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Chrome is world’s top browser – for a day

23 Mar
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Google Chrome became the world’s top browser last Sunday, thanks to users in India, Russia and Brazil who turned to Chrome over other browsers to get online, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. That honour was short-lived, however, when netizens returned to Internet Explorer (IE) dominated workplaces the next day.

“While it is only one day, this is a milestone,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter in a statement Wednesday, adding that Chrome still faces a battle to unseat rivals such as IE and Firefox in countries like China, United States and Germany. StatCounter based its numbers on some 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from its network of over three million sites.

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Google wants to help you find what you love

29 Jun
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Google has secretly unveiled a new service called “What do you love?” (or, wdyl.com) to help you find out, well, what you love. Think of it as something like a search engine, but instead of searching the Web for “something”, you actually search across various Google services for “something”.

For example, searching for “shoes” gives you the option to translate shoes into 57 languages via Google Translate, find books about shoes via Google Books, watch videos of shoes via YouTube, read the latest news about shoes via Google News, and more.

Tagged in: cloud, google, Internet, Software, Chrome, Google, wdyl.com, What Do You Love,  

Opera introduces browsers for tablets and TVs

23 Mar
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The dust has barely settled from Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Firefox 4, and we’re getting news of a new effort by Opera aimed at breaking into the smartphone tablet market.

Tagged in: Internet, Software, Tablet, browser, Chrome, Firefox 4, IE9, Motorola Xoom, Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 11,  

Android 3.0 tablets emerge at CES 2011

6 Jan

After weeks of “leaked” videos and pictures from gadget sites, a number of new Android tablets are making themselves seen at the ongoing CES electronics show at Las Vegas this week and bringing more choices to the tablet market this year.

Among the announcements at the annual tech fest, the most significant piece of news has been Google’s unveiling of Android 3.0, its much-awaited “built entirely for tablet” operating system more popularly known by the codename Honeycomb.

Tagged in: android, Featured, google, Tablet, Android 3.0, Asus Eee Pad Slider, Chrome, Gingerbread, Google Maps, Motorola Xoom,  

The future of Mozilla and Firefox

29 Sep

Last week was an interesting week in the browser wars.

Besides Microsoft’s promotion of its IE9 beta, Mozilla also made a splash at SingTel’s cloud-themed regional Accelerate event, where Mozilla’s chairman Mitchell Baker helmed a keynote.

Techgoondu had the chance to to do a 1-on-1 interview with Mitchell last Wednesday, and we discussed IE 9 beta and the future of Mozilla.

Talking to Mitchell was a treat: The rare candid top-level tech executive who minced no words and could articulate a clear vision.

Mozilla’s chairman Mitchell Baker (source: Mozilla Digital Memory Bank)

Tagged in: Featured, Internet, Software, Web 2.0, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Mozilla,  

IE9 beta geek verdict: Not bad, surprisingly

25 Sep

Two browsers opened one after another, both running the same web application. One browser was IE9 beta, and it sped breezily along as it ran the speed read test at Microsoft’s IE Testdrive site.

The other browser was Firefox’s 4 Beta 6, and in comparison it crawled.

The whole point of this experiment was to showcase to the assembled crowd of journalists and bloggers — of which I was one such attendee — that Microsoft’s IE9 beta was superior. Microsoft wanted to tout its new IE9 beta — unveiled globally on 15th September last week — at a sit-down session with the media early this week.

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