Search Google Securely

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology used by websites to encrypt data that transfers between their servers and your computers. SSL is used on every bank site or every site which tends to collect your personal information. Google uses SSL encryption on many of its services including Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Google Docs etc. They not only use SSL for log in purposes but for the entire application.

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Google Celebrates PAC-MAN’s Birthday

Today is PAC-MAN’s 30th Birthday and Google is celebrating it in style. Today’s Google Doodle is designed around the game and the game is actually playable.

Once the page completes loading, the game begins and you could play it. An innovative Google Doodle. The walls include the Google logo and for the very first time the I’m Feeling Lucky button has been renamed to Insert Coin. Clicking on Insert Coin enables two players. But when you enable two players, the W, S, A and D keys cannot be used to type in a query in the search box.

Google’s New Ad Formats Take On iAd [PICS]

At Google I/O, Google announced Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. Froyo comes along with many major improvements and features. One such great feature is the new Ads format which Google introduced.

iAd – Apple’s Mobile Advertising was about to change mobile advertising profoundly but Google’s major announcement could change things. These new Ad formats would work on Froyo. Much of the ideas of the Ad formats come from iAd, but some are new. Some new Ad formats which Google introduced were –

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Google and Typekit Collaborate

Google made some huge announcements during Google I/O including the Chrome Web Store. They even introduced the Google Font API and Google Font Directory. They have collaborated with Typekit to open source the Web Font Loader, a JavaScript library for improving the web font experience.

This means more fonts would be available for developers to choose from. HTML 5, CSS3 and Web Fonts would provide a much better and richer experience to the users. Still Google would face some challenges as different browsers treat the download of web fonts differently.

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Google Launches Chrome Web Store

Just now during Google I/O, Google announced that they are launching an early preview of the new Chrome Web Store. It is available on only nightly builds of Google Chrome. All the Apps are developed on HTML 5 and would appear in the new tabs page.

Top games and productivity tools like Plants vs Zombies and TweetDeck would be present on the Store. Some Apps need to be purchased from the Store while some would be free. This opens up yet another market for developers to invest into.

Developers could now reach about 70 Million Chrome users and the Web Store would be the place from where users could get Apps for Chrome OS. The Apps developed for Chrome would work on any modern browser. The Store would be available for users and developers later this year.

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Google Mobile Signs Up on Twitter and Facebook

Google Mobile, the Mobile App by Google which brings Google Search and the rest of the Google Services to your mobile device including Android, iPhone or even Windows Mobile, is now on Twitter and Facebook.

Google Mobile plans to increase communication and receive greater feedback from users, hence it has signed up on Twitter and Facebook. This isn’t Google’s first entry to social media services. Other Google Services such as YouTube, Earth, Maps and more have been present for a long time.

To follow Google Mobile on Twitter, simply go to twitter.com/googlemobile. You could even follow them on Facebook by clicking the like button on their page. Go to facebook.com/googlemobile and click like.

Referring to Facebook and Twitter, don’t forget to follow TheAppleGoogle on Twitter as well as Facebook.

Whatever Happened to Did you Mean

Google’s revamped interface was applauded by many but left some disappointed. Google changed many new features including the Google Logo, brought in a new sidebar, new buttons and even a new search bar.

A small yet powerful new addition was a changed “Did you Mean”. Did you Mean was Google’s famous spelling corrector. Whenever someone typed in something such as “Stev Jobs”, it would result in a message – Did you Mean – Steve Jobs.

With Google now updated, this feature stands updated too. Now two messages appear – Showing results for Steve Jobs and Search instead for Stev Jobs. By default, Google would show results for the correct one, but if the users are still sure about the search query, they need to click on “Search instead for.”

Happy Birthday YouTube

Five years from today, YouTube, the popular video site owned by Google was launched in BETA. Today is YouTube’s Birthday and it is celebrating it in style.

The YouTube Logo has a “5” shaped candle lit beside denoting five years of successful existence. Its homepage is also spotlighting its five year mark. The special page has famous people (or people who became famous through YouTube) who narrate their YouTube story to the world.

The page even has a five year time-line which shows the major milestones that it has achieved. Some of them include, IPL hosting of YouTube, Bad Romance and YouTube’s Interview with Obama.

The site also features favorite video picks by famous people over the past period of five years such as Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf, and Katie Couric.

Google Mobile App Updated

According to a recent poll conducted by TheAppleGoogle, users seem to love the Google Mobile App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Google’s Mobile Team is constantly working on the App and is fixing bugs and improving the performance.

Today, Google updated its Mobile App for iPhone to version 0.5.2.3728. A complicated version number though, but Google loves it. The current version fixes the following issues –

1. Fixes Rotation in the Apps Tab
2. Fixes audio contamination issues for both iPhone and iPad.
3. Changes more button to be a popover for iPad.