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Drag and Drop Uploading for YouTube Videos

Drag and Drop Uploading for YouTube Videos

Why download YouTube videos when it’s so easy to upload videos? Now you can drag and drop multiple videos on YouTube’s upload page instead of using the operating system’s file open dialog. The new feature requires a recent version of Google Chrome and Firefox because it uses HTML5 APIs.

Two other Google services that support drag and drop uploading are Gmail and Google Docs, but other services will probably follow suit.


It’s no secret that Google App Engine has suffered from reliability issues. Google is attempting to address some of its issues by making a new datastore option available: the High Replication Datastore.

“The High Replication Datastore provides the highest level of availability for your reads and writes, at the cost of increased latency for writes and changes in consistency guarantees in the API,” writes Kevin Gibbs in the announcement. “API. The High Replication Datastore increases the number of data centers that maintain replicas of your data by using the Paxos algorithm to synchronize that data across datacenters in real time.” A detailed comparison of the two datastore options is available in App Engine documentation.

The price for the new datastore is starting out at three times the cost of the Master/Slave option, but the pricing will likely change in the future.

For the time being, the traditional Master/Slave datastore will remain the default configuration option. The datastore cannot be changed after an application is created, so existing applications can’t be switched to the High Replication Datastore. However, Google is providing some migration tools.

There’s a new option in the admin console that allow users to put their applications in read-only mode so that data can be reliable copied between applications. Google is also providing a migration tool with the Python SDK that allows code to be copied from one application to another. The documentation for the migration tools can be found here.


A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we’ve even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space. But we haven’t stopped buzzing with excitement: today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).

Please stay tuned for more Honeycomb news from the Android team. For now, you can get a taste of Honeycomb by checking out this video.

Zenpad 7 : Android tablet for Rs. 13,999

H T Impex, which usually sells computer peripherals under the brand name “Zen the Master” has entered the tablet segment with Zenpad 7. The tablet costs Rs. 13999, runs Android 2.1 and comes with 8 GB memory card. Zenpad 7 joins ten odd Android tablets which are already launched in India.


Zenpad 7 has a 1 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and runs Android 2.1 (Eclair). There is USB port onboard. HDMI port is available and the package comes with the HDMI cable which is useful to connect to TV.

Zenpad 7 has a 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 pixel resolution. There is a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera, speakers, video recording and Wi-Fi.



1 GHz processor on Zenpad is one of the fastest available on the current crop of tablets. HDMI out is another added attraction which is generally not found in tablets in this price range.


Zenpad 7 isn’t 3G enabled and it doesn’t have Bluetooth (at least from the specs available). It has a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera which is not of much value. Cheaper cell phones have digital cameras. Though higher megapixel camera doesn’t necessarily mean better pictures, a VGA camera is not in vogue.

Resistive touch screen is difficult to operate. I did not have much luck with resistive touch screen. It depends on how responsive the touch screen on Zenpad is. May be it should be sold with a stylus.


At the price point of Rs.13999, it is competing with Infibeam Phi. Every other tablet launched in India are either priced below 10K or above 20K and 30K. It is not fair to compare Zenpad 7 against an Olivepad or Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Comparing Zenpad 7 with Infibeam Phi, Zenpad has better specs. Infibeam has 600 MHz processor and no camera or video out. Zenpad has a faster processor, 0.3 megapixel camera ( though this is not of much value) and HDMI out.

For the similar money though, if someone can bring it to you from the US, Nook Color ($250) looks like a better buy. Though unjust comparison, Nook Color has a capacitive touch screen and is a perfect eReading device – if that’s your intention.

If you can’t get a Nook Color, Zenpad 7 is a decent buy.


Google is considering developing its own mobile payment system based on near field communication (NFC)

NFC is a short range wireless technology that allows you transmit data.

In this case, you’d be able to wave an Android phone at a cash register and pay for a sweater, or whatever you’re buying.

The mobile payment field is getting crowded with major credit card companies working on a system, eBay working on something, and Apple hiring NFC experts for its phones.

Google Gives $5M Worth of Java GUI Tools to Eclipse

Google has donated two open-source Java tools to the Eclipse Foundation to join the popular IDE suite in 2011.

The tech giant’s WindowBuilder and CodePro AnalytiX were part of Google’s acquisition of Instantiations in August this year. By September, Google had relaunched some of Instantiations’ tools as open-source software.

One of those tools was WindowBuilder, a WYSIWYG code generator. This drag-and-drop, bidirectional GUI designer for Java played nicely with a variety of frameworks, including Swing, XML Windowing Toolkit (XWT), the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and more. With support for Windows , Linux  and Mac, the Eclipse extension was intended to make Java app creation a lot simpler and faster.

And CodePro is another interesting Eclipse plugin for “comprehensive automated software code quality and security analysis.” The toolkit included features from EclipsePro Audit and EclipsePro Test and generally attempted to improve code quality, maintenance and readability.

Instatiations’ execs estimate the software, which is slated to roll out with the rest of the Eclipse June 2011 release train, is worth around $5 million.

Google’s emphasis on Java tools is hardly surprising; the blockbuster success of the Android platform (and sometimes harsh criticism of the Android Market of apps) has practically mandated a focus on Java, which is a big part of the Android stack. Giving devs better Java tools free of charge is an investment in the future of Google’s own platforms.

That’s not to say either of these Eclipse extensions is, in itself, going to be directly used for Android applications; we’re not sure either tool is intended for mobile development. But better tools make better Java devs, who in turn are better equipped to make more and better Android apps.

Google Body Browser

Google Labs has launched a body browsing Web page, allowing anyone to look up an organ and find it in the human body. Sadly, it’s a bit limited.

Today, the search company launched the Google Body Browser, a page that lets you view and search for, in three dimensions, any organ or organ system in the human body. Unfortunately, getting it to work is a bit difficult. Because it uses WebGL, a 3D graphics API that runs within a browser, you must install a beta version of the Google Chrome browser to try it out. After you install the beta, restart your browser and it should work.

“Body Browser is a detailed 3D model of the human body,” said Google in the introduction. “You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom

in, and navigate to parts that interest you. Click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more.”

While it is easy to kill a few minutes searching for metatarsals and seeing what breast tissue looks like, the Body Browser is a bit limited. As best we can tell, there is no way to switch from the default female body and aside from looking at organs, there is no way to find additional written, audio, or video information about the human body. It’s about on par with Google’s Sky Map Android app. Both, however, might make you sound a bit brighter on your next date.

There is no word on if an Android version of the Body Browser is on the way. Until then, those preparing for the Boards will have to find a browser.  Honestly though, this may not help you either way.

Google  said it is offering to link queries users speak into their Android smartphones to their Google Accounts to improve speech recognition for that user over time.

It’s called personalized recognition and it represents a graduation of Voice Search, which has become a popular search app on smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system, as well as Apple’s iPhone.

Google launched Voice Search over two years ago with broad speech models that didn’t account for users age, stage, accents and other characteristics.

“But we always knew we could build a more accurate model by listening to your voice, and learning how you — as a unique individual — speak. So today we’re launching personalized recognition,” wrote Google Product Manager Amir Mané and Glen Shires, member of technical staff at Google.

English speakers using Android 2.2 smartphones or later who opt into personalized recognition will have recordings of words they speak into their phones for Voice Search associated with their Google Account.

Google will use these words to build a speech model for the user to boost recognition accuracy. Ideally, Google Voice Search associated with users’ Google accounts will improve the speech recognition capabilities when they conduct voice searches on their handsets.

Users may also choose to disassociate their voice recordings from their Google Account through the speech section in the Google Dashboard.

Support for other countries and languages in the near future. Personalized recognition is not an over-the-air upgrade for Android 2.2 handsets.

Users must download the latest version of the Voice Search app from Android Market to begin personalizing speech recognition.

Google has shown an interest in boosting its speech and voice recognition capabilities of late. The company more than a week ago acquired speech synthesis specialist Phonetic Arts, whose software samples human speech and tailors it for computers.

A person familiar with Google’s plans said the Phonetic Arts capabilities did not come into play for personalized recognition.


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