Month: October 2009

Picasa Photo App Gets Better at Recognizing Faces, Locations

Google released Picasa 3.5 recently a new version of the free photo sharing and editing software. The new version gives users the ability to group photos by faces, a feature already available in Picasa web albums. The new faces feature works almost like the similar feature available in iPhoto, scanning through your photos and grouping them by the people it finds in them. Once that is completed you will find a new album called unnamed people, where you can add name tags to the different groups. As it is with everything Google, if you are signed in, the application will auto complete the names from your Google address book. Along with the face recognition feature, the tool also provides better support for recognizing locations and geotagging your photos and placing them on a map. Picasa 3.5 also includes a revamped import tool that allows you to simultaneously import and upload photos from your camera to your Picasa Web Albums. Picasa 3.5 is a great tool to organize and share your photos. With the new features it and Google’s new Wave platform, things can only go...

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Google Invites Everyone to Catch Its Real-Time Wave

Google announced that it is opening up its web based real time communications service, Google Wave for the first time at the beginning of October. Over 100,000 invitations are being sent out to users who previously requested access to use Google Wave, on a first come, first serve basis. Google Wave is the latest in their range of applications designed to assist people with their communications needs. The new software brings together different forms of communication including chat, email and collaboration tools like wikis in to a uniform browser window. The beauty of it is that everything happens in real-time. You can even see a comment or a chat message being typed in real time, letter by letter. Wave also attempts to solve current users a unique problem current web users have; dealing with the different web based collaboration tools and real time communication tools. These services include cloud based document sharing and collaboration tools such as wikis and real-time tools like chat, Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed along with others like photo sharing applications. However according to Google, some features are limited by browser features. The other issue that they are currently experiencing is that the application slows down after a few hours of use, mainly due to memory leaks. That being said the engineers at Google are working hard to have it fixed before the official launch and...

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New Google Plug-in Embeds Chrome Inside Internet Explorer

As Google’s Chrome web browser is picking up market share, Google has now made it easier for IE users to gain the same experience that Chrome users do. How? By releasing an open source plug-in for IE called Google Chrome Frame. It can be used automatically to load a website using the same technology used in Google Chrome, complete with its enhanced JavaScript rendering and support for HTML5 technologies like Canvas and embedded audio and video. Implementing it is simple. All the developer needs to do is to add the following code to the page header: <meta equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”chrome=1?> Once you include this in your code, if the user is running Google Chrome Frame in his or her browser, the page will be served up in a Chrome wrapper allowing the developer to make use of all the new technologies supported by Chrome, even if it is not supported by IE. Google’s plugin , will enable everyone, even those using IE to take advantage of HTML5 as soon as possible and leading up to this fall’s public launch of Google wave, the communication tool that makes extensive use of WebKit’s HTML5 and JavaScript rendering capabilities, thus ensuring that Google Wave works for everyone, even IE...

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