Gmail gives you more than 10GB of free space. But often you start running out of space due to those large attachment mails which you can never find. Though Gmail provides handful of search operators for conveniently finding mails but surprisingly there was no operator till date to find those large mails.
Now, Network administrator Josh Gilmour happen to discover undocumented operator size which lets you find mails larger than the size specified. Search format is
size:[size in bytes]
For example: If you are looking for mails with attachment size 5MB or more, then you should search for size:5242880. For 10MB or more – size:10485760. Ideally, each MB is equal to 1048576 Bytes but you can assume 100,000 for the sake of simplicity.
Previously, we used online services like findbigmail to know large size mails but now we don’t need them anymore.
Once you have found out your big mails, there are two things that you can do to free up some space. Either you can download them to your computer and delete those mails or you can move them to Google Drive which offers additional 5GB of storage.
In addition to this search operator, you can also use filename operator to search by file type. For example – filename:(mpg OR mpeg OR avi OR wmv OR mov) searches for mails with videos in attachments. Similarly you can use filename:zip OR rar or MP3 to quickly find space hogging mails.
Yesterday, Google has announced its new worldwide campaign called “Legalize Love” in order to inspire governments and people to legalize and respect same sex marriage. It is a bold move from a diplomatic company whose core area of focus is technology.
The “Legalize Love” campaign debuted from Poland and Singapore and will slowly cover the rest of the cities around the world.
This is not the first time Google is focusing on the LGBT issues. Earlier in 2008, they have made an opposing statement for the California amendment to ban same sex marriages. Last time, the outcry was only to safeguard the interest of Google employees but this time they have taken it to another level with the same proposition, to make their employees comfortable in working with Google in any of their hundreds of offices spread across the world.
According to Mark Palmer (an eminent Google employee),
“We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.
“We operate in many countries and have a very globally mobile workforce. We have had a number of instances where we have been trying to hire people into countries where there are these issues and have been unable to put the best person into a job in that country “
Also, according to him Singapore was chosen for the initial roll out as,
“Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”
Google’s campaign makes logical sense, they will strengthen their brand image for the new world and traditionalist cannot object them because they have to anyhow use their products in everyday life. For the fact that Google has become integral part of life of everyone, the company could take this to advantage for promoting open beliefs and fundamental rights. Although another point could be that just because of Gayglers the company is supporting this idea. However, Google is not alone here. Apple is pro-gay Bill Gates recently donated 100k to support gay marriages. The corporate world, by and large, is now favorable toward gay rights because at the end of the day everyone wants profits. Profits which in turn get generated by talented employees where sexual orientation has fewer roles to play.
Currently it is available for Windows, Mac and Android and soon will be launched for iPhone and iPad. Initially you have 5GB of free storage but you can purchase more up to 25 GB. The monthly cost is way less than other providers. Here are the plan details -
Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive.
Google Drive will be definitely a game changer because it differs from Dropbox and windows SkyDrive in many ways like -
It will be integrated with all Google products like Gmail, Gplus and Gdocs.
It can scan images and documents to give extraordinary search results.
It can handle and view 30 file types right in your browser—including HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
It will be not just file sharing but easy collaborating and editing document platform.
These unique features make it incomparable to other cloud file storages and possibly this will play a major role in Chromium operating system which is supposed to rely on cloud for all basic capabilities. It seems like Google is trying to build an ecosystem where all the Google services will be interconnected and you will be left with no other option but to use them. It will be interesting to see if Apple or Facebook now acquire Dropbox to give head on head competition.
Google has never failed to amuse us with its pranks on April fool’s day for years. This has become part of the culture of the high tech company which is innovative enough to make Google Glasses, but at the same time humane enough to play these pranks. In between these jokes it keeps of adding new easter eggs to remain popular and showcase its technical capabilities.
Just like last year, this year also individual Google teams from various regions had pranks on different products. Let us see all 22 of them them one by one –
1. YouTube Collection
YouTube offered all its videos in DVD form for offline viewing. Once you place an order, they will deliver each one of video ever uploaded in a fleet of 175 trucks. For commenting, you can fill out paper forms and mail them to the uploader address. Check it out here.
2. Google Really Advance Search
Google search makes to an all-new level with Really Advance Search where you can find sites with words that “almost, but not quite entirely unlike” or “rhyming slang for” or “this exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime” the word you have entered. You can also narrow down search by font, background texture and all impossible options. Though, this prank page in now taken off, you can still view its cached copy from here.
3. Underwater Image Search
Google Chine team has come up with underwater image search which is an excellent example of HTML5 and JS interactivity. Clicking on “I’m feeling lucky” button drops Google gold coins and other treasure in the ocean. Don’t forget to play with waves and search results here.
4. Qingming Search on Google China
When searched for Qingming in Google China, you will notice a beautiful animated background. [note: it works only in Chrome]
5. 8-bit Google Maps
The low resolution graphics version of Google Maps for NES is the funniest of all jokes. These 8-bit maps also have some hidden monsters. Check them out here.
6. Google Translate IME
Japan team also came up with an IME prank which uses only a single key to input in Morse code for transliteration. Check out the below video with English subtitles by clicking cc on the player.
7. Gmail Tap
Inspired by the Japanese IME prank, Gmail team came up with better form of typing via Morse code through Gmail Tap. They went too far by introducing 2 sets of tap buttons to type 2 mails at once!
8. Google Street Roo
Google Australia came up with the unique concept of installing 360 degree cameras on heads of thousands of kangaroos to capture the street view of inlands. Read the official announcement here.
Google recommends webmasters to optimize their site for smart phones as well as rotary phones.
11. Google Apps Jargon Bot
Google Apps understand the pain of normal users that fails to comprehand the complex jargon of business world. Therefore they have introducedJargon Bot that translates your docs, chats and emails into plain English.
12. Search Option Era-wise
On 1st April 2012, various users have noticed “Jurassic Era”, “Victorian Era”, “Enlightenment”, “Once Upon a Time”, “New Kingdom Era” in their search options depending on the queries.
13. Chrome Mutlitask Mode
Chrome team has introduced a new promising feature Multitask Mode that lets you increase productivity by letting you use multiple mice at the same time.
14. Google Onebox – Change the Weather
So for you had the ability to see the current weather conditions, now Google lets you change it.
15. Google App Engine – Cloud API
Cloud API from the App Engine gives developers the control over the actual clouds and naturally on the rains.
16. Google Analytics – Interplanetary Reports
Google Analytics team is all set to help webmasters by providing details of alien visitors. Currently GA provides information of site visitors from earth but now they are expanding their capabilities to the whole galaxy by offering interplanetary reports.
17. Google Self-Driving Cars to NASCAR
Google cofounder Sergey Brin nearly scared everyone by announcing that their real self-driving cars will now participate in NASCAR. They named the project as Google Racing.
18. Google Fiber Bar
Everyone was wrong. Google wasn’t laying fiber cables in Kansas city for ultra-fast internet of 1Gbps but they were actually making Fiber Bar that have 100 times more fiber than any source of fiber available today.
19. Google Voice for Pets
Now record a voice of your dog/cat directly via special voice communications collar around pet necks with Google Voice for Pets.
20. Google HR – Canine Hiring Process
Google HR department revealed the details of its Canine Hiring Process and claims that it is so rigorous that it equals the processes involved in getting a human job at Google. They quote
Bloodhounds are a natural fit for Search, while Rottweilers are often drawn to our corporate security positions.
21. Google TV Click
Who says you can’t control the television? Change the course of Titanic or make Neo chose the blue pill in Matrix or anything that you want with Google TV Click.
22. Google Play on Android
The Android team deliberately messed up with the search of the popular artists. I think Rihana will be offended by this prank.
My favorites are 8-bit maps and YouTube collection. Tell us in your comments what do you like the most.
Many users may not know this, but each website on the web is accessed by a particular IP address. For instance, one of the the IP address for www.google.com is 184.108.40.206 which can be entered into the address bar. The reason why a user can access the website simply with its domain name is due to a networking tool called DNS, or Domain Name System. This system has a table that matches the domain name typed by the user to an IP address that corresponds to the website you are trying to visit. DNS is famously considered as the phone book of the Internet as it makes accessing a website from the billions currently on the Internet quick and easy. Depending on the provider of the DNS service, the time it takes to look up a DNS query may range from virtually unnoticeable to several seconds. Traditionally, an Internet service provider handles the DNS queries made by a user of their service. While most ISPs do an excellent job of handling DNS queries, some users experience slow connections regardless of their Internet speeds. This especially occurs when visiting complex websites that require multiple DNS look-ups.
A good solution to speeding up web browsing is to try Google Public DNS, a free, alternative, global DNS resolution service. Being made by Google, which is now the largest public DNS service in the world, handling an average of more than 70 billion requests a day, users of the service will experience faster browsing speeds as well as improved security compared to a private DNS service. The public service accomplishes fast speeds and better performance through the implementation of large-scale, global caching infrastructure to handle a large portion of DNS queries from cache. As for security, Google has many solutions in place to prevent malicious attacks on users of the service such as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and cache poisoning attacks with the use of security measures such as basic validity checking and randomization.
In order to configure Google Public DNS for your network, Google has detailed instructions on their website to get their DNS service up and running. For instance, to configure Google Public DNS for Windows 7, here are the following steps:
1. Go the Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings
2. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
a. To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties. b. To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.
3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
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4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.
5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down in case anything goes wrong, and remove them from this window.
6. Click OK.
7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down in case anything goes wrong.
8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers: a. For IPv4: 220.127.116.11 and/or 18.104.22.168 b. For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
Google never fails to amuse us. We still remember it’s recursion easter egg which tricked us clicking over it multiple times. From all the possible ways it can charm us with its Easter Eggs this one comes bit geeky. Mark from our Gtricks Forum points out that when you search for Hexadecimal or Binary, then the numbers of results are displayed in that format.
Binary is a denoting number system with only two symbols 1 and 0. This is the basic language that runs inside all our computers. So, if you see the number of results 0b1101111011000111010000000 means that there are 29,200,000 web pages for that search query.
Similarly, Hexadecimal is another number system with base 16 instead of ubiquitous 10. This number sytem is mostly used in digital electronics and has alphabets from A-F in addition to numbers 0-9 as symbols. When you search for Hexadecimal from Google, it will display 0xfbc520 results meaning 16,500,000 web pages of that search string.
Is Google doing this on some purpose? What would be the use of such fun elements like do a barrel roll trick? If you have ever tried programming then you might know the complications you face with different type of user data and displaying output according to them. For Google which handles more than 1 billion search queries daily, changing the output for very few of them demonstrates the flexibility they have built over the system. A lot of workload must have undergone to change their internal code to adapt to the queries on run time basis as per their needs. Possibly, this is another effort from them making the system different that has never been thought before and extending to the future.
One of Google Docs most compelling and useful features is its ability to post additions and changes to documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real-time, allowing for easy and effective collaboration with multiple users. With the Google Docs app for Android designed to bring the same experience to the mobile space, many people have been clamoring for the real-time collaborating and editing in the desktop version on their mobile phones in order to increase the productivity.
This updated version of the app comes with many useful features and an improved UI that makes editing documents easier on the go. Such features include popular text-formatting options such as bold, underline, and font/background color. There are also bulleted and numbered lists options as well as indentation for paragraphs. But the most useful feature in this update is editing in real-time between users on phones, tablets, and computers. Now users can have a unified experience collaborating with others easily and effectively.
Here’s a full list of features listed for the update in the Android Market:
1. Seamlessly create, view and edit any type of Google document with the new Android editor.
2. Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline) and also options to change font color, background color and font size.
3. Integration of layout tools like bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation
4. Real-time collaboration – see who is editing or viewing that document right now.
This update as well as the last one which brought offline access for documents provide huge improvements to the mobile experience of document editing and collaboration. To view the app in action, here’s a promotional video from Google. To start collaborating, download the app today for devices running Android 2.1 or higher and simply tap on a document to edit.
Here is how the app will look and work (Click on the thumbnails for larger images):
Consider the scenario when you want to display MS office excel file in a web page or in your blog post. Another case could be when you want to read an office document but you don’t have the required software for it. Google comes to rescue you in such situations by offering an online viewer, which can also be easily embedded to view popular file formats in your browser.
Many people who browse the Internet have come across files that cannot be viewed within the browser of their choice. For instance, in browsers like Chrome, files such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint cannot open in the browser and have to be downloaded and viewed using the respective applications. This can become tedious since downloading each file can clutter one’s storage space. Also, some users may not have the necessary application to view the file such as when trying to view it on a public or work computer.
Well, you can do away with the frustration with the Google Docs Viewer. The viewer allows you to view various popular file types without having to download the files. It has been mainly used to display one’s documents to users without Google Docs accounts with a link. However, the Google Docs Viewer has been expanded to support over 15 different file types, listed below:
• Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX) • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX) • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX) • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF) • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) • Adobe Illustrator (.AI) • Apple Pages (.PAGES) • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF) • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG) • TrueType (.TTF) • XML Paper Specification (.XPS) • PostScript (.EPS, .PS) • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF) • Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
The viewer is an excellent solution for those moments when the associated software such as Microsoft Office and WinRAR are not available. It also makes browsing through supported online files a breeze with its quick-viewing capabilities. This works in conjunction with Gmail for viewing of email attachments with a “View” link adjacent to them.
To use the viewer, simply go to viewer’s website and generate a viewable link of the file using it’s URL. You can also download the browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that automatically generates the viewable link in another tab. One caveat is that it doesn’t work for files that require a login to view in which the domain will have to be whitelisted in the extension’s options in order to download them.
To embed the viewer in any web page you should append the path of the document to http://docs.google.com/viewer? . For example, I have used the following code to display this .doc document in this page –
Google has recently launched a new social service called Schemer which lets you share your schemes, or activities such as visiting a museum or learning how to dance, to people in your Google+ circles or general public. It might is very similar to FourSquare or Twitter in apprearance, however it is very different in a sense that it is inspiration and recommendation engine. It also allows you to discover new schemes from other users or schemes that you have in common with them.
Newcomers are greeted with the option to join the waitlist as Schemer is an invite-only service and only in the U.S. Once invited, users of Schemer will see that it is heavily integrated into Google+ as it recommends schemes from your circles as well as use your G+ profile to keep track of all the ones you want to do or have done already. It also allows you to search for schemes when you are looking for something to do or want to see what people are scheming in a particular location. These search results are curated based on categories and the people you have circled on G+.
When you choose a scheme, you have the option to indicate whether you want to do it, have done it already, and if you want to do it again or have done it again. You can also create new schemes and inspire others to partake in them by using the “heads up” button. You can comment on schemes to share your interest of it with others.
The profile section on Schemer displays an overview of the schemes associated with each user. There are also profiles from “accomplices” such as Lifehacker, Food Network, and Entertainment Weekly who Google has partnered with to recommend schemes for users.
For those of you who want to find schemes on the go, the team behind Schemer has just released an Android app with an iPhone app along the way to make finding schemes in nearby locations easier.
To know more, take a look at Schemer now to see what types of schemes you can do or have done. Also, download the Android app from the market today. For those of you who have not been invited or are still waiting, follow this forum thread on Gtricks Forum to get personalized invite.
Are you interested in knowing what grabbed world’s attention in 2011? What were the most popular search terms in 2011? Which celebrity or about which movie people wanted to know more? What did the world cared about this year? Google is ready with all these answers in into annual Zeitgeist 2011 data.
There are more than 1 billion searches each day on Google of which 20% are new terms for the day [source]. Analysing this search data, each year Google comes up with Zeitgeist, meaning the spirit of the times which is aggregation of millions of queries Google receives each day. Here is a beautiful and emotional video “We Made it” presenting the summary of the entire released list.
In comparison to other years, this year zeitgeist site is more interactive and aesthetic with CSS3 and HTML5. Even the fastest rising list is more surprising than ever. Rebecca Black with her awful song Friday makes to the top, followed by the most promoted product of the year, the Google Plus. Majority of the list is hijacked by American individuals and only Japanese nuclear plant accident made it to 8th number. Not to surprisingly, 3 spots where captured by Apple and Google secured only one. Some other important snapshots of the released data are:
#. Myspace is the worlds fasted falling search query. This is slightly anticipated because of the fact that Facebook has 800 million users and Google Plus is caching on.
#. Amazon Kindle Fire attracted more attention than iPhone 4S in fasted rising consumer electronics.
#. Facebook is fasted rising search in India leaving behind Cricket World cup 2011.
#. Anna Hazare followed by Poonam Pandey were the fasted rising people for India.
#. Katrina Kaif is still the most searched person from India after Anna Hazare.
#.. Bodyguard left behind Ra.One in Indian Bollywood film industry.
Interested in knowing more? Check out previous year zeitgeist data from here.
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