Now, Google Search Results even Reveal Gmail, Drive Content

They tried this out back in August on a limited audience, and now Google has rolled it out to a larger group as part of their expanded trial. The Google search bar can let users look up results not just off the internet, but also from their own Gmail inboxes and their Drive folders. While it’s still officially on a test phase, this move from Google shows how the search engine giant is headed towards providing an integrated search experience for its users, saving them precious time, and making it more convenient to look for something.

It lets users view the regular search results on left side of the results page, and view related results from within their own e-mails, files, documents, calendar events, etc. This move lets users utilize Google not just as the global search engine, but their own private mini search tool as well.

If you want to be a part of the trial, you can sign up at the field trial page and be a part of this experiment using your Gmail ID, and contribute to Google’s efforts of making search a much easier experience for users worldwide.… Read the rest

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Introducing Updated Google Chrome OS…

Google Chrome continues to get better and better to offer you a smooth and easy online experience. And with pets on the desktop, storing files in the cloud, and a slimmed down app-list, Google’s Chrome has just got a lot more fresh and fun.

Google recently announced the updated version of its Chrome OS, which is made with app lists experience to offer you easy use while accessing websites and your favorite applications.

Along with an uninterrupted browsing experience, this updated Chrome OS version will also provide the browser-based operating system file management to match the original product vision, which was a thin layer on hardware that puts storage into the cloud services.

With this version, now you can easily save a file directly to Google Drive, instead of saving it locally and then uploading it.

This latest update by Chrome OS looks somewhat similar to Apple’s Mountain Lion, which has iCloud as the default storage space for certain files. However, it is also to be noted that Google does not mandate or default the file location, it has just added Google Drive as an option, which you can opt for.

In addition to this, Chrome’s app launcher also underwent a change, which you can now see neatly clinging to the corner of desktop. There is also a search box at the top of the app list, which you can use like an omnibox to quickly sort and browse applications.

Providers at Google have also added visual improvement to the Chrome OS, which now allows custom wallpaper, so that you can put your baby’s pets’ pictures on the desktop. Other additional features this updated version offers include audio support for USB and HDMI, an updated Cloud Print dialog, and many bug fixes.

So go update your Chrome to enjoy the fresh experience, if you haven’t done it as yet!… Read the rest

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Users Can’t Store Nudity or Profanity in Microsoft’s Cloud!

Providers of Cloud Storage services are working on to simplify the life of users even more. Services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SugarSync are trying to get a shift in how users deal with content on a daily basis.

In this technologically advanced world, it is important for users to be productive every hour. And what cloud storage does is- it lets users make things easier by accessing pictures, movies, music, and important documents at any place, any time.

All users need to do is- pay a sound monthly fee!

Although these services store almost everything users need, but within the limitations of their own policies and restrictions.

Among all, it is noted that Microsoft’s SkyDrive turns out to the most restrictive of all.

Doubting it?

Let’s take a look at first two parts of the Windows Live code of Conduct for SkyDrive:

You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute, or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that:

• depicts nudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga.

• incites, advocates, or expresses pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, hatred, bigotry, racism, or gratuitous violence.

This code of conduct clearly implies that users cannot store anything that is nude or porn, which also includes nude or partially nude paintings and even cartoons. And this code applies to everything including private files that users upload and store on Sky Drive.

Another issue that concerns users is SkyDrive being linked to Microsoft account. This means that in case Microsoft suspends users’ SkyDrive, users also lose access to any connected Outlook or Office software or Windows Phone and Xbox 360 devices. This extremely severe code of conduct could end up cutting off other services that users depend on.

However, there seems to be another concern. Microsoft is forcing users to use SkyDrive in its new Windows 8 and Office 2013. SkyDrive is rooted inside the Windows 8 OS. Also noted is that SkyDrive is the default for saving files in the new version of Office, instead of local hard drive. However, Microsoft has made it extremely easy for users to save to the cloud. But the question that remains is that what happens to the file stored in SkyDrive that contains too many swear?

On being asked to through light on its strict policy, Microsoft refused to answer.

Let’s take a look at other four cloud storage providers to see where they stand on the issue of content restrictions.

Box

Box is a relatively easy-to-use service, which has its main target on businesses. This service attracts business consumers and teams through promotion strategies such as 50GB storage bargains for Android and iPhone users. A spokesperson from the company also stated that customers can use Box with no worries as long as they do not violate the law or DMCA in any manner. As per reported, the company’s terms of service includes:

You may not use Box in any way that violates applicable federal, state, or international law, or for any unlawful purpose.

Dropbox

Just like other companies, Dropbox also have its own terms of service, DMCA policy, and acceptable use policy. However, the company’s policy did not mention any content restrictions (such as porn or nude drawings) besides telling users not to break the law in any manner.

Google Drive

Google Drive also has a list of restrictions that it imposes on content. The company has rules against “publishing” (read: sharing) content that includes sexually explicit material, bullying, violence, and more.

On being asked about it, Google officials neither confirmed nor denied whether Google Drive users could upload porn to the cloud legally or not. But what it said does imply that users can store adult content in Drive as long as they do not share it with friends.

Also just like Microsoft, Google also offers users easy accessibility to all its services via a single account. But that means that in case users uploaded anything that violates Google’s laws, users might just lose access to Gmail and other services too.

SugarSync

SugarSync just wants its users to work under Terms of Use, but the company doesn’t have any specific content restrictions.

However, comparing all service providers conclude that Microsoft remains the most restrictive cloud storage provider in the market. The company is strict and rigid in its policy as to what users can upload and what they cannot. This move seems to be a way by Microsoft to deter cyber crime. But the fact that it does not even allow profanity or curse is something that the company might want to reconsider.

As mentioned above, the four other companies do allow users to store whatever they want as long as it is done within the laws and policies.… Read the rest

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Google Drive: Bowled over by the Cloud

Yes, the cloud has been here for a while and by now we’ve established that it’s here to stay. With everyone jumping onto the cloud bandwagon, including Microsoft for professional cloud services and Apple’s iCloud, nobody thought the makers of the world’s largest selling smartphone OS, Google, would be left behind. Now, I know I tend to sound a bit partial to Androids, but it’s only because I’m such a huge fan of the way Google has revolutionized the world of technology… as we know it. Apple fans, I will not enter into an argument about Google’s innovative quotient here.

One of the newest cloud offerings in the market is Google Drive. Although newer to the cloud than already existing providers such as Dropbox, Box and iCloud, Google Drive will find many takers because of the sheer amount of connectivity it offers across all Google services including Gmail, Google+ and Google Docs. I personally love the convenience offered by Google Drive that lets me store all my writing at one central location, which I can access from absolutely anywhere without compromising on my data’s security.

My Google Drive account gives me 5GB of space absolutely free, which is way more than what I need to store my important documents and PDFs. As stated before, yes, I’m an Android lover and what’s really cool about Google Drive is that I have installed a program on my laptop, an app on my tablet and smartphone and no matter where I go, with whichever device I have in my hand, I have access to my writing whenever I want, wherever I am.

With Google Drive, I can start writing an article on my laptop and continue working on it on the move with the help of my tablet or even my phone, and it syncs real fast. This way, I have an updated version of the file through my Google Drive folder on all of my devices. And what if I’m someplace where I don’t have any of my devices with me? I can access Google Drive online using a web browser from anybody else’s system too, logging in with my Google ID and can finish working on my drafts even when I don’t have my own devices on me.

I love that I no longer need to carry around my work on a pen drive, connect it to numerous devices and keep transferring updated versions from it onto my laptop. Now, with Google Drive, whichever device I choose to work from, my data is synced across all my systems with the most updated version of my content and I can work with ease, wherever I go.

What’s even better is that I’ve got 5GB space in my Google Drive account, which means I can even store my music and photos on my account, giving me convenience even on the move. And the coolest part about Google Drive? My most precious data is stored at a secure location where I never have to worry about disk crashes anymore!

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