Month: August 2013

Get status of your flight, reservation and more with Google’s new update

Lately Google released a bunch of updates for its most popular and highly used search engine. This new update will enable you to see status of your flight, package delivery and hotel reservation right from the search engine. Sound confusing yet exciting? In an easy language, Google will act like your personal assistance of sorts, almost like Google Now. Filtering through your Google+ account, Gmail and Google Calendar, the search engine will bring relevant results from various services by Google.     For instance, by merely typing “When will my package arrive” Google will fetch out the details and provide you the accurate status of your package as well as where it’s at in the process of shipping. What’s more? You can also get relevant up-to-date details about your upcoming flight. By typing “Is my flight on time” or “What is my gate number“, the search engine will quickly provide you the information. The best part is to find the information you require, you don’t have to type in robotic phases or some specific sentences. You can simply say what you are looking for as naturally as you want. Google search now supports natural language input. Not just this, Google will further enable you to find out your entire schedule for your next day by using unique search key like “what do I have going on tomorrow“. This functionality...

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Facebook to launch mobile payment program to make online purchases

Facebook is all about sharing, communicating, networking and marketing. Whether you want to get noticed, get a job or get connected, there is so much that you can do using Facebook. And now purchasing is also possible. Facebook is expected to release a new mobile payment feature to enable users to make purchases simply by logging into a retailer’s app with their Facebook credentials. However, this feature would be only available to those users who have already provided their credit card information to the social networking site for buying game-related products or gifts. Currently in the testing phase, initially, this mobile payment system will partner with only one retailer- JackThreads. All set to give a tough competition to an established name like PayPal, the prime intend behind this initiative is to get a larger foothold in e-commerce and also know what majority of the users want to purchase from advertisers. This facility by Facebook will enable users to complete a transaction mere by clicking an extra button. On the other hand, it will further help businesses who already have a page on this highly popular social networking site turn their likers to potential customers. However, the only major hurdle Facebook has to overcome before rolling-out is mobile payment system is security. Most Facebook users are already aware of how any social networking site collects and uses personal information and...

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Google makes data on Cloud Storage safe from prying eyes

There are many reasons that make Google’s Cloud Storage the most efficient and reliable infrastructure to store, access and manage data to date. It offers quick and easy access to your data from anywhere at any time. Also, there is no limit to store and manage your date. And now Google has introduced an automatic encryption for its Cloud Storage service. According to this update, all your data written to disk will be automatically encrypted for free. The prime objective behind this significant move is to protect user’s data from prying eyes. Wondering how your data will be protected under this new system? Check out what Dave Barth, a Google product manager in a blog post said “This functionality frees you from the hassle and risk of managing your own encryption and decryption keys. We manage the cryptographic keys on your behalf using the same hardened key management systems that Google uses for our own encrypted data, including strict key access controls and auditing.” The data as well as metadata around an object is encrypted using a unique key on basis of 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. Also, each encryption key is encrypted with a constantly swiveling set of master keys. What else? If you want to manage your own keys, it is possible. You can easily encrypt data on your own before writing it to Cloud Storage. The...

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How to Make the Most Use of Gmail Tabbed Browsing and Make It Easy?

Google has rolled out its latest Gmail inbox overhaul on May 29 which features five different tabs wherein you can categorize emails. Hence with the launch of this new Gmail tabbed browsing, you will find your emails categorized into separate tabs that are Primary, Social and Promotions. You can add two additional tabs when you require; these are Updates and Forums. You can add, configure and customize all these tabs from ‘Configure inbox’ settings on Gmail. So, if you find this new drastic redesign of Gmail a bit confusing, you will soon clear all your doubts and start managing tab email browsing with these following tips. How these Gmail tabs group mails? Primary: Mails which include person-to-person chat conversations and messages with your Gmail contacts will appear under this tab Social: All mail received from social networking sites you are using, activity notifications from online dating services, media-sharing sites, and other social websites will be clubbed under this Social tab. Promotions: Mails containing deals, discounts, offers, and other promotions can be found under this tab. Updates: If you are receiving utility bills, credit card bills, updates from sites you have signed up with such as job portals, bill receipt mails, statements and many more. Forums: If you add ‘Forums’ tab, then you can receive notifications on comments, replies on discussions you started and participated in online forums, discussion boards,...

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