Chrome Takes Over Internet Explorer.


The Google Chrome logo is displayed at a store in London last year

This might be the start of a new chapter in the browser wars. Indeed!!

Over the weekend, Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which long has held its spot as the most-used Web browser in the world, according to data from StatCounter , an Internet monitor.

Google’s Chrome web browser just passed Microsoft’sInternet Explorer to become the most-used browser in the world, says the latest data from a digital analytics service.

Although Chrome has edged out IE before for short periods, the last week marks the first time Chrome was the No. 1 browser for a sustained period of one week. Exactly 31.88% of the world’s web traffic was done on Chrome, according toStatCounter, while IE is a close second at 31.47%.

Although the difference is slight, Chrome has been trending up for some time, while IE has been trending down. IE is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, but Chrome is extremely popular in both India and South America — the latter being a region where Google’s Orkut social network also has significant market share.

Many also say..

Google Chrome, which is regarded as the hipper, faster and more developer-friendly browser, is gaining ground on the competition.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long-term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a written news release  in March, when Chrome bested Explorer for a day. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer.”

According to StatCounter’s latest report, which was spotted by the blog Global Nerdy , Google Chrome fielded 32.8% of Web page requests on Sunday.

That compares to 31.9% for Internet Explorer and 25.5% for Mozilla Firefox, which once was seen as the most viable alternative to the long-dominant IE.

Tech blog TheNextWeb says the numbers aren’t exact  but they are significant.

“Measuring the Web is an imprecise science, very often based on scaling up small-scale measurement surveys,” the blog writes, “but the gist of StatCounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising … at the expense of IE and Firefox, regardless of the exact precision of the data.”

ComScore, another company that tracks Internet traffic, does not release comparable numbers. But spokesman Andrew Lipsman said in an e-mail that StatCounter’s numbers are “consistent with what I’ve seen.”

“Chrome has definitely been increasing its share over the past couple years,” he wrote.

Several factors appear to contribute to Chrome’s rise.

One is frustration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, fairly or not, is seen by some Web users as not very innovative.

Another is the increasing role Chrome plays in all aspects of computing, especially for people who use Google’s other online services, like Gmail and Google Translate.

Some of the browser’s features enhance other Google products, and the Chrome Web store is home to an increasingly robust catalog of add-ons  that improve the browser’s functionality. CNN’s partner site Mashable has published a list of some of the best .

Google also has tried to position the browser  as the basis for the operating system of the future.

And then there’s the ad campaign.

Google has been running TV spots  showing people using Chrome to communicate with each other. The tagline: “The web is what you make of it.”

-(via CNN, Mashable)

Google : A New Toolbar Offers Other Sites You Might Like


In a move that shows the continuing evolution of its search product,Google on Tuesday introduced Google Related, a bottom-of-the-page bar for the Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers that suggests similar pages you might be interested in.

If you’re on a restaurant’s homepage, for example, Google Related might call up a map of the restaurant, reviews from Google Places and sites from other competing establishments. If you’re reading an op-ed, Google Related might offer an essay that takes the opposite opinion.

The suggestions are designed to be unobtrusive. Displayed on a thin bar at the bottom of your screen, they get magnified if you track your cursor over them. If you like something that’s suggested, you can give it a +1.

Naturally, Related would be prime real estate for advertisers. At the moment, however, it appears to offer only regular search results.

The launch is further evidence of the changing nature of search. Google has tinkered with its results of late by incorporating +1s from users as well as social search results from Twitter, Flickr and Quora. Related may also be a way of evening the score with Microsoft, which currently includes recommendations from Facebook friends in its Bing search engine.

This video from Google explains Google Related further:

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Get GooglePlus on your desktop :


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Google+ requires a Google Profile — and right now, Google Apps users don’t have access to a Google Profile. That will change in the future, but for now it can cause some annoyances for users who have Google Apps accounts. Google does allow users to switch between accounts, but this process isn’t foolproof.

There is a solution: Create a Google+ desktop app. Using a Mac app like Fluid or a Firefox extension,WebRunner, you can create a separate, buttonless web browser dedicated solely to Google+. This browser can then be launched just like any other app.

 

 

 

 

When Google Buzz debuted in 2010, we put together a similar guide. The steps for making a Google+ app are much the same, using WebRunner in place of the now-discontinued Mozilla Prism.


With Firefox 5 (Mac, Windows, Linux)


In Firefox 5, go to the WebRunner project page and install the extension. Restart Firefox.

Navigate to Google+ in your web browser. Under the Tools menu in the application bar, select “Create WebRunner App” and fill out the box as follows.

 

 

 

 

You can use/create your own desktop icon.

Now you can launch and use Google+ from your applications folder or dock.


Mac Users With Fluid


The basic Mac app Fluid is free. For $4.99 you can get additional features, including the ability to store cookies separately from Safari — meaning that the Google accounts you use in Safari won’t affect what accounts you are using in the web app — and the ability to use user scripts.

To create a robust Google+ desktop app in Fluid, follow these steps:

    • Download and install Fluid.
    • Open Fluid and fill out the settings as seen here. For the image icon, you can choose anything you want.

 

 

 

 

  • That’s it! Launch the app and you will have your own Google+ instance.

To customize Fluid with more features, like the ability to use separate cookies (a must for Google Apps users) and to add a special userscript that will let you know when you have notifications, follow these additional steps. This requires spending $4.99 on a license to Fluid, but it can be used for lots of different sites.

    • Open Preferences in your Google+ app (from the main application menu, select Preferences) and go to the “Security” section.
    • Fill out the settings as seen below.

 

 

 

 

  • Restart your app.

To add a special dock notification, we found this userscript from developer James Farwell. To install it, simply select “Userscripts” from the Window menu in the application bar.

Then add a new preset and fill it in as so:

 

 

 

 

For the text of the script, just copy and paste James’s code from userscripts.org.


Google Chrome


Windows and Linux users can follow these instructions :

  • To create an Application Shortcut, navigate to the page you want to access and then go to the wrench menu.
  • Select Tools, then select “Create Application Shortcut.”
  • Then designate where you want a shortcut to be created.
  • Now, when you launch that shortcut, you’ll be taken to that page.

Google leads the Voice Activated Future :


The Tech Innovators Series is supported by Lenovo. Lenovo does not just manufacture technology. They make Do machines — super-powered creation engines designed to help the people who do, do more, do better, do in brand new ways.

Speech and voice recognition technology have been around for half a century, but it’s still far from mainstream. Where are the machines that write down what we say? Where are the appliances that simply work based on voice commands?

The answer is that speech technology is a tough business. Not only does a machine have to recognize words, but it has to process accents, sentence structure, grammar, language, noise and other factors that help a machine distinguish “pain” from “pane” and a television from a human being.

That’s changing, though, thanks in no small part to Google‘s efforts in developing voice recognition tech. Since 2008, Google has been steadily releasing products that turn voice into text and voice into action. It started with Google Search by Voice for Android, but most recently debuted as an alternative way to search for content on the desktop.