AOL releases AIM for Mac 1.0 beta; world asks, "why?"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

AOL hasn't really been a household name on the Mac for quite a while. Since the ISP-cum-media-company's Mac download section began collecting dust long ago, Apple took up the task of building its own (great) AIM client that became a staple for Mac OS X's no-fuss integration of audio and video chat, iChat.

So, who wants to try out a beta of AIM for Mac 1.0?

No joke. Despite the existence of iChat, and even AIM 4.7 for Macintosh that hasn't been touched in over four years, AOL has apparently gone back to the drawing board with AIM for Mac 1.0 beta 1.

The new Leopard-scented client brings customization for things like AIM Expressions, sounds, wallpaper, and emoticons (we know, you've already stopped reading this to go download a copy—jerk). And, of course, it integrates with everyone's favorite e-mail service: AOL Mail. It also features tabbed chatting, as well as wild fonts and text styles as far as the eye can see.

But seriously, though we power users who left AOL in the dust long ago poke fun at it from that perspective, AIM for Mac may very well serve its demographic well. It could very well be that Apple's expanding horde of switchers are feeling lost without some of the features and service integration they were used to on Windows, and though iChat is nice and shiny, it just doesn't have that familiar "You've Got Mail" feel.

From ARS Technica

Facebook 2.0 for iPhone lets you make new friends and more

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I confess that I am not a big Facebook user. I likes faces well enough, and heaven knows I’m a fan ofbooks, but put them together and I’m just left cold. Of course, I’m probably in the minority in that regard, so the rest of you vocal majority will be glad to hear that the social networking site has upgraded its free iPhone application to version 2.0 (iTunes link).

The new iteration of the iPhone Facebook client adds a lot of features that were lacking in the original app that Facebook debuted when the App Store opened its doors. What’s new in this version? Well, they’ve finally added support for notifications, the full News Feed (and story comments), people search, friend requests, photo tagging and captioning, your entire inbox (with attachments), and more. Plus, the app as a whole is supposedly faster and more stable, especially for those with lots of friends. Or, in other words, not me.

As nice as those updates are, they’re not about to get me poking and writing little messages with everybody else, but I’m sure those of you who are avid about the Facebook will be gratified to hear that you can now duplicate the experience wherever you are.

From MacWorld

iPhone finally gets Notes support through App Store

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visitComputerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.

A version of Lotus Notes from IBM is at last available forApple's iPhone as a free download from the App Store, allowing users to check their Notes e-mail and view their calendar and contacts, IBM announced.

The iNotes Ultralite download comes with IBM's Lotus Notes software 8.0.2, which is designed to offer better performance than earlier versions and uses 20 percent less memory. The App Store version also offers an update of Lotus Symphony, the free alternative to Microsoft Office for preparing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. According to IBM, the newer version of Symphony provides improved compatibility with Office.

Once the App Store download is completed, IBM iNotes can be accessed via the iPhone's Safari browser . Users can also add the Lotus Mobile Connect VPN for better security.

IBM named two customers that have tested and used iNotes Ultralite -- Vladimore Jones, a marketing communications company in Greenwood Village, Colo.; and ABData Information Technology Consulting and Engineering in Zurich.

Curtis Pogue, a systems administrator at Vladimir Jones, said he is testing iNotes on about 10 iPhones. "If this works well, and with the cost of iPhones dropping, I can see more use in the future," he said. "The ability to get everything from calendar to contacts in real time would be a huge advantage."

The company now requires iPhone users to sync the calendar and contacts data through a cable.

Pogue said he would eventually like to see Notes as a native iPhone application instead of a Web application. "You could replicate as needed and not have a constant connection," he explained.

In contrast, Jason Michels, the lead system engineer for Notes at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, is glad iNotes is a Web-based application, since it doesn't require installing back-end servers, which can be "prohibitively expensive" to support.

"INotes is really exciting," he said. "You just take the Safari browser on that iPhone and put in a URL and connect." He said there are already dozens of iPhone users in his company, and "they are coming out of the woodwork all the time."

While Notes is still behind Exchange in popularity with business e-mail users, IBM claimed strong sales of Notes and Domino over 15 consecutive quarters -- and a 21 percent increase in sales in the second quarter, compared with the same quarter a year ago.

About 140 million licensed users rely on Notes worldwide, IBM said, with more than half of the world's 100 largest corporations on the platform.

Well before the iPhone 3G went on sale in July, Apple described it as business-ready, primarily because of the addition of Exchange support .

In March, IBM officials said they were working on Notes support for the iPhone . That same month, Sybase iAnywhere said it was adding support for Notes from the iPhone through its Information Anywhere Suite.

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Introducing Top Draw

Monday, September 29, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

By Daniel Waylonis, Google Mac Team
Top Draw is an image generation program just launched in the Google Mac Playground. By using simple text scripts, based on JavaScript, Top Draw can create surprisingly complex and interesting images. Even cooler is that the program has built-in support for installing any image of yours as your desktop image. There's a Viewer application you can install in the menu bar to automatically run with the parameters (such as script and update interval) that you've specified. And there's even a Screen Saver to display the scripts when your computer is taking a break.
The Top Draw scripting language leverages Apple's Quartz and CoreImage rendering engines for graphical muscle. In addition to the drawing commands that are supported by the HTML canvas tag, there is support for particle systems, plasma clouds, random noise, multi-layer compositing and much more.
Because it uses JavaScript in a safe sandbox, you can run any script without fear of malicious action.
Here's the download: Have fun!
Here are some sample images created by Top Draw:

From : Google Mac

Is Apple Coming Out With A 32GB iPhone?

Monday, September 29, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

iphone-199-engadget.jpgOne of the most popular speculations about the new iPhone before it was announced this summer was that Apple (AAPL) was going to introduce a 32 gigabyte model. That also became one of the biggest disappointments when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 3G in June and kept the same iPhone capacities -- 8-gig and 16-gig. So is Apple coming out with a larger model after all?

According to a note from Pacific Crest Securities, AT&T (T) stores have been seeing lower inventory of 8-gig iPhones since mid-August. One possible reason, per analyst Andy Hargreaves: This could be because Apple is getting rid of the 8-gig iPhone and introducing a 32-gig model. The report goes on to hypothesize that Apple could drop the price of the 16-gig iPhone to $199 from $299 and price the new, larger model at $299 -- which makes sense. (Hargreaves also points out that this could be bad news for the rest of the handset business, especially component suppliers.)

We don’t know if this is true, or, even if it is, when we’ll see a new model. But Apple would be smart to introduce it this holiday season. Right now, T-Mobile’s Google phone is attractively priced at $20 less than the iPhone with a cheaper data plan -- but with just 1 gig of storage. RIM's touchscreen Verizon Wireless BlackBerry might also be priced around $199, and we expect Sprint's Samsung Instinct to keep its low price, around $130 -- if not $100. If Apple were to double down on memory and offer a 16-gig iPhone for $199, it would be even tougher for rivals to compete.

Hargreaves' comments were in a note reporting that Apple supposedly plans to cut its iPhone 3G build plan to 14 million-15 million phones in 2008, down from 18 million, citing "supply chain channel checks."

From : Silicon Valley


Sunday, September 07, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

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iPod nano 4G photo, details [new orig photo]

Saturday, September 06, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

MacNN can confirm the existence of the fourth-generation iPod nano and has obtained a verified authentic photo of the Apple music player. The device exactly matches claims by Digg founder Kevin Rose of a tall, tapered design and is enclosed in wrap-around aluminum, as with the second-generation model. It also has the same offset Dock Connector placement of the 2006 version and marks the return of at least one color that had previously disappeared from the iPod lineup: the example shown to MacNN comes in the same metallic orange as the early 2007 iPod shuffle update. Other colors will be more vibrant than the pale hues from the third-generation nano, according to the sources.

Similar packaging to earlier low-end iPods will also accompany the nano and are visible in the shot.
Most other details of the device are unknown, though people familiar with the update say the new player will be shipping as of next week, likely almost immediately after the "Let's Rock" event, and will be exempt from the last week of the back-to-school promo that provides a free iPod along with the purchase of a Mac. Most observers expect Apple to maintain similar pricing to the outgoing models but double capacity to 16GB in high-end trim. (Note: image deliberately obscured)

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Google Chrome Tips

Friday, September 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Here are some not-so-obvious things you can do in Google Chrome, the minimalistic browser launched on Tuesday.
1. Show the list of recently visited pages from the current tab: right-click on the "Back" button. This also works for the "Forward" button.

2. Undo closing a tab: press Ctrl+Shift+T or open a new tab and check the "Recently closed tabs" section.
3. Focus on the default search option in the address bar: type ? before entering your query.
4. Perform simple calculations and unit conversions using Google Calculator by simply typing the expression in Google Chrome's address bar (or "omnibox"). To copy the answer, select the suggestion.

5. If you need more space in a textarea, resize it by dragging the lower right corner.

6. Monitor the resources used by a web page - right click inside the page, select "Inspect element", switch to the "Resources" tab and reload the web page. You'll see a list of images, scripts and objects loaded from the web page and you can sort them by size or by loading time.

7. Detach a tab and open it in a new window - just drag the tab outside the active window. You can also add it back to the original window using drag and drop.

8. After downloading a file, you can copy it to the desktop or to any other folder by using drag and drop directly from Google Chrome.

9. If the search engine of a site supports
OpenSearch, you can add it to Google Chrome's search box by simply visiting the site and performing a search. The domain name automatically becomes a keyword and you should only type the first letters from the URL until you see "press Tab to search". Then press Tab and type your query.

You can also manually add search engines, by right-clicking on the address bar and selecting "Edit search engines". Here's one example, where you can see that you need to find the URL for the search results page and replace the query with %s:
Name - Wikipedia
Keyword - wiki (that's what you need to type in the address bar)
You can also use the keywords for other kinds of services: for translating web pages, for bookmarking pages online or simply as aliases for web pages (omit "%s" from the URL).
Name - Google Translate (English)
Keyword - trans
10. Do you want Google Chrome without Google's branding and with an open source license (
BSD license)? Check Chromium, the open source project created for Google Chrome. You can install the latest snapshots for Windows or download the code and build it in Windows, Mac, Linux.
To install Chromium in Windows, go to the most recent directory from
this page (it should be at the top) and download mini_installer.exe. Note that these snapshots could be less stable than the version available at and you may need to manually update Chromium.

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OMG Google Chrome!

Friday, September 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

There's been a lot of excitement about Google Chrome, Google's fast and clean new web browser. But you may have noticed that it's missing a way to clip to Google Notebook! Oh noes! Luckily, you can still add and use the Google Notebook bookmarklet. To install a bookmarklet on Google Chrome, click the in the upper-right, and select "Always show bookmarks bar."

Then, go to the
bookmarklet page and drag and drop the bookmarklet on to your bookmarks bar.
The next time you find something you want to clip, click on "Note This" in your bookmarks bar and away you go. Hurrah!

Another cool feature in Chrome is the ability to make
application shortcuts. Just go to the full-page Google Notebook, click on the icon, and choose "Create application shortcuts..." This feature will let you launch notebook in its own window straight from your desktop.

From Google Notebook’s blog

Retouch and restore your photos

Friday, September 05, 2008 4 Comments A+ a-

As you may have seen in yesterday's post, the beta version of Picasa 3 offers many improvements and additions to the existing Picasa software. One of the new features I'm most excited about is our powerful retouching tool that can fix things like acne and scratches -- and it's great for restoring old photos.
If you've ever scanned decades-old prints, you well know they're not always in the best condition. Our Retouch tool now allows you to remove scratches, marks, and stains. A little bit of Tuning and the 1-click Sharpen Filter are the perfect finishing touches. Then you can order new prints of your old photos. Check out these before and after photos to see the kinds of things you can do:

(click to enlarge)

Here are some tips to help you get started with retouching your photos in Picasa:

  • Use your mouse wheel to zoom in. Zoom out after retouching each patch to make sure it's blended well. If it's not, just use Undo Patch and try again.
  • Zoomed in, particularly on faces, there is a huge range of color tones. When correcting something like acne, you should use a replacement section of skin close to the blemish for the most natural look.
  • If you're fixing a large area, it helps to correct gradually instead of in one patch so that the areas all blend well together naturally. Try working on smaller areas, starting at the outside.
  • Don't forget texture! It's important to try and follow any existing patterns on the surface you're retouching. If there is a line in the face (that you're not trying to get rid of), it would look unnatural for the line to be broken by a patch of unlined skin. Go back over the corrected area, and replace it with a matching texture. Try this for pores, hair, etc.
  • Use plus and minus keys on your keyboard to quickly re-size the brush. Use the slider bar for more precise adjustments.

From Google Photos Blog

Google Chrome Tips and Pointers

Thursday, September 04, 2008 5 Comments A+ a-

Chrome is Google's newly released browser. It's currently available for Windows only. Following are a couple of FAQ's and bits of interest.

Where's the search history button?

In Chrome's interface the search history has been integrated into the back button – just hold down the mouse button when you're clicking on the back arrow. After a short delay, a menu pops up showing your recently visited pages. You can also access the full (searchable) history from that menu.

Where's the home button? Where's the favorites bar?

By default Chrome has no home button. You can enable it by opening the options dialog – click the wrench icon in the top right and then "Options" – and checking the box labeled "Show Home button...".

As for the bookmarks bar, whether it shows for you by default depends on your previous browser settings. To show it or hide it, hit Ctrl+B.

Does Chrome work together especially well with Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, or Google Docs?

Google argue they improved the speed of JavaScript, which is heavily used in Google's web apps. Some others offer a more nuanced viewing saying it's not always the fastest.

With all these JavaScript speed tests, it's important to understand they're only one part of the equation. A lot of the times, the bottleneck of the application is not the script but the data that's still being downloaded. If you're on a very slow connection, or you're using a site with very heavy downloads, switching to a faster JavaScript engine won't really help.

Additionally, Chrome ships with the Google Gears plug-in, which is used in some Google (and some non-Google) apps to deliver offline functionality for web pages and more. But don't expect Chrome to work much better, or even work at all, in all of Google services – take a look at the following screenshot from Google Groups, visited with Chrome:

Is Chrome more secure than other browsers? Does it respect my privacy?

Chrome is likely not 100% secure, even when you'd get that impression from parts of the comic book Google put forth – but no popular browser is ever completely secure. For instance, it has been mentioned that there are ways to automatically drop a file on your desktop when browsing a page with Chrome. E.g. any webmaster can add an executable called "Windows Explorer" with an icon of their choosing to your desktop via the following HTML included in their page... using the Chrome default settings you won't even be asked for confirmation, which opposes Google's statements that a Chrome tab is like a "jail":

<iframe src="Windows%20Explorer.exe" style="border: 0"> </iframe>

As for Google respecting your privacy, well, there are some ways the browser communicates with Google's server through its address bar auto-completion – the "omnibox" – that got some people worried. To disable some of the omnibox-server communication, right-click the Chrome address bar, select "Edit search engines" from the context menu that appears, and uncheck the box labeled "Use a suggestion service...".

As a bonus, Chrome has an "incognito" mode – press Ctrl+Shift+N – which makes your browsing more private.

What does that Chrome logo remind me of...?

I don't know, but here's a guess...

I missed the Google webcast where they talked about Chrome...

The webcast is archived on YouTube. (Not all slides are showing in the video, I've uploaded the first 10 as a zip file.) Larry Page appears near the end. Note the Q&A at the end of the session is not included in that video.

How can I optimize my website for Chrome?

Chrome is based on the existing Webkit rendering, which mostly adheres to web standards, and is also used in similar form by the Safari browser. So your first best bet is to work within the official standards of HTML (or XHTML) and CSS. Beyond that you should do some testing as not all things will display the same in every browser.

One other thing you can do with Chrome is to utilize the features of the Google Gears component it ships with. For instance, this lets you create a persistent client-side database which you can query using JavaScript. (Note that this won't automatically make the data available on all computers the user may visit your site with; you need to handle synchronization for that and rely on all browsers on the different computers having Gears installed.)

Something else you can do is to use some of the Webkit-specific Cascading StyleSheet properties. For instance, the following will add a ticker effect to an element (in case you really would want it... as it can be obtrusive):

    white-space: nowrap;
overflow: hidden;
-webkit-marquee-direction: backwards;
-webkit-marquee-style: alternate;
-webkit-marquee-speed: normal;
-webkit-marquee-increment: small;
-webkit-marquee-repetition: 4;

Not all CSS that works with Safari works with Chrome, though. For instance, the following does not seem to show the special font "Abduction" in Chrome, even when it does in Windows Safari:

@font-face {
font-family: Abduction;
font-style: normal;
src: url(;

.someClass {
font-family: Abduction, arial;

Will there be a Linux or Mac version of Chrome? Will there be a mobile version?

There's only a Windows XP/ Vista version available so far but Google say they're working on Linux and Mac versions. If you visit the Google Chrome homepage with Mac or Linux, you can click the blue button to the right to sign up for an email alert when your system's version is ready.

As for a mobile version, Google indicated they may release the browser for their Android mobile system, perhaps under a related but slightly different name.

What can Chrome's tabs do? Can I turn them off?

One specialty of Chrome's tabs is that you can drag them out of the tab area into a new window. Reversely, you can also drag a new window back into another window's tab section. You can also slide tabs around horizontally to re-order them.

As for turning off tabs, like for those who use the Windows task bar tabs instead, I didn't find a way to do that yet.

Where can I find help on Google Chrome? Where can I submit bugs or feedback?

You can find help in Google's official Chrome groups. There's one group for feature suggestions, for instance. Bugs can be submitted in the Chrome issues list (or rather, the issues list of "Chromium", which is the name of the open source project). You can also submit a bug by clicking the page icon in Chrome and selecting "Report bug or broken website" (note by default you'll be sending a screenshot of the current page to Google, but you can uncheck that option). See the known issues page to find out what Google is already working on.

Also feel free to join our discussion in this blog's forum on Chrome and other Google topics.

I'm having problems installing Chrome...

If you're can't install Chrome with Symantec, check the forum thread (please use that tip at your own risk). Also, Google says they're working to resolve Chrome problems with ZoneAlarm and Kaspersky.

How can I install an ad blocker for Chrome?

I received the following small tutorial on how to do this, but I can't guarantee it works and I don't know about potential side-effects... please use with care (quote HTML'ified):

<<1. Install free software Proxomitron. It stays in your system tray and only eats 3MBs of RAM.

2. In Google Chrome go to Options -> Under the Hood and click on "Change Proxy Settings".

3. A new window will open. Click on "LAN Settings", tick "Use a proxy server for your LAN". In the Address field enter "localhost" and for Port enter "8080". Also tick "Bypass proxy server for local addresses"

That's it really. It's not as effective as the Firefox Adblock extension but it works well nonetheless.>>

Can I see Chrome in my statistics?

Chrome sends its own user agent string so – depending on your stats program and your visitors – you should. In Google Analytics, you'll see the name "Chrome" if you go to Visitors -> Browser Capabilities -> Browsers (try expand your list to more than 10 if you don't see it).

To view the user agent string of Chrome, type "about:" in Chrome's address bar. You'll see a page with the Chrome version number and the following user agent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/525.13

Does Google Chrome have an easter egg?

Yes. The easter egg (or perhaps one of the easter eggs, not sure) appears when you typeabout:internets in the address bar. Note however this only works on Windows XP, not on Vista. If you can't see it, take a look at this screenshot...

What are the special "about:" URLs I can access?

Try entering these addresses into Chrome:

about:shorthang (careful*)

*Don't use the "shorthang" if you have important unsaved changes in a web app, as it emulates a crash.

I've set my default search engine to a non-Google one, removed the speed dial page, and cleared all cookies. Yet when I restart Chrome, Google will drop one or two Google cookies in the browser again. What's happening?

I don't know... I asked Google and will add an update if there's more info.

I can't access Hotmail (or another site) with Chrome...

When you want to log-in to Microsoft Hotmail aka Live Mail with Chrome, you'll see the message "Upgrade your web browser" (... to Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari). However, you can click the "continue to Windows Live Hotmail" link to use Hotmail anyway, though Microsoft warns that not all things may work as usual.

As for other sites not working with Chrome, you can click the page icon and select "Report bug or broken website". You could also contact the webmaster to ask for Chrome support.

How do I... disable images? Add Greasemonkey scripts? Skin the Chrome theme? Directly subscribe to an RSS feed? and so on...

A whole lot of things indeed aren't supported in Chrome, at least not at the moment... the feature requests group might be good start.

Google Chrome installed in the wrong language, how can I change it?

You can switch to another language in [wrench icon] -> Options -> Minor Tweaks -> Change font and language settings -> Languages -> Google Chrome language/ Spell-checker language.

Will Google take over the browser market, hurt Firefox, and create a monopoly?

Likely too early to tell any of these, but ZDNet has an article listing "five reasons why Chrome will crash and burn" and another article listing "five reasons Chrome will take over the world".

I've heard there were some problems with Chrome's end user license agreement...?

After some protest in regards to a part of the Chrome legalese, Google said it added it in error and changed it.

I want to see a Chrome-related Lolcat...

How do I disable the default tab homepage with the thumbnails (the one similar to Opera's "speed dial")?

To disable it, click the wrench icon in Chrome and open the options dialog. In the "On startup" section, check "Open the following pages" and add a page with the address about:blank. Add the same about:blank address in the "Home page" section. Note however this will still show the speed dial when you hit Ctrl+N to open a new Chrome window...

How do I add a special site search to the "omnibox" address bar?

The omnibox learns as you go. Let's say you would like Chrome to have a site search available for the blog Google Operating System. First, visit the homepage of the blog. Then, do a site search for that blog by using the search box Google Operating System provides on the page. Now, next time you enter e.g. "googlesys..." in the address bar, you can hit the [tab] key and perform a site search from the address bar.

Furthermore, you can also add a keyword to search the given site. To continue with above example, start by right-clicking the address bar. Pick "Edit search engines" and in the dialog that opens, scroll down to where you'll see "" listed. Double-click that entry. Now in the Keyword field, enter e.g. "gos". Approve the dialog windows.

Now in the address bar, you can type e.g. "gos" + [tab] (sometimes a blank will suffice too) + "hello" + [return], and you'll immediately see the search results from the Google OS site.

What if the site you want to search across does not have its own search engine, or it doesn't have a good one? You can still make it searchable. Let's say the domain in question is Go to the "Edit search engines" dialog once more, and click the Add button. Enter a fitting name, and in the keywords field enter e.g. "example". In the URL field enter the following:

The URL you entered means: do a site search over using Google, and append the search keyword in the position of the "%s". Approve the dialog and you're ready to search through over your address bar (note this will only find the pages indexed in Google, so there may be some cases where it won't work).

What if you want to search across many different sites at once? This is also possible: just create a Google Custom Search Engine, and during engine creation, provide the domains you want to search through in the "Sites to search" field. When done, add the created Custom Search Engine to the list of Chrome search engines as described above.

Random files are appearing on my desktop after browsing with Chrome, what to do?

Go to the options dialog (via the wrench icon) and in the Minor Tweaks tab check the box "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

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YouTube - Google Chrome announcement

Thursday, September 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

YouTube - Google Chrome announcement.

Photo of the 4th Generation iPod Nano?

Thursday, September 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Alibaba, a B2B marketplace, has a photo (via Zollotech) of what appears to be the 4th generation iPod Nano that is expected to be released next week.
We can't be for sure if this represents a photo of the actual device, or simply a mockup based on circulating dimensions, but it does show what appears to be a dock connector on the bottom of the device. The image also correlates with all circulating rumors about the new iPod Nano.
Apple will be holding a special event on September 9th where the new iPod Nano is expected to be released.

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Speed test: Google Chrome beats Firefox, IE, Safari

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

oogle introduced Chrome in part because it wants faster browsing and the richer Web applicationsthat speed will unlock. So how does Chrome actually stack up?

Chrome JavaScript benchmarks.

Google's Chrome overpowers the other browsers on the five subtests by which Google measures its browser's JavaScript performance.

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News)

Lars Bak, the Google engineer who was the technical leader for Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine, said at the launch event Tuesday he's confident Chrome is "many times faster" than the rivals at running JavaScript, the programming language that powers Google Docs, Gmail, and many other Web applications.

But when pressed for specifics, he told me to try them out. So I did.

Google offers a site with five JavaScript benchmarks. On each one of these tests, Chrome clearly trounced the competition. I hope benchmarking experts and developers will weigh in with comments about how well these tests represent true JavaScript performance on the Web--either for ordinary sites or for rich Web apps.

Here's the site description of the speed tests:

• Richards: OS kernel simulation benchmark, originally written in BCPL by Martin Richards (539 lines).

• DeltaBlue: One-way constraint solver, originally written in Smalltalk by John Maloney and Mario Wolczko (880 lines).

• Crypto: Encryption and decryption benchmark based on code by Tom Wu (1,689 lines).

• RayTrace: Ray tracer benchmark based on code by Adam Burmister (3,418 lines).

• EarleyBoyer: Classic Scheme benchmarks, translated to JavaScript by Florian Loitsch's Scheme2Js compiler (4,682 lines).

Google Chrome JavaScript score.

Google's overall score is head and shoulders above the competition for executing JavaScript.

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News)

A few notes: First, your mileage may vary; I ran these tests on my dual-core Windows XP machine.

Second, my apologies here to Opera, whose browser I don't have installed.

Third, I tried to run the SunSpider benchmark tests as well, but perhaps because a lot of other curious people had the same idea on the day Chrome launched, I couldn't get to the site.

Click here for full coverage of the Google Chrome launch.

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Announcing Picasa 3.0 and a new version of Picasa Web Albums!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Today, we're pleased to announce the public beta of Picasa 3.0, the next generation of Google's photo management software. We're also launching a redesigned Picasa Web Albumswith a brand-new 'name tags' feature, which gives you the power to quickly label and organize your photos based on who's in each picture.

From the start, Picasa's goal has been to help people get more from their digital cameras. Earlier versions of Picasa focused on supporting users at every critical juncture in the digital photo lifecycle -- making it easy to import, organize, edit, print, and (since the advent of Picasa Web Albums) publish your photos online. Unlike piecemeal alternatives, Picasa manages all these things inside a single application, and with a consistent, easy-to-use interface.

Fast-forward to today, and a few things have changed. Sharing online has skyrocketed in importance, as more of us develop a network of friends and family who are tuning into our pictures. Online availability also matters more as we start to use our phones, TVs, and wifi frames to deliver our photos. And as users get more experienced, they're demanding more creative ways to remix, enjoy, and distribute their photos.

We've therefore brought the Picasa software and Picasa Web Albums much closer together, breaking down barriers between your home PC and your online albums. New controls in Picasa 3 make it much easier to quickly upload photos, and we've added a new 'sync to web' feature that automatically updates online albums when you add or edit photos on your computer.

That's just the start. Picasa Web Albums now includes a new 'name tags' feature that helps organize your growing photo collection by people. Opt-in to name tags, and our technology automatically groups photos containing similar faces. Instead of asking you to painstakingly label pictures one-by-one, name tags lets you rapidly tag many photos at once. By doing so, you can easily find that photo of your cousin from two years ago; create a slideshow of you and your best friend, or share an album with everybody who appears in the photos. Take a look at this video to see name tags in action.

The new tags option in the new Picasa web album

There's much, much more. This blog posts only scratches the surface of what's new in Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums - an Explore page featuring recent photos from all over the world, the ability to email photos directly to your online albums (great for mobile phones), Creative Commons licensing, and numerous interface refinements. And we haven't event mentioned the compelling new creative tools inside Picasa 3, like a new movie maker, totally-revamped photo collages, a powerful retouching tool, text tool, and more. Check out the video after the post for a complete overview.

We'll be exploring more of what's new in Picasa 3 (beta) on this blog tomorrow. And over the next couple weeks, we'll have daily posts to help introduce you to some of our favorite new features on Picasa Web Albums and inside Picasa 3.

Picasa and Picasa Web Albums are unique in how they work together to make it easier for you to manage your photo collection -- on your computer, or on the web. So get started, have fun, and let us know what you think!

Picasa 3.0 Beta video


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I'm using Chrome !!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I downloaded Google Chrome and Waaaaaaaaaw !!!
It's amazing,it's simple and fast. I'm writing this blo post from the Chrome browser and it's cool ^^.
So , I  hope you'll try it cuz it's really fun to use it. Go to:
See ya

Google Chrome Screenshots

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at just now, as Uval in the forum noticed. While the download itself didn’t work when I tried, I was able to extract some screenshots, from the frontpage but also the YouTube videos. And while the product tour videos themselves seemed to require a special group membership at YouTube, the video still previews are public and you can paste the video identifier into a URL like this one to see more high quality stills.

The service’s logo.

Screenshots of Google Chrome from the service’s frontpage.

The auto-completion of the so-called “omnibox” address bar.

The homepage showing 9 thumbnailed pages to access, along with more pointers in the side-bar, to appear “[e]very time you open a new tab”, as Google says.

This screenshot shows Google Calendar and a dialog reading “Create shortcuts in the following locations”, listing Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch Bar.

Zooming in on the browser tabs.

The Google Chrome task manager, e.g. to monitor if certain sites cause memory problems.

A screen showing the “Google incognito” mode for allegedly more private browsing.

Another auto-completion example.

A star near the address input bar lets you bookmark a page, apparently.

A look into the settings menu.

Google in their tour says with Chrome “you see your download’s status at the bottom of your current window.”

On a related note, I asked Scott McCloud – creator of the comic book introducing Google Chrome – some questions. Scott now put up a mini-FAQ on his site. He says he’d been working on the comic off and on “from March through August.” On the question of who came up with the visualizations, he says there was some “rough whiteboard sketching during the interviews” but that most were his though. Asked about how many of these comics were printed, Scott says it was just a limited run, and that he didn’t sign any yet. He adds this project was “a big challenge” considering he had “never done such a thing before.”

[Images courtesy of Google. Thanks Uval and Scott!]

The discussion continues in the existing forum thread.

[By Philipp Lenssen | Origin: Google Chrome Screenshots]