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Optical character recognition (OCR) is the technique of typed or printed or handwritten text to computer encoded text (plain text). Machine Translation is the translation (conversion) of text from one language to another. Today an article about had been published in a Tamil magazine. A friend asked me to translate the same from Tamil in English. Instead of typing it all myself, I wanted to use machine translation – for that first, I needed to…

Unbelievable! An ordinary photo I took of a neighbourhood park in Chennai was viewed over 60,000 times in Google Maps. Overall, all the photos I posted there was viewed half-a-million times. We keep hearing the power and reach of Google services, but to see it in these “everyday” way was unbelievable! These kind of positive examples are the reasons I still love “technology”. This photo has helped people over 60,000 times says Google Maps Google…

In the olden days, life was simpler – browsing online meant using the inbuilt Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on Mac OS X. Then came Google Chrome, moving the entire web browser space to high gear it changed everything. Microsoft IE and Firefox became casualties of Chrome’s success. Till a few weeks ago, I was “happy” with Microsoft Edge as my default browser, and in the few cases where a site (mostly Government &…

Even though I thought that the “Don’t be evil” mantra of Google was nothing more than a brilliant marketing slogan, I always admire(d) the company for its engineering and security prowess. They are way ahead of Apple and even Facebook when it comes to their software expertise. In that context, it is sad that this company too is reacting to a security vulnerability than being proactive. While I feel for the loss of Google+, the…

I care about the camera followed by battery life in a phone. Rest other features are all commodity and you can install most of what you want as apps – be it on Android or iOS. I am underwhelmed with Google Pixel 2 XL that was announced yesterday, especially with the camera after seeing the photos from reviews. I know it got the highest score of 98 for a smartphone in DXOMark review – to like…