Archive for June 5th, 2009
Remember the outrage that occurred when Facebook secretly changed its Terms Of Services just months ago?? Now, there’s a solution to it As normal computer users, we don’t usually track change in lengthly TOS of social services that we use on a daily basis, so usually changes in TOS may go undetected and these changes may compromise our rights like privacy and safety. So TOSBack, the newly launched TOS tracker tracks changes across 44 website policies like Facebook, YouTube and Google. Anytime it detects a change in the policies, it will post an update to notify us of the changes in the policies, which is easy to see by comparing the old TOS and new TOS side-by-side. No more TOS woes — now this is a handy tool we all need.
Google Squared is the latest product by Google and it is basically Google in spreadsheet form. Here is how Google Squared works in a nutshell:
Google Squared is a search tool that helps you quickly build a collection of facts from the Web for any topic you specify.
- Facts about your topic are organized as a table of items and attributes (we call them “Squares” for fun).
- Customize these Squares to see just the items and attributes you’re interested in.
- See the websites that served as sources for the information in your Square.
- Save and share Squares with others.
As usual, we have decided to take Google Squared for a test run and surprisingly, Google Squared might just be the next extension to the main Google search engine. You can add and remove columns and rows of search results which consists of text, data and images all mashed together.
Let’s say you are buying a digital camera, just type digital cameras in Google Squared and it will return you with many models of digital cameras, along with an images and other information like description, manufacturer and resolution so you can compare them side-by-side in a spreadsheet form without having to search for them individually.
Of course, it is still in testing so sometimes it may match the wrong results together or it cannot find the results to form a “square”. But other than that, we see immense potential in Google Squared. Looking for the best deals or doing some research?? Google Squared might just have it all covered for you.
Are you ready to digg (or bury) some ads? Well, Digg is going to implement a new advertising platform called Digg Ads. Here is the gist on how it works exactly:
Digg Ads will give you more control over which advertisements are displayed on Digg. The more an ad is Dugg, the less the advertiser will have to pay. Conversely the more an ad is buried, the more the advertiser is charged, pricing it out of the system.
It will be kicking start in about a few months time and when it begins, expect to see these ads appearing alongside the other Digg stories but they will be clearly marked as sponsored and may link to stories, video trailers, independent product reviews — pretty much the same as other Digg stories. This is clearly an attempt by Digg to find a suitable advertising model to that is both sustainable and profitable. We know that Reddit has been doing this for a long time and it has been working for them so far — so it might just work for Digg as well. We don’t really know the full details yet, but if you have any opinions on this like finding them distracting, be sure to comment and let us know.
Check this out: Google has just released early builds of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux but the flip-side it that Google claims that you shouldn’t download it unless you are ready for some frequent crashes and a buggy glitchy Chrome experience. The bugs are really scary and include the inability to view YouTube videos (ironic), lack of privacy and unable to set your default search provider, or even print. With all these bugs still unfixed, we will be giving Google Chrome For Mac OS X and Linux a miss, but if you still want to give it a try, click here to download the Mac version (don’t say I didn’t warn you ) Anyway, here is a quick screenshot of Google Chrome running on a Mac (courtesy of ebarrera) If you managed to get Chrome running up nicely, be sure to drop a comment and let us know!!
Liking the new search engine Bing and having the urge to bring it around wherever you go?? Then you are in luck, Bing has a mobile interface at m.bing.com. It is clean, neat and shows you both text and image search results so that’s an added edge over Google. Other than that, Mobile Bing is just like the regular Bing in terms of functionality. What’s your take on the new mobile Bing — be sure to comment and let us know!!