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Make Calls from Gmail

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I am surprised when I opened my Gmail inbox today. What I see is a calling service service offered by Gmail!

This is what Google told us about

You can now place calls to landline and mobile phones from within Gmail. Just dial any phone number and you’ll be connected. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are free in 2010. International calls are billed at our insanely low rates.

You have to download a voice plug in for using this service

Google voice interface simple and sleek and it got lot of features

Google voice service is currently offered in US only. They have plan of expanding this to additional countries


Some handy features while using Google Docs

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

I am very big fan of Google Docs like products which allow you to mange your stuff online so you can seamlessly work on them while at home, office or any where there is internet. Let me share you with some new and my favorite features of the product

Draggable rows and columns in document tables
Change row heights and column width in tables using sliders
Format painter in spreadsheets
You can now apply formatting or conditional formatting rules you’ve used on one set of cells to another separate set of cells using the Paint Format tool
Optical character recognition (OCR)
You can now upload and convert PDF or image files to text
Formula highlighting
Cell references and the corresponding cells are now highlighted to make it easier to keep track of your formulas

And what you can expect in future releases of the product, some of them to keep an eye on

New version of Google documents
A totally re-built version of Google documents that adds a lot of new features and makes editing much snappier. The new version has chat, character-by-character real time co-editing, and makes imports and exports much better
Re-size images
After you insert an image into a document, click on the image to bring up controls that let you scale the image’s size in any direction
Upload any file
Google will be rolling out the ability to upload, store, and share any file in Google Docs. Your files will be stored in their original format and down-loadable from anywhere. Uploading files to the cloud allows them to be safely stored and accessible at all times
Bulk upload
Upload multiple files quickly to your Docs list
Equation editor
Insert and edit mathematical equations and symbols in documents
DOCX Import
You can now import Word 2007 files (.docx) into Google Docs
List View and Mobile View Improvements
Now you can see your spreadsheets with all their formatting in List View and on your mobile device, this includes background/foreground colors, borders and text formatting!

Happy online collaboration !

Google Notebook Ended

August 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Google Notebook – is a free online application offered that allows users to save and organize clips of information while conducting research online.
The development of this service I have used some year earlier (2 Jun 2007 – This is what my last note on Google Notebook tell me). has been stopped. There is no new user signup but the good news is existing user can still use it. 
It has been a handy gadget while doing online surfing, but Google thinks that it is now part of good old days and they have to offer some new and enhanced products. This is what is listed as alternate to Google Notebook ()

  • SearchWiki – We recently launched a feature on Search that will let you re-rank, comment, and personalize your search results. This is useful when you’ve found some results on Google Search that were really perfect for your query.
  • Google Docs – If you’re trying to jot down some quick notes, or create a document that you can share with others,
  • Tasks in Gmail – For a lightweight way to generate a todo list or keep track of things, we recently launched.
  • Google Bookmarks – For a tool that can help you remember web pages that you liked and access them easily, You can even add labels to your bookmarks to better organize and revisit them.

Fujifilm soon to release a 3D digital camera

July 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Fujifilm is taking digital photography to the next level with the promise of a 3D digital camera model. The FinePix Real 3D System, set to ship in September, will come equipped with two lenses, “spaced about the same distance apart as human eyes, which allow for the taking of simultaneous photos of the same scene from different angles.” But being the first in a potential long line of 3D cameras, it will not be cheap as it comes with a price tag of $600.

More importantly, it’s going to be viewing the 3D photos that will be the real trick. Fujifilm is proposing a number of options, including a 3D digital picture frame with an eight-inch LCD screen as well as 3D prints that will be around $5 a pop. Naturally, Fujifilm will be opening their own 3D picture printing service.

Are you interested in buying a 3D camera?

[Photo via Time]

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