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Learn About Latest Google Innovations and Product Updates with Google New

Google-NewEvil or not, Google is a behemoth – there can’t be any doubt about that. Barely a day goes by without Google announcing a new product or unveiling a swanky new feature. Just keeping track of everything Google is announcing can be an uphill task. Subscribing to Techie Buzz obviously helps, but most of the time, we just scratch the surface. Google itself maintains a network of more than 100 blogs to announce new policies, product launches and updates.

Google quite obviously realizes that there is a problem, and in keeping with its tradition, the folks at Google have launched yet another new product to solve this problem – Google New. In the words of Ji Lee, designer and creative director at the Google Creative Lab:

A few of us had a 20 percent project idea: create a single destination called Google New where people could find the latest product and feature launches from Google. It’s designed to pull in just those posts from various blogs. We hope it helps you find something useful you’ve never tried before.

Google New showcases all the latest announcements from Google that you should be aware of. Almost all of the Google Products are covered, including Google Earth and Maps, AdSense, Webmasters, Analytics, Search, Gmail, Docs, Blogger and Orkut. Go ahead and give it take it for a spin at google.com/newproducts/.

Notesforlater: Email Links and Content To Your Inbox For Later Reading

Bloggers have this tendency of bookmarking webpages and saving Draftsfor later reading or writing. With time, these bookmarks grow and your entire bookmarks toolbar becomes unmanageable with too many links, you may have no idea about a bookmark which was saved two weeks ago.

If you are a die hard email person and want a simple way to manage content, links, to do lists and bookmarks from your email, here is a neat browser bookmarklet which might help.

Notesforlater is a brilliant web service which allows you to create a special bookmarklet for emailing links, content and anything else to your inbox. When you save a note using the bookmarklet, an email will be sent to your inbox containing the link to the webpage and the highlighted words. This is quite similar to Memonic – a web clipping tool which had reviewed earlier.

You can then use a special filter in your email inbox to sort and organize these notes, to do lists or links. Let’s take a look on how to setup Notesforlater.

How to Setup Notesforlater

1. First, go to the website and enter the email address where you want to receive your notes and links.

2. You will immediately receive an email from Notesforlater containing the link to your bookmarklet

3. Almost done now drag and drop the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar.

Using Notesforlater to Email Links and Content to your inbox

When you are browsing a webpage and want to save it for later reading, just hit your customized Notesforlater bookmarklet. If you want to save only a few paragraphs and not the entire blog post, highlight the words and then click the bookmarklet.

This will immediately send an email to your inbox containing the link to the webpage and the highlighted paragraphs.

Now create a filter and assign a label to all incoming email from Notesforlater. This will sort your notes and keep them organized. At the end of the day, simply open the label and you can read the bookmarks or links saved earlier. Handy!

The advantage of using Notesforlater over browser bookmarks is that the later is browser dependent while the former isn’t. You may be using Google Chrome or Firefox it doesn’t matter because the bookmarks are saved directly in your email account.

Thanks Erez zukerman for the tip

Online Business Cards – Card.ly to Merge with BusinessCard2

business-handshake Yesterday, users of the virtual business card service Card.ly, received an email telling them about a big change to their service. Here’s a bit from that email.

Dear card.ly User,

Card.ly is now part of BusinessCard2.com!

Over the months to come, we plan to integrate card.ly into BusinessCard2. The result will be the largest and most capable network of web-enabled business cards on the planet. Before any changes occur, we wanted to alert you to the integration plan.

The current Card.ly users will be have their accounts migrated to Businesscard2 by October 1st. That’s a rather fast transition, but they promise that it will be fairly trouble-free. Like most mergers in online services, there will be things that the new Businesscard2 users might miss from their old Card.ly accounts. If you are one of these users, you can contact them here for help.

I noticed that the Businesscard2 service didn’t have as many card theme options as the Card.ly service has. Just for fun, I signed up for an account at Businesscard2, to see what it’s like. The sign-up is free, and I had no complaints about the registration process.

Here’s my card:

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As you can see, they provide a great free service. If you need an online business card, be sure to check them out at businesscard2.com.

There’s one or two things that a real business card has as an advantage over a virtual business card. I have a whole stack of cards at the office. Some day I’ll scan them all into my contact manager, then I’ll try to figure out what to do with them. The video below has given me one good idea already.


Master Of Business Card Throwing – Watch more Funny Videos


ZoomIt : Zoom Any Image on The Web

Microsoft Live Labs has rolled out a new web based tool named ZoomIt to zoom any image on the web. All you need to do is copy the URL which holds the image and then paste it in the create box and hit the button Create.

When I checked the quality of zoomed image, well, I am sorry to say that the Windows default zooming (in Windows Photo Gallery) served better. However the tool surely proves handy if you wish to zoom any image on the web and not necessarily download it.

The good thing about the online tool is that you can embed the zoom tool (with an online image you wish to show) on your web page. Following is an example of that.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

If you are an webmaster and wish to demonstrate a big image which you can’t embed normally use Zoom.it. This way you can embed the picture as a whole without disturbing your website layout.

Webby Wednesday: Bookmark and Aggregate Videos, Learn How to Cook Anything, Share a List Of Links

Welcome to  Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

RadBox – The Read it Later for Videos

If you are video addict and want an easy way to bookmark web videos for later viewing, try Radbox.me. The site lets you bookmark videos from any web page using a neat browser bookmarklet, much the same way you bookmark articles using Read it later.

Once you hit the bookmarklet, the video is saved to your Radbox account for later viewing. The site also lets you share the video with your friends on social networking sites, you can again delete videos from your Radbox account. It’s much like a place for aggregating videos from all over the web rather than using sites like YouTube where you are not given much options to gather videos from different websites.

CookThing: Learn How to Cook Anything

If you are new to the kitchen and your recent hobby is to learn how to cook a dish, Cookthing.com is the best site to start with. Although you can search for the recipe in Google, but CookThing is more user friendly as you can choose what you want to cook, pick the ingredients and the site will display the corresponding recipes.

If you are unable to find a particular recipe, you can post a question in the CookThing user’s community.

Urlist: Combine Multiple Shortened Links And Share With Anyone

Have a bunch of links and want to shorten all of them and merge them together? Check out Urlist, the service lets you enter any number of links and then allows you to create a shortened link of the whole combination.

This can be useful when you want to create a chain of subsequent pages and don’t want to note down multiple links to share them repeatedly. You can also use the service to create a guided tour of something, may be upload screenshots of a tutorial and then combine the steps so that your friend spends less time opening the links. No signups or registration is required to use the service.

On each Wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which  provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Learn How To Swear In 200 Different Languages With YouSwear

Let’s face it, swearing in a foreign language is cool. Not only that, if you have a group of friends from another culture, the best way to get close to them is to learn some swear words from their language so you can feel more like a part of their team. And YouSwear is fantastic tool to learn that.

YouSwear teaches you how to swear in over 200 different languages from all over the world. The languages are sorted in alphabetical order and clicking on any language displays the swear word, its translation in English, and an option for you to vote it up or down based on its accuracy. Many words and phrases are also accompanied by handy pronunciations.  While some languages only contain 5-6 swearing terms, some have a large list for you to choose from.  These include simple words as well as large phrases describing actions. You can also search the collection, submit your own swearing words or browse through the ‘Swear of the Day’ feature.

The website is not ideal for minors or people who easily get offended with this stuff.

Yogile Is The Most User-Friendly and Collaborative Photo Sharing Tool

Photo sharing tools are dime a dozen and it takes some significant innovation for a new tool to make its mark. Yogile has done just that in the past few days. Yogile is a new photo sharing tool that makes sharing photos a painless procedure.

The sign-up process takes less than 10 seconds and is only required for the user who originally creates the album. Other users who are just viewing the album need not register at all. You can upload photos using the web interface, your mobile phone or even upload photos by sending as email attachments. Yogile assigns a random email address to every album you create, however, you can edit it to something that will be easy remembered.

Each album also gets a permanent URL so it can be easily shared via email or social network. When sharing albums by sending email to your friends, Yogile let’s you import contacts from Gmail, MSN and Yahoo! When a user clicks on an album, the pictures are initially displayed as regular size thumbnails but can be switched to smaller or larger thumbnails with a single click. Albums can also be viewed as a slide show or downloaded with a single click. Once inside an album, you can browse through photos by using the “right” and “left” arrow keys, download the image in original resolution or rotate it.

You can rename your album or change the assigned email address at any time. The albums can also be protected with an optional password or made public by checking the “List Publicly” box. The only issue is that Yogile gives you a limited space of 100 MB so it cannot be used as a photo storage website but rather a quick and easy way to share photos with friends and family.

Share Cheat Sheets and Programming Stuff With QuicklyCode

With the titanic amount of information on the web, it gets harder and harder to organize content so it is easily available without complex searching. Well, if you are a web developer or programmer, you don’t need to worry about that as QuicklyCode is a great resource to find all you need.

It is a community of programmers and developers to share cheat sheets, code snippets, widgets, tutorials, info graphics and even apps. Everything is categorized and can be browsed through using the tag cloud or searched using a keyword. The categories include programming languages like Fortran, C++, Python, design tools like GIMP, Photoshop, Illustrator and even simple platforms like WordPress, Facebook and Firefox.

You can download the information, rate it to provide feedback as well as read and post comments. Each cheat sheet includes information like author’s name, date of upload and a link to author’s website. If you think you have worked some info that can help other people, feel free to upload it to QuicklyCode. The collection is not huge right now but the more people start using it, the more beneficial it would get. Think about how much time it can save you if you can borrow code for something specific instead of spending hours writing  and debugging it.

Memonic: Clip Portions of a Webpage and Share With Your Friends

Reading blogs and sharing content with your friends or readers is good but there are some problems when you want to customize the page you are going to share.

Some blog posts have lots of paragraphs and you may want to share only snippets from the post. There may be some websites with horrible designs, thus sharing only selected portions of the page makes sense.

There are quite a few web clipping tools out there but Memonic does the job perfectly. The site lets you clip and share selected portions of any webpage with anyone, through a bookmarklet, a WYSIWYG editor or from your email inbox.

Clip Content from a Webpage with Memonic Bookmarklet

First, sign up for a free account on Memonic. Once you are in, drag and drop the Memonic bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar.

When you want to clip a portion of any webpage, simply hit the bookmarklet and Memonic will open the following interface:

Hit “Save” and the snippet is saved to your Memonic account which can then be easily shared with anyone via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Your Memonic account behaves just like an email inbox – you can save all the clips, forward a clip to anyone, label a group of clips, create sets and so on.

Send a Clip to Your Memonic Account From Email

Another neat way to use Memonic is from your Email account. Works quite simple, compose a new email message and write your notes in the message window. Next, upload all the files and images as attachments and send the email to [email protected].

All done, your email message will be converted into a new clip which can then be shared with anyone from your Memonic account.

Memonic also has a WYSWYIG editor which lets you compose   clips from scratch, add hyperlinks or images. All Memonic items can be either made public or private, you can also combine a group of clips to create a “Set”. A “Set” can then be shared with your friends or contacts.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Brilliant. Memonic has all the tools you need for clipping content from blogs or editorials. You can use Memonic for organizing and aggregating information from different sources at one place.

The free account lets you store a maximum of 90 clips, which is enough if you keep deleting the older clips at regular intervals.

Techie Buzz verdict: 5/5. (Perfect)

TwtImage Lets You Search Images Shared On Twitter

With more than 100 millions users and billions of tweets every month, Twitter is an excellent platform to share information. In fact, millions of users use Twitter just to share photos and videos with their friends but after a few hours these get buried deep down.

TwtImage is a new web service that lets you search images shared on Twitter. Just head over to TwtImage.com and enter the keyword you want to look for. The first set of results display 25 images but you can click on “load more” to display many more. Alternatively, you can use the cloud tag of popular keywords to see what people have been searching for. Clicking on any thumbnail takes you to the original source of the image.

Currently, TwtImage indexes Twitter images from several sites including TwitPic, TweetPhoto, img.ly and yfrog.com. The tool can be very useful if you are looking for images on Twitter but don’t want to burn yourself carrying out complex queries on Twitter.com. With an easy-to-use interface and dead simple functionality, TwtImage is one of the more useful tools when it comes to images on Twitter.