On Tuesday Google announced a partnership with several publishers to bring complete catalogs of old magazines online.
By using the same scanning process that has been implemented for Google's Book Search product, these titles undergo optical character recognition and are indexed into Google's search engine. In a post on the company's official blog, Google said that the scanned works will first be available in Book Search, with integration into regular Google search results to follow.
The Open Handset Alliance, which promotes the use of Google's Android mobile operating system, added 14 new members this week, including Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator.
In addition to Vodafone, new members of the alliance are AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Teleca, and Toshiba.
Members in the alliance are expected to either "deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices," … Read more
Google's latest version of its software-based Picasa uploader for Mac has a handy new trick up its sleeve. It now lets you download entire albums back to your computer, making it a simple tool for backing up large photo libraries.
The Windows and Linux version of Picasa have allowed you to do this for some time, but seeing as Mac users do not (yet) have a version of Picasa to call their own, this is a far better option than downloading the originals one at a time from the Web, or having to use third-party programs.
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For the first time in years, Red Hat didn't take first place in CIO Insight's annual Vendor Value Survey. That honor goes to Google. Though Red Hat registers a close second, Google's practice of freely giving away much of its software saw it rise above Red Hat, which took second place in a survey that it has dominated in the past.
Two security firms - RSA Security and Check Point Software - took first and third place overall, with Google, Cisco, and Dell claiming second, fourth, and fifth places, respectively. Red Hat claimed the seventh spot in … Read more
Google has retooled AdWords to offer AdWords text and image ads for Mobile Safari on the iPhone. The ads will be available in the future on other mobile devices supporting full (HTML) Internet browsers. Ads will support mobile specific calls-to-action and the ads can be created from currently existing standard Google ads running currently on the Internet.
The advantage of the full HTML browser phones is that the ad links can like before point to regular web pages. Google's pitch is that any advertiser can run a single ad campaign across all Internet-enabled devices. They can then analyze the … Read more
A few months later, Google released a free program that not only moves data between the two calendar apps, but it also syncs the calendar entries automatically at the interval of your choice.
Yahoo's search for a new CEO is narrowing, with former Vodafone Group chief Arun Sarin reportedly on the list, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Yahoo has authorized reference checks for a few candidates in order to narrow the field even further so the informal search committee can make a recommendation to the board of directors, according to the report.
And while the CEO selection process has moved at a rapid clip since co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang announced in mid-November he would step down as soon as a replacement is found, the process could very … Read more
Google has added a to-do list to Gmail to help users be more productive.
When the new Tasks feature is enabled, a box shows up on top of the Gmail window. In it, users can add, reorder, and delete tasks. It's also possible to assign a due date to each action and even convert e-mails into tasks.
The feature--announced Monday on a company blog--will also run outside of the e-mail program. Adding items is as simple as clicking on a vacant part of the box and typing.
This may sound like a rehash of the many Post-It Note-like … Read more
As part of the Le Web conference in Paris, News Corp.'s MySpace announced that it has taken a deeper plunge into the data portability pool.
The social network has announced its support for Google Friend Connect, which launched in full last week, and is using the standard to help power a new set of tools called the MySpace Open Platform. In conjunction, MySpace has ditched the distinctly unsexy moniker of "Data Availability" in favor of the new sobriquet "MySpaceID" for its universal log-in project. The Open Platform, in addition to MySpaceID, encompasses its OpenSocial-compatible app … Read more