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Google has plans to launch a new HTML5 development tool designed for "creative professionals." This new tool will launch within the "coming months" and will be a free tool. Google says that the new tool, known as Google Web Designer, will be able to create "cutting-edge advertising" and "web content like sites and applications."
The announcement was made through Google's DoubleClick, making it somewhat obvious that advertising is Google's main focus with this new tool. In fact, the tool wil be integrated into AdMob and DoubleClick studio. For right now, it appears that advertising content is the main focus of the new tool, but Google's description makes it appear that it will eventually turn into a website crafting tool.
Pinterest has announced a new feature that will allow users to search items that they have pinned, rather than all pins. This will make it easier to find something you know you pinned. It's really a feature that should have been included from the beginning. Now it's hear:
When you type a word into the search bar -- like San Francisco, beaches, or BBQ -- you can filter results by clicking "Just my pins." We'll show you everything you've pinned with that keyword in the pin description. Be sure to add words in your descriptions that will help you find that pin again.
The feature is rolling out on the web and will eventually be brought to mobile. Pinterest says they are currently planning to bring it to mobile, but they have not announced a firm date for when it will appear.
Twitter has confirmed that they had technical difficulties with their site and API, which resulted in downtime for some users. The issue lasted for around an hour, with Twitter confirming that "some users may be experiencing issues" with the micro-blogging site.
Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.
The downtime seemed to be sporadic, with users reporting being able to access the site on some tries but not others. The API also appears to have been down, as reports from users say their third-party Twitter clients are unable to pull data from the social networking site.
According to Twitter, the issue was caused by an error in a routine change.
Due to an error in a routine change, Twitter was not available from 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We rolled back the erroneous change as soon as we identified the issue. Additionally, some users may have experienced Tweet delivery delay from 1:33pm PDT and 1:53pm PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.
LinkedIn is the latest web property to join the growing crowd of companies that have implemented a version of two-step authentication. Two-step--or two-factor--authentication make accounts more secure by requiring more than just a password. Users often have to have access to their cell phone to log in on an unrecognized account.
In LinkedIn's case, users will be required to input a code sent via SMS to log in on an unrecognized device. LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira notes, "Most Internet accounts that become compromised are illegitimately accessed from a new or unknown computer. When enabled, two-step verification makes it more difficult for unauthorized users to access your account, requiring them to have both your password and access to your mobile phone."
Twitter and Apple both recently added two-step verification. For Twitter, it might have been too little, too late as they had already suffered from a number of high-profile hackings, including one of the AP's account that led to a rapid drop in the Dow Jones from a fake tweet.
Twitter has updated their website with new profile editing features. The new features include inline profile editing and drag-and-drop photo uploads, making customization of your profile that much easier. You can now easily update your profile information and drag-and-drop that new header picture you've been dying to use.
Twitter is likely hoping users will put more information onto Twitter so they can more easily target users with ads. It will also help to entrench users with the service and increase engagement because user profiles should be more personalized because it's so easy to do. Watch the video above or check out Twitter's updated "Editing your profile" help section.
Facebook has gone ahead and copied a feature of Twitter. Celebrities and brands will now be able to get their page or profile verified, much like Twitter's verified accounts. Being verified comes with some perks and makes it easier for users to see if the page or profile is the real you.
According to Facebook, a verified account will "appear more frequently in the people to subscribe to list." Facebook notes that "you'll also have the option to show an alternate name more prominently on Facebook." Pages and profiles that have been verified will feature a small blue checkmark next to the page or profile's name.
To verify a page, you'll need to send a copy of a government-issued photo ID. Facebook says the copy will be deleted immediately after verification. Facebook will proactively reach out to verify accounts. In fact, there is no way for users or pages to request verification.
Google+ has had verified pages since 2011 and Twitter has had them since 2009.
Google's previously rumored update to Gmail and its interface has been made official by the web giant. Earlier today, Google unveiled its updated Gmail interface and new sorting mechanisms that aim to make e-mail simpler and easier to use. Check out the video they released on YouTube:
The new sorting mechanisms attempt to categorize e-mail. Tabs can be created for promotions, updates, social, and primary e-mail. Starred e-mail and e-mail from friends will show up in your primary tab, which is the tab shown by default on the new Gmail app. E-mails from social networks and forums are sent to the social tab.
Users who don't like the new tabs can disable them completely and use the old interface. The tabs are also configurable, meaning you can have anywhere from zero to five tabs, depending on your needs and wants.
Google has announced the ability for all users to turn their videos into slow motion video. While not quite the same thing as using a high speed camera, the effect is still quite good, as you can see in the demo provided by Google. The first video is the normal speed video and the second video is after the slow motion enhancement is applied.
It's rather simple to apply the enhancement. Simply head over to the YouTube Editor or the Enhancements tool and apply it to an uploaded video. We're just hoping that slow motion videos don't take over YouTube. If you find a cool slow motion YouTube video, feel free to send it to us or post it in the comments!
Google has introduced two new Chrome Experiments. Both make use of Chrome across multiple devices and allow multiplayer web experiences across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Both are small little games that are designed to show the possibilities of Chrome and the Internet. First up, Roll It:
Roll It is a virtual version of the classic ski-ball game. It uses the desktop Chrome to render the graphics. Balls are rolled by flicking your smartphone running Chrome. Racer, on the other hand, is a virtual slot-car game. Users build race tracks that align across five mobile screens. Touching your screen sends your car across all the devices.
Google has expanded the reach of its Maps product by adding biking navigation to six additional European countries. Biking instructions are very similar to Google's normal directions, though they take into account busy roads, bike paths, and other factors to make your outing safer and more enjoyable.
Today's update adds Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. The new maps have been generated with the help of partner groups in some countries and the cyclists themselves in other countries. Google notes that the cyclists themselves are the ones who know the best routes and Google encourages cyclists to add, update, and change biking directions.
For more information, you can head over to Google's Europe Blog announcement post.