June 20, 2008

open SUSE 11.0 released...



The next version of openSUSE is now available! Some of the new features and cool innovations in openSUSE 11.0 include updated desktops with new features, including the revolutionary new KDE 4; a new installer which makes the installation quicker and nicer; Live CDs so you can try openSUSE before committing; innovative new desktop effects, quicker and slicker software management, and many new applications to improve your daily life.

Installation


June 18, 2008

Firefox 3 is here...

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Firefox 3 is finally live,after all those beta's and RC's Mozilla released its most awaited or should i say "The best firefox yet" Firefox 3.

Although firefox download day was to start at 10:30PM (IST) but it started at 11:45PM and mozilla blog reported -
The outpouring of interest and enthusiasm around Firefox 3 has been overwhelming (literally!).  Our servers are currently feeling the burn and should be back to normal shortly.  Download day will officially commence once the site goes live.  The 24 hours period will be clocked from that moment.

Some of the tweets that i posted right from 10:30PM till i managed to download it  goes like this :-

@10:28PM - its firefox download day,visit getfirefox.com download and help firefox make a world record.
@10:30PM - firefox site down
@10:35PM - let me in,i want to download
@10:45PM - that not fair am waiting for this time since morning and now site down
@11:00PM - mozilla server down..Download day will officially commence once the site goes live. -mozilla blog
@11:30PM - getfirefox.com changes looks.... displays ff3 bt link still old..
@11:35PM - downloadbutton says firefox 3 free download 2.0.0.14 for windows.. they updated the button bt why does it still says 2.0.0.14
@11:40PM -
yehhhhh... button changed to ff3 n link also changed... waiting for downloads to start..
@11:50PM -
yessss.... download started....
@11:55PM -
Firefox 3 download complete..yupieeee

Now its your turn download and help firefox make a world record..

Firefox 3

June 16, 2008

Finally Google toolbar for Firefox 3

Google has updated their Firefox toolbar (an update i was desperately waiting for )to make it compatible with Firefox 3 - the browser that is due tomorrow.



There aren’t any new features in Google Toolbar 3.1 except that it now works with Firefox 3. Also, the beta version of Google Toolbar 5 is only available for IE browser.

June 15, 2008

Twitter explained in simple english...

This blog post is specially for all my friends who always ask me what is twitter??? and i get tired explaining them that its a microblogging site where you just have to answer a single question i.e "what are you doing?" and you an do it through gtalk,sms or online...

well here's a simple video that explains twitter in simple english...

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Am sure now you got an idea what twitter is so just go online log on to www.twitter.com and start posting updates abut you and your life...

catch me @ www.twitter.com/passionvaibhav/

Google Docs supports PDF upload, viewing and sharing

Google Docs now allows you to upload PDF files to store them online. You can view uploaded PDFs right in your browser, and determine who else should have access.

Editions impacted:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages impacted:
US English

How to access what's new:
Sign in to Google Docs and click 'Upload' to locate and upload a PDF. To share an uploaded PDF from your document list, select the PDF and click 'Share' to specify who should have access.

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June 13, 2008

Google Talk & Yahoo! Messenger Users Can Talk To Each Other Soon

The newfound bonhomie between Yahoo & Google is not just about AdSense, the two companies are connecting their popular IM clients as well.

That means you no longer require any third-party hacks to chat with your Yahoo! Messenger friends using Google Talk and vice-versa.

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Google-Yahoo Search Ads Deal


In June 2000, Google became the default search engine provider for Yahoo. The agreement lasted until 2004, when Yahoo launched its own search engine. Yahoo realized that you can actually make money from search, so it acquired Overture, a company specialized in pay-per-click advertising that also owned two search engines: AltaVista and AlltheWeb. Unfortunately for Yahoo, it moved too slowly and Google became the leader in both search and PPC advertising.

Yahoo's decision to temporarily outsource some of its search ads to Google was predictable, especially after the two-week test from April. Instead of being acquired by Microsoft, Yahoo chose to partner with a company that has a better search ads system.

"Under the terms of the agreement, Yahoo! will select the search term queries for which - and the pages on which - Yahoo! may offer Google paid search results. Yahoo! believes that this agreement will enable the Company to better monetize Yahoo!'s search inventory in the United States and Canada. At current monetization rates, this is an approximately $800 million annual revenue opportunity. In the first 12 months following implementation, Yahoo! expects the agreement to generate an estimated $250 million to $450 million in incremental operating cash flow. The agreement will enhance Yahoo!'s ability to achieve its goal to grow operating cash flow significantly, while at the same time providing flexibility to continue to invest in ongoing initiatives such as algorithmic search innovation and search and display advertising platforms. It gives Yahoo! complete flexibility to continue to use its Panama paid search results."

Yahoo gets a lot of value from this deal and is no longer pressured by investors to significantly improve the search ads. Even if the agreement has a term of up to ten years, I think this is a short-term deal and Yahoo is more motivated than ever to succeed on its own.

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Opera 9.5 is here...

While the world is busy talking about the upcoming Firefox 3 release, one cannot ignore Opera (version 9.50) web browser that has just left the building.

Opera 9.5 sports a sleek metallic interface and I find it very stable when compared with Firefox 3 RC2 which crashes so often on Windows Vista - let’s hope Mozilla fixes that in the final release.

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Gmail.com Domain no longer works in Germany.

If you happen to be in Germany you can not access your gmail by visiting gmail.com
You'll be greeted with the following message:-
We can’t provide service under the Gmail name in Germany; we’re called Google Mail here instead.

If you’re traveling in Germany, you can access your mail at http://mail.google.com.

Oh, and we’d like to link the URL above, but we’re not allowed to do that either. Bummer.

For general information about Google, please visit www.google.com or www.google.de.

This is likely because Google lost trademark battle with German Daniel Giersch, who owns “G-mail”. Already since some time, German Gmail users will not see a Gmail logo on top – rather, the logo says “Google Mail” – and upon registering, they receive abc@googlemail.com instead of @gmail.com.

So for German users, the only change as far as I can tell is they now have to enter mail.google.com instead of gmail.com to get to their inbox. As you can see in Google’s message above, Google isn’t even allowed to link to mail.google.com when you enter the gmail.com domain...

June 12, 2008

Firefox 3 To Be Released On June 17th

Mozilla has been announcing Release Candidates for Firefox 3 consistently for the past month. In fact, Firefox 3 RC 3 was just released earlier today. One could guess that the time for an official release was right around the corner, but we wouldn't have guessed it'd be this soon. Only hours after RC3, and after 34 months of development, the company has announced that Firefox 3 will be officially released next Tuesday, June 17th.

 



What To Expect


If you haven't given any of the Firefox 3 RC's a shot, I can personally tell you that it's fast! Stability and performance has been consistently better than Firefox 2 with each RC. Memory usage has been down significantly over long periods of time compared to Firefox 2 where memory continued to rise with prolonged use. Features and fixes for Firefox 3 include:

  • Updated address bar with integrated bookmarking functionality

  • Standard themes that are consistent with the native UI of your Operating System (Windows, Mac, Linux)

  • Revamped bookmark manager

  • New Icons

  • One-click site information

  • Secure add-on updates

  • Vista Parental Controls

  • Revamped password management

  • Full page zoom

  • Scrolling Tabs

  • One-click bookmarking

  • Tags for bookmarks

  • tons more!


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Skip Flash Intros in Google Search Results

There was a time when many web sites were designed in Flash and included a short animation on the homepage, to impress you before viewing the actual content. Unfortunately, the intro was a time waster.

"Splash pages were an early sin of abusive Web design. Luckily, almost all professional websites have removed this usability barrier. However, we're now seeing the rise of Flash intros that have the same obnoxious effect: They delay users' ability to get what they came for. On the upside, most Flash intros feature a skip intro button," wrote Jakob Nielsen in 2000. The animations were usually gratuitous and didn't allow people to make choices. "Many Flash designers decrease the granularity of user control and revert to presentation styles that resemble television rather than interactive media. Websites that force users to sit through sequences with nothing to do will be boring and pacifying, regardless of how cool they look."

Eight years later, Google added a new option next to the search results that show Flash intros: "skip intro". Clicking on the link saves you time and effort because you can directly bypass the animation.


This is not the first Google feature intended to improve navigation: sitelinks and site search boxes help you save one or more clicks and go directly to the page you want to visit, especially if your query is imprecise.

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iPhone 3G purchase and activation will be in-store only

Like many, you were probably planning on hanging back, sipping on Bacardi 151, and waiting for your new iPhone 3G to arrive in the mail following a timely pre-order. Unfortunately for your foot-kicked-onto-desk plans, Apple and AT&T have something else in mind. Word on the street is that you will not be able to purchase and / or activate a new device via any other method than in-store, thus doing a full 180 on the way the dream team was doing business last time around. So not only has Apple's revenue sharing gone into that good night, but it appears the innovative DIY activation that was such a big deal this time last year is shuffling off as well. So what gives guys? And more importantly, why are you making us leave the house? Hear what AT&T reps had to say about it after the break.


"There is no question that many enjoyed the convenience of at-home activation, but we also found that many others wanted to complete purchase and activation in one step so they could walk out of the AT&T store with their iPhone up and running. We have decided to take the latter approach and we think customers will like it. It will be especially helpful if any questions or issues arise during activation. They can be resolved on the spot and in-person.

This is the way our wireless phones have been activated for years and customers have been very happy with it.

And, activation should take just a few minutes."

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Spice unveils handset for Rs 600

Spice Telecom has launched a combo offer of a slim 75-gram handset with a Spice connection at just Rs 599 in Punjab, targeting the rural market.The company offers both Spice prepaid and post-paid connections, and a three-year warranty for the handset.

The prepaid connection offers one-year validity with zero rental along with a call rate of 50 paise.

In post-paid connection, the customer has to pay a monthly fixed charge of Rs 35. Call rates will be 10 paise per minute for Spice-to-Spice local and 75 paise per minute to any other local number.

"We can aptly call this 'sabka mobile' (everybody's mobile). It is cost-effective and easy to use and especially made for rural population. This combo offer gives economically weaker people a chance to go mobile at an affordable price," Spice Telecom chief operating officer Subodh Srivastava said.

"We are targeting rural Punjab with this combo offer. 'Sabka mobile' will certainly enhance our penetration in Punjab.

More...

iPhone 3G hands-on



Sorry, we don't have pictures but Apple took us into a dramatically lit back-room to check out the new iPhone 3G. Here's what you need to know:

  • We did a quick data test -- at our location we went from 104Kbps on the EDGE iPhone to 215Kbps on the 3G model. 2x ain't bad, yo.

  • The enable/disable 3G setting is real, and buried a few menus deep. There is no automatic switching, Apple just assumes you'll leave 3G on, and that the iPhone has the juice to support that usage.

  • It's tri-band 3G, as we reported the other day. This same phone will ship worldwide.

  • WiFi is still 802.11b/g, no support for n yet.

  • Yes, that GPS is A-GPS, just as we mentioned.

  • Geotagging photos is a thumbs-up. We were deep indoors though, so native GPS wasn't working and we couldn't get a clear idea of satellite acquisition time.

  • The screen looks exactly the same -- maybe a tiny bit brighter, but the unit was new, so it'd be negligible.

  • The camera is identical to the first -- 2 megapixels. No front-facing camera (of course).

  • It's certainly thicker feeling, but they rocked it Treo-style and really tapered those edges, so it just doesn't feel that different. But because of that curved back, it'll dance around on your table a little more than your completely-flat original iPhone.

  • The plastic back didn't feel too cheap. In fact, it felt pretty solid. It's very glossy, so it'll pick up fingerprints just as well as the glass up front (yay).

  • It comes with a ridiculously, absurdly small power adapter. It basically looks like a tiny square with a USB port on one side, and power prongs on the other. It will power any other iDevice (iPod touch, 1st gen iPhone, etc.), and sell separately for those that want a smaller adapter.

  • The dock (now sold separately) and adapter (if you want an extra) will both go for something like $29, although that price is not yet confirmed.

  • No mention was made of copy/paste, MMS, etc.

  • It doesn't look like this thing is going to fit in your old dock. The new dock does look smaller and more sculpted to the new iPhone's curves.

  • The headphone jack is flush, as mentioned. It's still 3.5mm, so if you don't like the out of box phones (which won't stay in our ears), bring your own, no problem -- and no adapter needed!

  • Yes, original iPhones are totally gone, you won't be seeing those made anymore. Long live the aluminum back!


It looks like they took an amazing device and made it significantly better. If the battery life is as good as they claim, we think this will steamroll the competition in the enterprise space. And even if it doesn't, at $199 it's going to be extremely hard for people to resist.

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Virtually waterless washing machine edges closer to production

You can find a washer just about anywhere that promises to consume less water than most of its rivals, but finding one that's "virtually waterless" is still a chore. Yeah, there was that one contraption from Singapore a few years back, but c'mon, it's no bona fide washing machine. Nevertheless, a University of Leeds spin-out company -- dubbed Xeros -- has already received £500,000 in order to commercialize a device that "uses less than 2% of the water and energy of a conventional washing machine." Instead, it relies on a plethora of plastic chips that are tumbled with the clothes to remove stains. We're not sure how comfortable we really are with the thought of that, but folks that have already warmed to the idea can look for these things to hit the UK market in 2009.

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Sharing YouTube videos on orkut made simple

Have you ever been watching a funny video on YouTube and decided halfway through that you must share it with your orkut friends? Previously, you had to go to your orkut "favorite videos" page and copy-and-paste the video URL to post these clips. Now you can share videos on orkut directly from YouTube! Click on the orkut logo under the video you are watching on YouTube, and you'll be taken directly to your "favorite videos" page on orkut. The URL of the video you're watching will already be loaded, so all you need to do is hit "add video" to post. Now that it's easier than ever, go ahead and share videos with your friends on orkut.

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June 10, 2008

iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th

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It's been a long, leak-filled wait, but Apple finally took the wraps off its 3G iPhone. Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware -- Apple's taking a lot of the criticisms to heart from the first time around. Obviously 3G is at the forefront, but they're also making sure it's available all over internationally, works with enterprises, runs 3rd party apps... and does it all for cheaper. Apple claims its 3G speeds trounce the competition, with pageloads 36% faster than the N95 and Treo 750 -- and of course it completely trounces the old EDGE data. Battery life isn't getting put out to pasture though, with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. GPS is also a go. Apple is using A-GPS, which supplements regular satellite GPS data with info from cellular towers. WiFi data is also worked into the mix, which should give users a pretty solid lock on where the heck they are on this planet. Unfortunately, there's no front-facing cam, which syncs with what we were hearing, but is still a little disappointing. Apple hopes to launch in 70 countries this year. 8GB is available for $199, 16GB for $299 -- and the 16GB comes in white. Both pricepoints require a contract. Apple will be hitting the 22 biggest markets, including the US, on July 11th. Pre-orders are available now at the Apple Store.

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Picasa web album update>something for (almost) every phone, Nokia S60 support, new iPhone tap & zoom, Windows Mobile Standard support, and more

Google's photo blog today posted:-
Much as we like sharing photos online, we know that sharing photos with the friend who's right next to you is even better. That's why we launched a high-end mobile version of Picasa Web Albums for the iPhone back in December, followed by a version for Windows Mobile Pro in April. Both platforms make it easy to carry your entire photo collection in your pocket.

Today, we're happy to say that our high-end mobile experience now includes the tens of millions of people around the world using S60 3rd Edition phones -- a panoply of devices that includes all the latest smartphones from Nokia. Here's what our S60 experience looks like:




Of course, sharing photos around the world is easier when you speak the local language, so we're equally proud to announce support for 36 new languages in our mobile interface. (We cheated just a bit: You may notice we've judiciously replaced some text buttons with universal icons.)

We also took this opportunity to refresh and improve our iPhone and Windows Mobile support. Starting today, iPhone users can try our new zoom feature -- just tap the magnifying glass icon. This loads a higher-resolution page, where you can use those wonderful finger gestures for zooming and panning, like so:

MORE...

June 9, 2008

World's fastest: IBM's Roadrunner supercomputer breaks petaflop barrier using Cell and Opteron processors


When you're looking to set a record this is how you do it. Not only has IBM's Roadrunner supercomputer come on-line, it's now the world's fastest -- twice as fast as the old BluGene/L champ -- and churning through 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. The $133 million supercomputer achieved the milestone with the help of 12,960 "improved" Cell processors (yes, like those powering your PS3) and a smaller number of AMD Opteron processors -- 116,640 processor cores in total. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending upon your perspective), Roadrunner is for military use only so you'll have to solve the traveling salesman problem on your own time.

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Orkut now recommends communities...

cr.JPGorkut is on a roll now with new & new features coming up everyday... well this time its a new box just between your friend list and your communities list....

'Community recommendations' a list of communities that orkut has choosen for you depending on your existing communities and also depending on how many of your friends have joined it...

whatever it is,small or big we like these new features... so orkut keep rolling....

June 7, 2008

Gmail Labs: Experimental Opt-In Features

Google went live with Gmail Labs, experimental features for web mail client Gmail which you can choose to enable one by one. Note this may still be rolled out for you; if you have it, you can log-in to Gmail, click Settings, and switch to the right-most tab, titled Labs. You will then see an explanation that this is an experimental testing ground where Google engineers can try out new ideas, with a warning that any feature may “change, break or disappear” in the future (but that you can temporarily disable the Labs via a special URL).

Here are some of the features currently available – note whenever you pick one, you are not only required to hit Save Changes, but sometimes also to enable other settings (like keyboard short-cuts) for this to work:

  • Quick links box: This will add a box to the left side to which you can add any Gmail URL... like, for instance, a Gmail search for in:inbox is:unread to see all your unread messages of your inbox. This could come in very handy.

  • Different stars icons: Lets you define a couple of different star icons. Traditionally you can only either add or remove a yellow star to a mail. With this feature you can click the star several times to rotate its image. (Google names this feature “Superstars”, which is a bit of a pun that might make some mistake it for a “automated icons for VIP friends” feature at first.)

  • Fixed width font: Enabling this will trigger a new entry in the “Reply” menu that lets you switch to a non-proportional font.

  • A Snakes game: Well, perhaps something to surprise your friend, though not useful (or a terrific novel game) in itself; enable this, then enable shortcuts, and press “&” to bring up a game of snakes.

  • Mouse gestures: When you enable this feature you can hold the right mouse button and then move the mouse upwards to jump to the inbox, from any place. Moving left-ways goes to a previous conversation, moving to the right goes to the next.

  • Random signature: This will load one of several signatures available in an RSS feed file.


Other Labs features are profile pictures in chat, custom keyboard shortcuts, the ability to place your signature above the quoted message, custom date formats, hiding your friends’ status to save screen space, an anti-email addiction tool that will block the screen for 15 minutes and makes you invisible in chat, as well as an experiment that hides the “unread” count for the inbox, labels and so on. Google in a blog post on the subject says more features are “on the way.”

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3G iPhone firmware leaked: tri-band HSDPA and GPS are go

It's easy to take for granted the 3G iPhone's launch at this point. After all, Steve said it was "coming later this year," as did a number of prominent mobile executives. And then there's been the barrage of carrier announcements, many in international markets that use UMTS and have zero support for the iPhone as we know it today. But the fact of the matter is we've had very little to go on by way of material evidence -- until now.

We have it from a reliable source that a version of the 3G iPhone's firmware has been released -- possibly for carrier partners currently field-testing the device -- and has since been dissected. While nothing is ever guaranteed, in combing through the raw data, we think we got more than enough information on the low-level hardware and drivers that run the device to make some informed conclusions about what we can expect: quad-band GSM support (as we currently have), A-GPS (as we'd already gotten from another source), and tri-band UMTS / HSDPA -- which would make the new iPhone(s) 3G-capable in just about every market in the world. Hardware details after the break. We're through the looking-glass, people!

All the dirty details:

* Infineon PMB6952 / S-GOLD3 six-band UMTS / HSDPA transceiver (as we'd heard)
* Murata LMRX3JCA-479 tri-band amplifier (we're assuming for the 3G)
* Sony SP9T antenna switch for GSM / UMTS dual mode
* ARM 1176JZF-S - Main CPU (same as in 1st gen iPhone)
* Skyworks 77427 chip - UMTS / HSDPA tx 1900MHz, rx 2100MHz
* Skyworks 77414 chip - UMTS / HSDPA 1900MHz
* Skyworks 77413 chip - UMTS / HSDPA 850MHz
* Internal build model number: n82ap (1st gen iPhone was model m68ap)
* UMTS Power Saving option - on or off
* Hooks for Global Locate Library (GLL), software that handles A-GPS related commands for the host processor

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Nokia Rolls Out ‘N78’ In Indian Market

Finnish cellular phone giant Nokia has strengthened its ‘N’ series by Nokia Launches N78 In Indialaunching its unique mobile phone, N78 in the Indian market.

Targeting young generation, the new Nokia N78 weighs just 101.8 gm and sports a signature sleek black surface.

The company said that ‘N78’ will not only offer multiple experiences on single device but also helps combine experiences to make newer ones.

With 2.4 inch screen, the phone comes packed with 70 MB onboard storage capacity, FM radio, 3.2 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, MP3 player and GPS system with pre-loaded Nokia maps of eight cities with points of interest across 52 categories including bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

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June 5, 2008

TECH-BYTES is not dead...





I am very sorry readers for not posting for quite a long time as i was busy with my final exams{result is out and i got 8.3 sgpa} and project and now training... but now i'll try to post regularly...


Here are some of the recent top technical stories....



Google’s New Favicon


This is one of the smaller changes to Google – at least if measured in pixels! Google changed their “Favicon.ico”, the 16x16 image file that usually shows in the browser address bar or in bookmarks. The old icon used a square with red, green and blue edges, wrapping an upper-case “G”. The new logo is a bit more open, showing just the lower-case blue “g” from the Google logo, without borders, and a bit of shadow.



Google Sites Available Without Google Apps


Now you can use Google Sites without having a domain. "A few months ago we launched Google Sites exclusively as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains. Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world," says Andrew Zaeske on the Google Blog.



Internet Explorer 8 Coming in August


Microsoft said yesterday it is planning on releasing yet another test version (Beta 2) of its Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) Web browser in August.
In March this year, the company released IE 8 Beta 1 offering Web developers/designers a preview of the latest iteration of its popular Web browser.

orkut Themes


When orkut doesn't borrow features from Facebook, it gets inspired by other Google services. This time, orkut added themes, but not all the users can see the new option. The themes should be familiar, since most of them were created for iGoogle. When you select a theme, only you and your friends can see it in your profile page.
Will Gmail Get Themes?
A source is telling me that Gmail will get themes – custom layouts to personalize Google’s web mail client. According to the source, the launch of this may happen within the next months. There will be 12 themes to pick from, according to this information, like a black-and-green “terminal” view, as well as a flowery view.

Orkut Adds Photo Tagging feature


Orkut have just added a photo tagging feature. This allows you to tag the photos of other users in your profile or other’s profile. The tagged photos will then be visible in the profile page next to the messages field.



Cool Features in Firefox 3


If you decide to upgrade from Firefox 2 to the first release candidate of Firefox 3, you'll notice an improved performance, less memory leaks, a revamped interface and some very interesting new features:* select discontinuous text - press Ctrl while selecting different blocks of text, like you can do in Microsoft Office