All You Need Is A Browser

The web has become more than just a glorified paperless library, now it has become a place where everyone works, plays and meet up. This has become more true with the surge of desktop applications to their web equivalents (email, desktop publishing, spreadsheet etc.) and the advancement in web technologies(AJAX, HTML5 etc). More and more I find myself using online versions of my computer’s desktop. Having been hosted on a remote server I enjoy; savings in storage space, automatic backups, safety from physical hardware damage(like for some of my friends affected by Typhoon Ondoy) and ready support(depends on the service …

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What Browser?

WhatBrowser.org? Ever wondered what a browser truly is? Or know someone you’ve been trying to educate for a long time to use one? Ever met someone who keeps confusing a browser with a webpage? Are you still at hairs end trying to pick the best one? Don’t fret, Google comes to the rescue again. Built by “some folks from Google”, WhatBrowser.org is a site dedicated to what we all would agree to be the most used application in any computer, “the Browser”. Any Operating System has it in some form or another(Anyone said Lynx(?). Companies battle it out for supremacy, …

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OCR API on Google Docs(not yet)

Google API blog announced today, new features for their Documents List – Data APIs (DLDA) – one of which is Optical Character Recognition(OCR). To put it simpy, sending an image(with readable text) to a DLDA application, when OCR is enabled into the request, will equip the API to read the image and generate a properly editable document.

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Project 10^100: The Voting Begins

Project 10^100 Project 10^100 is a Google Project that transcends the information superhighway. It’s aim, simply, is to help – to help people so they can help others. How ? They promised to give 10 million dollars to fund any project that can improve peoples lives. But as funding is finite, they need to find the best ideas. Projects they believe, can do the most good.

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Google got reCAPTCHA

Google announced recently in its official blog, that it has acquired reCAPTCHA. CAPTCHA is a web technology made out of necessity. It primarily is used to prevent BOTS (or automated apps designed to do malicious tasks) by adding an extra step to site pages that require human interaction. Yes, they’re the annoying barely readable text images when you register/login for a site. Anyway, this move by Google is more than just for improving it’s CAPTCHA capabilities. As they explain, reCAPTCHA technology will improve Google projects that require reading text in images. The best to benefit from this are Google’s  Books project …

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