Google Takeout: Google Lets You Take Your Data With You

You’ve probably never heard of Google’s Data Liberation Front, but they are an engineering team at Google whose ONLY goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. We live in a web of services that want to control all of our information and NOT let it out *cough* Facebook not letting us export contacts *cough*.

So they have a funk and fun team name, but in the end this is just another Google service. It lets you easily take your data out of several Google products. So far it supports Buzz, Contacts and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, Profile and Stream. They promise support for more services and products later on; I certainly hope they get on Google Voice soon.

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Google Sets Sights on Skype: Bakes Video Chat Into Chrome

Watch you back Skype/Microsoft, Google is gunning for you. Alongside their social initiatives, Google is now implementing its open-source audio and video chat software into the Chrome browser, enabling users to chat in real-time without having to load up a secondary client like Skype.

Google has started to build its open-source WebRTC software into Chrome. WebRTC was introduced in May as a new open tech that allows developers to create quick HTML and Javascript APIs for building voice and video chat applications on the web. With WebRTC built into Chrome, users will be able to start video chats over Google Talk without the need for installing Google’s plug-in first. Oh and they’ve introduced this as royalty-free and are promising to work with other browsers developers(probably Mozilla and Opera initially, but then IE and Safari at some point too) to flesh out the project. This means that anyone building a site can make use of the new tech, and in theory, construct their own personal Skype battering ram. I bet someone is at MS is questioning if they should have spent that massive amount of money for Skype (then again, maybe they knew this was coming and they HAD to in order to compete?!).

The WebRTC (a la Google Talk via the browser) will certainly help the ChromeOS initiative, it’s one more piece of the “web as the OS” strategy coming into place. I also have to imagine that this will play VERY well in with Google’s new social initiative: Google+.


Curious about Google+?

gplusCirclesIf you’re curious about Google+, the new social initiative by the worlds largest search giant then check out Wired’s Inside Google+: how the search giant plans to go social. In a sea of tweets and posts this is the most comprehensive review of what Google is providing, as well as what they’re hoping to accomplish: another shift in how we use the Internet.




Get Seamless Task Integration on Android with GTasks

Dear Google,

Everything on Android seamlessly integrates with all of your apps and services like e-mail, calendar, and contacts… except for TASKS. Yes there are other task apps out there like Astrid, Remember The Milk, ToDo List, etc. However, none of them have that uber tight integration with Google Tasks that make you feel like you’re using a familiar Google App.


A craft member of XDA (seriously these guys rock) appest has come up with GTasks, and it solves exactly that. The app shares and integrates your tasks with othere Google services such as your calendar in order to have your tasks in it in case they are time sensitive, it allows you to e-mail them, and much more.

I’ve been using this for a while now and I can say that THIS is the task app I was looking for. If you were looking for something like this, take it for a spin and make sure hat you leave some feedback on the XDA forum if you run into any bugs or if you have suggestions.


  • Rich gtask (google task) client, simple todo list, checklist, note/notes pad tool.
  • Synchronize with multiple google accounts automatically, also support local mode. customize sync mode: auto,manual or sync when open/exit
  • Scroll horizontally to switch between task/tasklist.
  • Order your todo/notes items by due date/name/create order
  • Order your task list easily by dragging them
  • Indent, unindent, share, move easily
  • Repeat reminder enable, set reminder one-time/daily/weekly/monthly… and so on
  • Quick add task by pressing the search key
  • Search all task with autocomplete match

GTasks on Android Market