Google astonished everyone by launching Gmail back in 2004 with a then-generous 1GB of storage; today, that’s climbed to 7.3GB. Thanks to all that space—along with threaded conversations, a powerful spam filter, conversation labels, and more—Gmail remains a standout amid other free webmail products that have been around much longer. Here’s how to tap all that power under its hood.
Most people who've tried Google Docs loves the free online document editing service, and with good reason: it's easy to use, powerful, and free, and Google continually iterates and improves the service. Case in point: today they've announced the addition of a robust discussions system, available for all newly created documents.
There's a reason Google made a multibillion dollar pitch for Groupon. There's gold in them thar deals, and ever hungry for another advertising/data collating moneymaker, the gang out at Mountain View saw the dollar signs and the projected growth. They made their pitch -- tons of smaller companies dream of being bought up by one of the big boys -- and Groupon batted it away. Wise or no?
Yeah, yeah, that's all fine and good, but what you wanted was half off a footlong with everything, not a lecture on Google economics. Well, okay, then: two social couponing sites walk into the ring and only one can walk out.
No one panic -- the official Google iOS app has some big changes. For one, the app is now called Google Search instead of Google Mobile, with a fresh new user interface that’s a lot more suitable for Apple’s mobile OS, including the ability to swipe to fine-tune your search.
Google’s photo-management software comes in two flavors: desktop software you install on your Mac and an online version called Picasa Web Albums. While you’ll want to sort, organize, tag, rate, and edit the gigabytes of digital photos you’ve collected on your desktop, Picasa’s Web Albums interface makes publishing and collaborating on those photos easier.
By now you’re probably familiar with Docs’ basics. But just in case: Google Docs is a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application that stores any files you create in it, as well as files you upload. While Google Docs doesn’t offer all the functionality you’d find in Microsoft Office, its web-based collaboration features present a whole new world of utility, and these tips will help you mine Docs for everything it’s worth.
Hold on to your wallet! MobileMe is great, but with a little work, Google can sync your Mac’s most important stuff -- mail, contacts, and calendars -- to your iOS device and back for free. Before taking the plunge, make sure all the most recent data is on your Mac, then back it up with Time Machine so you can restore it if necessary.
Even though we live in a (almost) completely digital age, there is still a need for the physical medium of ink and paper. Whether you’re in college or work a job, paper will still be around for many years to come. One of the biggest disadvantages with printing, however, is that most mobile devices that we use can’t print to a local networked printer, or an internet-connected printer. That’s where Google Cloud Print comes in.
This free service allows you to set up your home or work PC to accept print jobs from a mobile device or a spiffy Google Chrome netbook from around the world. So long as the device is linked to your Google Cloud Print account, you can print to your home or work printer wherever you have an internet connection.
Search engines help us navigate the web, but Google and Bing aren't the only helpers that exist out there. There are also a myriad of specific search engines, like Creative Commons or Answers.com. Sometimes, one other search engine is more helpful than the other. If you're an avid user of Firefox, the search engine bar is actually more useful than you think, and includes all of these helpful services. Read on to find out how to utilize these search engines in the Firefox browser.
When you need Google goodness on the go, bring Google Mobile. Typed searches show relevant contacts data first, followed by web results you can filter by type: images, news, and more. Autocomplete suggestions can be combined with a tap to quickly turn a query for “movie” into “movie reviews for kids” (and since Google Mobile detects your location, it can find local theaters just as easily).