New official statistics revealed by the social networking giant reveal that 0.06% of the more than billion or 600,000+ logins that they have each day are compromised. This is noted by security site Sophos.
Google+ social networking site latest update push adds 4 key features.
What’s Hot on Google+: see what everyone’s talking about
Basically knowing what is the world excited about.
Google+ Ripples: watch how posts get shared
Shows how posts are shared in spider view style in a timeline period.
Google+ Creative Kit: have more fun with your photos
A fast and friendly way to make powerful edits to your photos. And since Halloween is here, there is even a template just for that to add some spook to your photos. Do share them publicly on Google+ with the hashtag #gplushalloween.
Google Apps customers can now use Google+
Google+ is now made available to all Google Apps customers worldwide.
The new iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 were put to a free fall drop test to test out if how durable they are. The experiment showed Samsung Galaxy S2 significantly more durable than the obviously fragile iPhone 4S.
Latest Google Chrome 15 comes with a redesign of its Chrome Web Store, several bug fixes and other new features. It is now eaiser to manage (add, update and remove) your apps using the new Chrome Web Store.
60 Minutes has posted its two-part interview with Walter Isaacson, the authorized biographer of Apple founder and the late CEO Steve Jobs, which aired last Sunday evening. The transcript of the 2-parts interview can be found here.
The new task manager that comes together with upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 is going to be quite different as compared to earlier versions. The new task manager comes with fewer details and with options to show more details.
Some of the key new features offered by the new task manager: Closing applications from cleaner view with fewer detailsIdentifying resource issues with the HeatmapGrouping by applications, background processes, and Windows processesGrouping top-level windows by appDisplaying process friendly names
Quick demo on the new task manager for Windows 8:
Google has added more than 60 new features to its Google Docs Presentation including several popular requested features:
Transitions to move between slides with simple fades or spicier 3D effects Animations to add emphasis or to make your slides more playful New themes to create beautiful presentations with distinct visual styles Drawings to build new designs, layouts, and flowcharts within a presentation Rich tables with merged cells and more options for adding style to your data
These new features are still slowly rolled out to all its millions of users. To see the new features before they are rolled out to you, click on the gear icon in your document list, and select Document settings. Then, from the Editing tab, check the box to "Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor".
The implications of this switch to encrypted search are many and SearchEngineLand has an article on the fury from SEOs. Read this article on the reactions from SEOs that come out loud, fast & often angry to Google’s switch to encrypted search.
A leaked product demo reveals a few great changes Google has in store for Gmail, including a redone action bar, a new conversation display, an improved search interface and a screen-friendly layout that automatically adjusts depending on your window size.
According to the demo, the conversation view is getting an overhaul to better show the details, and profile pictures will start showing up in contacts to help you keep track of who's who. The entire window will also be resize better than it does currently. The video snuck out of the Googleplex a little early, as we're not seeing any changes yet.
Google and Samsung together launched the latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus that runs on Android 4.0 codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), bringing the many Honeycomb features to smartphones.
With a super slim profile, Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65” Contour Display with true high definition (720p) resolution and a lightning-fast dual core 1.2ghz processor combined with 4G LTE or HSPA+ technology. Galaxy Nexus also features the latest in software: Ice Cream Sandwich makes Android simple and beautiful, and takes the smartphone to beyond smart.
Starting in November, Galaxy Nexus will be available in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Check out the Nexus website for a product tour and more info.
Some of the key new features are: Face UnlockAnroid BeamVoice TypingGoogle+ IntegrationSingle-Motion Panoramic CameraHD DisplaySlim and Curved DesignFast & 4G
Twitter recently updated its API to enable the new Status ID generator - 'Snowflake'. With that, the new unique Tweet IDs are now 64bit unsigned integers, which, instead of being sequential like the old IDs, are based on time. The full ID is composed of a timestamp, a worker number, and a sequence number.
Should we be using MsSQL user defined data types (UDDT)?
One advantage of using is that the same type can be standardized across similar fields across several tables. For example, we can have a UDDT defined for Email. However, the headache arrives when we need to alter the data type of the UDDT. There is no alter type yet to do the job.
What are the options to solving this problem? Do we really have to drop all objects (tables, stored procedures, etc) that use the UDDT, re-create the UDDT with the new type, and then re-create all tables, stored procedures, etc? That sounds quite a lot of work to do isn't it? What if we have existing records in tables and dropping tables sound way too risky.
Luckily, there is a workaround without dropping objects that use the UDDT (credit to a post on stackoverflow)
/* Create a new UDDT */
exec sp_addtype @typename='myUDT', @phystype='varchar(100)'
/* Create a table */
create table myTable (field1 myUdt)
/* Add a 'tempora…
The "Occupy Raffles Place" a call for public protest, which seeked to replicate the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in Singapore on Oct 15 supposedly, was a no-show. This is the group that talked really loud, showing fury and managed to gathered 70+ potential protesters, at the same time slamming those who were not in support of such actions. And now, a no-show from them have blamed anything, everything, all things except themselves, apologising for inconveniences.
Hmm... In my opinion, one should never apologise for inconveniences if he/she wants to demonstrate.
#OccupyRafflesPlace commented that
just because we didn’t talk to the media doesn’t mean we weren’t there. We are obviously very disappointed with the lack of ground support, We take the blame for lack of logistics and planning, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Really want to Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loudest.
Tapping onto MapsGL technology, Google Maps now brings a much smoother 3D experience and let you swoop into street view without the need to install plugin. All you need is a modern browser that supports WebGL e.g. Chrome 14+ and Firefox 8+.
Google Translate for Android now includes conversation mode feature, supporting more than 14 languages. Using conversation mode, you can now choose a pair of languages, speak into the mobile device and get them translated between the 2 languages.
This new feature is certainly going to be extremely helpful when you are trying to communicate with someone from a different country speaking their own language.
Just last month, Blogger announced a lightbox (slideshow) effect for images without consulting bloggers, eventually causing an uproar. The uproar prompted Blogger to remove this feature almost immediately.
Now, this lightbox feature is back and enabled by default. However, it is now possible to disable it from Settings.
Microsoft Corp has officially completed its acquisition of Internet communications company Skype for $8.5 billion.
The Internet has changed video calling for millions of people. Explore some of the numbers and stats showing the scope and impact of how Skype is helping people stay connected.
Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer.
A quote from Tony Bates:
By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways. Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's goal to reach 1 billion users daily.
Thousands were stranded on a Friday evening during peak hour after a train broke down. The cause was an SMRT train which had broken down on the East-West Line, resulting in a 20-minute delay that affected some 6,500 commuters in total. A hind train had to come in to "rescue" the faulty train, pushing it away. Though the delay was mentioned to be just 20 minutes, the backlog of passengers were so great that many were unable to board, including myself from Tiong Bahru towards Joo Koon direction at around 1830hr. To make matter worse, the entire train timings seemed to have messed up. Even at 2200hr, trains towards Joo Koon direction at Clementi station arrived at more than 7 minutes interval but trains at the reverse direction were regular at 2 minutes interval. Needless to say, many poor commuters were unable to board trains towards Joo Koon.
Poor quality service all at a recent 1% increase in transport fare days ago. Unacceptable!
Opera Mini Browser is a fast mobile browser that can save you money on data by compressing webpages using Opera's servers before serving to clients. According to Opera, it can result in as much as 90% data savings as compared to normal browsers.
Siri, the intelligent personal assistant for latest release of iPhone 4S, is actually been around for the past eight years. Siri was only recently been acquired by Apple in Mar 2010 for an undisclosed sum.
History of Siri
2003: DARPA awards SRI with a five-year contract to create an “enduring personalized cognitive assistant.” It would go on to invest $150 million in the project.
SRI calls the project CALO, short for Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes. The stated goal: “To create cognitive software systems, that is, systems that can reason, learn from experience, be told what to do, explain what they are doing, reflect on their experience, and respond robustly to surprise.”
Jan. 2008: Siri, one of the consumer-branded products inspired by the CALO project, spun out of SRI as its own company.
Oct. 13, 2008: Siri announces it has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding in a round led by Menlo Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures.
Nov. 24, 2009: Siri announces it has raised $15.5 mil…
Microsoft Hotmail characterizes an email as "graymail" when the same message that one person thinks is “spam” could be really important to another person. It’s not black and white, hence the name.
Despite the drastic decrease of true spam in the inbox, we found that most customers are still seeing newsletters, product offers, and other clutter. In fact, 75% of email identified as spam by our customers actually turns out to be unwanted graymail that they receive as a result of having signed up on a legitimate website. And because of inbox clutter, it’s easy to lose track of the really important messages in your inbox that you want to get back to.
Some features are:
1. New newsletter category
A new special category for newsletters. Using the same SmartScreen™ technology that helps Microsoft fight spam, email are categorized correctly as newsletters 95%. Every time you categorize an email manually the remaining 5% emails as a newsletter, the filtering just gets better.
A quote from the visionary man who had turned Apple into the most valuable company in the world - co-founder Steve Jobs
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Statement from President Obama on the passing of Steve Jobs
President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs: "He changed the way each of us sees the world."
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way e…
Statement from Google CEO Larry Page on passing of Steve Jobs
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.
Statement from Google co-founder Sergey Brin on passing of Steve Jobs
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.
Mashable published 7 best practices for improving your website's usability. However, this list is not exhaustive, and is meant merely to arm you with a few ideas that you can implement right away.
Keep Content as Concise as PossibleUse Headings to Break Up Long ArticlesHelp Readers Scan Your Webpages QuicklyUse Bulleted Lists and Text FormattingGive Text Blocks Sufficient SpacingMake Hyperlinked Text User-FriendlyUse Visuals Strategically
» 7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website’s Usability | Mashable
YouTube founders after having bought social bookmarking site Delicious from Yahoo in April 2011, have now injected some new life into Delicious. The makeover introduces a new still delicious flavour - the concept of Stacks - collections of links that you can share - they’re playlists for the web.
Here's how it works:
Select some related links, plug them into a stack and watch the magic happen. You can customize your stack by choosing images to feature, and by adding a title, description and comment for each link. Then publish the stack to share it with the world. If you come across another stack you like, follow it to easily find it again and catch any updates. Introducing Stacks – “Playlists for the Web”
New search engine upstart Blekko.com has just received a $15 million in fresh funding from Russia's largest search engine Yandex. Blekko is building a search engine free of spam, content farms and malware.
Watch the below video on just how the concept of slash tags, introduced by Blekko, work.
Kindle Fire brings everything we’ve been working on at Amazon for 15 years together into a single, fully-integrated experience for customers – instant access to Amazon’s massive selection of digital content, a vibrant color IPS touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, a 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand, a state-of-the-art dual core processor, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, and an ultra-fast mobile browser – Amazon Silk – available exclusively on Kindle Fire. -- Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO
Kindle Touch have the most-advanced E Ink display technology available, and the 3G Kindle Touch adds free 3G wireless – no monthly fees and no annual contracts. They are sold at $99 and $149 respectively.
Google Analytics has released a paid premium version for Enterprises. Premium version is more for enterprises that require processing of higher volumes of page views and guaranteed support. The features as compared to the standard version are not much different.
GTmetrix can help you develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users. GTmetrix uses Google Page Speed and Yahoo! YSlow to grade your site's performance and provides actionable recommendations to fix these issues.
Some of the recommendations from GTmetrix can be found here.
The web should be fast -- Google Inc Google has announced that they are using page speed in their ranking algorithm.
The trend chart above is from the December 2008 public launch of Google Chrome browser. The rise of Chrome is at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox since the market share for the rest of the browsers like Opera, Safari, etc, are stable.
According to a survey conducted by professional social networking site LinkedIn, Singaporeans are ranked second in a survey of 16 countries tallying the number of pet peeves in the office pet peeves, after the Indians. Ranking high in such a study is not to be proud of.