November 29, 2009

The Great Indian Telecom Tariff War...

The waves that Indian telecom Industry is creating has attracted the attention of everyone around the world... Even those who use mobile just for incoming are now a days talking about the various plans that are coming in on a daily basis...

The war that was started with a mere reduction in the STD tariff has now taken a new turn with Outgoing call charges going as low as 1/2 P per sec and Reliance with its 1P sms has taken this tariff war to a new level...

RCOM which entered the Indian Telecom Market with the botom line "KARLO DUNIYA MUTHI MEIN" is continuing to do so with its revolutionary and yet very simple No Condition Plans..

November 16, 2009

Cheaper Google Storage - Backup all your Awesome moments on Picasa

Google updated the pricing for the additional storage you can buy in Gmail and Picasa Web Albums: $0.25 per GB per year.










































Storage
Price (per year)
20 GB$5
80 GB$20
200 GB$50
400 GB$100
1 TB$256
2 TB$512
4 TB$1024
8 TB$2048
16 TB$4096

Here's some historical data:

Pricing (August 2007)






















Storage
Price (per year)
6 GB$20
25 GB$75
100 GB$250
250 GB$500

Pricing (January 2009)






















Storage
Price (per year)
10 GB$20
40 GB$75
150 GB$250
400 GB$500

Google says that the storage is shared between Gmail and Picasa Web Albums, but it's obvious that the additional storage will mostly be used in Google Docs, when the service morphs into Google Drive.

"While storage costs have been dropping naturally, we've also been working hard to improve our infrastructure to reduce costs even further. Today, we're dramatically lowering our prices to make extra storage more affordable. You can now buy 20 GB for only $5 a year, twice as much storage for a quarter of the old price, and enough space for more than 10,000 full resolution pictures taken with a five megapixel camera,"explains Google.

If you've already purchased Google storage, there's a good news: "Your total storage will be increased according to this page at no extra cost. For example, if you had previously purchased 10 GB of Google storage, you now have 80 GB available."

Wooo Hoooo i am definitely going for 20GB after all whats Rs. 250/-  if i can keep a back of all my valuable moments  on Picasa and that too in one single account...

Go, Programming with Google



Google has released a new programming language called Go. Google wants to offer a couple of benefits from their language: fast compilation, easy analyzing of dependencies, static types that nevertheless feel more lightweight compared to some other languages, and multi-core machine support.

Go is not (not yet anyway) an approved official Google-internal language, but apparently more of an experiment for "adventurous users", started in September 2007 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike and Ken Thompson. The motivation for a new language is explained at the Go site:

Go is an attempt to combine the ease of programming of an interpreted, dynamically typed language with the efficiency and safety of a statically typed, compiled language. It also aims to be modern, with support for networked and multicore computing. Finally, it is intended to be fast: it should take at most a few seconds to build a large executable on a single computer. To meet these goals required addressing a number of linguistic issues: an expressive but lightweight type system; concurrency and garbage collection; rigid dependency specification; and so on. These cannot be addressed well by libraries or tools; a new language was called for.



Why doesn't Go offer generic types? Google explains that the language does not offer them yet, but that they may well be added at some point. The site says:

Generics are convenient but they come at a cost in complexity in the type system and run-time. We haven't yet found a design that gives value proportionate to the complexity, although we continue to think about it. Meanwhile, Go's built-in maps and slices, plus the ability to use the empty interface to construct containers (with explicit unboxing) mean in many cases it is possible to write code that does what generics would enable, if less smoothly.


This remains an open issue.



Here's a bit of Go code to give you an idea, and much more is explained in Google's tutorials. I've just copied some syntax samples into this bit of code, not to create a compilable valid program but for the sake of showing off some of the := declaration syntax, the "missing" if and for brackets, the use of semi-colons as separators but not terminators (the tutorial code seems to be inconsequential about this, or I'm missing something), the implicit break in the switch statement and more:


package main

import fmt "fmt"

const (
Space = " ";
)

func main() {
var s string = "";
for i := 0; i < 10; i++ {
if i > 0 {
s += Space
}
s += "foo"
}

var a int;
b := 0;
c := 0;
switch {
case a < b:
c = -1
case a == b:
c = 0
case a > b:
c = 1
}
}



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September 28, 2009

Internet Explorer powered by Google Chrome

If you can't install Google Chrome and you must use Internet Explorer, there's a way to use Google Chrome's rendering engine inside IE: Google Chrome Frame. After installing the plug-in, you can test it by adding cf: in front of any URL from the address bar.

Google Chrome Frame is an interesting option for the developers that write web applications and use HTML or CSS features that are available in any modern browser except IE. They can add a meta tag at the top of a web page and enable the Google Chrome plug-in:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">

Google also provides some JavaScript code that prompts users to install the plug-in. It's not very pleasant to ask users to install a plug-in if they want to use your applications, but it's easier than asking them to change their browser.
Google Chrome Frame is an early-stage open source plug-in that seamlessly brings Google Chrome's open web technologies and speedy JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome Frame, you can:

* Start using open web technologies - like the HTML5 canvas tag - right away, even technologies that aren't yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

* Take advantage of JavaScript performance improvements to make your apps faster and more responsive.

There is a minor problem. If are want to open a website inside Internet Explorer using Google Chrome Frame, you need to manually prefix the URL with “cf:” (without quotes) to activate the Chrome engine. For example, you’ll have to type cf:http://gmail.com in the IE address bar to render this site using Chrome.

Since this involves some effort, here’s a simple workaround that will automatically open all websites inside the Google Chrome Frame without you having to type the “cf” prefix with every URL.

Download the chrome-frame.reg file and double click it. This will add a new entry in your Windows registry forcing IE to render all web pages with Chrome.

chrome registry hack

If you like to change that behavior to the default settings,  just open your Windows Registry (start -> run -> regedit) and navigate to the following key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\ChromeFrame\OptInUrls

Now delete the registry value that says * and Chrome Frame will become invisible again unless you manually invoke it with cf command.

[SOURCE 1 & 2]

Picasa 3.5 Adds Face Recognition

If you liked the feature from Picasa Web Albums that detects the faces in your photos and clusters them, it's now available in Picasa 3.5. Face recognition works locally, without sending data to Google's servers.

For some reason, the feature is enabled by default and it starts to process your photos right after installing the software. It's pretty slow and the accuracy is far from perfect: you might see multiple clusters for the same person and different people addded to the same cluster.



If you sign in using a Google account, you can choose people from your contacts when you're asked to add names for each group of photos. There's also the option to download the name tags from Picasa Web Albums if some of your photos are stored online.

"As with Picasa Web Albums, your reward for trudging through your photos to add tags is better organization, which for a massive library of old, archived shots can be hugely helpful," thinks Josh Lowensohn, from CNet.

Another new feature in Picasa 3.5 is geotagging using Google Maps. Until now, you had to install Google Earth to add locations to your photos. The latest version of Picasa has a "places" sidebar that lets you drag photos to a map.

Here are the direct download links for Picasa 3.5:

Windows: http://dl.google.com/picasa/picasa35-setup.exe
Mac: http://dl.google.com/photos/picasamac35.dmg

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Google Street View's Partner Program

Google has a partner program for Street View. "Do you manage a unique property (pedestrian mall, amusement park, university campus, etc.) that users would like to visit in Street View? Through our Partner Program, you can now request Google to collect imagery of your location. Once the images are added to Street View, people all over the world will be able to virtually explore your property."

For now, the program is limited to properties that are interesting to Google's users. Some of the examples included in the FAQ: "zoos, parks, universities, amusement parks, outdoor marketplaces, stadiums, monuments, tourist destinations, and race tracks".

August 19, 2009

Carry your Google Chrome Bookmarks, wherever you go...

The most recent Google Chrome dev build added a feature that lets you synchronize your bookmarks with a Google account. Because of a technical issue with Google's new sync technology and because Google Chrome uses folders instead of labels, bookmarks will not be displayed in Google Bookmarks, but in Google Docs.



How to try the new feature? Make sure you use Google Chrome's dev channel, which includes a buggier and less polished version of Google Chrome. Then create a desktop shortcut for the browser, right-click on the shortcut, select "Properties" and edit the "Target" field by appending:

--enable-sync

(make sure to add a space before pasting the flag). You should see something like this if you're using Windows Vista:

C:\Users\Ionut\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --enable-sync

Restart the browser and you should find a new option in the Tools menu: "Sync my bookmarks". Enter your credentials and the sync process should start immediately. You'll be able to access your bookmarks in a weird location: a read-only folder inGoogle Docs (things will look less weird when Google Docs is transformed into Google Drive, a general-purpose online storage service). Install Google Chrome's dev build on a different computer and you'll be able to access your bookmarks, edit them and all the changes will be saved online.

Google will release a sync API so that developers can add similar features for other services. "To make this sync infrastructure scale to millions of users, we decided to leverage existing XMPP-based Google Talk servers to give us "push" semantics, rather than only depending on periodically polling for updates. This means when a change occurs on one Google Chrome client, a part of the infrastructure effectively sends a tiny XMPP message, like a chat message, to other actively connected clients telling them to sync," explains a Chromium document.

Tip: import the bookmarks from Google Bookmarks by clicking on the Tools menu, selecting "Import bookmarks and settings" and choosing "Google Toolbar" from the list.

Update: The file that implements the syncing algorithms (syncapi.dll) includes many references to GDrive, so it's likely that Google will use the same technology to synchronize all the files stored in Google Drive.

[SOURCE : 1 & 2]

August 16, 2009

Spread the news or Promote something Via Orkut!!!

Almost everyday there's something that you'd like to spread to all of your orkut friends, whether that be a hilarious YouTube video, a new orkut community you just discovered or a quote that happens to fit your mood. Now do all that with the new orkut feature: 'promote'.



orkut promote is a free tool that allows you to create announcements and automatically send them to all of your orkut friends with a single click. Promote makes it easy to show text, your original photos from your orkut photo albums and your original YouTube videos to your orkut friends– just give your promotion a catchy title and a short description and you'll be all set to go.

With this new promote tool, you get:

  • the ability to easily create promotions using text, photos from your orkut albums, and your original YouTube videos

  • built-in 'spread' and 'trash' features that let you pass on the promotions you like to all of your friends and delete the ones you don't so that they never show up for you again

  • the 'my promotions' tool that shows you how many users have viewed, clicked on, or deleted your promotions, as well as how far they've spread

  • the ability to stop or delete a promotion that you've created at any time


Check out this short instructional video to learn more:

[vid]1JNgKNRSgm0[/vid]

We've done our best to make promotions not just easy to use, but also easy to find. That's why we've placed them in the upper right corner of your friends' home and profile pages, in the same place where advertisements typically appear. - Orkut Blog

P.S :- Feature Not Available in India yet!!


August 5, 2009

Google Chrome Themes Gallery - Now Live!!!

Google Chrome's themes gallery is now available and you can select one of the 28 themes if you install Google Chrome 3.0 BetaGoogle Chrome 3.0 Developer Preview or if you have a recent Chromium build.



Installing a theme isn't a smooth process: you download a .crx file, then Google Chrome loads theme and offers the option to go back to the default theme. You can't preview themes before installing theme and there's no interface for managing themes. The only way to uninstall themes, extensions and to reload themes is by typingchrome://extensions/ in the address bar.


For now, the gallery only includes themes created by Google, but you'll be able to create your own theme and upload it to the gallery in the near future. Check how you can create a theme for Google Chrome.

Bonus themes. There are two sample themes that aren't included in the gallery: Camoand Snowflakes, one of the best Chrome themes.

[SOURCE]

But If you one of those who want a stable browsing experience than don't install Beta or Developer versions and wait for themes to come in Stable version!!!

Inside Google Street View

Google has updated the articles about Google Street View with more information. Google explains how it intitially used vans to capture images, but they were later replaced by cars and tricycles.

"Our current platforms include nine directional cameras for the 360° views, a GPS unit for positioning and laser range scanners. We design and engineer the Street View platforms to be simple and require minimal manufacturing resources. This approach facilitates the ability to be up and running in a short period of time and allows us to quickly scale and get our vehicles on the road around the world."

There's also a list of locations in which Google's Street View cars are operating, but it's limited to three countries: Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

{ via Google LatLong }

[SOURCE]


August 3, 2009

Facebook India Status Updates via SMS 9232232665 (92-FACEBOOK)

SMS GupShup is working with Facebook to enable Indian Facebook users to go mobile with SMS GupShup’s SMS messaging platform. Indian Facebook users can now update their status updates and message friends using SMS. They can also receive status updates, messages and wall posts instantly in their SMS inbox. SMS GupShup will provide the underlying messaging infrastructure to rapidly and reliably deliver the high volume of incoming and outgoing messages between users and Facebook.


Facebook for Mobile can be activated by the users on their mobile devices by visitingwww.facebook.com/mobile. By sending a message to 92-FACEBOOK (9232232665), the users can update their status. The service uses 10-digit regular mobile phone number, so they will only be charged normal SMS rates by their providers. The Facebook does not charge the user for using tehse services.


Tata Indocm users may send a text message containing only the letter “f” (without quotes) to51555. Facebook does not charge for this service. Standard messaging rates apply.


All other mobile phone users in India may send a text message containing only the letter “f” (without quotes) to 9232232665 (92FACEBOOK).


With the Facebook SMS service, you can subscribe to receive text messages of your friends’ status updates directly from their profiles. Click on the “Subscribe via SMS” link below your friends’ profile pictures to get their latest news while you are mobile. You can also comment on your friends’ status updates directly from your phone by replying to the text messages you receive. You can even subscribe to mobile updates from the Facebook Pages of your favorite celebrities, public figures, businesses and organizations.


With Facebook Mobile, you can:


Upload Photos: Send photos and videos to Facebook from your registered mobile phone by sending an MMS to mobile@facebook.com


Status Texting: Update your Status or Message friends using text messages. Receive SMS texts with Status Updates, Messages and Wall Posts as they happen.


Facebook on Mobile: Update your Status, browse your News Feed and view friends’ Profiles all from your phone by visiting m.facebook.com. Works on all phones with mobile web access.


Facebook for Phone: Youcan download rich, interactive applications built for your phone. Mobile applications are available for iPhone, Palm, Sony Ericsson, INQ, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.


[SOURCE]

August 1, 2009

Windows 7 CRACKED!!!

Windows_7_Logo Here is some heartbreaking news to Windows 7 Engineers and good news to all the folks who are eagerly waiting for a pirated version of Windows 7 OS. Hackers managed to exploit the vulnerabilities of Windows 7 Ultimate and released cracks that by-passes Windows Genuine Advantage check. This means, you don’t need to pay a penny for Windows 7 if you get hold of this crack from the wild.

It’s so pity that the cracks are available 85 days ahead of Windows 7 release to customers! Microsoft Engineers yet again failed to show any resistance against the pirates(generally, we hear of iPhone OS cracks only after few days of software releases, right?).


How Hackers Cracked Windows 7?


The method employed by the hackers to crack Windows 7 is no way mean new. It’s the same good old procedure they followed for cracking Windows Vista. According to softpedia
The bypass designed for Windows 7 RTM involves abusing OEM activation 2.1, and in this regard the circumventing process is nothing more than an OEM hack. Via OEM activation 2.1, namely SLP 2.1, Microsoft allows OEMs to pre-activate Windows 7 for distribution preinstalled on new computers. In this context, the activation bypass process leading to the hacked Windows 7 RTM needs to be based on a BIOS (SLIC) hack first of all

Lenova Win 7 Discs – Source Of Sensitive Info For Hackers


It is reported that hackers got access to the copy of an OEM Windows 7 Ultimate disc from Lenovo. From them they were able to extract: product key and the OEM certificate required for authentication.

Something to blame on Lenova? No way! If not Lenova, it would have been DELL or HP or someone else. It really does not matter who is the source of discs. All the hackers wanted was an OEM disc.

Where Can I Download Windows 7 Crack?


Well it is not legal to post such information over here. So we are not going to post any links here. But you can ask Google Search and it brings all the information instantaneously. As the crack is in initial stages, it looks like a cumbersome process for non-geeks. If you a geek, it is just a matter of couple of minutes.

[SOURCE]

Unsubscribe from SPAM!!!

The Gmail Blog reports :-
We believe you should only get the mail you want to get. Some of you already use the "Report Spam" button on all kinds of unwanted email, and for that we're very thankful: the more spam you mark, the better our system gets at weeding out junk mail.

Unsubscribing from mailing lists and newsletters you subscribed to a while back but no longer want to receive should be just as easy. Searching through individual messages for little unsubscribe links is too big a pain —you should be able to unsubscribe with a single click.

So we just launched something that makes this all work better, both for Gmail users and big email senders. Now, when you report spam on a legitimate newsletter or mailing list, we'll help you unsubscribe. After clicking report spam, you'll see a little dialog like this:


Clicking "Unsubscribe" will automatically send a request back to the sender so they'll stop emailing you.

This only works for some senders right now. We're actively encouraging senders to support auto-unsubscribe — we think 100% should. We won't provide the unsubscribe option on messages from spammers: we can't trust that they'll actually unsubscribe you, and they might even send you more spam. So you'll only see the unsubscribe option for senders that we're pretty sure are not spammers and will actually honor your unsubscribe request. We're being pretty conservative about which senders to trust in the beginning; over time, we hope to offer the ability to unsubscribe from more email.

For those of you senders who are interested in this feature, the most basic requirements are including a standard "List-Unsubscribe" header in your email with a "mailto" URL and, of course, honoring requests from users wishing to unsubscribe. You'll also need to follow good sending practices, which in a nutshell means not sending unwanted email (see our bulk sending guidelines for more information).

With an easy way to unsubscribe, everybody wins. Your spam folder is smaller, and senders don't waste time sending you email that you no longer want.

Update (1:50pm): If you want to unsubscribe without reporting the message as spam, click "show details" in the top-right corner of the message, then click "Unsubscribe from this sender."

Remove "On Behalf Of" from Messages Sent Using Gmail

Gmail has a feature that lets you send messages from other addresses. "Gmail's custom 'From:' feature lets you use Gmail to send messages with another of your email addresses listed as the sender in place of your Gmail address. This way, it's easier to manage multiple accounts from the Gmail interface."

A small inconvenience is that Google needs to include your primary email address in the headers and some mail clients inform users that the message is sent "on behalf of" a different address. Outlook is the biggest offender, especially for business messages sent from a a Gmail address "on behalf of" a custom domain.


Some suggested that Gmail should stop including the primary email address in the headers, but that's a major faux pas, since Gmail needs to authenticate the messages sent using its SMTP servers. "The reason we include your address in the headers at all is to help prevent your mail from being flagged as spam by your recipients' email services. For those who want the technical details, we use the 'Sender' field to be consistent with DomainKeys, a commonly used email authentication mechanism. If we didn't do this, your messages may get sent to your recipients' spam folders, which would be worse than the annoyance the current implementation is causing," explains Google.

The solution for this problem is not very elegant, but Google implemented it: you'll need to send the messages using the email provider's SMTP servers. Go to Gmail's settings page, select the Accounts tab, click on "edit info" next to the account you want to edit and then click on "Save changes". For some reason, this doesn't work for Gmail addresses and Google doesn't make the changes behind the scenes.


"We recognize that your other address might not have a server that you can use to send outbound messages — for example, if you use a forwarding alias rather than an actual mailbox, or if your other email provider doesn't support authenticated SMTP, or restricts access to specific IP ranges. For this reason, we've kept the original method as well," mentions Gmail's blog. The original method sends the messages using Gmail's SMTP servers.

[SOURCE]

July 15, 2009

Google Korea With Dropdown Search Menu



The Google Korea homepage, already different from Google.com for some time, is now showing a dropdown search navigation menu to the left of the search box. Translated it reads All Search - Image - News - Map - Dictionary - Blog - Shopping - Videos - Academic, so it represents the different ways to search Google. The selection box does not automatically trigger a search, though, you will still need to click the search button; also, the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is ghosted as soon as you move away from the “all search” selection.

Doing a search with the “all search” selection shows that this is not quite like the web search of Google.com. More than just oneboxes from different services, the Korean SERPs are quite long and divided into areas like “normal” web results, blogs, shopping, news, or Q&A. This search might be even more “universal” than Google.com’s.

[SOURCE]

After Gmail Labs now Google Calendar Labs

Moving the innovation from the main product to a gallery of experimental features was a great idea for Gmail. The number of features increased rapidly without cluttering the product because you could select only the features that are useful to you. The downside was that most of the Gmail Labs were in an early phase, some were buggy and had to be temporarily disabled, while others were simply removed.

The first feature that graduated from Gmail Labs and became a standard feature is Google Tasks: you'll find it below the contacts link and this time there's no option to remove it. "The idea was always that the most popular and viable Labs features would graduate and be made more readily available to all users... and that some of the less used, less viable ones would disappear forever," explains Google.

Since Gmail Labs was a success, Google decided to create a similar gallery of experimental features for Google Calendar. "We've been looking for a way to release early features to users in a quick and experimental fashion, but in a way that would let developers and customers outside of Google extend Calendar too. We've seen how successful Gmail Labs has been and decided Calendar deserved Labs too," notes the Google Apps blog.

Google Calendar Labs has only 6 experiments: an option to customize the application using a background image, a clock that shows the current time in multiple time zones, an option that lets you jump to a certain date, a countdown to the next event, schedules for shared calendars and an option to attach Google Docs documents.



If the new features don't seem very useful, developers can write OpenSocial gadgets for Google Calendar. The APIs let you interact with Google Calendar's interface: you can add events, change settings, show the events for certain dates. Almost any iGoogle gadget can be added to Google Calendar using the following URL, assuming that you don't need to edit the preferences and that there's enough space to display it:

http://www.google.com/calendar/render?gadgeturl=GADGET_XML_FILE

(where GADGET_XML_FILE is the URL of the gadget's XML file, for example: http://www.google.com/calendar/render?gadgeturl=http://www.google.com/ig/modules/wikipedia.xml)

[SOURCE]

Apollo 11 moon mission to be recreated on the web


While the shuttle Endeavour is having a tough time getting off of the launch pad, the Apollo 11 moon mission should proceed as scheduled later this week. Some 40 years after Neil Armstrong and a host of behind-the-scenes workers at NASA made JFK's vision a reality, WeChooseTheMoon.org is being launched to recreate the whole spectacle. Starting a full 90 minutes prior to the 40th anniversary (that's 8:02AM on July 16th), the site will be fully operational, tracking the capsule's route from Earth to the moon. Reportedly, visitors will be able to peek "animated recreations of key events from the four-day mission, including when Apollo 11 first orbits the moon and when the lunar module separates from the command module." If you're one of those who remembers "exactly where you were on that fateful day," you should probably queue up a Google alert and bookmark your browser to relive the whole experience again.

[SOURCE]

July 11, 2009

Meet New Nobel Peace Prize Candidate: Twitter

The next time you surf the internet, you may bump into a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. A US security expert has proposed the honor for micro-blogging site Twitter, which helped protesters in Iran beat censorship and tell their tale to the world.

The free social-messaging utility uniquely documented and personalised the story of hope, heroism and horror in Iran, says Mark Pfeifle, former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and global outreach at the US National Security Council.

"The video gave substance to what seemed so far away. We saw the look in her eyes as they went lifeless. We heard the sounds of her friends and family as they begged her to hold on. And she became the personification of the struggle for democracy in a country where voices for freedom are quelled," Pfeifle wrote in The Christian Science Monitor this week.

"Her name was Neda Agha-Soltan, and without Twitter we might never have known that she lived in Iran, that she dreamed of a free Iran, and that she died in a divided Iran for her dreams."

"Neda became the voice of a movement; Twitter became the megaphone. Twitter is a free social-messaging utility. It drove people around the world to pictures, videos, sound bites, and blogs in a true reality show of life, dreams, and death. Last month's marches for freedom and the violent crackdowns were not only documented but personalised into a story of mythic tragedy."

The article titled "A Nobel Peace Prize for Twitter?" notes that when journalists were forced to leave iran, Twitter became a "window for the world to view hope, heroism, and horror. It became the assignment desk, the reporter, and the producer. And, because of this, Twitter and its creators are worthy of being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Is it a bit of a far-fetched proposal or merely a nice headline? Well, Pfeifle is fully serious.

"I first mentioned this idea while being interviewed on a cable news program. Many scoffed. That's understandable. But think about what Twitter has accomplished: It has empowered people to attempt to resolve a domestic showdown with international implications - and has enabled the world to stand with them. It laid the foundation to pressure the world to denounce oppression in Iran."

Twitter is a blog site where people tell their friends about the details of their lives, but a single message can have a maximum of 140 characters.

As many people in Iran came out on the streets against what they saw as fraud in the presidential elections last month, 140 characters were enough "to shine a light on Iranian oppression and elevate Twitter to the level of change agent. Even the government of Iran has been forced to utilize the very tool they attempted to squelch to try to hold on to power".

Without Twitter, the article argues, the world might have known little more than a losing candidate accusing the powers that be of alleged fraud. With Twitter, "they now shout hope with a passion and dedication that resonates not just with those on their street but with millions across the globe".

"Twitter and other social media outlets have become the soft weapons of democracy. Twitter told us the story of Neda's supreme sacrifice. It is telling the story of the Iranian people yearning to breathe free. For those reasons, Twitter deserves consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize."

[SOURCE]

Intel Confirms It Helped Develop Google's Chrome OS

Intel has confirmed that it has been working with Google to develop the just-announced Chrome Operating System for netbooks, a potential competitor to Microsoft 's Windows franchise.
Multiple operating systems already run on Intel processors, including Windows, Apple's Mac OS X, and Linux. Intel gave its Moblin OS to the Linux Foundation and has been working with the foundation to develop Moblin for handheld devices. Intel is also reportedly working with Google to put its Android mobile operating system on handhelds.

While the news of Intel's involvement in the Chrome OS may not be a threat to Microsoft's dominance of the PC market and its efforts to be the OS of choice for handhelds, the software giant isn't likely to be pleased that Intel has encouraged competition.

Google's open-source, Linux-based Chrome OS is initially targeting netbooks. It will run on both x86 Intel and ARM chips, and Google is working with manufacturers Acer, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Toshiba and others to bring netbooks to market with the Chrome OS, which stresses speed, simplicity and security .

Intel's efforts to support multiple operating systems and smaller devices shouldn't be a surprise to Microsoft or others. Gartner has predicted PC sales will fall 11.9 percent this year, and Intel needs to encourage new markets outside its traditional PC focus. Netbooks are a growing market, as are handheld devices from mobile phones to music players.

In March, Intel announced a memorandum of understanding under which customers of Taiwan-based chip foundry TSMC will can produce customized designs of Intel's Atom chip for embedded applications. Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney told financial analysts at the time, "I believe as we look forward to the next three to four years, more and more customers will need to embed full PC functionality into their devices."

The agreement with TSMC lets Intel compete with rival ARM, which has many processor-design customers that rely on TSMC to produce customized devices.

Besides netbooks, Intel believes the package size and low-power envelope of its Atom chips make them ideal for in-car infotainment systems, eco-technology devices, and next-generation media phones capable of delivering communication services over IP. To be successful in these new markets, the chipmaker will need to focus on optimizing power use for devices that run off batteries.

[SOURCE]

Microsoft's "Gazelle" browser detailed

If you're particularly attuned to tech gossip, you'll know that Google's Chrome OS announcement has prompted a lot of whispers about something called "Gazelle" being cooked up in Microsoft's labs. Part browser, part OS, the word on the street is that Gazelle will be announced soon, and ultimately compete in some way with either Chrome (the browser) or Chrome (the OS). As usual, most of this is just based on hopes and fairytales, but the scholarly folks at Ars Technica have done some digging and come up with a white paper from Microsoft Research that details some of what Gazelle is all about -- and surprise surprise, although it shares some similarities with Chrome, it's actually quite different.

At the most general level, Gazelle is an experiment in building an ultrasecure browser. Like Chrome, it breaks tasks up into different processes, but instead of separating at the page level, Gazelle breaks individual page elements into different processes, allowing content from different servers to be isolated and ultimately providing fine-grained security controls. To manage all these different processes, there's a central "kernel," which is where all the OS talk stems from -- it's all still running on Windows, and the rendering engine is still IE's Trident engine, but Gazelle manages all those separate processes independently, kind of like a virtualized OS. It's certainly interesting stuff, but it's still all just a research project for now -- Chrome OS is still vapor, but it's clear that Google intends to ship something, while Gazelle seems more suited to inspire future versions of IE.

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July 10, 2009

Protect your Google Account, Recover password through SMS

On June 26th I posted a entry about the recovering your Google password through SMS but only in US, Now after 15 days Google now allows all of you to change your password recovery options and allows you to recover it through SMS.

Here's what Gmail Blog Posted >
Even the best of us forget our passwords from time to time. In fact, recovering passwords is one of the top reasons people visit the Gmail Help Center. To help with these situations, we recently added the ability to recover your password via text message.

To turn this on for your account, just sign in, select 'Change Password Recovery Options,' enter your cell phone number and click 'Save.'

Next time you forget your password, enter your username on the password-assistance page, and Google will text you a recovery code. No need to check another email account or even leave the page.

In general, it's a good idea to add as many password recovery options to your Google Account as possible, like a secondary email address and security question. And don't forget to keep them up-to-date.

Silverlight 3 out of beta...



A day earlier than expected, Microsoft has launched its third edition of Silverlight and its SDK. As Ars Technica notes, some of the bigger improvements on the user side are GPU hardware acceleration and new codec support including H.264, AAC, and MPEG-4. If you're looking to give it a spin, there's a Smooth Streaming demo available that, as the name suggests, does a pretty good job of streaming HD video with little stutter, even when skipping around. If you've got Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 6, Safari 3 or anything fresher, Click HERE to get the update.

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July 8, 2009

Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome.

googlechromelogoWow. So you know all those whispers about a Google desktop operating system that never seem to go away? You thought they might with the launch of Android, Google’s mobile OS. But they persisted. And for good reason, because it’s real.


In the second half of 2010, Google plans to launch the Google Chrome OS, an operating system designed from the ground up to run the Chrome web browser on netbooks. “It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be,” Google writes tonight on its blog.


But let’s be clear on what this really is. This is Google dropping the mother of bombs on its chief rival, Microsoft. It even says as much in the first paragraph of its post,“However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web.” Yeah, who do you think they mean by that?


And it’s a genius play. So many people are buying netbooks right now, but are running WIndows XP on them. Windows XP is 8 years old. It was built to run on Pentium IIIs and Pentium 4s. Google Chrome OS is built to run on both x86 architecture chips and ARM chips, like the ones increasingly found in netbooks. It is also working with multiple OEMs to get the new OS up and running next year.


Obviously, this Chrome OS will be lightweight and fast just like the browser itself. But also just like the browser, it will be open-sourced. Think Microsoft will be open-sourcing Windows anytime soon?


As Google writes, “We have a lot of work to do, and we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision.” They might as well set up enlistment booths on college campuses for their war against Microsoft.


Google says the software architecture will basically be the current Chrome browser running inside “a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.” So in other words, it basically is the web as an OS. And applications developers will develop for it just as they would on the web. This is similar to the approach Palm has taken with its new webOS for the Palm Pre, but Google notes that any app developed for Google Chrome OS will work in any standards-compliant browser on any OS.


What Google is doing is not recreating a new kind of OS, they’re creating the best way to not need one at all.


So why release this new OS instead of using Android? After all, it has already been successfully ported to netbooks. Google admits that there is some overlap there. But a key difference they don’t mention is the ability to run on the x86 architecture. Android cannot do that (though there are ports), Chrome OS can and will. But more, Google wants to emphasize that Chrome OS is all about the web, whereas Android is about a lot of different things. Including apps that are not standard browser-based web apps.


But Chrome OS will be all about the web apps. And no doubt HTML 5 is going to be a huge part of all of this. A lot of people are still wary about running web apps for when their computer isn’t connected to the web. But HTML 5 has the potential to change that, as you’ll be able to work in the browser even when not connected, and upload when you are again.


We’re starting to see more clearly why Google’s Vic Gundotra was pushing HTML 5 so hard at Google I/O this year. Sure, part of it was about things like Google Wave, but Google Wave is just one of many new-style apps in this new Chrome OS universe.


But there is a wild card is all of this still for Microsoft: Windows 7. While Windows XP is 8 years old, and Windows Vista is just generally considered to be a bad OS for netbooks, Windows 7 could offer a good netbook experience. And Microsoft had better hope so, or its claim that 96% of netbooks run Windows is going to be very different in a year.


Google plans to release the open source code for Chrome OS later this year ahead of the launch next year. Don’t be surprised if this code drops around the same time as Windows 7. Can’t wait to hear what Microsoft will have to say about all of this. Good thing they have a huge conference next week.


[SOURCE - Tech Crunch]

Gmail,Gtalk,Docs Calendar Matures out of Beta...

Google changed the meaning of "beta software" by launching applications in early stages and forgetting to remove the word "beta" even after years of testing. Gmail has been launched in April 2004 and it's still in beta after more than 7 years of development.

New York Times reports that Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk are coming out of beta today. Google hopes to convince businesses that the applications are good enough to be used in a corporate environment. "For business customers, it is an important sign in terms of the maturity of our product offering and commitment to this business. I've had C.I.O.s tell me that they would not consider a product labeled beta," explained a Google employee.

What's in a name? Apparently, not much, since Gmail's perpetual beta only meant that there are still significant features that need to be added. "We have very, very high standards for the product, as we do for all Google products. But we are not ready to come out of beta yet. There are a few things that we're working on, and once we meet a couple more of those criteria, we would love to come out of beta," said Gmail's Product Manager Todd Jackson in March.

Making labels more familiar was probably one of the things that had to be changed before Gmail could finally be good enough to drop the "beta" tag. Keith Coleman, Gmail Product Director, has a longer list of features that had to be added: integrated chat, mobile versions, open protocols, better anti-spam technology, a more flexible architecture.

"Some people think we should wait until we launch < one of ongoing secret projects >. Others say that, over the last five years, a beta culture has grown around web apps, such that the very meaning of "beta" is debatable. And rather than the packaged, stagnant software of decades past, we're moving to a world of rapid developmental cycles where products like Gmail continue to change indefinitely."

If you think there's something missing from Gmail's logo, enable the "Back to Beta" feature from Gmail Labs to bring back the familiar logo. It's that easy to pretend that nothing happened.

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July 5, 2009

Mobile Number Portability - This is what you need to know

A quick rehash to the MNP (Mobile Number Portability) scene. MNP is a service which will allow users to change their service providers without the need to change their numbers. Now, after a series of delays, it is set to arrive on September 20, 2009 in most of the cities and few states while others will have to wait till March 20, 2010.

Yesterday, TRAI revealed the draft norms that will bind the MNP service as well as users gaining from it. This is what you need to know if you’ll be going for it as soon as its available in September.



For Customers:

  1. Customer needs to complete at least 90 days before applying for another operator

  2. Customer needs to give an undertaking to his current operator that he wishes to switch to another service operator

  3. Customers will obviously charged a fee for doing this. Though no fee has been confirmed for now, expect it to be around Rs. 300

  4. Post-paid users need to show a proof of no outstanding payments to the new operator


For Operators:


  1. An operator needs to carry out checks like identity verification etc. and should be completed within 5 days

  2. Operators need to inform customers about the exact time and date when the porting will happen

  3. A new operator is not obliged to pay any outstanding payments of the ported customer to his original service provider

  4. In case of a no service period during porting, the new operator has to send a list of messages and missed calls during the same period


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Use Labels as Folders in Gmail with drag and drop...

A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labelingeasier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel. Now we're making some more changes to Gmail's labeling toolkit.


1) New location for labels
You'll notice your labels in a new location on the left of your inbox (or on the right, for those of you using the Arabic, Hebrew, or Urdu versions of Gmail). Instead of having their own section, your labels are now above your chat list, grouped together with Inbox, Drafts, Chats and other system labels.

2) Label hiding and showing
You now have control over which of your labels show. We've done our best to get you started by automatically showing the labels you use most and hiding the rest. Label hiding is my favorite new feature, since it saves me from having to look through labels I rarely use. If I ever need to reach any of my old labels, I just click the "more" link.


You can show, hide, or delete a label by clicking the down-arrow to the left of that label.


If you want to make a lot of changes at once, go to the Labels tab under Settings where you can edit labels in bulk.

For those of you who created label names like _stuff or ++todo++ to force your most-used labels to the top of the list (come on, you know who you are, I did it too...), you don't have to come up with clever tricks like that anymore ;)

3) Drag and drop
You can now drag messages into labels, just like you can with folders. This does the exact same thing as "Move to" -- it labels and archives in one step.


You can drag labels onto messages too. It's the same thing as using the "Label" button. To label or move many messages at once, first select the messages and then drag and drop the label.


It's also possible to drag labels into the "more" menu to hide them and vice versa. If you only want to move a couple labels around, I've found it quicker than going to Settings.

All of these changes also mean the end of Right-side Labels, an experimental Gmail Labs feature. This is the first Labs feature we're retiring. (The idea behind Labs was always that things could break or disappear at any time or they might work so well that they become regular features. More on that soon...) Now that labels aren't in their own little box and take up much less space, moving them around the screen didn't seem as important. We realize quite a few of you used and liked Right-side Labels, so if you feel strapped for left nav screen real estate without it, try turning on Right-side Chat in Labs instead.

We hope these new changes make labeling even easier and help you stay organized.

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June 28, 2009

Invite your friends to Gmail - send 25 MB's of attachment

Now you can send bigger attachments in Gmail, as Google increased the maximum attachment size from 20 MB to 25 MB.
With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. Please note that you may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits. If your attachment bounces, you should invite them to Gmail," suggests Google.

June 26, 2009

Private Browsing comes to Firefox with V3.5

The Release candidate 3 of Firefox 3.5 is now available for download..

Here's a video that shows all the cool features available in this release...

Now this is what we call, the revolt against the King!!

YouTube blog entry by a YouTube manager announcing the roll-out of a new channel design has so far received 49,644 comments, and growing. Looks like not everyone is happy (and it may or may not be that unhappy users are more vocal, too, right now). Included in the most recent comments right now are things like:

  • “i think u should ask the viewers before u make your choice. please do that ... =]”

  • “support this video against the mandatory changes - http://www.youtube.com/wat...”

  • “Please allow the choice of both old and new channel designs.”


... as well as full blown ASCII protest art.

[’Old Channel Rules’ written with @’s]

Here's a video that describes all the cool {as per youtube} features of  the new layout!!

Recover your Google password via SMS

Google added a new password recovery option: you can now associate a mobile phone number with your Google Account and Google will send a recovery code by SMS.

"Since most people use cell phones these days, we decided text messaging would be an easy, convenient addition to our password recovery options. To set up password recovery via your mobile phone, just sign in to your account and click Change Password Recovery Options. Enter your mobile phone number and current password and then click Save. If you lose access to your account for any reason, you'll be able to regain access by entering a code we'll send in a text message."


For now, the options is only available in the US. Google also updated the password recovery settings page to include all the account-recovery options: secondary email addresses, text messages and the security question.

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June 18, 2009

OMG! - This is Funny, Really Funny!!!

Found this post on GOS blog and really couldn't stop laughing after reading and watching this >
Apparently, many people don't know what's a browser and they think it's the same thing as a search engine. I've recently quoted some posts from Google Chrome's help forum which were strange: users didn't like Chrome and they thought that the old search engine was better. "I want the old Google search engine, not Google Chrome. How do I go back to regular old Google? I want to change my default search engine from Chrome to Google."

Scott Suiter, a former Google intern, asked 50 passersby from New York what is a browser and the responses were almost unanimous: a browser is a search engine. Some even said that their browser is Google.



According to Wikipedia, "a web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web." But search engines are the applications that help you find web pages and they're so important that they became synonymous with web browsers. It's an involuntary synecdoche, a figure of speech in which a part of an object is used to refer to the entire object.

Themes for Google Chrome


After adding themes to iGoogle and Gmail, Google intends to skin Chrome and some of the initial themes will be created by famous artists. New York Times reports that not all of the illustrators and designers contacted by Google were happy to license their works for free.

"While we don't typically offer monetary compensation for these projects, through the positive feedback that we have heard thus far we believe these projects provide a unique and exciting opportunity for artists to display their work in front of millions of people," explained a Google representative.

Some recent Chrome builds include the option to "reset to default theme", but Google doesn't offer a gallery of themes or some guidelines for creating your own theme.


Immediately after Chrome's launch, many people started to create themes for the browser by editing the default.dll file, but the file is overwritten by the automatic updater and the format was changed in the latest releases.

Note: the screenshot shows a theme created by Google. To install it, you need to install a developer version of Chrome and to enable extensions.

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June 16, 2009

Opera Unite - Makes Every Computer a Server - Is this the beginning of web 3.0



Opera has a little surprise in store for you this morning with its Opera Unite service. A web-based application built into the Opera browser that the Norwegian-based company says will "reinvent the Web" as it makes your computer, data, and media available via any web browser through the Unite cloud. A bold claim, sure, but just look at the breadth of the cloud-based services available to Mac, PC, or Linux/Unix users: 


  • File sharing -- securely share files direct from your computer

  • Web server -- turns your home computer into a web server via Opera Unite URL

  • Media player -- direct link to your music collection from any web browser

  • Photo sharing -- shares your image library over the web without requiring a photo service

  • Lounge -- self-contained chat service running on your computer

  • Fridge -- a place where friends and family can post notes


We're taking the service / software for a spin right now and at first blush, we're duly impressed by the ease of setup and control. Hit the links below to try it for yourself. Video introduction after the break. 

Read -- Download 
Read -- Opera Unite press release



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June 5, 2009

Orkut mobile app is here to rock your world!!!

Just when i thought people at Google are sleeping, they came out with a much awaited Orkut mobile app to rock all of us.

Here's what orkut Blog posted >
When we first launched a version of orkut for mobile phones, we couldn't have predicted how popular it would become. Every day, many of you sign in to orkut on your phones from all over the world– checking out scraps, updates from friends, and even viewing photos. As mobile phones are becoming one of the major ways that you access orkut, we thought it was about time to introduce a mobile application that offered you the site's core functionality wherever you happen to be.

Today, we're thrilled to announce the beta launch of the orkut mobile application, a downloadable app for Java-enabled phones (including popular phones like the Nokia N95, Nokia 6300, and Sony Ericsson W580i), that truly makes your orkut experience as mobile as you are. Check out our top five favorite features of the orkut mobile app:

  • Upload photos to orkut on-the-go, directly from your phone.

  • View scraps, friends' updates, and photo albums while you're offline.

  • Share your orkut albums with all of your friends whether they use orkut or not (via SMS).

  • Easily call or SMS your orkut friends and address book contacts from within the app.

  • Get automatic updates when your friends change their contact information or orkut profiles.




Excited? Install the orkut mobile app (available in English and Portuguese), by heading to m.google.com/orkut on your mobile phone's browser. While the app is free to download and use, your mobile provider's regular data charges will apply.

We've done our best to make this app accessible to as many of you as possible, so as long as you have Java enabled phone and a data plan, you should be all set. For more detailed info on supported phones.

June 2, 2009

Go Bing yourself!!! - A complete Bing Guide...

Bing - Microsoft's Answer to Google search is finlly live world wide.. The very first look will make you get attached to it because of its quite colorful background image which is different for different countries, those who are bored of the simple white and classic background of Google will definitely love it...

Bing-home page



But you may not find all the feature in your country homepage, like in India also, very limited functionality is available to the users as of now and some really attractive functionality like Shopping, Travel, News etc. are missing.

But you can go to this Bing worldwide page and switch your region to USA - English and  can see all the tabs now.

Some of the really wonderful features of Bing are :-

New Explorer Pane


The search results are categorised into various web-groups and are included on the left side of the search page (big deal, really!) e.g. a search for “Mercedes” will add a left Navigation pane with groups categorised by Dealers, Accessories, Jobs, Sales etc.  followed by “Related Searches” which shows what others users are searching for related to your search. It also has a super cool search history tab that shows what you have searched in past.

When it comes to searching for names e.g. “Aishwarya Rai” the results lead you to web groups like images, posters, biography, interviews, quotes etc. It also shows the Xrank for the name which is basically just an index for popularity of the name.

Bing Travel


You just need to go to the Travel tab and input source, destination and date of travel; Bing will bring the search results from a complete mashup of travel related websites like travel sites, airways sites and various travel agents to serve you the best deals on the platter! It’s nothing revolutionary but Bing here is trying to establish itself as a single destination for everything.

Bing Travel is powered by Farecast technology which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Farecast uses a predictive algorithm to predict when and from where should users buy their tickets.



Bing Shopping


A search for Nokia will bring all Nokia Phones sorted by reviews, users ratings and expert ratings. People can also sort the results based on their prices and can see the prices, availability across various sites from the Bing search page itself. You can also get speciall offers like Bing Cashback going though the bing search page.

Bing Video Search


This is one the really cool Google killer feature of Bing according to me... Try searching for “IPL” on Bing and it will show you various videos on the search page and you can just start them by pointing the mouse over them! And you can see the videos from the search page itself! Might become too chaotic at times, but a nice little feature!

Now, this news has started some spicy controversies regarding ”copyright infringement” as Bing may also show copyrighted video on their search page, which they might not have rights over. Secondly, since Bing is a search engine it may not be blocked in universities, homes etc. and users can easily use it to see illegal content like porn which would otherwise be blocked.


Besides this there are lots of other things that makes it cool like Bing Maps and features like "Also on this page" menu when you hover over any search result is really cool.



Bing - Also on this page


If you search for a company stock (e.g. GOOG or MSFT), and Bing will show you a grahical representation of the company's stock on NASDAQ as the first result, Bing will automatically create a web slice for that company which you may then add to IE 8 and track the performance directly from the favorites bar. You need Internet Explorer 8 to try this feature.

stock-slices

There are some other coll features that will make your Bing experiance even better :-

Save and Email search results

With Bing, you can save your search history on to a local folder inside Bing or to your Windows Skydrive account. Alternatively, you may send your search queries to a friend via email or publish them on your Facebook wall via Bing. You’ll need Silverlight to share queries in Bing.

RSS Feeds of Search Results

Unlike Google or Yahoo, Bing offers RSS feeds for their web search results that you can subscribe to inside any feed reader. Your browser should be able to auto-detect the RSS feed of Bing pages or you can append &format=rss to any Bing search URL and convert it into a feed. This feature is not available for Image and Video search

Find Pages That Link to MP3 Files or Documents

Bing (and Live Search) supports a unique "contains" search operator that lets you find web pages that contain links to particular file types.

For instance, a search like susan boyle contains:mp3 will show pages that are about the British singer and that also link to MP3 files. Replace mp3 with doc to search pages that contain links to Word Documents.

Add Bing to FireFox


To add Bing to Firefox search just add this Firefox Add-one from here

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BING = BUT ITS NOT GOOGLE


When i searched for my own name " Vaibhav Gera" it showed results with the word GEAR in it and also highlighted it, Is BING so dumb that it cant distinguish between GERA and GEAR... LOL [Looks like Bing team read this line Bing is no longer showing results for GEAR when i searched for Vaibhav Gera -- Yaa its really not Google because to make Google hear something you'll have to do a lot!!!]

BING has a tough road ahead after all fighting the KING of Internet Google will not be an easy job!!! The Road might be difficult to the Top but Atleast Microsoft is on the right trak for the first time...

Here are some posts that helped me in compiling this post :-

To bing or not to bing? A complete review


Bing Tips & Tricks