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LabPixies Acquired by Google

LabPixies, a leading developer of personalized web gadgets “widgets” including iGoogle, Android and the iPhone has been acquired by Google. Widgets help users improve their experience with a website and LabPixies was the very first developer to develop widgets for iGoogle. Later on, with the coming of the Android platform, LabPixies even started to invest in it and contributed by developing widgets for the Mobile platform by Google.

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Would the Google tablet be able to compete with the iPad?

iPad, the center of media attention and idolized by journalists, accepted by early adopters and even the common folks, has proven to be a milestone in Apple’s History. It is a device that would continue to be the unrivaled king of Tablet Bog.

Thousands of features set it apart from other tablets like the App Store, Huge Screen with IPS Technology, Multi-touch etc. A lot of companies including Microsoft, Sony and even Nokia are giving their best shot to create a tablet which would be royally known as the “iPad Killer”.

The problem is that Apple’s biggest competitor, Google, just stepped up into the game. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt told friends about an upcoming Google Tablet. Of-course, we knew this was coming. Google had to respond to Apple. Google’s Chromium OS website released quite a few pictures earlier this year which demonstrated how Google’s OS for netbooks – Chrome OS, would look like on a tablet. But Eric said that the Tablet would not run Chrome OS but instead run on Android – a mobile OS. Android would be a better choice for a tablet considering that it supports Apps.

Google even plans to introduce a new market full of Apps for the forthcoming tablet. Considering the success of the iPad, this indeed would be a good move as the Android market has failed to impress a particular section of the society. Google’s new product is rumored to be named as the gSlate or possibly the gTablet but we however are quite uncertain as the naming thing with Google is always “shaky”.

Google’s mantra is “Web Apps” whereas Apple and its numero uno, Steve Jobs believe in Standalone Apps. People also seem to like the native apps as they tend to offer much higher functionality. The Tablet era would not be dominated by the hardware running but the software that would make it a lot more functional. Apps are the “attention catchers” of this era and Google’s mantra seemed to have failed. Chrome OS, being only a browser would hardly be able to support native apps, while on the other hand, the iPad seems to be all about Apps. That’s the reason Google and its team have agreed to run Android on the Tablet and are following Apple’s path.

A tablet should be a ‘Laptop Killer’ and a replacement for a netbook. The iPad is just that.

Apple saw Amazon rise up with its ebook reader – Kindle. They took it as an opportunity and launched the iPad which is an ebook reader as well. Apple has iBooks Store available for download from the App Store which makes the iPad a perfect ebook reader. Apple has signed up with many leading publishers around the globe and the iBooks Store is a huge success. The Google Tablet is rumored to have its own Book Store and would be an ebook reader. Google would take help from its already established and much controversial – Google Books. Either the books app would be Cloud based or Google would incorporate it as an App in the Android Market.

Google once again is teaming up with HTC and plans to deliver this Tablet with features that would shock the world as Google has just derided the iPad as an over-sized iPod touch. Apart from the regular Apple-Google fight we also have Microsoft and Nokia in the market competing for the tablet market.

The Google-HTC duo do produce some great hardware and software. Keeping in mind the Nexus One, we could be rest assured that form and design would definitely be a factor in favor of the Google Tablet. This Tablet’s screen is rumored to be 10.5′ in size which would be slightly bigger when compared to the iPad.

It is also rumored that the tablet would be launched sometime during summer.

iHoldFree – The Future of the iPad

King Arthur rightly said “The old order changeth yielding place to new”. This age old idiom is the eternal truth. It is applicable to everything. We have seen great changes occur within a generation and it is more so applicable to gadgets and gizmos.

TheAppleGoogle continues its quest on “imagineering” and would like to bring to present the gadget of the future – the new iHoldFree.

Concept iHoldFree will mark the convergence of all gadgets and technology under one platform. Wearing the gadget on your hands would enhance portability and open up a whole new world of Apps and functionalities.

Fingertips Touch Keyboard – It features bubble based, touch sensitive and skin thin wearable pads. Each Metacarpal of the finger would represent an alphabet, alphanumeric or a symbol as per the keypad.

Voice Recognition – Inbuilt Mic which would support. Features such as Voice to text would help dial numbers, send emails and write up an article. The gadget would become your personal digital assistant and would mark the beginning of a whole new era in technology.

2 Estate LED backed LCD display screens – Two 2.6 inch bright LED back-lit LCD Displays with IPS technology to be placed on reverse side of both palms. Alternatively, to allow free use of the palm, the LCD’s can be worn as watches on the wrists of both the hands. Bluetooth connecting its two screens with each other.

Touch screens – The LCD’s on the palm of your hand or on the back of it would be touch enabled which would further help while playing games and interacting with apps.

Mobile – Of-course, this would be mobile. Your hand goes wherever you go. As this would fit your hands you could take in anywhere. Mobile also implies that this would be a phone. You could send an SMS, MMS or even call a person.

Front facing camera – A 3MP front facing camera for video calls and video conferences. Exponential increase in the number of Apps. Skype and note taking apps would dominate the apps market.

OS – That’s a tough one. Designing an OS for a small screen could be a tough and laborious job, if Apple plans to deliver this unique gadget they could very well run iPhone OS on it. Otherwise, Microsoft Windows Mobile and Android could be good.

Accelerometer – An inbuilt accelerometer would mean that you could work on it either horizontally or vertically.

Processor – The main and the foremost requirement of iHoldFree would be faster speed and multitasking. The new Snapdragon 1GHz processor which is used on the Nexus One could be great for such a device as it needs to handle many bluetooth connections together and Apps would altogether require a fast and snappy processor.

Graphics – nVidia’s Tegra is a graphics processor designed for mobile devices and would be definitely be great on the iHoldFree.

Ultra Slim– Slimmer than an iPad. Water and sweat proof – Would not stop functioning even if immersed in water. Sweat too wouldn’t affect it. Light weight as it would be based on ultra light super conducting nano material.

Recently Apple even hired Richard DeVaul, a veteran of the wearable computing field and co-founder of Aware Technologies, a technology company focused on creating products for the fitness and “wellness” markets.

For this product, let the War begin !

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 .

Google’s Next Steps Towards its Possible Grand Plans

The Google mobile blog has announced its plan about Google services on the iPad and other tablet computers. As the shift of interest of the people from desktops and mobile phones to tablet computers is evident, Google has chosen to optimize the interest to give people a better Google experience.

All Google services including YouTube, Google Docs and even gmail are now optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers. gmail looks exactly like the default iPad mail and has your inbox on the left and the mail selected is on the right. There is no better experience than using the native mail app on the iPad to check your mail; so gmail optimization is nothing very exciting. There is already a default YouTube app on the iPad which gives a better experience than the web app.

Then comes in Map. You even have a maps app for the iPad which is very robust and has a great UI.

Google plans to use and promote the new HTML 5 web standard and is encouraging people to use it. The optimization of Google services for tablet computers would rather not be a success for Apple’s iPad, but yeah, it could help on other upcoming Android based tablets.

This gives us a hint that maybe – just maybe Google is coming out with its own tablet.

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.

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.

Google Buzz! What’s buzz all about?

Google today launched a new service known as buzz. Buzz integrates your Facebook and Twitter profile all under your Gmail account.
Buzz was announced at an event at the Google HQ in Mountain View , California. With Google Buzz, all your social interactions and updates can come to one place, right next to your Inbox.

The key elements are:

1. Automatic friends lists (friends are added automatically who you have emailed on Gmail)

2. “Rich fast sharing” combines sources like Picasa and Twitter into a single feed, and it includes full-sized photo browsing

3. Public and private sharing (swap between family and friends)

4. Inbox integration (instead of emailing you with updates, like Facebook might, Buzz features emails that update dynamically with all Buzz thread content)

5. “Recommended Buzz” puts friend-of-friend content into your stream, even if you’re not acquainted.
Recommendations learn over time with your feedback.

Buzz integrates perfectly with your mobile device specially iPhone and android powered ones. It is available as a webapp but can be added to the homescreen and be used as a standalone app too

To start using buzz go to http://www.google.com/buzz

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App of the Week : Cooliris

Ever wanted to download a picture from your picasa web album to your iPhone?or directly publish a picture from picasa or flickr to any of the social networking sites? Or wanted all your pictures to be arranged on a wall with effects? Well then here’s an app which would meet all your needs.

This cool app is known as Cooliris and is available on the Android as well as the iPhone. By using this app you could have all your web albums say picasa or flickr in one place. You could even download these pictures to your iPhone with just one touch. You could even add captions to your images and mark some precious ones as your favorites .

Another great thing is that you could directly share an image on any of the social networking sites! The app starts in landscape mode and you need to add your picasa or flickr usernames and the rest would happen on it’s own.

You could even watch popular YouTube videos playing!
All your pictures get arranged in a wall with dull lights in the background.

This app is even available for Google Chrome as an extension . This is a complete all in one and must have app for all kinds of users.

Ratings. : 9/10
Features : 10/10
Performance : 8/10
Price. : 10/10 (FREE)
Platforms : Android , iPhone/iPod touch , Google Chrome

Palm CEO : I have never used an iPhone before!


Palm chief executive and former iPod chief Jon Rubinstein said in an interview at CES that he has never used an iPhone.
Earlier in 2009 even Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer also did laugh at the iPhone during a press conference, and now we have got Palm’s CEO! It seems that both the companies are unable to compete with the iPhone and hence their CEO’s are doing nothing except criticizing the best device of the generation!

Of course, if Rubinstein is telling the truth, such a lack of dabbling in a rival’s pool could explain, at least in part, why Palm is having a hard time catching up to the iPhone’s market share. The Palm Pre has fared so-so at Sprint Nextel Corp., despite a lot of hype surrounding launches of the various iterations; and the more budget version of the Pre, the Palm Pixi, appears to have made little splash. Palm is due to start selling handsets through Verizon Wireless.

Palm has reason to fear Android: Mobile analytics firm Flurry Inc. says it has “monitored a sharp increase in new Android project starts by application developers within its system, a 94 percent jump in October compared to September,” according to its blog.

We suggest him to use the iPhone and only then would he come to know the power of Apple and also get to know where his company stands!