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Pedro Da Silva is a South African digital media guy with over 12 years experience in the web industry. Pedro was founder of a small scale web hosting company and internet service consultancy in South Africa, he now lives in the UK with his wife and kids. Pedro provides specialised Virtual WordPress Assistance and Social Media Support to small to medium sized enterprises on a "moonlancing" basis.
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Google Calendar Gets a Makeover – Mashable

Google is getting a complete makeover as part of the transition to Google+. Google’s popular calendaring service is no exception.

The redesigned Google Calendar, which rolled out to users on Wednesday, are designed to be “just cosmetic.” Google hasn’t added any new features to Calendar, but instead has made it look more like Google+.

SEE ALSO: Google Launches Google+ To Battle Facebook [PICS]

Some of the changes to Google Calendar include merging the Quick Add button with the Create button, adding more icons for functions such as Print, Refresh, reminders and guests, and the removal of the Save and Discard buttons on the bottom of the page. The big change that users will notice though is the blockier interface, the changes in color and the increased use of white space for the background.

In an announcement, Google says that the changes are all about removing clutter and increasing the interoperability between the desktop and mobile devices.

“The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience — one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on,” the company said.

The search giant recently redesigned its popular homepage with a smaller logo and the darker Google+ navigation bar. Expect more Google products to be redesigned to fit in with Google’s new social project.

To see the revamped look for Google Calendar, click “Try the new look” in the upper right corner of the app. You can always go back to the old way if you don’t like the redesign.

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the redesign of the entire stable of Google apps.

Google Calendar’s makeover looks awesome and I am personally looking forward to the redesign of some of the other Google products and services.

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What is the Google+ project?

Please tell us that you’ve heard of the Google+ ProjectIf you haven’t please tell us that you’re kidding!

If you don’t know what the Google+ Project is, well we can only describe it as probably the next greatest social network and service on the planet. Google formally announced this project yesterday which caused a mad frenzy across the interwebs.

Yes, we’re Google fans – so what?

Google are great at many of the things that they do but we have a feeling that thie Google+ project is going to tie in all of their existing applications and services in an aesthetically pleasing and innovative social network that is going to change the social media arena once again.

Let us know what you think…

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Google Takeout: Export your Google Data

Google Takeout is a great new feature/service included in Google+ that allows you to export your Google data. Google Takeout allows you to export all of your contacts, Google Buzz messages, Picasa Web photos and Google Profile data with just one click…

So I gave Google Takeout a quick test drive!

After logging in, you get the screen below – you have 3 options to select:  ”All of your data”, “Choose services” and “Downloads”.

Google Takeout: Export your Google Data

I decided to select which services I wanted to “Takeout”.

Google Takeout - Choose Services

I selected “Add all services” and then the dashboard displayed below appeared with stats about the data it found in my active Google profiles. I then clicked on CREATE ARCHIVE.

Google Takeout - All Services

I then clicked on the “Downloads” button and was presented with the screen below with a summary on what Google profile data had been successfully archived.

Google Takeout - Archive

Notice the red bar next to my main profile archive which I am positive failed because of all the current changes that must be taking place in the backend for the rollout of the Google+ project…

…which must be why I got the error message below when trying to checkout my Google Takeout!

Google Takout - 404 Your order has not been found!

Either way Google Takeout is a great feature and one which I am sure will come in very handy for millions…

via Pedro Da Silva

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