Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pedestrian follows Google Maps, gets run over and sues Google for $100,000

Hugh Pickens writes "The Toronto Star reports that a Utah woman is suing Google for more than $100,000 in damages, claiming its maps function gave her walking directions that led her onto a major highway, where she was struck by a car. Lauren Rosenberg sought directions between two addresses in Utah about 3 kilometers apart and the top result suggested that Rosenberg follow a busy rural highway for several hundred meters.
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The highway did not have sidewalks or any other pedestrian-friendly amenities, and Rosenberg was struck by a car. Rosenberg filed suit against both the driver of the car that struck her and Google, claiming both carried responsibility in her injury and her lawyers claim that Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk. Google has pointed out that the directions Rosenberg sought come with a warning of caution for pedestrians but Rosenberg claims that she accessed the Maps function on her Blackberry mobile device, where it did not include the warning. Danny Sullivan notes on Search Engine Land that despite getting bad directions from Google (or a gas station attendant, a local person or any source), people are also expected to use common sense.

"So when you come to an intersection like this (photo at bottom of page), as Rosenberg would have come to before crossing onto the highway," writes Sullivan. "You might be expected to consider for yourself whether it is safe to continue."



Monday, June 28, 2010

Hey! I am Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, Notepad, Outlook in your Browser

With the amount of work we do daily using Windows systems, we seldom realize how could our lives be more faster than what it is at present. this is where Kewll comes in with a refreshingly different outlook and blend of tools. Get Kewll here. Now the most vital programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Notepad, Paint and Calculator can be launched right from your browser. windowstoolsinkewll

So even if you don’t feel the need of it, those who have started using it had made it a part of their lives. The best part of using this toolbar as thousands of users point out is that it keeps on reinventing itself with such amazing new features every few days. Be it the adding of the Picasa feature a few days back or the Orkut add-on, or the best add-on over the past few weeks, the FIFA add-on that made the users go crazy over this.

It’s almost like your own friend working for you in your browser. It can feel you, it can hear you, it can help you to do whatever you are doing. Surprised with so many things at one go? It happens.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Picasa: Now launch from Kewll Toolbar

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In a recent blend of activities that had been going on taking Kewll to the next level, the Picasa program launcher had been added to it. If you have Picasa installed, you can click ‘Launch Picasa’ under the Picasa icon and it starts up immediately. So now you don’t need to minimize your browser and look for the Picasa program launcher icon on your desktop.

The immense success of Kewll had been it’s intuitive wiki feature which enables the users to suggest features. that they want to see on it. With a suggest link in every tool, users never feel left out. It’s like someone alive in your browser helping you out, because suggested features appear in it in no more than a couple of days.

The Picasa software continues to be impressive more than ever before and my favorite with the so many innovative features and plug-ins that empower it. So it is really a good thing to see Kewll honoring the comfort of it’s users and adding program launchers button to it. Let Kewll hear from you. Suggest a feature.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Google Docs: Now try the best online tool without a Google Account

Google Docs had been adding many desired feature off-late, but all of it required to have a Google account to log in and then access it. But now anyone can simply visit docs.google.com/demo and start typing in a document that would be available for 24 hours only. They can also invite others to collaborate with them.

Already a very powerful word processing tool, Google Docs inspite of having very tough competitors in services like Zoho continues to impress with its rich collection and ever increasing features. Surely with this new open for all feature a lot more people would get to have a feel of Google Docs.

Though large business organizations haven't yet taken up Docs and using it for productivity purposes, the time will come soon when people will look forward to such an online collaborative tool, more so with real-time and collaboration becoming the buzzwords in the industry today.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Hills Season 6 Download

The Hills being one of the favorite television programs in the US, there is a huge demand of downloading these episodes. Now you can get it easily as I found a few days back. After getting this, click under the Myspace icon, and then click download. It’s that simple.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TCS Off-campus Placement Guide

ist2_3952301-laptop-isolatedThe biggest IT Company in India is a dream destination to many. But only a few can manage to get into this prestigious organization. This article is an effort to help the aspirants enhance their skills before attempting to enter into this elite world of professionals.

This document gives you a step by step guide to help you sharpen your technical skills and aptitude skills. Go through it and feel free to share your opinions about it. There is no end to enhancing one’s skill set and it is suggested that the more you learn, the better are your chances. But this document is sure to help you a lot like thousand others.

Go through each of the steps slowly and as you know already, there’s no shortcut to success. All the best!

Google Chrome on iPad: Sneak Peek

The iPad offers undoubtedly great browsing experience, one which may be easily taken as a good competitor for any browsing device, provided the user doesn't visit heavily flash based sites. Here’s what it would look like with a few futuristic screenshots.


With such excellent portable device aided with such an efficient powerful browser, the user-friendliness would no doubt reach a level unmatched by any other contemporary devices. With the Chrome OS and other technologies advancing at lightning pace, users are no doubt in for a great tech-savvy time ahead.




Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blogger Blog Security: Disable Right Click, Disable Text Selection

All of us, into blogging or engaged in online activities, at sometime or the other has faced the issue of our images and own articles being copied to other sites without our permission. This causes annoying to no doubt. So you can at least take steps to minimize it, cause we can’t entirely prevent it. Here are some simple ways by which you can protect your blogger blog from plagiarism and from your images being copied away, thus affecting your precious ist2_13232916-deal-with-the-devilbandwidth.

Just keep these two codes in your website. They will ensure 80% less stealing of your content. Replace the singlequote in red below by a single quote.

Disable right click code:
<script src = singlequote http://www.opendrive.com/files/7114716_ZSyiZ/disablerightclick.js singlequote > </script>


 

Disable text selection code:
<script src= singlequote http://www.opendrive.com/files/7114714_CqHSK/disabletextselect.js singlequote > </script>

Phew, that’s a pretty decent peace of mind which gave you, didn’t it, and a well deserved one too.

Add Bing Search Box to your Blogger Blog

Many people had requested for a search box which would enable the visitors of their websites and blogs to search directly through Bing. So here is the code that is sure to help a lot of people. Simply select this code and press Ctrl+C and paste it wherever you want.

Here goes the code (in green):
<script src=http://rahulb.webs.com/Rahuls%20Chill-out%20Zone/Javascripts/bingsearchbox.js> </script>

It will enable you to get a search box like shown here below. Type in to check it out before you use the code above.

Help your visitors engage in searching anything right from your website and help it make stickier!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Twitter has doubled in staff in past 6 months

Twitter, the favorite micro-blogging service of many including me, has nearly doubled its employee strength in the past few months., Back in 2009 they had only 22 staffs, and in early 2010 they had around 105. Now officially they have around 205 employees. This number  is nothing compared to Google or Microsoft, but this number is going to increase soon enough, with a work environment that idolizes Google. Below find some pictures of the new office space compliments of the @twitteroffice Flickr account.



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Free eBooks download


The above search engine, called Kewll, searches some of the most popular sites for eBooks. Almost every time returning a satisfactory result, users no doubt keep returning to use it often. Several new sites for downloading eBooks props up everyday. Kewll doesn't index each an every site obviously, but only the most relevant and quality sites. If you own a site or want to suggest a new site you can share here.

ist2_8909613-online-information With a vast collection of technology related, programming languages, literature and other categories, it has become very easy to find just the book we want with this. Obviously, this engine is not a store house of these books, it simply indexes the sites already present. So the copyright issues and other things have already been taken care of by those sites I hope. With so many users reading books online nowadays this is sure to be useful in more ways than one. You can bookmark this page to use this search engine whenever you want to and share it with friends.

With the world on online books growing at a faster pace than ever, several sites will continue to be added to this search engine over the years to provide as efficient results as possible. Hope you find your stuffs!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

More high resolution satellite images on Bing



The images on Bing are captured at an effective distance of 20 feet from the ground and hence the level of detail is so amazing compared to Google Maps where the distance is 50 feet.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

TCS Joining Letter: 2010 Batch confused

TCS has started giving out joining letters to it’s 2010 batch selected candidates. The wait is finally over for the thousands of candidates. The mood sure is up amongst the freshers. But the chord seems to be a bit out of tune, with a lot of discussion going on about the distribution of joining dates. Updates and news (click and run) are shared instantly.

Unlike joining dates of 2009 batch, where joining dates where given on the basis of college rankings and streams, joining dates of 2010 batch seems to be given on a basis which few can decipher. A lot of discussion is going on in online communities about this. But despite all this, the mood is in a brilliantly positive side. There are absolutely no causes of worries as the top IT company continues to honor the offers it made to the candidates.

The euro and the sterling might have shaken some people a bit, but no doubt the strong infrastructure of the company is sure to absorb the impact of all these changes easily. But with nothing to do in their hands, the freshers continue to ponder as to what could be the reason behind the planning of distribution of the only thing they are waiting for now, the joining letter. Have something to share, speak out below.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Box.net adopts HTML5 and adds Drag and Drop functionality

Cloud storage and document sharing startup Box.net is the latest startup to adopt HTML5. The startup is announcing today that it is incorporating a broad implementation of HTML5 drag and drop functionality that supports native interaction with desktop. So basically, you can drag and drop files from the desktop right into your Box.net web application.

The feature works on Firefox 3.6 and Chrome for PC (with support for Safari and Chrome on all platforms coming in the next few weeks). Box’s CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie says that Flash didn’t allow this at all due to security issues. While this is a small addition in terms of functionality, he believes that HTML5 provides a much richer user experience when it comes to enterprise applications and the interaction between the browser and the operating system . “HTML5 is the nail on the coffin of desktop applications because we can create this rich interactive experience that acts like a native app.” Levie adds that HTML5 is also appealing because it works on every device.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Secret powers of Time

All of us have different perspectives of time as we move forward in our life. Here let’s take a look at how we can view the perspectives yet from more different angles. And as we watch this video, let’s flood our minds with more different perceptions and contradictions. Which time zone are we actually living in? Or are we navigating across several zones every moment of our days?

Friday, June 04, 2010

TCS cautious about weak euro

Following the weakening of euro and sterling, India’s biggest software exporter, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), claims that the developments would have an impact on the profitability and business of the Company.

Commenting on the scenario, TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran said, “Both the euro and sterling are significantly weakening and the rupee is appreciating and that will definitely have an impact on our revenue line. This will affect operating margins also. It’s a headwind which we will have to overcome”.

He also said that though some deals are being anticipated in Europe, however the pace of the deals was extremely slow.

Drawing lessons from the last financial crisis, he added that the confidence level in the industry was high and more opportunities had opened up.

Adopting a cautious approach, the CEO said that the Company would first analyze the situation carefully and then ponder over what effect it could have on the business of the Company.

Reports suggest that TCS has also bagged the Rs 1,000 crore deals from the Ministry of External Affairs, for implementing PSKs in the country.

The Ministry of External Affairs has signed a 6-year, outsourcing deal with TCS and the first roll out of the PSKs would be in Mangalore and Hubli. (from Stock Watch)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Google Chrome aiming to be the best browser with the coolest extensions

Google Chrome had been my default browser for quite sometime now. And with over nearly 5,000 extensions available, it’s cooler more than ever before.  With cool popup that tell you from Gmail mails to your desired notifications, there isn’t a chance to miss any tasks, appointments or birthdays again.

With the browser wars soaring more than ever before and Mozilla giving a tough fight, Chrome with its versatile advantages and unique features continue to impress the large user base it presently has and of course the Google lovers. Google continues to impress with its innovative products, and Chrome has surely set a new benchmark for others to look forward to. Apart from this extension, there are several others which would make online life easier for power surfers like me. Bookmarking, sharing, blogging and doing all sorts of Web X.0 stuffs have enhanced Chrome to such a level that few can boast of at such a young age. Sure Chrome has a long way to go ahead of it.