Friday, January 29, 2010

Google Transliteration IME to support 14 Indic languages

The search engine giant Google on Thursday released a desktop Transliteration IME, an Input Method Editor which aids users to type in 14 Indic languages using Roman keyboard accessible in online or offline mode. The service was previously available by the name Google Indic Transliteration as an online service.

Users can type words phonetically using Latin characters and the Google Transliteration IME would convert the word to its native script.

The Google Transliteration IME was developed at Indian R&D center in Bangalore which is available in 14 languages like Arabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

For the time being, the IME engine is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and can be downloaded for free. The tool also has features like personalized choices, word completion, quick search, easy-to-use keyboard and various other neccessary required options.

The IME enables businesses, students and teachers to author content and share views in their local languages and also helps users to use the feature with Gmail, Orkut, Blogger and Knol.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GDrive launching, finally!

Well, the long awaited GDrive is finally launching. It’s not a separate service like once thought though — it’s simply launching as part of Google Docs.

Over the next few weeks, the file type restriction is being lifted on Google Docs, so you can now upload files of any type. There is currently no way to map your Google Docs as a network drive on your PC, but I’m guessing that isn’t going to be far behind. If Google doesn’t do it, someone will.

Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year. This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email.

For files that aren’t officially supported by Google Docs, there is a 1GB storage limit that you can add to if you wish. File size is currently limited to 250 MB as well.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Google and HTC reportedly working on Chrome OS Tablet PC

Google and HTC reportedly working on Chrome OS Tablet PC

Apple is already said to have developed a Tablet PC that could be launched later this month.

The latest market sources claim that HTC and Google are working together on a Tablet PC model that would run on Chrome OS.

Google Chrome OS is currently under heavy development and netbooks powered by it would be launched later this year.

Google has not revealed any product plans yet but the search engine giant did say that products powered by Chrome OS would start appearing before the end of 2010.

Google and HTC have already worked together on an Android smartphone that is expected to be launched on January 5. This model is named Google Nexus One.