Posted: 03 Sep 2011 09:18 PM PDT
Google Gravity, Firefox beta grab attention
Google’s new pet project Google Gravity and internet browser Firefox were among the search terms to experience the greatest growth over the week prior to August 22, according to data from Google Insights.
Google Gravity is a project released on Google’s Chrome browser by Mr. Doob. Chrome users who visit the project’s site will see the typical layout for the Google home page collapse and fall to the bottom of the screen as if under the influence of gravity; the same effect is also applied to search results.
Though the extension has been available since 2010, the search term Google Gravity experienced an 80 percent increase in searches over the past week. The majority of these searches originated in Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt.
Rival internet browser Firefox also experienced popularity over the past seven days with a 40 percent increase in searches. This increase in popularity comes from the release of the latest version of Firefox — Firefox 6.0 — on August 16. This latest version is available to download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html.
Other popular search terms over the past seven days included mathematician Pierre de Fermat, creator of the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem and subject of a Google Doodle on August 17; Indian social activist Anna Hazare, who is currently on a hunger strike in a protest against corruption; and martial artist Jackie Chan, who recently has been subject to several false rumors regarding his death.
Posted: 03 Sep 2011 06:47 PM PDT
Picasa Web Albums Uploader for the Mac.
Many digital cameras record video clips as well as capture still photos, and sharing the videos is just as much fun as is showing off the photos. The new release of the Picasa Web Albums Uploaders, version 1.2, makes it easy to share both. Your friends and family can watch your movie clips and browse your photos in the same album on the web.
As with earlier versions, the uploader is available both as a stand-alone application and as an export plug-in for iPhoto. You’ll need Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 to use them. Uploading videos from within iPhoto requires iPhoto ’08, as earlier versions of iPhoto cannot export movies. If you have iPhoto 6 or earlier, just use the uploader application to share your videos.
The new release also preserves geotags in photos, so if your camera adds the latitude and longitude to your pictures, those will show up with your photos on a map inside Picasa Web Albums.
If you have an earlier version of the Picasa Web Albums Uploaders, they may have updated themselves already. If not, visit the download page to get the latest version. You can give us feedback about the uploaders at the Picasa Help discussion group.
Objective-C developers can now also share videos from their Mac and iPhone applications using Picasa Web Albums’ API and our Objective-C library. Ask your favorite developers to make photo and video sharing easy from their applications.
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