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When Google controversially decided to kill off its customisable iGoogle home page, it at least gave enthusiastic users of the site up until November 2013 until to get used to the change. However, that isn't the case for the mobile version, which got switched off on July 31 this year.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.7% in Australia, every little thing you can do to improve your job search helps. Weblog Freelance Folder details how to create a seriously streamlined job-finding dashboard using iGoogle.

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Australia is often low down the list when it comes to Google features getting rolled out (Voice, anyone?), but a new range of "social gadgets" for iGoogle are being tested in Australia before hitting the rest of the world.

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Google has launched a minor refit of its local iGoogle home page, including 'canvas view' gadgets that can expand and contract without leaving the iGoogle site and a bunch of additional news feed gadgets.

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Google's start page is rolling out a sidebar chat tool, which uses Gmail users' existing chat settings if they have them but can also chat between iGoogle users without Gmail (all 12 of them?) We kid, we kid. iGoogle's chat works almost exactly like Gmail, offering the same status options, providing mouse-over details on contacts and quick links to email, chat, and choose their appearance frequency in your list. If you want to invite a non-Gmail friend to chat, you can do that from the "Add friends" link—they'll have to sign up for iGoogle, but after that, you're both inside Google Talk/Chat. The two noticeable drawbacks to iGoogle chat are the lack of Gmail's AIM support, and no pop-out options for the chat windows that pop up from the lower-right corner. If you use iGoogle to get things done and don't want any chats, you can sign out and minimise the chat bar to a single line. It's a US-English-only thing for now, but "coming soon" for other languages and countries. Does Google Talk make your iGoogle page a better all-in-one home page, or is it feature overload? What features would you like to see installed? Trade your takes in the comments.

Chatting away on iGoogle...

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The Feed Reader gadget for Gmail displays items from any RSS feed in your inbox sidebar, giving you easy access to your most important feed. Adding the gadget requires first enabling the "Add any gadget" feature under the experimental Labs section of Gmail's settings panel, which will add a new Gadgets tab where you can add a new gadget by pasting in the following URL:

http://gad.getpla.net/feed/reader.xml

Once you've added the gadget, you can change the default feed by moving your mouse over the left-hand side, clicking the wrench icon, and pasting in the RSS feed URL for your preferred feed. The gadget can only be added once in Gmail, so you are limited to adding a single feed to the left sidebar, but this could prove very useful for quickly accessing important information from your inbox.

Mini Feed Reader

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Google Maps has added a friend-finding, location-aware feature for mobile phones and iGoogle that tells selected friends and contacts where you are, updates through Google Talk, and claims lots of privacy features. Head to google.com/latitude from your Android, Blackberry, Symbian S60, or Windows Mobile phone, or in your desktop browser, to activate Latitude (iPhone support is on the way, the big G says). Both mobile phones running the Latitude app and browser with Google Gears installed can automatically update your location using Maps' My Location feature, but you can set up, contact-by-contact, who sees your live updates, who doesn't, and even set up status messages for individuals—so, perhaps, the boss only sees that you're at your desk, nowhere else, not even thinking about sneaking out for coffee. The app and iGoogle gadget launch today with availability in 27 countries and 42 languages. Check out an overview of how Latitude works, and its privacy features, in this video:

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Google Operating System runs down how to get rid of the intrusive and slow to load chat box that sometimes appears on Google's customised iGoogle pages (I can't say it's showed up on mine). It's a slightly fiddly fix (involving editing XML files), but worth it if you don't want screen clutter or have to work with a slow connection.

How to Remove iGoogle's Chat Box