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One of the reasons why the chat box can no longer be disabled in the new version of Gmail is that it will include some new features: updates from your contacts. Yes, they are the same contacts you barely know, but these updates will help you learn more about them.
Gmail's code suggests that you'll be able to delete the updates you don't like, reply by email or post a comment. It's not very clear what kind of updates you will receive, but they're probably the latest important actions of your contacts from different Google services.
Microsoft will release the first beta of Internet Explorer 8 in the first half of 2008 that will have full support for web standards. And the new browser will be known as “Windows Internet Explorer 8″.
Website designers will be able to write websites based on standards, insert a flag that tells IE to render in IE8 standards mode, and IE will then switch its rendering engine to use this new mode.
Thus IE8 won’t break the layout of existing websites coded for previous versions of IE (IE7 or IE6, for example). They’ll behave in exactly the same way in IE8 unless website designers opt-in to IE8 standards mode by placing a simple tag at the head of their HTML document.It is not immediately clear if Windows IE8 will be available for Windows 2000 and XP versions.
Firefox 3, the next generation web browser from Mozilla, has been released as a beta software officially in Mozilla's web site. The Firefox 3 beta includes approximately 900 new features which improves user experience, security, stability & performance.
The English version of the browser for Microsoft Windows can be downloaded from here. If you want to download for other operating systems and with regional language support, visit Mozilla's download centre.
Read the release notes to know more about the new features introduced in Firefox 3 beta.
Microsoft has just added the Windows XP Service Pack 3 (release candidate) installer to their download website.
This Windows XP SP3 installer weighs around 336 MB and includes all patches, bug fixes and security updates ever released by Microsoft since the launch of Windows XP OS.
Nothing major introduced in XP SP3 but there’s a new activation scheme which will not require a product key during XP installation on a new machine.
And unlike XP SP1 or SP2, you can easily uninstall XP SP3 from your PC using the Add Remove programs module.
The new service is used by adding a translation bot to a Google Talk chat, for example adding firstname.lastname@example.org provides a translation from English to Chinese. The bot can be used as a direct look up tool for a translation, or in a group chat for translation on the fly as part of a conversation. For a two way conversation two bots are required, one for the English to other language translation, and one for the other language back into English.
A full list of languages available (and codes) can be found on the Google Talk blog here. The service also supports translation from non-English languages to other non-English languages as well, for example French to German and back again.
Lets hope that unlike the Babel Fish in Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy that Google Talk doesn’t start any conflicts; given that the service is pulling data from Google Translate some of those translations may end up being rather interesting to say the least.
One of the bigger issues with the Apple iPhone that made everyone on the planet go 'What the...?' was the fact that this Super phone had a camera, great, but not only was it a simple point and shoot with no settings, it was also devoid of video recording capabilities. That is now about to stand corrected. Although it is NOT Apple who has revamped the camera but a third part application that will provide this facility.
A beta version of the iPhone video recording application was developed by the Monster and Friends. The latest update tells us that the application, although has it’s limitations due to the iPhone’s RAM, is able to record videos at a frame rate of 40-45 fps with no recording limit. Such was not the case with the earlier version.
Kudos to the developer and let’s just say we’re looking forward to a lot more from him.
You can download the iPhone video recording application here.
The tentative release date for Beta 2 has been set for Dec. 21, said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's interface designer, in a posting to a company blog Monday. "If all goes well during the testing, Firefox 3 Beta 2 will be released on [Dec. 21] in the early afternoon, Pacific Standard Time. You can track our progress on the Firefox 3 Beta 2 Release Checklist," Beltzner said.
Mozilla dropped Beta 1 on users Nov. 20; a day later, Mike Schroepfer, the company's vice president of engineering, said the goal was to get another beta out the door before 2007 ended.
On Friday, Mozilla will hold one of its all-comers test days, where it asks for volunteers to run the beta through a series of stress tests.MORE...
Now the virus will be gone. The virus mainly spreads through USB disks so be sure to delete Autorun.inf file and any folder which has a .exe extension in the pen drive you use. Avast and Nod32 are able to detect it. Even AVG, Norton and macfee failed to detect it.
Steering India towards a new level of wireless telephony, the government on Monday announced immediate release of spectrum for 'third generation' (3G) mobile services and allowed users to switch operators while retaining the cell phone numbers.
"The government has decided to release 3G spectrum in 2.1 ghz band with immediate effect," Communications Minister A Raja said.
Number portability, which would allow users to change their service provider while keeping the numbers unchanged, will be introduced in the four metropolitan cities at the earliest.
The department of telecommunications secretary D S Mathur said about 30 mhz spectrum can be released to accommodate three players in the first phase.
Asked whether only existing 2G players will be allowed to offer 3G services, Raja said: "No, I want healthy competition, I want all the players to bid for it. As far as foreign players are concerned, they will be allowed subject to security clearances by Ministry of Home Affairs."
OpenSocial, Google's API for social gadgets, has been launched to the public. The API is supported by many social networks, including MySpace and orkut, but it's still not ready for prime time (Plaxo is the first site that lets you add social gadgets to your profile).
orkut added something new: an application that lets you ask your friends questions. It wasn't developed using OpenSocial, but it's a perfect example of an useful social gadget. You can find it at the top of the feeds page.
Ask Friends (or Mobius, probably a reference to the Möbius strip) has two clever features that make it non-trivial. Based on your question, orkut automatically generates a list of labels, probably from an existing database. Using these labels and other labels entered by you, orkut determines what friends are most likely to have an answer for your question. "The system will choose Orkut friends who may have an interesting answer for you based on their answering history and interests." There's also an option to select the friends that can view and answer your question.
Google’s big idea to launch a mobile phone handset has proved a fertile ground for rumors galore in the mobile industry for a while now. Nothing conclusive so far about the design, UI or anything else has been disclosed. It been under wraps for so long, it’s driving people into a speculative frenzy.
Come Monday and the fog should clear and we should finally be able to get a more-or-less clear picture regarding what the actual deal is. Yes, that's apparently when Google is going to announce its plans for entering the mobile world. So stay tuned.
Apple Inc. no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.
The new policy started Thursday, according to Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.
"Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift," Kerris said. "We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."
More than 1.4 million units of the hybrid cell phone-iPod have been sold since it debuted on June 29, according to Apple. It is expected to be a hot gift for the holidays.
Apple thinks some people already have purchased multiple iPhones to resell, including those looking to modify or 'unlock' the phones so they work on networks other than AT&T, Apple's carrier partner in the US.
Airtel mobile bills can now be paid through SMS using mChek services. If you have a Mastercard or a Visa credit card, you can now pay your Airtel mobile bill anytime and from anywhere.
Airtel and mChek guarantees the safety of your transaction and assures the user that the information provided during the transaction will be secure. The registration for mCheck can be done through SMS or through the mCheck website.
The registration via SMS is very simple:
1. SMS ‘MCHEK’ to 121
2. Enter any 4-digit numeric PIN of your choice
3. Enter your credit card details
4. Re-enter your PIN
5. You are registered!
Now, there are two more steps involved for the payment procedure. Every time the user wishes to make payment:
1. SMS ‘PAY AIRTEL’
2. Enter your 4-digit numeric PIN
You will get an instant payment receipt through SMS.MORE...
PartyChat adds one of the many missing features from Google Talk: chat rooms. You need to add email@example.com as a friend and use commands to create a room or join an existing one. To make sure nobody joins your room accidentally, password-protect it.
PartyChat is like a group chat, except that it's less obtrusive and persistent across different login sessions.
For example, say your friends are in a party chat named "drivel". To enter the chat, IM firstname.lastname@example.org with the line "/enter drivel." After that, you'll receive messages sent in "drivel" from email@example.com and all messages you send to firstname.lastname@example.org will be broadcasted to your friends in "drivel."
If you log out of Google Talk and then log back in, you're still in the party chats you were in prior to logging out. To leave a party chat, IM "/leave" or "/exit" to the address you were chatting with (e.g. email@example.com).
Microsoft recently unveiled its personalized email service in India, CoolHotmail.com, where users can get to chose unique customized Live Hotmail id’s from a list of over 130 names/domains.
Instead of the default @hotmail.com or @live.com address, you can now opt for other email address choices that relate more closely with your personality, interests or lifestyle.
Only a day after the release of the iPhoneSimfree software to retailers, the enterprising "iPhone Dev Team" has managed to reproduce the functionality for a much more appealing price: free.
Twelve dedicated coders, known only as Daeken, Darkmen, guest184, gray, iZsh, Nightwatch, pytey, roxfan, Sam, uns, Zappaz, and Zf, have managed to decipher the unlocking codes for the iPhone and are making their software available to the world for download -- and at the miniscule size of 6,458 bytes.
While a direct link cannot be provided to the unlocking software, it has been tested and confirmed working. It remains to be seen if updating the iPhone will disrupt the functionality, but testing will continue and updates will be provided as events warrant.
Even with the small size of the unlock code, websites hosting the file or discussion of the procedure, such as hackint0sh.org, are being brought to a crawl by hordes of visitors. With the recent $200 price cut to the 8GB model and newfound freedom from AT&T, iPhone orders may rise sharply in the next few hours alone.
The next time you complain about the high prices of Indian ISPs, think about Kazakhstan where the 4% of that population that even has an internet connection has to pay between $111 (dial-up) to $22,032 (6 Mbps cable) per month for their internet connection.
Social networking Web site MySpace found and purged more than 29,000 sexual predators using the site, a number described by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as an "exploding epidemic."
The figure is more than quadruple the amount MySpace said it found two months ago. In May, MySpace -- which allows users to create their own Web pages -- said it banned from its site about 7,000 people discovered to be sex offenders.
The information was divulged only after state attorneys general took legal action against the Fox-owned MySpace. "Our information demands reveal shocking new skyrocketing numbers of convicted sex offender profiles on MySpace," said Blumenthal on Tuesday. "Each of these 29,000 separate profiles reflects a potential predator willing and able to exploit a child. These alarming and appalling numbers dramatize the urgent need for stronger protection against predators who may prey on children."
Two small but useful Google services are no longer available. Click-to-call, the Google Maps feature that allowed you to call a business for free in the US, was removed. "This feature was a long-running experiment, and in the end it was decided to discontinue it. There are however lots of other features we're adding to maps in the hope of making it even more useful," says a Googler who recommends trying GOOG-411, an automated voice-based mobile search engine. You can also try Microsoft's local search engine, which continues to include a click-to-call feature.
Haochi Chen was reminded of that strange day from October 2006 when Google's Official Blog was hacked and somebody posted that "Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project". Apparently, he was right.
It's official! Samsung has confirmed that their latest camera phone, the Samsung G600 is going to be out soon. The G600 is 3G enabled camera phone that is equipped with 5 megapixel. The phone is a slim slider with a width of just 14.9mm. The SGH – G600 will have features like Bluetooth 2.0, an FM radio with RDS, a USB port and a microSD slot for external memory. It's also equipped with a 2.3 inch TFT QVGA display with a 240x320 pixel resolution. Unfortunately neither the price nor availability is known.