If you’re looking for friends, Google Latitude can help. It helps people find each other in the real world to network the old-fashioned way: face to face. When you and your friends sign in, Latitude’s zoomable map displays icons showing everyone’s location. You can quickly cycle from friend to friend with a tap, and tapping a friend’s icon reveals contact info, directions, and more.
If, like a favorite novel, a good e-reader is something you want to return to again and again, the current version of Google Books will gather plenty of digital dust sitting on our shelves. Admittedly, first impressions aren’t bad: the app includes three free classics, and with three million titles in Google’s eBookstore, there’s plenty more where those came from. The contents of your Google Books library—including purchases, samples, and your places in them—sync to your Google account, so everything you’re interested in appears on all your devices simultaneously, just a download away. Unfortunately for heavy readers, your library can’t be reorganized by title or author, but at least the most recently read book appears at the top.
Looking for something to do, buy, or browse? With Google Places, you can search for services based on your location to find nearby matches on a map. The convenience flat-out rules—if Places can’t locate you precisely, it suggests nearby alternatives, and an editable list of common businesses (gas, restaurants, and more) lets you find everyday destinations quickly.
Google Earth successfully squashes the desktop app you know and love to pocket size. Sure, processor-intensive features like 3D buildings and weather are missing, but you can view optional 3D terrain and tappable links to attractions, Panoramio photos, and even Wikipedia articles relevant to the location you’re virtually visiting. Text searches show address book contacts first, followed by results from your search history (you won’t have to type “Yucatan Peninsula” every time you want to find it).
If you use Google Voice, you need Google’s Voice app. It’s split into four tabs: Inbox, Dialer, Contacts, and Settings. You’ll spend most of your time using the Inbox tab, where you can see incoming calls and messages, complete with a preview of your SMS or voicemail transcription (voicemails can also be played back within the app). Dedicated folders for Starred messages, History, Voicemail, Text, Placed, Received, or Missed calls, and Spam match what you’ll find on google.com/voice.
We're here on the GDC show floor perusing the booths and playing the games so that you don't have to. Actually, if you're currently at work, you probably wish you were here with us playing the games rather than slaving away in a cubicle. And if you're at school, well who is to say you're not playing a game right now on your iPhone, eh? Check out the gallery below for a quick walk through of the show floor, and a 360 look at the next generation PSP and the Nintendo 3DS, as well as some iOS games.
My personal email account is with Gmail, and my work email account is with Google Apps. I’d prefer to use Apple Mail instead of Google’s webmail to check both accounts, but there’s no way for me to “archive” my messages like there is on the website.
This week on TechRadar, the numbering and naming of future versions of Android got a little confusing as Viewsonic revealed Google's plans for Android 2.4, which involve keeping the Gingerbread name and effectively replacing Android 2.3.
And on a more retro tip,we discovered that Sinclair's ZX Spectrum is set to be relaunched to celebrate the classic computer's 30th anniversary.
With Mobile World Congress kicking off tomorrow evening, the HTC Desire 2 looks to be one of the handsets that'll be making an appearance.
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Though it's been available to Google Apps customers for a few months, two-step verification hasn't been accessible by regular Gmail users. That changes today, as Google has begun rolling it out to all Gmail users.
Let's face it: We all have different needs when it comes to to-do lists. Some of us can get by with simply editing a text file; others need priorities and action-items and project labels.
But chances are good you're somewhere in the middle. And that means chances are good that Google's oft-overlooked Tasks web app can satisfy your needs. It supports basic hierarchical structure, allowing you to create sub-tasks for larger projects. It supports due dates for tasks, and provides a field to enter notes for each task. And it supports drag-and-drop reordering, which may not be as elegant as a priority system, but can serve the same purpose with limited fuss.
Trouble is, most of us need to be able to access a to-do list without having to load up a web page. Luckily, with some free tools (and a Google account, natch), you can do just that -- and embed Tasks as an always-accessible drop-down window on your menu bar.