reMail acquired by Google

Google acquired reMail, a powerful iPhone app that searched your mail, featured full text support and super quick searches of your IMAP mail accounts.

“I’m thrilled to announce that Google has acquired reMail! I will be joining Google in Mountain View as a Product Manager on the Gmail team,” Cselle ( CEO of reMail) wrote. “

Google has pulled out the app from the App Store. Though Apple did agree to put reMail as an app but could reject when Google tries to put it in due to duplication of functionality.

Google would try and put this technology into their present gmail app and feature it on Android Devices.

Opera Mini for the iPhone

Opera announced their browser for the iPhone during the Mobile World Congress held at Barcelona. The browser is really fast compared to the iPhone’s native Safari. Opening up TheAppleGoogle was 2x faster on Opera Mini than iPhone’s Safari.

The main features include –

Speed – The Opera Mini is definitely faster than Safari.

Start-up Page – The startup page of the browser is a bit like Google Chrome and shows the tabs of all the sites you recently visited.

Secure – When you are on secure Web sites Opera Mobile 10 will visually display a padlock in the top right of the user interface to indicate your data is secure.

InPage Search – You could search for words within web pages by tapping the Tool’s icon and then Find in Page.

Negatives

The only negative part is that it does not support pinch zooming . To zoom you need to double tap the screen.

Opera said it’s just like the Opera Mini on any other mobile OS. Opera would be submitting their app to Apple in the coming weeks.

YouTube launches Disco – An Alternative to Genius

YouTube Disco is a music discovery tool which allows you to search for an artist or song and hear more songs by that artist ,you might discover something new but it will be within the artist’s own discography or you can search for music related to the song or artist you initially searched for.

While searching for a Brad Paisley number we got his short biography on the top and a few of his other popular songs. Tracy Adkins and Keith Urban were among the recommendations . It functions a bit like the iTunes Genius service but performs better.

Click here to check out Disco!

Steve Jobs Official Biography

Over the years many authors have tried to cover the interesting and charming life of Steve Jobs, the Chief Executive of Apple Inc.

These were all unauthorized publications of the life of Steve Jobs. Some of them were iCon , The Second Coming of Steve Jobs!

Now Jobs is set to collaborate on an authorized biography, to be written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine. Jobs even invited Isaacson over to his childhood home , which would further help him write the book.

Google Chrome 5 (Dev Build)!

Google Chrome 5 is out now but is currently available to only Google Chrome Dev Build users.The current version being 5.0.317.2.
Some of the new features are-

Cookies: Modify how cookies and other site date are saved on your computer (Allow local data to be set, ask me when a site tries to set data, block sites from setting any day (with an exception list provided). Can also be used to block all third party cookies without exception and to clear cookies and other site data when the browser is closed. Does contain a link to Adobe Flash Player storage settings.

Images: Show all images, or do not show any images but for sites on the exceptions list.

JavaScript: Allow all sites to run JavaScript or do not allow any site to run JavaScript except for the sites in the exceptions list.

Plugins: Allow all sites to use plug-ins or do not allow any site to use plugins except for the sites in the exception list.

Popups: Allow all sites to use popups or do not allow any site to use popups except for the sites in the exception list.

Google Chrome  5 even comes with an address bar separator which allows you to hide extension buttons in the toolbar.
To get an early access to Chrome 5 Click Here.

Flash or HTML 5 – iPad

During the iPad demonstration, Steve.P.Jobs visited a few sites where blank squares appeared where video or animated content would normally be displayed. This square indicated a missing plugin. The plugin was Adobe’s Flash. The iPad would not display videos, animations or any other content created using Adobe’s Flash.

Apple believes that having Flash on the iPhone would make the device slow and buggy. Many new sites have been experimenting with a new video format called HTML 5. HTML 5 is the next level of HTML which is capable of handling video and animation, just as Flash does. HTML 5 works directly in a web browser. It would enhance iPad and iPhone users experience by playing web-based video content.
The HTML5 editors are Ian Hickson of Google, Inc. and David Hyatt of Apple, Inc .

But migrating to a new video format would be tough and troublesome. Flash has a lot of advantages and is the standard multimedia language for a vast majority of developers. Flash’s UI is definitely better and involves less manual coding than HTML 5.

After the development of HTML 5 , iPhone and iPad users would hopefully see fewer blue blank squares on their screen.

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Google acquires Aardvark

Google acquired Aardvark a technology by which they were impressed. Aardvark helps users answer their questions which are sometimes not available on the internet such as ” Is there snow on Skyline Boulevard?” .

Aardvark is social search: ask any question and Aardvark will discover the perfect person in your network to answer in minutes. Aardvark launched a private beta in March, 2009, and has been growing rapidly since.

Aardvark is available today in Google Labs, so go ahead and give it a try.

UPDATE – According to TechCrunch, Google acquired Aardvark for $50 M.

To know more about Aardvark Click here.