Via: The Apple Weblog
Google has released a beta of it’s open source search box application for the Mac, Quick Search Box [Google Blog Post]. From the looks of things, it shares a lot with Quicksilver, the amazing application launcher (and more) that was recently abandoned by developer Nicholas Jitkoff and made open source. It makes sense, because Nicholas Jitkoff is one of the developers of Google’s latest effort.
It’s great to see the project going forward, even in a new skin under a new name. With the resources and exposure it will get as a Google Project it will have the opportunity to attract a lot more users.
Engadget posted photos from a Chinese forum showing off a T-Mobile branded HTC Dream running Google’s Android mobile operating system. I’ve been looking forward to seeing what Android will do once it hits the market, and it looks like the first device to hit will be pretty impressive. It doesn’t look extremely slim, but it seems comparable to most of the smartphones on the market now. I expect that the physical keyboard will draw some early adopters who haven’t wanted to go the completely touch-screen route. I’m looking forward to seeing the phone in person.
Check out Engadget’s Gallery for more photos and a comparison shot next to other phones.
I’ve been using Google Browser Sync for a while now. It syncs your bookmarks, cookies, saved passwords, and open window sessions across multiple computers (and multiple operating systems). Unfortunately, the plugin doesn’t work in Firefox 3, and many users have been anxiously waiting for an update. A Lifehacker.com reader shared the reply e-mail he received from Google when he contacted them about Firefox 3 support for the Google Browser Sync plugin.
Thanks for trying out Google Browser Sync and for all of your feedback. It was a tough call, but we decided to phase out support for Browser Sync. Since the team has moved on to other projects that are keeping them busy, we don’t have time to update the extension to work with Firefox 3 or to continue to maintain it.
The e-mail goes on to suggestion Mozilla Weave, Google Toolbar (for syncing just bookmarks online), and the Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer plugin as replacements. I gave Mozilla Weave a shot last week, but it is in very early development and was far from stable enough for use. I’ve heard great things about Foxmarks, but like Google Toolbar, it doesn’t syncronize cookies, saved passwords, or window sessions. Weave is the only viable solution for my needs, so I’m hoping it will mature quickly and reach a stable release soon.
Google Browser Sync was a really great product, and it’s a shame to see it go. Google says that it will support current users until the end of 2008. Of course, I’m guessing that most Firefox users will be upgrading to Firefox 3 long before that (like June 17th).
Digg’s official Google Gadget has been broken for the last day or so, but now it’s back with a new layout, and much more functionality. It has tabs for different categories, and now includes the thumbnails that are submitted with story submissions.
The Digg Google Gadget is the main way I stay up to date with Digg Top Stories, so the new functionality is great to see.
That was fun while it lasted… the author stepped in to explain why the installer source for My Location wasn’t working anymore. From the Hackint0sh thread:
“Bad news, I’m afraid.
We have been requested by Google to remove access from the iPhone app to their web cell id service. The app is therefore suspended for now.”
It’s a shame that they’ve killed off such a useful application. Hopefully this means that an official update is around the corner for the iPhone.