Google Goggle gets Update-Faster, Smarter & Awesome

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One of the best mobile apps I have used till date is Google Goggles. It allows you to search about things just by taking their pic. It works great and has been able to recognize almost 95% of the books on which i have used it so far. Given the 5% were local language rare books, i can say it worked great.

Google today announced two major addition & one improvement over last version. It can now read barcode better, can return search results for print ads & can play Sudoku….yes, you read it right.

Both Android & iPhone version will have the updates for Print Ad recognition & Sudoku playing capability. Faster barcode reading ability was confirmed only for Android version.

Here is update from Google blog:

 

Barcodes
When shopping offline, it’s helpful to be able to learn more about a product by scanning its barcode. With the new Android version of Google Goggles, scanning barcodes is much faster. Open Goggles and hover over the barcode or QR code. Within a second the phone gently vibrates and presents results, without requiring a button press. Simply tap on the result to read product reviews, check in-store availability and compare prices.
Print ads in magazines and newspapers
We’re excited to take another step in our vision of connecting offline media to online media. The next time you’re flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, try taking a picture of an ad with Goggles. Goggles will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product or brand. This new feature of Goggles is enabled for print ads appearing in major U.S. magazines and newspapers from August 2010 onwards.

 

This feature is different from the marketing experiment that we announced in November. We’re now recognizing a much broader range of ads than we initially included in our marketing experiment. And when we recognize a print ad, we return web search results. While in the experiment, we return a specific link to an external website.
Sudoku
Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be an frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle. Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we’ll tell you the correct solution. Check out this video to see how it works.

 

 

Google Goggles 1.3 with improved barcode scanning is available for download in Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for the Google Goggles app on Android, as well as the Goggles component of the Google Mobile App on iPhone.

What you think about the updated app ? Let us know

[FREE] Wanna play DJ? Virtual DJ lets you do just that

There is a small party going on and you want to play DJ, mix music and make people move. Can’t find a software that helps you do that effectively? Don’t look any further as Virtual DJ has a free version for home users that allows them to mix music effectively & easily

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Details about Virtual DJ:

VirtualDJ features everything you need for imaginative performance and mixing:

  • Two virtual decks for loading audio and video tracks, short clips and karaoke
  • Extensive browsing functions utilizing ID3 tag and custom information fields
  • Comprehensive mixer with all the features that you would expect from a traditional mixer (EQ, gain, crossfader)
  • Audio and video effects processors
  • Linking video to audio tracks for pre-selected visual enhancement to the audio
  • Sampler for recording and playing back audio clips on the fly ClipBank for playing back video clips on the fly
  • Smart and User-Defined (IN/OUT) Looping engine
  • Real-time recording of your mixes ( Audio and Video ) Real-time webcasting of your sessions

Additionally, VirtualDJ includes many innovative features to help you spend less time with the tedious, time-consuming aspects of DJing and mixing


VirtualDJ is available for both Windows & Mac. It can be downloaded from here:

Link: VirtualDJ


RockMelt Welcomes 2011 with a Bang-Chrome Web Store

RockMelt-The fastest growing browser amongst social website lovers. The browser which was amongst Top Ten Trending topics on Twitter for 2010(technology) has rolled out it’s first & big update for 2011.

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Version 0.8.40.147 contains over 40 bug fixes & a dozen features including:

  • Chromium 8 and the Chrome Web Store
  • Better, faster Feed
  • Reduced memory usage, improved performance of Feeds
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • Other updates

Most noticeable change is update to Chrome Web Store which allows to use Chrome Apps within RockMelt.

Like always, your browser will download the update automatically within the next day or so. If you want it now, open the RockMelt menu, choose “About RockMelt” to download the update, and then restart to apply the update.

Details of Enhancements:

  • Upgrade to Chromium 8 – RockMelt now supports Chrome Web Store apps!
  • Updated New Tab page to allow for management of Chrome Web Store apps
  • Faster, more reliable feeds – Feeds are twice as fast and perform better than ever
  • Preference for viewing Favorites / All friends in Friend Edge is now synced across all your RockMelt browsers
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts
  • (Mac)Upgraded chat experience – Incoming chats do not steal focus and the RockMelt dock icon displays profile pics, as well as the number of unread chats
  • (Mac)Reduced memory usage of feed windows, especially when left open for a long time
  • (Mac) Improved performance of opening and scrolling through feeds
  • (Windows) Spell checking in chat, Facebook messages, status updates, sharing, comments, and tweets

42 Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed issue with empty Facebook Feed and Facebook Profile affecting certain browsers
  • Fixed several issues causing crashes
  • (Mac) Fixed issues preventing unfollowing of Twitter users
  • (Mac) Fixed issues with opening search results in new tabs
  • (Windows) Fixed layout issues with chat messages
  • (Windows) Fixed drag and drop removal of Facebook Profile and Facebook Feed
  • (Windows) Fixed Windows 7 issue with having multiple RockMelt icons in the taskbar

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[News] Apple’s Mac App Store to Open on January 6

overview-callout-main.pngApple® today announced that the Mac® App Store? will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Gmail Introduces Delegation Feature: Let Other People Answer Your Emails

I use two Gmail accounts: one is my personal account and the other I share with my family (we use it to subscribe to groups like my children’s classroom mailing list). Checking these two different accounts used to mean I had to sign out and back in to Gmail all the time. Not anymore.

Yes, Gmail now supports full email delegation. By way of a new feature in settings, you can grant another Google account holder access to your email account. This allows another person to both send and receive emails on behalf of your account.

This feature has been available for some time for Google Apps accounts. But sometimes regular people have assistants too — or simply email addresses that they’d like multiple people to manage in a more coherent way. For example, when a message is sent from the account with access to yours, it appear as being from your address, but with include “sent by XXXX@gmail.com”. Nifty.

To grant access to another account, click the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail. On the “Accounts” tab, you’ll see a new section where you can “Grant access to your account.”

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The account you add will get a verification email with links to accept or deny access. Once the account accepts, a small down arrow will appear beside the email address at the top right corner of Gmail which can be used to toggle between accounts.


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Each account will open in a different browser tab or window so you can view both accounts simultaneously, all while signed into your primary account. When you send a message from hikingfanfamily@gmail.com while signed in as hikingfan@gmail.com, it will appear as being sent by hikingfan@gmail.com on behalf of hikingfanfamily@gmail.com.

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Signing out of any one of the accounts will sign you out of all the accounts you’re currently viewing, and, of course, you can revoke access at any time.

Google releases Nexus S-Android 2.3 “Gingerbird”

Google today released Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, with the new Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system. This is a phone that was designed with direct input from the Google Android team. And like its predecessor, the Nexus One, which was released in January 2010, it has a “clean” install of Android. That means there is no additional software layer from third party OEMs or carriers to interfere with the user experience. Like the Nexus One, this will become the reference phone for this generation of Android.

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Nexus S is the lead device for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release; it’s the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform. Google co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform. As part of the Nexus brand, Nexus S delivers a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.

Take a look at backstory video for more on the vision behind this product and to understand why we think “a thousand heads are better than one”:

Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.

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Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

Here’s a glimpse of the “magic” of Google on Nexus S: