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We may dislike the power wielded by Google, but we need to appreciate their focus on continuously improving their core offering – the Google Search. Yes, they risk losing their billions of dollars of advertising revenue that comes from search ads if they don’t do it, still, I will give this one to them. With the rise of streaming services for Movies and TV shows, while it is convenient to watch what we want, it…

For more than two decades, having computer translation, voice recognition and handwriting recognition in their mother tongue(s) have been a dream for many of the Indian language speakers including Tamilians. Partnering with institutions around the world, INFITT members have been working on this and had presented many technical papers on the subject in its annual conferences like with TI2010, when Unicode got Tamil Nadu Governnment’s approval. [This year’s conference is happening at the Anna University,…

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 &…