Jul 30, 2008

Cuil - New search engine takes aim at Google

There's a big new search engine launching Monday: Cuil. Developed and run by the husband-and-wife team of Stanford professor Tom Costello and former Google search architect Anna Patterson, it's pitched as bigger, faster, and better than Google's flagship search engine in pretty much every way.

The most important difference between Cuil and Google is its ranking system. Rather than assigning priority to pages based on inbound links as Google does ("Pagerank"), Cuil analyzes the content of Web pages to divine their relevance to a search query. Costello bristled when I asked if this was a semantic search engine like PowerSet (recently sold to Microsoft). Costello said Cuil's search is "contextual," and that, "we're trying to understand the real world, not the Web."

It's one thing to have a nice interface and show users good results, but the size of the Web index that the engine has access to matters a lot as well. And this is where Cuil makes its boldest claim. Costello says that the engine is launching with 120 billion pages indexed, well over the 40 billion he says Google has (although see Google's latest bluster about the company's power at Web indexing). Costello also claims that Cuil's Web crawler is three times faster than Google's, although it wasn't clear to me if he meant that is per search computer or for the entire system. Compared with Google's globe-spanning data network of data centers, some literally set up near dams so they can tap hydro power more efficiently, Cuil's two puny data centers hosting less than 2,000 PCs total will have to run pretty fast to outpace Google's crawlers.

It won't, though, be as complete as Google. While Google has had failures in extending its brand (Froogle, Google Base), its collection of services that are affiliated with its mainstream search product, like Google Maps, Image Search, and desktop search, can make switching away from Google difficult for users. Costello realizes that Cuil needs to layer in additional services, but as he said to me, the company has to start somewhere.


Source: cnet

Jul 20, 2008

2lingual - search the Web in 552 unique bilingual combinations

2lingual makes it possible for users to bilingual search the World Wide Web, Images, Videos, Wikipedia and the Blogosphere. Currently, 2lingual makes it possible to search the Web in 552 unique bilingual combinations. 2lingual currently supports Firefox 1.5+, IE 6, Safari, and Opera 9+.

Link: http://www.2lingual.com/

ManyCam - Use your webcam with multiple applications

Use your webcam with multiple applications at the same time and add cool graphics to your webcam video window.

- Use your webcam with multiple programs simultaneously.
- Add text to your webcam video window with any application.
- Add cool animations to your video window.
- Show your local day and date in your video window.
- Add live CGI graphics like fire and water effects. You can even make it appear as if it is snowing inside your house!

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P400 mobile projector from SAMSUNG

Smaller footprint. Better picture quality. Samsung claims to be offering up these qualities and others in its newly released P400 “ultra portable” projector.

The Samsung P400 does weigh in at under two pounds, impressively, making it reportedly one of the lightest projectors to date. It also measures 5.8- x 2.5- x 5.7-inches, making it nicely compact as well. While I'm not one to find style in projectors, the P400 does have some relatively nice looks for a product of its category.

The P400 offers up 150 ANSI lumens, making it what Samsung says is one of the brightest LED projectors at the moment. You get DLP technology with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a screen format of 4x3 and SVGA resolution as well. Perhaps the best feature though is the video and audio inputs which let you connect a laptop, DVD player or perhaps even a gaming console.

Source: TGD

App-Stick: Portable Freeware Directory

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a USB flash drive (a "stick") and use on any Windows computer. When your stick is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind on the PC.

Most of these applications have been developed as Open Source Software, free to use and modify under the GNU license. Most of these projects accept donations to help support the efforts of programmers and overhead of developing and hosting them on the internet.


Free more disk space and boost your system's speed

nCleaner is a system cleaner that allows you to clean both your system and applications, free more disk space, boost your system's speed and get more stability and privacy protection.

nCleaner contains an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning items available, a Registry Cleaner, a Tweak Manager, an advanced Startup Manager, a Junk Finder, a Free Space Shredder, a System Resource Monitor, a System Adviser, supports logging and statistics as well as advanced Scheduling.

nCleaner has the best cleaning ration on the market due to an advance detection algorithm, also providing security and stability. With nCleaner you can free up to 2 GB of unnecessary disk space. nCleaner supports and handles all major Internet browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer (and all derived browsers like Avast), Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Opera. It also supports and handles all major Instant Messaging applications like Yahoo Messenger, Windows MSN Messenger, ICQ, AOL and Skype, office applications, and system items.

Remove unnecessary files like log files and left behind files and registry entries, scan the registry and remove invalid entries to increase performance and stability, and apply performance and privacy related tweaks to your Windows system.

nCleaner also offers memory management, advanced schedule options, real time system resources monitoring, system tweak manger, startup manager, loging options, automatic updater, plugin options, custom clean, advanced statistics and many other features.

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Convert an easy to remember password with Password Chart

Picking and remembering strong passwords is a pain. It's easier to convert an easy to remember one. It works anywhere on any computer. It also works offline if you print out the chart. Its free, easy and secure. Everything is done in your browser no passwords are sent over the Internet.

Here is how the algorithm works:

1. An MD5 hash of the chart selection phrase is performed and the first 4 bytes of the hash is used as a random number seed to a Mersenne Twister pseudo-random number generator.

2. The password chart is then filled using sequences of 1 to 3 random upper and lower case letters and optionally numbers and punctuation by grabbing successive numbers generated from the Twister.

3. The reason for the random sequence length is to make reversing the substitution cipher a bit harder. The alphanumeric characters in the password is then converted using the chart.

Fumpr: Upload and share your pictures

Share you pictures online by just uploading them to this site and send the link to you friends. It accepts all images as long as they abide by legal guidelines. The upload limit is a generous 7.5mb, and the image will be hosted forever.

What does Fumpr stand for? Well, it comes from the acronym F.U.M.P or Fump, derived from FixUpMyPic; their sister site. Don't worry, FixUpMyPic is a separate identity, and anything you upload to Fumpr (this site) is only shown to you and people you give your link to. It values your privacy!

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Sign on to all you IMs at once also with a new email service

About BigString.com : BigString Corporation (OTCBB: BSGC) has created a revolutionary new email service that allows users to control their sent email. The Company’s BigString product is an email service for both individuals and businesses that is recallable and changeable. With a patent pending technology, BigString allows a user to easily send, recall, erase, self-destruct and modify an email after it has been sent. BigString users have unprecedented control over all of their email, whether they choose to send it through the BigString.com website or an email client such as Outlook. BigString gives you the advantages of private email and secure email.

BigString’s emails look and feel like any other emails that you get, except that the sender has complete control over all of their email functions by clicking on the “Edit Sent Mail” button. Our unique “Edit Sent Mail” feature allows you to recall, erase, add or delete attachments and self-destruct your emails after they have been sent. BigString has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that covers the BigString software, methodology and business processes for recallable and erasable email.

BigString is a provider of fully Erasable-Recallable Email. Pioneering the field with our unique patent-pending technology, we empower our users with the ability to take control of their email. The best part is that it is easy to use - in fact there is no difference from regular email.

Three years ago, the BigString founders set out to build the best Spam fighting email system on the planet, and then, quite by accident, they invented the world's first fully erasable email and didn't even realize it.

The importance of BigString is that it makes sending an email like a phone call. You don't have to worry that everything you write will end up in someone's deleted box forever.

Jul 11, 2008

iPhone launch failure

Apple's new iPhone went on sale Friday to eager buyers worldwide, but there were problems getting the phones to work. Kenny Pichardo, 24, was the first to buy an iPhone 3G at an AT&T store in the New York borough of Queens, but he said it took the store half an hour to get the phone working.

The spectacular iPhone launch failure as the fault of Apple, according to AT&T. In a Bloomberg article, the telecommunications giant places the blame solely on Apple’s iTunes activation servers. An AT&T spokesperson says the problem is worldwide and that Apple is working on a solution. AT&T is Apple’s exclusive US partner and both companies claimed it would only take 15 minutes to activate the phone today.

Source: TGD

Jul 8, 2008

Create your own magnigraphs

You can create your own magnigraphs of your signature, a sketch, even a photograph. Your magnigraph can then be scaled to arbitrary size, for printing on T-shirts, mugs, or posters.

There are two ways your can create your own magnigraphs. You can upload an image from your computer, or your can point us at an image on the web. Low resolution, high contrast images work best.

Upload your photos here and get your magnigraphs.

Spyware Terminator - Think smart Suft safe

Spyware Terminator is a FREE, easy-to-use and effective spyware remover that provides real-time protection against spyware, adware, trojan horses, keyloggers, browser hijackers and other malware threats.

Spyware Terminator protects your computer through a system of powerful real-time shields, advanced system scanning and a safe quarantine for found spyware.

Spyware Terminator has been thoroughly tested with other popular security software titles and was found to have no compatibility issues. Spyware Terminator offers both antispyware and antivirus protection.

Download your copy here: SpywareTerminatorSetup.exe

Jul 7, 2008

UK’s most spammed person, Colin Wells - 44001 emails a day

Colin Wells, a workshop foreman, has been named England’s most spammed person by anti-spam provider ClearMyMail. Wells receives 44001 spam emails a day and that works out to about 16 million messages a year, but thankfully, he doesn’t have to worry about clearing the spam messages because ClearMyMail does that task for him – a task that used to take almost two hours a day for Mr. Wells.

ClearMyMail collected spam statistics and released a list of the top 5 most spammed people in England. The company calculated the spam by tracking how many spam emails were blocked by its software program. These unfortunate folks were hit with an average of 33612 emails a day or approximately 12.2 million a year.

About Clear My Mail
ClearMyMail Ltd is a privately owned company registered in England offering email security and anti-spam solutions.

The technology behind the ClearMyMail spam blocker was researched and developed over a 4 year period before being launched in early 2006. Their anti-spam technology is the only system in the world that is able to offer a 100% success guarantee - if you ever receive an unwanted email in your inbox, they provide the service for free for that month.

Try this out : https://www.clearmymail.com/signup_to_stop_spam.aspx

Source: TGD

LCD monitor with built-in 5.1 surround sound from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi has introduced a new line of LCD displays, dubbed the 149 Series, that replace the standard stereo speakers of most TVs with 'a 16-point audio system, much like speaker bars, that can generate a 5.1-channel surround effect without occupying the physical space.'

The first two TVs to use this new system, called the integrated Sound Projector, are the 46-inch LT46149 and 52-inch LT-52149

Jul 3, 2008

MacBook Air keyboard for your iPhone's

iPhones can be upgraded with an “unofficial” third-party application called MacBook Air Keyboard, which will replace the standard virtual keyboard with a virtual MacBook Air version.

Before you install this application, keep in mind that you'll need to jailbreak your iPhone first, meaning you'll have to use a hacking application that unlocks your handset for use with any carrier and opens its operating system to unofficial third-party applications. Those who already have jailbroken iPhones may use the install Installer.app or Planet-iPhone source (part of the Community Sources) to find and install the MacBook Air Keyboard application, but it is strongly advised that you first uninstall any customized keyboards you may be using.

If you don’t want to jailbreak your iPhone, you may want to wait until July 11 – the day when Apple’s iPhone 2.0 software update will arrive and deliver a built-in App Store application for browsing and downloading official third-party applications.

The MacBook Air Keyboard application may or may not become available as an official application in the future. At the time of this writing, the author had made no announcement whether the application will be sold through the AppStore.

Source: TGD