Google keeps Les Paul doodle up for an extra day

The digital guitar that Google put up on his home page, to celebrate the 96th birthday of the country and jazz guitarist, songwriter and inventor Les Paul, will stay on for another day, Google informed in a Twitter post.

Since Google said it is extending the doodle for US users only, users outside the US can continue to strum the Google Doodle guitar, by clicking on the “Go to” link on the country-specific Google pages.

Due to popular demand, we’re leaving the Les Paul doodle up in the US for an extra day. Thanks for jamming with us!,” a post on the official Google Twitter account said.

The Google doodle in honour of Les Paul is playable by hovering the cursor over the doodle and even by the computer keyboard. Users could also record the their own 30-second track.

The doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas, CSS, Flash and tools like the Google Font API, and App Engine. Google engineers Kristopher Hom and Joey Hurst and doodle team lead Ryan Germick helped put together the innovative doodle.

Google has now become more frequent with animated and interactive doodles. Of the last 10 Google doodles, five included animations or were interactive.

The Google doodle had first gone interactive in May 2010 to celebrate the 30th birthday of the popular Pac-Man game.

For a dozen years, Google has been occasionally swapping its everyday logo for a doodle. The Google doodles, an artistic take on the Google logo, have gained immense popularity over the past few years and the Google doodle team has put out commemorative doodles on numerous events of international or national importance, ranging from news events, civic milestones, birthdays, death anniversaries and important dates in history. Google estimates it has created more than 900 doodles since 1998, with 270 of them running in 2010. Some appear globally, and others are tailored for local markets.

Stop sharing google docs, use forms instead

What is Google Spreadsheets Integration?
Google Spreadsheets Integration allows responses from your form to be inserted into a spreadsheet in your Google Docs account. Use the instructions below to integrate a Google spreadsheet with a nice web form.

Create Your Google Account
Only a google account required. If you don’t have one, just visit to create a new google account and create a new one.

•Visit and click the “Get Started” button.
•Provide Google with the information they request to create your account.
•Follow Google’s instructions to complete your account setup.

Creating Google Form so that responses can collect to a Spreadsheets
•Click on the “Create New” on the left hand side of the window and then there will be a drop down displaying options to create.
•Select “Form” option there.
•They it will prompt a new window with options to create a new form.

•There are options to create any questions to your form. There are only 2 sample questions on your form for default. There is an option to add new items to the form. It can be used to add new form items to the form.
•At the end you can save the form and the link to view the published form will be appeared bottom of the page.
•And also you can edit the confirmation which the final user will get once he/she finish the submitting using “More actions” button at the top right corner.

Collecting Google Spreadsheets Results
Once Google Spreadsheets Integration has been completed, your form is ready to accept results. When a user fills out your form, their responses will be inserted into the specified Google Docs spreadsheet. Spreadsheet to store the data will be created automatically when you create a form.

Finally you’ll see a nice form like below one.

View Online Form Here

Congratulations!!! You have created your google form successfully. Enjoy it and please make a comment before you leave.

Google tests cars that drive themselves

Google it has developed cars that drive themselves automatically in traffic, and that it has been testing them on the streets of California for months. It might seem like an unusual project for Google, but it could actually have big benefits. We’re not just talking about cars running Google Android. This is the stuff of science fiction. The only accident that has occurred so far, one of the cars was rear-ended by a driver at a stop light. human error! The vehicles have been tested on 140,000 miles of California road, from Silicon Valley to Santa Monica.

Each car is manned during the tests. One person sits in the driver’s seat, ready to take control of the vehicle instantly by grabbing the wheel or touch the brake should something go wrong with the system. The person in the passenger’s seat is an engineer who monitors the software operations on a computer.

Google hired engineers who previously participated in competitions and races involving automated cars – important turning points in the development of the technology, which has been coming into its own since around 2005 according to The New York Times.

If you first concern is one of safety, Google would argue that you’re going about it all wrong. Safety is one of the project’s purposes. Google believes that the technology could nearly half the number of automobile-related deaths because computers are supposedly better at driving than humans in the right circumstances.

There are other hypothetical pluses, too. The vehicles’ instant reaction time and 360-degree awareness would allow them to drive closer together on the highway than humans can, reducing traffic congestion.

They could be more careful when operating the gas, reducing fuel consumption. But the biggest  benefit for Google would be the hour or so of daily commute time the car owner would save. Instead of driving, he/she could either be productive or entertained in the vehicle, doing work on a wireless Internet connection or watching television. Google doesn’t say it explicitly, but TechCrunch was quick to note that this time could be spent using Google products and absorbing Goggle run advertising.

The most optimistic projection put this technology at least eight years away from market, though.

Legal hassles are among the myriad problems; all of the current traffic laws assume that a human driver is present in the vehicle. Do you think this technology will eventually be deployed, or is it just a pipe dream for Sergei and Larry?