Posted tagged ‘google’

Google Chrome is my homeboy

September 2, 2009

chrome crownGoogle Chrome celebrates its one year birthday today, and there seems to be news to herald this happy occasion. Yesterday Computer World shared that in the web browser wars, Google is closing in on Apple’s Safari. While Safari increased its browser market share just a tad, Chrome is climbing rapidly, jumping 0.3 percent to claim 2.9% of the browser market.

At this pace, Chrome is a contender to replace Safari as the #3 browser that people are using within a year’s time. After that, there’s only #1 Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (66.6%), and #2 Mozilla Firefox (23.3%) to defeat – which is by no means a small task since the gap between market browser preferences is still so wide.

Ah Chrome, how I adore thee.

I switched to Chrome as my primary browser a couple months ago from Firefox, my former number 1. I’m impatient and a speed demon online so the most important thing when choosing a web browser for me is the loading time and the browsing speed. That’s why when Firefox started hanging for me, I dropped it like it was hot.

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Hidden YouTube Features Revealed!

August 18, 2009

… by CH Labs that is.

I couldn’t help but test out the feature where you type the URL extension to skip in the videos. I still felt a twinge of disappointment when it didn’t work. Sigh.

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Best of the Best iPhone Apps (Not.)

August 12, 2009

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Ever since the rejection of the Google Voice app for the iPhone, it seems like Apple has risen to a new level of fascist control over what content does or does not gain entry into their smart phone application club.

The Apple app approval process has been strict from the get-go – but now it seems downright impossible for some developers to get a “yes”, even if their apps are worthwhile. This certainly is the case with Google Voice. And it’s no secret now that standing in the way is Apple’s BFF status with AT&T, particularly since one of the reasons Apple cited for rejecting the Google app was based on “duplicate features.” When an app offers users unlimited SMS texting and the associated phone service provider doesn’t, well, we see how that would be a problem. Additionally, Other iPhone apps that have been previously approved are now being rejected if they use Google Voice in any way. (Wow, really?)

Creative developers and users alike are upset that business politics are interfering with mobile tech innovation.  Who can blame them? With so many restrictions, it seems difficult for a truly unique and awesome app to reach the iPhone public if their ideas aren’t 100 percent in line.

Because of Apple’s rising app standards, we looked up what ingenious, cutting-edge, never-seen-before, KICK BUTT apps made it through the cut. Here’s a sample of what came up. We’d like to add our top 3 masterpiece apps we came across. Because really, they’ve just got to be the best of the best. (Or not.)

In addition to “Hold On!” and “iBeer,” there’s:

1. iJiggles-3D-Wobble (99 cents)

Move a target onto your image and watch that area jiggle. Very useful for jello. But apparently that’s not what most people are using it for.

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Google’s New Voice Toy

August 7, 2009

Search engine, e-mail, chat, videos – it’s still not enough for Google. In the company’s latest undertaking to dip its toes into everything, Google has got the community buzzing with reviews of its new online service, Google Voice.

What is it? Basically, Google Voice is free online phone management for users.

There’s been some confusion with the service. A lot of people think the phone number Google Voice provides is supposed to be a replacement for your existing contact number. If this were the case then there would be pandemonium right now to acquire the service and Google would be a magic maker. But it’s not. Instead, Google Voice is an application that provides us with a better way to manage our phone conversations, primarily by offering transcripts to everything said over the phone – which is actually pretty cool.

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Aftermath of the Microsoft-Yahoo partnering…

August 3, 2009

See below.

To Bing or Not to Bing

July 31, 2009

It’s been a little over 2 months now since Microsoft unveiled Bing, its shiny new toy in the form of a search engine – feedback has been trickling in and it appears to be… good?!

Huh.

This comes as an intriguing surprise. As I’m sure we’re all aware, Microsoft has faced embarrassing parodies and has been the butt of many (good) jokes due to some of their, shall we say, “less-than-stellar” products, as well as their “What in the hell were you thinking?!” marketing schemes. (Please see the horrific video below selling Internet Explorer 8 as an example. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart, or anyone who’s eaten in the past 20 minutes.)

Despite my ongoing therapy for the nightmare that was Vista, it seems that Microsoft is making a stand with Bing. And it seems it’s something that the company can be proud of. TIME reported that (more…)