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Games In Google Plus


Google Plus(g+) is a social networking site from Google. Currently it’s an s invitation only service. I have been using it for quiet some time and I must say most of the features are like Facebook. What makes it’s different and more likeable than Facebook is that it’s very easy to use and g+ has taken privacy very seriously so it gives complete control to the users over their content.

Having said that g+ was(tats “it was”) not as engaging as Facebook because there were no games or apps which makes Facebook user spend a lot of time on it. But not any more  after unveiling g+ was only a matter of time for Google before launching games in g+. But the have taken a different approach in that. The official announcement starts like this

My family has a games closet. Inside you’ll find a few decks of cards, two decades’ worth of board games and a Twister mat for those times when we’re feeling limber. Playing games is a great way for us to spend quality time with each other (and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone either).

What google is saying is that unlike Facebook where your game activities are published in your news feed, in g+ there is a separate tab for games, If you choose not to play any games then you can easily ignore it completely concentrate on the real people.

Google  Plus games

The initial set of games include Angry Bird, Edge World etc.

PS:

If anyone need g+ invite  just leave a comment.

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How To Get Old Facebook Chat Box


Sometime back Facebook introduced some changes. one of them was chat side bar. It was not useful for following reasons.

  1. Takes the space of the page and decreases the width of the Facebook page.
  2. No new thing or don’t provide any type of convenience,so why to make the page small with this sidebar.
  3. Big downfall,to chat with your friends you have to enable this big sidebar.If you are using small width monitor then you will be frustrated with this sidebar.Might not affect users with widescreen monitors.

new-facebook-chat-sidebar

Fortunately there are some extensions to disable the side bar and bring back the old chat box.

To disable the sidebar in Google Chrome install this extension. For Firefox install this add-on. For opera install this extension.

Happy Facebooking Everyone

Chat in Different Languages


There are  many times in which one wants to translate IM while chatting. The normal way would be go to some online translating service like Google Translate, type the sentence and translate to the required language. Recently I came across a an easy way of doing this. It’s called Translation BOT. Google Talk can help you with quick translations, or even translate your chats in real-time! All you need to do is chat with one of the Translation Bots.

The bots are named using two-letter language abbreviations formatted as ‘[from language]2[to language]@bot.talk.google.com,’ and all available combinations can be found here. To use this facility just add the google bot that is necessary for to your friend list. For Eg. if you want english to spanish translation bot then add en2es@bot.talk,google.com. If you’re using the Google Talk Gadget, you can also get your conversation translated by inviting a bot to a group chat with a friend.

 


 

Desktop Notifications In Gmail


Many of us open a lot of tabs and do multitasking. Checking Facebook updates, updating news, watching videos etc. If you are one of them like me there are lot of times you miss important chat messages or mails. It’s difficult to keep on checking for new mails. Today Gmail itroduces a new feature called Desttop Notification. In their official post they mentioned that whenever a new mail of chat message arrive a display pop ups.

desktop Notifications

To turn them on, click on the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail and scroll down to the “Desktop Notifications” section. If you just want to get notified about chat messages, or if you use Priority Inbox and only want to get notifications for important messages, you can customize your settings from there too.This functionality is currently only available for people using Google Chrome.

Desktop Notification settings

Simplified Event scheduling In Google Calender


Google is launching a revamped version of Google Calendar’s event page with a focus on simplicity and coordinating multiple schedules.The updated version of Calendar has already begun rolling out and will be launched to all users in few, according  to Google. It’s sparser and simpler than the previous iteration. More importantly though, it adds several new features for easier scheduling.

First, the repeating events interface has been overhauled. Instead of taking up a full block of space, the repeating event editor appears when you check the “Repeat…” checkbox at the top of the page. This will bring up a new repeat event editor where you can specify the parameters of the repeating event.

The other new addition is the “find a time” feature, which appears as a new tab on the event page. Here’s how Google explains the new feature:

“When your friends or coworkers give you permission to see their calendars, you can click this tab to see a preview of their schedules and hover over their events to see what conflicts they might have.”

Today’s update is a set of simple but useful additions to Google’s popular schedule-managing product. The “find a time” feature is especially useful for companies or organizations using Google Apps on a regular basis.

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