In celebration of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, Google launched a new interactive doodle on Wednesday (23 May 2012). This synthesizer allows users to play and record tracks and share them on Google+.
Robert Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005), commonly known as Bob Moog, is one of the key people in electronic music. He invented the Moog synthesizer, one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments. This is why today’s Google Doodle is a synthesizer.
You’ll notice that apart from the clickable knobs that you can play with, there are also play, record, link and Google+ buttons. It is quite obvious that you can play and record your own tracks, just like the Les Paul guitar Google Doodle. This time, Google added a Google+ button, it seems that users can share their masterpieces on Google+. This button will only appear if you are logged into Google.
If you want to know more about this gentleman, you can check out his Wikipedia page, or knowledge graph that appears in Google search result page:
Chrome Web Store just received a new update. A major new feature is the “Trending” tab which to let users know what web apps are hot now.
Trending Chrome Web Apps
In the past we could only see “popular” web apps but this list is not frequently updated. The new “trending” tab lists out the hottest web apps and sort by the popularity. Apps are ranked as “on fire”, “hot” and “warm”.
The purpose of this “trending” tab is to highlight web apps that are popular in recent time. These apps may not be found in the “popular” tab that shows all-time hot apps. For example, while YouTube is definitely a “popular” web app (over 1,000,000+ users installed it in Chrome), it is not even “warm” in “trending”. This is obvious because the user count of this web app is stable.
Apart from the trending tab, now you can also sort web apps in each individual category to find out the trending web apps. This is very useful for finding out the hottest web apps such as latest games.
Offline and Playable on Google+ Identification
The second change to Chrome Web Store is the new mark-ups showing particular features of web apps. In the following screenshot, you see a Google+ mark for Diamond Dash, meaning that this game is playable on Google+ (and trending mark for BrowserQuest too). You can also find a lightning mark for apps that run offline. Google said that more marks for other features would follow.
Read more about this update here: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/04/zap-finding-right-app-and-extension.html
No matter how reliable the cloud is, sometimes we do want to save a backup of our data stored online. Right? We have introduced how to backup your Facebook data, do you want to do the same with Google? No, you don’t have to manually save everything one by one. Let’s have a look at Google Takeout, a handy tool that packs your data stored on Google’s server under your identity.
Google Takeout: Backup Your Online Data In Just A Few Clicks
Google Takeout is a native service developed by Google, unlike third-party web apps this one is authentic, so there should be no compatibility issues. You can choose to create archive for the following services in one go:
These are pretty much everything I have ever wanted to download, including Buzz which is no longer active. You could also choose to download an archive for any individual service:
For each download, you would be shown the estimated size of the package. Different services have different configurations to make. For example, you can choose the format of download for your Google Contacts and Circles in Google+. For Google Voice, you can download your greetings and recording and specify the file format.
It will take a while for Google to pack your data. Check the “Email me when ready” box to receive notification when it’s done. Once completed archive creation, you can download the file to your hard disk.
Google Takeout: http://www.google.com/takeout