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Google Labs Bye Bye

Google Labs is going down. Will Gmail be shut down?

Its a heartbreak to tell all of you that Google Labs will be no longer be with us. Bill Coughran, SVP of Google Research Team said in a blog post on Wednesday. We had seen many great products being born at Google Labs such as Google Reader, Google Goggles, Google Wave, Google Calendar and not to mention the Godfather, GMAIL. Recently we had also seen the introduction of Google Swiffy, an app which converts Flash content to HTML5.

Google Labs game over

Don’t worry Google Mail and Google Maps wont be affected. Senior VP said,

To clarify: we don’t have any plans to change in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. We’ll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products.

As happy we were to hear that, joy didn’t last long as the news broke many other products were to be discontinued indefinitely. Many Google experiments were aborted by the team. When asked the reason why Google LABS was suddenly being shut down, Larry Page the CEO of Google said,

Larry page announces the end of Google Labs

“the company is in the midst of trimming its broad palette of products and services, eliminating those that haven’t proven popular and successful, like Google Health and Google PowerMeter.”

According to an article at PCWorld, there are estimated to be about 56 experimental products in Google Labs, many of them will take a shot!

Bill Coughran further added, “we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.” As for other GOOGLE products and apps we can heave a sigh of relief as they will continue to be fully supported such as apps for the Android Market. Perhaps the people at Google are trying to make Google+ a hit, especially after the loss of Buzz, a social network gone in vain and they have succeeded in it as it has already touched the 10 million mark!

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Make a comment and tell us how you feel about Google Labs being shut down. Is it a good decision by Google or a bad one?

Flash Vs HTML5

Google Swiffy Introduced: Flash “out” HTML5 “in”

With the introduction of Google+, Google also introduced its new Flash to HTML5 converter on Tuesday. This creation is the work of a very young, energetic and passionate Googler known as Pieter Senster.

Google Swiffy Labs

According to this software, it can convert Flash animation files known as .SWF into fully functional HTML5 files. As we know Flash is very important to us. All the videos we watch on YouTube and other internet players are Flash related content, so with the introduction of this technology people can now watch videos without installing the Flash plugin, like iPhones and iPads which do not support Flash.

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Speaking in Technobabble, simply feed the Swiffy converter with a .swf file and the result is a JSON file rendered with the help of SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. Modern browsers like Google Chrome and Apple Safari reads the converted files as Javascript and renders the content smoothly to you. Take a look at some of the demo content here at Swiffy Galleria.

Maybe you would have also heard a similar Flash to HTML5 converting tool developed by Adobe and only known as Wallaby. But Google claims that Swiffy has lot more advantages than Wallaby. Some of the primary being Swiffy can convert .swf files whereas Wallaby only focuses on .fla file conversion. Also Wallaby’s converted file can easily be edited whereas Swiffy’s files are very hard to breakthrough. For a more deeper review refer to FAQ over here.

Don’t forget to visit Swiffy Labs. Time for your comment! You can also submit your creations over here.

Google Talk Lab Edition Sucks !!!

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Google recently unveiled it new Google Talk lab edition. its a flash based application which was written from scratch hoping it would change the way one communicates with google talk.

The most noticible feature of the lab edition is the GUI interface . its sleek, but  so is most of the flash based application. Its still under development they say but the complete product doesn’t  look very promising either.
The lab edition doesn have most of the feature the original one flaunts.For  Eg

  • Avatar pictures can not be uploaded
  • Voice calls and file transfers can not be performed
  • Duplicate chats show up while chatting from within Gmail while Google Talk, Labs Edition is running Google Talk, Labs Edition does not support some authenticated proxies YouTube or Google Videos do not provide the ability to seek outside the currently buffered content
  • Copy/paste not fully functioning in chat windows. This is a limitation of having a Flash-based user interface

The question is very simple why do something new when there absolutely no  postive change .

There are not many new feature which help.
The only improvement one can find is

  • Tabbed chat window
  • Calender notification
  • group chat

An thats it!!!!!! Nothing new.
visit http://www.google.com/talk/labsedition/index.html to download google lab Edition
if you finding anything else interesting leave a comment

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