Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gmail adds detailed sender information to avoid phishing

Google Gmail has added detailed sender information to avoid possible phishing. According to Wikipedia, phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

1. Whenever you receive a message from someone who isn't already in your Gmail contacts, the header will now show the sender’s email address like this:


2. Websites sometimes send emails on behalf of someone, like when your friend Mike sends you an article from abc.com using one of the site's "Share this story" links. Gmail will now show this information more prominently:


3. Gmail will also automatically detect suspicious messages and display a warning when it looks like someone may have spoofed a Gmail address (we do this by evaluating the message's authentication data).


Protect yourself from scams by knowing who really emailed you [via]

Google Search Result - Images enlarge on hover

Google certainly made several notable improvements these day.

Google Search Result - Images enlarge on hover

The Google+ Bar - Purpose

A page from the Google+ help center explains the purpose of the new Google navigation bar:

The Google+ bar, which appears at the top of Google products, is your connection to Google+. You can share what's on your mind, view your Google+ notifications, access your profile, or jump to a variety of other Google products. For instance, to get to Google+, all you have to do is click +[your first name].

When you're signed in and look at the Google+ bar, you'll see your full name or email address displayed with a photo or avatar next to it. This helps you identify which account you're currently signed in to. You can sign in to multiple accounts at once and switch between them using the Google+ bar.

One of the most interesting feature of the bar is notifications:

When you receive a notification, the notification area in the Google+ bar will turn red and show the number of new notifications. If you click the notification area in the Google+ bar, you’ll see a summary of your recent notifications. When you click a notification, a preview of the event that generated the notification will appear in the drop-down menu. You can take action on each notification right from the notifications menu, like commenting on a post or adding someone to a circle.

The navigation bar has been morphed into the Google+ bar and it should be more useful. Maybe at some point the bar will include notifications for Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs and other Google services.

The Google+ Bar [via]

Google Maps - Map style improved, roads thinner, ...

In yet another several improvements to Google products, Google Maps is of course included too.

Some of the ongoing incremental improvements to the style of our maps:

1. Roads thinner and more discernible, and improved treatment of tunnels so they don't look so much like they're above ground:


2. Roads used to overlap in some places. This is improved by making the map more navigable and providing a better sense of the city structure:


3. Add detail and feel easier to read:


4. Improvement in our styling of building models, which makes the map less overwhelming and the road labels easier to read:


Minor Style Updates, Major Improvements [via]

Google Search Page - New Design Look-and-Feel

Since 2 days back, Google has been rolling out gradually updates across all products to make the whole Google experience an improved one. This includes its classic homepage:

New Google homepage with a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges of the browser for a cleaner look

Evolving the Google design and experience [via]

Track your +1s in Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools

After announcing +1 buttons to Google search sites globally, the Google team announced release of Analytics reports that show you the value +1 buttons bring to your site.

The report will bring you several perspective on how +1 buttons add value to your site:

  • First, +1 metrics in Google Webmaster Tools can show you how the +1 button affects the traffic coming to your pages.
  • Finally, you can also see how users share your content using other buttons besides +1 by using Social Plugin Tracking in Google Analytics. Once you configure the JavaScript for Analytics, the Social Engagement reports help you compare the various types of sharing actions that occur on your pages.

+1 reporting in Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics [via]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google Swiffy converts Flash SWF to HTML 5

One of Google Labs latest tool Swiffy allows you to convert Flash SWF files to HTML5. HTML5 is the new standard and is supported by any modern browser, even if the browser happens to be Mobile Safari.

Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads).

Swiffy currently supports a subset of SWF 8 and ActionScript 2.0, and the output works in all Webkit browsers such as Chrome and Mobile Safari. If possible, exporting your Flash animation as a SWF 5 file might give better results.

Try Google Swiffy now at http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wikipedia to add 'Love' button for contributors to feel valued

To make sure contributors of wikipedia's feel appreciated, Wikipedia is going launch a new 'Love' button. With this new button, readers can flag articles they feel worth reading. Wikipedia announced Friday that it's currently testing the feature and will roll it out to the entire site on Wednesday June 29.

This is after a 2011 study which says, among 17 variables, “being looked down on by more experienced editors” is the most likely to cause people to say they will edit less frequently (69% agreement), while “having others compliment you on your edits/articles” is the most likely to cause people to say they will edit more frequently (78% agreement).

WikiLove: An experiment in appreciation [via]

Open Google Docs files from Microsoft Office with Google Cloud Connect

One of the key features of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is the ability to easily sync Office documents up to Google Docs and to collaborate on them with others. Editing of files can be performed all within Microsoft Office and any changes synced automatically to the cloud - Google Docs. It is even possible to edit files offline and then get them synced the next time you are back online.


Open files more easily in Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office [via]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

10 Gmail gadgets to try

There is a powerful but little known Gmail feature that lives in Labs called "Add any gadget by URL". This feature has to be turned on before using it. The experimental feature allows you to add iGoogle gadgets (or any gadget specified by an .xml file) to the side of your Gmail account. While most of these gadgets are built by third-parties and not owned or maintained by Google, they can be super handy.

Assuming the "Add any gadget by URL" feature is turned on, go to the new "Gadgets" tab under "Settings" and add the relevant .xml address for installation of gadgets.

Googmle Gmail suggested 10 gadgets worth trying.

1. Wikipedia

Look for a specific query right from Gmail.
http://www.google.com/ig/modules/wikipedia.xml

2. Google Calculator

Make some quick calculations while typing an email.
http://calebegg.com/calc.xml

3. Note

Add a sticky note to the corner of your Gmail account.
http://www.google.com/ig/modules/sticky.xml

4. Remember the Milk

If you’re a fan of this task management system, accessing all your “Remember the milk” notes from right within Gmail can be super handy.
http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/modules/gmail/rtm.xml

5. PolyClock

Gives you the time of day for any place in the world.
http://gad.getpla.net/poly/clock.xml

6. Currency Converter

A real time currency converter.
http://helloworld123---.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/currency-converter.xml

7. bit.ly URL shortener

Lets you shorten URLs in a single click.
http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/107368512201818821991/bitly-shortener.xml

8. Chuck Norris fact generator

Displays a different “Chuck Norris fact” every day of the year.
http://marsupialmusic.net/stu/scripts/chucknorris.xml

9. Google Calendar

Displays your Google Calendar agenda right from Gmail.
http://www.google.com/ig/modules/calendar.xml

10. Google Docs

Gives you quick access to your most recent documents.
http://www.google.com/ig/modules/docs.xml

10 Gmail gadgets to try [via]

Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2012

24/7 Wall St. has created a new list of brands that will disappear.

  1. Sony Pictures
  2. A&W
  3. Saab
  4. American Apparel
  5. Sears
  6. Sony Ericsson
  7. Kellogg's Corn Pops
  8. MySpace
  9. Soap Opera Digest
  10. Nokia

Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2012 [via]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Apple newly approved patent may stifle innovation and bully competitors

Apple has been awarded its long sought-after patent (U.S. patent number 7,966,578) on the iPhone. Intellectual property experts say it's so broad and far-reaching that the iPhone maker may be able to bully other smart phone manufacturers out of the U.S. market entirely. This patent may just spell big trouble for rival smartphone makers.

Summary of the patent

The above deficiencies and other problems associated with user interfaces for portable devices are reduced or eliminated by the disclosed portable multifunction device. In some embodiments, the device has a touch-sensitive display (also known as a "touch screen") with a graphical user interface (GUI), one or more processors, memory and one or more modules, programs or sets of instructions stored in the memory for performing multiple functions. In some embodiments, the user interacts with the GUI primarily through finger contacts and gestures on the touch-sensitive display. In some embodiments, the functions may include telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing. Instructions for performing these functions may be included in a computer program product configured for execution by one or more processors.

In one aspect of the invention, a computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, comprises displaying a portion of page content on the touch screen display. The portion of page content includes a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also includes other content of the page. The method further comprises detecting an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, and, in response to detecting the N-finger translation gesture, translating the page content to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display, wherein translating the page content includes translating the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page. Additionally, the method comprises detecting an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N, and, in response to detecting the M-finger translation gesture, translating the frame content to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

In another aspect of the invention, a graphical user interface on a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display comprises a portion of page content on the touch screen display. The portion of page content includes a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also includes other content of the page. In response to detecting an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, the page content is translated to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display, wherein translating the page content includes translating the other content of the page. In response to detecting an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N, the frame content is translated to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

In another aspect of the invention, a portable multifunction device comprises a touch screen display, one or more processors, memory, and one or more programs. The one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors. The one or more programs include instructions for displaying a portion of page content on the touch screen display. The portion of page content includes a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also includes other content of the page. The one or more programs also include instructions for detecting an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display; instructions for translating the page content, in response to detecting the N-finger translation gesture, to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display, wherein the instructions for translating the page content include instructions for translating the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page; instructions for detecting an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N; and instructions for translating the frame content, in response to detecting the M-finger translation gesture, to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

In another aspect of the invention, a computer readable storage medium stores instructions, which when executed by a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, cause the device to display a portion of page content on the touch screen display. The portion of page content includes a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also includes other content of the page. The instructions also cause the device to detect an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display and to translate the page content, in response to detecting the N-finger translation to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display, wherein translating the page content includes translating the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page. The instructions further cause the device to detect an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N, and to translate the frame content, in response to detecting the M-finger translation gesture, to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

In another aspect of the invention, a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display comprises means for displaying a portion of page content on the touch screen display. The portion of page content includes a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also includes other content of the page. The device also comprises means for detecting an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display and means for translating the page content, in response to detecting the N-finger translation gesture, to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display, wherein the means for translating the page content include means for translating the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page. The device further comprises means for detecting an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N, and means for translating the frame content, in response to detecting the M-finger translation gesture, to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

The disclosed embodiments thus allow users to easily translate page content or just translate frame content within the page content, depending on the number of fingers used in the gesture.

Wyoming - First U.S. state to use Google Apps for government

This morning, Governor Matt Mead announced that the state of Wyoming has completed its transition to Google Apps for Government. Since the state first declared its intention to go Google eight months ago, Wyoming has worked quickly to move all 10,000 state employees onto Google Apps.

For the first time ever, Wyoming’s entire state government now shares a common email, calendar and document system, making it easier for employees to find and collaborate with one another. By going Google, the state is also saving taxpaying Wyomingites approximately $1 million annually. Who knows which next great “first” they’ll put these savings towards?



Wyoming has officially gone Google [via]

How mobile phones are tested for tolerance?

Mozilla Firefox 5 available for download

Mozilla Firefox version 5.0 is now available for download after only 3 months since version 4.0. This is after Mozilla switched to quick-release cycle mode.

According to a blog post on Mozilla,

The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox. This release adds support for more modern Web technologies that make it easier for developers to build amazing Firefox Add-ons, Web applications and websites.

Firefox for Android includes the Do Not Track privacy feature in this release, making Firefox the first browser to support Do Not Track on multiple platforms. Mozilla created Do Not Track to give users more control over the way their browsing behavior is tracked and used on the Web. The feature, which lets users tell websites that they wish to opt-out of online behavioral tracking, is now easier to find in Firefox Preferences.

Mozilla Delivers New Version of Firefox – First Web Browser to Support Do Not Track on Multiple Platforms [via]

Sunday, June 19, 2011

How do I set up a free @facebook.com email address?

According to Facebook FAQ, these are the steps to follow to claim your free @facebook.com email address.

  • To set up a free @facebook.com address, go to your Messages view and click the "Claim your Facebook email" link.

    Your email address will match your public username, for example:

    Profile: facebook.com/username
    Email: username@facebook.com

    If you don’t have a username yet, you can choose one when you create your email address.

  • Once you set up your email address, people can email you using any traditional email system (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail), and the emails will be delivered to your Facebook Messages. When you send messages to external email addresses, the emails will be formatted to look like Facebook messages, including your name, your profile picture and your message.

Better Embedding Code for Google +1 Buttons

Interesting post on how to better embed code for Google +1 Buttons.

Canonical Link Element - Supported in HTTP Headers

Google announced they are now supporting the rel=”canonical” attribute within HTTP headers.

Matt Cutts of Google introduces the canonical link element.


Some readings on rel="canonical"
  • About rel="canonical" [via]
  • Supporting rel="canonical" HTTP Headers [via]

Introducing the Chromebook - Concept of Everything on the Web

Google's Gay Rainbow for "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month"

June is the "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" and several parades are organized to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people have had on the world.

For the month of June since 2009, Google changes the search results interface when you search for [gay] and other related terms. While in 2009 and 2010 Google added a colourful bar below the search box, this year there's a rainbow next to the search box.

Google's Gay Rainbow (June 2011)

Google's Gay Rainbow (June 2009) [via]

Google's Gay Rainbow (June 2010) [via]

June is the "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month"

June is the "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month".

According to wikipedia,

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is celebrated each year for the month of June. The last Sunday in June is celebrated as Gay Pride Day. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month". In 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. President Barack Obama declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, stating, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.” The month was chosen to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village that sparked the modern LGBT liberation movement in the United States.

Several parades are organized to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people have had on the world. Yesterday (Saturday), a record crowd of over 10,000 turned out for Pink Dot at Hong Lim Park on Saturday evening -- more than twice last year's size.

Pink Dot event at Hong Lim Park [via]

How to force to Google.com without going to the local country / regional version

Whenever you type www.google.com on your browser address bar, it often will redirect you to the regional Google site e.g. http://www.google.com.sg/ if
you are in Singapore.

One good reason to switch to the U.S. google.com instead is to enjoy all the latest rollouts, without having to wait a few days before Google slowly pushes changes to regional sites.

To switch, simply click on the Go to Google.com link found near the right hand bottom corner of the search box.

Google Singapore

Go to Google.com is in fact going to http://www.google.com/ncr.

Facebook app for iPad soon

Facebook had its application for the iPhone ready right when the Apple App Store opened in July 2008. But more than a year after the iPad went on sale, there is still no official Facebook app for it.

That is about to change. People briefed on Facebook’s plans say that in coming weeks the company plans to introduce a free iPad application that has been carefully designed and optimized for the tablet.

A person who has seen the app said this,
The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images.

Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally [via]

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blogger in Draft - Change Favicon of Blog

It is now possible to change Favicon of a Blogspot's blog, only if the blog has opted for Blogger in Draft.

To change,
  1. Go to Design from the Blogger in Draft Dashboard.

  2. Click on the Edit link beside Favicon.


  3. Upload an icon file (*.ico).

Google Instant Pages - A speedier search experience

In Google's Inside Search event in San Francisco, Google demonstrated several demos showing how Google is bringing successful mobile device search features to mainstream desktop and notebook PCs thus, saving users time in their searches.

Last year, Google introduced Google Instant, which gives you search results while you type. It is estimated that this saves between two and five seconds on typical searches. Today, Google took the next step for Google Instant: Instant Pages.

Instant Pages can get the top search result ready in the background while you’re choosing which link to click, saving you yet another two to five seconds on typical searches. As you scan the results deciding which one to choose, Google is already prerendering the top search result for you. That way when you click, the page loads instantly.


To learn more about the Inside Search event, visit www.google.com/insidesearch.

Knocking down barriers to knowledge [via]

Google Image Search on Desktop

In Google's Inside Search event in San Francisco, Google demonstrated several demos showing how Google is bringing successful mobile device search features to mainstream desktop and notebook PCs thus, saving users time in their searches.

Google Goggles has enabled you to search by snapping a photo on your mobile phone since 2009, and today Google is introducing Search by Image on desktop.


Search by Image is rolling out now globally in 40 languages. We’re also releasing Chrome and Firefox extensions that enable you to search any image on the web by right-clicking.

To learn more about the Inside Search event, visit www.google.com/insidesearch.

Knocking down barriers to knowledge [via]

Google Voice Search on Desktop

In Google's Inside Search event in San Francisco, Google demonstrated several demos showing how Google is bringing successful mobile device search features to mainstream desktop and notebook PCs thus, saving users time in their searches.

Google has brought speech recognition into search on desktop for Chrome users.


To learn more about the Inside Search event, visit www.google.com/insidesearch.

Knocking down barriers to knowledge [via]

Google Lunar Eclipse as logo / doodle

In conjunction with today's lunar eclipse, Google is revealing a special Google logo (doodle) for the Lunar Eclipse.

Google Lunar Eclipse Doodle

On click the logo, it will lead to a search result answer telling you information on the timing of the Lunar Eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse Timing

The logo also has a slider where you can use to animate to show the transition of a lunar eclipse.

Google: Watch the lunar eclipse from anywhere

A rare total lunar eclipse will happen today, resulting in a blood red moon from Singapore time (GMT+8) 3.25am to 5am later today. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. Because the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, only red light from the Sun is able to reach the Moon's surface.

Google has made it possible for all to be able to witness the lunar eclipse. Google has worked with Slooh Space Camera to let you experience the spectacle wherever you are in the world, in real time.

Slooh will host a live mission interface using Google App Engine that lets anyone not lucky enough to live in certain areas (South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia) take part in this rare astronomical event. It’s equipped with audio narrations from real-life astronomers so you can hear a firsthand, expert account of the event. You can also watch the live stream on the Google YouTube Channel or from the Sky layer in Google Earth (download this kml), while exploring the fascinating world that exists in our galaxy. Finally, those of you on the go can download the Slooh Space Camera Android app to view the images right on your phone.

Watch the lunar eclipse from anywhere [via]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

George Yeo not running for Presidential Election

Former Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo has announced on his Facebook page that he will not run for the Elected Presidency.

George Yeo's Facebook blog post on his decision:

To my dear Friends and Supporters

Over the past few weeks, many Singaporeans have urged me to run for the Presidency. This is a major step which I could not rush into. I thought over it long and hard, consulting not only colleagues, friends and family members, but also taking in the advice and views which many of you conveyed to me in person, on FB, by mail and email, and through friends and relatives.

After considering all factors, I have come to the conclusion that, in this phase of my life, I can better contribute to the Singapore we all love in other ways. I have therefore decided not to run for the Presidency this August.

It is not a decision I take lightly. I know many of you will be disappointed but I ask for your understanding. I will continue to work with you to make Singapore a home rich in memories and full of hope for the future. I would like to express my deep appreciation to all of you who believe in me and offered me your kind support.

I respect his decision and hope him the best in anything he does in the future.

Copy and Paste pictures into Gmail directly

Gmail added drag-and-drop image insertion last year and now, they have added clipboard support. Inserting an image is as easy as a mere Copy-and-Paste. This currently only works in Google Chrome, though Google says they hope to add it to other browsers soon.

Pasting images into messages just got easier [via]

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Looking forward to first conference

:)

McDonald's McFLOAT - Buy 1 get 1 FREE


To celebrate the coming Father’s Day, McDonald’s™ is offering you a 1 for 1 on their new McFLOAT™ from now till 19th June 2011. Simply print or flash the coupon from your mobile to redeem!

Apple sued by iCloud Communications for using iCloud name

Apple has been sued by iCloud Communications, a Arizona-based remote storage company since 2005, for trademark infringement over the recently-announced Apple iCloud. iCloud Communications claimed trademark infringement over the use of the name iCloud.

Apple’s heavy promotion of the iCloud product is damaging to its business and has all but removed the branding of the name from itself and placed it onto Apple. This is epsecially when iCloud Communications is oferring similar services to the ones offered by Apple's iCloud.

The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the “iCloud” mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005. However, due to the worldwide media coverage given to and generated by Apple’s announcement of its “iCloud” services and the ensuing saturation advertising campaign pursued by Apple, the media and the general public have quickly come to associate the mark “iCloud” with Apple, rather than iCloud Communications.

Apple was wiser this time, acquiring the iCloud domain and U.S. trademark from Swedish software company Xcerion. iCloud Communications never held a registered trademark, according to a database search in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is reported that iCloud Communications has asked the Arizona district court for all of Apple's profits from iCloud thus far, and for Apple to immediately cease using the iCloud name. Apple has 30 days from the June 10 filing to respond.

Apple sued by iCloud Communications over iCloud trademark [via]

Google Now Supports “Author” Tag

Google announced support of the authorship markup, enabling content sites to help identify their authors on the site and across the web.

The markup uses existing standards such as HTML5 (rel=”author”) and XFN (rel=”me”) to enable search engines and other web services to identify works by the same author across the web. If you're already doing structured data markup using microdata from schema.org, we'll interpret that authorship information as well.

Google Now Supports “Author” Tag [via]

YouTube's pages for blogs - ‘As Seen On’ YouTube pages

YouTube can now automatically generates pages that list the most recent videos embedded in a blog with the launch of ‘As Seen On’ YouTube pages.

By crawling web feeds of sites that have embedded videos, we’ve built dedicated pages that highlight your embedded videos. This means that there is now a place on YouTube to find videos mentioned on your favorite blogs & sites. We think these pages provide a way to find new and interesting content while helping you dive deeper into the conversation around a video.

One example for favourite blog is the Gizmodo.

‘As Seen On’ YouTube pages: celebrating content curators [via]

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: All The Hotkeys You Need

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Scrolling

  • Spacebar: Page down in any Web page/document view
  • Shift + Spacebar: Page up in any Web page/document view

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Typing

  • Alt + Spacebar: Insert a special character
  • Shift + Del: Delete the character to the right of the cursor
  • Alt + Del: Delete an entire line
  • Shift + Shift (press it twice): Activate caps-lock; press shift once more to exit
  • Alt + Trackball-Left: Move cursor to beginning of line
  • Alt + Trackball-Right: Move cursor to end of line
  • Alt + Trackball-Up: Move cursor to top of page
  • Alt + Trackball-Down: Move cursor to bottom of page
  • Shift + Trackball-Left/Right: Highlight text for cutting or copying
  • Menu + X: Cut text (will cut all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)
  • Menu + C: Copy text to clipboard (will copy all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)
  • Menu + V: Paste text from clipboard
  • Menu + A: Select all text in the current field

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Browsing

  • Menu + I: Zoom in
  • Menu + O: Zoom out
  • Menu + J: Go back a page
  • Menu + K: Go forward a page
  • Menu + R: Refresh current page
  • Menu + F: Find on page
  • Menu + B: Open bookmarks
  • Menu + S: Open social network sharing menu
  • Menu + H: View browsing history
  • Menu + S: Open browser settings

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Gmail

  • F: Forward current message (works only while inside the message)
  • R: Reply to current message (works only while inside the message)
  • A: Reply-all to current message (works only while inside the message)
  • Y: Archive message (works from within message or while on main inbox list)
  • Menu + U: Refresh inbox
  • Menu + C: Compose new e-mail
  • Enter: Open an e-mail (from the main inbox list)
  • Alt + Trackball-Up: Jump to top of inbox
  • Alt + Trackball-Down: Jump to bottom of inbox

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Apps

  • Search + B: Open browser
  • Search + C: Open contacts
  • Search + E: Open e-mail
  • Search + G: Open Gmail
  • Search + I: Open calendar
  • Search + M: Open maps
  • Search + P: Open music
  • Search + S: Open text messaging
  • Search + Y: Open YouTube

You can also customize the keyboard shortcuts for applications: Just go into "Applications" off the main system settings menu, then select "Quick Launch." From there, you can change any of the above app-controlling hotkeys and add in your own.

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: All The Hotkeys You Need [via]

Les Paul Google Doodle gets standalone site

Google celebrated musician Les Paul's 96th birthday with a playable guitar logo (doodle).

Google's Les Paul Doodle

The strings of the guitar will play a tune as you strum them with your mouse. In the U.S., there is even more. Users can click the black "compose" button and record a 30-second track. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the song you've just created.

Given the popularity of the playable Les Paul Google doodle, Google has decided to create a standalone site where users can play to their hearts' content. You can find the site at http://www.google.com/logos/2011/lespaul.html.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Are you ready for IPv6?

To test your readiness for IPv6 switch, go to http://test-ipv6.com/.

To learn more of IPv6, visit http://www.nro.net/ipv6.

Some facts on IPv6

Since IPv6 addresses are 128 bits long, the theoretical address space if all addresses were used is 2128 addresses. This number, when expanded out, is 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456, which is normally expressed in scientific notation as about 3.4*1038 addresses. That's about 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses.

It's enough addresses for many trillions of addresses to be assigned to every human being on the planet.

The earth is about 4.5 billion years old. If we had been assigning IPv6 addresses at a rate of 1 billion per second since the earth was formed, we would have by now used up less than one trillionth of the address space.

The earth's surface area is about 510 trillion square meters. If a typical computer has a footprint of about a tenth of a square meter, we would have to stack computers 10 billion high blanketing the entire surface of the earth to use up that same trillionth of the address space.
Looks like this figure is almost infinite.

How to Stop Facebook from Using Facial Recognition on You

Facebook has slowly introduced a new facial recognition feature that finds pictures with your face and suggests to your friends that they tag you in it. If you'd rather this feature be turned off, here's how to disable it.

NOTE: It is enabled by default!


To disable, do the following:
  1. Go to your Privacy Settings and click on Customize Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the "Suggest Photos of Me to Friends" setting and hit "Edit Settings".
  3. In the drop-down on the right, hit "Disable".

How to Stop Facebook from Using Facial Recognition on You [via]

Apple iOS 5, Lion: Magical Innovation or Blatant Copying?

Interesting read from the PCMagazine on which features offered by Apple iOS 5 are possibly "copied".

Introducing iOS 5 - The Top 10 New Features

Read Gizmodo article on the Top 10 New Features offered by Apple iOS 5.

Google Chrome 12 released - Safer, Snazzier, 3D CSS

Google Chrome's stable release has now reached version 12, bringing improvements in security, privacy, and graphics.

1. More Secure

Enhancements to Safe Browsing technology.

2. Privacy

It is now possible to control over the data that websites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs), which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe’s website.

3. Graphics

Includes support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS. To see hardware-accelerated 3D CSS in action, check out this Chrome Experiment.

Download latest Google Chrome browser now.

A new stable release of Chrome: safer and snazzier [via]

Thursday, June 09, 2011

PC Show 2011

The PC Show 2011 is back again.

Event Details

Venue: Suntec Singapore level 1,3,4 & 6
Date & Time: 9-12 Jun 2011, 12 – 9 pm

Google's Les Paul Doodle

Google's Les Paul Doodle

Google's Thursday homepage doodle is celebrating what would have been the 96th birthday of musician Les Paul with a playable guitar logo. The strings of the guitar will play a tune as you strum them with your mouse. In the U.S., there is even more. Users can click the black "compose" button and record a 30-second track. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the song you've just created.

Unofficial poll on the Presidential Election for Singapore

As of now, the results on 2 unofficial polls on the Presidential Election for Singapore are as follows:

1. A poll on Facebook

George Yeo (634 votes), former Foreign Minister, being the winner, with runner-up former NTUC Income CEO, Tan Kin Lian (578 votes), closely behind.

2. A poll on the Temasek Review

Tan Kin Lian's 3,488 votes leads ahead of Dr Tan Cheng Bock's 2,291. George Yeo's 193 votes come in third. Temasek Review is an online website that often attracts anti-PAP readers, thus may not reflect the general population.

One interesting or rather unsurprising outcome is current President of Singapore, SR Nathan, comes in last in both polls. SR Nathan himself has yet to consider if he should contest a third term in office. Looks like his decision may be to retire unless he want to risk himself retiring with a defeat.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Google Adsene: Add +1 to help your site stand out

Google has now released +1 buttons to the whole web, after making an introduction to it in March. As a result, you might start seeing +1 appear on sites large and small across the Internet. By adding +1 button on your site, it may potentially increase traffic to your site and eventually increase ad revenue.

Add +1 to help your site stand out [via]

Nokia Warns of Unexpectedly Low Phone Demand

Nokia is really moving slowly towards doomsday.

Nokia said Tuesday that net sales for its devices were expected to be "substantially" below its earlier estimates, possibly indicating waning interest in the company's phones.

Nokia Warns of Unexpectedly Low Phone Demand [via]

Gmail adds Superstars, Nested Labs and Advanced IMAP Controls

Google Gmail has graduated three popular Labs features officially into Gmail recently.

1. Superstars

Superstars, one of the most popular Labs features, provides different types of stars in addition to Gmail’s basic one. You can assign a certain star to special conversations and use another as a visual reminder that you need to follow-up on a message later.

2. Nested Labels

Labels are a great way of organizing your email; nested labels give you the ability to organize labels hierarchically.

3. Advanced IMAP Controls

This Labs feature provided a very useful set of advanced controls for those of you who access Gmail through IMAP clients (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, or your iPhone’s native mail app). Now it's easier to take advantage of features like syncing only selected labels or limiting the folder size limit to improve your IMAP experience.

3 Labs graduations, 1 retirement [via]

Twitter new follow button

Twitter recently released a new follow button allows anyone to follow you with just a few clicks.



To learn how to embed the new Twitter's follow button, visit Follow Button resource page now.

Google +1 button

Google has now released +1 buttons to the whole web, after making an introduction to it in March. As a result, you might start seeing +1 appear on sites large and small across the Internet.

Google +1 button

Google has now made it available to its array of products which include Android Market, Blogger, Product Search and YouTube. Yes, the +1 button is now on my blog as well.

If you are a webmaster or a web developer, wishing to include the new Google +1 button, do visit Google +1 webmaster page for more information.


If you think something is cool, +1.

The +1 button for websites: recommend content across the web [via]

Twitter rolling out Photo-Sharing service

Twitter is rolling out both its own photo-sharing service as well as a completely revamped version of search, CEO Dick Costolo said last Wednesday on a blog post.. In collaboration with Photobucket, Twitter's retooled photo-sharing service will let you upload an image and attach it to your tweet directly from Twitter's site or mobile apps.

Not only will it deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic, but it will also show you related photos and videos, right there on the results page. It's never been easier to get a sense of what's happening right now, wherever your curiosity takes you.

Windows 8 Preview

Windows 8 Demo Has a Brand New Interface


Up Close with Windows 8

Windows 8 Preview: 23 Potential Features You Should Know About

According to an article published by the LifeHacker, there are 23 potential features of the new coming Microsoft Windows 8, codenamed Windows Next. It is said that Windows 8 is a serious revamp from the kernel up.

The 23 potential features of Windows 8:

Storage Features

  1. ISO Mounting
  2. Tweaked Disk Cleanup
  3. Portable Workspaces
  4. History Vault
  5. WinFS

Connected Features

  1. Internet Explorer 10
  2. Immersive Browser
  3. SmartScreen Download Filter
  4. Cloud Storage
  5. Push Notifications

User Account Features

  1. Guest Mode
  2. Facial Recognition
  3. System Reset

Interface Tweaks

  1. Ribbons everywhere
  2. Aero Autocolor

Content Integration

  1. Windows App Store
  2. PDF Support

Tablet Optimized

  1. System On Chip Support
  2. Touch Interface
  3. Pattern Login

Other Tweaks

  1. Modern Windows Task Manager
  2. Hybrid Boot
  3. Genuine Center

Windows 8 Preview: 23 Potential Features You Should Know About [via]

Introducing schema.org: Google, Bing, Yahoo! come together to standardize common web tags for Search

The three web giants - Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo! on Thursday launched schema.org, a collection of schemas, or HTML tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. The site aims to be a one stop resource for webmasters looking to add markup to their pages.

Introducing schema.org: Search engines come together for a richer web [via]

China denied Gmail hacking

Google said last Wednesday that it had discovered that a number of its Gmail account user names and passwords of personal accounts belonging to senior government officials, activists, and journalists, had been compromised. Google said that the usernames and passwords were obtained likely through phishing, a hack that uses social engineering to induce the victim to turn over the personal information without any penetration of the email system.

Google traced the origin of the attacks to Jinan, China, the home city of a military vocational school whose computers were linked to an assault 17 months ago on Google's systems.

Following Google's accusation, China denied it supports hacking activities and said it is part of global efforts to combat computer security threats Thursday, a day after Google disclosed some of its email users suffered hacking attacks that orginated within the country.

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