My favorite camera store, B&H Photo Video, is one of the first businesses participating in having virtual tours of their stores via Google’s Street View technology.
If you look up B&H Photo Video on Google Maps, you can step inside.
(image courtesy of Lifehacker)
FINALLY, a solution to an annoying problem that has plagued me ever since Google Mobile Sync was born is here: Calendar color synchronization between Google Calendars and my iPhone’s calendar. My OCD itched so badly that I would end up changing my Google Calendar colors to match the seemingly random vomit that my iPhone’s calendar would choose.
In a nutshell, don’t use Google Mobile Sync for your calendar. Use CalDAV instead.
Out of the nutshell:
- On your iOS device: Go to Settings –> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
- Under Accounts: Select your Google Mobile Sync account (mine was creatively named “Google”)
- Switch your “Calendars” to the “OFF” position. It will prompt you to make sure you aren’t smoking crack, but since you *are* smoking crack… the healthy, vegan kind… go for it.
- Click on “Add Account…”
- Select Other.
- Select Add CalDAV Account.
- Enter your account information:
- In the Server field, enter [ google.com ]
- In the Username field, enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
- In the Password field, enter your Google Account or Google Apps password.
- In the Description field, enter the name you’d like to appear on the account (I named mine “Google Calendars”… creative, I know)
- Select Next at the top of your screen.
- Go to https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect (on any browser) and select the calendars you want to sync. Alternatively, Google Apps users can go to https://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/your_domain/iphoneselect (of course, replace “your_domain” with your… uh… domain).
- Click Save
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier. Enjoy!
via Google Mobile Help (CalDAV instructions)
Of the myriad number of ways to “speed up” your internet connection, one way is to find a DNS server that performs best for you.
namebench is a handy little open-source utility that will do all the dirty work for you. It comes in linux, os x and windows flavors. There’s even a command-line version.
Anybody who has spent any amount of time playing the role of “family tech support guy” can appreciate this.
Luckily, Jason Toff at Google decided to act on this tedious endeavor by creating a website that defines and explains what a web browser is.
I’m forwarding this to my parents right now.
Besides making 3D models of your house or your cat, you can be like Roche Limit and make a music video.
Twitter evolved from being an SMS mailing list to an ubiquitous, constantly evolving social network platform. Some use it as a microblog, summing up a day’s or hour’s (or minute’s even) experience in 140 characters. Some use it as an easy way to update your Facebook Status. I see it as a never-ending conversation with “hundreds of your closest friends.”
With the microblog-purple project at code.google.com, you can now install a Twitter plugin for Pidgin and/or Adium. I’ve been using the Pidgin plugin for 10 minutes and I already love it. It really feeds the “conversational” mental model I have of Twitter.
The plugin provides all of your basic Twitter interface needs (e.g. replying, retweeting, favorite-ing) but what’s noticeably missing is a “direct message” link and the ability to view direct messages sent to you. The former is easily circumvented by just using the normal Twitter convention of prefixing a “d” before a username, but the latter doesn’t seem to have any workable solution.
All in all, though, I’m sold on this plugin (until the next best thing comes along).
Google has unleashed upon us its rebranding of GrandCentral with neato features like Voicemail transcription.
When I logged into my GrandCentral account, I was given the option to keep GrandCentral or to upgrade to Google Voice. I’ve futzed around with the interface a little and am very impressed by its Gmail-like feel. I also tested out the free SMS capability and it works like a charm. 🙂