Google has launched “Hide morning and night” lab in Google Calendar. “With a simple drag of a slider you can fold all those empty hours into a single row to set the time range you want to hide. The folded rows still show all your events, just in more compact form,” blogged Oleksandr Kyreiev, Software Engineer.
To try out Hide morning and night labe, visit this in Calendar Labs (Settings > Labs).
Google Cloud Storage today received a new feature that makes it even easier to control and share your data:
Per-Bucket Default Object ACLs
Now you can define your access control policy for a bucket once by specifying a Default Object ACL for any bucket, and “we’ll automatically apply that ACL to any object without an explicitly defined ACL. You can always override the default by providing a canned ACL when you upload the object or by updating the object’s ACL afterwards. This mechanism simplifies wide variety of use cases, including data sharing, controlled-access data sets and corporate drop-boxes,” revealed Google.
New buckets without Default ACLs
Effective today, “new buckets are created with an implied project-private default object ACL.” In other words, project editors and owners will have FULL_CONTROL access to new objects, and project viewers will have READ access to them. This change better aligns the default behavior with how our customers use storage. You can change a bucket’s default object ACL at any time after creating the bucket.
Also, Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine (ANGLE) launched in March 2010 today has reached an important milestone: It now “passes the rigorous OpenGL ES 2.0 test suite and has been certified as a compliant GL ES 2.0 implementation,” revealed Vangelis Kokkevis, Software Engineer.
“Mac and Linux already enjoy solid OpenGL support, but on Windows OpenGL drivers are not sufficiently widespread to be relied upon. Using ANGLE allows us to issue OpenGL ES commands in Chrome’s graphics systems and not worry about the user’s computer having OpenGL drivers — ANGLE translates these commands into Direct3D 9 API calls.”
ANGLE helps Chrome use a single, open graphics standard and remain portable across platforms. Because it’s a standalone library, open-source project ANGLE can help other software projects in the same way. Firefox, for instance, is already using ANGLE to render WebGL content on Windows.
In other Google Product news, the COP17 climate meeting starts in Durban, South Africa today is themed “saving tomorrow today.” In order to bring this issue to life, Google with Friends of the Earth International and Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey launched a new Google Earth tour aimed at increasing awareness around the environmental impact of such widespread damming in Africa, revealed Zachary Hurwitz from International Rivers.
“The Earth tour takes viewers on a trip to the world’s dam-building hotspots to visualize the effect that large dams have on the climate, river ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them. You can learn about topics such as reservoir emissions, dam safety, and adaptation while visiting real case studies in Africa, the Himalayas and the Amazon.”
“The tour also includes animations, which show how over time melting glaciers in the Himalayas – an effect of climate change – may lead to higher flood and safety risks for communities living downstream of dams. You’ll also plunge under water in one of Brazil’s dirtiest reservoirs, the Tucuru