It's been a while since we've seen some new Google Themes hit the scene, but now you can take a vacation to exotic locations around the globe without ever leaving your cubicle. Google announced new world destination themes for your iGoogle homepage this morning, allowing you to view images of Greece, India, Italy, and Australia (just to name a few) right from your browser. Personally, my faves are the classic beach destinations, which feature amazing archival images from LIFE.com. It brings together my love for tropical destinations and my favorite retro TV show, Mad Men!
And I'm sure YumSugar will be hear about the long list of iGoogle cooking gadgets that are sure to come in handy this holiday season. Gadgets like MyRecipes, The Food Network Dish, and Foodzie, can all be added to your personal iGoogle pages.
Whether you use iGoogle, Gmail, or Google Chrome, Google has made it easy to make your online tools stand out from the rest, thanks to its wide selection of decorative themes. Haven't had the chance to check 'em all out? Well here's a roundup of my fave Google themes to help spruce up your web pages.
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- You can now pimp your iGoogle page with 19 new widget games like Scrabble — TechCrunch
- Oh my gosh . . . A Texas judge has just ruled that Microsoft cannot sell Word in the US — Mashable
- You know Steve Jobs is feeling better when he drives his hot car to Apple HQ — Gearfuse
- Check out 10 of the most expensive iPhone applications — Gizmodo
- The T-Mobile myTouch 3G android handset is already gaining a ton of attention — Switched
- An unreleased Apple product (or feature) is on the way because a new commercial was being shot in a Californian diner yesterday — 9to5
Not only is the event starting this weekend (stay tuned to Buzz, who will be reporting from there), it's the 40th anniversary of Comic-Con, so Google saw fit to celebrate classic comics by creating themes around them.
Pick from Superman, Batman, Peanuts, and Iron Man, and even cult favorites like comics from Daniel Clowes and Tokyopop.
- Trick your iPhone so you can turn on tethering now. — Lifehacker
- Stay tuned because Nikon could be announcing two new DSLRs this Summer. — CrunchGear
- A 15-year-old girl from Iowa wins LG's National Texting Championship. — CNET
- 20 things to play with while using iPhone OS 3.0. — MobileCrunch
- Yesterday, Maria Sharapova showed off dresses that light up when her cell phone rings.— Switched
- Clayton Homes unveils its new eco-friendly "i-house". — Forecast Earth
- Google offers up some new iGoogle nature themes. — The Google Blog
I can't tell you the number of times I've been grateful to have my cell phone when standing in long line-ups. I'm not really a "line talker" — for fear someone is listening in on my private convo — but I do respond to emails, check the news, read tweets and sometimes play games. To make things easier on people like me who like to waste time with my cell phone, Google has just announced a new and improved iGoogle for the iPhone and Android powered devices. Now it's easier (and faster) to see your personalized tabs and favorite gadgets (like to-do lists, favorite sites, and news), and you can even read article summaries without having to leave the page. Very cool.
Last night during the Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco, Google's vice president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, announced new gaming themes for iGoogle! With video games like Super Mario Bros., Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft to choose from, avid gamers can spice up and personalize their iGoogle homepage with their favorite game. To see the other game themes available and to get a theme for your page, just visit Google's game themes site. And for more themes and theme info, you can check out our Google Themes info section.
Is there going to be anything you can do in Gmail that you can't do in iGoogle? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, in fact I'm very excited about all of the updates and enhancements, but it just seems like iGoogle is becoming the central control panel of all things Google. The latest announcement? Gmail and iGoogle have teamed up to bring you chat right from your iGoogle page.
And for those friends that don't use Gmail, all you have to do is invite them as a chat buddy, and they can sign-up for an iGoogle account with their personal email account. If you don't see chat on your iGoogle page just yet (it should be located under the Home label on the left side of the page) you can click on this link to access it. Currently chat is only available to US users but will launch worldwide.
Everyone went crazy for Gmail stickers when they showed up (get them quick before they're gone!), and now they've made more for you to get your hands on — and all you have to do is profess your love for iGoogle.
Write a story or shoot a video of you saying why you love your iGoogle page, be it for its customization or ability to keep you organized, and submit it to their Share the Love page. Check out their sample video below.
Everyone who enters will get a sheet of iGoogle artist theme laptop stickers (including the themes of Radiohead, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Ecko, Kate Spade and Paul Frank), and the best entrants will be showcased by Google. I need to see these stickers though, first and foremost. Nice bribe, Google. Update: here's a shot of the stickers!