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According to TechCrunch, Google is today releasing another update to Gmail. Google users will now be able to skip the downloading process with email messages with just a click.  You can view and save your files directly to Google Drive without leaving your inbox. This change is being made a day after the rollout of […]

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I’d already noticed that Google is much improved at offering direct answers to questions? Yesterday, Google celebrated its 15th birthday and told the world about their latest search algorithm update—Hummingbird. Hummingbird’s impact affects almost 90% of sites worldwide, so that makes it the biggest update since 2009—Caffeine. A few weeks ago, they quietly flipped the […]

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Sandy on May 30th, 2013

Knowing how to stay safe and secure online is a problem and most of us think it’s close to impossible. Whether you’re a Google user or not, or leery of Google’s methods, their new Good to Know site offers quick tips with simple and sound advice. Take a look at the valuable list of topics […]

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Google Places is no more. Almost a year ago Google announced that the company would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages. Well, it is all happening today with Google Places pages entirely replaced by Google+ Local pages. Today, about 80 million Google Place pages have been automatically converted into 80 million Google+ Local pages. It […]

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I’m enjoying Google’s effort to be more transparent and I enjoy learning new things that could be helpful in the future. Today’s post from Google is on the subject of emails and the routing process. For various different reasons, many of us wonder about the email routing process after we hit send. Google has a […]

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Sandy on February 20th, 2012

Following a Wall Street Journal report that the Internet giant Google was bypassing the privacy settings of people who use Apple’s web browser Safari on phones and computers, three congressmen have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the problem . The lawmakers want to determine if Google’s action “constitutes a violation” of a privacy […]

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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is cracking down, with good reason, on folks recording presentations at the NGS Family History Conference. Without prior written permission, the NGS will not allow “audio recordings, still photograph, video recordings, or written transcripts”. You can still communicate via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or blog at the conferences, but only to […]

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is preparing to introduce a new cloud-based storage service called Google Drive, which is a potential rebrand of Google documents. Expectations are set for the Google Drive to rival the very popular cloud storage provider Dropbox,Inc. Google currently provides ample storage space of emails and attachments, but Google Drive will […]

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Google’s announcement of big changes to its privacy policies on Tues, January 24, is raising big concerns about potential user profiling and access to user information. What does this mean? According to reports it could mean when you search via Google, the company could, or will, (depending upon your point of view) use their activities […]

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FamilyTree.org has published a series of articles from several contributors with technical tips for genealogists and family historians. I’ve included 30 to give you an appreciation of what’s included with a link to many more. I have read some, but not all, of the articles and when you delve in you’ll understand—it’s extensive.  It’s a […]

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Although genealogist and family historians use more than one service, Google still reigns as the most popular. To keep you up-to-date on changes going forward, Urs Hölzle Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow, has written an article on changes you can expect to see going forward. Google is in the process of shutting down […]

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Sandy on November 20th, 2011

The following information appeared on the Google Blog and will be interesting for Genealogists and Historians, et cetera: “Did you know that every single major league baseball team has a Google+ page? Or that hundreds of professors across the country are using Google+ to hold virtual office hours? Or that every U.S. presidential primary candidate has agreed to […]

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As I’ve said in the past, you’re going to be seeing some technology posts on this blog, so I guess today is technology day on SpittalStreet.com Today LinkedIn shared some information about an epic rant about Google’s incompetent handling of the new Google+ platform. “Google+ is not a platform like Facebook. It’s trying to dictate the […]

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Thanks to a partnership between the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Google, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts, are now available online in high-resolution format. The manuscripts, so fragile that they can’t be exposed to direct light, were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves along the shores of the Dean Sea, and […]

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Sandy on August 11th, 2011

A free webinar has been announced by Legacy Family Tree on Monday, August 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. ET. I’ve attended these webinars in the past and have always learned something. I’ve signed up to attend and decided to pass the following notice along to the readers of SpittalStreet: Google+ the Next Big Thing a free […]

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Sandy on July 11th, 2011

On June 29, I blogged about Google+ challenges to Facebook in the realm of social networking and, as an old IT person I check to see what’s new in technology on a regular basis not only for my own benefit, but also to share technology  on SpittalStreet that might be of use to genealogists. According […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2011

Online giant Google has unveiled its new social networking project Google+. It’s a huge project that aims to place all of Google’s services on one social platform. It hopes to be a strong rival to Facebook to take first place in social networking. Similar to Facebook’s notification bar Google has redesigned its nativation bar to […]

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Sandy on June 20th, 2011

One of the world’s largest collections of historic books, pamphlets and periodicals housed at the British Library at, 96 Euston Road, London, are to be scanned by Google and made available on the Internet in a deal reached with Google. The deal is to scan 250,000 texts dating back to the 18th century will allow […]

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As reported in a Boston Phoenix article, Google informed its partners that its News Archive project would stop accepting, scanning and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers. Google has instead decided to focus its energies on “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to […]

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When public libraries offer historical documentation online in addition to card catalogue’s this is another sign that they’re starting to get the 21st century big picture aspects of which I’ve covered in my previous article’s More on the subject of CD Books and eBooks and Google launches new eBookstore. The Sylacauga public library now has […]

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Sandy on January 1st, 2011

I received Chris Paton’s (Scotland’s Greatest Story) newsletter in my inbox today and decided to take a closer look at his “Archive CD Books / Eneclann sale” on his blog which, coincidentally pointed me to a worldwide project called “Archive CD Books”. If you happened to read my December 7 article Google launches new eBookstore […]

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