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April 25, 2009

Google wants more 3D in your browser

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Face recognition comes to Flickr
Posted by Mats Lewan
Without any big fuss, a face-recognition feature has been added to Flickr. The new feature was launched recently by Swedish start-up Polar Rose. It lets users import all their photos from a Flickr account to an account on Polar Rose, where the images are then automatically assembled into groups dedicated to various individuals. As with similar features in Google Picasa and Apple iPhoto, names eventually show up next to faces in the photos once the user has identified the faces. The labels then get sent back to the Flickr account Read more

 Google on Tuesday released software called O3D to bring accelerated 3D graphics to browsers, a significant effort but not the only one to try to endow Web applications with some of the computing muscle that PC programs can use.    O3D is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, but Google hopes that eventually, the technology will be built directly into browsers. It provides an interface that lets developers' Web-based JavaScript programs tap directly into a computer's graphics chip, which could mean better games and other applications.

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April 25, 2009
Google’s bringing 3D to the browser with O3D
Google on Tuesday released software called O3D to bring accelerated 3D graphics to browsers, a significant effort but not the only one to try to endow Web applications with some of the computing muscle that PC programs can use.

O3D is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, but Google hopes that eventually, the technology will be built directly into browsers. It provides an interface that lets developers’ Web-based JavaScript programs tap directly into a computer’s graphics chip, which could mean better games and other applications.
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Stephen Shankland

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CNET.com

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Face recognition comes to Flickr
Posted by Mats Lewan
Without any big fuss, a face-recognition feature has been added to Flickr. The new feature was launched recently by Swedish start-up Polar Rose. It lets users import all their photos from a Flickr account to an account on Polar Rose, where the images are then automatically assembled into groups dedicated to various individuals. As with similar features in Google Picasa and Apple iPhoto, names eventually show up next to faces in the photos once the user has identified the faces. The labels then get sent back to the Flickr account Read more
Google profile users get a say in people search results
Posted by Stephen Shankland
Typing your name into a search engine is a great way to find out what the Internet thinks of you–at least until the first page of results shines a spotlight on that embarrassing episode from your misspent youth. Now Google, though, is offering people who share their profile information with the search giant more control over how they appear in its results. Read more
Apple patent hints at volume controls in Safari
Posted by Josh Lowensohn
This week a patent filed by Apple back in late 2007 was unearthed that shows volume controls that are integrated into various Web browsers. Described as a way to control “audio signals which may or may not be welcomed by the user” it depicts a new panel that sits in the top, right-hand corner of a user’s browser and allows per-site controls over incoming audio signals. Read more
Microsoft adds Web-based IM to Hotmail
Posted by Stephen Shankland
Following the lead of Yahoo and Google, Microsoft has begun adding the ability to hold instant-messaging conversations to its Web site. The feature is available through Hotmail and also through the people page that lists a Windows Live user’s contacts. Read more
How to hide your tracks at work
Posted by Don Reisinger
We all spend some of our time at work doing things that have nothing to do with our job. We surf the Web. We play games. Sure, we all need our downtime, and the enlightened manager knows that. But still, we’d rather just surf in private than deal with the raised eyebrows. That’s why we need ways to ensure that when our boss surprises us or sneaks up behind us, she’ll think that we’re actually working. Here’s a list of apps and services that help. Read more
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YouTube RealTime: Online video gets more social?
Posted by Stephen Shankland
Google plans to begin testing on Wednesday night a new feature called YouTube RealTime that lets you and your friends share in the moment what you’re doing with the site. With RealTime, YouTube is essentially trying to combine those two aspects of the YouTube experience into one, creating more of a virtual equivalent of the couch in front of the TV. Read more
Amazon Video on Demand goes high def
Posted by John Falcone
It’s been a long time coming, but Amazon Video on Demand is finally available in high def. Owners of TiVo HD/Series 3 DVRs, the Roku Digital Video Player, the Sony Bravia Internet Video Link, and Panasonic VieraCast TVs (and, presumably, VieraCast-enabled Blu-ray players) will be the first to enjoy Amazon’s content in HD. Read more
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