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Google may be one of the world's most respected tech companies, but it could learn a thing or two from Apple. One lesson: surprises are supposed to be good.
Yesterday, Google surprised the world with an announcement that it is dropping support for the popular H.264 video codec. Not surprisingly, this sparked an outcry from many publishers and users who now know: the codec wars are on.
HTML5 is the future of the internet. At least that's the impression you might get from those who believe HTML5 will solve major challenges associated with everything from building cross-platform RIAs to mobile multimedia delivery.
But is HTML5 destined to be dead on arrival?
Yesterday, Google held a press conference at its Mountain View headquarters to provide the world with an update on its new operating system, Chrome OS.
A lot of new details were forthcoming, which have have been well-covered by others. The questions on everyone's mind: is Chrome OS the real deal? Where does it fit in? How will it impact the OS market. My answers: it isn't, nowhere, it won't. Here are 12 reasons why Chrome OS is going to fail.
Assume for a moment that you're an artist. You get a call one day from somebody at Google. Good news: Google wants you to create a skin for its Chrome browser.
You ask, "What's the fee?" The response: "There's no money but you'll get lots of exposure". Deal or no deal?
When it comes to add-ons, there's arguably no browser with more cool stuff than Mozilla Firefox. But creating an add-on is out of the reach of many who lack the necessary technical skills or resources.
But thanks to Mozilla Labs' latest project, Jetpack, the creation of Firefox add-ons just got a whole lot easier.
The latest update to Microsoft's browser was released yesterday, with features like Accelerators and web slices added to improve on the previous version.
I currently use Firefox over Internet Explorer for various reasons, including the fact that it rarely crashes, as well the useful add-ons, so should Mozilla be worried about its users switching to IE8?
What browser do you use? If you're the average internet user, you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It came bundled with your PC and you never found a compelling enough reason to switch.
But despite Microsoft's marketshare, we shouldn't let the numbers fool us: there's still a battle being waged in the browser market. And it's no surprise why: there's a lot of value in owning the application people use to access the internet with.
For Mac users who didn't feel a lot of love from Google when it released its browser, Chrome, and only included PC users in the fun, things are about to change.
A version of Chrome for the Mac is reportedly on the way and Google has released an experimental Quick Search Box for the Mac.