Gmail – Drag and Drop Attachments

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.

Extension of the Week – Google Mail Checker

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 App Review

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.

Opera Mini Approved By Apple

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.

Google Docs Improved

Google Docs, a free web based online word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and even cloud storage just got updated. Google is releasing preview versions of the new Google document and spreadsheet editors and a new standalone drawings editor, all built with an even greater focus on speed and collaboration.

The new version tries to make Docs faster and brings real time editing experience to documents. Google has even brought another feature from spreadsheets to documents : Sidebar chat, which lets you chat with your friends and colleagues and together work on a document. Spreadsheets is now faster than before with speed and performance improvements. Also, Google says that come May and for the foreseeable future, users will no longer be able to work with Google Docs offline.

According to Google, faster browser technologies such as faster JavaScript processing helps them make Docs faster. The new collaborative drawing editor gives users the ability to collaborate on drawings and make them accessible directly from the docs list. The acquisition of DocVerse by Google has further helped Google improve Docs. DocVerse was a company that focused on creating collaborative tools within Microsoft Office. The antagonism between Google and Microsoft is increasing day by day.

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Jailbreak iPad with Blackra1n

If you are Jailbreak savvy, you would definitely not deny the fact that Jailbreaking your iPod touch or iPhone with Blackra1n is by far the easiest method. Geohot, a popular and reputable iPhone hacker has made a blog post with a screenshot which shows that he is running Blackra1n and Cydia on his iPad. Though it is not available yet, but Geohot plans to release it soon.

He is actually planning to release it after Apple releases iPhone OS 4.0, otherwise they would quickly recognize the exploit and would patch it. You could expect the jailbreak to be out this summer, soon after the iPhone OS 4.0 release.

Dictionary.com Brings Offline Dictionary to iPad

Dictionary.com is a great website where you could find an alphabetical list of words with information about them. It helps you find the meanings and definitions of words. It is a virtual dictionary with great features which separates it from normal dictionaries. Thesaurus and Encyclopedia are also a part of Dictionary.com.

Dictionary.com is an Ask.com service. There is an iPad app of Dictionary.com available for download from the App Store. The best part of this app is that it can be used without being connected to the internet. You could use the dictionary and thesaurus offline. It has other great features such as Word of the Day, hear audio of a word and more. The iPad App is FREE and 43.3 MB in size as the dictionary could be accessed without the Internet. Though Internet connection is not required to access most of its features, but some features such as hearing audio and Word of the Day do require you to connect your iPad to the Internet.

The huge iPad screen is well utilized by the App. It has four tabs on the bottom – Dictionary, Thesaurus, Recent and Word of the Day. Recent displays some of the recent words you searched for. It has nearly 1,000,000 words in its dictionary and more than 90,000 synonyms and antonyms in its thesaurus. For some words, it incorporates the word origin and history. It uses the iPad accelerometer perfectly; if you shake your iPad, it would show you the definition and meaning of a random word.

It is a simple app presented in a stunning user interface.

iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking to iPhone

This feature was awaited by every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user. Multitasking is now supported with iPhone OS 4.0. During the event, Apple Chief Executive, Steve Jobs mentioned seven tent pole features of iPhone OS 4.0, the very important being, Multitasking. Multitasking drains out the phones battery but who else other than Apple is out with a new way which would try to avoid those setbacks and present multitasking in a new and dynamic UI.

Run multiple Apps such as Mail, Plants vs Zombies , eBay and YouTube simultaneously. Now, if you need to jump from your Mail to Plants vs Zombies, you could double tap the home button and the apps would pop up from the bottom. You would view the icon of all those apps running. Tap on the desired app and you would simply jump to the app. Apple did not use the MultiFl0w interface and provides multitasking in an efficient manner.

You could now run Pandora while surfing the web via Safari. The music won’t stop playing and you could still use Safari. Continue your call on Skype while searching for great restaurants nearby or playing a game. Upload multiple pictures to Flickr and in the meantime play your favorite game.

iPhone OS 4.0 would currently be available as a developer version.

How to Browse the Web the iPad Way Without the iPad

iPad has registered mixed reactions from users. Those who didn’t get an iPad for some reason, here’s how you could emulate it on your PC/Mac using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and make your browser feel as if you were surfing the web from your iPad.

To do this, you need to change your default User Agent. When a user agent operates, it typically identifies itself, its application type, operating system, software vendor, or software revision, by submitting a characteristic identification string to its operating peer. If you are on Mozilla Firefox,  download the “User Agent Switcher” addon.

After downloading the addon, goto Tools >> Default User Agent >> Edit User Agent >> New User Agent, then paste the following code in the user agent bar

Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

Now you could browse the web the iPad way without happening to own one.

If you are on Google Chrome, you could try using the User Agent Switcher for Chrome Extension or manually change the user agent.

Buzz integrated with Gmail for Mobile

Google Buzz is now incorporated within Gmail. If you go to Gmail from your Android or iPhone browser you would see a Buzz bar below the inbox bar, just as you would observe in the desktop edition of Gmail. When Buzz was launched, Google had a web app of Buzz for mobiles, but now you could access it right from your inbox.

When you open a Buzz post from your inbox, you can perform all the standard functions, such as liking the post or commenting, just as you can from the desktop Gmail inbox.

You could try it by simply navigating your iPhone or Android browser to gmail.com .