Web search sites give new ways to find results

For information seekers, the days of culling Web search pages, ten machine-generated hyperlinks at a time, may be numbered.Yahoo Inc. takes the next step to realize its vision of combining human advice with machine automation to offer more relevant ways of searching the Web.

It is using the millions of human suggestions from its recently introduced Yahoo Answers to complement the mathematically organized features of its core search system. “It’s the right time now to augment Web search results with some human touch,” said Tim Mayer, Yahoo’s product manager for Web search. “We are making search better by allowing users to tap into the collective knowledge of other people.”

Meanwhile, Bill Gross, the inventor of paid Web search who sold the system to Yahoo, is set to unveil a new version of his latest project. Snap.com is aimed at broadband users and gives people visual snapshots of Web sites before they click.

These innovations in how to search for information on the Web aim to compete with the dominant search provider, Google Inc., which analysts say still has a big lead in the current generation of Web search technology.
Google’s dominance is pushing rivals to seek fundamentally new approaches to searching, and Google cannot sit still either, analysts say.For its own part, Google last week began offering Google Co-op, an early effort at human-organized search to boost its algorithmic page-ranking system.

To begin with, Co-op is working with a very fixed set of experts, such as the Harvard Medical School or the Mayo Clinic in health and Fodor’s and Lonely Planet in travel guides. “Some questions need different formats and answers,” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products.

VISUALIZING THE WEBSnap.com (http://www.snap.com) has the classic set of 10 links down the left side of its search results page, but each link a user selects is displayed in a half-size screenshot of the Web site’s home page.

Thus users can scroll down a page of links using visual cues instead of reading text. It is surfing by pictures, like flipping through television channels using a remote control. The user can skip over bad pages or broken links before they load.

“Look before you leap,” Snap.com Chief Executive Tom McGovern said in an interview. “People who are more visually oriented will gravitate to this.”

Google runs advertisements alongside search results and only gets paid when consumers click on the ads. Snap.com argues it can take advertising a major step forward by charging only when consumers complete transactions.

But Snap.com also breaks potentially controversial ground in how the site blurs the distinction between sponsored search results and results returned by popular demand. By contrast, major search sites clearly fence-off sponsored results.

Yahoo Answers
An online site where people can ask and have other Yahoo users answer questions, has grown to store nearly 11 million answers related to technical matters or everyday life in more than 800 categories, the company said.

The service has more than 7.2 million users, Yahoo said, citing data from market research firm comScore Networks Inc.The Sunnyvale, California-based company said it is now weaving Yahoo Answers into its core Yahoo Search system. Yahoo Answers, which the Internet media company introduced in December in trial mode, is designed to allow users to ask questions on the Web in plain language. “A lot of people find it difficult to formulate how to come up with the right query,” Mayer said.

“Yahoo Answers let others answer that question. This is the actually taking advantage of the enormous power of the Yahoo community,” Gartner analyst Alan Weiner said. Yahoo has an audience of more than 400 million users across its network of sites.

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Motorola L7 – Features, The good, The bad, The Bottomline


General Network GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
Announced 2005, 1Q
Status Available
Size Dimensions 113 x 49 x 11.5 mm, 59 cc
Weight 96 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 176 x 220 pixels, 9 lines, 30 x 37 mm
Downloadable wallpapers, screensavers
Ringtones Type Polyphonic (24 channels), MP3
Customization Download, order now
Vibration Yes
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photo call
Call records 10 dialled, 10 received, 10 missed calls
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 512 MB
11 MB total memory
5 MB free user memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Bluetooth Yes, v1.2
Infrared port No
USB Yes, miniUSB
Features Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Games Yes + downloadable
Camera VGA, 640×480 pixels, video
Push to talk
Java MIDP 2.0
MP3/MPEG4 player
Built-in handsfree
Voice memo
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 820 mAh
Stand-by Up to 350 h
Talk time Up to 6 h 40 min

The good: The Motorola Slvr L7 has an attractive overall design. It also comes with an integrated iTunes player, Bluetooth, a sharp display, a TransFlash card slot, and a speakerphone, as well as solid call and music-audio quality.

The bad: The Motorola Slvr L7’s iTunes player is sluggish, and it’s burdened with too many usage restrictions. The phone is further hampered by a low-resolution VGA camera, a lack of support for EDGE, tricky controls, no FM radio or stereo speakers, and little integrated memory.

The bottom line: Motorola’s Slvr L7 puts a prettier face on the iTunes phone, but its low-resolution camera, its sluggish music-player performance, and the limitations on the iTunes usability are big distractions

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Nokia to offer Google Talk on Web tablet

Nokia, the world’s top mobile phone maker, will unveil on Tuesday a new version of its Internet tablet device that runs Google Talk communications software, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.

The pact between the Finnish company and Web search leader Google would offer consumers the ability to chat with other users of instant messaging software via the Nokia Wi-Fi device, which relies on short-range wireless networks.
The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, introduced last year, offers wireless access to digital music and video playing on a high-contrast color screen, as well as to check e-mail, surf the Web and read computer documents or play video games.

At a press conference to be held in Stockholm on Tuesday, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia will introduce a new version of the Internet Tablet with upgraded software and hardware elements, one source said.

Nokia’s 770 is available worldwide via its Web site. The 770 is a rectangular, 5.5-inch by 3.1-inch device with a big color screen that is slightly bigger than a mobile phone. It has a retail list price of around $400 in the United States.
In contrast to phones, the Nokia 770 relies on unregulated local wireless connections rather than cell phone networks.
Google Talk, which allows users to chat via text or to talk with other instant message users, will be one of the featured applications on the Nokia Internet Tablet, a second source confirmed.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.
The deal with Nokia marks the Mountain View, Calif.-based Google’s latest move beyond computers and into the mobile communications market.
Earlier this year it announced a plan with Nokia’s biggest rival, Motorola, to feature Google search software on Motorola phones.

Google rivals Yahoo and Microsoft are also pushing to have their services featured on handsets. Yahoo is offered on several Nokia phone models.

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Samsung YP-Z5 is no competition to the Nano

Hot off the i-Pod Nano clone bandwagon comes the YP-Z5, Samsung’s own ultra slim, shiny, flash-based music player that seems to have a balance of hits and misses. It looks quite slick with the black glossy surface with a shiny metal border, but it just loses its shine when placed next to the i-Pod Nano’s signature metal rear.

The YP-Z5 plays back MP3 and WMA audio formats. It employs Samsung’s Digital Natural Sound engine (DNSe) which supposedly gives you more accurate and natural sound. The bigger display works better for the user interface, which mimics the i-Pod user interface.
It sorts all the music by artists, albums, genres, composers and playlists, and also lets you view a simple list of filenames, in case you haven’t got information to the player. And guess what, you can only transfer music only through a Windows Media Player 10
The player also charges via USB, so no additional adapter is required. The Samsung YP-Z5 2GB costs Rs 10,990 at MRP, which would probably mean around Rs 8,500-9,000 off the street. The 2GB iPod Nano sells for around the same price off the street, making the YP-Z5 a little better an option, when comparing the features.
But its confusing button scheme and the fact that it just doesn’t look as shiny, glossy and cool as a Nano, might make the Samsung YP-Z5 miss the target.
Pros: Slim, capacious (2GB), great sound quality, large display, drag-and-drop transfer Windows Media Player 9 and lower).
Cons: Confusing control buttons, no drag-and-drop after installing Windows Media Player 10

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What’s new on Gmail?

Just launched!A picture’s worth a thousand wordsWith contact pictures in Gmail, you can pick ones for yourself, see which ones your friends have chosen, and set certain pictures to show up for specific people in your Gmail account. Best of all, you can even send picture suggestions to your friends. Learn more We’re in the process of rolling this feature out to all users, so keep an eye out for it in your account!

Gmail Chat now has sound!Never miss out on a chat in Gmail again. Now there’s a “ping” when people send you a chat.
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What’s been keeping us busy…Ever since we launched Gmail, we’ve been working hard to make it better. Here are a few of the features we’ve added:
Gmail ChatGet in touch with your friends instantly, from right inside Gmail! It’s the biggest thing to happen to Gmail, since well, Gmail.
Learn more
Delete buttonDelete the messages you really don’t want. For the rest, use Archive, which removes a message from your Inbox, but keeps it in All Mail so you can always find it later.
Learn more
Gmail MobilePoint your phone’s web browser to http://m.gmail.com to access Gmail from your mobile phone or device. It’s easy to use and it’s free (but yes, your wireless plan could still charge you).
Learn moreIt also has these cool features:

Automatically optimizes the interface for the phone you’re using
Opens the attachments you receive in messages, including photos, Microsoft Word documents and .pdf files
Lets you reply by call to people whose phone numbers are in your Gmail Contacts list
Vacation auto-responderSet an auto-response so that if you’re lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won’t be checking your email.
Learn more
Contact groupsOne of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time.
Learn more
RSS feeds in GmailView your favorite RSS feeds right in Gmail as “Clips” along the top of your Gmail screen. Display clips from blogs, news sites and other online sources. Pick from the latest headlines, random popular feeds, or add any RSS/Atom feed you want.
Learn more
View as HTMLNow you can view Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or .pdf attachments as web pages by clicking the “View as HTML” link instead of downloading. For when you want to see it faster, you’re on a mobile device, or you don’t want to install software just to view a document.
Learn more
Shortcuts on the rightNow Gmail automatically detects addresses and tracking numbers, and displays useful information such as directions and package tracking alongside your messages. Learn more
Virus scanning is here!For your protection, Gmail now automatically scans for viruses every time you open or send a message with an attachment. We even try our best to remove all the viruses we find.
Learn more
Export contactsExport your Gmail Contacts and save them in a file for back-up or to use in another account or service–great if you’re using Gmail’s free POP access.
Learn more
Auto-saveSaves to ‘Drafts’ as you’re composing. Never lose a half-written email again.
Get to Gmail from any web pageDownload the new Gmail-enabled
Google Toolbar. Search your mail or instantly go to your Inbox from any web page with just one click. Learn more
Offline access to messages
Google Desktop lets you search your computer for files, music, photos, chats, web pages you’ve seen, and now, your Gmail messages too. Even if you’re offline.
Gmail on Google.comSee your new messages directly from your
personalized Google.com homepage.
Google TalkIM and make free calls through your computer with
Google Talk. Your Gmail contacts are even pre-loaded. Learn more
Customized ‘From:’ addressesCustomize the address on your outgoing messages to display another one of your addresses instead.
Learn more
An application for Macs The
Gmail Notifier for Mac OS X even supports plug-in development.
More languagesNow you can use Gmail in 38 languages: US and UK English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Learn more

More storageStorage is an important part of email, which is why Gmail now gives you over 2.5 gigabytes of free space (and growing every day)! Learn more
Rich text formattingUse fonts, colors, highlighting and other rich formatting options when you compose messages.
Learn more
An easier way to send up to 10MB of photosGmail now works with
Picasa, Google’s free photo organizer, so you can easily send photos from your Gmail account. Learn more
Support for more browsersBasic HTML view lets you access your Gmail messages from almost any computer running almost any web browser.
Learn more
Free POP access and automatic forwardingAccess your mail the way you want to. Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or any POP-enabled device. Or forward new messages to an email account you specify. You can even switch to other email services without having to worry about losing access to your messages. Think of it as email portability
Learn more
Import ContactsMove all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks.
Learn more
Signature optionsFrom the settings page, create a signature that’s automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages.
Learn more

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Standard desktop configuration

Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.06 GHz Processor ( 533 FSB )

Intel 915 Chipset Motherboard with 8X AGP Slot



52x DVD+CD Writer (Combo Drive )

Onboard Integrated Graphics,

Onboard AC97, 3D Audio

Onboard 10/100 LAN

300 Watt Speakers

Premium Silver Black Cabinet

PS2 Optical Scroll Mouse

PS2 Multimedia Keyboard

17 inch Real Flat Digital Colour CRT Monitor

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