Happy Halloween !

Thursday, October 30, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hi guys !

I hope you’re enjoying your Halloween ^^, and I made a small video :

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Enjoy

The new AOL.com gets all social and stuff

Thursday, October 30, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-



A look at the 'My Networks' widget.



(Credit: AOL)

Social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of AOL's AOL.com homepage, which the company announced Thursday and says it will start to gradually roll out to users over the next few weeks (unless they choose to opt in earlier).

A widget (or module, or gadget, or whatever you want to call it) on the new AOL.com features a tabbed interface with updates from five different social-networking and messaging services: AOL's own AIM and Bebo, MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook. Called "My Networks," the tabs invite members to log into their social profiles and see a limited amount of information--feed and in-box updates from Facebook and MySpace, new Twitter messages, AIM status messages, etc.--as well as links to access the full versions of the apps.

The Facebook credentials, for example, come from the social network's new Facebook Connect service, an extension of its developer API.

These are just the launch partners, AOL executive James Clark told CNET News last week, and more social-networking and messaging services will be added to the lineup over time. "(It's) part of a consistent evolution of opening up," Clark explained, pointing to AOL's addition last month of outside e-mail service alerts to AOL.com. The more dynamic homepage, which also includes an embedded RSS reader, is indicative of a new direction for AOL, he said.

"Traditional portals have gone about as far as they can go," Clark added.

AOL acquired social aggregator Socialthing this year, but has not specifically integrated its technology into the new AOL.com--yet. Clark said that the separate teams have been "comparing notes," though.

From Cnet

Official Windows 7 Screen Shots

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Via Sarah in Tampa I’ve seen my first screen shots of Windows 7 in action.

The best way to describe the images is that "it’s all in the details", as they say.

These images are exactly what I hoped Windows 7 would be - simple and elegant. I wasn’t looking for "innovative" (that term has been used so much it’s completely lost its meaning when applied to OSes these days). I wasn’t looking for "wow". I wasn’t looking for "cool". What I was looking for is something usable, streamlined and functional.

Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-






Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These will be "lightweight versions", but Microsoft told us yesterday that they'll still have rich functionality and will be comparable to Google's suite of online office applications. The apps will enable users to create, edit and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents through the browser. The apps will work in IE, Firefox and Safari browsers (no word on whether Google Chrome will be supported). Update: Commenter Sean, who says he works on the project, said that this will be 100% HTML + AJAX - rather than Silverlight or a proprietary MS plug-in.

WORLD FIRST review of Inspiron Mini 12: Dell’s super-slim netbook!

Monday, October 27, 2008 5 Comments A+ a-

Handed to us by Michael Dell himself, APC has the world’s first Inspiron Mini 12 netbook, so sit back and enjoy as we serve up the spy shots and dig deep into the tech.


Let’s set the scene. I’m in Shanghai attending a regional Dell event with selected media, analysts and partners. During a break between sessions I grab a much-need coffee in the ante room. Also imbibing the juice of the bean is Michael Dell, who’s perhaps the most affable and genuinely down-to-earth technology uber-exec I’ve ever met. Especially for a zillionaire from Texas.

I compliment him on the company’s Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, which is a superb little machine. “Yeah, we’re real proud of that” he beams like an equally proud dad might. “Hey, have you seen this one, the 12 inch model?”

Google Earth brings virtual tourism to iPhone

Monday, October 27, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-


Google Earth for the iPhone can show satellite views of the world in 3D, in this case the Matterhorn, and dots the display with blue squares showing geotagged Panoramio photos.

Google Earth for the iPhone can show satellite views of the world in 3D, in this case the Matterhorn, and dots the display with blue squares showing geotagged Panoramio photos.



(Credit: Google)

SAN FRANCISCO--Google already has customized some of its Web sites for display on the iPhone, but now the company also dived headlong onto Apple's highly regarded mobile phone with a full-fledge application, a handheld version of its Google Earth geographical software.

Windows Vista No Longer Matters

Monday, October 27, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Make no mistake: Microsoft has moved beyond Windows Vista, which will become all too apparent during this week's Professional Developer Conference. Windows 7 is the future, and in many ways it's the present, too.

Contrary to ridiculous assertions recently made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows Vista is a flop. If businesses aren't buying Vista, after waiting six (now seven) years, it's no success. Yet, during the last day of the Gartner 2008 expo 10 days ago, Steve asserted that Vista "has been extremely successful."

Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!

Sunday, October 26, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!










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OMNIA


Verizon “Big Red” Wireless wants to be better than Santa and prepares a bunch of hot new phones for the Holidays (scheduled to be released in November), an internal document tells us. We’ve heard about them in earlier rumors, but here is the real deal:

The Samsung OMNIA SCH-i910 looks exactly as the GSM version, with the Widgets on the homescreen and optical mouse between the send and end keys. From the few listed specs it seems to be the same when it comes to features, too. Instead of GSM it is a CDMA/EV-DO phone but also runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and features 5-megapixel camera, 8GB internal memory plus microSD slot, 128MB RAM and GPS (for VZ Navigator). As there is a main menu button on the bottom of the home screen we guess that the Verizon OMNIA will have the same personalized interface as the original.

If you are keen on Windows Mobile but don’t like the OMNIA, don’t worry, Verizon Wireless will spread some HTC magic as well. The CDMA version of the Touch Pro appears as the PCD Raphael C XV6850. We guess that stands for Raphael CDMA (Raphael is the internal name of the Pro) and the carrier will call it Verizon Wireless XV6850, the successor of the XV6800. Features include EV-DO Rev. A support, Windows Mobile 6.1, 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, microSD slot and VZ Navigator. We hope we’ll see the TouchFlo 3D interface as well, although it is not shown on the picture.
The third new Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone is the Samsung Saga SCH-i770. This is the VZW variant of the Epix and will replace the i760 as a CDMA/GSM hybrid (it is quad-band GSM for global roaming). Saga features EV-DO Rev. A, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD and 2MP camera.











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XV6850Saga












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Renown











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Storm


Oh, it seems Verizon Wireless really is in love with Samsung, doesn’t it? The Korean manufacturer will bring another global phone, supporting both CDMA and quad-band GSM frequencies – the Samsung Renown SCH-U810. It is a clamshell reminding of the Gleam, with 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot and one of the few to offer Visual Voice Mail.

The document of course displays also the first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm.

Which one do you like most? Do you plan on buying for a self-gift for the Holidays? Tell us in the comments section below!

From here

A video about Android

Saturday, October 25, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I found this video on Youtube and I think it's intresting to watch :









Enjoy

Bugs & Fixes: The iPhone app crash champion

Saturday, October 25, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

If your iPhone crashes more often than you would like, conventional wisdom typically attributes this to the proliferation of third-party apps on your phone, the ones you added via the App Store. However, this is likely a misconception, or at least an exaggeration.

Recently, I launched Console on my Mac and navigated to MobileDevice -> Ted’s iPhone 3G (the name here will obviously be different for your iPhone). This is where you’ll find a list of every recent iPhone crash, sorted by the name of each process that crashed (the list is updated each time your sync your iPhone).

Somewhat to my surprise, the vast majority of these crashes were due to Apple processes (despite the fact that I have more than 40 third-party apps on my iPhone). The primary culprits were the App Store application itself, Mobile Safari, and Apple’s Texas Hold’em game.

Of course, a few third-party apps also showed up, including one pernicious app that turned out to be the overall “winner” with more crashes than any other: the NYTimes app. It has crashed my iPhone more than 50 times since July. To be fair, I launch this app more often than most others, so it has more chances to crash. But that’s not a sufficient excuse to let this app off the hook. It crashes a lot by any standard. I didn’t really need to check Console to know this. NYTimes crashes almost every time I use it.

Threads in numerous forums, including Apple’s and Macworld’s, confirm that I am not alone here. What is missing from all of these threads, unfortunately, is any suggested work-around or solution. Apparently, the only hope is for the New York Times to release an update that fixes their buggy app.

The only mystery is why it hasn’t already done this. I assume the app’s makers just don’t care enough to make it a sufficiently high priority. There’s an old saying: “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.” The Times should have considered this advice before unleashing their unworthy app on iPhone users.

Copied from MacWorld

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta

Friday, October 24, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Hi there, Mike Nash here.

As you know we are getting ready to talk about Windows 7 at the PDC next week.  Before we do that, I thought I would give you an update on our latest work for Windows Vista.

We are committed to continually improving Windows, and we've been getting some questions about the timing of the next service pack for Windows Vista.  Following the success of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 last spring, we have been working hard on Windows Vista Service Pack 2. As a part of the development and testing process, we're going to start by providing a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers with Windows Vista SP2 Beta for evaluation next Wednesday, October 29. The final release date for Windows Vista SP2 will be based on quality. So we'll track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date for the release.

Windows Vista SP2 Beta contains previously released fixes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues. We expect Windows Vista SP2 will retain compatibility with applications that run on Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1 and are written using public APIs.

Because we've adopted a single serviceability model, these improvements are integrated into a single service pack covering both Windows Vista (client) and Windows Server 2008 (server) versions. This should also minimize deployment and testing complexity for our customers.

In addition to previously released updates since the launch of Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2 contains changes focused on supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards:

  • Windows Vista SP2 adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.

  • Windows Vista SP2 contains the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology.

  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista.

  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration.

  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.


One question I know that you will ask is "should I wait for SP2?" The reality is that Windows Vista SP1 is a great platform that is both available on new Windows PCs and available as a free download for systems that are running the "gold" release of Windows Vista.  While we will recommend SP2 when it ships, your best bet today is Windows Vista SP1.

I look forward to sharing more about Windows Vista SP2 in the future - stay tuned!

From here

A picture is worth a thousand words

Friday, October 24, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Posted by Darren Lewis, Gmail engineer
Here on the Gmail team, we're always thinking of ways to help you communicate. Back in the day, we put chat right inside Gmail. Then along came group chat and more emoticons. And when we realized that late night communication had its downsides, we created a state-of-the-art lucidity test for after-hours email. Anyway, the black and white days of text-based emails have had their day. Following the evolutionary path blazed by colored labels, we present, in all their technicolor glory, emoticons in your mail.

No more will you have to settle for a ;) when you can have a. Out with the "XOXO" and in with the. And of course, when the bad news smells really bad, transcends all words.
So raise yourand welcome in the colorful new world of Gmail
P.S. For those of you who love our chat smileys,
we've also added a whole new set for your enjoyment.

From the Gmail blog

My new diary

Thursday, October 23, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Here's my new diary for 2009 ^^


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New Apple ads avoid Vista, target Microsoft’s ads

Thursday, October 23, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld’s Macintosh Knowledge Center.

After two months of ad silence, Apple has finally responded to Microsoft’s $300 million Windows image makeover campaign with two new ads that poke fun at Microsoft’s TV ads.

The move is a departure from Apple’s usual tactics during its two-years-and-counting TV campaign, which has been to mock problems in the Vista operating system itself.

While reaction to the ads on YouTube and elsewhere is mixed-to-positive, many tech bloggers feel that the latest ads have brought the back-and-forth sniping between the two companies to a new, undesirable level of ‘inside baseball.’
Apple’s ‘Bean Counter’ ad makes fun of Microsoft’s recent TV spots.

One Apple ad, entitled ‘Bean Counter,’ “appears to assume that you care about Micorosft advertising budgets, and the second one [entitled ‘The ‘V’ Word’] doesn’t make much sense at all unless you’ve noticed the downplaying of Vista in recent Microsoft ads,” wrote former PCWorld editor, Harry McCracken. “Both bash Vista without saying anything positive about the Mac, and they bash it for its promotion as much as for the product that’s being promoted.”

“It’s getting dirty out there folks—we haven’t seen a smear campaign like this since, well, Obama and McCain,” Zach Epstein wrote in his Boy Genius Report blog. “The bottom line is that the whole thing is getting old. Sure, fanboys will still snicker at Justin Long and all of his snappy zingers, but you don’t need to sell fanboys now, do you Apple? …It might be best to get rolling with a new campaign before Justin Long becomes the next Aflac duck or Geico gecko—you know, so hated that people actually vow never to give those companies a single dollar as a result.”

Microsoft declined to comment on Apple’s latest ads.

When Microsoft released its first ‘I’m a PC’ ad last month after its controversial Seinfeld-Gates ‘teaser’ ads, it referred to Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ television campaign by including a lookalike to the frumpy ‘PC’ character whose line was, “Hello, I’m a PC, and I’ve been made into a stereotype.”

Microsoft otherwise took the high road, resisting the temptation to directly attack its smaller tormenter in its ad.

“It’s Marketing 101. It clearly makes sense for the No. 2 guy to pick a fight with the No. 1 guy,” Eric Hollreiser, director of corporate communications for Microsoft told Computerworld last month. “There were some pervasive misperceptions that we needed to address. It’s unmistakeable that we will focus on them. But we will quickly pivot to the positive values of Windows.”

From here

Changing That Home Page? Take Baby Steps

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Tapan Bhat of Yahoo with a new version of the home page, left, which is being introduced and tested in stages, and the current page, right. Mr. Bhat is leading the redesign.

A FEW weeks ago, Yahoo began what may be its biggest overhaul of its home page. But if you are among the roughly 100 million Americans who stop by Yahoo.com every month, the odds are that you haven’t noticed any changes.



That’s because the job of revamping the Web’s most visited portal page is fraught with risk. If even a small fraction of Yahoo’s audience doesn’t like the changes, the company could lose millions of users and millions of dollars in advertising. So Yahoo is introducing changes in small stages and to small segments of its audience at a time, all while soliciting feedback from its users.

You could call it stealth innovation. The company’s goal is to end up several months from now with a completely different, and presumably better, front page — with its audience intact. The effort is as much art as science and seeks to balance the company’s desire to innovate with its fear of alienating users. And it offers an example of how online services are designed and improved in a world where a rival’s offering is just a click away.

The challenges are not unique to Yahoo. All kinds of Web sites, big and small, face similar issues as they leap from version 1.0 to version 2.0 and beyond. But the largest, most successful sites have the most to lose by springing sudden changes on their users, so they often exercise particular caution. Google, for instance, has said it tries to make changes to its search engine that, on their own, are imperceptible, but that taken together result in a better product over time. With the same goal in mind, eBay once took 30 days to gradually change the background color of its home page from gray to white.

Those who don’t exercise caution do so at their own peril. AOL, for example, set off a user revolt in 2006 when it suddenly transformed the Netscape.com portal into a “social” news service, where users’ votes determined which articles received top billing. By the time AOL reversed course the next year, the Netscape portal had lost half its audience.

“People become attached to the way things are done and don’t like changes,” said Dan Clifford, founder and managing partner of AnswerLab, a company that conducts usability tests for clients like eBay, Intuit and Yahoo. “At the same time, users are pretty vocal about what they like.”

Jerry Yang, Yahoo’s chief executive, has often spoken about its goal to transform itself from an Internet portal to a “starting point” for millions of Web users. To some pundits, it sounded like a distinction without a difference. But to Tapan Bhat, the Yahoo executive charged with transforming the home page, the differences are vast.

Users will be able to customize the new home page, which eventually will include more content from other popular Web sites; applications allowing people to track their activities on places like eBay, Netflix or Facebook; and social networking features.

“We are fundamentally changing the front page into a dashboard for the Web,” said Mr. Bhat, a senior vice president.

In mid-September, after months of research and testing of early prototypes, Mr. Bhat’s team began introducing a redesign of the home page to randomly selected fractions of Yahoo’s audience in the United States, Britain, France and India.

Feedback poured in quickly. Comments like “I hate it” were not uncommon. Users also had more specific complaints, like “You made this more cluttered” and “There are fewer stories.”

Each of the more than 10,000 comments that Yahoo has already received has been read by someone on Mr. Bhat’s team. “You can dismiss it, which is stupid, or you can try to understand what it is that users are telegraphing,” Mr. Bhat said. There were actually more stories on the new page, he said, but because it was less cluttered, some users perceived fewer.

In the new design, Yahoo created an applications module on the left side of the page that included a tab called MyMailboxes and gave users access not only to their Yahoo e-mail but also to accounts they may have on other services. But what Yahoo thought was an enhancement felt like a detriment to some users. Before the redesign, the e-mail icon was in a module on the right side of the page, and many users complained that they could no longer access their e-mail easily.

Yahoo tried many solutions, including putting an icon for mail back on the right side but keeping the MyMailboxes tab in its place.

That seemed to work. As users returned to the page, they rediscovered MyMailboxes and said they liked having access to their other e-mail. “We were able to turn a negative into a positive,” Mr. Bhat said. “Six months from now, we may be able to remove the mail icon from the right.”

Testing of each feature is proceeding in stages. Each group of users, typically less than 1 percent of Yahoo’s audience, is selected for one design change. Other groups of users are picked for other changes. When the new features have been tested and fine-tuned, they are combined into a new page, which becomes the “baseline design” and may be introduced to another, larger group. Then the process begins anew, with more changes.

THIS approach requires flexibility, Mr. Bhat said.

“You have to have a very clear understanding of where you want to go,” he said. “But users will help you figure out how to adjust your course. If you end up going in a completely different direction, you did something wrong” in the design process, he added.

Does the process slow innovation? Not necessarily, Mr. Bhat says. He compares it to lighting a room gradually with a dimmer switch.

“If you go from light to dark by flipping a switch, your eyes may hurt for a minute or two,” he says. “You may end up being able to see faster if you use the dimmer.”

From NYT

Another monday to hate >_<

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

The video will tell you everything
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Lala’s Spectacular New Music Service

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

For a couple of months now, I’ve been using a music service that’s been in a quiet (but open) beta period. It’s been kind of amazing. That service is the all-new version of Lala, and it’s officially throwing its doors open to the public today.

Among other things, Lala is:

–a service that sells MP3s (DRM-free, natch) for 89 cents apiece and streaming-only versions of songs (”Web songs”) for a dime (which can be applied later to the purchase of an MP3). Entire streaming “Web albums” are typically eighty cents. And most downloadable MP3 albums are aggressively priced–ones that go for $9.99 on iTunes are typically $7.49 on Lala, less than even the price-slashing Amazon.com download store charges. (Any download you buy includes a streaming version at no extra cost.)


–a service that will let you listen to scads of new music without paying even that one thin dime per streaming track, since you can stream any song that Lala has–and it has millions, from the four major labels and 170,000 independents–for free the first time you listen. (New members also get their first fifty Web songs for free, period.)


–a service which scans the music on your computer’s hard drive, identifies the songs, and puts them into your online library at Lala for free, so you can listen to them in any browser on any computer. Yes, this is a modern version of My.MP3.com, the nifty service that was killed by the music industry back in 2000. But this time around, Lala is paying the music companies so it’s all kosher. (I’ve wanted MyMP3 back since the day it went away, so I got kind of emotional when I saw that Lala had essentially replicated it for the moden era of digital music.)


–a social network that lets you discover new music by seeing what other folks are listening to, then listening yourself–again, for free if you’ve never heard a track before, and for a dime if you’ve listened once and haven’t already bought the Web version.


–an iPhone application that lets you stream your entire music to your phone; as long as you’ve got an Internet connection, the effect is a little like having an iPod with infinite capacity. (The iPhone app isn’t available yet, but I saw a preview and liked it; the company says it’ll arrive soon.)




What’s impressive about Lala isn’t just the number of things it does, but how well it does them. I’ve been using it for a while, and it works exceptionally well. The browser-based interface for listening to your music mimics iTunes, and it’s easy to forget it’s Web-based: music starts with little or no delay, and keeps playing even if you browse around Lala or bop over to another browser tab or window.



Integration between Lala’s various features is nicely done–for instance, if you’re browsing albums for sale, Lala knows which songs you already have and doesn’t try to sell them to you again. Which makes it easy to complete albums which you own in partial form. (In the screen below, I already own “Break on Through” and “Alabama Song,” so they don’t have Add links.)



The service’s Music Mover application, which puts songs you already own into your Lala collection, is available in both Windows and Mac versions and performed like a champ in my tests. Of about 16,000 audio tracks on my laptop, it identified roughly half and instantly unlocked them in my Lala collection. The other half–which consisted largely of oddball stuff like a 78-rpm Mickey Mouse Club album that a friend transferred and entire seasons of 1930s radio shows–it had to upload track by track; that took a loooong time. But when it was done, I had all my music and other audio stuff in a form I can listen to on any computer that has a browser–even the songs I’d bought from iTunes that are protected with Apple’s FairPlay DRM.

Lala has been around for around two and a half years, and it’s kind of hopscotched from one music-related business model to another. It began as a service for swapping CDs by mail. Then it bought Woxy.com, a popular online radio station in Cincinnati. Then it tried free music streaming. So my instinct is to be cautious about the company’s attention span. But this latest incarnation of the service is downright amazing–I can’t imagine anyone who loves music not going gaga for it. A decade into the digital music revolution, its Music Mover and slick interface make it among the very coolest things I’ve ever seen.

The company’s cofounder, Bill Nguyen, tells me that the company can make a comfortable profit selling songs for a dime apiece in streaming form and for less than most of the competition as MP3 downloads; he also says that the company has the deals in place to offer nearly all the music folks will want to listen to in both Web and MP3 form. (I haven’t done a methodical analysis of what it has and doesn’t have, but I found seven out of the top ten albums in the Billboard 200 in Web form, and eight out of ten as downloads; most, but not all, of the music I’ve tried to listen to has been available.)

Lala’s business strategy, Nguyen says, is to making finding and listening to music so incredibly easy that buying it is irresistible. We’ll see how it turns out–like I say, it’s also possible to get a heck of a lot out of Lala without ever buying anything. I’m rooting for the company–the new Lala is just plain terrific, and I’d like to see it stick around for a long time to come.

From: Here

The Visual Design of 2.7

Friday, October 17, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



It’s finally here, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The long months of your tolerance and forbearance as you suffered through the inelegance of our hacked-together, leftover Crazyhorse interface are almost at an end. (Was it really that painful?)

This week at the Automattic team’s semi-annual offsite meeting (offsite since we have no office), the visuals you have been craving were finally created and approved. We hope you like them. Mad props to Matt Thomas and Andy Peatling for their visual talents. You can expect these designs to be extended to the rest of the 2.7 screens and implemented over the coming weeks.

So now that we finally nailed down the look, how’s it going to work? The menu system in particular has been the topic of discussion on the hackers and testers lists, so I thought I would take this opportunity to explain how we plan for it to work. As you know, one of the goals of 2.7 was to reduce the necessity to load new screens just to access sub-navigation menus; we wanted the most-used screens to be within a click or two at most. If you’ve been using the nightly builds, you got used to the arrow controls that allowed you to expand and contract the menus. Then you got used to the box-style with icons that not only opened and closed vertically, but could be minimized horizontally as well, leaving a remnant of icons to provide a kind of “advanced mode,” though you don’t need to be particularly advanced to use it. Now that we have real button styles (the icons are still placeholders, and we hope to have some new ones soonish), we’ve nailed down the menu functionality.
2.7 New Post Screen, Unfinished

2.7 New Post Screen, Unfinished




Each section header has three parts: the icon on the left, the blue link text, and the area to the right where an expansion arrow appears on hover or in expanded state. You can see that the arrow is contained in a small segment of the header, similar to the way the favorites menu is structured. If you click on this segment, the menu will expand to show the choices in that section. Click again to close the menu. Click on the blue link text and you will go directly to the screen for the first choice in that section, where the section menu will be opened to show you the other section choices. Double-click on the section icon and the menu will close horizontally, leaving the icon list visible. In this state, hovering over the icons will display the menus for each section, so you’re still only a click away from most screens. Double-click on an icon when the menu is closed this way and it will take you to the first screen in that section. The small arrows attached to the dividing lines between menu groups will also act as open/close toggles for using the horizontal collapse/expand function.

This variety of ways of using the menu system aims to accommodate both power user and novice alike. Clicking on blue link text like normal will bring the expected result for the novice, while the advanced user has more options for navigation that allow a more customized experience. We hope you like this result as much as we do, and you can expect to see it implemented in Trunk soon.

The image below is the new Dashboard style, which I’ll save explaining for early next week, but hopefully the preview will get you excited for the new design.
2.7 Dashboard

2.7 Dashboard


From : Wordpress.org Blog


From here and It was written by Jane

Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile…And Make Some Connections!

Friday, October 17, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Yahoo begins the rollout of its new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of the Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS. The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) to Yahoo’s strategy of turning the site into one big social network.

It’s been a long haul for the company, which first talked about the new strategy almost a year ago. More details, and a few conceptual screenshots, were announced at CES in January. A newcomer to Yahoo, VP Communities Jim Stoneham (he joined six weeks ago), is leading the team that’s creating new social features.

So here’s exactly what Yahoo is launching today:
a new look for the user profile, and the ability to create “connections,” which are mutual friendships. That’s it for the front end. Yahoo has also created what they’re calling a “vitality system to share updates” on the back end, which is an engine to run activity stream-like content for future releases. See below for an example of the new profile. The rollout begins now, but some users won’t see it for a few hours. However, if you get someone who has it to add you as a connection, you’ll be in right away.

Over the next few months, they say, Yahoo properties will begin to integrate with the new profile. So if you answer a question at Yahoo Answers, for example, the activity will show up in your feed update. Eventually the front page of Yahoo Mail will show what your friends are up to as well. And one thing I really like - emails from your connections will be highlighted, so you can read them first.

If you have a Yahoo account, you can see your profile at profiles.yahoo.com/[username] (mine is here, but it hasn’t changed over to the new one yet).

The other half of Yahoo’s YOS strategy centers on an open strategy, particularly around search - see our update from April where some of those features were discussed and released.



From: TechCrunch

Firefox 3.1 beta 1 released

Thursday, October 16, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Mozilla’s work on the next version of Firefox reached the beta stage, as the organization released Firefox 3.1 beta 1.

The new version is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering engine, which has been under development for six months. Improvements in the latest release include Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine; added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties; a new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to; and improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search.

Firefox 3.1 also adds support for new web technologies such as the video and audio elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications.

The latest beta can be downloaded from the Mozilla Web site.

From :MacWorld

Reader mail: How can I get your job?

Thursday, October 16, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Question: I doubt you actually read many of these but I figured it was worth a shot. My name is Matthew and I'm an English major with a journalism minor at the University of Delaware. You pretty much have my dream job, and I would love to know how you went about becoming a technology reviewer.Matthew: Thanks for writing in, and I couldn't agree more—this is a dream job, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. And I'm happy to share my story. Strangely enough, though, my advice has little to do with my actual experience in getting here.

Why's that? Well, here's the thing: I graduated from college (UC Davis, to be exact) in 1991, more than (gulp) 17 years ago. Between then and now, something huge happened that changed everything: the Internet.

Well, that's not exactly true—there was an Internet in 1991, it's just that hardly anyone (well, hardly anyone outside of academia, engineering, and the military) knew about it. I certainly didn't.

Now, if I was graduating college today and looking to review gadgets for a living, here's what I'd do:

Start your own tech blog. Right now. Pretend you have an audience of thousands, and write accordingly (i.e., fake it 'till you make it). Blog about the hottest topics, and be as timely as possible. Get noticed—link to other, bigger blogs, score invites to trade events (they're mostly in San Francisco, New York City, and Vegas—you might have to fly, but it's worth it), and chat up some tech editors (hint: they're over at the bar). Lean on your Facebook/Linkedin/MySpace pals (they might know someone who knows someone who knows ... oh, you know the drill). Keep an eye out for job opportunities (the big guys—like Engadget and Gizmodo—post job openings pretty regularly) and apply promptly (and make sure to follow their instructions). Rinse and repeat, until you get lucky; the more persistent you are, the luckier you'll get.

Back in the early 90s, though—when I was just getting started—things couldn’t have been more different. Instead, it was all about internships.

At the risk of sounding like one of those "I used to trudge to school through 10 feet of snow" guys (cue up the "remember when" music), back then you couldn't scour Mediabistro or ping your buddies on Linkedin or Facebook for job leads; instead, you'd go to a job placement office (in person) and flip through three-ring binders—yes, filled with paper—looking for entry-level jobs or (even better) promising internships.

Indeed, I wouldn't be in journalism at all without internships. I got my foot in the door through a summer internship at a small newspaper in Northern California—The Reporter, in Vacaville (and here's a shout-out to then-City Editor Diane Barney, who took a chance on me and essentially launched my career). A year or so later (think 1994), I was hired full-time, and I started on the education beat, writing three-to-five stories a day.

At the Reporter, I learned (again) how to write—and write fast. (Great training for blogging, now that I think about it.) I wrote my stories on a clunky old PC with a monochrome screen—text-only, mind you. And while we got AP wire feeds, there was no Internet—at least not on my terminal. The paper's librarian had a PC with Mosaic, but I rarely looked at it.

Fast-forward to 1997; picture me in another job placement office, this time in San Francisco. I plowed through more three-ring binders, looking for another internship. I found one for Wired magazine, applied on a whim, and luckily (I had little tech experience and no connections), I got it.

I didn't know it then, but my three-month Wired internship was crucial. Once I had "Wired" on my resume, editors started returning my calls, and one of them worked at CNET. By Halloween in 1997, I was a production assistant at Download.com.

Finally, I was doing daily Web publishing—no more print! But no blogging, either. In fact, the very first blog wouldn't appear until December 1997, a couple of months after I got the CNET gig, and I didn't start blogging myself until 2000 (just a personal blog—CNET didn't launch any tech blogs until much later, and Engadget and Gizmodo were still a few years away).

After five years at CNET, I moved to New York, freelanced full-time for a couple of years (lots of articles, but no blogging), went to trade shows (connections, connections) and eventually got a call from a certain Chris Null, of Yahoo! Tech fame (for whom I'd freelanced in the past). The rest, as they say, is history.

So Matthew: I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane. That said, the best advice I can give is back in paragraph five: Start blogging (and send me the URL once you do). Blog early and often. Make those connections. And keep at it.

Best of luck.

From: Yahoo!Tech

MacBook and MacBook Pro Unpacking, Disassembly and First Impressions

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Apple's new MacBooks and MacBook Pros have already arrived at retail stores. A forum user posted photos of the Sydney Apple Store setting up the new laptops.

Engadget posts a series of unboxing shots, and both Engadget and Macworld posted their first impressions. We've also gathered a few other notes of interest:

- MacBook is half a pound lighter than previous.
- MacBook Pro is two-tenths of a pound heavier than previous.
- Trackpad is surprisingly usable: "The click feels similar to the traditional button -- though slightly more resistive -- and you're able to do right-clicking by either a two-finger gesture or assigning one of the bottom corners." (Video demo) - Engadget
- "Place four fingers on the trackpad and flick them up, and Expose hides all your windows and exposes the desktop. Flick down with the same four fingers, and Expose shows all windows. Swipe left or right and the application switcher appears." - Macworld
- Kodawarisan has already posted some disassembly photos of the new MacBook.
- The mystery port from the leaked photos is the battery indicator (now on the side)
- The MacBook does not have Firewire
- The MacBook Pro has Firewire 800 (which supports Firewire 400)
- Apple has posted a manufacturing video (QuickTime) of how the new MacBooks are created from a slab of aluminum.
- The $1299 MacBook does not have a backlit keyboard

From: MacRumors

Apple Announces New Aluminum MacBooks

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-


At their Notebook Media event today, Apple announced two new MacBook models which have adopted new all-metal enclosures, improved graphics performance, and glass Multi-Touch trackpads.

“Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminum. And, just as important, they are the industry’s greenest notebooks,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new MacBooks offer incredible features our users will love —like their stunning all-metal design, great 3D graphics and LED backlit displays—at prices up to $700 less than before.”



Features include:

- Unibody enclosure
- Mini DisplayPort for Video out
- NVIDIA graphics
- Instant-on LED-backlit displays
- Glass Multi-Touch trackpad with new Multi-Touch gestures

The old low end $1099 MacBook will remain in Apple's product line and fall to $999, while the new MacBooks will provide the following price points:

- $1299. 13.3" Glossy Display, 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 160GB HD.
- $1599. 13.3" Glossy Display, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 250GB HD.

There appears to be no Firewire port as previously discussed. More details available at http://www.apple.com/macbook/. The new MacBook will be available in early November.

From: MAcRumors

Apple October 2008 Notebook Media Event Coverage

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Some last minute images showing off the bottom of the new Apple notebook cases and removable battery. Last night, we saw a number of credible details about Apple's expected announcements today:
- More Apple Notebook Details: Clickable Glass Trackpad, GPUs, Pricing
- MacBook Pros with Hybrid SLI, Extra Long Battery? MacBook Announcement?
- Apple's New $899 Product is an LED Display and Not a MacBook
The Apple notebook media event starts at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern. The Apple Store has already gone down for updates. Live keynote coverage can be followed at the following links:
- Gizmodo.com
- Engadget.com
- ArsTechnica
- Macworld
We'll be providing Twitter updates as well as providing summary updates to this news story. MacRumorsLive will return at Macworld San Francisco 2009.

From : MacRumors

I hate Mondays >_<

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

This is the worst day for me :s.



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What's yours ???

The best toolbar for IE8 Hands Down,MSN\Windows Live

Monday, October 13, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Before I get started, let me say this. I’ve tried the “wave 3” Windows Live toolbar, I liked it. But it is still a work in process. I’ll try again once it gets out of beta. Luckily Microsoft has another toolbar up it’s sleeve, that should catch your eye. The MSN\Window Live toolbar is amazing. Built on Silverlight technology, it looks good as well as being a powerful toolbar.

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I don’t usually pay that much attention to MSN. But this toolbar made me sit up and go whoa! It’s simple and easy to use, but it is also a powerful thing to have around. MS would do well to make this the default “Windows Live” toolbar. So what is this toolbar? Its a one click portal to everything you might need on the web. On one hand it’s a quick & easy news source. It’s News source is Microsoft's & Universal’s joint venture  MSNBC. Which is a nice balance between far far left CNN…..& far right Fox News (just had to put that in there). 

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A nice touch, when there is a significant news event. The News tab will glow bright red and pulsate until you click it.

Example, when I woke up this morning. It was glowing red, to tell me that Wachovia Bank was being bought out by CITI group. These updates are instant and dynamic. 

It’s a great news toolbar, but flip (literary!!) to its other side and its a portal to Live search from anywhere.

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    This feature is killer, unlike Google's toolbar. It allows you to refine you search in any of the above categories.

Of course it wouldn’t be complete with out a link to the online Window’s Live services.

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I’ve gotten so used to it, that it is now the only way I click through to spaces\hotmail. The UI is so simple and intuitive that it makes using & getting to Window’s Live a breeze.

Something else I love, The dynamic weather icon you can see in the right hand corner. Press it to bring up your area’s forecast.

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As you can see the UI & effects are simply beautiful. You can also view stocks, but who in the right mind would want to do that these days!

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So there you have it, an awesome toolbar for IE. This toolbar is free and available from

 http://www.newmsntoolbar.com/

There is one thing that I would add to this toolbar. Spell Check!! add that and I could delete my Google toolbar for good!

From: WindowsLive

Stories by Googlers

Saturday, October 11, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I recently had the chance to interview several long-time Googlers about the early days. To commemorate our 10th birthday, we've been revisiting our memories by digging into company lore. As fun as it has been to look back, of course we've also got our sights firmly set on what lies ahead.







Vint Cerf has some predictions about the interplanetary Internet, while Kai-Fu Lee talks about the growing ubiquity of cloud computing. Also featured are stories from early Googlers, like Craig Silverstein's memories of a certain famous garage, and Marissa Mayer's reflections on the spirit that has carried over from our formative years.
So take a few minutes to watch this blended tale of startup quirkiness and big dreams. And if you like, feel free to comment on YouTube.
Posted by Joscelin Cooper, Google Blog Team

From: GooGblog

Me today : 10/09/2008

Friday, October 10, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

So,here's a small video about what I'm doing :


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See you soon

Firefox extension blocks dangerous Web attack

Wednesday, October 08, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

A popular free security tool for the Firefox browser has been upgraded to block one of the most dangerous and troubling security problems facing the Web today.

NoScript is a small application that integrates into Firefox. It blocks scripts in programming languages such as JavaScript and Java from executing on untrusted Web pages. The scripts could be used to launch an attack on a PC.

The latest release of NoScript, version 1.8.2.1, will stop so-called “clickjacking,” where a person browsing the Web clicks on a malicious, invisible link without realizing it, said Giorgio Maone, an Italian security researcher who wrote and maintains the program.

Clickjacking has been known for several years but is drawing attention again after two security researchers, Robert Hansen and Jeremiah Grossman, warned last month of new scenarios that could compromise a person’s privacy or even worse, steal money from a bank account.

Unfortunately, clickjacking is possible due to a fundamental design feature in HTML that allows Web sites to embed content from other Web pages, Maone said. Nearly all Web browsers are vulnerable to a clickjacking attack.

“It’s a very hard thing to fix because it’s part of the very fabric of the Web and the browser,” Maone said.

The embedded content can be invisible but a person can still unknowingly interact with it. A clickjacking attack takes advantage of that by tricking a user into clicking on a button that appears to do some function but actually does something entirely different.

Clickjacking can also be accomplished by manipulating the plug-ins of other applications, such as Adobe’s Flash program and Microsoft’s Silverlight. For example, researchers in recent days have shown it’s possible for a clickjacking attack to turn on a person’s Web camera and microphone without their knowledge.

In an advisory on Tuesday, Adobe said it will issue a patch for Flash by the end of the month.

The new improvement to NoScript, called ClearClick, can detect if there is a hidden, embedded element within the Web page. It then displays a warning message asking the user if they still want to click on it.

Maone said ClearClick will likely stop all clickjacking attempts. NoScript is only for the Firefox browser, so users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer—the most-used browser in the world—are vulnerable.

Web site owners, however, can take one step to prevent their users from falling victim, Maone said. Programmers can use a script on their Web sites that checks to see if a Web page is embedded in another page. If so, the script forces the good Web page in front, preventing clickjacking, Maone said.

The technique is called “framebusting.” Ebay’s online payments service, PayPal, which is frequently targeted by cybercriminals, has already implemented framebusting, Maone said. NoScript will allow a framebusting script to run, Maone said.

“The best thing that can happen is that Web site owners start to think more carefully about security,” Maone said. “It is important that Web site owners spread the word that they should implement framebusting.”

Clickjacking is a serious, potentially long-term problem for browser developers. Since the attack is enabled by a feature within HTML, it demands changes to the HTML specification.

Web standards groups are currently working on HTML 5, a specification that will incorporate new features into the programming language to accommodate future Web design. But the standards process moves slowly, and changes to HTML could break existing Web pages, Maone said.

“For the user, I’m afraid there’s no fix but NoScript for the time being,” he said.

From : Macworld

Ten Years Later, Yahoo Finally Updates Its Calendar

Wednesday, October 08, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



It’s literally been ten years since Yahoo updated its online calendar. And it’s been more than two years since Google launched its Web-based calendar. But tonight it will start rolling out a new drag-and-drop, Ajax calendar in a closed beta to Yahoo Mail users in the U.S., UK, India, Taiwan, and Brazil. You can sign up for it here.

The new Yahoo Calendar doesn’t do much that you cannot already do with Google’s or other online calendars. It is based on underlying technology from its Zimbra enterprise e-mail unit, and supports both iCal and CalDEV standards for the easy import and export of events. The new features compared to Yahoo’s Web 1.0 calendar are:

  1. Drag & drop interface.

  2. Layering (view multiple calendars in different colors or subscribe to someone else’s calendar)

  3. Zoom in when adding an event or appointment

  4. Integration with Flickr

  5. Can set email, IM or SMS reminders.

  6. To-Do list.


Compared to other onlne calendar’s such as Google’s. there is nothing novel here other than the zoom-in function and the Flickr integration. The Flickr feature adds some nice eye candy by randomly selecting highly rated Creative Commons photos as background thumbnails for up to eight days each month. In the future, Yahoo will let you upload photos from your own Flickr stream. It is also planning on letting users add events from Upcoming.org, or subscribe to calendars from Yahoo Sports (game dates), Yahoo Finance (earnings schedules), Yahoo TV (programming schedules for your favorite TV shows), and other properties including from partner sites.

Despite being a me-too offering, this should help Yahoo grow its market share in online calendars. It is already the market leader, even with its 1.0 product (consumer inertia is on its side). According to comScore, Yahoo Mail has 285 million users worldwide (88 million in the U.S.), and of those 8.1 million use the calendar (3.7 million in the U.S.). Google Calendar has 5 million users worldwide, and 2.4 million in the U.S. The Web 2.0 makeover should help Yahoo maintain its lead for at least a little while longer.







From TechCrunch

New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Posted by Jon Perlow, Gmail engineer

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?


By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you're most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it's active in the General settings.


Hopefully Mail Goggles will prevent many of you out there from sending messages you wish you hadn't. Like that late night memo -- I mean mission statement -- to the entire firm.

From: Gmail Blog

AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

twoheaded.pngYahoo is continuing its marathon merger discussions with AOL, sources close to the negotiations have whispered to us, and a deal could happen as early as this month. Is this just a rehash of the reported discussions in February and then again in April?


Yes and no. It’s clear that AOL’s parent company, Time Warner, wants this deal more than ever. What isn’t clear is whether AOL’s assets will fix any of Yahoo’s problems.


The deal structure that is currently being discussed is Yahoo’s acquisition of AOL (content, services and advertising), minus their subscription dial up business. That plus a couple of billion dollars in cash from Time Warner gets them approximately a third of the combined entity. Time Warner’s AOL headache is gone, and they have a stake in the world’s most valuable chess piece in the Google/Microsoft search and advertising war.


Factors favoring a deal: the companies believe Yahoo’s advertising platform would monetize AOL assets far beyond what they’re generating today (a little over $2.4 billion annually). And those against: combined dominance in mail (they’d have 48% of all worldwide email accounts according to Comscore, with Microsoft #2 at 42%) and instant messaging (39% worldwide combined market share, compared to 55% for Microsoft). In reality, though, email and instant messaging market share are only a problem if Microsoft then comes in and buys the combined entity.


Yahoo gets to make a case to stockholders that they dominate the online portal/services/content world, and who cares if they outsource search advertising to Google. Our position is that they can’t succeed in the long run without strong and competitive search advertising, although it may take the Department of Justice to get that message through to Yahoo’s executive team. Even after these entities combine, if they do, Yahoo still has a major long term competitive problem on its hands.


From : TechCrunch

New Google Spreadsheets Design Live

Monday, October 06, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Google has rolled out their new interface design to the last of the Google Docs trio, Spreadsheets (presentations and Documents already had this new style). The tabs are replaced by an application menu. Google had announced this change last week; in the announcement they said that these changes would also allow them to have room to add more features and that users should “Stay tuned.”

[Thanks Hebbet and Avrohom Eliezer Friedman!]


From : G Blogscoped

iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off

Monday, October 06, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases. The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed "compatibility testing" in its release notes as the only change.

We've since heard of a couple of new features buried within the iPhone 2.2 beta. Apple has apparently made underlying changes to the iPhone's frameworks that are not yet exposed to the end user. These findings include:

- Support for Japanese emoji icons (screenshot) -- a popular feature for Japanese phones. The lack of emoji support has been blamed as part of the reason for slow iPhone adoption in Japan.
- Support for Google Street View for the Google Maps application. Street View allows users to view panoramic street level photographs in select cities within the Google Maps application. The feature was recently demoed on Google'sAndroid phone.

Finally, Apple has also addressed one common request within the iPhone's Keyboard settings, allowing users to disable the iPhone's auto-correction.


Apple has not yet announced when the iPhone 2.2 firmware will be available.

From MacRumors

Speech Output for Knol Articles

Sunday, October 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Google added text-to-speech capabilities to some Knol articles, like the one titled “File Formats in Digital Photography”. You can download the MP3 as well as hit a Listen button in the top right. The quality of the speech output – I strongly suppose it’s all a software reading indeed, but asked Google for more background info in any case – is amazing. Macbeach in the comments at Google Operating System writes, “This is the best text-to-speech I’ve ever heard."*

Knol’s help page on the subject explains, “We are experimenting with Audio Playback as an option for some knols, starting with a handful of English language featured knols ... If this experiment is successful, we may make Audio Playback available to more knols in additional languages, and additional features.”

Both text-to-speech as in Knol, and speech-to-text as in YouTube (experimental too right now, and only working with videos of some US politicians), offer the ability to add capabilities to an application which may convince some people to use it just for that feature. Here are some hypothetical use cases for outputting audio in Google’s apps:

  • Read out aloud a Google Docs document, spreadsheet, or presentation

  • Read a Gmail email

  • Read a public domain book scanned as part of Google Book Search

  • Automatically translate the audio track of YouTube videos; the parts needed would be transcription (Google already has speech to text in YouTube), translation (Google has machine translation systems, sometimes working OK, sometimes not so well), and then text-to-speech as in Knol

  • Read web pages as part of Google Chrome

  • Provide audio directions in Google Maps

  • Provide the “Listen” widget for Blogspot blogs; this could also be used as a way to create machine-read podcasts

  • and more


[Thanks Hebbet, via Google OS!]

*Listen to this MP3 file, for instance. Creative Commons licensed by Ari Green from his article on Multiple Sclerosis.

From G blogscoped

Google Chrome: One Month Later - GigaOM

Sunday, October 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Google Chrome: One Month Later - G



igaOM

Was the Yahoo/Google deal a ploy to weaken Yahoo?

Sunday, October 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

With the DOJ expressing skepticism over Yahoo's agreement to sell search ad space to its biggest competitor, a letter from a key US senator urging action could be preaching to the choir. What's interesting is that senator's theory.

In a letter to the Justice Department's antitrust chief yesterday, Sen. Herb Kohl (D - Wisc.), chairman of the Senate Antitrust Committee, advised the Dept. to maintain a close watch over Google and Yahoo as they initiate their search advertising deal, for two reasons: The first is something discussed quite often, that the deal could be used to drive up the price of contextual search advertising.

But the second is something that has been mentioned, but not fully explored: the notion that Google made the deal in bad faith, as an anti-competitive measure to maintain Yahoo's subordinate position in the marketplace.

"Many interested parties are also apprehensive that if the transaction is consummated, Yahoo will have less incentive to compete against Google, as it will rely upon its main competitor for a significant increase in its revenue," reads Sen. Kohl's letter to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett. "Therefore, critics contend that an advertiser will have an incentive to bypass Yahoo entirely and only bid for Google advertisements since an advertisement purchased with Google could be placed on both Yahoo and Google's search result pages."

Furthermore, Kohl goes on, as Yahoo receives more and more revenue from Google, it will only gain further incentive to give Google better placement. That could water down the value of Yahoo pages for other advertisers, in a situation that eventually leads to Yahoo never retaining a position as a major player in search advertising.

In its "Facts about the Yahoo-Google advertising agreement" microsite launched last week, Google explains its view that the deal is only beneficial for competition, and potentially beneficial for Yahoo.

"Yahoo has stated that it will reinvest the additional revenue from this agreement into improving its user services and competing vigorously against Google, Microsoft and other companies," the site currently reads. "This gives all companies the continued incentive to keep improving and innovating. The agreement won't affect Yahoo's natural search results. Yahoo will continue to operate its own search engine, and Google's share of search traffic will not increase. In addition, the agreement is non-exclusive, meaning Yahoo could make a similar deal with another company."

Kohl suggests that the Dept.'s Antitrust division monitor the agreement closely, and intervene when necessary to protect the competitive state of the online advertising market. Last month's hiring by the DOJ of Barnett's own predecessor during the Carter administration, former Disney vice chairman Sanford Litvack, was a clear indication that preparing to intervene may be exactly what Barnett has been preparing to do anyway.

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NVIDIA Powered MacBooks on October 14th?

Sunday, October 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Mac Rumors

TUAW believes that the upcoming MacBooks will indeed be powered by NVIDIA chipsets and will be delivered on October 14th.

A source tells us that Nvidia is showing off new MacBooks to their employees, and word is going around that the new versions will be released as soon as October 14th.

Apple was first rumored in July to be incorporating alternative chipsets in future laptops. While Apple would still be using Intel CPUs to power their laptops, the support chips (including graphics) were said to be supplied by a company other than Intel. NVIDIA topped some lists as the most likely supplier. A subsequent report from MacSoda pointed specifically to the use of the MCP7A-U chipset in future MacBooks. This NVIDIA chipset was brieflydetailed by Expreview:

“MCP7A-U is the top class chipset in the MCP7A family. Though it could be named as GeForce 9XXX, it will be come the first mainstream uATX mobo with DDR3-1333 support. Sources inform us the MCP7A-U will be the “fastest mGPU”, but who knows.”

Such a move would address user complaints about the use of Intel's slower integrated graphics chipsets in current MacBooks. The move would also prepare Apple's laptops for the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard which will allow applications to utilize the more powerful graphics processing units.
MacRumors has also heard similar whispers which lead us to believe these reports could be true.

From MacRumors

Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over Wi-Fi for iPhone with Skype Support

Saturday, October 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

 

Fring has released the iPhone version of their service today as a free download in the App Store.
Fring allows you to chat and interact with others on a variety of networks including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, and ICQ. In addition, Fring offers Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP)

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using the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection. Features listed include:
• VoIP (Voice) Calls over WiFi
• Instant Messaging
• Integrated dynamic contact list with real-time contact availability
• SIP integration
• Multiple Connection types
Fring supports SkypeOut and SIP which allows you to make calls to landline and mobile phones. Some charges may apply depending on the type of call and plan. Fring is available as a free download in the App Store. (App Store Link)
Steve Jobs had said that VoIP calls over Wi-Fi was allowable in the App Store when the iPhone SDK was first released. Fring should also work with the new iPod touch, which supports an external microphone.
Update: Some are confused about the benefits of fring. One user details some of the features:
- Can call directly using iPhone to another person with iPhone running Fring
- Call MSN or Skype users that are using their computer
- Call using Skype account, which allows you to have your own Skype number and at a discount rate for international calls
- Receive phone calls using Skype with your own custom Skype number
- Basic chat functions with most chat platforms, such as AIM, Yahoo and ICQ
Update 2: This YouTube video demos using Fring on an iPod Touch to call a cell phone for free. This Video walks through how it is accomplished.

From MacRumors

Latest iPhone Software supports full-screen Web apps

Saturday, October 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

One unpublicized feature introduced by Apple's latest iPhone software updates is the ability to save Web apps to the home screen and have them launch in full-screen mode without the Safari wrapper, essentially mimicking the experience of a native app.
Clancy, an AppleInsider reader who brought the matter to our attention, believes the undocumented feature arrived as part of the most recent
iPhone Software 2.1 update. He notes that the capability is only present in Web applications specifically authored to include the full-screen code.
To illustrate the feature, he's created a
demo application for iPhone users to try out. In order to trigger the full-screen mode, follow these steps:

  • Load the demo app in Safari on your iPhone
  • Hit the "+" button at the base of the Safari app
  • Select "Add to Home Screen"
  • Save the App to the Home Screen
  • Tap the icon that was just saved to your Home Screen
  • The demo App should load in full screen without the Safari wrapper.


Once the app is loaded in full-screen, it behaves just like a native app acquired from the App Store, though it may perform slightly slower as all the resources and interface elements are being downloaded in real-time over the Internet.
You can even pull the interface down (screenshot, below) like a native app without the Safari interface coming into play.

Saving a Web app to the Home Screen

Full Screen Web Apps
Steps to prep a Web app to launch as a full-screen app.

Launching a Web app in full-screen mode

Full Screen Web Apps

From AppleInsider

Day 2 of the festival

Saturday, October 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

So, this is pretty much what happened today  and by the way this is  the last day in the festival , At least here in Algeria :


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Hope to see you soon.

ME on the day one of the festival

Saturday, October 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-


Hello gyes and Happy Aid ( Festival) to all of you.

So,today I went to visit my grandma and I took some videos and I’ll share them with you ^^ :


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So, See ya tomorrow