Hey Google, stop bragging about your speed!

  Hey Google, stop doing that! It is 2013 and not 1999. When I first started using the internet I used be awed by the timer. I used to believe that Google started searching the internet after I entered my search term and presented me the search results in a fraction of a second. It seemed like magic! I later found out that Google maintains an index which takes several months to create and then that index is used to provide the search results. If you are unaware about Google’s index. Think of it as the ‘Table of Contents’ provided at the start of most books.   I...

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Tata Sky Package Calculator 2.0

Tata Sky has introduced couple of new plans and made some drastic changes in the other existing plans. HD channels have been sprinkled through out the rest instead of being kept as a separate package. The new plans introduced are: Dhamaal Cricket Pack Metro Few channels have now been taken out Cbeebies (a channel meant for kids) BBC Entertainment NDTV Hindu There are few new channels: Food Food Colors HD Several new Tamil channels Channel V has now been shifted to Hindi Entertainment category. UI Changes The buttons are now even more like Facebook. The text cannot be selected (this makes it...

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Make Better Web Apps (code included)

A web app isn’t just another website. A website is more like a page, where users can select and copy text. However the same functionality doesn’t look good on an app. You cannot select text descriptions in an iPhone app for example. Notice, I’m not talking about copy-paste functionality in text fields but rather in places where the user isn’t supposed to interact with the text. Take a look at this screenshot of ‘Angry Birds’. Imagine how awkward it would look, if the user could select the text title and highlight it. Most of the times this situation is...

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Ideas to Improve Quora

Quora is awesome. I remember using Yahoo qna back in its hey days but even back then Yahoo was filled with personal questions like: “My dog ate my homework, what should I do?” Later Quora came up and became the new destination for answer seekers. The quality of questions and the answers is very high. You’ll often find great minds like the founder of Wikipedia and other notable people brushing shoulders with us commoners and answering questions. However there is one aspect of Quora which has to be improved – the vote button. Quora gives a vote button only at the start...

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Cool Websites: February 2013

Another list of amazing websites - Find Your Way to Oz “Find Your Way to Oz” is a new Google Chrome Experiment brought to the web by Disney. It allows you to take an interactive journey through a Kansas circus, which leads you to the land of Oz after you are swept up by a massive storm. It is a technological marvel. It looks just like a 3D animated movie and it was all created using HTML5! Watch this video: Give it a tyr here – Find Your Way to Oz Here is all the magic behind it – http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/casestudies/oz/   Drawing with Text This isn’t...

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Vinepeek gives you a superpower you’ve always wished for

Twitter has introduced a new service called Vine. Think of it as twitter for videos. It is an app which lets you take short 6 sec videos and post them to twitter. People all over the world are using it right now! Posting short blubs of their life. Now, clever guys down at PXi have hacked together a website which shows you the ‘Vines’ posted by users in real time. So far I’ve been on a train in Japan, several European cafes and many other places. It is like activating god mode! Give it a try here – http://vinepeek.com   Read more: Here is an article from Forbes,...

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