- An official crisis response page aggregates all of Google's efforts; check it out for the latest news.
- Google's person finder has gone beyond its original inception to accommodate all users: those with smartphones and those without.
- Attempted real-time updates to Google Maps show the destruction in Japan and also detail passable roads and shelter locations.
- Google Translate supports English-Japanese and 55 other language translations.
- Google's official crisis response page details the best ways to donate to relief efforts. You can also donate via Facebook or Twitter, or even pick up one of these cool t-shirts for relief.
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Lots of news out of Google this morning, most of which is aimed at making your life much easier. Let's jump right in with the biggest addition, a new priority inbox within Gmail.Gmail's new priority inbox separates your regular mail from the important stuff you'd probably want to read right away. Think of it like your Gmail's spam folder, but in reverse — using a formula that detects which emails are most important to you (by most emailed, the messages you open and reply to, and ones you flag as important or nonimportant), these messages are placed in a new "Priority" message box above your regular inbox, making it easy to see which emails to read first. This priority inbox will be split up into three sections: "important and unread," "starred," and "everything else." Plus, you can even add filters to put messages from certain contacts into your priority inbox. The new inbox will be rolling out (in beta) over the next few days, so look for it to appear soon!
But wait, there's more. Find out what other announcements came out of Google over the past day (and see a demo video on how Gmail's new priority inbox works) after the break.
We've been able to translate languages with the help of Google Translate for a while now, but this new function within Google Goggles (which I'm already a big fan of) kind of blows my mind. It's still in the experimentation phase, but ideally you can just snap a picture of something you need translated — a street sign, a menu, directional aids — and Google Goggles will send your pic to the server and have a response back to you with translated text in seconds. I don't know about you, but this gets me really pumped to plan another overseas trip! Check out the demo video straight from Barcelona below.
Google has announced it has updated its automatic translation search to include single dictionary definitions. Up until now, the Google translation software has been handy for getting translations of complete sentences, paragraphs, and documents, but the new bilingual dictionary function means you will get translations for the many possible meanings a word might have.
This will not only be a great resource for smartphone totting travelers, but also language students who want to "cheat" on their vocab homework and look up words faster. With Google Translate if you want to know how to say "play" in Spanish, you can use our dictionary translation and learn that depending on the context it can be "jugar," "tocar," or "obra", among others. Test out Google Translate.