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.


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.


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


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.


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



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

June 1, 2009

Auto-Login to Facebook with your Google,Yahoo or Myspace account...

The First thing I do when i get online is Login to my Google Account and open my iGoogle page and then Gmail and orkut, Recently Facebook entered my list of daily necessary websites but for that i had to login separately to facebook but not anymore...

You can now Link your Google or yahoo accounts w,google,yahoo,login,ith your facebook account so if you are logged into any of Google or Yahoo accounts you don't need to loging separately to Facebook. Just open facebook and you'll be auto logged in...

So now i can just open my iGoogle page in one tab followed by Gmail in another and then Orkut and facebook in other two tabs by logging in just once!!!

To do this :-

Just go to Facebook.com > Settings > account settings > Linked accounts and click on change and Add your Google or yahoo or any other account from the drop down menu.

Facebook lets you link only one account per web service so choose the ID that you use most frequently on the web.

[Via:- Digital Inspiration]