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Chat in Different Languages


There are  many times in which one wants to translate IM while chatting. The normal way would be go to some online translating service like Google Translate, type the sentence and translate to the required language. Recently I came across a an easy way of doing this. It’s called Translation BOT. Google Talk can help you with quick translations, or even translate your chats in real-time! All you need to do is chat with one of the Translation Bots.

The bots are named using two-letter language abbreviations formatted as ‘[from language]2[to language]@bot.talk.google.com,’ and all available combinations can be found here. To use this facility just add the google bot that is necessary for to your friend list. For Eg. if you want english to spanish translation bot then add en2es@bot.talk,google.com. If you’re using the Google Talk Gadget, you can also get your conversation translated by inviting a bot to a group chat with a friend.

 


 

New Security Measures In Twitter


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Over the coming weeks, Twitter will be making two important updates that will impact how you interact with Twitter applications. There are over 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API. To use most applications, you first authorize the application to access your Twitter account, after which you can use it to read and post Tweets, discover new users and more. Applications come in many varieties, including desktop applications likeTweetDeckSeesmic, or EchoFon, websites such as TweetMemefflick, orTopsy, or mobile applications such as Twitter for iPhoneTwitter for Blackberry, or Foursquare.

Update 1: New authorization rules for applications

Starting August 31, all applications will be required to use “OAuth” to access your Twitter account.

What’s OAuth?

  • OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
  • Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your timeline or allow you to tweet.

What does this mean for the users ?

  • Applications are no longer allowed to store your password.
  • If you change your password, the applications will continue to work.
  • Some applications you have been using may require you to reauthorize them or may stop functioning at the time of this change.
  • All applications you have authorized will be listed athttp://twitter.com/settings/connections.
  • You can revoke access to any application at any time from the list.

Update 2: t.co URL wrapping

In the coming weeks, Twitter will be expanding the roll-out of new link wrapping service t.co, which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the actual domain and part of the URL showing, so that you know what you are clicking on. When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain malware, and we then will forward you on to the destination URL. All of that should happen in an instant.

You will start seeing these links on certain accounts that have opted-in to the service; we expect to roll this out to all users by the end of the year. When this happens, all links shared on Twitter.com or third-party apps will be wrapped with a t.co URL.

What does this mean for the user ?

New Features In Orkut


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The Google-owned social network Orkut is not well-known in the U.S., but it’s extremely popular in India and Brazil – that is, until Facebook started catching up. But Orkut just announced a slew feature that makes it look pretty good.

“You’re not always the same person. Why should it be any different on the Web?” That’s the title of the Orkut blog post announcing the changes that place emphasis on grouping your friends.

The question is right on target. If you’re one of the people who joined Orkut in college, you probably connected with every new person you met at a party, added “pounding beers” as an interest, blasted updates about skipping class and tagged yourself in every drunken photo. But then your little sister joined Facebook. And then your mom did. And then you did a summer internship, and your boss was on Facebook. And suddenly you were censoring yourself for three or four different audiences.

Sometimes we want to use social media to talk about how much we’re growing and learning at the new job, and sometimes we want to complain about work and talk about how wasty-face we’re going to get tonight. Google seems to get this separation of online personalities now, an interesting twist after the fallout when Google Buzz tried to make all your friends be friends with each other.

You can now choose the privacy level for each “scrap” or bit of content you post to Orkut, choosing between individual friends, a group, multiple groups, all your friends or the public Orkut timeline.Orkut has also started pushing games more, linking games and applications from user homepages. Orkut said “more than six million people have created cafes in CafeMania and 36 million people manage their Farms,” in a period of just two months. Orkut will also soon be releasing a new platform for its communities feature, which is similar to Facebook Groups.

Other new features in Orkut are

Scraps to multiple people
Now you can send scraps to your friends straight from your homepage in orkut. And more: you can send the same scrap to many people at the same time or even to all your friends. That’s right: no more copy and paste!

Privacy in groups
You can choose the privacy level you want for your messages. For instance, you can send a private scrap to a group of four people and only those four people can see it and reply to it. If they reply, you guys will have a private, group conversation visible only to you and those four friends. If you prefer going public, just send a scrap visible to all your friends or even send a public scrap so everyone in orkut can see it. It’s your choice.

Groups of friends
To make it easier for you to interact with your groups of friends, now you can open them from your homepage. Your groups will always be a click away from you, on the top of the page. When you click a group (for example, “college friends”), you’ll see updates, photos, videos and activities only from people who are part of that group. If you want to write them something, the scrap editor will automatically select everyone in the group and the privacy will be set to “Private” so you can share information that is relevant to that group only. And, of course, you can change that privacy setting before sending the message.

We know that sometimes we invite someone from work to a family party or we bring a gym friend to the office happy hour. That means: sometimes our groups of friends mix together. Thinking of this, you can easily add or remove as many people as you want from the recipients of a scrap.

The groups are yours only. Nobody else will know the names of your groups of friends. When you send something to the entire group, people will know who else can see the message, but they will not know the name you chose for the group within your orkut. Also, you can change and edit your groups whenever you want, the way you want it!

Groups formed automagically!
You can create your groups of friends manually. However Google has came up with the “automagic groups”: Based on your interactions, orkut automatically suggests some groups of friends for you, and these suggested groups will be ready for you to use. Also, you can add your personal touch to your groups at anytime and make them any way you want. Because new friendships usually come along with time, orkut will also suggest new members for your groups over the time, so they are always up-to-date with minimum work from you.

More news and what’s to come

Birthdays: Google is also improving the way birthdays appear in your page, and you can send your friends birthday wishes without leaving your homepage. You’ll also be able to interact with other people who are also sending them happy birthdays and celebrate your friend’s birthday with them.

Friend Suggestions: Friend suggestions is always being improved, and these suggestions will be part of your updates, moving down in your page along the day, just like any other update. When we’ve a brand new, really good suggestion, we will bring it to the top again.

Fortune of The Day and Recent Visitors will also appear every day as activities, scrolling down as new updates from your friends come in.

Games and Applications: millions of people are playing with and using applications in orkut every day. In the period of two months, more than 6 million people created cafes in CafeMania and 36 million people manage their Farms, all on orkut’s game applications. To make accessing games and applications easier, now you can find them in your homepage, right below your communities. Not to mention, applications also have new pages now.

Communities: Orkut communities are a great way for people to expand their social circles and know other people who share the same interests, support the same team or want to know more about a place or event. Google is testing a new communities page which will be rolled out soon.

HTML Showcase Site From Google


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what is HTML showcase site?

It’ is  a site showcases the prowess of HTML 5.   HTML is the really next big thing in the world of internet. It’s  is cool! it’s awesome, it’s the next big thing, and it’s going give us a jaw dropping experience.

HTML 5 Studio is HTML showcase site from Google.The HTML5 Studio has nine demos that show off some fanciful sides of HTML5, CSS3 and friends.Some examples are not customizable, which means that what you see is what you get. You can download the whole demo, though, or you can view the source.Other demos (like the Newspaper Columns one) are more customizable, and they have a few sliders that you can move around in order to see how they affect the layout.

The resulting CSS is complex. To be honest, the whole thing feels so unlike Google that, if it didn’t have that “Made by Google” text at the bottom and the Twitter link that leads to ChromiumDev, I would never have thought it was a Google product; I nearly skipped it before I noticed the label.

Another disclaimer that appears on the site says, “This site contains information on APIs that are not part of the current W3C HTML5 specification.” So, I guess that you can mainly count on these examples to work in Chrome (and the ones that I’ve tried do), but don’t push your luck with other browsers.

Some other HTML 5 showcase sites.

Apple HTML 5 showcase site

HTML 5 Gallery

48 potential Flash killing demos

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