Facebook is almost used by everybody. And by everybody, we mean everybody. Managed Security Services company Network Box discovered in a recent study that Facebook was twice as popular as Google in the Workplace. This itself justifies the above statement. We use Facebook to share pictures with our friends and family and it has become a great place to get connected.
Mostly, Google Picasa and iPhoto are two great Applications which Windows and Mac users use for all their photo shop requirements. They store pictures, edit them, email them and share them. Unfortunately, none of them has a particular button which would allow us to share our pictures on Facebook. But the Facebook developers have catered to this need and two applications would now help us achieve the above task.
Google Picasa – Picasa Uploader – Now allows you to share your pictures from Picasa and upload them to Facebook. It adds a button to your Picasa dock. Clicking it would require you to log in to Facebook, select the picture and chose an album in which you want to upload the picture to, approve it and then you’re done. It is quite a handy little Application. It runs on both Windows and Mac.
iPhoto – Facebook exporter for iPhoto – This is a free plugin that allows you to export your albums and pictures to Facebook and share them. It adds a Facebook Tab in iPhoto’s Export Panel. Select the pictures and with a click, you would be good to go. One great thing about Facebook Exporter for iPhoto is that it allows you to tag your friends using the same quick-and-easy interface found on Facebook. Click on someone in your photo, then select from a list of your friends. It requires iPhoto 5 or later to operate.
This “How To” is quite common and most of you would already be using it. However, since it is of immense use to all of us, we are featuring it.
Aardvark is a site which helps you get answers for your question in minutes. All you need to do is to log in to Aardvark or you could even use Facebook to get connected with Aardvark. Once you are logged in, you could ask questions and Aardvark would find the perfect user who could answer your question. This helps you get all your questions answered in minutes.
Aardvark is bound to get better as Google acquired it only a few weeks back. Google said that they like Aardvark’s underlying technology and have therefore acquired it. With the Aardvark team and Google working together, Aardvark has tasted success.
The iPhone app of Aardvark allows you to post questions and even answer some. Ask Aardvark a question and it would respond to you within minutes. What else, you don’t need to hang up on Aardvark waiting for your question to be answered. During the time your question is being answered, you could check your mail or browse with Safari. As soon as your question gets answered, Aardvark would send you a push notification. If Aardvark feels that you are the correct person to answer a question asked by another user on a specific topic, it would send you a push notification. You could then choose to answer that question or not. If you don’t like to be notified all the time, just disable the push notifications for Aardvark under Settings > Notifications.
You could find other users in your niche and make friends with them. Rate if you liked a particular answer and even get notifications via email or IM. Yahoo Answers is also a good alternative but there isn’t a native app for Yahoo Answers on the iPhone (at-least not yet) , your question does not get answered within minutes in Yahoo Answers and Aardvark is even backed up by Google. What could be better?
A great thing about Aardvark is that you don’t need to register for using it. It offers many other log in systems, use Facebook or Google to log in. The Aardvark iPhone experience is quite similar to that of the Web Version. But Aardvark on the iPhone is a bit slow and takes time to check the history of the questions you’ve asked. Posting an answer or a question is slow too. The response time is fast but your questions would be answered by other Aardvark users and not Aardvark in general.
Performance – 9/10
Features – 10/10
Price – FREE
It has just been only a few weeks since Apple launched the preview version of iPhone OS 4.0. But the Jailbreaking community is almost instantly back with a Jailbreak for the extremely new OS which has yet once again been Jailbroken. The iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for iPhone OS 4 beta 1. If you are not a developer and have still managed to get your hands on the new OS, you could very well try this one too. Jailbreaking does have its pros and cons but this time there are a whole set of warnings included;so better be careful.
This Jailbreak unlike others is complicated and is aimed at developers and not at the general public yet. For now, this Beta release supports only Mac OS X, iPhone 3G and the 4.0 beta firmware. Eventually, if you want to have a step-by-step guide on how to Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1, take a look at the detailed instructions here.
Google Wave, a complete collaboration tool launched by Google has reached a point from where neither success nor failure is guaranteed. Though many users including Google fan-boys hate the collaboration tool launched by Google, there are still some who seem to use it regularly. The slow, buggy and incompetent UI brought sadness to a lot of users. Google still seems to be working on the project. It has brought in Extensions for Wave in the hope that it would improve the user interaction and would probably win back the hearts of at-least some.
The Top 5 Extensions for Google Wave which could improve your experience ONLY a bit with Wave are –
1. AccuWeather.com – Install this extension and you could share the weather of your location or any other location with your friends and colleagues. The extension would ask you for a zip code, on entering which it would display the weather of that area. By determining the weather of a location, you and your friends could decide whether to meet there or not.
2. Goo-gly – This Extension uses the Google URL Shortening Service to shorten URL’s inside Wave. Highlight a URL in Wave and use this to shorten it. Works flawlessly!
3. Word Count – An excellent little extension which displays the word count of the selected words. If you are writing an article with your friend and need to put a Word Count at the end, nothing could be better.
4. Grocery List – Allows you to create the list of products which you have to purchase. Has three bars – Quantity, Name and Notes. This could also be used as a task manager for managing your daily tasks.
5. Draw Board for Google Wave – Let’s you draw in Wave, just like paint. Share with users and even draw together. It offers basic features like brush, pencil, eraser, paints etc.
Do let us know about your favorite Google Wave Extension.
Now you could drag and drop attachments from your local computer to Gmail without ever hitting the attach button and then browsing for your file. This feature is also available on the Mail application on a Mac. Just open the folder which contains your file and drag the file to the compose mail box. Gmail would recognize your attachment and would come up with a message advising you to drop your file in the box. Just drop it and the file would be attached.
The Gmail Team plans to enable this feature on other browsers too, but currently it is only active on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Google Mail Checker is a neat little extension for Google Chrome. It lacks features but fulfills its purpose well. It displays the number of unread mails in your Gmail Account. To start using Google Mail Checker, you need to log into your Google Account from your browser. After logging in, the extension automatically detects that you are logged in. The Gmail icon becomes bright and ready for use.
The icon spins and displays the number of unread emails in your account. It is compatible with Google Apps for Domain which makes it flawless. Well, flawless doesn’t seem to be the right word for it. It does have a few setbacks. It does not have its own login system and does not automatically log you in when Chrome is fired up. Occasionally, it does not show up a notification as soon as the mail hits your inbox. It takes a quite a few seconds. You could not have a pop up preview of your mail which takes it a few steps backward.
A good thing about this extension is that, clicking on it pops up your mail on a different tab rather than the one you are currently using. If you are not logged into your account, the icon would turn grey and would display a question mark .When you receive a new mail, the icon spins and puts up a notification. When all is said and done, it is a very handy, nifty little tool which always keeps you connected with your mail. Google Mail Checker Plus is also available which removes some of the flaws mentioned above.
Opera Mini, a web browser by Opera for iPhone and iPod touch has recently been approved by Apple. When Opera submitted its browser for approval to Apple, the situation seemed to be very risky as Apple usually does not allow other browsers to work on iPhone OS. Surprisingly, this time it did not seem to be the case.
Opera Mini is available for download from the App Store and is Free. It is a somewhat good alternative to Safari and looks pretty decent. When the app is launched, it gives you some details about how to use it. The home screen looks clustered and feels as if Opera has just somehow managed to fit everything in one place.
We opened TheAppleGoogle and a few other sites such as Gmail and Apple. What you would notice at first sight is that it is significantly faster. But the page display is simply horrible. The characters are absolutely unreadable. Speed Dial, a feature that offers visual display to nine of your favorite sites was good but it somehow did not manage to capture the sites which we browsed. Tabbed Browsing just appeared as Safari’s window previewer. Some sites simply failed to load on the browser and displayed only a few characters. Even after changing a few settings, the page display was abominable. The browser simply failed to render the pages properly. Though images and videos were displayed in an efficient manner and looked great.
The browser is very fast and unlike Safari, Opera Mini does not make use of the WebKit engine, instead, it loads websites via a proxy, which in turn means pages are not rendered directly on the device itself, bypassing any possible problems Apple may have with how code is seen. The browser uses Opera’s powerful servers to compress data up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page-loads are lightning-fast. Nice work done by Opera, at least in bypassing Apple’s strict policies, but still looks like a long way to go.
Opera Mini would work on all devices running iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.
What the heck? Really? Yep, you heard it right. Opera Mini, a browser for iPhone and iPod touch which had been submitted to Apple for inclusion in the App Store has been approved by Apple and is now available for download from the App Store.
Apple, the one who disapproved Google’s Voice and Adobe’s Flash has apparently approved Opera Mini.
Opera App review to follow on.