Google talk gets new features

Google released a new version of its one year old google talk with some great features.

File transfer: Google blog claims that this was the top requested feature by their users, and they have just done what every one is looking for. You can share any type of file, any size and any number of times if you like. I tested this by sending diff types of files and in diff sizes and it worked perfect. File transfer is fast.

Google Talk makes a direct connection to your friend’s computer whenever possible, enabling the fastest speed available. And even if your super-secure firewall won’t allow a direct connection, we’ll still get it there at a decent speed, because we’re nice like that.

Voicemail: Now you can leave voicemails to any of your google talk contacts when they dont answer your call. Cool.

Music status sharing: Now this is more fun. You can show your friends what you are listening in winamp or itunes. Just change you status to Show current music track and they can see the song your’e listening to as your status message.

Australia on Google maps

Finally Google launched its street level maps of major Australian and New Zealand cities yesterday. The search is still not working and many people are mentioning that the maps are really old and missing lot of changes. According to Sydney Morning Herald “Lars, his brother Jens, and two Aussies, Noel Gordon and Stephen Ma, developed the mapping service which they sold to Google in 2004 and which then became Google Maps“. It’s really shame that we have to identify a place and zoom it to look at the location you want. Street-directory.com.au is lot lot better than Google Maps, Australia. Australian Google Maps mashups & resources .

Simply Google

Here is a comprehensive list of Google’s services.

  1. SketchUp: SketchUp is a simple but powerful tool for quickly and easily creating, viewing and modifying your 3D ideas.
  2. Google Calendar: With Google Calendar, you can see your friends’ and family’s schedules right next to your own. Quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications and add other interesting events that you find online.
  3. Google Mail (Gmail ): Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that you should never have to delete mail and you should always be able to find the message you want.
  4. Google Talk: Talk and IM with your friends for free.
  5. Google AdSense: Discover your site’s full revenue potential.
  6. Google Page: Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.
  7. Google Related Links: Provide your website’s visitors with links to useful information. Google Related Links use the power of Google to automatically bring fresh, dynamic and interesting content links to any website.
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Google Calender

Mike got some exclusive screenshots of Google’s long delayed new Ajax calendar application, CL2. The forthcomming CL2 is said to be closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It also includes now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, suscription feeds for integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation, search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more. But he says that it is still far from being prime-time.

Inzi out obstructing the field

Found this article in Prem Panicker’s Blog

I was given out ‘obstructing the field’ in the first One-day International against India at Peshawar on Monday. If one surveyed the laws of cricket, the umpires’ decision was certainly according to the rules but, somehow, this law is something that I am not able to comprehend. I am also not in a position to say anything about it because the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct doesn’t permit me.

However, such not very common laws need to be explained properly and in detail. The Peshawar dismissal was in fact in direct contrast to my run-out dismissal in the Faisalabad Test match against England. If I had not brought my bat in front of the ball, it could have hit my body instead.

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Download Google Videos

Want to download Google Videos in .avi format as .gvl files available for download at Google Video can’t be played with commom players. Here’s the solution, Go to Google Video and choose the video you want to download. Copy the link and paste the link on the form in this page and hit download. You will be forwarded to a page where you will be given the link to download the video in .avi and .flv format.

How to: Download Google Video

  • Go to Google Video and find a video.
  • View the page source code and search for the keyword ?googleplayer?.
  • Copy and paste the videoUrl parameter (all of the characters after the keyword ?videoUrl=?).
  • Press Ctrl-L to go to URL location bar. Type Javascript:unescape(?videoUrl?) where videoUrl should be the last parameter you have copied into the clipboard.
  • It should output the actual URL on the broswer, copy and paste that URL onto your browser location bar again to download the FLV movie.
  • Play it with a FLV Player.