Gmail has been in beta for over five years, but today, along with Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk, it leaves all that behind. The ‘Beta’ tag will be removed from each of the product logos. The change seems to only affect the logos, not the applications themselves, in a bid to satisfy businesses working from the app suite. Well, that took long enough.
[via Google Blog]
While Android handsets haven’t officially released in the region, that hasn’t stopped some dedicated developers from bringing out the iQuran Pro. Available from the Android Market, it lets you read the Holy Quran in Arabic alongside its English translation, gives you verse by verse audio playback, and has repeat functions with unlimited bookmarks. We haven’t had a chance to test it just yet, but it’s receiving fantastic reviews from its users. More info can be found here.
Twitter has finally earned its advertising stripes. Take a look at your Twitter page, and you’ll notice a brand new little bar sitting just under your follower stats. That is an advertisement. Twitter has previously said it hates the usual banner advertising methods, and would only run ads that were innovative. Now these ads are quite small, and each one we’ve seen ties in with Twitter in some way. What do you think – has Twitter sold out? Or was this advertising armageddon inevitable?
Grinding on Orcish shores? Tweet about it. Stalking low-level noobs? Tweet about it. Dancing outside Stormwind with no clothes on, a bevy of beautiful night elf priestesses fondling your lvl 80 gear? You should certainly be tweeting about that – and now you can. World of Warcraft has finally received its very own in-game Twitter client, TweetCraft. It lets you send and receive tweets, send screenshots and auto-tweet when you login, enter an instance or get an achievement. More info, here.
Amazon has made a killing with its Kindle e-reader and also killed our chances of ever getting one, only releasing it stateside. But now hope of an e-reader revolution comes in another form, the Sony Digital Reader and Borders bookshop partnership. Sony Reader owners just need to get on the Borders website, download the eBook library application and have access to thousands of eBooks from anywhere in the world. That’s the distribution out the way, now there’s no excuse to not release Readers in the region (in theory). There is still no official word from Sony on this, but we’ll keep you updated.
Sakhr Software, a company specialising in Arabic natural language processing, has acquired Dial Directions, a service that provides verbally asked directions via SMS. Why should we care? Because if all goes well, a real-time voice translator may soon be available for your mobile. Working through the cloud, the app will send words or sentences through Sakhr’s translation software, analysing it before sending it back to your mobile. And thanks to 3G speeds, it’ll all happen in a matter of seconds. Useful, no?