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Google Chrome – What’s in it for ya?

Posted on October 6th, 2008 in Featured, Google, Web 2.0 | 43 Comments »

It was hardly a matter of a blog post on the official Google blog about the release of Google Chrome Beta to get noticed. That was it. And the rest of the work was done for free by the hoards of bloggers, internet marketing experts, forum members and mailers. The intention of Google to get its browser hooked to users got its due that easily. My post too does talk on Google Chrome but I don’t intend to rant on it or praise it or even compare it with the competitors. Is it really competing enough? That might be a question to ponder about but lets for a moment bask in the glory of the success of Chrome’s beta launch. Hey, its by Google, mate.

Future Smackdown

I am not pretty sure behind the motive of the launch however. It might have got something to do with the browser wars in particular. You see, when the giants are busy fighting a dwarf can easily run away with the bounty. If the saying is anywhere close to truth then Google Chrome just might be the next big thing we have to wait and watch. What makes me say this you might wonder. Well, Internet Explorer is busy getting decked up for its version 8 release which Microsoft must be really pushing in with its best efforts. On the other hand Firefox has had a majestic release of its version 3.0. So where does Google Chrome fit in here? Remember, they say its in beta! Gmail was too!

Google Chrome has already been stated to possess best features of Firefox and other browsers. Bloggers have been ranting about this, the most. That is true since Read the rest of this entry »

ReadAir – Google Reader On My Desktop!

Posted on July 6th, 2008 in Featured, Google, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 15 Comments »

The only constant thing for me in my life is change. I like to change my lifestyle, habits, hobbies once in a while so as to keep my mind fresh and active. I get bored with routines and so is the same case in my browsing activities or tools which I use. This time around my axe swayed in the direction of my age old favorite feed reader, Google Reader.

I am thoroughly satisfied with Google Reader for reading my RSS feeds but I felt its been a long time I have spent on it and it has now started to bore me a bit. So I started some search for good desktop applications which would give some eye candy and also improve my productivity while learning from the feeds.

I have found one nice solution which has relieved me to some extent and which is certainly an impressive effort in the direction of web desktop integration. Its called ReadAir. It is a really nice application for feed reading and I am impressed by its potential.  The reason I liked it was because Read the rest of this entry »

Best Tools For Editing Your Photos Online

Posted on June 15th, 2008 in Featured, Reviews, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 23 Comments »

A few days back my colleague asked me if I could edit one photo of his in Photoshop. I am some what good at editing photos in Photoshop but at that particular point of time I could not help him since I did not have Photoshop installed on my system. This is really common case which most of us face. We want to edit our photos and at the most needed time we do not have the appropriate tools at our disposal. What do we do in such cases?

Enter Web 2.0, and you do not have to ponder much over lost time for waiting to get hold of a tool. In this era, whatever you think of is already available online. So without fretting just google up your requirement and you would be amazed by what kind of power the internet can provide you. Coming back to the question, I responded him coolly, to use an online photo editor! He was totally baffled at the thought. If you are too, then I might as well introduce to you the best tools for photo editing online. :)

Online Photo Editors

The most important thing for a photo editor is to provide the features such as, cropping, editing brightness and contrast, sharpening and blurring, resize, effects and saving in multiple file formats. In a standalone editor you are most likely to find these features. But in an online environment the features will be severely limited with regards to flexibility of usage, since they are entirely web based which make them complicated to implement. I will suggest you some nifty tools which would actually make your work easier and lot more fun. Browsing across several editors I would recommend you 3 of the most liked online photo editors.

1. Phixr

Phixtr Editor

Phixr is an interesting tool which does not use Flash. It is completely Ajax based and has got the potential to Read the rest of this entry »

Go Live with Yahoo! Live

Posted on February 18th, 2008 in News, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 5 Comments »

Yahoo has launched its latest offering. An online webcam portal named Yahoo! Live. The concept somewhat similar to Youtube, might just scream out loud about the intentions on the part of Yahoo that if it wants to take the place of Google, it has to follow its footsteps too. But the name Live is something which is beyond my reckoning! Has Yahoo simply lost its direction following its mishaps in the falling US market or is it gearing up its innovations to make up for the lost time? If its the latter then there is little hope of its survival before Microsoft gobbles it up.

Yahoo Live

What is the difference between Yahoo Live and Youtube?

Yahoo Live can be seen as a video conferencing portal. Get your webcam and broadcast into Yahoo Live by creating channels. The difference Yahoo Live offers from Youtube is Read the rest of this entry »

Hilarious Web 2.0 Song

Posted on December 6th, 2007 in Web 2.0 | No Comments »

I came across a song on Web 2.0 today titled “Here Comes Another Bubble“. It’s absolutely hilarious. It makes a rather sarcastic remark on the recent surge in the number of social networks, blogs, startups etc springing up in every nook and corner of the web today. If you remember, the first bubble was the dot com bubble which took place in the late 90’s.

The song is really catchy and has a foot tapping tune. The lyrics, mind blowing. I listened to it almost 3 times back to back. And hey, it also mentions about Larry Page and Sergey Brin. :)



The part of the song which I liked most was, Read the rest of this entry »

ShopWiki – The New Generation of Shopping

Posted on November 29th, 2007 in Utilities, Web 2.0 | 1 Comment »

ShopWiki is a unique site which lets you get information about a wide range of products for purchasing. And currently it has covered a massive range of about 3 billion products. ShopWiki combines the need of knowledge of products with the ability to search the desirable products from the wide varieties. It provides all the basic necessary information about what you need to know when you want to make a choice.

ShopWiki

Lets say I want to buy an mp3 player but I don’t have the idea what is the ideal kind of mp3 player to purchase from the current market. There is an MP3 player section in the Electronic Goods category which sports a page full of useful knowledge about the types of MP3 players available. I did not know until now that there existed 3 types, namely

  1. Hard Drive Models
  2. Micro / Mini Hard Drive
  3. Flash-Memory MP3 Players

The crux of the above information will definitely help an individual make more smart choice as apposed to information got by just searching out the popular brands or pestering your friends. You wouldn’t have to search for Read the rest of this entry »

Mozilla Prism – A Revolution in Web Apps

Posted on October 31st, 2007 in Opinions, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 12 Comments »

Mozilla is on a spree to revolutionize the way we use web applications today. I had mentioned a brief post on Mozilla WebRunner. Naming it as a killer app just wasn’t doing justice to it. So I felt an urge to bring to the notice that it isn’t just any other app.It will be, probably the next biggest thing that the web will be seeing after Ajax.

Ajax had redefined the web application just a couple of years ago. It definitely changed in the way web apps were being developed. This promoted rise of different interesting possibilities that more than widened the eyeball of a regular surfer. Web Operating Systems were at that time being touted as being able to replace the desktop operating system altogether in the future. But all these breath taking ideas have fallen flat to a place where the idea is still traditional. The usage of web browser.

Web applications have and still are web applications and I have not come upon any idea so simple yet so revolutionizing as the WebRunner. To update you upon the news surrounding WebRunner, Mozilla has converted the WebRunner project to a Mozilla Labs Project with a new fascinating name, Prism. When I saw Web Runner I was not amazed at this app itself. My mind was already seeing the future of web applications. It’s behavior was similar to the nature of a desktop application. Yet it ran on the web! It was the perfect example of how Read the rest of this entry »

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