Archive for June, 2012

Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

First there was skydiving Google Glass; now Google IO has brought us Cirque du Soleil in the browser. The famous acrobatics company took the IO stage to show how they'd used web technologies to put motion-tracking dance and interaction into Chrome. The webcam of a Chromebook was used to follow the movements of the user, all rendered in smooth 3D; even more impressive, it all worked in the browser on a tablet, too.

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Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Today during Google's second day keynote they are talking about Chrome, and the Chrome Web Store. Reminding us about gaming with Chrome, and gaming in the cloud. With Chrome games can stream online with any internet connected device, and Google has improved Chrome in many key areas to help with performance and more.

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Google Compute Engine challenges Amazon with thousands of cores

Google Compute Engine challenges Amazon with thousands of cores

Google has launched Google Compute Engine, an Amazon EC2 rivaling infrastructure-as-a-service that "just works" for scalable virtual machines. App Engine powers over 1m active applications each day, Urs Holze, Google Senior VP of infrastructure, said during the Google IO keynote today, and now developers will be able to harness the power of the search giant's server farm themselves.

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Chromebooks hit retail via Best Buy

Chromebooks hit retail via Best Buy

The Google Chromebook experience has been boosted this week to physical retail stores all across the United States with Best Buy and in the UK as well. This is the next generation of Chromebooks because before now it was essentially only online that you'd be able to purchase such a notebook. This news comes amid Chrome OS updates that would in the very near future bring on more speed, smoother action, and much more cloud workability with Google Drive.

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Google releases Drive SDK 2.0

Google releases Drive SDK 2.0

Google looks to be getting serious in its quest for online storage, announcing some new features at the Day 2 I/O keynote that will take on competitors like Dropbox and Evernote. One of those is in the introduction of Google Drive SDK 2.0, which will allow app developers for Android and iOS to implement Drive functionality straight into their mobile apps.

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Google Drive hits the iPad and iPhone

Google Drive hits the iPad and iPhone

It was once again time to speak about the cloud this week at Google I/O 2012, with Google Drive being revealed as being able to be connected to both iOS and Chrome OS. This update has the software connections for both the iPad and the iPhone and comes with a OCR search and lots of lovely image and text recognition built-in. You're able to search through your photos and find the ones you want based on the content in the images - search for pyramids and you'll get your images with pyramids in them.

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Google Docs offline editing added today

Google Docs offline editing added today

Google has added offline editing to Google Docs, allowing users to open and edit their text, spreadsheet and other documents even when they don't have an internet connection. Announced today at the second Google IO keynote, the new offline Google Docs system uses local caching to save the latest copy of any documents changed, automatically synchronizing whenever a connection is restored.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft has revealed to select partners the details on upgrading to Windows 8 from older Windows releases. There are some limitations as to which of the latest Windows 8 versions older generation Windows releases can upgrade to and whether those upgrades will be able to retain personal data and system settings.

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Chrome hits the iPhone and iPad

Chrome hits the iPhone and iPad

This week the Google Chrome browser has been introduced for the iPhone. The Chrome browser started up Google I/O's 2012 keynote on the second day of the event, with Chrome as a browser connecting with Chrome as a browser as an operating system being shown to connect across any number of devices. Of course we'd seen much of this in the past as Google Chrome has been connected in this Google accounts way for several months. This browser is able to rather able, as its been demonstrated today, to work from a laptop to a Chromebook to a smartphone to a Nexus 7 tablet and back.

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310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

The second keynote of Google I/O 2012 has kicked off, with the news that the Chrome browser is now up to 310 million active users, compared to 160m back at IO 2011. The browser has had a significant surge in adoption - Google counted 70m active users back in 2010 - and the search giant claims that by all the metrics it can find, Chrome is the most popular web browser globally.

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