Kolejny Google Friends Newsletter – November 2005
Google Friends Newsletter
Welcome to this penultimate 2005 roundup of tips, how-to’s and new
Google developments. At the bottom of this message, you’ll find details
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Power Tip – Make a gift photo CD fast
Celebrate special events by creating a photo CD you can send to friends
and family. It only takes a minute using Picasa, Google’s free photo
software. After you’ve inserted a CD (or DVD) into your writeable
drive, open Picasaand select the folder of photos you’d like on CD.
Click the “Gift CD” button and follow the on-screen instructions to add
more photo folders, include aslideshow, set the picture size, and name
your CD. For friends who want to save and view the photos to their
computer, include a copy of the Picasa software (it’s only 3.9MB).
Click the “Burn Disc” button and Picasa will do the rest. For a nice
finishing touch, add a customized photo CD cover: select a picture and
click the “Print” button (go to Tools > Options > Printing to add “CD
cover size” as one of the layout options).
Don’t lose face by losing files – Google Desktop saves both by
locating emails, documents, photos, and more on your own hard drive.
Use Desktop to quickly launch applications, get all of your
personalized info in one place with a customizable Sidebar, and search
conveniently in Outlook with the Outlook Toolbar. Now Desktop has added
some new features including a maps panel for the Sidebar, which
displays local business listings, directions, plus locations relevant
to the web pages and emails you’re reading.
Expanded Google Video
We’ve added a lot more video to Google Video, thanks to a host of
producers including The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (who
produce the Emmys), Campus Movie Fest, The Photography Channel, World
Affairs Council, Asia Movie Channel, and many others. Check them out,
visit the new Google Video Blog for regular selections, or upload your
Google Local for mobile
If you’ve got a mobile phone, you might as well have mobile
information. This new free download offers detailed directions,
interactive (movable and zoomable) maps, integrated business locations
and contact info – even satellite imagery. It works with most newer
Java-enabled phones; you’ll also need a data plan with your mobile
Google Reader can help you keep up with the firehose of info coming
your way from blogs and websites. New on Google Labs, it automatically
gets the latest news and updates from sites you pick. You can sort your
reading list by relevance, and you can share the good bits with friends
via an easy email or blog tool within Reader. You can also star or
label things you want to save for yourself, too.
Your online privacy continues to be a critical part of any company
doing business on the Internet. We’ve just updated and clarified our
policies on this important issue through a new summary page with links
to greater detail on exactly what we collect, and what we do with the
information. We hope you find it useful and easy to read.
In our 2004 initial public offering, our founders committed one percent
of our profits and equity toward Google’s philanthropic efforts.
Regarding these efforts, they wrote, “We hope that someday this
institution will eclipse Google itself in overall world impact by
ambitiously applying innovation and significant resources to the
largest of the world’s problems.” We’re calling the umbrella under
which we put all of these efforts Google.org. It will include the work
of the Google Foundation, some of Google’s own projects using Google
talent, technology and other resources, as well as partnerships and
contributions to for-profit and non-profit entities. As we continue to
define the goals, priorities and approach for Google.org, we are
focusing on several areas including global poverty alleviation, energy,
and the environment.
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