Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Advertorial, Google, PROMO, Technoid Computer News | Tags: chrome, Chrome Extensions, Google, SPONSORED POST | Comments Off on 3 Chrome Extensions You Can’t Live Without
On its own, Google’s Chrome is a pretty neat browser, however extensions can either increase or weigh down its potential exponentially. So, exactly what are extensions – I hear you whisper? Essentially, they’re small apps that add extra – external – functionality. For Chrome, there are literally tens of thousands of available extensions, performing a huge variety of functions – everything from find shopping coupons, to extensions that make your computer run much faster. A visit to Googles Chrome Web Store Extensions page can be overwhelming, so we’re going to simplify things for you, here are 3 extensions you can’t – or shouldn’t – live without.
For newbies to the Chrome browser, consider this your extensions starter pack. If you’re a Chrome power user, you’ll no doubt be familiar most or some of these, but you might learn about some you’ve never heard of before. Once you’ve tried any one of these extensions, you won’t know how you ever lived without them. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Google, News From the web, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Alphabet, BMW, Domain Name, Google | Comments Off on Google Restructures Under Alphabet, Ooops
The behemoth that is Google has announced a surprise corporate restructure, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the internet search unit as one of several entities.
Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the technology giant’s newer ventures including research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.
The new chief executive at the search unit – Google – will be the current vice president, Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet will include units focusing on life sciences such as a glucose-sensing contact lenses and the health research firm Calico. Google X, which handles research on self-driving cars and internet balloons, will also be a separate unit.
Other units to be separated include the drone delivery project Wing, Google Fiber’s high-speed internet, the home automation unit Nest and investment arms.
But Ooops… Google’s new holding company – Alphabet’s – website is abc.xyz because Alphabet.com is owned by Alphabet, a BMW-owned fleet management service. Even though only a few people had ever heard of BMW’s Alphabet before, the company clearly isn’t going to let all of this free publicity just sit there unfettered, BMW says it has no intention of letting go of the domain name :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Apple Hack, Freak, Google, Hack, Microsoft | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’
As Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.
Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.
Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.
Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy – to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 4th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CHINA! | Tags: China, China Censorship, China-Technology-News, Gmail, Google, Great Firewall of China | Comments Off on China Kills Google’s Gmail
China-tech watchers are saying China has all but blocked the last remaining ways for people to access Gmail, Google’s email service.
Experts say Gmail traffic in China was shut down last week after Chinese authorities apparently plugged the third-party applications that allowed users to get around existing hurdles. Only a trickle of emails have got through since.
Gmail is the galaxy’s largest email service, it has however been largely inaccessible from within China since June last year, coinciding with the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
But users could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage. Gmail users could access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3, allowing users to communicate using Gmail on apps like Apple iPhone’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google | Tags: Gangnam Style, Google, YouTube | Comments Off on Gangnam Style Fries Google’s Counters
Gangnam Style has become such a hit that it’s causing problems for Google’s video sharing website YouTube. YouTube says that the 2012 song by South Korea’s Psy – accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation – this week reached the maximum number of views that its counter had imagined to be conceivable :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Google, REBLOG | Comments Off on ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google
Two Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”
In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail the the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.
Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.
The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Android Open Source Project, AOSP, Blackberry, DeepMind, Google, Google Android, Google Quantum AI Lab, Lenovo, Microsoft Windows Phone, Motorola, Motorola Mobility | Comments Off on Google Buys Deepmind, Sells Motorola Mobility, Increases Smartphone Share to 78 Percent …and 2014 is only 30 days old
We all thought Google’s 2013 was mammoth, celebrating it’s 13th year of existence the search behemoth ended the year with a purchase – $US3.2 billion for Nest – It began the year by releasing it’s Nexus Tablet range and in between took ownership of the smartphone market, hinted at Glass, dragged it’s stock price over the $US1000 barrier, sold 50 billion apps via Play and stayed well-ontop of search.
That so doesn’t sound impressive enough! Search by Google was astounding in 2013, A billion monthly unique searches, Microsoft’s Bing – the 2nd place getter – managed 290 million a month. Point is, it was good to be Google in 2013, gloating won’t slow the giant, 2014 is likely to be a GREAT year for Google :: Read the full article »»»»