Google Keep with New Chrome App; Add Events to Google Calendar from Gmail

Acces Google Keep using the new Chrome app; Add events to Google Calendar from Gmail; New experimental YouTube Live Streaming API.

A new Chrome app in the Chrome Web Store lets you acces Google Keep, and help you quickly jot down ideas and keep track of things while on the go with your Android device or on the web.

The app looks similiar to Google Keep site, lets you access your notes or create new notes offline. "And if you don't have an internet connection, don't fret: the Chrome app works offline because we all know that ideas (big and small) can be sparked at any time," informs Google.

Google Keep Chrome app launches in its own window, so you can create notes, cross out your to-do lists, and attach photos to tasks while you work on other things.

However, there're some limitations, "you can't insert images when you're offline, and the new notes aren't uploaded in the background when you're back online, so you need to open the app."

Visit the Chrome Web Store to add the app.

Access Google Keep with new Chrome app

If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it's now a little bit easier to create events directly from your Gmail.

Another features rolling out to Rapid Release domains with the English (US) language that allows adding events to Google Calendar from Gmail.

Now, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined, you can click them to schedule that conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail. "When you click on one of these underlined dates, you'll be able to preview your schedule for the day and change the title, date or time of the event. Clicking "Add to Calendar" will do exactly that -- add the event to your calendar, and for extra convenience, the calendar event will include a link back to the original email," explains Google.

Add events to Google Calendar from Gmail

Google Cloud Connect is shut down on April 30th. Now, Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education, users will no longer be able to use this product and should install Google Drive on their computer.

Google Drive for Windows/Mac achieves the same desktop editing and works across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

A new features on restricts search results to pages that include tables. The snippets in the table are rows and you can import the tables to Fusion Tables.

"Google Tables allows you to search across public Fusion Tables and millions of web pages with data presented in a table. Once you find the right table, you can import the data to Fusion Tables for filtering, visualizations, collaboration, downloads, and access with the Fusion Tables API," informs Google.

Google Table Search

In other news, YouTube has hit an incredible milestone of 1 billion unique monthly visitors, connecting 15 percent of the planet to the videos, and global communities are now watching more than 6 billion hours of video each month (almost an hour a month for every person on Earth and 50 percent more this year than last)," Google stated.

Also, Google has released today a new YouTube Live Streaming API, that makes it easier to build tools and apps for live content on YouTube.

"With the YouTube Live platform, you have the ability to real-time transcode to a range of video qualities that support a broad set of devices and networks, dynamic bandwidth adjustment so viewers automatically see the highest quality stream their network supports, and DVR-like controls to allow viewers to pause, fast forward, and rewind during a live stream," informs YouTube team.

You can watch the video that talk about building the API and also see some demos as well as the resources here:

Update 05/03: Google for ccTLDs generally uses the location of a site in its ranking algorithms. But for top level domains (TLDs), it uses different signals, such as the location of the server in determining what country a site is most relevant for.

The country-code top level domain (ccTLD) is just a country code, and of course, some top level domains, such as .com, are inherently generic. Until now, Google has not supported these new generic top level domains (gTLDs). So, a .co domain could end up ranking only in Columbia, even if the site didn't target users in that country.

But, Google has now expanded the list of ccTLDs that they now recognize as generic (or generic ccTLDs or gTLDs). And, is now letting site owners specify the target country for gTLDs in Google Webmaster Tools. But, you can't still specify a different target if registration of the TLD is restricted to a specific country, " informs Pierre Far.

"W)e've been updating our indexing systems to treat certain country country-code TLDs as generic TLDs; that is, even though the top-level domain has a country code, we would treat it, by default, as not targeting a specific country," writes Far in a G+ post.

Check this updated Help Center article listing the TLDs now treated as gTLDs.

Google is also experimenting a new search results user interface - this time "omitting the URLs of the search results" on the page.

In the images below, you can see the new UI of the desktop and mobile versions of Google search results page (via @tecnonetblog):

New Google Search results page without search URLs : desktop UI

New Google Search Results Page UI without URLs : mobile UI