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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on September 29, 2010 No Comment

Which words does Google Instant blacklist?

Check out the story here.

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Written By: Youki on August 6, 2010 1 Comment

from CrunchGear:

Google Books is one of the most straightforward projects in the Google meta-project of cataloguing and indexing every piece of data in the world. The human race has, after all, only been literate for around five or six thousand years, which makes the task measurable, if not easy. The project is also interesting […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 1, 2010 No Comment
Google Translate for Animals!

Incredibly exciting news for those of us who’ve been waiting with bated breath to find a device that will translate what our pets are saying. Communicate with animals with this groundbreaking technology courtesy of Google, in only 8 steps. Click on the image to find out more!

And, oh….

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 17, 2010 No Comment

for Google? Here’s what’s up:

Google may be earning an alleged $500 million a year via companies and individuals who register deceptive website addresses.

The claim centres on a controversial scheme known as “typosquatting“, the practice of registering a misspelled variant of a popular web domain. For example, a typosquatter might register “newscientsist.com” in […]

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Written By: daveski on October 26, 2009 No Comment
Google’s hierarchy of languages?

When I was using the Google Calendar service this morning, the server or something in cyber-ether-serverland must have hiccuped, because my screen was suddenly filled with the enormous error message below, in no fewer than 18 languages. It was a bit shocking to see, because Google normally seems to know my (the user’s?) preferences so […]

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Written By: daveski on June 13, 2009 2 Comments

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be one of the participants at “Wordcamp San Francisco”, one of the many gatherings/conventions being held around the U.S. and in a bunch of other countries for users, developers, and fans of the open-source blogging platform WordPress. Of course, a week and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 30, 2009 No Comment
What in the hell is diversity?

Ever laugh out loud at the suggestions Google tosses your way when you enter a search term? If you haven’t, here’s the breakdown on how to proceed, from The Edge of the American West:

Go to Google.
Type in the beginning of a common phrase (e.g., “how do I..”, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 10, 2009 1 Comment
गूगल मेरा भगवन है

गूगल मेरा भगवन है. गूगल की मैं पुजारी हूँ. हर काम के लिए मैं गूगल का इस्तेमाल करती हूँ. (क्या गूगल पुलिंग है?). जब मुझे खबर पढ़ना हो, जब किसी गाने की लिरिक्स चाहिए हो, जब कभी कहीं जाना हो, जब किसी आर्टिकल की ज़रुरत हो, किसी चीज़ की छवि की ज़रुरत हो, […]

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Written By: Youki on April 7, 2009 3 Comments

How does freeterminism get no google hits? A nonce word combining free will + determinism. Someone somewhere must have thought “free will vs. determinism is a false dichotomy, we need a new word to represent a more hybrid system… like freeterminism!”

p.s. I wonder what kind of person gets a kick out of finding words […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 No Comment

Aren’t you glad this never happened?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 20, 2009 1 Comment

A new lab feature hit Gmail: it’s the “Undo Send” function that basically gives you up to 5 seconds to “unsend” an email. I have a feeling I am going to be using this feature. A LOT.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 15, 2009 No Comment

(Relatively) new word alert: I was reading a newspaper article about teens driving while texting, when I found a word that I’d never seen before: “intexticated“. I Googled it (of course!), and found that there were some 5,010 results with the exact occurrence of that word. My next stop was the Urban Dictionary, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 25, 2009 6 Comments

Thus, the anecdote goes, began-and ended-the (über)short story by Ernest Hemingway, the fascinating result of a $10 bet. This was the principal motivation behind Smith Magazine‘s call for memoirs in six words; eventually, the best entries were published in the bestseller, “Not Quite What I Was Planning.” In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 14, 2009 No Comment
Googlism

For all those hardcore Googlers out there, your devotion is finally institutionalized.

Behold:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 13, 2009 No Comment
Branded Shoes

So we were driving through a small alley in a suburb of Delhi, India, today, and as we went past two shoe stores, I was struck by the logos of the companies on the shoe boxes (click on the pictures to enlarge):

Behold the “Googly” (sorry for the blurry image):

 

 

 

 

 

And the “Kellog’s“, and shoes with […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 30, 2008 4 Comments

“Western technology companies have misunderstood the linguistic landscape of India, where English is spoken proficiently by only about a tenth of the population and even many college-educated Indians prefer the contours of their native tongues for everyday speech,” according to Quillpad creator Ram Prakash, the New York Times reports today. In the last […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 25, 2008 No Comment
Too Lazy to Google?…

…Then let THIS do it for you.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 12, 2008 5 Comments

I just found a helpful free site called The Plagiarism Checker which claims to detect whether a piece of text is plagiarized or not. I took several chunks from readings assigned to my class, reworded them a little, and ran them through the analyzer, and it worked fine: it detected “potential plagiarism,” and then […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 17, 2008 No Comment

As a hardcore Googler (is that already a noun?), I am maybe a little too proud of the pun in the title [iGoogle is a customizable home page offered by Google; and I want to say I Google (verb)]. Incredibly, millions of people reading this could ask: why does she feel the need to explain […]

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