Posts Tagged ‘Services’

Google – Closing some services

Earlier on this week it was announced that some Google services will be closed.

These services have been considered redundant, not too popular, or not directly related to Google’s core business.

Here is a quick list:

1. Google Notebook: Active development for Google Notebook will be stopped, and it will only be available for users who have already signed-up for it. Google Docs seems like a proper alternative.

2. Google Video: Users will no longer be able to upload videos through the Google Video interface. YouTube is the answer.

3. Jaiku: Jaiku is a microblogging platform, which is going to be migrated to Google App Engine, and then released as Open Source. However the active development will be stopped. The service will continue thanks to some passionate Googlers.

4. Google Catalogs: Discontinued. To be honest I have never used that service before.

5. Dodgeball: A mobile social network which was acquired by Google in 2005, will be closed.

6. Google Mashup Editor: The project will be replaced by Google App Engine.



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Google has just made a new entry into the social bookmarking world with a service called “Google Shared Stuff”.
A previous attempt was the Google Reader Shared Items feature that lets you share interesting feed items.

Here is how to get started with Google Shared Stuff using Mozilla Firefox:

Step 1

Sign in Google Shared Stuff with your Google account.

Step 2

Either drag the Email/Share button into your browser’s bookmark bar, or right-click on the button and “Bookmark this link…”. (screenshot)

Step 3

Find a link/article that you would like to share, and open it in a new tab/window.

Step 4

Either click on the Email / Share on the bookmarks bar or on the bookmarks list, depending on where you added it on Step 2.

Step 5

On the pop-up window click on the Share button. You can add some comments as well or change some of the default options. (screenshot)

Step 6

Head back to the Google Shared Stuff starting page and click on “View your shared stuff page”. Now you can see the shared item that you have just added. (screenshot)

Step 7 (optional)

You can enter some details on your profile, and start sharing your shared items RSS feed with friends. (screenshot)

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Here is how you can simply add a Google Map on your Web Site or Blog.

Step 1:

Navigate to the Google Maps location that you would like to show to your visitors.

Step 2:

On the top-right corner of the map click on “Link to this page”. (screenshot)

Step 3:

Copy the HTML code from the bottom input box and paste it on your Web page. (screenshot)

Well this is it, you have just embedded a Google Map on your site!

Step 4 (optional):

If you would like to customize the size of the map, click on the “Customize and preview embedded map” link.
On the pop-up window that comes up, select the map’s size, and similarly copy/paste the HTML code. (screenshot)

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Yahoo! Music on Tuesday is launching the first legitimate repository for song lyrics thanks to a licensing deal with Gracenote, the company behind CDDB. Lyrics for 400,000 songs from the five major record labels and more will initially be available.

Full Story
Yahoo! Music Lyrics

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Zudeo vs YouTube

What is “Zudeo”? Well, it is definitely not an Asian martial art thing.
Let’s see…
Azureus is the most popular BitTorrent client.
The combination of Azureus and video brings us Zudeo!

Zudeo is a new online service, that allows users to upload, share and download video files.

How is that different to the famous YouTube’s service?
YouTube offers video files in the Flash Video format (.flv). These files usually have a limited size (less than 10mb), so they can be easily downloaded even when bandwidth is not abundant. Moreover .flv files can be embedded and viewed inside a web browser, which is more user-friendly than launching an external media player application. YouTube’s videos are also streamed to the client, in a way that they can be played before a completed download. The drawback of .flv files is that they have a low-resolution, and thus offer poor quality.

Zudeo service intends to offer high-definition videos. The client application is based on Azureus. Video files can be downloaded and shared by multiple users, as well as seeded by the Zudeo servers. This may not be good news for “office” people or public computer users, as they need an extra application installed with permission to access the Internet.
It wouldn’t be appropriate to criticise Zudeo’s Web site capabilities at this moment, as it is still in beta development.

In conclusion, is Zudeo a better service than YouTube?
As explained above, they serve different purposes.
Zudeo offers high-quality video files, while YouTube low-quality, speedy and more accessible files.

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