Google Search Puts On New Clothes, But We Knew it Already!

Just last month around this time, we had posted a screenshot tour of the new search interface Google was experimenting. Now, Google has gone ahead and with that interface and has planned to get it hardwired into the design.

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That would mean, we will see this design by default on the Google search from now onwards. You can see the post made on Tuesday, 13th Apr 2010 here. It has a comprehensive list of changes to check out.

The new search interface has a better interaction with results from live social activities. This is being managed by redesigning the left sidebar which scales in behavior depending on the type of content searched for. Google has laid a lot of stress on segregating search results categorically and relevantly with this sidebar.

The search results page looks  a lot cleaner and this new design which has already been implemented will be continuously improved. The change will be applied over a period of 48 hours, so do not panic if you cannot see the change right instantly.
(Via: TheNextWeb)

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Android 2.1 Update and HD Video Recording

Sony Ericsson at their Product Launch Blog made an official statement that the Xperia X10 will get an Android 2.1 update by Q4, 2010. Now, that is too long to wait.

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Sony Ericsson’s Sumit Malhotra said that they are working on the UXP (UX platform) for Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini Pro. He also said that X10 mini and X10 mini Pro will get Android 2.1 update by Q4, 2010.

The exciting and happy side for the Xperia X10 users is HD video recording will also come onboard with the update on Q4,2010. The video recording will be the same execution as in Sony Ericsson Vivaz. He also said that an update will be coming for the Xperia X10 within few weeks for solving the bugs related to battery.

Here is the change log given by Sumit Malhotra:

Some examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperiaâ„¢ X10 in Q4 2010 are:

– Upgrade to Android OS 2.1

-HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivazâ„¢

-Wireless home connectivity via DLNA

-Improvements to signature applications Timescapeâ„¢ and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

This update could be mixed bag for X10 users because on one side this is horrible in terms of time and on the other side features like HD video recording (continuous auto focus), which is a very good news. On the whole the users have to wait for a long time, but the fruit of patience will be sweet.

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Download Bing Optimized Internet Explorer 8

As part of a campaign to promote Bing and IE8, Microsoft UK has released a version of Internet Explorer 8 optimized for Bing.

Contrary to popular belief, Internet Explorer 8 comes with quite a few nifty customizable features. The various customizable features in Internet Explorer such as Accelerators, Web Slices and Search Provider are pre-configured to use Bing. Following are the Bing specific changes:

  • Bing Bar
  • The search box incorporates results from Ciao!
  • Various Bing Accelerators such as searching for videos, images, tweets are pre-installed.
  • Web Slices for Ciao! and Weather are bundled.

Screenshot:

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PS: The installer sports the bing logo, neat touch!

(h/t @technogranma)

Adobe Demoes Prototype Android Tablet Running Flash and AIR

Apple has made it amply clear that they aren’t interested in letting Flash anywhere near its mobile devices. However, that doesn’t mean that Adobe is going to up on its plans for Mobile devices. At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Adobe demoed a prototype Android tablet running not only Flash, but also Adobe AIR.

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The demoed device is a prototype in its truest sense. It was devoid of any branding and had an acrylic case as its enclosure. As you may expect, very little is known about this multi-touch tablet.

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According to Zedomax, the mystery tablet device may shape up to be a decent offering. Even in its prototype form, it ran Adobe AIR and Flash “flawlessly”. Check out the videos below for more.


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Adobe AIR may turn out to be a killer feature for tablet devices. There are already hundreds of Adobe AIR powered apps, including numerous popular Twitter, Facebook and YouTube clients. AIR will provide new entrants into the tablet segment a head start and offer them at least a fighting chance against Apple.

If you are not among the millions who have already purchased an iPad, you may want to hold out a bit longer. Adobe has revealed that there’s a slew of Android powered tablets in the pipeline. Although, Adobe refused to provide any specifics, by the end of the year, there should be plenty of choices in the tablet segment.

Linux Mint 9 Isadora Release Candidate Now Available for Download

Linux Mint started off as a tiny project, but has managed to gain a fairly large following over the years. Distrowatch ranks it as the third most popular Linux distro, after Ubuntu and Fedora. In many ways, Linux Mint is Ubuntu simplified.

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Linux Mint 9 is based on the recently released Ubuntu 10.04. If you are an existing Mint user, you will feel right at home, since this release looks and feels the same as Helena. The planned metallic visual refresh was dropped from this release due to performance issues. However, this is not to say that there aren’t big changes in this release.

Some of the major changes in Linux Mint 9 are:

New Software Manager

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The Software Manager was re-written from scratch and now integrates the best ideas from the original Software Manager, Gnome App-Install and the new Ubuntu Software Center. Get access to around 30,000 packages along with user reviews with the new software manager.

New Backup Tool

The backup was also re-written and features huge improvements. You can now backup your files, software selection and system preferences with Mint’s Backup Tool.

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Mint4Win – the Windows installer for Mint (based on Wubi) makes a comeback in this release.

Improved Appearance

Mint 9 includes new artwork (wallpapers), with tons more being available from the software repository. Mint also includes other visual tweaks including transparent Menu.

The full changelog is available here. Be aware that this is an RC release and has several known issues.

[ Download Linux Mint Isadora ]

Microsoft Kin One and Two Launching Tomorrow – Pricing Revealed

Microsoft Kin One and Two are surprising little devices in more ways than one. For one they are the first mobile devices from Microsoft’s stables and neither of them are powered by the Windows Phone series. But, trust me, that isn’t such a bad thing.

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In fact, the unique operating is one of the biggest strengths of the Kin handsets. It has been built from the ground up by Microsoft to make social networking pain free and enjoyable. It’s easy to see the demographics that Microsoft is targeting. The Kin phones are attractive looking handsets, which can’t compete with a top of the line smartphone, but both of them have plenty to please a teenager. Kin One and Two integrates Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, snaps pretty decent photographs and videos and provides access to unlimited music, if you have a Zune pass.

Unfortunately for the Microsoft, the Kins go wrong in the one area that youth oriented devices can’t afford to go wrong – pricing. At first glance, they may appear to be sweet deals. Kin One costs just $49.99 upfront, while the more feature packed Kin Two is available for $99.99. However, the real deal breaker is Verizon Wireless’ voice and data plans, which will set you back by at least $70 per month. On top of this, you will have to shell out extra for a Zune pass. Unless Verizon makes drastic amendments to their voice and data plans, I would recommend staying away from Microsoft’s debut offerings. They are interesting devices, but they don’t merit the absurdly high cost of ownership that Verizon is demanding.

Digg’s URL Shortener Will Not Work for Non-Digg Links

Earlier, we saw Digg launching new and improved buttons and widgets for blogs and websites. Now the Digg team has decided to shut down the Digg URL shortener on May 17th, 2010.

The Digg URL shortener doesn’t work if you want to shorten any URL other than a Digg story. However, if you had earlier shortened links using the Digg URL shortener, they will continue to work as expected.

Here is an official announcement:

As of May 17th, 2010, the Digg short URL feature will be available only for URLs that refer to stories submitted to Digg. Users will continue to be able to share their favorite Digg stories by generating a short URL via the “Share” button. However, it will not be possible to generate a short URL for a web URL that does not refer to a submitted story on Digg. The “shorturl.create” method in Digg API will be deprecated as of that date. Previously generated Digg short URLs will continue to operate beyond this date.

Users will be able to share Digg stories using the “Share” button but the URL shortener will not work for external URL’s. This move may be a part of the design makeover they are planning to implement, but why kill the old features which so many users use? First they removed the Digg bar and now the URL shortener, god knows what’s next.

Pay What You Want for Five Great Indie Games

The Humble Indie Bundle is a is an initiative by Wolfire Games in association with Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to sell a one-of-a-kind indie bundle. Adopting the pay what you want payment method, they are sellingfive great indie games with a cumulative price of $80 for as much as you wish to give them. These are all cross-platform games (work great on Windows, Mac or Linux!) and are DRM-free. The catch is that you can decide where the money you pay goes. Either it can be split evenly among the seven participants (the five developers and two organizations), or you can choose to give it all to the developers or all to charity.

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The five games that you get in this bundle are:-

  • World of Goo: 2D Boy’s innovative physics-based puzzle game where you control squishy goo globules to build platforms, bridges and the like. One brilliant game!
  • Aquaria: An underwater platformer where you control Naija a lone undersea dweller in search of her family. Singing magical songs and attacking dangerous sea creatures, this beautiful and arty platformer was well received.
  • Gish: Play a ball of tar. Oh yeah, this game is fresh, but not literally. Play a dynamic ball of tar in a destructable physics environment. Have fun too!
  • Lugaru HD: Anthropomorphic rabbits fighting against corruption? I don’t like furries too much, but it is the predecessor of the upcoming Overgrowth, so I’m in!
  • The Penumbra Series: There is something about horror that draws gamers into it. When a horror game dev decides to make a game completely and utterly atmospheric and tie up immersion as the most important part of the game, it delivers something unimaginably terrifying and brilliant.

Buy the Humble Indie Bundle here!

Seagate Launches The FreeAgent GoFlex Line-Up Of External Hard Disks

Seagate – a popular hard disk manufacturer just launched the FreeAgent GoFlex series of external hard drives. The FreeAgent GoFlex series of external hard disks can connect to various ports like USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, and eSATA. The FreeAgent GoFlex external hard disk(s) comes with interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that give these drives such a high level of flexibility.

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The FreeAgent GoFlex hard disks also come with a special NTFS driver for Mac, which allows users to use a NTFS drive on a Mac. By default, Mac Snow Leopard (OSX) does not support read/write to NTFS partitions.

GoFlexâ„¢ interface cables are about providing the speed, performance and connectivity people need to support their interaction with their digital content. The explosive growth of video capture and multimedia collecting is expanding personal digital libraries to terabytes worth of content within the home,said Dave Mosley, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management at Seagate. These trends are driving demand for high-capacity, high-performance storage. The GoFlexâ„¢ family of storage products meets this need by delivering simple, USB 2.0 storage and backup devices, with the flexibility to adapt as interface technology advances by using the various GoFlexâ„¢ cables and accessories to access content stored on the same drive.

The 5400 RPM 2.5 inch 320Gb FreeAgent GoFlex has a MSRP of $99.99, while the 5400 RPM 1TB GoFlex costs $199.99. The 7200RPM 500GB hard disk costs $159.99, and the 750GB 7500RPM hard disk costs $199.99.

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How to Choose a New Laptop Hard Drive

Guest post by Manas Pandey

hd-001 Your laptop’s hard drive is the major source for storing all your data. It is the place where all your applications, files and other data are stored. A typical laptop hard drive measures 2.5 x 2.5 inches in size and is smaller and lighter compared to a desktop hard drive. It is also available with different storage and data access capabilities.

Generally, people change their laptop hard drives only when the original hard drive gets corrupted or stops functioning. However, changing hard drives just to increase the storage capacity of laptop is also very common. Whatever the reason for changing the laptop hard drive, the following factors should be kept in mind while choosing a new one:

Form factor and interface:
The laptop hard drive is available in different form factors and has different interfaces. Form factor primarily refers to the external dimensions of a hard drive. It is important that you opt for a laptop hard drive with a form factor and interface that is compatible with your laptop. If you are not aware of the process to install or uninstall hard drive, you must contact the laptop manufacture or get a professional to help you with the process.

Capacity and Performance:
A hard drive with large capacity allows to you to store more data. It is therefore essential that you choose a hard drive with enough storing capacity. In my opinion, for an average user a hard drive with 250GB storage space is sufficient. The performance of the drive depends on the spindle speed of the disk. The faster the spindle speed, the faster the data is accessed and the better your hard drive will perform.

The RPM (Rotation per Minute) value refers to the spindle speed and is a vital factor in determining the functional capacity of the hard drive. The spindle speed of a typical hard drive is about 5,400 RPM. A laptop hard drive with faster spindle speed has better performance but consumes more powers and heats up quickly. For example, a hard drive with 7,200 RPM consume more power and gives better performance than a hard drive with 4,200 RPM. You must therefore choose a hard drive, which offers reasonable RPM, consumes less power and delivers good performance. It is also advisable that you confirm from your laptop manufacturer that the hard drive will work with your particular laptop configuration. Not all laptops will support a high RPM hard drive.

Cache:
Cache helps to improve the functioning of a hard drive by keeping the data intact for temporary or instant use. A hard drive with larger cache will hold more data and thus the functional capacity of a hard drive is greatly increased. Generally, laptop hard drive comes with different cache options starting from 2MB and 8MB to 16MB.

Finally, if you have selected the model and brand of the hard drive, keep in mind that newer versions of the drive will always be better than older versions. So make an informed decision on your new hard drive.

About the author:
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