Google Docs Feature Translation

Posted by Unknown | August 27, 2009 |


An official Google Blog post today reports the addition of language translation to Google Docs. The new feature enabled in the settings menu, automatically detect the original language the document is written, then opens the translated version in a new window, allowing user to compare and contrast the two side-by-side. It easily check whether the translation has bungled any words or phrasing.

Google Docs language translation entry follows a growing list in Google products having the enhancement. Google has as a state of necessity been busy adding translation to its other products: including its Gmail and Friend Connect services. The translation implementation in Friend Connect is a little more interesting, as it unify the language on any comment thread, regardless of how many languages in which the user comments are written.

This feature must first be enabled in Google Docs's settings menu, then letting users do an on-the-spot translation into any of 42 languages it supports.

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According to an analytics report released by Chitika, an internet marketing network, Linux users overwhelmingly chose Google as preferred search engine to the enhanced Microsoft Bing.

The statistical data puts Google at 94.61% ahead of Bing. Google overwhelmingly soars ahead of Bing, despite its rising profile and the numerous privacy issues associated with the incumbent search engine. While it's not surprising that Linux users would shun a Microsoft-sponsored search engine, the fact that they so heavily congregate around just one search engine, however, is a bit stunning.

Perhaps Google's staunch position in the search business accounts for the wide choice accorded it by this highly disparate community. The Linux community being the crowd behind literal thousands of Linux distributions cutting across Open source apps, after all, is centered on viable alternatives.

Chitika analyzed data from 163 million searches conducted across its advertising network between July 30 and August 16 to come-up with the above graphical results.

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Chrome Hits 64-Bit On Linux

Posted by Unknown | August 21, 2009 |


Linux adherents now have something to cheer about as the Chromium team announced in a mailing list on Thursday of the commencement of work on a 64-bit version of Chrome for Linux. Chromium is the open-source project behind Google's branded and supported Chrome browser. Chrome's engineers running programs written in the JavaScript language common on the Web known as V8 are the team behind the 64-bit project.

The transition to 64-bit software is well under way with Linux and Mac OS X at the fore-front. But for desktop computing, 32-bit operating systems and software are common - presenting problems of 64-bit browser with a 32-bit plug-in or JavaScript.

Notable advantage of 64-bit includes larger amounts of memory, performance can benefit from extra storage spaces called registers on processors, and some intense computing tasks run faster.

Linux adherents known to be technical and proficient programmers are champions of 64-bit software. Adobe recent adoption of 64-bit version of Flash Player for Linux points to their agitation. Now they have also stirred-up the necessity for a 64-bit browsers.

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Google Apps Linked With Group Services

Posted by Unknown | August 18, 2009 |


Google Groups associate product manager, Jeffrey Chang, in a blog post on Monday announced that Google applications suite is now linked with its Groups service, making it possible to share documents, sites, and calendars among defined groups of users.

Application users wanting to share items had to earlier share it on a person-to-person basis. But with the new enhancements, users of Google applications, including Docs, Sites, Video for Business, and Calendar, groups can be given access through an invitation from the group, rather than from an individual.

An application shared with a Google Group will be accessible immediately to anyone joining that group, and inaccessible to those leaving the group. Google product manager, further stated 'that being able to communicate and collaborate with many groups of people is crucial to productivity, and often users want to use Google Apps to share content with particular groups'. Also time related Apps will automatically detect group membership changes, according to the report.

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Internet Security Alert! Botnet On Twitter

Posted by Unknown | August 15, 2009 |


The internet security firm Symantec in a blog post on Friday reported that Twitter accounts were uncovered that serves as the command center for harnessing a 'botnet' of virus-infected computers. The researchers found an account, @upd4t3, which was tweeting out links to download a piece malware called Downloader.Sninfs (also known as Infostealer.Bancos). However, the account has since been suspended by Twitter.

The microblogging site was completely drowned in a centered denial-of-service attack last week that was targeting a Georgian political blogger. Facebook and the Google owned Blogger were also hit by the attack, but only Twitters suffered a fall-out, hours-long outage, and it again called into question the security of the service.

Downloader.Sninfs is a Trojan that disguises as a Brazilian banking website to steal passwords and related personal information from infected computers. These Trojans are used to steal logins, passwords, PINs, check words and other information from bank websites. There are plenty of alternative social networking sites on the Internet that could also be used as a similar medium of communication, according to Symantec analyst Peter Coogan.

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Beta 3 Released - Opera 10

Posted by Unknown | August 13, 2009 |


The third beta of Opera 10 has been released according to an Official Opera Blog report. Notable enhancements in the third beta according to the report includes availability for tweaks tabs: Customization through menu bar View - whereby, you can move your visual tab bar to the sides of the browser as well as the top or bottom.

These options are available for all toolbars in Opera, making toolbar customization more streamlined than in other browser. This beta has also been translated into nearly 40 languages. Also availabe is what Opera calls a 'crash logger', purportedly to make the new beta browser 'rock-solid'. However, it remains unclear at press time whether that means the entire browser wont be affected if one lab crashes.

Opera Unite, however, remains in alpha development and continues to be a separate entity from the main build of the Opera 10 beta.

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Browser Jump-list Access Available For Chrome

Posted by Unknown | August 11, 2009 |


One of the best features in Windows 7. Browser jump-list access previously limited only to Internet Explorer, has now been made available to the new developes build - Chrome version 3.0.197.11. according to a Cnet Editorial.

The groundwork for the stable version of Chrome is also reported on in other operating systems - Mac users of the developers build, which has been updated to version 3.0.197.12, now get chrome extensions enabled by default. Linux users, meanwhile, should no longer find Chrome crashing when reading their Gmail.

The jump-list can be accessed by right-clicking on the Chrome taskbar icon or by holding down the left mouse button and dragging, which mimics the Internet Explorer jump-list. However, the IE tag, called 'Frequent', is labeled 'Most Visited Sites' on Chrome, but both merely show your most frequently visited Web sites. Also lists of URLs are configurable on both, so you can remove sites from the list.

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Microsoft Set To Join HTML5 Draft

Posted by Unknown | August 08, 2009 |


In a mailing list posting on Friday, Microsoft IE team offered a host of questions and concerns with the present proposal on efforts to renovate HyperText Markup Language (HTML5), the updated standard used to describe Web pages. HTML5 current draft includes a number of significant advancements, notably several that make the Web a better foundation for applications.

The present HTML5 features are built-in video and audio, the ability to access stored data on a local computer even when offline, Canvas for creating sophisticated graphics, and better Web application user interfaces. Which before now had much of its creation supported by Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla.

Microsoft IE Program Manager, Adrian Bateman stated among other things, that the IE team is reviewing the current editor's draft of the HTML5 specifications and gathering their thoughts. 'We want to share our feedback and discuss this in the working group'.

The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), has been saddled with the current course of HTML5 by the Browser giant. Whereas, the formal HTML standard is under the governance of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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New Beta Version Faster On HTML5 - Chrome

Posted by Unknown | August 06, 2009 |

In a blog post on wednesday, Google Chrome announced the released of a new beta version of Chrome, numbered 3.0.195.4. According to the report the new updated beta is 30% faster than the Google's current stable release, according to V8 and SunSpider benchmarks.

Glen Murphy, Google software engineer, stated 'that in addition to improved JavaScript performance, Chrome handles network data more efficiently. Google Chrome is now smarter about prioritizing the requests for the new page - for instance, fetching text, images, and video for your new page - ahead of the requests from the older pages'. The latest Chrome beta also features an improved New Tab page that provides greater privacy by allowing users to specify the Web page thumbnails displayed.

Chrome has begun to include support for HTML5 features like HTML video tags and 'worker' background scripts. However, support for bookmark sync - synchronization code would start appearing in developer builds over the next few days as reported in the Chromium Mailing list.

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Chrome To Feature Bookmark Sync

Posted by Unknown | August 04, 2009 |

Google engineer, Tim Steele, in a post to the Chromium mailing list on Friday, stated that synchronization code would start appearing in the new developer build of its Chrome browser in about a week that will support cloud-based bookmark syncing. He further stated that, they have built a library that implements the client side of the sync protocol, as well as the Google server-side infrastructure, to serve Google Chrome users and synchronize data to their Google Account.

Google's engineers, it's expected in about three weeks, will have to remove the code tied to Google's proprietary infrastructure and replaced it with public code libraries so that the sync engine can be released as open source.

Chrome's sync code 'developer documentation' states that it will allow the synchronization and storage of Chrome users' bookmarks 'in a way that may be extended to additional data types'. However, analysts have viewed the current move as Google treading on the toes of Mozilla's Weave project and bookmark discovery service Xmarks.

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Auto Upgrade Button For Windows 7 OS

Posted by Unknown | August 01, 2009 |


An official Microsoft report - Friday, has it that Windows 7 OS will include a tool that allows users to upgrade from a basic version of the OS to one of its more enhanced Version at the touch of a button. The Window 7 enhancement termed 'Windows Anytime Upgrade'(WAU), will enable users launch a screen from within Windows 7 that lets them purchase a product key for a pricier version of the software. Users can also enter a product key for an upgrade previously purchased at retail.

Microsoft spokesperson stated, 'that the enhancement became necessary in a scenario where users may want to quickly and easily upgrade to a different version of Windows 7 OS'. After purchasing or entering the product key, buyers can upgrade to whichever version of Windows 7 they choose with just a few clicks.

'WAU' makes it super easy to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium - with cost ranging as follows: upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium for $79.99. Moving from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional costs $89.99. Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $139.99.

Windows 7 OS availability to the general public will commence on October 22nd. However, it has been released to manufacturers.

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