What are some awesome Google products/services very few people know about?
I love Google. From their Chrome browser, Google Maps, Chromebooks, Android to the Google Doodles in their search engines (sorry Bing you are just a waste of our 10 seconds). Anything that the company churns out, has my fanboy approval stamp to it.In order for Google to come this far from just a small search engine, Google had to invest a lot of money into their little projects. When Google bought YouTube out in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars, I was thinking how crazy this tech company was. Now YouTube is the world's biggest video platform, which means a lot of advertising revenue from users. YouTube's worth alone is easily more than 8 billion dollars (a great return on investment from their 2006 purchase). YouTube is just one of the many enterprises Google splashed a lot of money in to. Android, Nest, Chromebooks, Google Ventures, Calico will reap in more money for the company in the future. This will make the company more valuable (right now only Apple is valued more from the tech companies). I hope Google keeps on spending in order to come up with cooler and crazier products, which saddens a lot of shareholders since most of them want a piece of Google's large cash reserve, and don't want Google to spend crazy money on projects that might fail. However what impresses me the most about Google is their treatment of their employees (Google provides free food, transportation and yoga classes to their employees) and their encouragement of their employees to innovate new products. If an average employee of an average company comes up with a new product and makes money out of it, that company will sue the living crap of that employee in order to get the person's share of profit. This discourages innovation and is bad for the advancement of society as a whole (think patent trolls, pharmaceutical companies reaping billions from helpless patients). Google on the other hand will help its employees to start up their own companies and infact invest in them. If the company succeeds and goes public, Google will make a lot of money too and the end result will be good for the employee, Google and society as a whole. Unlike big companies like Amazon, Walmart and McDonalds, Google cares about the happiness and the morale of their employees. This has a great return in the future which cannot be valued in terms of money. Personally I prefer Google's products over Apple's (a great company regardless of the comparison). Google's open management of its products (compared to Apple's closed management) has their advantages. Google's phones are cheaper, and Chromebooks are available at the cost of Apple's cheapest Macbooks. This is great because people with low budget (and low income countries) can enjoy the innovations of a Silicon Valley company for a modest cost. A 120$ chromebook can be an affordable learning machine for schools all over the world. A 50$ android phone will be useful for workers in cities in a developing country to send money to their families living in villages. Google's concern about costs is unlike any other big companies, which are usually thinking about big margins and quick profits. And let's not forget the cool factor that a company as big as Google possesses (it's market capitalization is more than Exxon Mobil, the oil giant). Many users of Android phones smile when they get to see the latest Android OS update. Users of Chromecasts shows off their 35$ device to their oblivious friends. Users of Gmail will ditch their company email accounts because of Gmail's user friendliness. When was the last time you were proud to tell your friends you just shopped at Walmart? I am sure Google's new corporate structure Alphabet will be a big success in churning out more innovations that will disrupt modern technologies and cause social advancement throughout the world.
How does Google Chrome convert HTML to a PDF when we select the print option?
Chrome uses a graphic engine called Skia which is able to output to various devices & surfaces. It could be the screen via Quartz (Mac) or DirectX/GDI (Windows), or it could be PDF (for printing). The DOM engine (which is completely separate) knows how to call Skia to render, and then Skia outputs as requested.This leads to why the output PDFs from Chrome today are simple print-based output - because they are using a simple drawing model. However, there is work underway between Adobe and Google to connect the DOM to the PDF output system so that the output PDFs can be tagged and accessible.
What would avid internet users like to see in a browser?
Take the greatest features from the browsers we use now(Chrome, FireFox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Tor, Maxthon, Opera, Safari) and combine them.- Current HTML5 support and the ability for that browser to easily be updated.- From Chrome(Extensions/Add-Ons That Function Well)- Maxthon (Not Much to Take From Here, except the cool ability to skin and modify tab looks)- IE (Integration with Active Directory/Proxy/Group Policy/etc/Authentication(Multi-factor/2-Factor/Anvil)- Edge(Ability to annotate/draw on the page, Ability to filter out garbage and just read the article)- Tor (Encrypted / Anonymous / Do Not Track )Has to be fast, should be optimized for quick open and close of the browser itself. DOES not install with a bunch of other adware requests.There should be an option to contribute ideas and funds to whatever genius develops such a great browser.Ability to work with ANY PDF viewer, avoid integrating your own in there. FoxIT, Adobe, etc.Of course, such a brwosre would also require the web developers of the world to step up their game and stop using old programming from Java, Flash, etc.
What are the best softwares for Linux for day to day usage?
Based on things you do on a day-to-day basisPhotos and imagesfeh: A lightweight (0.5MB installed size) cli program to view photos and set wallpapereog: A gtk based image viewer for the GNOME and similar desktops to view images, supports all the formats. This is my favorite image viewer.GIMP: Photoshop kinda software for the UNIX environmentInkscape: Vector graphics tool, something like Corel Draw on Windows. Use it to create block diagrams, logos, icons, svg, etc.ffmpeg: A must have multimedia program. Convert or create or open/play media i.e. image, video, audio, etc. in almost any format available.dia: An application similar to MS Paint on WindowsVideosmpv: A command line video player that supports many (almost all) video/audio formats, has gazillion features. This is what I use for viewing videos, both local as well as youtube videos.mplayer: similar to mpv, less features, old code base but tends to be more optimized. Though not drastically.VLC: Well, do I need to say anything? A media player that can play everything. Although I prefer mpv over vlc because mpv is lightweight, faster, much simpler and has more features.ffmpeg: Same as above. Convert any video/audio format to any other.youtube-dl: A script, python script that lets you download videos from youtube and other video hosting websites like vimeo. You can even play youtube videos from your command line using mpv and youtube-dl combo.Web BrowsingGoogle Chrome: Same as Windows counterpart, though quite a bit faster on Linux.Firefox: Probably the first choice of Linux users when it comes to a web browserChromium: Open source project from which google chrome is created. It does not include the proprietary codecs, PPAPI flash plugin, pdf viewer, etc. like google chrome has.Midori: Lightweight web browserEmailThunderbird: First choice of most linux users and even many Windows users. A very good email clientEvolution: Grand daddy of email clients. Supports almost everything when it comes to emails and even more like calender, tasks, contacts, memos, etc. It is high on resources though. I use it because I need all those features.Geary: My favorite alternative to Evolution, though lacks some features like GPG support, full screen mail viewer, contacts integration for hotmail/gmail/etc.Mutt: Emails client for CLI wizards. Not for noobs.Claws: A lightweight email client. Only supports plain text emails thoughKmail: Well, it is Kontact actually. A part of the KDE PIM suite to manage your contacts, calender, mails, tasks, etc. It is default on KDE and recommended only for qt based desktops since it has a big part of KDE desktop as dependency.Office softwareI will only recommend one here, the LibreOffice Suite. It is fairly full-featured.MessagingPidgin: Well, this is a classic messaging client to use on Linux, it supports almost all messaging servicec like facebook, gmail, telegram, skype, lync, hotmail, yahoo, whatsapp web, etc. One software that can handle all your messaging needs.Text editorsWell, I would recommend ViM or Emacs here for everyone. For those who are faint-hearted to learn them, here are some options:Gedit: GNOME’s text editor. Supports syntax highlighting for many programming languages.Atom: A next gen programming text editor by GitHub targeted at programmers.Sublime: Another programming text editorMousepad: A gtk based lightweight text editor that supports syntax highlighting.Notepadqq: Notepad++ for linux. Really? With Atom/Sublime and the divine editors ViM/Emacs, who would use Notepad++ on Linux?Am I missing something?
What are the best PDF annotation tools in Ubuntu Linux?
I had been looking for a pdf annotation tool in Linux for a long time, here are my needs:highlight textinsert text commentdraw rectangle around textdraw oval around textcompatible with Adobe Acrobat, I mean, its annotations can be deleted or modified by Adobe Acrobat and vice versa.with search capacityfast response for large pdf document with up to a thousand pagesbetter has Windows version though not very importantI had tried Evince, Xournal, Okular, Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, until I found Qoppa Software and PDF Studio (Qoppa Software) which completely meets my needs. Both old version of Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader run in wine, and I think you will not be satified with them. Here I compare the other four pdf software.Evince: a perfect pdf viewer but without annotation capacityXournal: treat each page as an image, so you are drawing on an image, and it doesn’t support search and is not compitable with Adobe AcrobatOkular: perhaps the best free pdf annotation tool in Linux, it supports 9 ways to annotate, limited but enough, one major flaw is that once you made an annotation, you cannot adjust its position or size any more.PDF Studio: a tool comparable with Adobe Acrobat, written in Java, cross platform, so you can use it under Linux, Windows and Mac.You can see the comparison between PDF Studio and Adobe Acrobat at Compare PDF Studio with Acrobat and other PDF annotating software. PDF Studio is commercial software and have a free trial PDF Studio Free Download.
Which processor is good for watching movies, internet, online videos, reading pdf or doc files simultaneously?
Although I'm an AMD fan I have to say: "stay away from the laptop options unless you're getting the A8-7410". It's the only AMD CPU worth considering.Now, If a budgeted option for multitasking is what you seek Intel's Atom product line should be your only consideration. WHY Intel Atom? - I'll explain.I bought the iBall WQ149 (Intel® Atom™ Z3735F - 2M Cache, up to 1.83 GHz Quad-Core/2GB RAM/32GB inbuilt storage+OTG (works efficiently with an externally powered 2TB HDD)+64GB SDCard) I've used it simultaneously for:Watching videos in HD/720p.Create in Photoshop/Corel Draw.Chrome with 3 windows 8-10 tabs each (watching online tutorials and browsing).MS Word 3-5 files.In short:For all your multitasking requirements you don't need more than a mid-range 3rd gen Quad-Core Intel Atom.
What things does Microsoft Edge have that Mozilla Firefox or Google Crome don't?
There are indeed a lot of things Edge does have, that are lacking on both Firefox and Chrome, that even make it quite pleasant to use for everyday browsing.Some of those features are:A significant performance improvement on low end devices, such as netbooks and tablets, that both Chrome and Firefox lack, although Firefox is better suited for ageing devices given its massive support on antique processors and instruction sets,Immediate availability once you install Windows, giving you a well designed and efficient web browser and PDF viewer from the very moment you finish your installation.A native dark theme that, while being low on resource consumption (much like the browser itself) runs surprisingly well, compared to any other themes from Firefox or even Chrome.The drawing feature that Edge offers, allowing users to make small notes and doodles directly on a web page, is quite useful for touchscreen laptops and tablets’ users.Hope i helped, and an upvote is always appreciated! :)
What are some things to do with a computer with no Internet access when I am bored?
Prajwal Gangadhar, thanks for A2A! Here goes my answer: Well there are ample ways of passing time with a computer and no internet connection! I have used a computer without internet in the early days, but in those days there were no mobiles, and even the computer was just a device available for use for 1-2 hours in a day. In today's world internet and computers have embedded into our daily lives, and we cannot imagine life without them. So when you are bored, and have a computer but not internet you can: play some games watch some movies read some interesting ebooks write a blog Answer Quora questions (I go to my mother in laws place at night daily, to be with her. I do not have internet facility. And I have undergone this situation often. In the evening, I copy paste questions from Quora on a word doc and write the answers late at night. Then put them on Quora the next day.)Hope this helps!