Google Drive Blog: Freeing Quickoffice for everyone

Via Google Drive Blog: Freeing Quickoffice for everyone.

Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere. And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet.”

You can get the new, free Quickoffice app for Android and iOS phones and tablets on Google Play and in the App Store.”

Screenshot of QuickOffice (Credit : Google Drive Blog)


Google Reader shuts down today (July 1 2013).

Google Reader is closing down today, July 1 2013. If you’re a user, check out Lifehacker’s “Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives” article on how to export your Google Reader data which can then be imported into various Reader alternatives. GigaOM also has an article on the best Google Reader alternatives

I’ve been using Feedly which has iOS and Android mobile apps in addition to its website. 





Google I/O 2013 begins May 15 2013 – watch the keynote and read the announcements

Google I/O, the annual conference held by Google which typically focuses on developers but the keynote on the first day is used by Google to announce and present services and/or products it is launching to the public.

The Google I/O 2013 Keynote can be viewed live at

Google I/O 2013 announcements are being live posted at

Other liveblogs:





“Google Now” application available for iPhone and iPad ; video ad features Port of Spain, #Trinidad

The “Google Now” application that Google promises to deliver “the right information at just the right time” is now available on the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Previously, “Google Now” was only available on phones/tablets running Android last year (2012).

You can read more about what Google Now does on Techcrunch or on Google Now’s website.

However, when the ad for Google Now for the iPhone and iPad focuses on live flight updates as the time approaches and/or as you approach the airport, the illustrated ticket in the video shows a flight from Houston to Port of Spain, #Trinidad (17 seconds into the ad). Although there is no Gate C26 at the Piarco Airport in Trinidad and Tobago.

Direct YouTube link to the video ad for Google Now for iPhone and iPad


Google Gmail increases storage and offers IMAP support

Over the weekend I’ve noticed that Google’s gmail increased its mail storage from 2.8GB to 4.4GB. Cool. Tonight, I see this post on Download Squad : Gmail gets IMAP. Switch to my Gmail tab in Mozilla Firefox, click on Settings, and yes!

Gmail setting page showing support for POP3 and IMAP

Google has several documents about IMAP support :

Updated street maps of Trinidad in Google Maps

(Update 24 June 2008 : see Google Mapmaker enabled for Trinidad and Tobago )

(Update : 23 October 2007 : added links to hybrid versions and image of hybrid Google map of Port of Spain)

Just noticed that there are updated street maps in Google Maps for Trinidad. The street maps are more detailed in certain areas of Trinidad (sorry Tobago, no updated satellite imagery or street maps so far) and some of the streets are labelled along with several landmarks such as schools, shopping centers and police and fire stations. Neat stuff!

Check out the Google Maps of :

screenshot of Google map of Port of Spain, Trinidad showing satellite imagery with street namesscreenshot of Google map of Port of Spain, Trinidad