Last week Google released another build of Chrome Beta for Android. The normal bug fixes and refined features, as well as new issues were introduced in the public beta of Chrome. Perhaps one of the more interesting changes in the Chrome Beta is the introduction of a tried and true method for adding a shortcut to a Web site or Web app to your Android device's home screen.
Amazon Web Services won a key court ruling Monday in its battle with IBM over a $600 million contract to construct a cloud infrastructure for the Central Intelligence Agency.
After hearing arguments on the matter Monday, Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled today in favor of Amazon's request for judgment on the administrative record in the matter. The written text of the opinion has not yet been published but is expected shortly.
An IBM statement indicated it would appeal the ruling.
"We are disappointed with the ruling from the U.S. Court … Read more
Web Capture Browser allows you to take full-page screenshots of entire Web sites from your mobile device with the tap of a button, and it works seamlessly. From the basic interface and browser, which is admittedly lacking in features but is very quick, to the saving options and capture list the app provides, this is a great way to showcase mobile versions of sites for future reference or a portfolio.
When you load the app, you can navigate to a Web site right away in the browser and then tap the capture button to take a photo of that page. … Read more
Last week, it seemed like browser makers were about ready to settle on an idea called srcset to grapple with the tricky task of fetching the best images to show on today's wide variety of screen types.
This week, the issue is up in the air with the arrival of a new possibility called srcN. And it also handles another situation called "art direction," the idea of delivering a cropped image so people seeing it on small screens aren't saddled with inconveniently small details.
On Friday, Google engineers Tab Atkins and John Mellor proposed srcN, which … Read more
Google wants to replace annoying, blinking Flash ads on the Web with annoying, blinking HTML5 ads, and it's built a new tool to help ad makers do just that.
The free beta of Google Web Designer (download) lets ad makers build animated HTML5 ads with what Google calls "a robust yet intuitive set of design tools." The tool works with DoubleClick and AdMob, and can be published to any generic environment.
Although the tool builds ads visually, you can see and edit the code behind your designs, with changes reflected immediately. Google Web Designer itself updates automatically, … Read more
Microsoft may have cooked up a new Windows 8 app that can display a variety of different files.
Code-named Office Reader, the app supports Office documents, PDFs, Web pages, e-books, and electronic textbooks, according to The Verge. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's Office plans, The Verge said that the app was demoed at an employee-only meeting on Thursday by Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate VP in charge of Microsoft Office.
Beyond just displaying different files, Office Reader will let you interact with them. For example, users of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet could use a Surface Pro stylus to mark … Read more
For some, it must be hard to imagine a world without the Internet. But, 15 percent of US adults are living without the World Wide Web today.
A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project details who these non-Internet users are. Not surprisingly, the majority of people who don't go online are elderly adults.
Forty-four percent of people 65 and older are non-Internet users; and 62 percent of the so-called G.I. generation, or the "greatest generation," age 77 and older, don't use the Web.
For comparison, only 2 percent of people between … Read more
On paper, Evernote sounds fairly mundane. An information organizer, woo-hoo. Then, after you use it for a while, you cannot imagine how you functioned without it.
For example, I use the service to preserve and organize things like recipes, instruction manuals, home-repair records, and receipts for major purchases. Most of these items were "clipped" from Web pages using the Evernote plug-in for my browser, though that process has always been a little clunky. The Evernote "clipper" basically just sucked up whatever page I was viewing, giving me few options besides adding tags.
Google wants a Web that looks very different from today's. Instead of more or less static sites, perhaps spiced up with a new comment popping up on your Facebook page, Google wants Web apps that are indistinguishable in performance and sophistication from native programs like high-end games or Photoshop.
But Google faces a tough choice: What's the best way to get to that future?
The promise of the route it's trying to take, a technology called Native Client, shines in the sophisticated online photo-editing tools for Google+ that launched this month. The problem is that Native Client … Read more
Reuters has canceled a planned bells-and-whistles Web site project that it has been working on for more than two years.
The news wire service announced Wednesday that it decided to cancel "Reuters Next" to focus on adding more video and photography to its existing Web sites and creating more local-language sites.
"I believe the existing suite of Reuters.com sites is a better starting point for where we need to go," Reuters CEO Andrew Rashbass wrote in a memo to his staff. "I know this will feel somewhat 'Back to the Future,' but the existing … Read more