Sunday, July 25, 2010

Epic -- first ever web browser for India, from India!

The Epic Browser is said to be the first-ever web browser for India. It is also the first product from Bangalore-based Hidden Reflex, a software company. Hidden Reflex is a software product startup founded by Alok Bhardwaj in 2007.

Epic incidentally comes with a built-in anti-virus scanner. Some privacy features include one-click private data deletion, one-click private browsing, and flash cookie deletion built-in (Epic claims to be the first browser ever to kill them!).Quite nice and easy to use and surf the web, Epic has loads of sidebar applications -- a huge plus point! You can type in any Indian language. Next, you can skin your Epic. I selected Sunil Gavaskar (see top of image) for multiple reasons. One, I feel that he's the one man who changed the way India plays cricket today, starting from his epic performances in the West Indies in 1971! Two, whatever anyone wishes to say, he is India's greatest test cricket batsman ever!

Next, there's an application that lets you edit and save as text or HTML. There's another application called Snippets, which lets you highlight text, images, etc., and drag and drop into the sidebar to create a snippet. I tried developing one and it works quite well.

Users would be interested to know about a video sidebar. You can perform a YouTube search while working, and find and watch the video you like! The My Computer application opens all folders you'd like to see. So, you can open any folder and directly open any file or files, while surfing on the browser. Another application lets you create a To Do list, to remind you of the chores you need to do! Yet another interesting application has a timer, alerts and stopwatch.

There are direct links to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, as well as to Gmail and Yahoo -- all on the browser's sidebar. Okay, there's a Maps application as well. You can use the built in Google Map to locate places, find directions, etc.

There's a travel application, which allows you to book air tickets via Yatra, Cleartrip, etc. I clicked on the Trains, which showed up Cleartrip. Wish that Epic can add the IRCTC website as well at the earliest.

Now, there's a sidebar application on Jobs as well! I tried it out, and again, it works well! Games is yet another application of interest! I didn't try that out, lest I get sidetracked!

You can add tons of information, news, etc., on to the sidebars as desired. I happened to add CricInfo, since cricket is my (and I believe, all of India's) favorite game!

Interested, folks? You can add over 1,500 Epic applications to the sidebar. All are free! I tried adding the technology news. There are lots of choices.

Since my interests are largely information on subjects such as semiconductors, solar photovoltaics and electronic components, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't find what I was hoping for! I hope my blog also features in that list some day! ;)

Well done guys!

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