23 Jan

Hope for Haiti

22 Jan

Google Apps: latest updates

Today google announced that in last 1 week they have upgraded google apps with the following two services:

  1. Upload any file to Google Docs
  2. Default https access for Gmail

As I extensively use google apps both of these features were something that I was really waiting for. I used to always wonder why it is not https by default and finally they made it. Following are the key features of the new additions as mentioned on google blog:

Upload any file to Google Docs
Last Tuesday, we began rolling out the ability for you to upload any type of file to Google Docs, not just documents, spreadsheets, presentations and PDFs. This lets you access and share anything up to 250MB from the cloud. You get 1GB of storage for uploaded files for free, and you can purchase additional storage for file uploads. (Additional storage plans are coming soon for schools and businesses, too.)


Google Apps Premier Edition customers can also use the Google Documents List Data API to programatically add files to Google Docs, and purchase third-party applications so employees can sync files between their computers and Google Docs.

Default https access for Gmail
In the past, you had the option to always use https encryption in Gmail to help protect your data as it travels between your browser and our servers. After evaluating the trade-offs between security and latency, as of last week https encryption is now the default in Gmail.

If you trust your network’s security and want to disable always-on https for performance reasons, you can change your preferences in Gmail settings. Employees and students whose admins have not already defaulted their entire organizations to https will also see this option. The Gmail sign-in page will still always use https to help keep your password safe.

ENJOY the new updates to google apps!

22 Jan

Nokia Navigation, Free Forever!!

After google now it is Nokia! Nokia has just announced that the Nokia navigation is free FOREVER and that too in over 70 countries. The site boasts of the following features:

Mobile navigation for everyone

Ovi Maps takes you where you want to be and shows you what you want see, with navigable maps for over 70 countries worldwide. All this with only one click. And it’s all free.

  • Free Drive navigation
  • Free Walk navigation
  • Free maps and map updates
  • Free Events guides
  • Free Lonely Planet guides

The application for your PC is also available where you can work on the maps and then transfer all the data to phone and use it. The key features are:

Register to ovi.com to plan your trips online and copy your favourite places and routes to Ovi Maps on your mobile.

  • Sync with Maps on your mobile
  • Find places
  • Favourites
  • Plan routes
  • Traffic information
  • Lonely Planet & Michelin guides

Is this a beginning of a new era of all free gps navigation. No doubts, the future is going to to be tough for GPS companies like Garmin…..

22 Jan

iPhone GPS apps

21 Jan

Obama Healthcare Reforms

20 Jan

Aal Izz Well

Two weeks back I watched 3Idiots. Wonderful Movie! By far it is the third best movie I liked from Aamir Khan’s catalog after “Taare Zameen Par” and “Sarfarosh“. It is a must watch and as other movies from Aamir Khan this one also has a good social message.

Here is the song that everyone is singing…..even few of my friends have changed their IM status to “Aal Izz Well”

18 Jan

Haiti, American Red Cross and Technology

It is very impressive to see the American Red Cross using web technology extensively to reach the world with the latest news and messages bulletins. The newsroom of the American Red Cross is constantly updating with the latest news, messages. They have put the technology to the right use by distributing the information at the same time and not waiting for the media to print it after a lapse of few hours or even a day.

The updates coming out of the site are beneficial for both the victims and the donors. Here are two of the updates

As of Sunday morning, more than 21,600 people had registered with a special Red Cross Web site to help people search for their loved ones. The Web site of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) enables people in Haiti and abroad to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake. The web address is: www.icrc.org/familylinks. People in Haiti are registering to let their loved ones know they are safe and well.

The damage is extensive, and we know that this is going to be a massive and costly long-term recovery operation.

  • As of January 16, the American Red Cross has raised more than $87 million for relief efforts. We know that we are going to spend much more than that to help the people of Haiti. The Red Cross has already released $10 million for Haiti relief efforts, and will be adding more. Future allocations will be made once we know more about the situation on the ground in Haiti and the greatest needs for both the short and long term.
  • Terrible times like these bring out the best in people, and we are grateful for the support being given to the American Red Cross.
  • People can donate in support of the relief effort in Haiti at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution.

Source: American Red Cross

If unfortunately you are a victim or a relative/ friend of a victim please go to http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/WFL_HTI.NSF/DocIndex/locate_eng?opendocument

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