Google Chrome update brings better battery life, Do not track

Google has updated its Chrome browser to version 23 which brings some new features in addition to usual bug fixes. The notable features that come with this new chrome release include extended battery life for Windows users and Do not track feature.

Google claims to have 25% longer battery life  with the latest chrome update update by using GPU-accelerated video decoding feature to save battery power during video playback in the browser helping computers use less CPU computing power during video playback. It should be kept in mind that battery life is improved only if the System is having a dedicated GPU and not the shared GPU (which is majority of the entry level systems where GPU shares the CPU power and no dedicated GPU is available).

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Why Google Launched Google+

So Google+ is a social network. So is Facebook. So is Twitter. So is LinkedIn. There are a lot of social networks on the web. Why, then, did Google decide to get into the social networking thing?

It’s all about owning the eyeball and the advertising revenue. With the rise of social networking over the past half dozen years, and especially with the growth of Facebook, Google saw a threat to its space on the internet. Even though most of us view Google as a search company, and even though social networking seemingly has little or nothing to do with web searching, Google still viewed social networking as a competition. Let me explain.

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Gmail is Down, Giving 500 Server error

Looks like Gmail, the popular webmail service from Google is facing some serious outage problems. Gmail seems to be down and many users including me are getting a 500 Server error. The error page tells that its just a Temporary Error (500) and will get fixed on its own in few minutes.

Checkout the screenshot below for  the error that Gmail is giving:

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Get monthly summary of your account activity across Google products

Google has rolled out a new feature called Google Account Activity which gives you access to monthly summary of your account activity across many Google products. This feature is not enabled by default and you need to opt-in to get access to monthly reports. This monthly report or summary is quite helpful if you want to know what’s going on with your Google account, e.g. how many emails you have sent and received, how often you have searched on Google, from which countries you have logged in and how often your YouTube videos have been viewed.

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