What's New At Google Labs?
What's New At Google Labs?
The world's most popular search engine just keeps chugging
along - the little train that could (and did) make billions
of dollars and dominate the Internet landscape.
Like a giant tree with a root system extending deep into
the earth, Google seeks to expand and diversify far beyond
mere online search.
In their quest, the little elves at Google never seem to
sleep and toil endlessly to bring us new gadgets and gizmos
intended to make our lives better, both online and offline.
These four latest free offerings from Google's Labs
Labs.Google.com - will help you do everything from
organize your thoughts to find the local pizza restaurant's
phone number through your cell phone.
** Google Code Search ** www.google.com/codesearch
This one should have the geeks salivating like Pavlov's dog
sniffing out a rump roast!
This new search tool at Google allows you to search for
public source code, the lines and lines of code that make
your nifty software programs actually function.
Instead of writing all the code themselves, programmers can
find and grab huge chunks of code free for the taking.
This makes a great staring point not only for programmers
who want a leg up on finishing projects, but also neat for
would-be software entrepreneurs who want to surf for ideas.
** Google Voice Local Search **
Ok, I'll admit to some skepticism when I saw that Google
would help me find the number for the local barbershop just
by talking into my phone.
But Google actually surprised me when I dialed
The phone asked me to say the city and state I wanted to
search, and then asked me if I wanted to search by business
name or business category.
Once I found the business I wanted, Google went ahead and
dialed the number for me.
I found the service no worse than the automated search from
the phone company, and Google offers this service FREE.
Well worth a call if you find yourself paying some hefty
411 fees to the phone company or your wireless provider.
** Google Reader ** reader.google.com/
The jury is still debating whether my dear sweet mother
will ever subscribe to an RSS feed (the syndication feeds
from blogs, news services, and more), so I'm not sure how
universal RSS will ever get.
However, Google doess offer a free RSS reader online that
enables you to easily subscribe to blogs, news feeds, and
any other RSS feeds you like.
The readers lets you organize your feeds, update, and view
them all in one place.
Not as powerful as some readers you pay for, but very
functional and hey, you can't beat free!
** Google Notebook ** www.google.com/notebook/
Google Noetbook is the most recent graduate of the Google
This handy program allows you to organize your notes and
clippings as you travel the web.
Instead of just bookmarking a site in your favorites and
trying to remember why you liked it, with Google Notebook,
you can highlight what you want and click the "clip" button.
You can then organize your notes however you want and then
search through your note text at any time.
You can even share your notes with others.
Google Notebook is available through your web browser after
you download and install special extensions to help you
clip items you find on the Web.
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