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Gmaps app for WinMo and S60 gets search by voice, Google can see inside stores now

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Two updates from Google’s quest to map and photograph the whole world – the Google Maps application for Windows Mobile and Symbian got a little tune up, which brought Search by voice, and Google Places will feature photos inside various restaurants, gyms and more, taken by Google teams…

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Photoshop CS5 gets reviewed in detail, has lots to offer

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While most of the world is waiting for a chance to take the new content-aware fill feature in Photoshop CS5 for a spin, Ars Technica has come up with a very detailed review of the whole program…

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Gmail gains drag&drop capability, desktop email apps tremble with fear

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If Gmail was enough like a desktop app for you, here’s another feature that’s been associated with desktop apps – drag and drop support. No more hunting around with the Open File dialog, just drag and drop the attachments and you’re good to go…

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Virtual NYC in Google Earth with photo-textured buildings is amazing

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The 3D buildings in Google Earth used to be mildly impressive, but this last update makes them downright awesome (it’s New York only though). Now, the 3D buildings are textured with actual photos of the real buildings and the results are quite impressive…

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Cpedia generates Wikipedia-like articles automatically, fails, but it’s good for a few laughs

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From the dark ages (read: AltaVista was among the best search engines around) search on the Web was pretty much typing in a query and going through a long list of excerpts from pages that might or might not have something to do with what you were looking for.

Google has been trying to jazz things up a bit with Google Goggles and the like, but a radically different idea comes from a Google Killer wanna-be, cuil – the new cpedia generates Wikipedia-like articles automatically, pulling information from the wealth of knowledge available on the Net. Great idea, but there are a few problems with it… Read more »

Next generation Google Docs unveiled

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If you are much into sharing documents with your co-workers and buddies using the Google Docs I have some good news for you. The dev team standing behind the project has just unveiled the new and improved Google Docs that will serve you better than ever before.

In addition to adding many new features like margin ruler, formula editing bar, cell auto-complete and drag-and-drop columns the new version of Google Docs also improves performance and responsiveness. Read more »

Photoshop CS5 is up on preorder, features shown off in photos and videos

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Today Adobe Photoshop CS5 was unveiled by Adobe and though the real unveiling event won’t start until this evening, Adobe have already put up a website detailing all the amazing new features, complete with sample images and videos. Plenty of jaws around the office dropped when we first saw the content-aware fill demo video, but there’s more where that came from…

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Apple tease WebKit2 with Chrome-like multi-process separation of browser components

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Apple started the WebKit project to bring their Mac OS X a web browser to be proud of, but since then WebKit has been integrated in all sorts of platforms, Google’s Chrome browser for one and WebKit rules the mobile browser world – it’s on iPhone, Android, WebOS and Symbian too.

Now Apple have announced that they are working on WebKit2, which will bring Chrome-like separation of browser components into processes… Read more »

Check out the new Puppet Warp feature of Photoshop CS5, prepare to be amazed

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Adobe recently posted a new video demo of the upcoming Photoshop CS5. Remember – the new version (along with the rest of the Creative Suite 5) should be unveiled next Monday. The new video clip shows another ground-breaking new feature and I really enjoyed being amazed by the thing. I certainly hope you will too.

The new feature is rather funnily called Puppet Warp and it allows you to move parts of still objects as if they are physically in front of you. Well, it’s got more mundane applications as well – such as fixing distortion in photos. But heck, photo distortion is boring – see the Puppet dance for you. Read more »

iTunes 9.1 update is also available, jaibroken devices must stay away

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iTunes 9.1 upgrade is now up online and you can install it on both Mac OS and Windows. The new version adds sync and management support for iPad, which launches in three days.

It seems Apple decided to put an Easter egg within the upgrade preventing some jailbroken iPhones and iPods from syncing.

The iTunes update comes just a day after the official Mac OS one, which also raised some alarms.

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 update is now available, proceed with caution

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A new update for Mac OS is now available and all Leopard users are welcomed to download it. The latest patch fixes lots of bugs, compatibility, stability and reliability issues, betters the performance and brings some new improvements over the OS functionality.

The most notable changes include fixed issues, reliability or compatibility with OpenGL apps, QuickTime X, the wireless connections, sleep/wake process and the added Data Collection services.

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Now you can send files in iGoogle and orkut chat right from your browser

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What’s the easiest way to send a file to someone? Launch whatever IM client you both use and send it. And now, you can do that with the iGoogle and orkut chat right from your browser…

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Adobe’s new RAW processor impresses just as much as the just revealed first new feature of Photoshop CS5

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Since I shoot exclusively in RAW, I was thrilled to learn that the latest Lightroom 3 beta actually comes with a revamped RAW processing engine. The guys over at Adobe have done some serious work on revealing more of the fine detail and taking care of image noise.

Friends of mine that have taken the time to re-process some of their older photos tell me it’s like they’ve used another camera body. The changes are impressive.

Since I didn’t have time to experiment on my own shots, here’s a sample that I snatched off It was shot in RAW with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV at ISO 102400 (yes, that’s a six-figure ISO sensitivity). The shot was processed with the current version of Adobe’s Camera Raw and the latest Lightroom 3 beta 2 RAW processor.

100% crops processed by Adobe Camera Raw v5.6 • Lightroom 3 beta 2

And here’s another couple of comparative crops. Impressive, indeed…

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Internet Explorer market share takes a hit as the Browser Choice screen starts rolling out

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Tough times for Internet Explorer coming right ahead. Only a month has passed since the European Union forced Microsoft to give their users a choice of several browsers and the IE market share is starting to feel the heat.

Microsoft should send almost 200 million computers a browser choice screen, offering users to select a browser by the end of May. However even now, before March has ended, IE has lost market share in several of the key European markets.

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Microsoft announce Internet Explorer 9, they have got to be kidding us

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If at first you don’t succeed, getting up, dusting yourself off and trying again might be the thing to do, but if you fail 9 times in a row you might better give up all together. Just when we thought that things couldn’t get any worse for Microsoft and their internet browsing solution and here comes the announcement of Internet Explorer 9 to prove us wrong.

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