For this week’s Guest Post Friday at Musings, we welcome back Martha Sperry for another great tech related guest post. Martha (@advocatesstudio on Twitter) is an attorney with extensive experience in the insurance industry. Martha also maintains a research and writing practice, AdvantageAdvocates with emphasis on research and written product for professionals and web consulting. Her blog on law, research, writing and technology Advocate’s Studio. Martha also has let Musings invade the Studio today, so please check it out!
Very excited to be back here at Musings. And thrilled to have Chris posting about his cloud experience over at Advocate’s Studio as well.
Next, how about being able to send Chrome browsing information from your desktop to your Android-powered mobile device with a click? New beta Chrome to Mobile allows you to share URLs with your Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) mobile device and even have access to the URL for off line browsing.
Next up: Google Drive is finally almost here. Google Drive will look a lot like Dropbox, but with deep Google product integration. Store documents, videos and images in the cloud and access them from any device. It will likely be closely tied to Google Docs and it appears that it will have its own standalone mobile application. And no doubt it will have great search capabilities. Sweet!
Google Docs has some new features. Paragraph styles and more fonts.
If you use iGoogle, then you may have noticed that it has the new cleaner interface that most of Google’s products are sporting. Big improvement over the old, patch-work style layout.
Google Search is getting more social with Search + Your World. If you have a Google profile and connections on Google +, then you can see relevant results from your social network when searching via Google search. You can toggle between the social results and everything using a button to the top right of the screen. Or, if you aren’t finding what you are looking for, the Search results page now offers a link to ask your question on Google +. Crowd sourcing, Google-style.
For about three days, Google made available the coolest login system for unsecured computers, using QR codes and your mobile device. You could navigate to Google’s “sesame” page on the desktop, scan the QR code shown with a mobile QR code reader, like Google Goggles, log in to your account on the phone, and the corresponding Google service would show in the desktop browser. Space age! Unfortunately, Google took it down, but they did promise that it was a sign of even flashier things to come.
If you are a Google + and YouTube user, Google has recently deepened integration between the two. Like in other Google services, the new header will show your Google+ notifications, a box that lets you share videos with other Google+ users and links related to your Google profile.
If you are into following our national election process, check out Google’s election tools. Google.com/elections serves as a hub for election info with lots of filtering options, as well as trends, videos and other relevant information on candidates and results. Great one-stop, coffee break reading.
Finally, more from the News of the Weird category, and not so much from the professional applications category, it appears that search giant is making plans to enter the home electronics / entertainment system business. There have been a number of articles last week with rumors that Google will be coming out with a streaming music device that will be controlled by your Android powered phone or tablet. Google has just filed a request with the FCC to test the device. It will link up with the Google Music service introduced last year and will run content from the cloud. Can’t wait for that one.
Well, that is the last month in Google, more or less. As you can see, Google just keeps on chugging. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us over the next month or so.