Archive for May 2009
It’s not often that you receive a message that is in a language you cannot understand. But when that does happen, you do not have anything to worry about. From now onwards, you can translate any message from one language to another language that you can understand using a new Gmail feature: Message Translation. And all you have to do to enable that feature is to go to Google Labs under the Gmail settings to enable it. Of course, you can choose between many language – about 41 to be exact. And once done, Google will translate the message automatically for you when you receive an emil in foreign language. Of course it is not an universal translator but should be a decent tool to decipher any messages in any languages you would ever receive.
Google Suggest is a relatively new feature by Google for Google Search introduced a while back to suggest relevant results yo make your search a lot easier. Well, Google Suggest is now a lot faster and packed with even more features. Though, one of the main highlight would be the new ad feature in Google Suggest. We are thinking that Google might just have plans on how to further monetize Google Suggest in the coming few weeks. Meanwhile, we will be watching out for any new developments on Google Suggest. Here is a quick summary of all the new features and updates which you can read up more at the Google Blog:
- Suggestions on the results page
- Personalized suggestion
- Navigational suggestions
- Sponsored links in suggestions
Ever wanted to own a Twitter Tee with your favorite tweet on it? From now on, you can, with the new launch of Twitter Tees by Threadless, an online Tee store starting from today onwards. Threadless is officially partnering up with Twitter in a new online Twitter Tees store known as Twitter Tees by Threadless. Each Twitter Tee will feature notable tweets submitted and voted by Twitter users with art and design by the Threadless design team. For now, there are only 4 tweets for the launch of the site. But it seems like there will be 2 Twitter Tees selected and printed every week after submission and voting by the Twitter community- also known as crowdsourcing. To start submitting your tweets, start logging in with your Twitter account to include your tweet for consideration. Twitter users whose Tweets are selected for printing will receive $500 ($360 in cash and a $140 Threadless gift certificate). In addition, the first nominator of a printed Tweet will receive $140 ($100 cash and a $40 Threadless gift certificate).
Currently, the price range is about $18, which is a great bargain for some great Twitter Tees with nice tweets and design along with your choice for the size, though there could have been more customization such as choice of colors and stuffs. Other than that, Twitter Tees by Threadless sounds like a great idea to me and we will be seeing more of such Twitter merchandise around as Twitter gets increasingly popular. So, are you getting your Twitter Tees? Comment and let us know!!
Remember the time when we told you about WeFollow way back, which is a user-powered Twitter directory to rank Twitter users based on categories. We have just learned that Tumblr has also launched a directory that is similar to WeFollow. But before, we get on that, here are some background info about Tumblr in case you do not know much about Tumblr: Tumblr is a social service that lets you post short blogs called tumblelog that usually consist of links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video in quick short posts with little or no commentary. Basically, you can see Tumblr as a cross between Twitter and a regular blog.
Anyway, going on, Tumble has just launched its own version of directory called the Tumblr Directory which is entirely community-powered. You get to pick 3 tags to describe yourself and the directory will rank everyone by their “follower” counts. Sounds familiar? That is also the way that WeFollow works. But now Tumblr has something extra. You can also use the new Tumlarity stat to move forward up the list if your blog is considered interesting and popular at any time, but the list will be ever-changing with the rise and fall of new interesting blogs. What I feel is that Tumblr Directory can be seen as a great way to categorize the best and most interesting blogs out there is a quick and easy way but Mashable feels that this might turn out to be another popularity contest, so comment and let me know what you think.
We gave you a quick heads-up about eBuddy in one of our early post, 3 Online Free Online Instant Messaging Sites To Try Out but we did not sat much about it so here is more info about eBuddy: eBuddy is an instant messaging client that lets you connect to your IM accounts such as MSN, AIM and Facebook that works on your internet browser as well as your mobile phone so in that respect eBuddy is a really great multi-protocol IM client for you to use. Well, here is another reason why you might want to use eBuddy. eBuddy has recently announced an update on its blog that eBuddy can be used on the Android as well. To start using eBuddy for Android, go to the Android Market and search eBuddy to download it.
We have not tried it out yet but from the screenshots, eBuddy for Android looks awesome and might makes a good IM client on the Android. Anyway, here are some of the features of eBuddy for Android:
- - eBuddy ID – one login for MSN, Yahoo!, AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, and ICQ
- - Free, fast, reliable IM experience
- - Stay online when you get a call
- - New message alerts in the Android status bar
- - Switch easily between chats
- - Support for emoticons, sound, vibration, and buzzers
- - Automatic reconnect
- - Receive offline messages
If you have been keeping in line with the latest news about Wolfram Alpha, the supposedly Google killer search engine which has been generating quite a lot of buzz around the web, you will be happy to know that it has just been launched recently. We really wanted to know how this newcomer would compare to Google. So in that light, we took it for a quick test drive and here are some of the test searches we found.
Apparently Wolfram Alpha is more of a data search engine rather than a queries-based search engine and is more of a wiki-based killer than a Google killer.It relies more on a data database with info and stats, graphs and all the analytical stuffs. Anyway, unless you are the type who likes data and are doing some quick facts research, Wolfram Alpha might not be suitable for you, we recommend you still stick to Google. Here is a quick detailed run-down review from TechCrunch about Wolfram Alpha and below is a quick tibits of info on how exactly Wolfram Alpha works.
As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Built withMathematica—which is itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research—Wolfram|Alpha’s core code base now exceeds 5 million lines of symbolicMathematica code. Running on supercomputer-class compute clusters, Wolfram|Alpha makes extensive use of the latest generation of web and parallel computing technologies, including webMathematica and gridMathematica.