Google Chrome browser came out a little over a year ago, and has had pretty good success with its product so far. But, are Google’s expectations of Chrome bigger than what can happen? It is a big company, and a success in itself, but is the world ready to take on Chrome as the search engine?
Google has high hopes for its search engine and has some specific numbers in mind for it. For example, it currently has around 3% of the browser use globally, and it sees larger numbers in its near future. They would like to see that 5% of internet browsers out there were Chrome in one year’s time. Sure, a year is a long ways off in internet time, but it’s just around the corner in real time. A 2% increase may not seem like a whole lot, but that’s an awful lot of people to convince to change their current choice (which is probably IE or Firefox, since those are the big boys of browsers).
Google have been working hard to improve their baby, and have been doing a fine job. There are still a lot of adjustments and additions, but that’s with any project. Over time products get better, and have more options – at least this is how it’s supposed to work. They have an excellent team working on all of their projects there, and all of us little guys always have our eyes open for what’s happening. Time will certainly tell us if they have all their priorities in order.
MySpace very recently acquired iLike, a “music recommendation engine” for a hush-hush amount of money.
MySpace has been dropping in popularity for a while now, with Twitter and Facebook leaping ahead. MySpace’s acquisition of iLike will enable them to utilize its technology, and create new applications for the MySpace user. They want music, videos and games to be accessible – nearly all artist media.
If you’re a big fan of iLike, fear not, as MySpace will not be destroying the team that is already there. The services offered by iLike aren’t going anywhere, it is simply becoming a bigger company, with more possibilities for more great services. It certainly sounds like this is a smart move for MySpace. Only the test of time will tell on this one!
The sad thing about new technology is how quickly it gets old. This is good news for the iPhone, which is getting better, one patent at a time. Currently, Apple engineers are in the development stages for some features that render the iPhone 3GS rather old school. As UnwiredView and Engadget closely watch the rollout of Apple’s patent applications, these interesting features come to the fore.
The “What is it?” App
Using an environment-sensitive basis, new iPhones may have the ability to recognize physical objects, barcodes, and RFID tags. Merely by aiming the phone toward any given object, say in a store or in a museum, users can instantly gain real-time information on the object, whether it’s history, prices, or latest news.
And Your Name Is?
If you’ve used the latest version of iPhoto, you may have played with the face-recognition feature of the software. Imagine having the same feature built in to pictures that you take on your iPhone. It could be possible through Apple’s proposed “personal computing device control using face detection and recognition.” Just don’t point your camera at the guy whose name you just can’t remember. That could be rude.
Tighter Text Messages
Just want teens want: more parental control. Apple also proposes a new “text message filtering” feature that could scan every message that comes in, whether in an e-mail or text message, that would eliminate or alert to text messages containing preset keywords or other objectionable elements. It’s more than just a no-no filter, though. It’s a learning tool, too. The new feature could actually stipulate that a certain phone send messages only in Spanish (at certain times), force correct spelling, punctuation, or vocabulary. And if not…the application would alert the parents to the problem.
Intelligent Phone Conversations
Have you ever called or e-mailed someone without realizing that they left you a message that you haven’t listened to? A new feature could prevent this problem. Before you send a message or make a call, the phone can screen your unread messages or e-mails to make sure you have all the info you need before making the call. In fact, even when writing about certain topics, the phone can inform you (based on the keywords in your message) that you may have an unopened e-mail or voice message about that very topic.
Apple thinks of everything. Chances are, you’ve never been too concerned about changing the sound of the voice in an audio book that you’re listening to, or a podcast you subscribe to. Would it be interesting to hear what Paul McCartney would sound like if he read War and Peace? You might be able to do just that. Audio playback could come equipped with a “different voice” option that gives you a variety of choices for voices—yours, celebrities, and the retinue of stock models.
Apple has released a new beta of its upcoming Snow Leopard version of Mac OS X, Ars Technica reports.
Snow Leopard — version 10.6 — was announced as a quieter update than other recent versions of Apple’s flagship operating system. The company touted under the hood performance tuning this time around, rather than a host of slam-bang new features.
Ars notes that there have been few changes in this most recent update, as the company is drawing closer to the expected release this summer around the time of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Apple is encouraging developers to test 64-bit kernel extensions in the latest build, and there are some crashing problems with QuickTime X and Rosetta. There is no mention of the rumored UI enhancements coming with Snow Leopard. Apple is likely saving those for a dramatic unveiling at WWDC.
Apple is also working on an update to Leopard. Ars reports that the company is still testing Mac OS X 10.5.7, which should be released any day now.
The last of the old iTools is finally going away. Apple announced that the .Mac HomePages, the user-friendly, dead-simple Web galleries and group sites that have been around since the days of Bondi Blue, will have its lights turned off on July 7, 2009. Existing MobileMe users will still keep their pages, but they won’t be editable and users won’t be able to create new pages, TUAW reports.
Apple’s full announcement recommends MobileMe Galleries as a photo gallery replacement, and of course iWeb for home pages. These have been standard features in iLife for a while now. It’s just sad to see the last of original iTools bite the dust.