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Google Earth is hard for tablets

I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Google Japanese Input

I have just started using Google Japanese Input on Windows 7. It works fine, but I would like to be able to switch input modes (i.e. between direct input, hiragana, katakana etc) using a shortcut key. Currently I have to click on the language bar to switch, which is a pain. I looked in the properties and can't see an option for shortcuts. I tried googling but can't seem to find an answer either. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Feb 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Google+ pros/cons

My department is being mandated to start using Google+ and some other Google apps. Please help me think through the security and privacy implications of what I am afraid might become a real mess. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Don't judge me, just tell me what apps to "download"

So I am now an owner of the Samsung Chromebook 3 (yup, "The $249 laptop from Google"). It fits, well enough, what I need, and it's definitely what I can afford. (I have access to a laptop at work.) [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Google hits and arrest records

I have a close friend who ran into some trouble with the law a couple of years ago. Now, when her name is Googled, her mug shot is pretty much the first hit. Is there a way to make this suck less for her and her young family?
posted by Optamystic on Feb 2, 2013 - 14 answers

StreetView Glitch In The Matrix

Ahhh. My wife was trouncing around Google Street View in Brooklyn and noticed this totally weird building that has 'Google' inscribed over the doorway in a very post-production sort of way. What is it?
posted by zackola on Feb 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Where can you find reliable Android reviews?

Where are there reliable Android reviews for both applications and games? Metacritic does not yet have an aggregator for Android and Play Store ratings are of little use. So what is recommended? [more inside]
posted by sien on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Calling all Google Super Sleuths!!

Please help me find an image that I saw online but now cannot find! [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

How to keep video links from clogging google search results?

How can I prevent video results from showing up in a Google search? For example, if I do a google search on "picasa os x 10.6.8 screen resolution", half the links on the first results page are youtube videos. If I want videos I can select "videos" instead of "web". But I can't figure out how to prevent videos from showing up in a regular web search. (I'm running Firefox on a MacBook Pro 10.6.8; I get the same results using Chrome.)
posted by Wet Spot on Jan 22, 2013 - 3 answers

How to get google drive access to invites sent to a linked email account

I get google drive document invites sent to my work email, and I can't access them through my gmail account, even though I've successfully linked the two addresses in my primary google account. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me create the perfect Contacts Manager

After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

20 gb Google Tablet

What exactly is this: 10.1" 20GB Google Android 4.0 Tablet with Carrying Case [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jan 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Recreate Google's "Share in Reader" bookmarklet

I want this: 1) highlight portion of any website, including embedded youtube, images, text, what have you. 2) click bookmarklet. Optional step 3) a new window pops up, allowing me to add a note. 4) a subscribeable RSS feed receives a new entry, whose title is a link back to the website in step one, and whose body is the highlighted portion from step one as well as my note. 5) share RSS with friends. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jan 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Good Tools for Sourcing and Curating news on Niche Topics?

Part of my current job involves searching and curating news articles on a variety of topics, related to alternative investing. Currently, my workflow involves scouring Google Reader, Google News, Google Alerts, and some specialized newsletters. I'd like to automate this more. Sadly, I'm struggling to find good tools to make the process easier. What does MeFi recommend?
posted by SansPoint on Jan 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Mike Dillard Exposed Exposed?

Mike Dillard Exposed Exposed? - I'm not quite sure where to file this, but I discovered this after clicking a random google ad. It appears that this man has literally filled the entire internet with fake exposé websites, videos, you name it. Try going as far into the search results as you can stand - my question is simply, how? (and also, why?)
posted by Astragalus on Jan 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Google in the enterprise?

Is there a way to define a group of people on which to grant a permission within Google Apps for Domains? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 27, 2012 - 5 answers

But how did you see me there? I was invisible!

Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Hope a hopeless new Android user

[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Safe to update my iPhone 4S to the latest iOS6 version?

iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Dec 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Copying between iCal calendars, Exchange to Google.

I have a work calendar in Exchange. I also have an Android phone and a Mac. For the last couple of years I've been using Spanning Sync to copy entries from my Exchange calendar to a Google calendar and then on my phone I can see all my calendars using the built in calendar program ( I also use Touchdown so I can see my exchange calendar on my phone if I have to, but it doesn't integrate with the phone calendars so I have to use two different applications to see my entire calendar, which is a pain). The problem is that Spanning Sync is going away. Is there any other application or service out there that'll automatically copy entries from one iCal calendar to another?
posted by Runes on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you help me Talk?

How can I open Google Talk on my Samsung Galaxy S3? [more inside]
posted by alynnk on Dec 17, 2012 - 13 answers

I cannot keep my deleted bookmarks in Chrome to stay deleted

I have a MacBook Pro with all software updated. I have been using Google Chrome as my browser for the last year or so. I also have Google Chrome installed on my Iphone 4s, but rarely use it. For the first 6-7 month, my bookmarks synced fine between the devices and my Google accounts. About 2-3 months ago, I have started to notice that bookmarks I have deleted have started to show up in Chrome again, sometimes multiple times... I delete the unwanted bookmarks again, and they re-appear several days later. I have 'googled' my problem and it seems many people have/are experiencing this issue... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Dec 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I recover Google Chrome bookmarks from a stolen laptop?

As part of a thesis project for my masters degree, I had bookmarked a bunch of pages in Google Chrome. My laptop was stolen yesterday -- is there any way to get those bookmarks back? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Dec 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I keep Google from seeing which search result I clicked?

Can I make my Google search results not pass through Google? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I set up a recurring event in Google Calendar that doesn't recur regularly - well, sort of..?

How do I set up a recurring event in Google Calendar that doesn't recur regularly - well, sort of..? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Dec 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Google calendar sync help

Google calendar idiot here. How do I sync iPhone to google calendar, not the other way around and why is someone else's calendar appearing in my google calendar online? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Did I break the internet when I googled "Google?"

Why can I access the rest of the internet but not any Google sites? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

iPhone, Mac and PC calendar and contact sync

I just switched to an iPhone 5 after years with an Android phone. My carefully constructed sync setup between my work Win 7 PC, my home Mac and my phone is no longer as useful. Details of my current setup within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

The Great Google Break Up: RSS Edition.

What is a good RSS alternative to Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by itsacover on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Google-free web experience?

Let's say I want to live a Google-free existence on the web. What are my best (preferably free, open source) alternatives to various Google products, including the search engine itself?
posted by deathpanels on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How does a search word result climb so quickly in Google?

How does the movie "Flight", which was pretty much off the internet radar a couple weeks ago, suddenly dominate the top organic search results for the word "flight"? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

A list of political domain names for blocking?

Do you know of a master list of active political domain names being used in the current American election? I need it so I can block all ads pointing to those sites. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Bowled a Googley

Help me prepare for "Geo for Good Down Under" at Google HQ Australia. Details on my spatial tech knowledge inside. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Oct 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Help with web monitoring of my nonprofit's name and logo?

Help me set up a Google Alerts, Analytics or other search to spot sketchy use of my nonprofit’s name and logo! [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Oct 22, 2012 - 1 answer

How to turn Google Forms results back into the forms that were submitted?

Using Google Forms, is there any easy to to turn a form response (displayed as a line on a spreadsheet) back into the form that was submitted so it can be printed or saved as a PDF? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Oct 18, 2012 - 1 answer

Does [Insert name here] write book blurbs? If so, for which books?

Is there a book blurb search engine, or something that will let me see if someone has ever written a book blurb, and what it was? (Or some clever way of googling Amazon's Editorial Reviews sections) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Google interview booked. Now what?!

I've got a job interview at Google? What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by kilikina73 on Oct 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Time for a new Droid?

Android question: Despite the fact that it is now owned by the Google itself, Motorola has decided that my Android (Atrix 4G) will not be upgraded to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS (which isn't even the most recent OS). Is it time to change phones? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Are you there Google? It's me, antonymous

Why is google indexing my personal domain "better" than my work's domain - both have WP blogs, but only posts under my personal domain show up in the Google Alert I have for my name. I am responsible for the visibility of my employer's blog and I do not think it's being crawled effectively (or something). [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

I need some help syncing my files.

I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I separate this data column properly?

Question about splitting data into columns: I have one column of data that I'd like to split into seven separate columns. A typical, complete row in the column looks like "mefi:1,​ask:3,​meta:2,​projects:5,​jobs:5,​music:6,​irl:4" where the number values can be anywhere from 1-6. The problem is that if any one or more of the seven subsites are left unanswered, the entire value is missing (there is no "[subsite]:0" or "," as a placeholder). Consequently, separating the column into seven distinct columns using the comma as the separator causes the data to fall/shift into the wrong output columns if any one or more of the seven subsite categories are missing. How can i fix this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Yahoo Mail Be Damned!

Yahoo Mail to GMail. How? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 20, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I fix a Gmail/Google voice phone number on the same account

How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Will my beloved Google maps go away on my iPhone tomorrow?

I have an iPhone 4S with iOS 5. If I download iOS 6 tomorrow, will Google maps be replaced with Apple maps? Meaning, will the upgrade REMOVE Google maps from my phone? If so, will I be able to download a Google maps app? I already have other 3rd party map apps; I want the one that's actually from Google. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

One step solution to for a new google doc?

I like to write using google docs. I used to have a functioning bookmark that was a one-step to new doc solution, which I loved, because it was simple, and efficient. Some time ago that bookmark stopped working, and now it's a matter of several mouse clicks. This is a very small matter, but if someone has a one step solution they care to share, well, that would be delightful.
posted by letstrythis on Sep 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Is Google still mostly about PageRank?

How important is Google PageRank in relation to the updates in recent months with regard to Google Panda? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Sep 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Idea for Google! That and 50 cents...

I have a serious project proposal for Google. I don't need to make money on it, but I'd like to get it looked at. I've been poking around their websites, and have found places to submit business and partnership ideas, but I'm really not sure that those are the right way to submit this concept. It's something on the order of Google Art Project, but different from that. What would you recommend or link me to? Thanks!
posted by Miko on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

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