60 Second Google Update! – What’s New?

If you are like pretty much everyone else in the world, you interact with the big “G” on the daily. However, you may not be aware of the new and cool things that they are doing! So that is where Bit Rebels is here to help! I am about to go through some of the latest happenings at Google so you don’t have to hunt for it!


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Bye Bye Google Gears, HTML5 is the future!


Late last month Google announced to the world that it would be retiring the Google Gears platform, which gives you offline access to your Gmail and other popular Google Apps so that it has more of a ‘desktop’ experience, in favor of HTML5’s offline storage capabilities.

Google has said that Gears will continue to be supported for sites that already use it. However, they expect developers to use HTML5 for these features moving forward as it’s a standards-based approach that will be available across all browsers.

Google Goes Minimal


If you have gone to the google home page in the last month (https://www.google.com for those of you that just search from the browser and have forgotten the home page URL) you will notice that if you let the page load, and have your mouse cursor in up where the address bar is. All you see is what is in the image above, and then if you mouse into the page, everything fades in beautifully(With the power of Javascript!!)!

A Very small, but cool feature.

Google gets Real, Real-Time!


Earlier this week Google announced a new service that will offer streaming results for searches, incorporating real-time updates from web pages and social networking partners. It has in fact been implemented and so far it rocks, I discovered yesterday that you can Google someones twitter handle and get 4 or so of their latest tweets, and you can even delve into a larger list of their latest tweets! Great for people who have twitter blocked at work, you can still see what your favorite tweeps are up to! Check it out!

I am very excited to see where this will take us, as Google announced its partners will be Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku and Identi.ca — along with Twitter. Real-Time Search is exciting, who knows what we will be able to do with all of this information aggregated into Google searches!

Google Chrome for Mac and Linux Announced!


Finally! I was a huge fan of Google Chrome on Windows, just because it was soooooo fast, and everything was so simple and clean, it just made browsing the web a joy. When I got my Macbook pro earlier this year I was saddened that it wasn’t available for mac! But that time has passed. Google Chrome is now Available to download for Macs running OSX 10.5 (Intel only), It’s also available for Linux!

Other exciting features added include the Chrome Extentions Page which has add-ons similar to Firefox! Woo!

ALSO – Google’s Bookmark Sync is now live! Basically what this does is it stores your bookmarks in your Google account, so you can access them on any computer, How awesome is that?? (Although Delicious does pretty much the same thing).

Well guys, that is the update! It probably took you more than 60 seconds, but it sure beats hunting for all that info yourself eh? Hope you enjoyed it! Now you should be all caught up with the new Google stuff (at least for this month :) )

Leave some comments if you know of any Google news that I missed!

Thanks guys!