Top 5 Gmail Labs Features

1. Google Docs gadget – It previews Google Docs below the chat box. It shows the top five last edited docs.You could click on a doc and it will pop it up in a new window . Built right into your inbox it keeps you up to date with Google Docs. In-case you have created a form and are asking people to fill it but on a single day you forget to check docs, the inbuilt preview would remind you of it.

2.Back to Beta – Adds the super popular BETA tag back to Gmail. We all know how famous Google is for it’s BETA tags. If you loved to be greeted by the familiar BETA text in silver, then just enable this. According to the author, it soothes your soul.Yes it does!

3.Green Robot – It shows how many of your friends are chatting with their android phones and how many are up from their computers. If they are using their Android phone for chatting then their status icon would be the android green robot . This could help you chat more precisely . For example, if you see that your friend is up from his android phone, you could send him shorter messages so that he could cope up with you. This does a pretty good job but sadly their isn’t one for the iPhone. When launched this lab feature was not helpful because hardly people owned an Android phone. But with the Nexus One hitting the roads, this must be enabled.

4.Undo Send – One of the most advanced labs feature yet. If you wanted to send an email to your friend named John but instead sent it to your boss also named John, then only this could help you. You could undo your sent emails. After hitting the send box this lab feature waits for 5-10 secs and if you want you could undo the sent message. I experimented with it a bit and sent obscure messages to my alternate email addresses, before five seconds I hit the undo button and none of my other emails had those mails.

5. Picasa previews in Mail – Preview your Picasa pictures in your mail. You could preview the photos in your mail whenever you receive an email with a Picasa link.

If This Happened Between AppleGoogle Over Coffee

Jobbs – Hey Erik, Apple is planning to remove Google and make bing as the default search engine for Safari.

Erik –  Really?

Jobbs – We even plan to have iAd. You took admob from us and this time we aren’t going to give up. Apple is slowly going to enter your market and dominate it.

Erik – Well, you could never get ahead of us in search.

Jobbs – Yeah, but our products would eliminate Google which would have a huge impact on you.

Erik – Do you think that you are gonna keep throwing things at us and we are just gonna accept it? Well, guess what we even put multitouch on the Nexus One and we have already entered your market. What are you gonna do? Sue us? Cmon do that… Why did u sue HTC? Are u scared of getting into a real fight? At the end of the day we made the Nexus One!

And did u call our Motto as BS ? U know what you don’t even think differently.

Jobbs – Screw you, your coffee was poisoned.

Erik – Really? Even yours was.

What do you think really happened? Post your comments !

Things Crossing the Minds of People : Leadership at Apple & Google

Apple and Google are two of world’s greatest and the most innovative organizations. They have set a benchmark for others to emulate. Their leaders are icons and demigods of the world today. They inspire other organizations and also individuals who would like to shape their destiny on the lines of these role models.

However, success brings appreciation and a host of critics too. We have a pulse on what people are thinking and we would like to allow you a peep into the minds of those who applaud and critique as well. The reflections for the leaders of both the organizations are as follows:-

Steve Jobs of Apple

  • Steve is a founder and will have to struggle with his emotions in taking the right decisions.

  • For the launch of all its products, Steve Jobs hogs the limelight and projects a larger than life figure by making the presentation himself.

  • Steve is now at a two forked crossing of humility and arrogance. By allowing Walter Issacson to write a biography on him, he seems to be using yet making one more route of projecting himself, which is perhaps indicative of his taking a path which will lead him away from humility.

  • Steve is an innovator and a great designer and Apple has benefitted from his capabilities. However, he needs to allow the diversity of ideas to flow to see if Apple needs to move into different areas of its core competence.

  • Apple has affected a huge payout to Tim Cook for doing a job which he in any case was supposed to do.

  • Steve is the founder himself and all that he has to do is to keep the Board happy.

  • All said and done, Steve has shown resilience to regain his organization which had ousted him out earlier and now has taken it to the position of glory by creating unparalleled world class products.

Eric Schmidt of Google

  • Eric is a professional and he is required to take decisions on professional grounds.

  • When Nexus One was released, it was his employees who made the presentation at the Android Press Event. By doing so, the CEO is allowing the credit to flow where it is due.

  • Eric has maintained a low profile, putting his company before himself.

  • Eric runs his organization and has challenged Apple in its core area of strength by launching the Nexus One. It has moved beyond search to telephony.

  • The founders of Google and Eric have relinquished their salaries in making their organization stronger and have accepted only $1 as their payment at a particular point of time. Investors would repose a higher level of confidence in them.

  • Eric has a difficult job of not only maintaining good relations with the Board but also in keeping the founders of Google happy. He may thus loose the focus.

On an overall basis, the world is in awe with Steve Jobs and for reasons so well known to all. The world’s best marketers would give him a standing ovation, scientists would applaud his quest for new ideas converted into products and entrepreneurs bow down in respect. For the man who could do so much in such a short time, words will fall short to appreciate his contributions at any point of time. The chorus that all would hear is “Good Job done, Steve”.

For Eric too, the world is at his feet. With 3/4th of the world being followers of Google, Eric is just like another name to God.

Just imagine what could happen if Steve and Schmidt came in together and joined hands!

Shouldn’t the iPad have a USB Slot?

USB slots these days are used for just about everything whether you want to connect your iPod with your laptop or transfer pictures from your camera or even for transfering important data from your external hard drive to your computer.

With the USB speeds getting better with each passing day, they have become a necessity and even netbooks do have atleast two slots. Well, according to Apple, the iPad is a netbook and a link between the MacBook and iPhone. How could you even imagine a netbook without a USB slot – not even a single one?

When the iPhone was launched everyone was astonished by the power of the device and even more surprised by the functionality of apps. The success of the iPad will surely be apps but this time accessories seem to be dominating it. Apple does offer you a camera connection kit by which you could transfer pictures from your camera to the iPad but what about data and syncing your iPod? The OS is not even compatible for these things.

You could transfer data by BlueTooth but due to the restrictions imposed by Apple you cannot use it to transfer files via other phones such as those operating on Windows Mobile. Transfer of data is only possible with other iPhones and iPod Touches. A lot of devices don’t even have inbuilt Bluetooth. USB slots are even used to connect High Speed Data Cards ( Mobile Broadband) . This could have been another means of connecting to the internet . So then you could have WiFi + 3G + High Speed Intenet via those data cards.

USB 3.0 is being implemented on almost all new devices. I truly understand that the iPad is a content consumption and a content creation device and not a replacement for a laptop but a USB would have spiced things up a bit. There are quite a few apps which allow file exploration on the iPhone and iPod Touch. They could be used for transfers using an external drive. Or even if Apple could come up with an accessory which could be connected to the dock connector port and would have a USB port on another end (just as the camera connector).

Think about it. Post in your views in the comments!

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Digg iPhone App Review

Digg launched its official app for the iPhone yesterday. The app is not bloated and is simple, has a good interface and is easy to use. The app displays all top dugg articles from all categories on its first page . There are three sub menus to choose from including Top, Recent and Upcoming. Then you could browse through articles by categories/topics . Choosing a topic would result in the articles from that topic.

You could tap on an article to read it and then digg it if you like it. There is a thumbs up, digg, thumbs down icon below the article. you could tap on Digg to digg the article. After tapping on Digg you would be redirected to the Login screen which is similar to that of the desktop log in screen. The log in screen is quite slow and buggy. After logging in you digg that article.

Digging and Commenting an article is not a pain. Click on the comment icon to view all comments and to comment . If you run of time you could save the article and read it later. Saved articles can be viewed by tapping the Saved Results icon on the below bar. You could search for related articles or type in a query and digg would put up some articles related to your query.

The app has an inbuilt browser which redirects you to the source of the articles. It does not have the option of “Show Text Only” which makes it difficult to read an article . Apart from digging an article you could share it on Facebook, Twitter or by Mail.

The app is FREE( of-course ) and is compatible with iPhone OS 3.1 . These were some of the good things, now let us turn to the bad part.The app is not complete and lacks in many features. If you are a blogger, you cannot submit articles on Digg using this app. You could just Digg already submitted articles. The app even crashes a lot.Sometimes the page simply fails to road. If you are on iPhone OS 3.1.2, then the app could be a nightmare. It is quite slow and buggy.

Do post in your reviews about the app in the comments and speaking of Digg don’t forget to Digg our articles!

Top 5 iPad Themes for iPhone

As soon as the iPad was released the jailbreaking community started to emulate it. A lot of users have released themes of the iPad for jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch.

As almost all have the same name, I am going to pull out 5 of them along with the authors name which would make it easier for you to choose and download the particular one. Many of them were also buggy and were not iPad themes, so do make the right choice. To download them you need to go to Cydia and then type iPad in the Search Bar.

1. Simple iPad Theme – Developed by rorypiper. This iPad theme completely replicates the iPad and even shrinks the icons. It has the iPad Dock, Lock background and the Wallpaper. After installing it add beyouriphone.com as a source and then download Shrink from Cydia to shrink your icons.

2. dmmendels iPad Theme – Developed by Mendel Suissa. This also does the same thing but it is developed by a different author.

3. iPad Complete – Developed by Mani. A winterboard theme for the iPhone and iPod Touch .It fails to shrink the icons but that could be done via Shrink. It even does not display the percentage of battery remaining beside the battery icon on the status bar. You even have to activate Black Navigation Bar from Winterboard to get the complete experience of the theme.

4. iPad Dock Theme -Developed by joavst. If you are fascinated by the iPad dock itself and don’t want to change everything else then you could have this. It also sets the iPad default wallpaper as your lock screen background.Just gives you the feel of the dock. This dock theme fails to represent the proper iPad Dock so you must go for a complete theme.

5. iPad – Developed by Powertoola. This theme is for SpringBoard.

Apple signs two more publishers

The iBookstore just got larger. During the launch of the iPad that is in the month of January Apple had signed up with five of the biggest publishers for the iBookstore .Apple has added two more to their list.

Perseus Books Group, a large independent publisher, based in New York, USA.

Workman Publishing Company , publisher of primarily non-fiction print based in New York USA. Known for it’s famous publication “1000 places to see before you die”.

Reportedly, Amazon is asking publishers to sign up with Apple.

Amazon previews Kindle app for iPad

Amazon has a special preview page where it displays information about the Kindle app for Tablets including the iPad. The looks are pretty much similar to iBooks which is on the iPad.

This obviously means that Amazon would lose Kindle sales and is driving more and more people towards the iPad. iPad already has the iBooks Store which includes books from the major five publishers in the world and along with the Amazon Store which nearly has all books, it would take a lot of innovation to beat the iPad.

It uses WhisperSync to automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights with Kindle and Kindle-compatible devices PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. It almost has all the features of the iBooks app including adjustable screen brightness and Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. If you already own a Kindle, then you could plan to donate it.

Amazon has finally accepted its defeat and now wants to capitalize on the hype surrounding the iPad. By being available on the iPad, it could generate revenue by selling books.

Click here to navigate your browser to the Kindle for Tablets Page.

Steve Jobs : iPad won’t support Picasa

Steve Jobs has replied to an email sent in by an Apple fanboy. The sender asks Jobs whether the iPad would support Picasa or not and here’s what he said-

Jobs feels that iPhoto is much better than Picasa . It would have been great if the iPad could support Picasa. Then you could transfer pictures to the iPad using the camera connector and upload it to your Picasa web albums.

Steve Jobs sent this email from his iPhone. Hey Steve, what about the iPad?

YouTube’s New Look


YouTube just got a makeover. Now it a lot more cleaner and simpler. The subscribe button which was on the right corner earlier is now on top and the forward icon is a bit changed too.Clicking on the forward icon will play the next video posted by the author.

This version of YouTube was earlier observed in Internet Explorer version 8.0 and now it is even in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The name of the person who has uploaded the video along with the number of videos he/she has uploaded is beside the Subscribe button on the top and all menu bars have got a drop down sub-menu. If you click on to check other videos from the same author, the videos are displayed in a cover flow style(kind of).

Comments bar is also new, you’ve got the highest rated comments on top and then the rest. If you want to rate a comment or report abuse it or reply to it you need to move your mouse over it and you’ll get a whole new set of options to choose from.

Great Job done, Google!

Update : Earlier this view was only available to BETA testers but now it is available to all.