Google Acquires Episodic

Episodic, a complete online video platform for broadcasting, measuring and monetizing live and on-demand video content to the web or any web enabled device has now been acquired by Google.
Add Episodic to the list of recent Google acquisitions which include Aardvark, reMail and Picnik.

Episodic brings great video experience to the web, mobile phones and IPTV. This acquisition could possibly be for Google’s rumored Google TV.

Here’s what the Episodic team has to say :

We are thrilled to announce that Episodic has been acquired by Google. The entire Episodic team is extremely excited about this new partnership and what it means for our customers and the evolution of online video.

The Episodic team will join Google and continue its work to bring a great video experience to the Web, mobile phones and IPTV devices. There will be no interruption in service for existing Episodic customers.

At Episodic, we have always felt that these are the very early days of online video and that there is far more growth to be had. To put it in perspective, our industry is barely 15 years old. We’ve just received our learner’s permit, we still can’t drive without adult supervision and we’re certainly not old enough to buy a drink…legally.

From our earliest discussions with Google, it was clear that the teams shared this belief and together we obviously see huge potential in online video. Our product visions were also complimentary and together we will continue to produce innovative video technology for our customers and their viewers.

Speaking of our fabulous customers, we want to thank you all for your support and your willingness to experiment and sit on the bleeding edge with our team. We can’t wait to show you all what’s coming.

Google’s Next Steps Towards its Possible Grand Plans

The Google mobile blog has announced its plan about Google services on the iPad and other tablet computers. As the shift of interest of the people from desktops and mobile phones to tablet computers is evident, Google has chosen to optimize the interest to give people a better Google experience.

All Google services including YouTube, Google Docs and even gmail are now optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers. gmail looks exactly like the default iPad mail and has your inbox on the left and the mail selected is on the right. There is no better experience than using the native mail app on the iPad to check your mail; so gmail optimization is nothing very exciting. There is already a default YouTube app on the iPad which gives a better experience than the web app.

Then comes in Map. You even have a maps app for the iPad which is very robust and has a great UI.

Google plans to use and promote the new HTML 5 web standard and is encouraging people to use it. The optimization of Google services for tablet computers would rather not be a success for Apple’s iPad, but yeah, it could help on other upcoming Android based tablets.

This gives us a hint that maybe – just maybe Google is coming out with its own tablet.

Top 5 Gmail Labs Features

1. Google Docs gadget – It previews Google Docs below the chat box. It shows the top five last edited docs.You could click on a doc and it will pop it up in a new window . Built right into your inbox it keeps you up to date with Google Docs. In-case you have created a form and are asking people to fill it but on a single day you forget to check docs, the inbuilt preview would remind you of it.

2.Back to Beta – Adds the super popular BETA tag back to Gmail. We all know how famous Google is for it’s BETA tags. If you loved to be greeted by the familiar BETA text in silver, then just enable this. According to the author, it soothes your soul.Yes it does!

3.Green Robot – It shows how many of your friends are chatting with their android phones and how many are up from their computers. If they are using their Android phone for chatting then their status icon would be the android green robot . This could help you chat more precisely . For example, if you see that your friend is up from his android phone, you could send him shorter messages so that he could cope up with you. This does a pretty good job but sadly their isn’t one for the iPhone. When launched this lab feature was not helpful because hardly people owned an Android phone. But with the Nexus One hitting the roads, this must be enabled.

4.Undo Send – One of the most advanced labs feature yet. If you wanted to send an email to your friend named John but instead sent it to your boss also named John, then only this could help you. You could undo your sent emails. After hitting the send box this lab feature waits for 5-10 secs and if you want you could undo the sent message. I experimented with it a bit and sent obscure messages to my alternate email addresses, before five seconds I hit the undo button and none of my other emails had those mails.

5. Picasa previews in Mail – Preview your Picasa pictures in your mail. You could preview the photos in your mail whenever you receive an email with a Picasa link.

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Steve Jobs : iPad won’t support Picasa

Steve Jobs has replied to an email sent in by an Apple fanboy. The sender asks Jobs whether the iPad would support Picasa or not and here’s what he said-

Jobs feels that iPhoto is much better than Picasa . It would have been great if the iPad could support Picasa. Then you could transfer pictures to the iPad using the camera connector and upload it to your Picasa web albums.

Steve Jobs sent this email from his iPhone. Hey Steve, what about the iPad?

YouTube’s New Look


YouTube just got a makeover. Now it a lot more cleaner and simpler. The subscribe button which was on the right corner earlier is now on top and the forward icon is a bit changed too.Clicking on the forward icon will play the next video posted by the author.

This version of YouTube was earlier observed in Internet Explorer version 8.0 and now it is even in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The name of the person who has uploaded the video along with the number of videos he/she has uploaded is beside the Subscribe button on the top and all menu bars have got a drop down sub-menu. If you click on to check other videos from the same author, the videos are displayed in a cover flow style(kind of).

Comments bar is also new, you’ve got the highest rated comments on top and then the rest. If you want to rate a comment or report abuse it or reply to it you need to move your mouse over it and you’ll get a whole new set of options to choose from.

Great Job done, Google!

Update : Earlier this view was only available to BETA testers but now it is available to all.