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Briefly: Sunrise Calendar update, DiRT Showdown Mac pre-order

09/03, 11:44am

Sunrise Calendar adds push for Google Calendar, search function

Free calendaring app Sunrise Calendar has received an update, capable of syncing schedule information from Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Featuring timezone support, background sync and Facebook date integration, Sunrise aims to function as a consolidated day planner. Sunrise Calendar v2.5 includes a new search function, allowing for past or future events search by title, location and attendees.

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Sunrise Calendar 2.1 adds iPad support, background updates

01/09, 12:28pm

Weekly, monthly views let users change app's scope

Sunrise has released a major update of Sunrise Calendar, its popular iOS app. The title lets people merge iCloud, Facebook, and Google Calendar events into a single feed, as well as get notifications, weather forecasts, LinkedIn profiles, and Google Maps directions. Version 2.1 is the first to include a native iPad interface, and takes advantage of the extra screen space through new Week and Month views. The Week view is also accessible to iPhone users.

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Google adds Gmail, Calendar archive downloads to Takeout

12/05, 12:06pm

Archives of e-mails, messages, appointments downloadable from Google

Google has finally allowed Gmail and Google Calendar users to download a copy of all data on the services. E-mails and messages from Gmail, along with appointments and other notices within Google Calendar, can now be requested and pulled from Google servers by users, providing an offline backup of their data as well as allowing it to be imported into other apps and services.

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Google posts Chrome 28 beta, integrates services into search results

05/23, 7:30pm

Main, Gmail searches pull results from other Google apps

Google has released a beta version of Chrome 28 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The most significant change is in the Windows release, where a native notification center for apps and extensions has been turned on. These can include not only text and images, but optional actions such as making a phone call or sending email. Notifications can appear even when Chrome is closed. Google is promising Mac notifications "soon."

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Google's winter cleaning sweeps out Calendar features

12/14, 8:31pm

Calendar, Google Sync, Issue Tracker losing features

Google's continuing effort to narrow the focus of its services continues apace, as the search giant revealed today that it would be removing less popular features from its Google Calendar product and doing away with a number of other services. On January 14, 2013, Google will remove the ability to create reservable times through Appointment slots in Calendar. The company will also be discontinuing Smart Rescheduler and Add gadget by URL.

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Google adds Drive, Calendar results to Gmail, search

10/15, 6:51pm

New search feature in beta, shows other Google products

Google announced today an expansion of the search capabilities built into Gmail and its standard search, giving users more access to other Google products. The feature is now in field trial mode, but Gmail and Google users will soon be able to view relevant files from Google Drive and Google Calendar entries alongside Gmail items when they search from within the email application. The field trial is currently only available for @gmail.com addresses, and only accessible in English.

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Google adds CardDAV to Gmail and Google Calendar

09/27, 4:05pm

Should sync contacts to apps like iOS Contacts

Google has announced that Gmail and Google Calendar are now capable of contact sync via CardDAV. CardDAV is an open format, and should make it easier to sync Google contacts to third-party clients, such as the native Contacts app in iOS. Previously people sometimes had to go through harder workarounds, such as Exchange.

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iCloud calendars failing to appear in Google Calendar

10/27, 4:40pm

Apple said to be aware of trouble

People are still finding themselves unable to access iCloud calendars through Google Calendar, complaints indicate. Users should be able to share iCloud calendars through a URL; trying to open the link with Google Calendar's "Add by URL" function, however, currently generates an error message: "Could not fetch the url because robots.txt prevents us from crawling the url." Apple has allegedly been aware of the problem since at least October 17th.

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Google revamping Gmail, Calendar interfaces to match Google+

06/30, 11:00pm

New layouts now available to preview

Google has introduced redesigned interfaces for its web-based Gmail and Calendar utilities. The revamped layouts, which are currently available for users to preview, offer a modernized appearance with functional improvements alongside aesthetic tweaks. The Gmail interface brings a red, black and white color scheme, closely resembling the new Google Plus presentation.

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Briefly: eBay acquires RedLaser, Readdle Calendars app

06/24, 5:40pm

Calendars manages Google Calendar data

eBay has announced the acquisition of RedLaser, the barcode scanning app for the iPhone. The company plans to integrate the technology into its own apps, including eBay Marketplace, eBay Selling, StubHub and Shopping.com. Users will be able to quickly create eBay listings by accessing pricing trends and product details for items in the company's catalog. An independent version of RedLaser should remain in the App Store as a free download.

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Sync'Em 1.33 adds support for Google calendars

08/04, 11:20am

SyncEm supports Google

Derman Enterprises released an update to its sync software, Sync'Em 1.33. The latest version adds support for basic Google calendar events and contact fields, while handling of FileAs/FileAsMapping fields in Exchange has been improved. The company also revamped the user interface and fixed several syncing bugs.

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Google adds iCal support to Calendar

07/28, 4:20pm

Google Calendar & iCal

Google's web-based Calendar application should now support iCal integration, the company has announced. The feature comes by way of support for the CalDAV protocol, which in turn allows access to a calendar via WebDAV. Users of the Google app should now be able to edit a calendar in iCal and have it sync with their online schedule, as well as vice versa. Changes are applied whenever iCal is able to go online, or a person signs into Calendar.

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