May 12th, 2014 | by Jane Smith | published in Google Apps
Google Hangouts chat users will start seeing an updated UI in their conversation list in Hangouts in Gmail. Status markers are shown as green bubbles and the displayed contacts are in order of most recent chats. Other features include recent conversati…
May 12th, 2014 | by John A.Smith | published in Google Adsense
Mobile empowers users to connect with your content at any time and from anywhere. To truly meet the needs of your audience at any moment, you should strive to provide a best-in-class mobile site experience.But what makes a mobile site great? Watch our …
The Interactive Spaces project continues to grow!
May 12th, 2014 | by Mary Radomile | published in Google Open Source
Interactive Spaces was first announced on the Google Open Source blog back in July 2012 and since then we’ve been working hard on several new releases. Interactive Spaces is an API and runtime which allows developers to merge the physical and virtual worlds by building interactive applications for physical spaces. With this platform you can build immersive physical spaces, home automation, physical-based computer gaming, and museum and interactive art installations.
Interactive Spaces has many new additions since it’s initial release, including:
• OpenCV support for image processing, including face detection
• Depth camera support using OpenNI and the Leap Motion
• XBee sensor meshes
• Examples using Arduinos to interface with sensors and control systems
• Speech synthesis
• Music playback
• XMPP and Twitter can be used to interact with your space
• Standard control protocols such as Open Sound Control and soon DMX
• Controller support for Android devices
• And much more…
Interactive Spaces powers 6 locations in Google offices (an example is the Mountain View Partner Plex) around the world with plans for many more. End Point has recently re-architected the Open Source Liquid Galaxy as an Interactive Spaces application, showing the power of the platform for building a very responsive, flexible system.
For more details please visit the website, http://www.interactive-spaces.org and take a look at the source code.
By Keith Hughes, Tech Lead, Experience Engineering Team, Google Engineering
May 12th, 2014 | by Adam Singer | published in Google Analytics
Many of you have shared with us that it’s difficult to identify traffic patterns from Behavior Flows that include a large number of pages. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that we’re adding support for Content Groupings in the Behavior Flow.
Content Groupings let you group pages and content into a logical structure that reflects how you think about your site. The Behavior Flow view provides a graphical representation of how visitors flow through your site by traffic source (or any other dimension) so you can see their journeys, as well as where they dropped off. Now, you can select Content Groupings in the Behavior Flow to see how visitors flow through Content Groupings that you have defined. This can help you answer questions like “Where do users who read my sports pages go next? Do they view more sports articles or do they switch to another section? Or, do they simply drop off?”
The more time you spend setting up your Content Groupings, the more information you will be able to discover from viewing them in the Behavior Flow. Watch the video to learn more about setting up Content Groupings.
Visit our Help Center to learn how to get started with Content Groupings, or read this article about using the Behavior Flow once you have set up your Content Groupings.
Posted by Matthew Anderson, Google Analytics Team
May 12th, 2014 | by Jane Smith | published in Google Enterprise
Posted by Rich Rao, Director of Global SMB Sales, Google Enterprise
Editor’s note: Did you know 60% of young business owners saw an increase in customer engagement after getting a professional email address? Or that 81% of young business owners said that online file sharing is critical to their businesses? That’s just a snapshot of what we learned from the Young Business Success report and infographic we released to kick off National Small Business Week. To further recognize all the contributions small businesses make, we’ll also be highlighting a few customers throughout the week to hear how they got their businesses off the ground.
Twenty five years ago, Yong Kim, the father of a Googler, decided to open a dry cleaning business in the New Jersey suburbs. His first move as a brand new business owner? Give it a name starting with the letter A, so it would show up first in the dry cleaners section of the local Yellow Pages.
Those ubiquitous Yellow Pages may still be around, but starting a business today is a different ballgame. With the arrival and explosion of the Internet, new companies rely less on the resources of yesterday and more on tools built in the cloud to help turn their ideas into living, breathing, successful businesses.
This shift in resources has changed the way business owners can start and run their companies. No more carrying around floppy disks — with cloud storage, you can access important documents from your office, at home or at the 6th grade soccer game. No more worrying about missing an important call if you step away momentarily from the work landline — with video conferences, you can run your business from your computer, tablet or smartphone, even if you’re at the airport or rushing out to get your business cards at the printer. No more relying on an expensive storefront to show you’re in business — with work email and websites, you can kickstart the company with a far smaller financial investment and without leaving your computer.
To celebrate National Small Business Week, we’re releasing a Young Business Success report that shows how new companies across the U.S. use cloud productivity technology to help them succeed. The research shows how resources like professional email services, online file sharing, collaboration tools and video meetings are an integral part of helping businesses at each step along the way. Here are a few highlights:
Starting a business: After getting a professional email address, 60% of young business owners saw an increase in customer engagement after they got a professional email address, and 42% saw an increase in sales.
Building a business: 81% of young business owners said that online file sharing is critical to their businesses. 73% said that accessing email and documents from a mobile device helps them to close more sales.
Succeeding in business: 81% of young businesses said they expect their companies to grow in the next year, and of that group, 69% said part of the growth is due to their use of cloud productivity technology.
Small businesses have come a long way since the days of Yellow Pages marketing. And with a little help from cloud technology like Google Apps for Business, they’ll continue to grow — even faster than before.