Now here is something to get you excited.
According to the latest discovery by enthusiast François Beaufort, the search giant has added a new feature reference in the latest build of Chromium, which allows users to enable Google Now if they have access to the server data.
While the following feature is not yet publicly available nor is finished, it’s pretty clear where we are heading and we can’t wait to test it out. On a downside, Google Now integration will be coming to Chrome OS and the Windows version of Google Chrome only.
Following the recent IE10 launch for Windows 7, the software giant has also uploaded a new, bland and boring video, which tries too hard to duplicate the previous few ad’s success.
In any case, if you feel all touchy inside, check it out. You might like it.
With voice recognition.
If you are in a mood to talk to your PC then we have some great news for you: the latest stable build of Google’s Chrome web browser includes a support for Web Speech API, which allows you to have a conversation with web apps.
Prior the Data Privacy Day (January 28th), Microsoft has conducted a study whose goal was to learn more about people’s online privacy perceptions. As it turns out, 45% of all the respondents felt like they had little to no control over their personal information with only 10% saying that know how to protect their online privacy.
Well, in an effort to educate the average consumer (who will never visit nor know about such initiative anyway), Microsoft has launched a new portal, which aims to demonstrate how the software giant uses various tools (such as IE’s DNT header) to protect you from the “evil corporations”.
Now here is a shocker, after seeing tons of bland and idiotic ads from Microsoft (mostly promoting Windows 7, Vista and the likes), it looks like the software giant can actually produce a couple of decent ones in markets where they are failing and/or haven’t established their foothold yet.
The latest example comes from Microsoft’s ad agency for the IE Team, which produced the ad so good that it kind of makes you wanna use their product (that in case you are using something else right now).
Android and iOS only.
Now here is something you won’t see every single day. In an effort to stay relevant in the mobile space, it looks like Opera is open to all kinds of crazy ideas and one of them was just revealed. As learned by Pocket-lint, Norwegian browser maker has dropped their own rendering engine (codenamed Presto), which powers a wide range of products (Opera Mobile, Opera Desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Wii Browser and their TV Web Browser), in favor of WebKit, which since became a standard among developers.
Provides a glimpse into the future.
If you thought that talking to your phone and/or tablet is a bad idea, wait till you read this. As of now, the latest beta build of Google Chrome 25 includes a support for the Web Speech API, which allows developers to integrate voice controls into their web applications.
For example, assuming that voice recognition isn’t that bad, you could “write” an email to your boss without touching a finger.