Yahoo Search Powered By Microsoft Bing

Friday, August 20, 2010
Microsoft’s Bing search engine results replacing the Yahoo search result pages and showing the words “powered by Bing” on Yahoo searchs. Do a search on Yahoo (Prepensys Technologies), and you’ll need to see the footer to figure out that the results are actually coming from Microsoft. The transition is ongoing, but for some Yahoo searches the words “powered by Bing” are now showing up at the bottom of the results page.

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz had said when the search partnership was announced more than a year ago that the Bing logo would not appear on Yahoo search results pages and that Yahoo’s ties to Bing would instead be called attention to via some text. Seeing the result in action, however, is still striking, especially when compared to how some other similar deals have played out. AOL, for instance, prominently includes the words “enhanced by Google” below the search box on its home page.

Yahoo, had started testing bringing Bing’s search results to its search pages. It would be “transitioning the back-end technology” for Yahoo Search in the U.S. and Canada to Microsoft this week. For now, only select searches are bringing up the text "powered by Bing".

Next up is the transition of Yahoo search ad accounts to Microsoft’s adCenter. Yahoo says it’s in the process of testing that with a “limited number of accounts.”


Facebook Removing Links, Boxes and Info Sections for Applications from Jan 2010

Thursday, December 24, 2009
Hope this is because of Facebook's recent privacy issues.

IMPORTANT: Facebook have announced that all links, boxes and 'info sections' for applications will be automatically REMOVED from your profile in January. To continue using this application you need to add a bookmark for it now.

Google Enables YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp Previews in Gmail

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Google introduces a new enhancement that allows photos and videos from Flickr, Picasa and Youtube to be seen in the e-mail itself. You don't need to leave gmail anymore to see them.

In order to enjoy this feature, You have to enable it from Setting --> Lab and enable the setup one by one.

I test these nice features youtube preview works great. But, unfortunately Flickr shows "Photostream not available" I have to check the feature more closely and will post you the updated news. Here is my test mail which I used to see youtube video preview. So enjoy sharing favorie Youtube videos, beautiful snaps from Flickr & Picasa to your friends.

Google Enables YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp Previews in Gmail

40+ Useful & Handy Web Designer’s Web Services & Tools

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nothing can be more useful than handy tools you can use “on the fly” in your design process. Whether you’d like diagramming application, create vector images, format or optimize CSS code, generate patterns- you can use dozens of tools to make your life easier. Today we wanted to share with you a comprehensive list of more than 40 online tools that will really make your life easier and on the fly.

1. Are My Sites Up

Are My Sites Up is a very simple service to help you keep an eye on your sites and warn you if they go down. With the free service, you may check up to 20 sites, unlimited notifications are sent via email or SMS text message to your cell phone, site checks are performed 25 times per day.

2. Wordle

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Check out the gallery for some interesting examples.

3. Scrnshots

ScrnShots is an easy way to take, find, and share screenshots of web and screen based design. You can upload unlimited screenshots to your account, tag your screenshots for easy retrieval, search screenshots by keywords for inspiration, use the provided links to embed screenshots in your website and many features you will find to be useful.

4. Drop

Use to create and privately share your files by web, email, phone, fax, and more. Drops are protected from search engines so you can conveniently share what you want with whom you want.

5. EmChart

Using a relative unit such as EM is a great way to maintain the vertical rhythm of a web page when a user resizes text in their browser. Constantly reaching for a calculator to compute the correct EM value to use every time you need to is also a great way to drive yourself mad. EmChart is very useful for calculating bottom margins, line-heights (which are unitless, but the formula still applies), top margins, and top/bottom padding among other things. It’s also really handy for keeping nested relative font-sizes straight. Built on this formula for computing the EM multiplier is: desired pixel size / current pixel size = multiplier.

6. HTML-Ipsum

A handy Lorem Ipsum App. that provide Mac-friendly outputs with: Coda clips, Textmate bundles & Menu bar app.

7. Pixastic

Pixastic is a JavaScript library which allows you to perform a variety of operations, filters and fancy effects on images using just a bit of JavaScript. I find this tool very useful when i try to quickly edit an image when my computer is not around.

8. Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is an online application helps you create color schemes of different types and it may facilitate your looking for the optimal color palette by controlling the saturation and contrast level for the chosen color schemes.

9. Lovely Charts

Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that helps you create professional looking diagrams such as flowcharts, sitemaps, wireframes and more. Try out the demo here.

10. HTM to PDF
An online service that convert webpages or raw html code into PDF documents. I remember my first freelance job was to save the user’s input in an online form into pdf document, did it in ASP and worked great but took a lot of time to figure out how to do it.

11. Preloaders

An online animated gif preloader that makes you choose the background color code desired, Pick the foreground color code you want, Set the sizes of the preloader, if needed, Choose your animation speed, choose the type of preloader.

12. Down For Everyone Or Just Me

A very useful tool to help you quickly check any site if it’s down for you only or for everyone.

13. Klock

Keep track of anything with Klok’s simple work timer and visual display of how your days “fill up”. Check out the full feature list.

14. Enkoder

The Enkoder helps protect email addresses by converting them into encrypted JavaScript code, hiding them from email-harvesting robots while revealing them to real people.

15. Websnapshot

Another great tool for taking snapshots for any web page. Simply enter the Url and Press Snap. Or Drag&Drop it from your browser. Click on the Thumnails to Save. With Auto Save Checked, the thumnails are immediatly saved to your ’save’ folder.

16. TypeChart

Typechart lets you preview and compare web typography while retrieving the CSS. You can easily browse typographic styles, download CSS, compare Windows (ClearType) rendering with Apple font rendering.

17. WTFramework bookmarklet

Ever wondered which JavaScript framework was used on a specific website but was too lazy to check the source code for the answer. WTFramework is a pretty simple and straight–forward bookmarklet that can do this job easily for you.

18. Pencil

The Pencil Project’s unique mission is to build a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

19. Web Development Project Estimator

The Web Development Project Estimator is a simple tool that allows web designers and site developers to quickly and thoroughly estimate the time and materials required for a proposed web project.

20. 280slides

Let’s you create beautiful presentations, access them from anywhere, and share them with the world.

21. BackType

Whenever you write a comment on a blog or other website, BackType attributes it to you. You can also identify and connect with the people who’s thoughts and opinions you value; follow their comments in your Dashboard

22. FeedCompare

An online web tool that you can use for comparing FeedBurner feeds and check out your competitors growth.

23. SmushIt is a service that uses image format specific non-lossy image optimization tools to squeeze the last bytes out of your images - without changing their look or visual quality.

24. Dexrex

Dexrex is the free add-on for archiving IM & SMS text.

25. Jott

Jott makes sure you stay on top of everything. You can capture notes, set reminders and calendar appointments, stay in touch with friends and family, and interact with your favorite web sites and services…all with your voice!

26. Fresh Books

With Freshbooks you can easily track time and send Invoices and Estimates Online. They make it very easy to track everything related to invoicing. Create project invoices in advance and you don’t have to worry about forgetting one.

27. SifrVault

An online Repository of sIFR fonts.

28. SproutBuilder

Sprout is the quick and easy way for anyone to build, publish, and manage widgets, mini-sites, mashups, banners and more.

29. Snipt

Snipt is your collection of frequently used commands or code snippets.

30. ShiftSpace

ShiftSpace (pronounced: §) is an open source browser plugin for collaboratively annotating, editing and shifting the web. Check out all the nice features < a href="">here.

31. Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer is a Firefox add-on that automatically shows you what software is used on the websites you visit. It identifies most CMS, e-commerce and wiki and message board systems, JavaScript frameworks and more.

32. Favicon generator & editor

This tool provides an easy way to convert any GIF, PNG or JPEG to ICO which is supported by all modern web browsers. It also enables you to create favicons from scratch via a handy online editor. Additionally the editor lets you manually tweak generated favicons to ensure the best possible result.

33. BgPatterns

This tool provides an easy way to quickly generate tiled patterns. It will allow you to tweak, edit, and resize a wide range of patterns, change its color and more.

34. Kuler

kuler is an online web-based application by Adobe that helps you create and share color themes by several options such as “Analogous, Monochromatic, Triad, Complementary, Compound, Shades or Custom”. Users can also collaborate, comment and share color themes based on predefined color formulas or you can create custom themes by using Kuler’s interactive color wheel.

35. FontStruct

Is a free font-building tool that lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.

36. Vector Magic

Convert bitmap images to vector images with a few simple clicks. Just upload your image and Vector Magic will vectorize it for you.

37. Tartan Designer

Generate tartan patterns. For scottish lovers and fancy designers!

38. GoldenRatioCalculator

If you want to dramatically improve composition of your website design, you might need to consider applying the divine proportion to your design. This tools calculates the golden ratio for your designs.

39. Picmarkr

PicMarkr lets you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your images online and free. It is useful when you need to protect your copyrights or if you want to add comments to your photos.

40. TweetDeck

Aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces. TweetDeck enables users to split their main feed (All Tweets) into topic or group specific columns allowing a broader overview of tweets.


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