per month but the getaway is your Gmail account will also have been upgraded in the process. So finally you get a mail account with 25GB of storage space for all your mails, isn’t that a good news?

Google Drive features - What you need to know

It also has the functionality of Access Anytime, Anywhere just like every other cloud solution. You can access your Google Drive by your Android device by installing the Google Drive app available at Google Play. Sorry to say but an iOS app is currently unavailable but there are plans to release it in the future. You can also access Google Drive through your PC by installing the Drive software.

A Social Network? Brilliant!

Google Docs is the main highlight of this app. That’s where the real fun starts. The Google Drive already has Google Docs built into it so it becomes easy for you to store your documents and other presentation files.

Where Google Drive really excels is when it brings a small social network into picture. Whenever you share your documents to your friends or colleagues from the Google Drive, your friends can then make a comment on the post and you can reply to them back on the same thread and you get notifications for the same too. This way you can make conversations right from the app, perhaps this feature is the real deal when it comes to Google Drive. And did i tell you can share your files on Google+ too? Perhaps that was seen coming already!

Another main highlight of this app is that it can handle almost 30 file types on its own i.e. next time you are looking to open a PDF file on your Google drive from your browser, its not necessary for you to have Adobe Reader installed onto your computer, Google Drive automatically opens it for you.

Exceptional Filtering Technology

Searching for a pic with your wife when you had been to Hollywood? Don’t get stressed, the filtering feature which comes with Google Drive is top notch. It scans your faces with image recognition technology and filters out texts in your documents with the help of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

Here is a short video about Google Drive for you to get to know it better.

Impressed with all the good things about Google Drive? Why not give it a try? Head to the official page of Google Drive and Sign in with your Google account. After Google finishes setting up your drive, you will receive a notification to log in.
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Google Plus updates its buttons

Google's Plus One Buttons now features a new look: Increases Engagement!

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Just recently Google has rolled out a new slick set of Google Plus buttons for its social networking platform. Google tells us the new buttons are sure to increase user engagement on your site.

If you

are still confused about wh

at i am talking about, then here is a screenshot

The New Google+ Badge

Google plus badge before +1 new

The New Google+ Badge after +1

Google plus badge after +1 new

The New Google+ Button

Google plus button before +1 new

The New Google+ Button after +1

Google plus button after +1 new

The New Google+ Button when it encounters an error

Google plus button error new

The Google Blog revealed it in their official blog post on Wednesday,

Today, we released the new +1 button from preview and it’s now rolling out to all users. You may also notice the numbers

in your +1 buttons increase, as we update our plugins to better reflect social activity around your content.

There’s absolutely no need to change the Google Plus button code if you are using it on your site. Google says the new G+ button will automatically be updated gradually to all the public, so the webmasters should not be worried if their +1 button did not get an updated look. Give it time!

Personally, i loved the old Google+ button because of the multi-colored upper border on it. But the new look isn’t so bad. A combination of red and white simply gives it a minimalistic look and doesn’t look bloated.

I am sure people will immediately start +1′ing content and you should take advantage of this to flash your G+ badge across all your sites. Be sure to feature your Google+ Standard Page Badge on your site and give users the opportunity to add your page to their circles and Plus one your page. The more number of Plus one’s you collect, the more number of friends will start recommending your posts across Google+ and you will gain more exposure.

Have a say on this story and tell us if you love the new Google Plus One button’s new look by making a comment below! Thank You and keep enjoying Google Plus.

Haven’t yet added the Google+ Button? Get it from here. You can also check out the whole collection of Google+ buttons of all sizes and customize it according to your taste out here.
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Google Chrome gets an enormous update

Google Chrome 17 is here! Update now to experience a new user interface.

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Google Chrome 17 has finally been released. We had already told you earlier that the Chrome team,

had plans to release the next big version of Google Chrome which included vast new speed improvements and security features.

Google Chrome Version 17 was out on February 8th. If you haven’t upgraded yet, its time to do so now. Just visit this page and install the official update. In case you are already a Chrome user, just click the wrench icon and press on About Google Chrome, the update will be installed momentarily.

After update you won’t notice any big changes in its looks, but there are some here and there. Chances are, you haven’t looked carefully. For e.g. the new tab button now doesn’t show a plus sign, its blank and looks attractive now.

The New tab button in Google Chrome 17

The new Chrome also gives you an option to set up chrome with your Google account. After you sign in, you can then sync all your Chrome Bookmarks, History and Settings onto your Google Account which can then be accessed by any device.

Sign in and sync in the new Google Chrome 17

Another new thing you will get to see is a refined new look for your History tab. Check it out in the pic below. The links appear in a collapsed list view now. An Actions icon appears for every history, giving you finer control over which items you want to see in your History tab. The Chrome buttons also have a new texture, and the check mark icon now looks more cute.

A new look of the history tab in Google Chrome 17

Coming to Security, if Chrome detects a malicious site, it will block the downloads and give you a warning before proceeding to download. As far as Speeds are concerned, you may want to give this one a try. Try typing a site name in the Chrome address bar. After auto-completing it, Chrome will begin pre-rendering the page before you even click. I checked out the homepage of Mashable.com and the stories loaded pretty quick. I got to see some significant speed improvements in this version.

Google Chrome 17 up to date

All in all, i am happy with this new version of Google Chrome. If you have anything to add, drop a comment below and share your personal experience of the new Chrome with us.
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Google Navigation Bar gets a makeover.......Again!

Google falls back its Navigation Bar to the good ol’ Black

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Google homepage is now back with the old black navigation bar. Just a few months back Google had released a compact version of its navigation bar which used javascript to show a drop-down menu layout. Apparently the change upset a few of them.

As you can see in the pic below, the navigation bar is hidden behind the Google logo and expands when you hover over it. This bar was beginning to get uncomfortable for users, as we couldn’t directly click on the links. Also it was time consuming to hover over the logo and locate the links we wished to go to.

Google old rollover navigation bar

The use of javascript on pages also makes it rather slow while loading. Any Search Engine’s primemost characteristic should be, that it should load quickly, to make users search for things they want, right after they hit the Search button. Another drawback of the old navigation bar was, it took too much space on the homepage.

Here is the new navigation bar which was seen just a few weeks back. The navigation bar is black and is static. There are direct links placed on the bar to your favorite social features.

Google new black navigation bar

If you are still seeing the old hover navigation bar, try clearing cookies and emptying your cache from the browser and restart to see the new bar. Personally i think the black navigation bar is just fine, pure simple and attractive. That’s the way i like it. It seems Google is trying out new features to measure the user experience. Getting valuable feedback from people is a nice way to experiment something new.

The new black bar is compact in its design and sits right at the top of the webpage. Sometimes simple is better. We shouldn’t try to complicate things just so they can look nice.

What do you think of the new Google Navigation Bar? Please share your opinions by making a comment! Thank You.
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What Google Search Plus means for your Blog Business

How Google’s Search, plus Your World is going to affect Blog Publishers

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Just a few days back Google released its new Search, plus your world feature for Google+ users. This little tool is sure to hit your blog’s search results rather more seriously than the Google Panda.

If you want to experience Google Search Plus, login to your google account and search for anything on Google. This is what you will be looking at. 

Google Search Plus - Where it excels

At first when Google+ was launched, you would have seen personalized results according to whom you are connected on the Google+ network. The Search page shows you who recommended what and which results were +1′ed by your friends.

Personalization of results turned out to be very good feature for all of us. Actually it would have been better if Google kept it to that much only. But the introduction of Google’s search plus changes how you look at the things on the web.

Here is what i am talking about. When i searched for the phrase nice windows for home, you see two out of five results have no relation with what i searched for.

Google Search Plus - Where it falls short

This new contraption diminishes the relevance of your searches on the World’s most popular Search Engine. Now imagine how it will turn out for blog publishers! The next time you search for your site name on Google, it will be a hard time looking at those results.

Although this is a bad news for you bloggers, there is a treat for you when it comes to sharing your content through the Google+ platform. We will soon come with an article on how to maximize your blog’s visibility with Google+ recommendations. Stay tuned to Chaaps for further updates, Subscribe Now!

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Google pulls off yet another Xmas trick - this time it is Let it Snow

“Let it Snow” on Google is yet another Christmas surprise which will amaze you!

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Google has startled us with another of its easter eggs, only this time its better. You will be left bewildered after you type in “Let it Snow” in the Google search box. Try it now.

As you know its Christmas time, every year Google manages to pull off a stunt that has nothing but praises for the Global Search Engine. I got the news of this new Google Xmas trick when someone posted a tweet on Twitter. Soon that phrase was scouring all over the internet, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, you name it.

Look at what is the result after a snow fall on Google.

Let it Snow on Google

You can also make signs and symbols after your screen is covered with moisture with a simple drag of the cursor. If you want to go back to a clear screen, just press the blue Defrost button. Isn’t it creative?

Just a month back Google had revealed a Do a Barrel Roll trick which made the whole webpage to do a roll on us. If Google keeps up with these unusual yet amazing tricks i sure as hell won’t hesitate to make Google my wife!

Did you like this new Google trick? Please post in a comment to share your joy with us.

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