Google Translating Lao; Infographic Popular Summer 2012 Google Maps Searches

Update 09/17: Google also quitely introduced enhancements to its search -- specifically to "auto suggestions" for searh queries releate to human.Now, when you type in to the search box, you'll notice additional clarification, letting you decide between the famous artist or the museum named in his honor. Clicking those results takes you to the relevant […]

Update 09/17: Google also quitely introduced enhancements to its search -- specifically to "auto suggestions" for searh queries releate to human.

Now, when you type in to the search box, you'll notice additional clarification, letting you decide between the famous artist or the museum named in his honor. Clicking those results takes you to the relevant Wikipedia page.

Google Translate adds a new language "Lao," making it the 65th supported language.

"Though support for Lao meets launch standards, but translation quality is at the lower end compared to that of other languages offerd," Google stated. Adding, "Therefore Lao is designated with an "alpha" status until further improvements."

Google is asking help to improve the quality in either of two ways:

  • Use the Google Translator Toolkit to upload translations.
  • Provide alternate translations by clicking on words or phrases of the translated sentence like in the example below "Just click the translated phrase and you'll see a pop-up menu of possible alternates for that phrase, as well as the original phrase highlighted in your original text":

    Alternate Google Translate

Google also released today "J2ObjC," an open source Google-authored translator that converts Java source code into Objective-C source for iPhone/iPad applications.

The goal is to write an application's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which can then be shared by Android apps, web apps (using GWT), and iOS.

"J2ObjC is not a Java emulator, but instead converts Java classes to Objective-C classes that directly use the iOS Foundation Framework. And, enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary J2ObjC can be used with most build tools, including Xcode and Make," Google writes.

It supports the "full Java 6 language and most of its runtime features that are required by client-side application developers, including exceptions, inner and anonymous classes, generic types, threads and reflection. JUnit test translation and execution is also supported."

For instructions on how to use the tool, check out the J2ObjC project page.

J2ObjC: Google authored Java to iOS Objective-C translator

The Python Client Library for Google APIs is now out of Beta!

"Python Client Library has been augmented with many great features since its Beta launch. It now supports OAuth 2.0 service accounts, upload of media resources, batching of requests, asynchronous requests, resumable media upload, feed paging and many other features," Google said.

Check out the new documentation for the client library.

Google also explained today, how to use third-party apps with Google Drive, where you can create, share and keep all your stuff -- so you can live online and get things done in the cloud.

"Google Drive" also "an open platform, let you use third-party applications to do things like send faxes, make floor plans, and create mockups directly from Drive."

"Though, some integrations, don't require a download, as the apps and services will just ask you for Drive access permission and that's it -- from then on they just work with Drive," Google explained.

It's also possible to get Drive apps by visiting the Chrome Web Store today. Drive apps that you install in Chrome will appear under the Create button for easy access inside Drive.

Visit the Help Center article to learn more about using third-party apps.

third-party apps with google drive

As the end of summer is on September 21, Google Maps team created a infographic to review its summer search activity on maps.google.com in several countries between the end of May and the beginning of September.

"Within each country, a look at some of the top-rising searches and the often-searched landmarks on Google Maps," the Maps team stated. Adding, "We're honored that people rely on the comprehensive and accurate imagery in Google Maps to research, plan, preview and digitally experience distant as well as local destinations across the globe."

"North Americans sought out the best local beaches to help cool off from the summer heat. In comparison, many more people from Spain, Italy and France searched for community swimming pools. In cooler areas of the U.K. the rising Google Maps searches included many indoor activities such as squash, bars and going to the gym. And, as expected, travel was a clear choice for the summer, as indicated by a surge in searches for lodging in almost every region."

Take a look and click to for a larger image:

google maps summer 2012: top-rising searches and often-searched landmarks infographic