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Now railway
all the trains in Tokyo, realtime
transit  google  tokyo  rail  maps 
october 2012 by Chris.Hamby
Google Labs - Books Ngram Viewer
graph words and phrases rise and fall over the decades through Google books
google  books  graphing  visualizations 
december 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Jon Rafman
9 Eyes of Google Street View - now in tumblr form
art  blog  culture  images  photography  google  jonrafman 
november 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Labs Introduces Auto-Advance to Next Conversation
You’ve probably noticed that when you are logged into Gmail, archiving or deleting messages takes you straight back to your inbox. This must have riled a few people up, because Google has now updated Gmail to take people to the next conversation, rather than to the inbox.

If you’re au fait with a keyboard, chances are you already know all about the “]” and “[“ shortcuts which allow you to archive messages and hit the next conversation. But, if you’re like most other people, you probably don’t use those shortcuts too often. In fact, you probably simply mute or delete conversations rather than archiving them.

Well, now may be the time to change all that. Gmail Labs has just launched a nifty little feature called Auto-Advance. This feature will allow you to automatically open the next conversation once you have archived or deleted the one you just were on. This should make things flow a little easier for you.

For those of you that want to start using Auto-Advance, all you need to do is go to Labs in your Settings area, then just enable Auto-Advance and save your changes. The default setting of this feature will advance to the older conversations in your inbox. This is ideal if you like to read your oldest mail first. You can also easily switch the default to check the newer conversations first as well.

Seems like this is a great way to deal with a crowded inbox. What do you think?

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Gmail  Google  News  from google
october 2010 by Chris.Hamby
The Smart-Growth Set. - Washington City Paper
How 32-year-old Google veteran David Alpert--and his band of bloggers--are shaping 21st -century D.C.
smart  growth  washington  parking  development  planning  google  article 
september 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Google and the World Cup
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a complete soccer hooligan. The upcoming World Cup has me more excited than a 4 year old at Disneyland. That’s why I was so pleasantly happy to see Google do something really creative when you search for “World Cup”:

Clearly Google knows the importance of the World Cup. And for that…I will always use Google.
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june 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Google Earth's Photo-Realistic NYC Will Take Your Breath Away [Google Earth]
It was 2008 when we got our first peek of where Google Earth was really going, from a simple topographical mapping service to a full-on 3D world simulator. That update brought us realistic buildings. This one brings spectacular detail. More »
Google_Earth  Google  Google_earth_3d  Google_earth_3d_nyc  Mapping  NYC  from google
april 2010 by Chris.Hamby
Socialite Takes On Your Mac’s Social Media Life
Back in June, we published a round-up of desktop Twitter clients, with one of the Mac-only apps being EventBox, a multi-purpose Twitter, Facebook and Flickr client.

Today, Brighton, England’s Realmac Sotware (makers of some of my favorite Mac apps including LittleSnapper and RapidWeaver) have announced that they have acquired EventBox and will be relaunching it in November as Socialite.

Socialite is similar to other multi-purpose social media clients like Seesmic Desktop and Tweetdeck in that you can track and update your Facebook and Twitter accounts. But Socialite goes a little bit further, offering support for Google Reader (syncing and sharing items), Digg, Flickr,, Reddit, OneRiot, and RSS Subscriptions. Plus, Socialite will let you manage multiple user accounts.

As a Mac user, I often grow frustrated that the most robust social media clients are all built on Adobe AIR. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that AIR exists as a platform, but it can really be a performance killer and slow down a system — especially if you use it for long periods of time. Socialite is a native Mac app, designed for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and even in the EventBox betas, the performance has been really spectacular.

I can’t wait to see how Socialite develops. The app will be released in November and it will be $20 US. If you already bought an EventBox license, don’t worry, Realmac will send you a new serial for Socialite as soon as it is released. If you tried EventBox as part of MacHeist last winter, Realmac will offer discount pricing.

If you want to follow the development of Socialite, you can check out Realmac’s Socialite Twitter account @socialiteapp for more details and beta release information.

Mac users — what are you favorite social media clients?

Reviews: Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Google Reader, LittleSnapper, Seesmic Desktop, TweetDeck, Twitter, adobe AIR
Tags: digg, eventbox, facebook, flickr, google reader, mac apps, Socialite, twitter
Google  News  facebook  flickr  twitter  digg  eventbox  google_reader  mac_apps  Socialite  from google
october 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Create Your Own Building for the Biggest Monopoly Game Ever
Ever wanted to design your own Monopoly property? Now you can, thanks to Hasbro and Google.

We’ve been covering the new Monopoly City Streets real-world game using Google Maps since it launched earlier this month. Now, a “Design Your Own Building” competition gives you a chance to create a property that could win a place in the actual game.

To enter the competition, you’ll need to create your 3D building with the free 3D modeling tool Google SketchUp. Upload your design to the Google 3D Warehouse with the tag “monopolycompetition09″ to be considered for the contest (full rules here).

Whether your building wins or not, it will show up with all the other entries in the Competition Collection. The three winning 3D structures will net their creators global Monopoly fame by being incorporated into the actual Monopoly City Streets game. The overall winner also takes home a Google SketchUp Pro 7 license, valued at $495.

Will you be jumping at the chance to get your own creation into the biggest Monopoly game of all time? If so, let us know what kind of building you’d make.

Reviews: Google Maps, Google SketchUp, Monopoly City Streets
Tags: 3D modeling, Contests, games, gaming, Google, Google Maps, Google SketchUp, hasbro, monopoly city streets
Contests  Games  Google  3D_modeling  gaming  Google_Maps  Google_SketchUp  hasbro  monopoly_city_streets  from google
september 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Monopoly City Streets: Google Launching Online Version of Monopoly
This could be very addictive: Google is teaming up with board game maker Hasbro to launch a Google Maps version of Monopoly. Monopoly City Streets, which launches Wednesday, allows users to compete in a live, worldwide version of the popular game, creating the biggest Monopoly tournament ever played.

It’s an ambitious venture that we’ll confess to being fairly excited about: players will literally be able to buy any street in the world, and compete with every other player on the “board”. You start with 3 million Monopoly dollars, and can build not only hotels and houses but also football stadiums, castles and skyscrapers, reports the UK’s Guardian. Downing Street in the UK will cost $231,000, while Pennsylvania Avenue will cost $2 million.

The preview site reads:

On the 9th SEPTEMBER, a world of property empire building on an unimaginable scale will be launched! A live worldwide game of MONOPOLY using Google Maps as the game board. The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence.

Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent. Use MONOPOLY Chance Cards to sabotage your mates by building Hazards on their streets.

What the coverage doesn’t mention is the level of involvement Google had here: while in theory this could have been built on the Google Maps API with little input from the search engine maker itself, all reports seem to indicate that Google had a direct role in bringing the game to fruition.

And before we start: I get to be the car, ok?

Reviews: Google, Google Maps, Monopoly
Tags: Google, Google Maps, hasbro, monopoly
mashable  Google  Google_Maps  hasbro  monopoly  from google
september 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Marissa Mayer: Twitter is Complementary to Google [Video]
Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP Search Products & User Experience, took fairly direct questions in the most recent edition of Digg Dialogg, the interviews series from social news site Digg. Topics include the upcoming launch of Google Wave, how Google feels about Microsoft Bing and Wolfram Alpha, and the biggest threats to Google’s survival (”complacency”, says Mayer).

On Twitter, Mayer makes a calculated response: “Things show up there first. And so we definitely think that including that in the world’s information, hopefully being able to search that and surface that for our users, with all those realtime updates coming in, is something that could complement our search engine for those types of queries.”

Of course, Google can’t make full use of the linking data contained in Tweets, since those links use the “nofollow” attribute…for now.

Reviews: Digg, Google, Google Wave
Tags: Google, marissa mayer, twitter
Google  twitter  marissa_mayer  from google
august 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Make Gmail Your Own With Custom Colors
Gmail has launched themes just a few months ago, right? I’m sure you all went crazy over the fact that you have 31 pre-made themes to choose from. But 31 are themes enough for you? Maybe you want to have your own theme with all the colors that you choose. You want to make Gmail your own.

Now you’re no longer stuck with the themes that Gmail has provided. Gmail is now letting you choose your own colors. Okay, I admit: this isn’t as awesome as making your own theme. But still. Custom colors. It’s like a step closer.

To activate custom colors, log in to your Gmail account. Then go on and click on the Settings link in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Look for and select the Themes tab, and find the “Choose your own colors” option at the bottom of that page. Activate it. You’ll be able to select colors for everything from the background of your inbox to link text. If you ever mess up or you got to a state where the colors are hurting your eyes, the “Revert” button will save the day for you.

So I love blue. I now changed my Gmail custom color so that everything is a bright shade of blue. Sadly though, it’s not yet available for custom domains, so those who prefer using those will have to wait. Which for me is a downright shame. This isn’t really the most important feature that came to Gmail, but this is something I really, really like.

But for those who are able to use and change their colors, how did Gmail turn out for you? The Gmail Team has a group where you can show off your awesome new and colorful Gmail accounts! If you feel like showing off, just click here and post your screenshots.
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february 2009 by Chris.Hamby
How to Sync iCal with Google Cal
Previously, I mentioned Google has made it possible to connect Google Calendar with iCal. In addition, I’ve also explained before how you can sync Google Calendar with your Blackberry.

Combining the two, you can actually sync your Blackberry with your iCal through Google Calendar. Aside from having a copy of your calendar synced on all platforms (computer, Internet, and phone) it also helps keep a ‘backup copy’ of your appointments in case something goes wrong with one of your devices.

In order to sync your Blackberry with iCal, or if you just want a copy of your Google Calendar on your Mac, you need to know how to sync Google Calendar with iCal.

How to Sync Google Calendar with iCal
Of course, you can use Spanning Sync, but Google also offers a relatively functional direct sync. Here is how it’s done in 5 steps:

Download Calaboration, a program developed by Google to make the sync between Google Calendar and iCal easier.
Drop the program into your programs folder on your Mac. If iCal is open on your computer, close the program first. If you don’t you will have trouble selecting calendars to add to iCal using Calaboration.
Open Calaboration, and sign into Google Calendar
A list of your calendars in Google Calendar will show up. If this is your first time syncing iCal with Google Cal, all calendars will be ‘active’. However, if this is not your first time using Calaboration, some calendars may be disabled. These are the calendars that are already synced with iCal, and are already selected and shown in a gray font. See the picture below: the ‘new calendar’ has not been synced yet with iCal and is active. All other calendars are already present in my iCal, and cannot be selected anymore.
After selecting the calendars you want to sync, click on ‘Add to iCal’, and you are set! Every time you turn on your computer and open iCal (and however often you want, which can be adjusted in the preferences) Google Cal will sync with iCal. The best part, the sync goes two ways. Add something to iCal, and you will see the appointment show up in Google Calendar, and on your Blackberry if you use one.

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february 2009 by Chris.Hamby
Using AideRSS To Filter Your Google Reader Feeds
Google Reader is an excellent web-based RSS reader which has the ability to absorb hundreds of feeds and display them in your chosen format. However if you subscribe to a lot of feeds then you must be aware that it’s not easy to read them everyday and usually you’ll scan through them and mostly mark all as read when you can’t take the load.

Enter AideRSS, a cool product to get the best RSS feeds delivered to you.

What is AideRSS ?
As they say - ” AideRSS is an intelligent assistant, which continuously monitors RSS feeds, finds the good stuff, creates a PostRank™, and delivers it to you. We do the grunt work of collecting information on every post, allowing you to focus on your agenda and stay on top of the news stream. ”

Hence it uses the PostRank technology to filter the RSS feeds and rank them accordingly. You can register on their site or use OpenId to login. You can also analyze any feed without registering, like I did for Google Tutor ( see screenshot below )

AideRSS + Google Reader
AideRSS + Google Reader is a cool firefox extension (greasemonkey script to be more precise) which brings the functions of AideRSS to our favorite feed reader. It helps you to score, filter and track performance of any RSS feed directly within your Google Reader.

This could be very beneficial for those who subscribe to a lot of feeds in their Google Reader and need to filter and get the best information. You can see the best feeds through postrank, filter any RSS feed according to your preference, hide filtered content or group them by source.

Overall, I found their postrank methodology to be quite accurate and you can certainly use this if you need the best content filtered out of your Google Reader feeds.

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Google  RSS/Atom  Reader  internet  RSS  from google
july 2008 by Chris.Hamby
Google Notebook Tip: How to create your first Google Notebook
First, let me refresh your memory of what Google Notebook is: it is a handy Google tool that allows you to store notes online. You can access it from any online computer by using your GMail username and password.

We have previously posted a more elaborate introduction of the Google Notebook.

Now I’m off to create a new Google Notebook entry, and here’s a quick tutorial. Imagine that I’m off to Hawaii to have a regional manager’s meeting and then to hit the beach. I use my Google Notebook to list down everything I need to bring. Instead of writing things down with a pen, or emailing myself a list, I try Google Notebook. Simple task.

Do this with me:

Step 1: Go to and sign in using your GMail username and password. If you’re already signed in via Gmail, then good!

Step 2: Click the Create a new notebook link found at the left side.

Step 3: Enter the name of your first notebook. I’ve named it Things to bring. Then click OK.

Step 4: Now to open a notebook or switch to a different one, simply click the notebook’s name appearing on the left pane, and type away on the space provided to the right, just like a regular text editor. The first line will serve as the heading for that particular note.

Step 5: When done, click save!

You can create multiple “notes” in one notebook. This means you can also add Things to bring to the meeting, Things to bring at John’s party, or anything you might need to note down. Again, the first line of each of these will serve as the heading, for easy reference (especially when you collapse the notebooks, and you can only see the header line). These are all safely saved in a notebook you named as Things to bring.

Have fun!
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april 2008 by Chris.Hamby
Guess-the-Google: A Great Sunday Time Waster
If football doesn't float your boat but you still want to have some fun today, Grant Robinson has created a fun game called Guess-the-Google. Guess-the-Google shows twenty images arranged in a grid formation where you have to guess the keyword that created the montage. Once you open the website click Launch Project to open the game. You only get so many seconds and guesses, so play smart!
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february 2008 by Chris.Hamby

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