New version of Google Talk

A new version of Google Talk was released yesterday with lot of new features.

As per official google blog, The new features include :

File transfer – This has consistently been the top requested feature, and we’ve worked hard to make the experience simple, fast, and fun. You can share any type of file, several at a time if you like. We think the photo sharing experience is especially fun.

Voicemail – The name of this feature doesn’t do it justice. Yes, you can now leave voicemails for any of your Google Talk contacts when they don’t answer a call, but I think the coolest thing is that you can easily record voice notes and send them to anyone you know by just adding their email address to your contact list — they don’t even have to be running Google Talk. This is a fun and easy way to just say hello, send someone a reminder, or even sing your mom happy birthday! Also, our friends on the Gmail team have added a slick voicemail playback experience within Gmail.

Music status sharing – Show your friends what music you listen to and discover new music that your friends are into (or discover that they spend their entire day listening to Barry Manilow… hmm). We also thought it would be fun for you to see the musical tastes of the broader community. So you now have the option of sharing your music listening history with Google, to be included in the rankings of our new Google Labs project called Music Trends.

Download the new version here

Blog Censorship in India

It looks like India is going in the same lines as China putting Censorship on certain blogging sites.

I was not able to browse any of the sites hosted on blogspot for the last 2 days. I came to know the reason after seeing a post on Trivikram’s Blog about sites being blocked in india(http://avee-ivee.blogspot.com/2006/07/we-protest.html) giving the reason that some of the terrorist related activists are blogging on those sites.

It will be a good move to block those particular sites rather than blocking the entire domain which hosts lots and lots of constructive information blogs.

As stated in Trivikram’s blog our ISPs are blocking the entire domain.

Access to all blogs and websites hosted on the following servers is currently blocked:
xxx.blogspot.com/
xxx.typepad.com/
xxx.blogs.com/
http://www.geocities.com/xxx

Spectranet, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), Reliance Powersurfer, Airtel Broadband and Sify have blocked Blogger.

Let us hope they will remove this restriction as soon as possible.

Other Blogs talking about this:

India Blocks Blogs in Wake of Mumbai Bombingsl
India Imposes Ban on Blogs: Your Questions Answered
India blocks Blogger, TypeAd and Geocities blogs and websites
Are Internet Service Providers blocking blogs?

Google Search Tools Collection

QuickOnlineTips is maintaining a continuously updated list of Google Search Tools.

Bookmark this for all your Google search needs.
The Big Google Search Tools Collection

IE7 Beta2 Released

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is available for download from IE site.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx.
This is full fledged beta not the preview which was released some time back in Jan.

Google Search Tools Collection

QuickOnlineTips is maintaining a continuously updated list of Google Search Tools.

Bookmark this for all your Google search needs.
The Big Google Search Tools Collection

IE7 Beta2 Released

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is available for download from IE site.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx.
This is full fledged beta not the preview which was released some time back in Jan.

Google Cheat sheets

Found an interesting document which aggregated most of the Google services , Tips&tricks for searching.

This is a very good read for the novice searchers who want to acquire some knowledge about the power of google.

http://www.feedsforme.com/google/

This two page Google Cheat Sheet lists all Google services and tools as well as background information. The Cheat Sheet offers a great reference to grasp of basic to advance Google query building concepts and ideas.

The two pages of Google Cheat Sheets cover:-

  • A list of all Google domains
  • Company information
    • Founded Date
    • Key People
    • Revenue
    • Employees
    • Contact Address
    • Contact Phone & Fax
  • PageRank
    • Googlebot 2.1 Addresses
    • List of sites with PageRank 10
    • PageRank formula
  • Google Form Elements
  • Google Services
  • Query structure to access directory listings of:-
    • Music files
    • Movie files
  • List of basic Google Calculator operators
  • List of advanced Google Search operators
  • List of Google Investments
  • List of fun Google services and tools
  • List of 15 official Google Blogs
  • Google Calculator examples
  • Search by number examples

And more!

Firefox 2.0 alpha 1

Lot of buzz going around the blogosphere for the last few days about the release of new Firefox version 2.0(Bon Echo). The Alpha 1 release is now official and is available on Mozilla site.

Some of the changes/features in the new version are :

- Changes to tabbed browsing behavior.
- New data storage layer for bookmarks and history (using SQLlite)
- Extended search plugin format.
- Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
- Support for SVG text using svg:textPath More information and download available on Mozilla site.

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/releases/2.0a1.html

Firefox 2.0 alpha 1

Lot of buzz going around the blogosphere for the last few days about the release of new Firefox version 2.0(Bon Echo). The Alpha 1 release is now official and is available on Mozilla site.

Some of the changes/features in the new version are :

- Changes to tabbed browsing behavior.
- New data storage layer for bookmarks and history (using SQLlite)
- Extended search plugin format.
- Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
- Support for SVG text using svg:textPath More information and download available on Mozilla site.

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/releases/2.0a1.html

Windows Live search

I was just checking Windows Live search today and liked its user interface, it allows you to see all the results of a search in a single page and gives a scroll bar to scroll through all the results. As far as the search results are concerned, we can’t say anything now because it is recently launched.

Richard MacManus wrote review of Windows Live Search on ZDNet blogs.

The main features as per him are :

- An ‘infinite’ scrollbar that gets rid of the necessity for paging through results using “Next” buttons. It can deliver up to 1000 results and generates the page dynamically. Yes, all results are on one page! At Search Champs, Microsoft told us their stats indicate only 30% of users click to pg 2 on search results – which led to this innovation. Note: currently there are reports of this causing some performance issues, but I’m sure those are just teething problems.

- Choose your thumbnail size on images – you can use a ‘slider’ to adjust the size of image thumbnails, which is useful for focusing in on images. Or making them small so you can quickly scan them.

- Also hovering over any image displays more information – such as dimensions, file size, file name and location. The theory behind that is that it removes a lot of metadata from the frontend. There’s also a “feedback on this image” link, but note that you probably won’t receive a personal response if you send feedback!

- Click-through on an image result creates a frame for navigation in the left – also click “show image” to view full-size image as a pop-up. All done with AJAX.

Feeds are prominent in the Windows Live Search design:

- You can subscribe to results, with the “add to live.com” button (assuming you use live.com as a personalized homepage, which of course Microsoft is hoping you’ll do…)
- Subscribe to feeds, by clicking the “Feeds” tab. Again very useful for live.com users.

Additional tabs give you options to extend your search:

- News tab – similar to Google News, offers search results from selected media sources.
- Local tab – does a search using the Virtual Earth mapping technology.

Read the complete posting here

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