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Google Fusion Tables Gets Experimental New Features

Google Fusion Tables Gets Experimental New Features

By Shaylin Clark April 12, 2012

Google Research has announced some new experimental features for the Fusion Tables tool. Fusion Tables is a web application that allows users to manage data. The new features are designed to improve and simplify the process of data discovery, management, …

Google Talk Guru Launched in Google Labs
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Google has a new Google Labs experiment out called Talk Guru. Google describes it as: Application intended for chat (IM) users, including users using chat clients on low-end phones, allowing them to answer simple web queries from the context of …

Google Wants You To Upload Your Data

Google announced today that it’s opening up its Public Data Explorer tool to everyone, meaning you can use it to upload your own datasets. 

Google Visualizes U.S. Budget Data with Public Data Charts
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Back in March, Google launched a Google Labs experiment called Public Data Explorer. In the time since its launch, the company has used it to visualize data from the Census Bureau, Energy Information Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Google Goggles

Now that Google has released Google Goggles for the iPhone, I think it’s same to assume usage of the feature will go up tremendously. While Goggles may still be in experimental Labs status, the new iPhone release will surely have plenty of people playing around with it. 

Google Labs Project Breadcrumb Surfaces
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Google launched  a new Google Labs project today. It’s called Breadcrumb. Here’s the official description:

Breadcrumb enables you to create a variety of mobile learning applications and allows you to make your application work with only three additions to plain text. Infinitely scalable, easy to create, and readable on Internet-enabled smart-phones or computers, Breadcrumb gives you maximum output for the development time.

Google Scribe Predicts What You’re Going to Type
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Google has a Google Labs project available called Google Scribe. Google Scribe provides text autocompletion as you type. It provides related word or phrase suggestions, using information you’ve already typed into a document. 

"In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use," says Google.

New Google Release Could Change Everything. Will it?
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This week, Google released a new Google Labs projectApp Inventor for Android. The product is designed to let anybody (as in non-developers) create Android Apps. This could go one of several ways.

Google Goggles Gives Translations Via Camera
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Late last year, Google introduced a very cool mobile product called Google Goggles. While only an experimental labs release, it is looking more and more like it will be one that actually graduates to a real feature, and a useful one at that.

Google Launches Public Data Explorer Labs Experiment

Google has launched a new Google Labs experiment called Public Data Explorer. The product takes large datasets and gives them a visual  interface with animated charts and maps.

"As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand," Google explains in the description. "You don’t have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings."

Google Gives Life to the Online News Story

Update: Google has now open sourced Living Stories, giving all developers the code to build their own living stories pages. This means anyone can participate now.

Google Fast Flip Goes Mainstream
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Update 2: Google has now placed Fast Flip at the bottom of Google News.

Google Makes Online Stores Incredibly Simple
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Update: Google has now introduced a gadget wizard for the Store Gadget. The company says:

Today, we’re excited to introduce a new feature for the store gadget: a wizard that streamlines the store creation process. By automating the manual steps in the original instruction guide, the new store gadget wizard should leave you with even more time to focus on your business.

Google Launches New Transliteration Tool

Google has launched a "new and improved" version of Google Transliteration as a Google Labs experiment. Users can simply go to google.com/transliterate and type in the box to have their words converted to the proper language. There are 17 that are currently supported. Google explains:

Google Tool Shows Where the Eyeballs Go on Your Site
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Google has launched a new Google Labs experiment called Browser Size, which is a tool aimed at helping webmasters see how others view their site. Google’s official description of the tool says:

Ever wondered what parts of your site can’t be seen without scrolling? Browser Size shows you what portion of users can see a give spot on the screen. This is not screen resolution but the area available to the browser – as gathered from www.google.com users.

Here is what it looks like:

Offline Use Now Part of Everybody’s Gmail
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Gmail’s offline feature has graduated from Gmail Labs, and is now a full-blown feature of Google’s email service. The feature emerged as a lab experiment nearly a year ago, but it has now been deemed ready for primetime.

Google the World from Your Phone By Taking Pictures

Google has introduced a very cool new feature for android devices, called Google Goggles. The feature is just a "labs" experiment at this point, but it can already do some very interesting things, and has the potential to do much more. The official description is as follows: