Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday Google

Its Google 13th anniversary. Google is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a beautiful Google Birthday Doodle.

Google was started as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD Students in January 1996 at Stanford University in California.

The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998. The search engine officially celebrates its birthday on September 27.

Since then Google surpassed 1 billion mark for number of unique visitors in May 2011.

Google has been delivering many innovative products since the launch and no one stands in competition with this search engine giant.

We wish a very Happy Birthday to Google.

Please leave your comments as memories for this great company.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by --- Team AJ's --- ·


Monday, September 26, 2011

Latest Apple iPhone 5 Rumors

Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone 5 is just round the corner. Some of latest rumors rounding up are Oct 4 release date, Event Venue for the release and expecting two iPhones.

A. iPhone 5/4S Launch on Oct 4

As reported earlier that we can expect the new iPhone 5 early in October, latest rumors suggest Apple will announce the iPhone 5 on Tuesday, October 4, with the new CEO Tim Cook in-charge, according to the latest leaks by AllThingsD.

According to a statement by Al Gore, Apple board member and former Vice President in a charity event in South Africa confirms the launch in October.
"Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug."

B. Event Venue

Sources close to the company say launch will be held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations for the launch are yet to be issued, but as histroy suggests will be issued a week before the event.

C. Two New iPhone will be launched

J.P. Morgan, one of investment bank, said to be hunting for two iPhones. One being low-cost iPhone 4 called iPhone 4s, and other the iPhone 5. They guess, it should be more improved on battery life, must include the A5 Apple processor, an 8 megapixel camera and other many other improvements. Reports Financial Post

Also Read : Best Free Instant Messenger for iPhone

So for all Apple lovers, wait is almost over.


Monday, September 26, 2011 by --- Team AJ's --- ·


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebook New Timeline and Open Graph

Mark Zuckerberg in the keynote at the f8 conference in San Francisco Thursday introduced some major and innovative changes on Facebook. He introduced "Timeline" and "Open Graph". Read all important details about these features.

Timeline - Express you Life story
Facebook's new aim seems to be connecting people more emotionally. Your Facebook profile has been the place where you describe all your life related information.

According to Facebook "Now With New Timeline, now you have a home for all the great stories you've already shared. They don't just vanish as you add new stuff."

Its divided in three main segments:

A. Your Cover
Its your first impression, first thing you want to be on your Timeline.

B. Your Stories
It will be the place where you will find all you highlighted post, photos, videos and updates.

C. Your Apps
This will the place where you will get to see all your activities, the movies you saw, songs you listened to , new you read and so on.

There are tags on timeline as year from current to the year you were born. As you scroll down to your cover, you'll see your posts, photos, videos and all your stories as they happened in time.

There will now be a activity log, where you can manage and edit all the stuff for the Timeline

Check out the official video:

Timeline is released as a beta version now, and later it will be your default profile page.

Open Graph and other Features
One of the other interesting thing came out was now you can not only "like", soon you will find option to let other know that you’re Watching a movie and Listening to a song.

Facebook Introduced a new kind of social app that lets you show the things you like to do on your timeline – the music you listen to, movies you watched, the recipes you try and more.

watch the official video:

Now very soon you will be able to use some of the awesome apps embedded into Facebook itself, to watch TV and movies, listen to music, and read news with your friends all within Facebook.

Also Read : Facebook Introduces Ticker And Top News Feed

These new features introduced are just a glimpse of what Facebook has in stores for us in coming months. This will bring new life into Facebook experience and will take user experience to a new level.

Share your views with us on Facebook's Timeline.


Thursday, September 22, 2011 by --- Team AJ's --- ·


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Facebook Introduces Ticker And Top News Feed

As expected Facebook introduced some more features to take the user experience to next level. New Updates includes improvements over News Feed and introduction of Ticker.

Some very interesting updates were released from Facebook today, following the lines of Smart Lists and Subscribe feature.

Mark Tonkelowitz, Facebook introduced details of the new features to the users.

"Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you're on Facebook."

News Feed Updates
According to Mark, New News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. Introduction of top and interesting stories is what it points to. Now whenever you log in you will see all the Top and interesting stories at the top of the page. They're marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.

If you don't Log-in that regularly in your account, this feature will remind you of all the top stories you might want to see so that you don't miss out anything important from your friends.
And if you Log-in regularly to your account you will find "recent stories" at top of the page.

If you see something that you don't like as top stories, hover over the right side, click the arrow and click 'Unmark as top story' from the menu.

New Ticker Feature
Facebook introduced a new real-time side bar for information flow from your friends.
It brings your conversations to life by displaying updates instantaneously, when an update is live on Ticker you can then join the conversation right away with your friends.

There is a grey slider bar on right corner of Ticker to adjust according to screen.

Also Read : Facebook New Timeline and Open Graph

These updates are an attempt to make conversation more interactive on Facebook, as we see in Google+. Ticker can prove to be a great add-on for Facebook. We are waiting for feedback from users.

Do provide us some feedback.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by --- Team AJ's --- ·


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Google+ now Public With New Features

Google+ has been in field trial for quite some time now, today Google announced that Google+ is now available for everyone and also introduced 9 more features for G+.

Announcement came through a post on the official Google Blog, with an eye catching title "Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99... 100."

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google wrote,

"The Google+ project has been in field trial for just under 90 days, and in that time we’ve made 91 different improvements. Google+ is still in its infancy, of course, but we’re more excited than ever to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. Today we’re releasing nine more features that get us that much closer."

One of the Nine features introduced was "+Everyone", means "anyone can sign up for Google+, no invitation required." Google is promoting this feature in a very unique way. See the shot below, an arrow pointing to Google+ on their homepage. Very interesting way of getting attention of millions of users of Google.

To Sign up for Google+ follow this link - Sign Up

Hangouts just got Wider and Bigger
One of the most popular feature of Google+ is Hangouts, today Google+ announced the launch of Hangouts for mobile phone.
This new feature is currently supported by Android 2.3+ devices with front-facing cameras. Google assured users that iOS support is coming soon.

The new mobile app is now available on Android market for download.
Here is the link - Google+

Hangouts now can be made as Public. Google has launched "Hangouts On Air", for broadcasting Hangouts as Public.

Some more features introduced for Hangouts includes Screensharing to share whatever is on your screen, Sketchpad for draw or scribble, Google Docs to present something and Named Hangouts for when you want to join or create a public hangout about a certain topic.

Searching People and Topics now available
This is one of the feature many of current Google+ lovers were missing. Searching for people and topics. Check out how search results appear now for people and topics.

For us its just a beginning, lot more is expected in coming weeks from Google+. We can expect lots of new stuff and improvements on current feature.
We would definitely love to see some improvements in stream and notifications area.

Also Read : The Big Picture, Google Green

This was expected from Google as launch of new features are getting closer from Facebook as F8 is just round the corner.


[source Google Official Blog]

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by --- Team AJ's --- ·


Facebook To Be Banned in Pakistan

Pakistan, to ban the American Social Network giant Facebook again due to spread of religious hatred on internet, reports Pakistan Today.

"The Lahore High Court Justice Sh Azmat Saeed on Monday ordered ministry of information and technology to block access to all websites in Pakistan especially American social networking website “Facebook”, spreading religious hatred on internet and to submit a compliance report by October 6", reports Pakistan Today.

The is order was issued after hearing the petition filed by Muhammad & Ahmad, a public interest litigation firm, for hosting competition featuring blasphemous caricatures. They filed the petition seeking for a permanent ban on access to Facebook for hosting a fresh blasphemous caricature drawing contest world over under a title "2nd Annual Draw Muhammad Day-May 20, 2011".

The main aim for ban is to protect the Islamic values and feeling of billions of Muslims.

No action will be taken against companies like Google, court clarified.

The lifting of ban has not been specified by the court. So we can't say for how long the people of Pakistan won't be able to access one of the most popular social networking website "Facebook".

TheWebCrunch Team

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