Archive for January, 2009

YouTube Captions Translation: Auto Translation
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Do you know that the subtitles of YouTube videos can now be auto-translated! Simply give a small click on the arrow icon in the bottom right of a video and it should show “CC”, which means it has closed captioning; click it to turn it on. Next to the CC icon, you’ll also find an [...]

Gmail Offline Mode: Now Available
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Gears is the name of Google’s browser tool to help bring offline capabilities (among other things) to web apps. Now, Gmail support for Gears is being rolled out too, in the form of a Gmail Labs experiment. To opt-in to this experiment, provided you have it available already, log-in to Gmail and click Settings -> [...]

Google Forum Search: With More Features
Monday, January 26th, 2009

Just like Google Video, Google Groups has also extended its index from the Usenet discussion boards and the Google-hosted groups to almost all discussion boards from the web. The search results now show the same nice snippets that were added to the web search few weeks back.

Its great to see that Google’s help forums for [...]

Scrollbar for Google Cache: Firefox Plugin
Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Google Cache Mapper is a cool new Greasemonkey script that enhances Google’s cached pages by adding a virtual scrollbar with all the matches of your keywords. Google cache usually highlights your search terms using different colors and this script shows the position of those respective matches so that you can easily jump to them. The [...]

Google Voice Search: for Iphone
Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Google Mobile App for iPhone introduced Voice search features built on a sophisticated platform for text-to-speech and speech recognition using data from GOOG-411 and users can can already get some of its applications in Mobile Google Apps, YouTube and in this updated iPhone app.

It’s kind of hard to say how to download the app: since [...]

Google Search Suggestion: Provides Poor Results
Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Google’s special “Did you mean” feature tends to get obtrusive at times. As you might have noticed, the general trend with Google over the years is that they get more and more fuzzy in interpreting your original query. These days, instead of showing a passive spelling correction or similar but then going on with the [...]

Malware Problem: Google Detects Malware
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

For a short while today, Google classified all results as harmful, several people reported. Basically no matter which URL you saw in the search results… they all had the text “This site may harm your computer” printed above the snippet. Clicking on the result in Google would yield the advisory page usually reserved for malware-infested [...]

Google Chrome Tab Page: In Firefox
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

If you like Google Chrome’s “New Tab” page, which offers an overview of pages you often visit, but you don’t like to use Chrome… you can use the Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox. When you open a new tab after installing the toolbar, it will open the Chrome-style verview page as shown.
A technologist writes:
A word [...]

Test Internet Connection Speed: With Measurement Lab
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Google co-launched the Measurement Lab with several tools aimed to help you find out about problems with your internet connection. The currently available, Java-based tools are Glasnost, testing whether BitTorrent is throttled, and a Network Diagnostic Tool to check your connection speed. Other programs, like DiffProbe – to determine whether your internet service provider is [...]

Google China Stopped BBC: from being censored
Monday, January 19th, 2009

If you try using the “site” operator in a Google web search, you can estimate roughly how many pages Google indexed from a particular domain. Entering site:news.bbc.co.uk into Google China for a long time returned 0 results, along with a self-censorship notice by Google. Now, I’m not sure since when, the same query shows a [...]