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Bing search is now showing a little feedback button in the search results and is asking everyone to rate the search results.

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Competition is always good, we don’t want any single product (Google) to dominate the web. Bing is the first search engine that is actually at par with Google.

Bing is pretty to –I'm good

and that pretty picture doesn’t slow you down whereas Google has to keep the interface minimal for speed.

Now instead of mocking at Microsoft, Google is listening to the buzz and is trying to improve there search engine. There’s also news that Google is first time advertising it’s search capabilities – ‘Hey! We can do that also’

Sergey Brin – I think it will soon be possible to have a search engine that “understands” more of the queries and documents than we do today. Others claim to have accomplished this, and Google’s systems have more smarts behind the curtains than may be apparent from the outside, but the field as a whole is still shy of where I would have expected it to be.

So, which is more useful – The decision engine (Bing) or the understanding engine( Google) ?

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This notifier along with Windows 7’s taskbar and jump list makes a powerful application –

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Unread messages count –

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Easy preview of messages –

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Get work done faster with jump lists – everything you wana do is just click away.

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And that’s about it! It is using Gmail secured RSS feed to retrieve the mails so it should be pretty safe. Credentials are saved using a machine’s dependent encryption. Here are some more screens:

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You can get Gmail notifier plus for Windows 7 here.

[via neowin forums]

 

 

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Now you can play the game Ships in Google earth.

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go to Ships to try it and make sure that you read the keyboard shortcuts.

 

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Google has brought Google translation to Gmail too… all you have to do is just go to settings and enable message translation.

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Everyone is talking about the new computation search engine Wolfram Alpha wolf

and comparing it with Google. Some say it is a Google killer though it can’t even answer what Twitter is –

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Lot of people like wolfram but aren’t yet ready to leave the beloved Google. This add-on is to help those people –

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Wolfram alpha Google 3.0 adds a neat table to the Google results so that you can see the results of both the search engine in a single page.

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Neat huh? along with the regular results you get some cool facts with which you can impress your friends, get some knowledge and finish your projects.

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You can get Wolfram Alpha Google 3.0 here and it works even with Firefox 3.5.

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Internet Explorer 8 release candidate 1 which was released last week is getting a lots attention and might pose competition to Google Chrome, the browser which is supposed to get IE users to switch to Chrome.

Both the browsers now have 1% market share and considering IE 8 was released last week it do doing very well. The attention might be due to web developers the world over downloading IE8 to get their sites up to spec before users start switching from IE7 en masse. Likewise, Windows 7 comes with IE8 installed by default, so Microsoft’s recent Windows 7 Beta push can’t be hurting those numbers, either.

 

One very good feature of Google’s Chrome is the page which you get when you open a new tab which gives  thumbnail previews of Most Visited, Recent Bookmarks and Recently closed tabs.

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You can now get this page in Firefox if you install the new Google Toolbar 5 beta.

When you open a new tab, Google Toolbar can preload it with useful information. With one click, you can get to the web resources you use most often.

Most visited thumbnails

Links to websites you visit the most

Chances are you visit some websites on a regular basis. The Google new tab page provides up to nine image thumbnails and links for those websites automatically.

Click a thumbnail to open a website, or right-click it to access options to open it in another new tab or in a new window. Thumbnails won’t display until Toolbar has saved at least three thumbnails.

 

Recent bookmarks

Recently saved websites

Up to nine most recently created Google bookmarks and browser bookmarks appear on the page for easy access.

 

 

 

 

Recently closed tabs

Recently closed tabs

Links to tabs that you’ve closed within the past five minutes are stored in case you accidentally close something. Up to three links are displayed.

Some other features of the toolbar are –

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You can read about all the features here.

 


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