My Tracks 2.0 Android App; Docs Offline Updates; Example Sentences in Translate; Google Makes Unit Conversion OneBox Interactive

My Tracks, an Android app that uses your phone's GPS capabilities to visualize your location over time for sharing in Google Maps and Google Earth today gets an update.The app was first released in 2009 we released and was used by Google to follow team HTC-Columbia during the Tour de France and trace the paths […]

My Tracks, an Android app that uses your phone's GPS capabilities to visualize your location over time for sharing in Google Maps and Google Earth today gets an update.

The app was first released in 2009 we released and was used by Google to follow team HTC-Columbia during the Tour de France and trace the paths of its skiing adventures.

A year after launch we open sourced the software and released the code to the world for developers to use in their own applications.

Now, at version 2.0, My Tracks 2.0 bring the following features:

  • The ability to play back your tour directly on Google Earth for Android
  • Aggregation of statistics over time to show trends in your performance
  • Simpler, faster user interface
  • Improved charts and stats tables that are easier to read

To start tracing and sharing your path around the world, you can download My Tracks 2.0 on Google Play.

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Google in the recent past, announced a bunch of updates to Google Drive including the ability to edit Google documents offline and a Drive app for iOS.

"When you enable Docs offline in Google Drive, you can create & edit Google documents and view Google spreadsheets, without being connected to the internet."

Today, Google updated the offline experience so it looks the same as when you're online - except it's filtered to show just your offline docs.

"If you want to preview which files are available offline, select More > Offline Docs in the left navigation pane while you're still connected to the web," explains Google.

This update will roll out to all Drive users over the next few days.

In addition, the company has also made several other improvements including:

  • "updates to Google Apps Script including a standalone script editor, the ability to create richer user interfaces, options to easily store your application's data, and support for publishing scripts to the Chrome Web Store
  • expanded language support in the documents and presentations spellchecker to include German, French and Italian
  • the ability to print documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to any cloud connected printer with Google Cloud Print from any browser
  • up to 400pt font support in documents and presentations
  • copying and pasting images from your desktop into a document or presentation
  • an easy way to edit or open links from text by right clicking on them," informs Google.

Google Docs and Google Drive don't offer option to find public files, now, with Google Docs' robots.txt file begin to allow search engines to index most of "public on the web files," you can now easily find those files assuming there are some links pointing to them.

Search engines only index the files that are "public on the Web". By default, files are private, but you can change the visibility from the "Share" box.

Here are some useful queries that let you find public Google Drive/Docs files - you can append some keywords to the queries: (Thanks, Alex)

  • [site:docs.google.com/document/d] - find text documents
  • [site:docs.google.com/presentation/d] - find presentations
  • [site:docs.google.com/drawings/d] - find drawings
  • [site:docs.google.com/file/d] - find files: images, videos, PDF files, Microsoft Office documents and more (you should click "repeat the search with the omitted results included" since there are many files with similar titles)
  • [site:docs.google.com/folder/d] - find folders (collections of files and other folders)
  • [site:docs.google.com/open] - find other documents, folders and files (the links redirect to other URLs)

If you are curious about new words from all languages around the world, the best ways to understand and make sense of new words is by observing them in their natural habitat.

Google Translate now let you observe words in their natural habitat by offering "example sentences."

"Our latest feature does just that by providing you with example sentences taken from fresh new stories around the web," posted Google.

Along with "alternate translations (a feature that lets you click on a word to see different translations), and dictionary results (literal translations extracted from our dictionaries), ability to look at example sentences will make machine translation more useful for you -- and a little more educational," Google adds.

To try out the feature, simply type a few words in the left-hand text box of Google Translate, and then click on the example sentence icon:

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Google has also updated the unit conversion OneBox now making it interactive -- and thus you no longer need iGoogle's metric conversion gadget.

"For example, you can search for [10 pounds in kg], get the result and quickly change the number of pounds or kilograms directly from the OneBox," explains Google.

Google's gadget even lets you change the conversion type and switch to a different category: speed, length, temperature, volume, area, fuel consumption, time or digital storage. The gadget is only displayed for common measurement units, so you'll still see the old interface when you search for [10 pascals to Torr] or [2 radians to degrees].

You can also select a different unit of measurement from the list: metric ton, gram, stone, ounce.

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