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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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This is a funny thing and quite true – – –

technology-overload21

Technology: OK, but you will pay for me right?
Human: Sure! Will do.
Technology: Will you also update me from time to time?
Human: OK, I can do that.
Technology: Also, would you mind handling my cables? I have a lot.
Human: Cables? Hmm, OK, if that’s what you need…
Technology: Please also watch my blinking buttons and displays every now and then.
Human: Yeah OK…
Technology: And repair me every now and then.
Human: Yes yes, of course.
Technology: Also lock me up safely to prevent me from being stolen.
Human: Of course I will!
Technology: Also provide fallbacks for me if I break OK?
Human: Hmm, sure, yeah…
Technology: I might beep or ring every once in a while which means I need your attention.
Human: OK, yes fine, I will give you my attention every now and then.
Technology: But please, when you use me the wrong way, it can lead to disaster fast.
Human: Right. I’m aware of that. Is there anything else? See, I don’t have a lot of …
Technology: … also, always make sure to plug me in, as I need a lot of energy.
Human: Yes, I know. I …
Technology: … sometimes I also need wireless input so please carry me around until I find it…
Human: Yes of course, I mean I …
Technology: By the way, not all my cables are the same, so make sure to only plug in the right ones, and don’t mix them up.
Human: Technology, I know I know… is there anything else you need?
Technology: No, I am your servant. I don’t want to cause any troubles.
Human: That’s very considerate of you. I …
Technology: Did I mention I’m often bad for the environment?
Human: Technology! I think it’s time you…
Technology: Oh, I sometimes contain bugs or a nasty virus, did I mention that?
Human: I …
Technology: And awful usability? And overlong manuals? And bad phone support? And crooked advertisement promises?
Human: Why you rotten little … will you please just shut up?
Technology: Shut up?
Human: I mean, I …
Technology: Master, you called me into your service. You know I’ll disappear at the push of a button.
Human: Well, I didn’t mean it quite like that, what I’m saying is …
Technology: Hang on a second, I’m freezing now to load something.
Human: What?
Technology:
Human: Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait.
Technology: Thank you, I’m back. There was a small program error that unfortunately erased part of my short term memory.
Human: What?! You …
Technology: What were we talking about?
Human: That you are my servant, of course!
Technology: Right. That I know. But you will pay for me right?
[discussion continues for some more millennia]

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You want to go to a website or you are trying to access a web page and it seems to be down. You always think -“is the problem with my connection or everyone is facing it?”

Alex Payne, an Internet engineer has created a very simple website containing only 7 words and a search bar which will till you if it’s just for you or everyone else. Users can type in a Web address and see whether a site is generally inaccessible or the problem is with an individual connection. (hmm..twitter)

Down or up?

Down or up?

Check out the website.

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New in Opera Mini 4.1 beta

Faster

Now even faster

Prior to this release, we upgraded our servers and Opera Mini now receives your requested Web pages up to 50% faster. So you can now access sites like Facebook, BBC, and any of your other favorite Web sites even faster, with Desktop-like speeds.

Faster

Find things faster

Even though scrolling to your Web content is already easy with Opera Mini, the new Opera Mini 4.1 beta lets you search for text within a Web page so you can get to the information you need even quicker than before.

Faster

Get your to your Web sites faster

Now you can stop wasting time typing in full Web addresses more than once while browsing. When typing Web addresses, Opera Mini 4.1 beta will recognize and suggest completions for you based on your Bookmarks and browsing history, making address input faster, easier and much more intuitive.

 

Download and upload files

On phones with JSR-75, you can now upload and download files using Opera Mini 4.1 beta, without being re-routed to your phone’s native Upload and downloadbrowser. Update your blog while on the go. Upload photos to your Web site or social network. Add attachments easily to Web-based email, and download other non media-rich content to your phone using Opera Mini 4.1 beta.

Faster

Save it for later

On phones with JSR-75, Opera Mini 4.1 beta lets you save pages for offline viewing so you can quickly access and read your desired Web content, even when you’re on a plane, in the subway, or in other places where you can’t get network reception. Depending on your phone, you may need to choose a destination folder for storing pages for offline viewing.

If you’ve got an older version of Opera Mini on your device, note that Opera Mini 4.1 will install alongside it, not over it. So you will have to uninstall the older version manually.

you can get it here.

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Skype 3.8 beta for Windows

The Skype team has just released a new beta version of their Internet telephony client for Windows.

Some new features are –

  • New UPnP implementationExtras
  • Manager 2.0
  • Profile picture hidden by default on authorization request

Some improvements are –

  • Audio call quality
  • Internet Explorer add-on updated
  • Firefox add-on updated
  • Skype4COM updated

Default video resolution for Pentium 3 and slower computers is 160×120 pixels and you cannot send Voicemail to users who have not authorized you

You can try it out here.

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OpenDownload is a Firefox add-on that adds a run option to Firefox.When you download a file using Internet Explorer, you have the option to run the file directly i.e. the files are downloaded directly to the temporary folder and not to the download directory. The downloaded files will be deleted after 24 hours.

Helpful if you want to keep your download directory clean and click less to open/run the file.

OpenDownload

You can get OpenDownload here.

Twobile (pronounced Twoh-bul, a mixture of the words “Twitter” and “Mobile”) is a new Twitter client for users of Windows Mobile Pocket PCs that adds many of the imagefeatures you’d get from a desktop Twitter client like Twhirl or Twitterific.

Twobile is free, but you have to pay to use Twobile for business purpose.The client allows you to update your status, view the public timeline, your friends timeline, send and receive replies and direct messages, view featured users and favorites. And you can view avatars when you click on an individual message.

You can get Twobile here.


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