How – To

Get Word-like auto correct feature in all Windows applications

Many programs that contain text editing components ship with a spell checker included that highlight words or phrases that you may have misspelled. Only a few on other hand come with auto-correct features, and Microsoft Word is probably the most prominent ones in this regard. Auto-correct as the name implies correct words or phrases that you mistype automatically and without your doing.

Word Expander is a free or Open-source program for the windows operating system that brings Word-like auto-correct to all Windows applications. The program runs silently in the background for the most part and will automatically correct that you mistype in Windows applications such as Firefox, Notepad or the email client Thunderbird. Word Expander notices the spelling mistakes and will correct them as soon as you have stopped writing that phrase or word in the program Interface.

Word-Expander

The program ships without dictionary though and the first thing you may want to consider is downloading auto corrections from the free libraries section of the website the program is offered on. It is a simple text file that lists typos and the correction this way to the application or create your own and import them instead. You need to switch to libraries, select Auto Correct Library from the menu and then import library button to import the list in to the program.

Multiple libraries can be added to the program, and a small icon next to each library indicates if it is enabled and thus  active or not. New entries can be added directly in the Word Expander user interface as well. Just right-click while the cursor is hovering over the right pane and select New Typo. Add the typo on the left and the correction on the right, and repeat the process for new corrections that you want to add to the application.

The software can also be used to insert phrases into applications either with the help of a popup menu or by triggering next abbreviations.

The auto correction alone makes it worthwhile in my opinion, especially if you import a large list of auto-corrections into the application. Note that Word Expander requires the Microsoft.Net  Framework.

Turn off Google Chrome’s “Chrome – Notifications” icon in Windows

Google Chrome for some time now has displayed a notification icon in the system tray area that users could not remove at all.

If you are wondering why there are different notification designs and settings available: this depends largely on the Chrome version that you are running.

Below is  a screenshot of the Chrome Notifications icon that you can’t remove by disabling background apps from running on the system when you close the web browser.

Quiet mode-Quiet mode

Google seems to have added a new feature to browser recently that enables you to remove the notification icon from it.

  • Type chrome://falgs in to browser’s address bar and hit the enter key.
  • This opens experimental features of the browser that you can use to enable or disable features that are not ready yet for prime time.
  • Search for Enable Rich Notifications. This is best done with a tap on F3 to bring up the search form, and pasting the preference name in to it.
  • Change the setting from default to disabled to turn it off.
  • Restart the browser.

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You should notice that the notification icon is no longer displayed when you close the browser after the first restart of it. You can use the setting to prevent Chrome from running in the background after you close it. Note that you won’t receive any notifications when you disable the feature.

G-mail new compose look. How to activate and deactivate it?

Gmail new compose look
Gmail which is the best E-mail service for the maximum people along with a kid to the adults. Now has launched a new compose look for its Users. Now when you want to send message to any of your freinds, relatives, or any of your circles.While clicking on compose button, you will not redirected to the that old stuff  page filled wih large Field box.
Now when you click on the COMPOSE button you will get the Chat window as shown in the above picture. It is of that chat window in Orkut. !Remember!
So! Now you can sen message to your liked ones more easily than ever. And moreover you can attach files from Google drive, Format your letter, Insert emotions, Photos, Link more easily than before!
And those who want to go   back to the old compose window-
Then just:-
1) Click on the drop down button in the foot of the new compose window.
2) At the top click on “Switch back to old compose”.
You are done!!!

YouTube in a new look.

You TubeYou tube,a video sharing site since 2005-06 has come across a new look.  Youtube new look has some advantages for the Users. You can now view the recommendations and Channels to which you have subscribed earlier. Uploading videos is more comfortable than before.

Track Santa with Google’s Chrome extension

Santa with Google

Google announced on Wednesday the launch of an application in its Chrome browser to help children and adults track Santa as he travels the globe distributing presents on Christmas Eve.
Santa Tracker enables users of Chrome to both browse the internet and follow Saint Nick and his reindeer entourage on their journey around the world.

Users of the app can also see the countdown to Santa’s departure, play with his blimp and elf bus and write messages to the bearded red suited one on a frosty browser window.

Download the app via the Chrome store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/santa-tracker/iodomglenhcehfbhbakhedmbobhbgjcb.

Those not using Chrome can follow Santa and his sleigh via NORAD’s Santa tracker at noradsanta.org. NORAD recently announced that it would no longer be operating the Santa tracker in conjunction with Google Maps but would, instead, work with Microsoft and Microsoft’s search engine Bing.

Google makes users work hard to find porn

A security personnel answers a call at the reception counter of the Google office in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.Credit: Reuters/Krishnendu Halder

US Google users on the prowl for erotic images needed to be more explicit on Thursday after the search engine was tuned to avoid delivering porn in results for “ambiguous” queries such as “boobs.”
An adjustment to Google search rolled out in the country over several days simplified image search settings from three modes to two, with the default being one that is cautious about revealing adult content.
The change put image search in step with other Google query categories such as video or web and was intended to err on the conservative side if terms could be interpreted in more ways than the simply salacious.

Examples give by Google included “boobs,” a word used to refer to nincompoops as well as to women’s breasts.

“We want to show users exactly what they are looking for — but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them,” Google said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

“If you’re looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting — you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous.”

The new Google image search default setting behaves similarly to the “moderate” setting most people had been using at the service, according to the California-based Internet giant.

Google image search settings outside the United States were not changed.

Instagram tests new limits in user privacy

Instagram, which spurred suspicions this week that it would sell user photos after revising its terms of service, has sparked renewed debate about how much control over personal data users must give up to live and participate in a world steeped in social media.
In forcefully establishing a new set of usage terms, Instagram, the massively popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc, has claimed some rights that have been practically unheard of among its prominent social media peers, legal experts and consumer advocates say.

Users who decline to accept Instagram’s new privacy policy have one month to delete their accounts, or they will be bound by the new terms. Another clause appears to waive the rights of minors on the service. And in the wake of a class-action settlement involving Facebook and privacy issues, Instagram has added terms to shield itself from similar litigation.

All told, the revised terms reflect a new, draconian grip over user rights, experts say.

“This is all uncharted territory,” said Jay Edelson, a partner at the Chicago law firm Edelson McGuire. “If Instagram is to encourage as many lawsuits as possible and as much backlash as possible then they succeeded.”

Instagram’s new policies, which go into effect January 16, lay the groundwork for the company to begin generating advertising revenue by giving marketers the right to display profile pictures and other personal information such as who users follow in advertisements.

The new terms, which allow an advertiser to pay Instagram “to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata)” without compensation, triggered an outburst of complaints on the Web on Tuesday from users upset that Instagram would make money from their uploaded content.

The uproar prompted a lengthy blog post from the company to “clarify” the changes, with CEO Kevin Systrom saying the company had no current plans to incorporate photos taken by users into ads.

Instagram declined comment beyond its blog post, which failed to appease critics including National Geographic, which suspended new posts to Instagram. “We are very concerned with the direction of the proposed new terms of service and if they remain as presented we may close our account,” said National Geographic, an early Instagram adopter.

Pushing boundaries

Consumer advocates said Facebook was using Instagram’s aggressive new terms to push the boundaries of how social media sites can make money while its own hands were tied by recent agreements with regulators and class action plaintiffs.

Under the terms of a 2011 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is required to get user consent before personal information is shared beyond their privacy settings. A preliminary class action lawsuit settlement with Facebook allows users to opt-out of being included in the “sponsored stories” ads that use their personal information.

Under Instagram’s new terms, users who want to opt-out must simply quit using the service.

“Instagram has given people a pretty stark choice: Take it or leave, and if you leave it you’ve got to leave the service,” said Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Internet user right’s group.

What’s more, he said, if a user initially agrees to the new terms but then has a change of mind, their information could still be used for commercial purposes.

In a post on its official blog on Tuesday, Instagram did not address another controversial provision that states that if a child under the age of 18 uses the service, then it is implied that his or her parent has tacitly agreed to Instagram’s terms.

“The notion is that minors can’t be bound to a contract. And that also means they can’t be bound to a provision that says they agree to waive the rights,” said the EFF’s Opsahl.

Blocking class action suits

While Facebook continues to be bogged in its own class action suit, Instagram took preventive steps to avoid a similar legal morass.

Its new terms of service require users with a legal complaint to enter arbitration, rather than take the company to court. It prohibits users from joining a class action lawsuit unless they mail a written “opt-out” statement to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park within 30 days of joining Instagram.

That provision is not included in terms of service for other leading social media companies like Twitter, Google, YouTube or even Facebook itself, and it immunizes Instagram from many forms of legal liability, said Michael Rustad, a professor at Suffolk University Law School.

Rustad, who has studied the terms of services for 157 social media services, said just 10 contained provisions prohibiting class action lawsuits.

The clause effectively cripples users who want to legally challenge the company because lawyers will not likely represent an individual plaintiff, Rustad argued.

“No lawyers will take these cases,” Rustad said. “In consumer arbitration cases, everything is stacked against the consumer. It’s a pretense, it’s a legal fiction, that there are remedies.”

Instagram, which has 100 million users, allows consumers to tweak the photos they take on their smartphones and share the images with friends. Facebook acquired Instagram in September for $715 million.

Instagram’s take-it-or-leave-it policy pushes the envelope for how social networking companies treat user privacy issues, said Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

“I think Facebook is probably using Instagram to see how far it can press this advertising model,” said Rotenberg. “If they can keep a lot of users, then all those users have agreed to have their images as part of advertising.”

Google’s latest ‘cleaning’ could leave Windows Phone users without email

Google’s annual cleaning has claimed a number of features and services including Google Calendar Sync, Punchd and Google Sync for Nokia, which should have little impact on the vast majority of the world’s internet — and therefore Google — users. However, the company’s decision to stop offering Google Sync could be a real problem for Windows Phone owners with a Gmail account.

Google Sync or Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol is what pushes mail to mobile platforms; therefore if a smartphone’s built-in email client is set up for a Gmail account, unless it is an Android handset, it will no longer be able to receive mail. This won’t be a problem for iPhone users because of the recently released dedicated Gmail app for owners of the Apple device. However, as the product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said in a recent interview with V3: “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8…If that changes, we would invest there, of course.”

This means that owners of Microsoft’s latest smartphones and early adopters of the company’s newest PC operating system will not be getting dedicated Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate or even Google Maps apps in the short term, at least. It also means that, as Google is planning to drop its services at the end of January 2013, Microsoft doesn’t have much time to find a solution.

The Next Web, the blog that first drew attention to this situation and explains the loss of each feature in more detail, is suggesting that Google’s decision is purely designed to negatively impact Microsoft’s handset sales as it is not dropping the features for its enterprise or education users, only for consumers.

 Google 10 awesome tricks when you feel bored!

Google, We all know that it’s the best search engine and the largest visited sites as per 2011 weekly weeks magazine. There are many people who feel bored or tired after surfing internet or working on computer continuously. For those Google has some awesome tricks. Not for those, But for everyone who uses internet.

Even I use this tricks when i feel bored or something else.

**Google tricks are not affiliated with Google.com. These are just for fun

How to activate and De-activate it.

1) Google Mirror

The trick is very simple .

You have to do is :-

i) Just go to google.com

ii) Type Google Mirror in search box\

Click on the first result shown by Google search.

You will see the mirror image of Google. As shown below

Google mirror
Google mirror

2) Google Underwater

Click on the Fish Icon shown at the footer.

3) Gravity

4) Google Terminal

5) Pac-Man Game

6) Guitar

7)  Bing Image

8) Location

9) Bing Mirror

Google working on ‘X Phone’, ‘X tablet’ to take on rivals

Google Inc is working with recently acquired Motorola on a handset codenamed “X-phone”, aimed at grabbing market share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google acquired Motorola in May for $12.5 billion to bolster its patent portfolio as its Android mobile operating system competes with rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

The Journal quoted the people saying that Motorola is working on two fronts: devices that will be sold by carrier partner Verizon Wireless, and on the X phone.

Google is working with recently acquired Motorola on a handset codenamed X-phone, aimed at grabbing market share from Apple and Samsung.

Motorola plans to enhance the X Phone with its recent acquisition of Viewdle, an imaging and gesture-recognition software developer. The new handset is due out sometime next year, the business daily said, citing a person familiar with the plans.

Motorola is also expected to work on an “X” tablet after the phone. Google Chief Executive Larry Page is said to have promised a significant marketing budget for the unit, the newspaper said quoting the persons.

Google was not immediately reachable for comments outside regular US business hours.

A Surprising Winner Arose From The Instagram-Twitter Spat

Flickr

BABBAGE’S inbox was swamped one recent morning with hundreds of e-mail notifications. Various friends and acquaintances wanted to add him as a contact on Flickr, a photo-sharing service which once set the world ablaze but which had been all but extinguished for years. The reason for the sudden flurry, Babbage soon discovered, was that Flickr had just updated its iPhone app to let users match their Flickr contacts against Twitter followers, Facebook friends, Google pals and Yahoo! e-mail addressbooks and share photos across the different social networks with a single tap.

The previous version of the app was fusty at launch in 2009. It became positively antediluvian with the advent of Instagram, Hipstamatic and Camera+. These made it easy to touch up or apply a false patina of age to images taken with ever more powerful smartphone cameras and upload them directly to Facebook and Twitter, bypassing dedicated photo-sharing sites. Flickr’s arms-length integration—more links than direct posts—was clunky by comparison and its app lacked any image-processing tools. As a consequence, Facebook (which acquired Instagram earlier this year for $1 billion) now adds more than Flickr’s overall tally of 6 billion images each month, for a total of more than 220 billion.

Flickr’s detachment worked in social media’s earlier, more fragmented days. When it was launched in 2004 it allowed users to post pictures, create photo pools and exchange points of view in ways that its less image-sensitive rivals could not match. And where earlier photo-sharing services charged fees, targeting professional photographers, or limited the size and number of uploads, Flickr set fewer limits and offered decent web-based tools for free. Flickr Pro, a subscription-based premium service, allowed even higher-resolution uploads and unlimited storage. Some photographers with a large following used Flickr as a springboard for a successful career.

Subsequently, however, Flickr fell victim to its own success. By underscoring the importance of photo-sharing it attracted powerful rivals like Facebook. Had it been snapped up by someone other than Yahoo!, a lumbering online giant which paid $35m for it in 2005, Flickr might have thrived. Instead, it began to lose its sparkle. Speculation swirled two years ago that Yahoo! would sell it as part of an effort to revive its own flagging fortunes by focusing on a narrower range of services. Under its new boss, Marissa Mayer, that seems less likely. The revised app hints that Ms Mayer will probably keep it close for now, either to demonstrate her firm’s relevance in the image-mad world of social media, or to make it more attractive to prospective buyers.

Now that Flickr has at last caught up with rivals in tapping mobile social media and in image manipulation—it offers an array of Instagram-like filters—users once fond of its other nifty features might just flock back. For example, like SmugMug and other sites oriented towards professionals but unlike generalist social networks, Flickr makes it easy to manage and exchange metadata (information about how and where a photo was taken, among other things) and accommodates truly enormous images (up to 50MB), which can be uploaded without loss of resolution. This endears it to the swelling ranks of serious amateur photographers.

Propitious timing also meant that the app appeared a day after a spat broke out between Instagram and Twitter. This was followed by a firestorm over Instagram’s proposed new terms of service, which could be read as reserving the right to employ users’ images in advertising without their permission. Instagram reverted to its old terms on December 20th, but the kerfuffle highlighted an important difference between Flickr, whose premium service is a source of revenue, and many of its rivals, which depend on increasingly intrusive online ads. All this, it seems, has rekindled more than just a flicker of interest in what used to be one of the hottest online properties around.

Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install • The Register

Google has taken two steps to prevent its Chrome browser becoming an attack vector for malware that runs as extensions to the browser.

Like many other browsers, Chrome allows users to install “extensions”, apps that add functionality. Google even runs the “Chrome Web Store” to promote extensions.

Security outfit Webroot recently pointed out that some of the extensions in the store are illegitimate, data-sucking privacy invaders that trick users with offers to do things like change the colour of Facebook and then suck out all their data.

Google has responded in two ways, one of which is a new service “To help keep you safe on the web” that will see the company “analyzing every extension that is uploaded to the Web Store and take down those we recognize to be malicious.”

Changes are also coming in the forthcoming version 25 of the browser, which will no longer allow extensions to install without users’ knowledge. That’s currently possible because Chrome, when running on Windows, can is designed to allow unseen installs “to allow users to opt-in to adding a useful extension to Chrome as a part of the installation of another application.”

“Unfortunately,” Google now says in a blog post, “this feature has been widely abused by third parties to silently install extensions into Chrome without proper acknowledgement from users.”

Chrome 25 will therefore remove the auto-install feature, replacing it with a new system that presents the Windows Vista-esque screen below when extensions try to ingratiate themselves with the browser.

A new dialogue box in Chrome 25 will ask users if they want to install extensionsHi! I’m the ghost of Windows Vista! Would you like to install this extension?

As ever, Google’s blog posts and support notice on the changes position them as responsible enhancements that show, yet again, Google is doing the world a favour.

A more critical analysis could consider the announcements in light of malware found in Google Play and take Google’s decision to more aggressively curate the Chrome Web Store as an admission it needs to devote more attention to this stuff, lest Chrome and other Google products become malware-ridden quagmires that users don’t trust. ®

Google Nexus 10 Appears On Walmart And Staples

When a particular piece of hardware is in great demand and there aren’t enough units to go around, one can only think whether there were enough units sent to retailers in the beginning, or are sales figures really that high? Well, the Google Nexus 10 which showed up on the Staples online site just yesterday has again experienced deja vu – being sold out, of course. Needless to say, the Google Nexus 10 has long ago being listed as out of stock over at the Google Play Store, and for Android fans, this is good news as it shows the Samsung manufactured tablet does have some mileage in it to go the distance against the Apple iPad, where it carries a 10” display at 2560 x 1600 resolution, churning out a pixel density of 300ppi. Compared this to the latest Apple iPad that has a pixel density of 264ppi, and you know who is in front in terms of specifications, although the eco-system is another story to write home about.

Well, since Staples is out of the Nexus 10, you might want to try your luck over at Walmart stores, where Walmart’s website has listed the 32GB variant as available for pick-up at the store or via home delivery, but you will not be able to find it under your Christmas tree as the earliest delivery date has been listed as December 27th.

15) Review: Offline Gmail app good for casual use

Offline Gmail App
Google’s new software for using Gmail without an Internet connection comes across as a throwback to an era when we weren’t connected all the time and on all sorts of devices, from phones to iPads.These days, if I need to read or write an email when I’m not at a regular computer, I can usually do so on my phone. Wi-Fi is also plentiful -even on planes and trains- when I need to catch up on messaging using my laptop.But I found myself lacking both options during a recent trip abroad. Fortunately, Google recently came out with Offline Google Mail, software that lets me use Gmail while disconnected. Messages that I write, delete or move to a folder – or label, as Gmail calls it – get synced with my Gmail account the next time I’m online. I can also read messages that had been sent to me before going offline.As a result, I was generally able to get away with buying a half-hour or an hour of Internet access at a time in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, where “complimentary Internet” is a term foreign to hotels.I composed emails on a flight to New Zealand and had them sent during a brief layover at the Auckland airport. I read and wrote more emails on the flight back to the U.S. and synced the account once more at my parents’ home in New Jersey. By the time I was back in my apartment in New York, I was caught up on three weeks of email.The software itself was easy to install and use – once I found it. It requires a Gmail account and won’t work with Yahoo, Hotmail and other Web-based email services.Also, it works only with Google’s Chrome browser, which means I had to install it on my laptop to start things off. I then had to open the browser and open a new tab to find a link to Google’s Chrome Web Store. After that, I had to find the free Offline Google Mail software among the scores of offerings at the store.

The software is still in a “beta” test mode, a label that Google Inc. sometimes slaps on products for months or years. That’s a way of saying that you may encounter glitches along the way.

I indeed ran into a few problems.

The key problem is that messages stored offline sometimes disappears. That included an email I had composed to send later. As a result, I wasn’t able to depend on the software to retrieve notes that I had stored as email messages, nor was I able to respond to a number of emails that went missing.

I learned from Google later that the software typically keeps only messages from the past three days and sometimes up to a week. It also keeps older messages that Google’s technology thinks is important. Drafts and messages marked with a star are always stored, but you have to remember to do that in the short time you might have online.

The software also failed at times to store attachments, which is a problem when someone sends me a document I need to review. I might have run into a storage cap of 25 megabytes for all attachments combined, which isn’t much when Gmail allows attachments that large on a single email. The software was also inconsistent in loading images, which means I could miss good deals from retailers that spell out offers in graphics.

Two other faults: There are limits in my ability to organize messages using labels. I could attach existing ones, but I couldn’t create new ones. That could keep my main inbox cluttered. And the interface feels like Gmail of the early days, not the dynamic website of today that grew out of years of user feedback, redesigns and upgrades.

That said, Offline Google Mail largely does what it is supposed to do. It gives you access to your messages – your digital life – when an Internet connection isn’t readily available. It also gives you the ability to write emails anytime you want, as long as there’s no urgency in sending them.

It’s similar to the way I read and wrote email more than a decade ago, using Netscape software and getting online through a dial-up modem every now and then to send messages and get new ones.

When you do have that Internet connection, the Google software syncs your mail automatically, as long as you have the Chrome browser open. There’s no need to open Offline Google Mail or even visit Gmail.com.

Standalone email software such as Thunderbird also lets you read and write messages while offline, but you need to open the software to sync. You also need to know how to set it up for Gmail, while there’s no need to configure anything for Offline Google Mail.

I wouldn’t rely on Google’s software, though, if you absolutely must have access to your messages all the time. The product is too new and has glitches and storage limitations that are bound to strike when you can least afford them.

Still, it’s a good alternative to standalone software when you need only casual access to your messages offline. It’s simple to use and it does the job – most of the time.

16) Google, Amazon rivalry set to escalate in 2013

Amazon white screen

When Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos got word of a project at Google Inc to scan and digitize product catalogs a decade ago, the seeds of a burgeoning rivalry were planted.

The news was a “wake-up” call to Bezos, an early investor in Google. He saw it as a warning that the Web search engine could encroach upon his online retail empire, according to a former Amazon executive.

“He realized that scanning catalogs was interesting for Google, but the real win for Google would be to get all the books scanned and digitized” and then sell electronic editions, the former executive said.

Thus began a rivalry that will escalate in 2013 as the two companies’ areas of rivalry grow, spanning online advertising and retail to mobile gadgets and cloud computing.

It could upend the last remaining areas of cooperation between the two companies. For instance, Amazon’s decision to use a stripped down version of Google’s Android system in its new Kindle Fire tablet, coupled with Google’s ambitious plans for its Motorola mobile devices unit, will only add to tensions.

The confrontation marks the latest front in a tech industry war in which many combatants are crowding onto each others’ turf. Lurking in the shadows for both Google and Amazon is Facebook with its own search and advertising ambitions.

“Amazon wants to be the one place where you buy everything. Google wants to be the one place where you find everything, of which buying things is a subset,” said Chi-Hua Chien, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “So when you marry those facts I think you’re going to see a natural collision.”

Both companies have a lot at stake. Google’s market capitalization of $235 billion is about double Amazon’s, largely because Google makes massive net earnings, expected by analysts to be $13.2 billion this year, based on a huge 32 percent net profit margin, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. By contrast, Amazon is seen reporting a small loss this year.

Amazon shareholders have been patient as the company has invested for growth but it will have to start producing strong earnings at some stage – more likely if it grows in higher margin areas such as advertising. Google’s share price, on the other hand, is vulnerable to signs of slowing margin growth.

Ad clash
Not long after Bezos learned of Google’s catalog plans, Amazon began scanning books and providing searchable digital excerpts. Its Kindle e-reader, launched a few years later, owes much of its inspiration to the catalog news, the executive said.

Now, Amazon is pushing its online ad efforts, threatening to siphon revenue and users from Google’s main search website.

Amazon’s fledgling ad business is still a fraction of Google’s, with Robert W. Baird & Co. estimating Amazon is on track to generate about $500 million in annual advertising revenue – tiny, given it recorded $48 billion of overall revenue in 2011. By contrast, 96 percent of Google’s $38 billion in 2011 sales came from advertising.

But Amazon’s newly developed “DSP” technology, which taps into the company’s vast store of consumer purchase history to help marketers target ads at specific groups of people on Amazon.com and on other websites, could change all that.

“From a client’s perspective, the data that Amazon owns is actually better than what Google has,” said Mark Grether, the chief operating officer of Xaxis, an audience buying company that works with major advertisers. “They know what you just bought, and they also know what you are right now trying to buy.”

Amazon is discussing a partnership with Xaxis in which the company would help Amazon sell ads for the service, Grether noted.

Amazon did not respond to an email seeking a comment.

Starting point
Amazon can bring in higher-margin revenue by selling advertising than it can from its retail operations. By showing ads for products that it may not actually sell on its own website, Amazon establishes itself as a starting point for consumers looking to buy something on the Web.

Research firm Forrester reported that 30 percent of U.S. online shoppers in the third quarter began researching their purchase on Amazon.com, compared with 13 percent who started on a search engine such as Google – a reversal from two years earlier when search engines were more popular starting points.

Amazon now sells ads that show up to the side of product search results on its website. There were 6.7 billion display ad impressions on Amazon.com in the third quarter, more than triple the number in the same period of 2011, according to comScore.

That early success is a “huge concern” for Google, whose business relies heavily on product searches and product search ads, said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter.

Partly in response, Google recently revamped its product search service, Google Shopping, by charging retailers and other online sellers a fee to be listed in results.

Founded four years apart in the late 1990s, Bezos has long worried about Amazon’s reliance on Google for traffic, according to people close to the company, while also being dubious about Google’s high market valuation.

“He’d say: ‘This is the first time in the history of the world where the map maker is worth more than the territory that it’s mapping,'” recalled the former Amazon executive of Bezos’ comments about Google’s popular online mapping service.

Tensions build
Google’s Android system is thriving but still has not cracked the nut of how to make money from mobile search ads and sales of digital goods like games, apps, music and video.

“If they can figure out mobile ads, that would truly be Google’s second act,” said Forrester analyst Sucharita Mulpuru.

But Amazon launched a broadside against Google in 2011 with the creation of its own version of Android for its Kindle Fire tablets that replaces key Google money-making services, such as a digital music and application storefront, with its own.

Not unlike Apple, “Amazon wants to control the experience on their devices,” said Oren Etzioni, a University of Washington computer science professor. “That doesn’t make Google happy.”

The two are also clashing in cloud computing software.

Amazon started its cloud business more than six years ago, providing data storage, computing power and other technology services from remote locations. Google only launched its cloud computing business this year, but the market is growing so quickly there is still room to grab share, Etzioni said.

“I would not write Google off,” he added. “Amazon has the early lead but it’s very early.”

Transact or die?
Still, mobile gadgets and cloud computing are currently tiny businesses compared with the multibillion-dollar opportunity presented by advertising and online commerce.

Google recently acquired BufferBox, a company with a network of lockers that shoppers can use to receive packages. It is also testing same-day delivery in San Francisco, hinting at growing interest in a larger role in online retail.

It is not talking about its full plans for retail, but some analysts think features such as same-day delivery or “pick-up” lockers, are valuable features it can use to enhance its existing online ad business. An ad for shoes, for example, might also make the shoes available for pick-up in a locker nearby, said Needham & Co analyst Kerry Rice.

If Google can own the search and the delivery, it will be able to provide the same experience as Amazon, with no inventory – “a higher margin, more efficient model,” Chien said.

Earlier this year, Google launched a new certification service highlighting merchants that ship quickly and reliably and backing it with up to $1,000 in “purchase protection.”

Google could create a database of products and send shoppers to a page that has a way to buy quickly through the company’s payments service Google Wallet, Forrester’s Mulpuru said.

Google could then send that transaction to the retailer who would ship the product to the consumer. That ability is critical, according to Schachter, who said if consumers lack the ability to purchase items through Google it will lag Amazon and eBay Inc.

17) Sales tools for modern email warriors

There used to be a time where most sales people were “road warriors”. Rarely in the office, they were out the looking for the next big deal. Things have changed, and today many of us spend an increasing amount of time at their desk and with ever-growing number of unread emails. (Or is it just me?). I’ve put together a short list of tools that help to get organized and win more time for talking to customers.

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The basics – schedule time for reaching your activity goals

If you have set activity goals (which you should), make sure you’ve allocated time for getting them done. The main reason for underperformance is bad execution, not lack of sales skills. Setting a schedule helps to organize your week and ensures that you don’t miss meetings or calls with clients. There are lots of calendars out there, I’ve ended up using Google Calendar because it syncs with other software well.

Get smart about using email

If you let your inbox dictate what you’ll get done each day or week, there’s a very slim chance you’ll get anywhere. Luckily there are a couple of tried and tested email/Gmail tools that can help you stay in control over your inbox.

My personal favourite is SaneBox. It helps you focus only on important emails. And it really delivers on that promise! It’s like hiring a little invisible robot that cleans your inbox after it has analyzed your contacts and e-mail behaviour. SaneBox has assessed a couple of emails incorrectly for me, but the good news is it learns as you go, and get better.

Boomerang for Gmail gives you the option to clear certain messages out of your inbox until you need them as well as set reminders to follow up with a client if you haven’t heard back in time. I know many of our customers use it.

Yesware is another Google add-on that may be useful in sales. It shows how clients are responding to your emails and which messages are opened and shared. It also gives you the opportunity to create customized email templates, for example a template for a “cold” email to a new prospect. Last but not least, Yesware allows syncing all your emails to the CRM software of your choice. See Timo’s post about it.

See where your time “leaks”

It never ceases to amaze me how fast a day can go, without getting much done. If you’re not sure where your time disappears, check out Rescue Time. It keeps tracks of all your activities and shows where you could be wasting time. Furthermore, with the Focus feature, you can choose how much time to spend on a certain task. If you fall off course it can even block access to websites like Facebook or your email account.

Last but not least, use sales software that makes your life easier, not harder

Sales software should do more than be a register to your customer data. A good sales CRM shows how well or poorly you are doing, helps you benchmark against your goals and focus on the deals that need attention the most. And it shouldn’t slow you down with endless amounts of menus, options and confirmation boxes. We’ve poured our hearts into making sure Pipedrive helps to do all of the above, but of course we’re not the only game in town.

Any of these tools can help you increase productivity but bear in mind that different tools work for different people. It’s best to try several and stick to those that work for you, otherwise you could become weighed down with software you aren’t using effectively. When used properly, however, the benefits you see will be priceless.

18) How to apply a theme to your Gmail account.

Today  i will show you how to apply a theme to your G-mail account.

The trick is very easy .

First of all Login to your Gmail account.

1) You will see the default view of your Gmail account.

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Gmail default

view

2) Go to settings button on the Top-right.

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Gmail settings pop-up

You will see several options in which “Themes” is one of them. Click on that. You will be redirected to page like this.

Themes windows
Themes windows

3) Choose the theme which you want to keep.

You will get the themes of different category.

i) Color themes

ii) HD themes

iii) Custom themes

iv) Classic themes

I will choose HD Themes > Beach

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Apply

You can choose as per your choice.

keep visiting for more tricks and tips

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