Entries in Google Chrome (5)


Google Chrome Browser Coming to iPhone and iPad

Google/Apple(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Google announced today that its popular Chrome browser, which has been available for Macs, PCs, and Android, is coming to Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

“Some of you have been very persistently asking about something. I’m very happy to say the team has really pulled something great off,” Google’s VP for Chrome, Brian Rakowski, said on stage at the Google I/O conference.

Similar to the Chrome app for Android, the iOS app will support multiple tabs and syncing. The syncing requires you to be logged into your Google account. It’s simple to use: if you have a Chrome tab open on your desktop computer — say, to this very website — you can then easily sync it so this site also opens on your mobile phone.

Apple demonstrated a number of forthcoming features in its iOS 6 operating system at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference a few weeks ago. One of those features is the new Safari, which includes iCloud tab syncing, which will sync the tabs you have open on your Mac’s Safari browser with the Safari on your phone.

The Chrome browser app will be available in the Apple App Store today.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


More Google Chromebooks Coming, Advertising Could Help Lower Prices

Sundar Pichai of Google. Joanna Stern/ABC News(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- Google has dominated the smartphone market with its Android operating system, but it also has its Chrome OS operating system, which is built on its Chrome browser. The Chrome system, which was released last year to run on devices when they’re connected to the Internet, is based entirely around the browser and the Chrome apps that run in the browser.

Google has just released an update to its Chrome OS, and along with it a new $450 Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has been announced.  There will be more laptops like it on the way, said Google Senior Vice President of Chrome & Apps, Sundar Pichai.

“Just like with Android, we’re in early stages of enabling an ecosystem. This year, we’re working very closely with Intel, and there are many OEMs [Original Equipment Manufacturers] working with Chromebooks,” Pichai told ABC News at the All Things D conference in California.

In response to the complaint that the laptops have been unreasonably expensive for what you get, Pichai said that will also change. “You’ll start seeing Chromebooks spanning many price points. There are a variety of user scenarios; we picked the middle point to start at.”

When ABC News asked about the idea of using advertising to subsidize the cost of the laptops, much as Amazon does on its Kindle tablets and e-readers, Pichai said, “It’s not lost on us that we can use advertising to provide better value propositions as well.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Google to Hire 6,000+ in 2011

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) – In what would be the biggest hiring year in the company’s history, Google plans to bring on more than 6,000 new workers in 2011.

In a blog post, Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research for Google, said the company and its products saw major growth in 2010, which led to the hiring of more than 4,500 workers. But 2011, said Eustace, will be the “biggest hiring year in company history.”

Since the company hired more than 6,000 in 2007, it is safe to assume that this year’s hiring figures will surpass that number.

Eustace reminisced of a more modest time in the company’s history.

“I joined Google more than eight years ago—when we had barely 500 employees and still used Outlook for e-mail and AIM for chat—and while there have been many changes, Google is still the same entrepreneurial company it was when I started, encouraging Googlers to take on big ideas and high-risk, high-reward opportunities,” he wrote.
Some of the “high-reward” ventures in recent Google history include Google Chrome, Android and Google Apps.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Is Google Trying to Kill Caps Lock?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Google on Tuesday unveiled its new netbook that runs on Google's Chrome operating system, it revealed that it had replaced the caps lock key with a search key.

Sure enough, images of the sleek, new netbook on the company's site show a simple search icon instead of the Internet troll's favorite weapon.

Business Insider quoted a Google employee as saying the caps lock key was omitted because it expects "this will improve the quality of comments across the Web."

But if you're one of those commenters prone to passionate discourse online, don't fear.

As the technology website SlashGear pointed out, Google hasn't taken away the caps lock function entirely. In a "getting started" guide for the new Chrome netbook, Google said the search key could be modified to serve as a caps lock.

"If you really need caps lock so you can post an INSIGHTFUL COMMENT ON YOUTUBE, click the wrench, click settings, and then go to the system section to change the modifier key from a search key to a caps lock key," the company says.

Google isn't alone in taking issue with all-caps comments. Netiquette experts say it's among the top online faux pas.

"All caps is the No. 1 worst offense. It's the e-mail equivalent of shouting," Anna Post, an author and etiquette expert at the Emily Post Institute, told ABC News in an earlier interview. "It makes me cringe when I get an e-mail in all caps, no matter how nicely it's written."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Google to Provide In-Flight Internet for Holiday Air Travel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google Chrome, Google’s Web browser team, on Monday announced plans to team up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America Airlines to provide passengers with a new service for holiday travel called Gogo Inflight Internet.

Gogo will allow flight passengers to access free Wi-Fi service while traveling on domestic flights during the holiday travel season.

Travelers flying on AirTran, Delta or Virgin America will be able to utilize the service between November 20, 2010 and January 2, 2011.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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