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Google Doodle – Honoring Indian Independence Day

Check out the Google home page today. The Doodle celebrates 63 years of Indian Independence. It’s great to see a Rangoli with the colors of Indian National Flag (Saffron, White and Green) and an Ashoka Chakra in the middle.

Do check – to experience it!

India got its freedom from the British rule in the year 1947. Today, flag-hoisting ceremonies are conducted all across the country. The main event takes place in New Delhi, the capital city of India, where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort and delivers a speech. He highlights the achievements of his government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development.

Some Google Doodles which was blogged in the past –

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Google Alarm – A FireFox Add-On / Chrome Extension to Alert You!

This is a sooper cool FireFox Add-On which notifies when Google is monitoring your Web Browsing. In other words, when Google Analytics is tracking your browser to send back some metrics. The Google Alarm Firefox addon visually & audibly alerts you when your personal information is being sent to Google servers.

Wilkinson released this alarm plug-in on his website last week!

Even outside Gmail and YouTube you are constantly sending information to Google through their vast network of tracking bugs: Google Analytics, Google AdSense, YouTube embeds, API calls.. all of this data be used to monitor & track your personal web browsing habits.

Google Alarm shows notifications, plays sound effects and keeps running stats about the % of websites you’ve visit with Google bugs present. Web users who install this browser plug-in hear a loud, buzzing noise whenever they visit a website that relays information to Google!

A No-Sound Version is also Available!

To Know how to Avoid or Stop Google Analytics Script from monitoring your Web Browser – Read this Article

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Android Scripting Environment (ASE) – Edit and Execute Scripts on Device

The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device. These scripts have access to many of the APIs available to full-fledged Android applications, but with a greatly simplified interface that makes it easy to get things done.

Scripts can be run interactively in a terminal, in the background, or via Locale. Python, Perl, JRuby, Lua, BeanShell, JavaScript, Tcl, and shell are currently supported..!

Currently, the ASE project provides:

  • Scripting language interpreters that have been compiled to run on the Android platform.
  • An abstraction layer above the Android API that simplifies common use cases (e.g. reading sensors, displaying dialogs, changing settings, etc.)
  • IPC to the abstraction layer from processes that do not have access to the native Android APIs.
  • An on-device development environment for supported scripting languages.

Read more and Download the Android Scripting Environment here –

ASE is designed for developers and is alpha quality software. To install ASE, you will need to enable the “Unknown sources” option in your device’s “Application” settings.

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How Secure is Google Apps for Enterprise?

Google Apps is a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications. It’s all hosted by Google, and designed with security and reliability in mind, saving your company the frustrations and hassles of managing traditional IT solutions yourself. 

“Well, How Secure is Google Apps??” I reckon, most of us ask this question whenever someone talks about the cost saving features and other capabilities Google Apps provide. Indeed, there is nothing wrong in worrying about the security of ‘your’ Data.  Also, with so many corporates Going Google, this question become a very valid one.

Google has released a white paper to give enterprise customers greater transparency into Google’s security practices, policies, and technology involving Google Apps.

Download the Google Apps security white paper to understand more [pdf format]

Google Team says, “Feeling comfortable storing data in the cloud involves trusting a cloud services provider and the practices and policies they have in place. In today’s ultra-connected, web-capable world, understanding how data will be protected is ultimately more meaningful than knowing it is physically located in one data center or another.”

Also, Google stores customer data in fragments across multiple servers and across multiple data centers to both enhance reliability and provide greater security than can be achieved by storing all data on a single server. When only fragments are kept in any one place, the chance that a possible physical or computer-based compromise could result in the loss of meaningful information is greatly reduced. Read more at the Official Google Enterprise Blog

If you are looking at Implementing Google Apps in your organization / your domain, I recommend you read The Google Apps Deployment Planning Steps and Use-Case Scenarios for more information!

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Google Doodle – Honoring Dennis Gabor on his Birthday

Check out the Google home page today. The Doodle celeberates the 110th Birthday of Dennis Gabor. He is a Hungarian-born electrical engineer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971 for his invention of holography, a system of lensless, three-dimensional photography that has many applications. 

In 1947 he conceived the idea of holography and, by employing conventional filtered-light sources, developed the basic technique. Because conventional light sources generally provided either too little light or light that was too diffuse, holography did not become commercially feasible until the demonstration, in 1960, of the laser, which amplifies the intensity of light waves.

Google Doodle - Honouring Dennis Gabor's Birthday

His other work included research on high-speed oscilloscopes, communication theory, physical optics, and television. Gabor was awarded more than 100 patents. You will also be interested to read this Acceptance Speech, which he delivered while recieving the Nobel Prize in Physics (1971).

Also Read – Google Doodle – Celebrating the 30th Birthday of Pac-Man

Courtesy: Dennis Gabor’s Profile

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Google Doodle – Celebrating the 30th Birthday of Pac-Man

Check out the Google home page today. The Doodle celeberates the 30th Birthday of the Game Pac-man.

24th May 2010 Update: Due to popular demand, Google is making the game permanently available at

Its not just an image, you can play a game of Pac-man there.

Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Midway. This game was first released in Japan. Immensely popular in the United States from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is universally considered as one of the classics!

Google Doodle Pacman

An arcade game is a coin-operated entertainment machine, usually installed in public businesses such as restaurants, public houses, and video arcades. Thats the reason you see an Insert Coin Button on the homepage!

You would also be interested to read – Play your Good Old DOS Games


New Options added to Google Docs!

Google has made some improvements to the existing Google Docs to make it more productive, Stable and User Friendly. In spreadsheets, you’ll now find a formula editing bar, cell auto-complete, drag-and-drop columns and other features not possible with older browser technologies.

Check the screenshots below where you see that the address bar is enabled for editing.

Editable Formula Bar - New Google Docs

The earlier edition did not have this option (See below) :

Non Editable Formula Bar

In Google Docs Documents, now you have a margin ruler, better numbering and bullets and easier image placement options.

Also, a big improvement is made to the document upload feature so moving files from your computer to the cloud is easier now. Imported documents retain their original structure more accurately, so you dont have to fix formatting like bullets and text alignment. New browser technologies like faster JavaScript processing have made it possible for us to speed up Google Docs significantly. Even very large spreadsheets are fast to work with in your browser now. Applications that run this fast feel like desktop applications but have the unique advantages of being in the cloud.

The Google Docs’ collaboration capabilities have extended too, with support for up to 50 people working together at once, and in documents, you can now see other people’s edits as they happen character-by-character. And now you can also collaborate on flow charts, diagrams and other schematics in real time with a new editor for drawings on Google Docs.

With Google Docs drawings you can,

  • Edit drawings online in real time with anyone you choose, and invite others to view your edits in real time
  • Chat with others who are editing your drawing, from within the drawings editor.
  • Publish drawings online to the world as images, or download them in standard formats.
  • Insert text, shapes, arrows, scribbles, and images from your hard drive or from the Web.
  • Lay out drawings precisely with alignment guides, snap to grid, and auto distribution.
  • Insert drawings into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations using the web clipboard, then tweak them inline

For the complete list on What’s new on Google Docs read this article –

If you do not see the newer edition of Google Docs, Login to Gdocs and see the top right corner, where you have an option to try the new one. (see below screenshot)

Preview the New Google SpreadSheet

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You can also watch this video, to get an overview of these changes –

Courtesy: Google official Blog

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Have you ever forgot to send an Attachment in an Email?

How many times has this happened to you? Whenever you are in a hurry to reply/send an email., only after hitting the Send button, you realize that.. the attachment was not made! Generally, you tend to send the attachment in another email!

Most of us have faced this and so did I .. but I got a different Experience yesterday. I was writing an email asking all my friends to try out the DOSBox Software. While I was about to hit the send button, I got a message box from Gmail saying.. I have not made the attachments. At First go.,  it sounded Wierd.. and crazy! Then when I scrolled through my email, i realized that.. I had used the sentence “Please find attached in this email”. While I pressed the send button, Gmail was able to parse this sentence and prompted me a message box. I was amazed to see this because, this was happening from a web browser client and not a standalone Application.!

Gmail Attachment Message

I reckon, few people will start speculating that.. Gmail also reads all our emails now and the emails are no more a “secure” mode of communication. However, this is a very cool concept., and I’m sure.. this will be really useful to most of us!

You would also be interested in reading this –

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How to Export or Copy Contacts from one Gmail account to Another?

We all have multiple email ids and use it for different needs!  Few of us create and moveon to a new email id, just to get rid of the tons of emails from public newsletters and groups which we would have subscribed to earlier! When we create a new email account, we always want our contacts to stay intact. Now copying each contact one by one is really cumbersome and irritating!

Handling with Contacts is always an essential task, You either need this for backup, configure it on your mobile,  or even to import into another account.

Check out this below tip, which explains you on, how you can export and import contacts from multiple email accounts. In this below example, lets do an import from a Gmail account to another!

Step 1: Login to your gmail account, and click on the Contacts tab in the left column tab. This will display you all the contacts you have on your gmail account. Now click on export (which appears on the top right of the contacts window) – As shown below.

Export Contacts

Step 2: This will give you options to export the Contacts,  either as a Google CSV format – if you want to import these contacts to another Google Mail account or as an Outlook CSV format, to import contacts to your MS Outlook.

You also have option to download the contacts in a vCard format for importing into the Apple Address book.

Exporting Contacts from Gmail

Step 3: Now pressing Export button, will generate the CSV file and give you options to download and save this file!

Login to your another gmail account (the new email id, where you want the contacts to be imported) and click on the Contacts tab in the left column tab. This will display you all the existing contacts you have on this gmail account. Now click on Import link (which appears on the top right of the contacts window) – As shown below.

Step 4: Click on the Browse button, and select the downloaded CSV file (from Step 3) and press submit. You can also create a new Group for this contacts. For eg: If you are exporting the contacts from your business or office email account, you can create a group called Office and import all these contacts.

Import Gmail Contacts to another Google Account

Status Importing

Step 5: The contacts would have got uploaded and processed.  You can see a confirmation message which explains you on how many contacts were imported into your new account!

Gmail Contacts Imported Confirmation

That completes the process. Now you have all the contacts in your new email account. Gmail support importing CSV files from Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Eudora and few other apps. You also import vCard from apps like Apple Address Book. So whether you’re on the Blackberry Network or on Apple iPhone, importing contacts will be a breeze.

Sometimes, there could be some duplication entries in your existing contacts and the one which you just imported. Check this How-To article which explains you how you can merge these contacts into a single one.

Importing Contacts to your Yahoo email Account

Step 1: Login to your Yahoo email account, and click on Contacts in the left sidebar. (As shown below), You will see a lot of options to import your contacts from.

Importing Contacts on Yahoo

Step 2: Yahoo uses the services of TrueSwitch to validate your other email account and import the contacts automatically. You can select Gmail, enter your credentials and then click on submit to get all your new contacts.

True Switch

If you feel.. doing this can be of a risk, can click on the “A desktop email Program”, and upload the CSV file as shown in the below screenshot.

Import Gmail Contacts to Yahoo Account

That completes this simple How To Tip!

You would also be interested to read How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

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How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on Gmail?

When you try to import contacts from your other email account or when you sync your mobile contacts with that of your gmail, most of the times you land up having lot of duplicate contacts!

This duplication is really painful and it always troubles you, only when you are in an urgent need. For eg: when you want to contact your friend.. you land up having his Work email and his personal email stored in different contacts.! In this short Tip, lets look at how to fix the same.

Step 1: Login to your gmail account, and click on the Contacts tab in the left column tab. This will display you all the contacts you have on your gmail account. Now click on My Contacts, this will list all the contacts and groups which you have. Also, it gives you an option which says, Do you have any duplicated contacts?- As shown below

Finding Duplicated Contacts on Gmail

Step 2: Click on the Find Duplicates button, this will search for all the contacts in your email account and give you a list of the contacts which are duplicated. Now you can click on the Merge Button. This will merge all the duplicated entries and make it into a single contact.

Merging Duplicate Contacts on Gmail

This completes the short little tip!

You may also be interested in reading this – How to Export or Copy Contacts from one Gmail account to Another?