• Mobile Searches Surpass Desktop Searches At Google For The First Time

    Mobile Searches Surpass Desktop Searches At Google For The First Time

    Google’s search chief Amit Singhal said for the first time this summer, more Google searches were completed on mobile devices than desktop computers. Singhal said Google fields more than 100 billion searches per month. The number is particularly significant because Singhal was speaking about just devices with screens that are less than six inches, so it excludes many tablets. During… Read More

  • Google Desktop for Macs now supports Gadgets

    Well, this seems rather pointless, but Mac users now have the option of installing a new version of Google Desktop that allows you to install gadgets. What is Google Gadgets? Nothing special, really. They’re just mini-apps that you can add to Dashboard to show you things like the weather, photos, and e-mail. Said Gadgets are installed into the Dashboard rather than having a separate… Read More

  • Run your Google Desktop gadgets on your iGoogle page

    With Google’s new Desktop 5.5 Beta, you’re now able to run the gadgets once relegated to your computer’s sidebar right on your web browser’s personalized iGoogle start page. Before you get too excited (or even a little excited), it should be pointed out that Google Desktop must be installed and running on your computer for this to work within your web browser. So… Read More

  • Google Desktop For Linux Now Available

    Google Desktop, meet Linux. Google’s Beijing eggheads developed the app to run on Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse and Red Flag flavors, giving Penguin-heads quick access to Gmail, local files and Web searches. Google Desktop for Linux uses KDE or GNOME and is currently available in 10 different languages. Google Desktop goes Linux [] Read More

  • Google Desktop Now Available For Mac

    Google has released a beta of its Google Desktop application for Mac OS X. The application—which is a Universal Binary—indexes users’ hard drives, including fun stuff like e-mails, PDFs, apps and other files. If this sounds similar to Apple’s own Spotlight search technology, that’s because they both do essentially the same thing. Google Desktop had been available… Read More

  • Google Desktop 4 leaves beta, launches gadget dev contest

    The Google Desktop team just announced that version 4 of the software has left beta status, so all you cynics about perpetual beta can give it a rest! This version only spent 6 weeks in beta. Maybe GMail is next, who knows? Today’s announcement included the expansion of Google Desktop into now 27 languages, the availability of a new drag and drop system for gadget (or widget) UI… Read More

  • Google Desktop Embarrassment

    The Mercury News points out a fairly basic flaw in Google’s Desktop Search application: it cannot track files if you move them around on your hard drive (changing folders, moving folders, etc.). The application will index new files added to the computer, but it doesn’t notice when an already-indexed file is moved to a different folder. The solution? Uninstall and then reinstall… Read More

  • Google Desktop 3.0: Privacy is Dead(er)

    Google is launching a new version (3.0) of their Desktop Search product, possibly tonight. The biggest change is the option to store your hard drive index on Google’s servers instead of locally on your own computer. This allows searches from a remote computer (such as a work computer). This is of course a touchy privacy subject, but the ability to search from a remote computer will be… Read More