Here come the hybrid apps.
It looks like Microsoft and Apple are not the only ones that think about the unification. According to the latest report, Google is working on a toolkit, which will help developers to create Chrome apps for their own Android platform as well as iOS.
The main difference between Android and Chrome apps is that later are built for the web by default and Google is using Apache Cordova (a core of PhoneGap) to accomplish their goals.
You just got Scroogled.
Either Microsoft has too much cash or they feel threatened by the (possibly) rising Chromebook demand. In its latest video, the software giant goes to show you how Google is using your data to make cash, why these laptops are bricks and why it’s not worth anything.
Check it out:
It looks like Google’s Pixel won’t be the only Chromebook that has a touchscreen. Today, Acer has announced C720P, an 11.6 inch laptop running on Celeron 2955U CPU, 32 GB SSD and 2GB RAM.
However, unlike Chrome Pixel, it won’t cost you a fortune. In fact, it’s only $299 and with a reported battery life of 7.5 hours.
So when is it coming? As soon as early December, which is next week!
Just a drop in the sea.
Back in 2012, Google was caught tracking Safari users through a loophole, which caused some stir in the community. Now, it looks like the search giant’s actions were not left unpunished.
According to the recent report, Google will have to pay $17 million to settle, which is less than a pocketchange for the company. While they did not admit doing anything wrong, search giant’s spokesman said that they have “taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”
If you’ve been wanting to pick one of the HP Chromebooks later this month then don’t hold your breath. Why? Turns out, they were removed from the Best Buy and Amazon stores because of a number of user complaints about the overheating chargers that cause the damage.
In the meantime, HP advised not to use the original chargers that came with a product and rely on micro USB chargers instead.
Can you feel the teenager excitement in the air?
Now here’s something for the Chromebook crowd. Today, Google has announced a new beta build of Chrome OS, which includes a new, family friendly feature called “Supervised users”.
Recently, we learned that Google is working on its own cookie alternative and now, it looks like it’s not the only one.
According to AdAge, Microsoft is too developing a similar technology, which would track users across PCs, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox. The replacement itself is basically a device identifier, which means that you could opt in or opt out of such service. Unlike now, where any company can collect data, such technology would make Microsoft directly responsible for your data, be it for better or worse.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Better privacy control as long as you trust Google.
If you haven’t heard about the AdID before, it’s because there is no such thing yet. However, according to USAToday, Google is working on an anonymous identifier (AdID), which would eventually replace everyone’s beloved cookies.
As stated in the article, AdID would allow ad companies to target various web browser users but there are certain guidelines that would give consumers more control over their privacy, which does sound good on a paper.
Now here’s a non-news story for you.
If you are using Google Analytics and IE8, then you’re going to have a bad time as the search giant has recently announced its plans to drop the support for Microsoft’s web browser by the end of 2013.
As it says in the blog post, Google has “decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product.”