WebP: a new image format for the web

Every Internet user has had experience of getting frustrated with the page load time, which is heavily dominated by the images present in the webpage.
The image format widely used today,JPEG, provides high quality images, but the technology behind its conception is 10 years old. Its time for a change. Its time to adapt to the increasing needs. Keeping these in mind, Google has come up with a new image format for the web: WebP
Here is how Google defines WebP(pronounced weepy):
WebP is a method of lossy compression that can be used on photographic images. WebP offers compression that has shown 39.8% more byte-size efficiency than JPEG for the same quality in a large scale study of 900,000 images on the Web. The degree of compression is adjustable so a user can choose the trade-off between file size and image quality.
A WebP file consists of VP8 image data, and a container based on RIFF. Webmasters, web developers and browser developers can use the WebP format to create smaller, better looking images that can help make the web faster.

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Related Links:

1. Sample files in JPEG and WebP: a comparison

2. Download and Install WebP (as of today, its available only for 64bit Linux)

3. Google’s New WebP Image Standard Is All About SEO

4. The Official announcement

Google Video Chat now in Linux!

Many a time i get defeated on “word-wars” defending Linux, when my friends ask me if Google video chat is available in Linux.
Google video chat is one “must have” feature that Linux users have wished for a long time. The wait is over!. Google has announced video support for Linux. for now, Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros could enjoy the support instantly. Fedora and other RPM-based ditros need to wait for some time(but not too long ;)).

<Here>  is a quick guide on how to get started on video chatting in Linux.

Enjoy 🙂

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References:

1.  Digitizor

Google SSL and Google TV

Some news from the Google camp….

#1 . Google has announced SSL offering to its search application

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https instead of http, in the URL means  that the browser encrypts and decrypts user page requests as well as the pages that are returned by the Web server. Google has been using this secure transactions in its Gmail, Google docs and other services and now it has extended it to its plain search…for googling. You can find a secure form of Google search here: https://www.google.com/

This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network.” states the Search Giant.

The company says the “beta” tag is given because the service only covers the core Google web search product, while “Maps,” “News,” and “Images” are not yet covered. The company also notes that searches may be slightly slower than regular Google searches, due to the encryption process.


#2. Google TV: where tv meets web. web meets tv

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This venture will make it easier for people to access the best video on-demand content from the web, as well as photo-sharing sites, such as Picasa, and social-networking sites such as Twitter.

Google TV will be based on Open Source Android OS with Google Chrome browser. Google will soon release a TV SDK for developing Android applications designed for tv sets.

Microsoft to extend MS Office suite online

Microsoft has been losing heavily to the victories of Google online and the Desktop ruler has not been able to break Google’s web monopoly till date. Now MS seems to be serious about its business online and has mimicked Google’s idea of Online Office suite. MS Office 2010 is now accessible and usable online just like how you might have been using  Google docs. This  will let customers access, share and collaborate on documents online.

The collective name for these apps(Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) is “Office Web Applications“.These are expected to be lightweight versions that share the same name as their desktop counterparts.But there seems to be a catch.  Users will not to able to edit the documents they are viewing through a browser unless  they have Office installed on their computer.

For users who do have Office on their machine,when they click to edit a document, it will be downloaded into the version of Office they have  on the desktop—Office 2003 and Office 2007 are supported.  When changes are made and the document is saved, the changes are automatically saved to the online version of the document.” : an MS spokeswoman told eweek magazine.

The “Office Web applications” will be available to consumers through Office Live, a service which has both ad-funded and subscription options Google claims that  Microsoft’s new suite of office productivity applications, lacks the cloud collaboration chops that Google has honed over the last four years with its cloud-based Google Docs offerings.

Whoever competes..whatever is the competition..the ultimate beneficiary is the user 🙂

I need to make a special mention about yet another company that has long been offering similar office productivity
applications online. It’s ZOHO. Enough said! try it yourself and comment here on how you feel using it.

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