Archive for June, 2011

June 27, 2011

Google Translation Story Continues

Last month, developers whose applications and websites depended on the Google Translate API and the underlying Google machine translation were shocked by an unexpected announcement.

Google Says Translate and other APIs WILL be deprecated

Google APIs are deprecated all the time. Usually they are replaced with comparable services or APIs.

But that morning was not like anything else. That morning became cruel and sad when the world heard the news. The linguists and webmasters were taken aback, shocked and stuttered in disbelief. The world learnt on May 26, 2011 that Google is no longer going to support its free machine translator also known as Google Translate

via Lackuna.com: Slaughtering Machine Translators – Who Is Going To Replace Google? 

The Translate API documentation on Google Code makes the situation very clear:

The Google Translate API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. Due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse, the number of requests you may make per day will be limited and the API will be shut off completely on December 1, 2011.

Regional languages of India by geographical location on the map

Regional map of India

Google suggests the Translate Element as an alternative to the API for website translation and similar needs.

Welcome to the Indic web

Deprecation of the Google Translate API does not mean an end to human usage of Google Translate.

This becomes very clear with this June 21 announcement on the official Google blog, Google Translate welcomes you to the Indic web. Google Translate announced support of five languages, in alpha* status: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.  According to the post,

In India and Bangladesh alone, more than 500 million people speak these five languages.

Special fonts need to be downloaded to use Google Translate with these Indic languages. The post has links to get access to these fonts, free of charge.

It is not clear whether these five alpha languages will be included in the deprecated Translate API before it is taken offline permanently on December 1, 2011.

* Google Translate introduced nearly a dozen alpha languages since 2009. At present, Google Translate supports 63 languages.

June 10, 2011

BuzzBoost for Feedburner

Use Google BuzzBoost for additional opportunities for your FeedBurner feed.

Crossposting

Cross-promote content

Cross-promoting

If you publish more than one site, BuzzBoost makes it easy to cross-promote content from one site on another site. You can configure your BuzzBoost script to include short plain-text excerpts.

 

 

Mobile

Publish a mobile edition of your feed:

Mobile feed view

Mobile View

Aggregate

Combine multiple BuzzBoost scripts (and feeds) on a single web page or browser home page:

Aggregated content

Aggregated content view

Enjoy the data richness!

via BuzzBoost Sample Applications

June 5, 2011

Google photos for businesses

sample Google Maps for business page

Sample Google Maps, Places for businesses

Business Photos from Google are now available to businesses with listings in Google Places.

Google Places listings are seen by any Google Maps user. This feature should help small businesses who want to reach more local customers. Google photographers will take interior shots of businesses, which is distinctly different from the exterior imagery ordinarily seen on Google Maps.

…sign up for a photo shoot by Google trusted photographers. The images will appear on your business’ Place page, and as 360-degree imagery using Street View technology.

Availability

The Business Photos feature is being rolled out gradually based on geographic area. The comprehensive FAQ page includes locations and timelines.

If interested in participation, a short application must be completed.

June 4, 2011

Bing and the Global Ortho Project

Bing Maps lags Google Maps in market share. However, Microsoft has worked hard to catch up.

Microsoft Bing Maps and the innovative Global Ortho Project

Bing Maps

Quentin Hardy of Forbes Magazine recently featured some very clever and original work by Bing in his article about the Global Ortho ProjectThe project goal is to create

a uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe

Microsoft’s focus in investing so heavily in mapping services may be for the enterprise market.  Mr. Hardy notes that Google has just announced a cloud based mapping service for business.

By air not by sea

Nor by land.

Google Maps is known for its street view feature and use of land-based vehicles for mapping (among other things). In contrast, Bing Maps is approaching by air. The Global Ortho Project uses high-resolution cameras to fly over and capture images. It is the culmination of a long-term effort to automate and improve aerial imagery mapping techniques.

The Global Ortho Project is based on innovative and original technology. Bing might match or even surpass competitors in creating high quality photographic maps.

June 3, 2011

IPv6 Day is on the way

ipv4 versus ipv6 explained

IPv4 versus IPv6

IPv6 Day is scheduled for 12 June 2011. Most internet service providers (ISP’s), major technology companies and of course, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft will be participating. The complete list of participants is available from the Internet Society (ISOC).

The ISOC sees to the overall well-being of the global internet. This is a very important task. The internet is the framework for most of our digital infrastructure.

What is IPv6?

IP is the abbreviation for “Internet protocol”. No, not “Intellectual property”! At least, not in this context.  Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) is the current standard. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) will be the new internet protocol.

IPv6 Day is only a test day

It is not a permanent transition to the new standard. IPv6 Day is a 24-hour period during which participants will run using IPv6 instead of IPv4. Complete transition to an exclusively IPv6 internet is still in the future. There is a very real urgency though. The most pressing concern is IP address availability. The IPv4 address space was exhausted, completely depleted, several months ago.

This animated IPv6-themed Google logo was featured during  the 2010 IPv6 Implementors Conference. Unlike the usual Google *.jpeg logo, this image is formatted as a *.gif file.

Google IPv6 logo that wiggles for transition from IPv4

Special Google IPv6 logo using GIF format

Google worked with internet organizations on the IPv6 transition for many years:

Since 2008, Google has hosted conferences focused on addressing and sharing IPv6 implementation experience, designs, and associated research.

–  Google IPv6 Implementors Conferences

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