Google Chrome Updates itself

Posted on September 20, 2008. Filed under: Google | Tags: , , , |

Google announced yesturday that their new internet browser offering Chrome updates itself automatically without any notice/inimation. Chrome checks for updates every 5hours and downloads any important security updates if found. 

This feature is certainly good but atleast a popup notice would be helpful.  There are people who would wana know what their computer was upto besides downloading torrents 😉 

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Chrome violates privacy

Posted on September 13, 2008. Filed under: Google, News | Tags: , , , , , |

This article is officially at http://imandroid.org/2008/09/13/chrome-violates-privacychrome-violates-privacy/ please check it there..

Chrome, the new Internet Browser by Google,  has been criticised for privacy violations.

All you google friends probably using Chrome will know that theres only one text-input box in the browser which google refers to as OmniBox.  Other newer versions of IE and Firefox sport two textboxes one for the Target URL and the other for Search.

Google Suggest feature embedded in the OmniBox has created all the stir. The browser acted as  a keystroke logger. Whatever text in the OmniBox is sent to google for search queries the results of which are sent back to the browser as google suggest. This is how even the URLs ( websites visited ) along with other associated information like IP address is sent to Google servers.

This “ONE BAR” feature appears to be one of the hallmark features of Chrome. To integrate all information and obtain total control!

Google Suggest has been around for a while in Firefox, IPhone, Google Toolbar. This OMNIBOX is what sparked off the privacy debate because of its all in one nature.

Google reacted in its blog by explaining what actually goes on. 2% of the data queries that are sent via the OmniBox do log associated IP address.

Heres a quote from the blog

However, given the concerns that have been raised about Google storing this information — and its limited potential use — we decided that we will anonymize it within about 24 hours (basically, as soon as we practically can) in the 2% of Google Suggest requests we use. This will take a little time to implement, but we expect it to be in place before the end of the month

Experts arent convinced and feel anonymization might now be enough.

For all of us users, who are/should be concerned can switch off the Google Suggest. Go to Google Chrome Options, select Under the Hood tab and uncheck “show suggestions for navigation errors”

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the Google Consolidation

Posted on September 12, 2008. Filed under: android, Google | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Just when we think .. “okay.. Google cant get bigger than this”, Google actually does get bigger! Now with its beta release of the new internet browser Google Chrome. Based on Apple’s Open source development kit – webkit. What possible reasons you might wonder for google’s entry into this space.   Google is actively trying to reach out in every space thats got anything to do with internet, browsing, experience.. etc

One prime reason is obviously to provide better, enhanced web experience and the other should be revenues which is surely through advertising.

I remember watching an interview of Bill Gates on NDTV in which is says

a new company comes up that people say that now is the end of microsoft.. and everytime we rise and say.. nope, not this time..    it seems this time its google.

Amm.. Microsoft is doing great everywhere.. but its getting asskicked by google when you talk abt internet!.

Lets take a look at what spaces Google’s Covered :

  • Publishing ads on websites: well known leader : Adwords & Adsense
  • Internet Search Engine : Google practically dictates terms in area. Webmasters often steer their websites considering and applying all features that help its rankings in Google search. Ads are displayed here too!
  • There are 2 sources of internet browsing these days :  Personal Computers and Mobiles.
  • Personal Computers: with the launch of google Chrome, with its new commendable features like “desktop shortcuts” googles gonna probably give a rough time to Firefox. We should expect google in incorporate some sort of its advertising in future versions.. by which I dont mean adding ads in the browser itself, but making it more accessible to them..
  • MOBILES: ANDROID! nuff said! .. Google will start generating revenues from this in no time! Ads make all the difference
  • Google Services like Google-analytics and Google Apps have been received well by most webmasters with prominent websites like facebook, wordpress availing it. Google Apps – Google Docs and GMAIL have started some unique services for corporates, schools handling important operations of creating documents, editing, storage etc..
  • Picasa : the Photo storage site
  • Orkut : social networking site which is very very popular in Asia.

Now … CONSOLIDATION is the word that describes this. Google, by providing better webbased services and enhanced experience, is slowly eliminating the need for an Operating System with software which we couldnt live without before!

Can anyone come up with an internet area that Google hasent crawled yet?? leave a comment

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Dream Pix, Uk release November

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: android | Tags: , , , , , |

Great news for Android Fans, maybe updates have come out the past 2 weeks. 

HTC Dream – First Android Phone, is suggested to debut in November through T-Mobile in UK as reported by talkandroid.com. Device has a pretty good screen with a slide out qwerty keyboard.


Its probably safe to assume that this device is grabbing massive attention only as a first ever Android OS mobile phone. I find it very ugly, bulky, boring. HTC seems confused as to who its prime target is. Its not the youth, students, IPhone sweeped it completely.  As much as touchscreen is the new mantra.. there are still normal folks out there who desire a good Mobile OS in a non touch screen device and for such market, only Nokia-Symbian combination was a real alternative. Iphone seems to have taken a slice of it. For now, HTC Dream seems a Dream only of Tech Enthusiasts ( like me ) and corporates.

Im more interested to see how an Android powered Smartphone (without touchscreen) would challenge Nokia-Symbian. I guess we’ll have to wait till Q1 2009 for some real Android Releases.

Other updates:

Android App store: seems similar to iPhone’s Appz store.

Google’s New Chrome browser.. will probably make it to Android.

In other top stories:

Google has started scanning newspapers which our great grand dadys’ read back in the day news Archives. Its gonna have All vintage collection, crosswords, illustrations etc..   Google says its part of their mission to “organise world’s infromation” or what we thing.. “Kill everyone with our google tag” mission!

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