Google+ what is it ?

After the great success of Facebook over Orkut Google Inc. seemed helpless in social networking market. They tried a lot to come up with new ideas like Google Wave and Google Buzz but none helped them so now the search engine giant is here with a new project named Google Plus (Google+) surely this project could shake Mark Zuckerberg and his mates. This post will take a deep look into what this new project has for us.

Google+ was developed under the codename Emerald Sea, Google+ is basically an attempt in social networking, they are still calling it a project rather than a product, can’t say what they have to do with this.Google reckons that current online networks (no names mentioned) simply don’t cut the mustard and that’s why it’s launching its own version. According to Google’s official blog:

“Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

“In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.”

The aim is surely to shake Facebook from bottom and to do this they are making all their available products socially compatible. They are working a lot on Picassa, Gmail and Google Maps, information and function from these will be integrated to Google +. This may work good for them because now you will not need to sign-in to different services of Google rather accessing them from a single service and let your friends know what are you upto.

Google+ profile comes up with a feature named as Stream, it would be very much similar to facebook news feeds which will keep you updated about your buddies recent updates and all whats happening around you. Stream will be assisted by the four more core elements of Google+ that are - Circles, Hangouts, Huddle and Sparks (these features may increase in number in future).

Circles

Google wants to make sharing online more like sharing in real life -  different things with different people. For example, you might want to catch up with your pals about your drunken Saturday night out, but you don’t necessarily want your parents in your chat. You can keep your conversations separate by putting your contacts into ‘circles’ such as ‘Work crew’, ‘Uni mates’ and ‘Parents’.
To put your nearest and dearest in neat little online compartments all you have to do is click and drag them into the relevant circle and then they’ll only get the information that is meant for them. If only real life were that simple.

Hangouts

As the name suggests, this feature is all about hanging out with your buddies, virtually, or couse. You can choose specific friends, or circles, to invite for a face-to-face video chat and anyone in the Hangout can invite others to join as well. According to Google’s demo: “Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing”. We’re not sure about that – it’s basically just video calling.

The difference, it seems, is that you can include more than two people in each chat – something that not all video calling services currently offer.

Huddle

You know when you’re trying to arrange a night out by having several different text conversations with
a number of friends? If so, you’ll know how long-winded and confusing it can become. The idea behind Huddle is that you can turn all these exchanges into one big group chat to save you time.

This certainly has the potential to be a very useful addition to the Google+ mobile offering – we just hope that your friends are slightly more decisive about their plans than the tedious bunch of individuals on the demo page.

Sparks

Tell Sparks what sort of stuff you’re into and it’ll send you things that you might be interested in that you can then watch, read or share. For example, you could type ‘Films’ into the seach box and see what comes up. If you like the results, then you can click the ‘Add Interest’ button to add Films to your list of important subjects.

If it works well, then it could be a invaluable service that means you’ve always got something cool to check out – if not, there’s a danger that it could become a very annoying form of spam. You can delete interests from your list if they begin to bore you and we would expect that they’ll be a few other ways of tweaking the settings, too.

Google Plus is still into testing period and is open for few peoples on the basis of invites it will be soon available for all and may be after its full launch we see some more features.. till then enjoy the beta version.

Introduction to Windows Presentation Fondation

Uh …. hello … I’ll start my first technical article with the technology WindowsPresentation Foundation
then it’s my favorite. First, what is Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)?Windows Presentation Foundation is the next generation of Microsoft UIframework
to create applications with rich user exprience.
It is part. NET Framework 3.0 and above.
WPF combines applications with graphical user interfaces (2D, 3D), the documentand multimedia.
Vector rendering engine uses hardware acceleration of modern graphics cards.
This makes the interface faster, scalable and resolution independent following figuregives an overview of the WPF maininnovations

Now let’s go further with the separation of appearance and behavior

WPF separates the development of user interface behavior.
The onset is usually specified in the Extensible Application Markup Language(XAML)
The behavior is implemented and managed in a programming language C # orVisual Basic.
The two parts are connected by data link, events and commands.
The separation of appearance and behavior has the following advantages:

A-Look and loosely coupled
2-designers and developers can work on separate forms.
3-L’Outils graphics can work on simple XML documents instead of analyzing the code.

 

rich composition

Controls in WPF are extremely composable. You can définirpratiquement any type ofcontrol that the content of another. Although stop horrible flexibility to designers, it is avery powerful if you use appropriate. Put a picture in a button to create a buttonimage, or to a list of videos in a combobox to select a video file.

Example:
<Button>
<StackPanel Orientation= »Horizontal »>
<Image Source= »wpfbutton.png » Stretch= »Uniform »/>
<TextBlock Text= »Play Sound » />
</StackPanel>
</Button>
it will display this:
Highly customizable: Because of the strict separation of appearance and behavior you can easily change the appearance of control. The concept of styles you can change the appearance control almost like CSS in HTML. Templates allow you to change the entire look of a contrôle.L following example shows a default button in a WPF custom button.

Resolution of independence, all the measures in WPF are logical units - no pixels. Aunitélogique is a 1 / 96 of an inch. If you increase the resolution of your screen, the user interface remain the same size. DepuisWPF based on a vector rendering engine is incredibly easy to build scalable user interfaces.

So to conclude this article is just a quick overview, I would say that WPF is the future of desktop application development at Microsoft.

By Khalil master from http://msptechno.wordpress.com

Traduct by elmagnif.

 

World IPv6 Day, June 8

World IPv6 Day, June 8

Today 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

As the Internet developed there was debate over the network communications protocol to use, but ultimately the fourth revision of IP (IPv4) was implemented for communication between computers and networks. When the Internet was small the 32-bit addressing of IPv4 that limits it to just over 4 billion addresses was perfectly adequate, but recently the last sets of IPv4 addresses have been issued, meaning the size of the IPv4 Internet has reached its maximum.

To overcome this limitation, the Internet Engineering Task Force has been developing a 128-bit addressing system called IPv6 that allows for trillions upon trillions of additional unique addresses (340 undecillion, to be exact). Unfortunately, the addressing between these protocols is vastly different and not directly compatible, and networking companies have been reluctant to implement IPv6 while there was still room for IPv4. Nevertheless, the symbolic limit of IPv4 has come and the pressure is high for companies to start implementing IPv6 if they have not already done so.

What this means is that if you are using various Internet services tomorrow and are experiencing loss of connectivity or slowdowns, then be aware that this is likely because of problems with the IPv6 protocol. Some of the problems you may encounter during these tests include:

  1. Internet servers not responding
  2. intermittent connectivity after delays
  3. unresponsive browsers if you use a built-in search field
  4. slow loading and pauses in downloads, as well as incomplete downloads; and
  5. slow or incomplete actions for Internet-related activities that aren’t Web browsing, such as syncing and e-mail.

To help prevent these problems from happening, you can make sure your system is configured to use IPv6 if your ISP supports it.

~via Internet Society

 

NO Chrome for Android

The Browser Will Not Be Available For Phones, Tablets As Of Now

Google Inc will keep the focus of its chrome operating system on notebooks, and has no immediate plan to make it available on tablets or to merge with its popular Android software for smartphones, said a senior executive. Chrome users doubled over the past year to about 160 million.

Sunder Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome, told a news conference on Tuesday during the computer PC show in Taipei. “We are entirely focused on the notebook form factor for now. We have no other plans at this time” Pichai said in response to a question on whether Chrome would also be available for tablet PC’s.

NEW CHROME LAPTOP

Web-centric PC laptops, made by Sansung Electronics Co Ltd and Acer Inc using Chrome will go on sale in June, challenging Microsoft and Apple Inc.

The bare-bones operating system is essentially a web browser that steers users to applications such as email and spreadsheets directly on web, instead of using software stored on the PC’s. Some analysts said it would be some time before Chrome could revolutionise the PC world in the same way that Google’s Android operating system did for mobile devices.

The big issue is whether Google has the marketing and focus to position the Chrome PC to compete head on with the established full-OS laptop and tablet players in the summer computing market.

Steve Hodgkinson, IT research director for Asia Pacific.

Growing Market

The fast-growing market for smartphones and tablets using Google’s Android operating system has led some observers to say that Google should merge it with Chrome. But Pichai dismissed such speculation. “We think it’s distinctive of all other operating systems out there, so there are no current plan to converge this with anything else,” he said.
~via HTcity