Aug. 27th, 2008

ubiquity?

Aug. 27th, 2008 08:52 pm
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Mozilla Labs just released a new Firefox plugin today, called Ubiquity which effectively adds easy & instant mash-up capabilities to Firefox. While not really ubiquitous computing, Ubiquity is still pretty sweet...

Highlight a sentence, hit the hotkey and type "translate this to spanish" and the text is instantly replaced in place by it's translation. Highlight an address or place name, hotkey and "map this" and you pull up a Google map of the location. Similar functions exist for IMDB lookups, Flickr searches, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Google Mail ("mail this to kevin"), and so on.... The power is quite compelling!

It's still buggy, but there's a lot of promise. It's also completely open, so you can add new functionality easily. I'm thinking about "tivo this" and "netflix this" commands to easily modify my tivo programming & netflix queue....

Check it out.

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