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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Google Officially Adds TV Episode Video-Search Filter


Google publicly announced episode filters to the Video search sidebar for television content this past week. Google's indexing Hulu, YouTube, and a lot of other video sites, so it's a good place to mount an expedition to find that episode you're looking to stream over lunch.

Google Earth Arrives Inside Google Maps on the Web

Now you can navigate the world's terrain, great cities' buildings, and your neighborhood's restaurants in 3D, without having to install a hefty separate application. Google Earth has arrived in Maps in a new "Earth" view, and its pretty great.



Using Earth View requires the installation of a browser plug-in that is, at the moment, available for Windows and Mac. Chrome users may not need to install the plug-in, but I seemed to require it in Windows.


Earthly pleasures come to Maps [Official Google Blog]

View Thru for Chrome lets you instantly see through any short URL



View Thru is a neat extension for Google Chrome that lets you instantly see what's hiding behind a shortened link. You simply hover over the link (say, and get an instant tooltip showing you where it's leading.


The shortened URL must be an active link, though -- it doesn't work when it's just text on the page. View Thru has earned a five-star rating in the Chrome extension gallery.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Docs Lets You Create and Share Microsoft Office Docs via Facebook

Microsoft and Facebook just launched, a document creation and sharing web site that integrates with Microsoft Office and Facebook.


Office Docs

You log into Docs using your Facebook account. Once there, you can view shared documents.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Facebook Shutters Facebook Lite



Facebook just announced via its Facebook profile that the ultra-lightweight version of its website, Facebook Lite, is no more

Monday, April 19, 2010

YouTube Launches Twitter-Like Channel Bulletins

YouTube YouTube has launched a new feature that allows channel owners to send text messages and links to videos to the front page of their subscribers' YouTube accounts. It's a cool feature to offer and one that could make visiting YouTube a lot more fun, Called Channel Bulletins.



It would be nice if YouTube allowed channel owners to pipe in RSS feeds, maybe Twitter messages. If you aren't subscribed to any channels on YouTube, you're missing out on one of the best ways to experience the site.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Google counters your terrible spelling skills with better error correction


Everyone knows you can use Google as a way of correcting your bad spelling. Just put in a word that you're not sure about, and it will give you the familiar "Did you mean?" result. There's no need to be embarrassed, just click through and find what you meant to search for.


Well, now Google's going one step further with improved spelling correction. If it's absolutely sure you've miss typed the word, it'll skip "Did you mean?" and send you right to the correct search. This new auto-correct feature works in 31 languages!

Google has made some other search improvements too, such as using your location to add context to your search. For example, when someone in San Francisco searches for BART, Google will assume they mean Bay Area Rapid Transit, not someone named Bart.

If you really are searching for a name, Google has also gotten smarter about that. It corrects spelling based on the common words that people add to name searches. So, for example, if you searched for "Pritam Nayak blogger," Google would know that it's actually spelled "Pritam Nayak."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Firefox and Chrome can now drag-and-drop Gmail attachments

Drag-and-drop attachments is much cooler than browsing and uploading. Select a few files, click, drag, and drop them onto a Gmail message pane. The drop zone will automatically appear when you get close to the message body and Gmail will begin processing the upload when you release your mouse button.



Not all browsers are supported right now. You'll need to be using Google Chrome or Firefox 3.6+ to make use of the new feature.

Google signs death warrant for Gears, begins move to HTML5


On May 3rd, Google will be temporarily disabling offline access in Google Docs and paving the way for something new. They will bring a new and improved HTML5-based offline option back to Google Docs,". Google has the opportunity to move to a standard and away from 3rd-party plug-in status. HTML5 will provide restriction-free access to any offline functionality.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Apple WebKit undergoes major overhaul to bring Chrome like per-tab processes, and more…

WebKit, the rendering engine used by both Chrome and Safari, is currently undergoing major redevelopment in order to support per-tab processes and out-of-process plug-ins by default. In one smooth move, Apple will be able to bring Chrome-like speed and security to its Safari browser.


This is more of an update than an upgrade. Basically, WebKit is being split into UI Processes and Web Processes. Each tab will become a UI Process, and presumably, so will add-ons and extensions. This change will bring the usual benefits of stability, security, and speed-ups from multi-core processors.

Gmail Labs adds nested labels, better message previewing

New Gmail Lab

It's packed with slick additional functionality. Two new features have been made available that are definitely worth enabling:



  • Message Sneak Peek
  • Nested Labels



With Sneak Peek turned on, you can right-click a message in your inbox and a snapshot will appear above your inbox. The message remains unread, and you can page back and forth between other messages, archive, and delete from within the window.


Nested Labels is a dream come true for the organizational fiend. Set up new labels like so:

Home/Bills/Hush Money

...and your labels pane will display them in a hierarchical tree. You can then click the plus sign to expand and the minus sign to hide. It's an excellent way to get more labels placed into the limited amount of space provided by default.

iPhone 4.0 arrives, with multitasking, a game network, and more…

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Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 announcement delivered plenty of features we expected, and some we didn't. It adds 100 new features in total, and they'll all be in users' pockets. Developers get 1500 new APIs that provide access to parts of the phone they've never been able to use before.



                  So, what's being added?

                  1. Multitasking

                  2. Folders

                  3. iBooks

                  4. iAd

                  5. Other new features

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Out-of-process plug-ins landing soon in Firefox

Mozilla has been working on a little Chrome-style crash proofing through the use of out-of-process plug-ins. Doing so will mean that Firefox users too, can endure crashes by things like Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Java, without their entire browser crash.

Task Manager

The change will arrive in the upcoming Firefox 3.6.4 update. The public beta announcement will be made in the next few days. By the beginning of next month the update should be available in-browser for existing Mozilla users.

Add-Ons Cause 70 Percent of IE8's Crashes

Microsoft whitepaper:

"Add-ons cause most browser crashes, accounting for over 70 percent of Internet Explorer 8's crashes. Slowdowns in Internet Explorer 8 are very often caused by add-ons-especially when you open a new browser window or tab."



A large segment of users don't pay attention to what's being installed on their computers. The end result: Every app they install ends up leaving on another clumsy piece of garbage code to Internet Explorer.

So there's more toolbar than browser -- and all those add-ons fighting for control over searches and trying to load "valuable" contextual data Causing IE Crash.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Google fixes search results to help prevent suicide

Google doesn't often fix search results, but they're making an exception when it comes to suicide. Search results for terms that indicate someone may be at risk of taking his or her own life now include the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, prominently displayed above other results and at a larger size than ads. It includes "ways to commit suicide," and similar searches, but not "end my own life".

Google Suicide Hotline
At a time when many people turn to Google before even calling a friend for help, it's nice to see the search giant taking steps to save lives. This is the second time Google has modified the search results to help with possible emergency situations. The first was adding the poison control hotline number to searches for poison emergencies.

Digg Founder Kevin Rose to Replace Jay Adelson As C.E.O.

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Now that Kevin Rose has stepped up as Digg's CEO, you're going to start seeing some changes around that place.Digg will use the iFrame as a way to encourage voting, Digg will focus on improving its browser add-ons for IE, Firefox and Chrome.

Rose has also agreed to reinstate all domains previously banned from Digg. There will still be malware filters, but sites won't be restricted from Digg based on their content. It's (technically) his first week on the job, and Kevin is already on fire.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

What WebGL can do for browser?

One day in the not-so-distant future, we'll all be playing plug-in free games thanks to technologies like HTML5 and WebGL.

WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces.


WebGL brings plug-in-free 3D to the web, implemented right into the browser. WebGL is managed by the non-profit technology consortium Khronos Group. The WebGL Working Group includes Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Opera.


WebGL_logo Original Author – Mozilla Foundation

Developer -  WebGL Working Group

Preview Release – Working Draft / December 10, 2009

Operating System – Cross-Platform

Type – API

License – Various

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Introducing Google Ad Innovations

The principle behind the advertising products Google build is : ads are information. But the typeUntitled-1 of information that ads provide is getting more wider and imaginative all the time, and as a result ads are getting more interesting, social and useful.


As advertising evolves, Google want to build the tools that make it possible for marketers to connect with customers in meaningful, creative ways. They found that the best way to do that is to focus on the user, test new approaches regularly and listen closely to the feedback of the advertisers using Google products. To work closely with advertisers on what comes next, They launched Google Ad Innovations, where they’ll show you some of latest ideas around advertising technologies and get user feedback.


One of the new features they’re showcasing is a set of AdWords reports, launched last week, called Search Funnels. These reports can help an advertiser understand whether there are keywords in their accounts that are helping to drive sales at a later date. At Google Ad Innovations, you can read more about this feature, watch a video walking you through how it works and send us your ideas on how to improve it.


If you’re interested in the future of advertising with Google, pay Ad Innovations a visit

Microsoft offers Office 2010 free to MS Partner University

You can claim a free copy of Office 2010 -- all you have to do is complete three training courses over at Microsoft Partner University. Once you've finished your sessions, you can fill in the blanks at to get your free copy.


ms office 

This is fantastic opportunity to score 2010 without opening your wallet. Sign up fast, because there's a limited (and unspecified) number of free copies available.

Episodic Joins Google

Episodic has been acquired by Google.The Episodic team will join Google and continue its work to bring a great video experience to the Web, mobile phones and IPTV devices. There will be no interruption in service for existing Episodic customers.


What is Episodic?
Episodic is a comprehensive platform for broadcasting live and on-demand video to the web. The platform lets publishers and marketers host monetize video content.


The Episodic Blog

Take a Video TourI’m an Episodic customer. Will you keep running?
Yes, your service with Episodic will keep running. We will maintain the same high levels of service and customer support that we have always delivered.


Can I sign up for a new Episodic account?
For the time being, new account sign-up has been put on hold. We encourage you to register, and we will contact you as soon as we are ready to announce our plans.


What if I’m an existing Episodic customer?
Service will continue to operate for all current Episodic customers. If you have not already been contacted, a representative from the Episodic team will contact you shortly to discuss transition planning and the available options.


What’s going to happen to the Episodic team?
The Episodic team is joining Google to continue its work to bring a great video experience to the Web.


Why is Episodic excited about joining Google?
Episodic and Google share a common vision for video on the Web. Online video will be ubiquitous, engaging, entertaining, informative and effective. Both teams place value on creating a great experience for viewers and on delivering a powerful and flexible platform for publishers, marketers and advertisers of all kinds. We’re very excited to join the talented team at Google and to continue creating great experiences for viewers and powerful platforms for publishers, marketers, and advertisers.

YouTube Becomes a New Hotspot for Software Piracy

YouTube's been dealing with "piracy" on the music and television front since the service was first launched five years ago, but recently discovered while searching out software reviews on YouTube, it's also become a hotspot for software piracy

Youtube PiracyPeople have been sharing product keys, licenses, and cracked software on the internet. YouTube's high rank in Google search results has made it prime territory for software pirates. Looks like YouTube may need to find new ways to crack down.

Google Acquires Online Video Platform Episodic


Google is definitely on a buying spree. The company's latest acquisition is Episodic, an online video platform that Google will probably integrate into YouTube is some form. Neither Episodic nor Google shared any financial details about this acquisition. Episodic plans to keep its current service up and running for the time being.This is Google's second video-related acquisition this year.


What Does Episodic Do?

While Episodic is probably not a household name for most, the company offers a wide range of video services for its customers. Episodic offers a free trial, it is really a paid video service for both live and on-demand videos.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Gmail Updated for the iPad


Google just rolled out an excellent new two-pane Gmail interface for tablets like the iPad

Gmail Team : We look forward to using other Google Apps on the iPad, too. Sometimes little things like far more screen real estate and touchscreen interactivity aren't so little at all. We expect to see some fundamental interface and user experience innovations come out of this new way to use apps. Even subtle changes like Gmail's looks exciting.

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The use of HTML5 by web apps, which supports local caching of data for fast access, will take the mobile web or native app debate to a whole new level on the iPad.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

YouTube Undergoes Major Overhaul


Google has made significant changes in the whole YouTube look and feel, and it's much slicker now.

“It looks like the beginning of a new UI for Google products”