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May 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chrome surpassed Internet Explorer last week as the world's most used Web browser, according to a statistic released Monday. The Google Web browser received more usage than Microsoft's browser during the week of May 14 to May 20, marking the first time Chrome has received the highest traffic for a full seven days. Chrome is now ahead of Internet Explorer, with Firefox in third place and Apple's Safari a distant fourth, according to the website StatCounter . Google would not address the statistic from StatCounter directly, but the company did put out a statement.
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April 1, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
As always, the tech world is embracing April Fools' Day 2014 in full force, with countless gags from Google, Sony and many others in the space. Here are some of the funniest tech-themed April Fools' Day jokes from around the Web: Google Maps Pokemon Challenge: Google Maps jokingly challenged users to collect 150 Pokemon to land a job as Google's Pokemon Master . However, the navigation app really was updated to include a neat Pokemon...
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March 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Don't accuse Google of not knowing how to inject some fun into Web browsing. The Mountain View, Calif., company's latest experiment unveiled Thursday transforms websites into a 3-D landscape maze that users then can tilt to move a marble. More amazingly, users tilt the maze by moving around their smartphones like a game controller. "World Wide Maze," as the mini-game is called, can be accessed at chrome.com/maze when using the Chrome browser. Once there, users can launch the Chrome app on their phones and sync the two together.
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January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is hoping to lure mobile users to its Chrome browser by rolling out a new feature that reduces the amount of data they waste when they surf the Web. The Silicon Valley-based tech giant announced Wednesday that it is rolling out an update to the Apple iOS and Android versions of Chrome that will come with a data-compression feature. When turned on, users will be able to reduce their data by as much as 50%, Google said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 After downloading the app update, users can turn the feature on by going into the app's settings, which are accessed by tapping on the three-line icon on the top left of the screen and scrolling down.
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January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is hoping to lure mobile users to its Chrome browser by rolling out a new feature that reduces the amount of data they waste when they surf the Web. The Silicon Valley-based tech giant announced Wednesday that it is rolling out an update to the Apple iOS and Android versions of Chrome that will come with a data-compression feature. When turned on, users will be able to reduce their data by as much as 50%, Google said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 After downloading the app update, users can turn the feature on by going into the app's settings, which are accessed by tapping on the three-line icon on the top left of the screen and scrolling down.
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October 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft will officially retire its Windows XP operating system early next year, but Google on Wednesday announced it will continue to support its Chrome browser for the platform through at least early 2015. The Mountain View, Calif., Web giant announced it will keep sending out updates and security patches to the Windows XP version of Google Chrome "until at least April 2015. " That's good news for Windows XP users, who will stop receiving the same type of support for the operating system from Microsoft.
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June 4, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Welcome to the 2010s, Firefox. The latest version of Mozilla's Web browser, Firefox 13, leaked onto the Internet a day ahead of its official release, and is available for download to anyone. But unlike previous versions of Firefox that trailblazed new ways to surf the Web, this version is more about bringing Firefox up to par with its peers. It's not a bad browser, but it's nothing special either. The official version will become available from Mozilla on Tuesday, but the early version, which is available here , appears to be the full, real thing.
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November 8, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Laptop travelers, there's no place like home pages for the holidays. That's why I'm excited about free Wi-Fi on AirTran , Delta and Virgin America domestic flights during the crush of the high-travel season. Google has partnered with Gogo Inflight , which connects travelers to the Internet in flight, to offer free service from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2 on about 700 planes, according to a Google news release. As part of the promotion, Google also is touting its Web browser, Google Chrome, but of course other browsers such as Firefox and Safari work fine too. The savings aren't profound; Wi-Fi on Virgin America, for example, usually ranges from $5.95 for 90 minutes to $12.95 for three hours or more.
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May 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google finalized its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, announcing the news in a blog post Tuesday morning. The post, written by Google CEO Larry Page, marked the end of a long process that began in August when the $12.5-billion deal was announced. "Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone," Page wrote. The blog also announced that Motorola Mobility's Sanjay Jha will step down as CEO and make way for Google's Dennis Woodside to lead the cellphone company.
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May 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google took its first step into the music subscription service market Wednesday, announcing All Access -- a Spotify and Pandora competitor. The Silicon Valley giant said All Access, a part of its Google Music service, will allow users to combine their music libraries with the millions of songs that Google has obtained rights to. All Access can be used to listen to any of the songs in Google's catalog in a way similar to how consumers use Spotify....
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December 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG is the latest tech company to announce a computer running Chrome OS, the Google operating system designed to rival Microsoft Windows. The new LG machine, called the Chromebase, is similar to Mac computers in that it is an all-in-one desktop, making it the first Chrome OS desktop with a built-in monitor. The Chromebase will feature a 21.5-inch full HD screen, include an Intel Celeron processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage and also will come with a mouse and keyboard.
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October 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft will officially retire its Windows XP operating system early next year, but Google on Wednesday announced it will continue to support its Chrome browser for the platform through at least early 2015. The Mountain View, Calif., Web giant announced it will keep sending out updates and security patches to the Windows XP version of Google Chrome "until at least April 2015. " That's good news for Windows XP users, who will stop receiving the same type of support for the operating system from Microsoft.
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July 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The top tech news Tuesday included a new food delivery service by Yelp and a report that Jelly Bean is the most used version of Google's Android operating system. Jelly Bean most used version of Android Google may finally be solving its fragmentation problems with Android devices. For the first time ever, Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, surpassed Gingerbread, a version released in late 2010. Jelly Bean now accounts for nearly 40% of Android users. Yelp launches food delivery service Yelp kicked off a new food delivery and pickup service Tuesday called Yelp Platform . Orders can be placed on Yelp's website and iOS app. WATCH: Monday's Tech Takeaway Dropbox expands syncing to feature more types of files The cloud-storage company is looking to phase out hard drives by expanding its service to sync files that include data from game and email apps.
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June 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.
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May 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google took its first step into the music subscription service market Wednesday, announcing All Access -- a Spotify and Pandora competitor. The Silicon Valley giant said All Access, a part of its Google Music service, will allow users to combine their music libraries with the millions of songs that Google has obtained rights to. All Access can be used to listen to any of the songs in Google's catalog in a way similar to how consumers use Spotify....
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May 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
We would like to nominate Jennie Lamere for the Nobel TV prize if there were one. Lamere is a 17-year-old high schooler who has developed a browser plug-in that will block tweets with TV spoilers. Twivo, a plug-in for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers that will be available to everyone in a few weeks, blocks tweets if it detects keywords that may reveal important details about a show users may want to watch. After installing Twivo, users activate the plugin whenever one of their shows is going to come on. They also designate keywords, or tags, to tell Twivo which tweets to block.
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May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is changing the way it approaches the production of new Android smartphones, seeking to end fragmentation among phones running the many different versions of its OS. For its upcoming line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, Google will give early access to up to five manufacturers in order to bring some form of unity to the devices running the Android operating system. Previously, Google would work with a single manufacturer at a time, helping it produce a lead device.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
First Apple. Then Samsung. Now Google? The Mountain View, Calif., tech company is the latest tech giant rumored to be working on a smart wristwatch, according to a report Thursday by the Financial Times . The device is rumored to be under development by Google's Android unit, which builds the operating system used by many smartphones and tablets. That means that unlike Google Glass, the company's smartphone-like glasses that are being built by Google X, the rumored Google smartwatch may be see as more of a viable product, according to the Verge . PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Google did not comment on the smartwatch, according to the Financial Times, but the report points out a 2011 patent the company holds for a smartwatch that includes a "flip up display" as evidence that Google may be working on the device.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As if three weren't already a crowd, the latest rumors now say LG is also working on a smartwatch, joining a crowded field that includes tech giants Apple, Google and Samsung. The South Korean electronics maker is rumored to be working on a smartwatch product to compete with that of its rivals, according to a report Friday by the Korea Times that cites an unnamed source. LG already sells smartwatches, including the GD910, but the company's next generation smartwatch would compete in a market that is quickly gaining contenders and consumers' attention.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
First Apple. Then Samsung. Now Google? The Mountain View, Calif., tech company is the latest tech giant rumored to be working on a smart wristwatch, according to a report Thursday by the Financial Times . The device is rumored to be under development by Google's Android unit, which builds the operating system used by many smartphones and tablets. That means that unlike Google Glass, the company's smartphone-like glasses that are being built by Google X, the rumored Google smartwatch may be see as more of a viable product, according to the Verge . PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Google did not comment on the smartwatch, according to the Financial Times, but the report points out a 2011 patent the company holds for a smartwatch that includes a "flip up display" as evidence that Google may be working on the device.
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