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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Google Search Interface for Tablets

 Google experiments with a slightly different search interface for tablets. There's a new settings button below the search box that lets you disable SafeSearch and use the advanced search filters. The most popular specialized search engines are no longer hidden behind a small arrow: the new interface mimics the desktop UI and displays a list of search engines, followed by a "more" link. It's quite obvious that the navigation bar starts to become unnecessary, now that the settings button and most navigation links are displayed below the search box.

Three months ago, Google launched an interface optimized for iPad and Android tablets.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chrome Web Store's Redesign

As promised, Google's Chrome Web Store has a new interface that uses promotional images and larger screenshots, opens extension pages in overlays and makes it easier to install extensions, themes and apps. Another change is that the new version is a lot faster as it uses AJAX to load extension pages. Infinite scrolling replaces pagination, so you no longer have to click "next".

"Promotional images are your chance to capture users' attention and entice them to learn more. Don't just use a screenshot; your images should primarily communicate the brand," suggests Google in the documentation.

Unfortunately, search results are now terrible, as you can see in the screenshot above. When searching for [Gmail], from the top 10 search results, only 2 extensions and apps are relevant. The top search result for [YouTube] is AdBlock, while the first result for [Google Docs] is FB Photo Zoom. The search algorithm is not good enough and Google made things worse by mixing the results for extensions and apps.

The new interface is only available in Chrome and Chromium, so you can go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore in a different browser to see the old interface.

{ Thanks, Costin and Jérémy. }

What's New in Chrome 15? Google System

What's New in Chrome 15?

Thursday, 20 October 2011

A New Look for Gmail Google operating System

A New Look for Gmail Google operating System

A video from Google's YouTube channel (update: the video is now private, but there's a mirror here) introduces a new Gmail interface. It's based on the Preview theme that's already available in Gmail, but there are many other changes: an action bar that uses icons instead of text labels, a completely new interface for conversations, profile pictures next to contacts, a flexible layout that adapts to any window size, display density options like in Google Docs, resizable chat/labels sections, new high-definition themes and an updated search box that includes advanced options.

I don't see the new interface yet, but it will probably be available soon. It's interesting that there's an arrow next to "Mail" and the links to Google Contacts and Google Tasks are missing. Maybe you'll be able to use the arrow to switch to other Google services.

{ Thanks, Carlos. }

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

Katy PerryLast Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

Freddie Mercury birthday tribute Katy Perry

Freddie Mercury birthday tribute {Katy Perry}

Freddie Mercury Google Doodle 65th Birthday

Freddie Mercury Google Doodle {65th} Birthday
Source http://www.pcmag.com/

Freddie Mercury Google is celebrating the 65th birthday of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury with a cartoon video doodle set to the band's 1978 hit, "Don't Stop Me Now."
Mercury's birthday was actually September 5, and the doodle ran on Google's international sites yesterday, but the search giant held it until today in the U.S. so as not to conflict with Labor Day.
The Google.com homepage features images of Mercury and a "play" button in the middle. Press it to watch a 98-second YouTube video (below) that pays tribute to Mercury, who died of AIDS-related bronchopneumonia in 1991.
The video features Mercury and his Queen bandmates performing onstage with a glittering Google logo behind them. Following the lyrics of the song, Mercury then becomes a "shooting star leaping through the skies," and finds himself in an old-school video game, riding a tiger, driving a race car, and manning a spaceship. Mercury returns to the stage for one last encore as the song, and then the Google logo, fade out.
Google doodler Jennifer Hom told NBC's Bay Area affiliate that her team spent about three months working on the Mercury doodle, studying old albums and videos. They selected "Don't Stop Me Now" because it was a top-10 hit for the band, and because it was written by Mercury. It was also the first Queen song to be released on cassette tape.
Freddie Mercury Google Doodle Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in the British protectorate of Zanzibar. He lived there and in India until the age of 17, when he and his family fled to London due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution. He earned a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College, but had a natural talent for music. He was in a number of bands throughout the 60s before founding Queen in the early 70s with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor; John Deacon later joined as bass guitarist.
The group signed a recording contract with EMI in 1973 and released their debut album, Queen, that same year. Throughout the 70s and early 80s, they had a string of hits in the U.K. and abroad, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," and "We are the Champions."
Though Mercury was known to be quite shy, he came alive on stage, showcasing his vocal abilities and flair for the dramatic. In 1976, the group gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park to an estimated crowd of 200,000 fans. Almost 10 years later, in 1985, Mercury and the band once again wowed the crowd at Live Aid from Wembley Stadium.

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Mercury also pursued a solo career, producing two full albums, 1985's Mr. Bad Guy and 1988's Barcelona, which he recorded with opera singer Montserrat Caballé.
In his later years, Mercury was plagued by rumors about his health. Though his partner, Jim Hutton, reportedly said Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, Mercury did not make the news public until November 22, 1991.
"Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me," Mercury said in a statement. "However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue."
Just one day after that announcement was made, Mercury passed away at his home in London. The following year, the remaining members of Queen and their manager, Jim Beach, set up the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which sought to raise money and awareness about AIDS in Mercury's memory. Since 1992, the organization has donated more than $15 million in the fight against AIDS and made over 750 grants to charities worldwide.
In a guest post on the official Google blog, Brian May wrote that "Freddie was fully focused, never allowing anything or anyone to get in the way of his vision for the future. He was truly a free spirit. There are not many of these in the world. To achieve this, you have to be, like Freddie, fearless—unafraid of upsetting anyone's apple cart."
May disputed the idea that Mercury was "fiery, difficult diva who required everyone around him to compromise." Instead, "Freddie was always the one who could find the compromise—the way to pull it through. If he found himself at odds with any one of us, he would quickly dispel the cloud with a generous gesture, a wisecrack or an impromptu present," May wrote.
"He lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute," May concluded. "And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come."
In a Monday statement, the Mercury Phoenix Trust said it is "incredibly excited that Google is celebrating the 65th birthday of legendary musician and pioneer Freddie Mercury with a fun, quirky, animated tribute to the Queen frontman. This worldwide tribute from Google is something that doesn't happen very often."
The trust also put together its own 65th birthday video featuring performance and interview footage from Mercury's career. "We are just going to keep it simple and wish Freddie a great day," the organization said.
On Monday, meanwhile, Taylor and May hosted a party in Mercury's honor at The Savoy Hotel. A number of Queen reissues also hit stores, including the band's final five albums with bonus tracks. Universal also released Queen's 1976 Wembley show on DVD.
Google previously produced a live-action doodle for Charlie Chaplin's 122nd birthday in April. In October 2010, meanwhile, the search giant also produced a video tribute to John Lennon on his 70th birthday. For more on Google's doodles, see the slideshow above. One of the company's more recent popular doodle was a playable image in honor of musician Les Paul, which eventually got its own standalone site. The search giant also celebrated the year's first total lunar eclipse with a doodle that included a live feed of the event.
Recently, it was revealed that Google obtained a patent for its popular homepage doodles, covering "systems and methods for enticing users to access a Web site."

Asif Zardari Belly Size Mal e Haram

Asif Zardari Belly Size increase due to Mal E Haram

Asif Zardari Belly Size increase due to Mal E Haram

Funny Pics of Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif

Funny Pictures of Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Other Pakistani Politicians

Altaf Bhai Hot Kisses

Altaf Hussain kisses Mustafa Kamal - Funny Picture

Altaf Hussain kisses Mustafa Kamal - Funny Picture

Altaf Hussain kisses Mustafa Kamal - Funny Picture

Altaf Bhai Marriage Funny Picture

Altaf Hussain Marriage - Funny Picture

Altaf Hussain Marriage - Funny Picture

Altaf Hussain Marriage - Funny Picture

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi Funny Pics

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on Bike - Funny Picture

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on Bike - Funny Picture

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi Funny Pics

Asif Zardari in Female style Funny Picture.

Asif Zardari in Female style Funny Picture

Asif Zardari in Female style Funny Picture.This is Sadar Of Pakistan.

Asif Zardari

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Change Google's Search Domain in Google Chrome

The Change Google's Search Domain in Google Chrome

If you don't live in the US, Google likes to think that the localized version of the search engine for your country is the most useful. That's the reason why it redirects you from google.com to google.tld (google.co.uk, google.fr, google.co.jp etc.).

I prefer the google.com version because it has the latest features and search results are a lot better. To switch to google.com and bypass the redirect, you can click "Google.com in English" at the bottom of the homepage or just go to google.com/ncr. The early versions of Google Chrome used to respect my choice and adjusted the search domain after a restart. Now Google Chrome no longer checks the Google cookie to see if I changed the domain and only determines the right domain based on my IP.

One way to solve this issue is to create a custom search engine for google.com, but the downside is that you lose the search suggestions. A better way is to edit a settings file. Here's how to do that:

1. Close all Chrome windows.

2. Go to Chrome's user profile directory (for example, in Windows Vista and Windows 7 the path is: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\).

3. Open the file Local State in a text editor like Notepad, TextEdit or gedit.

4. Find the two lines that include "last_known_google_url" and "last_prompted_google_url" and change the Google URL from "http://www.google.tld/" (.tld=.co.uk, .fr, .co.jp etc.) to "http://www.google.com/" or any other Google domain.

5. Save the text file and restart Chrome.

6. If you see an infobar that asks if you want to switch to your local domain or keep google.com, choose the second option.

This should works even if you want to change Google's domain from google.es to google.pt, from google.be to google.fr or any other combination. If you live in Portugal, but you'd like to use Google Spain and don't know how to change the country in Google Chrome, this trick should be helpful.

Google Toolbar in Firefox 5 Enable

Google Toolbar in Firefox 5 Enable

If you've installed Firefox 5 and noticed that Google Toolbar wasn't updated to support the new Firefox release, there's a simple way to enable the extension: install the Add-on Compatibility Reporter. "After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you're using." This should only be a temporary solution until Google Toolbar and other extensions update their compatibility list.

Google Toolbar 7 works well in Firefox 5, especially considering that the new Firefox version didn't make too many important extension-related changes.

Firefox's faster release cycle, inspired by Google Chrome, has an important downside: extension developers need to update their extensions more frequently and update the list of Firefox versions that are supported. Mozilla alleviated this problem by automatically marking almost 4,000 extensions as compatible with Firefox 5, but Google Toolbar is not hosted by Mozilla and it's downloaded from Google's servers.

Transliteration Layer in Google Maps

Transliteration Layer in Google Maps

Google Maps has a new layer that "switches between the labels in the local language and transliterated text". It's enabled by default, but you can disable it by mousing over the layer box and unchecking "English". Until now, both versions were displayed and the map looked cluttered.

Using Google Calendar in Chrome

Using Google Calendar in Chrome

If you visit Google Calendar using Chrome, you'll probably notice an infobar that asks you to "allow Google Calendar to open all web calendar links". Chrome has recently added support for protocol handlers, so that you can associate Gmail with mailto: links and Google Calendar with webcal: links. The infobar from Google Calendar requests your permission to associate the webcal: protocol with the application.

According to Wikipedia, "Webcal is an unofficial Uniform Resource Identifier scheme for accessing iCalendar files. Webcal was initiated for use with the Apple iCal application and has become a common de facto standard for accessing iCalendar formatted files via WebDAV. It is not an official URI scheme, such as http and ftp, as registered with IANA. The Webcal protocol prefix is used to trigger an external protocol handler which is passed the URL of the .ics file rather than being passed the downloaded contents of the file, in much the same way feed is sometimes used to trigger external RSS readers. The idea is that with this protocol prefix the target file should be subscribed to rather than imported into the calendar application as would happen with a simple download."

Here's an example of webcal: link that lets you subscribe to a calendar that includes the US holidays. You can find more calendars at iCalWorld and iCalShare.

To edit the protocol handlers in Google Chrome, open a new tab and paste in the address bar: chrome://settings/handlers (you can also go to Options, select Under the hood, click Content settings and then click Manage handlers).

Firefox also has this feature and it's even more powerful because it also works for filetypes. Unfortunately, you can only associate them with native apps, not with Web apps.

{ Thanks, Sterling. }

Google Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a new Chrome extension that lets you remotely control a computer from your browser. It's the first software that uses a technology code-named "chromoting" and it's especially useful if you have a Chromebook.
The goal of this beta release is to demonstrate the core Chrome Remoting technology and get feedback from users. This version enables users to share with or get access to another computer by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only, and the sharing session is fully secured.

One potential use of this version is the remote IT helpdesk case. The helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while conversely a user can receive help by setting up a sharing session without leaving their desk. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon.

Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, so you can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

I've installed the extension on a Dell laptop that runs Windows 7 and on a Samsung Chromebook. The extension has more than 17 MB, so you have to wait a little bit until it's downloaded and installed. After installing the extension on my Dell laptop, I clicked the new icon from the new tab page and Chrome Remote Desktop asked me to "grant extended access permissions" to my computer.

Chrome Remote Desktop is a special extension because it can be used to control your computer. It's interesting that the extension uses Google Talk's technology to send messages.

When you decide to share your computer, Remote Desktop generates a code you need to enter on a second computer.

Here's what happens after installing the extension on my Chromebook:

The performance is pretty good, but it depends on your Internet connection and the computers you're using. The extension is especially useful for businesses and it will make Chromebooks even more attractive for companies.

{ Thanks, Venkat. }