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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.

No one would argue with me when I say twitter search is a very useful thing. Now it’s getting better.

Twitter search used to crawl only the text in tweets, soon it’ll start crawling links in tweet and index the pages making it almost an alternative to google search for upto the second information.

The trending topics will integrate reputation ranking system which ranks the search results on the basis of reputation of the person. How this reputation will be calculated is still unknown, though I think the number of retweets and linking will be taken into consideration.

The ranking system would help twitter search in reducing or eliminateing the noise by removing retweets and irrelevent content.

Other changes – Twitter follower notification emails have changed from plain text to full html earlier today. It now gives information like the number of people the user is following, how many people are following the user and the total number of updates tweeted. Now with all this information it is easier to weed out spammers. Addition of user’s bio and last 5 or 10 tweets would have been more helpful.

Note: the lack of pictures is because I wrote the entire article on mobile. Sorry.
-vinit

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Ok…today I’m posting after a really long time. My exams end on 24th of this month and then I’ll start regular posting. Thank you for your patience.

I had to use my PC yesterday to check on my projects when I saw the tiny windows update icon in the notification area –

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I was not surprised to see Internet Explorer 8. Now, I’ve not got any problem with Internet Explorer, I just ignore it. My problem is the way it is being pushed to users, it is silently downloaded without users knowledge. Many users are barely getting used to IE7 and here comes IE8. Users should be given the option to update like Firefox. people are usually not even aware of the version of Internet Explorer they are using. This might cause Microsoft some trouble from the EC.

Anyway… Internet Explorer is a good browser, at least better than IE7 or IE6. So now that you’ve downloaded it, use it and tell me if you like it or not.

If you didn’t like it Microsoft has made it fairly simple to remove Internet Explorer 8 .

 

The increase in version number is proposed due to the sheer volume of work which makes Shiretoko feel like much more than a small, incremental improvement over Firefox 3: TraceMonkey, <video> tag and player support, improvements to user controls over data privacy, significant improvements in the web layout and rendering platform, and much more.

Under this proposal:

  • Shiretoko would be released as Firefox 3.5,
  • the upcoming third beta release would still carry the 3.1b3 version numbering,
  • the following foruth beta will be numbered Firefox 3.5b4,
  • “Minefield” builds from the trunk mozilla-central repository will be renumbered to 3.6a1pre until further notice – we will need to consider and decide on a version number for that release at a future date,
  • the Gecko version numbering will not change, remain 1.9.1 on the mozilla-1.9.1 branch and 1.9.2 on the mozilla-central repository for the forseeable future.

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Foxmarks, one of my favorite add-on which backups your bookmarks and password, suggests tags is changing it’s name to xmarks and adding new features.

xmarks The features of xmarks are –

Screenshot of Smarter Search.

Smarter Search

Xmarks will highlight the 3 top sites in your Google results based on how many people have bookmarked them. Simply move your mouse over the site info icon to learn more about that site.

Screenshot of Site Info.

Site Info built into your browser

Click on the Xmarks info icon in your location bar to see detailed information about the site you are on, and discover other great sites just like it.

Multi-browser for Xmarks coming soon.

Sync and Backup

Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync.
The Xmarks browser add-on is coming soon to Internet Explorer and Safari.

 

Adding new features is great but why the name change?

Well.. The add-on is now not a Firefox only add-on, it’s compactable with both Internet Explorer and Safari. The name Foxmarks links it with Firefox. This might be the reason for the change of name.

 

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The popular bookmark syncing Firefox extension Foxmarks has updated to version 2.7.2 and added a new feature of suggesting tags.

What makes this feature especially useful is that you can instantly find tagged bookmarks by typing tag names into the Firefox 3 location bar. This is one of the quickest ways to organize and recall bookmarks in Firefox 3. However, if you don’t use tags, you can turn off this feature via Foxmarks Settings.The tag suggestion is based on how other users tagged similar page. Suggested Tags is currently available only for the Firefox browser and suggests only English tags.

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sadly the suggestions do not include tags that we already use, which might take the fun away from the person who has rigid tagging standards.

Foxmarks syncs your bookmarks, passwords, profiles, has mobile access and now suggests you tags. You can get Foxmarks here.

 

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