Microsoft’s Scroogled Campaign Hits New Low, Uses “Pawn Stars” Guys To Attack Chromebooks

scroogled-pawn-stars-featured "Wow. How sad." That was my reaction to watching the latest in Microsoft's Scroogled campaign against Google, this time using two of the stars from Pawn Stars to attack Chromebooks as not "real laptops" and part of Google's overall plan to "Scroogle" people. I'm struggling to understand how the geniuses behind the Scroogled campaign thought going after Chromebooks as somehow Google misleading people was a great idea. But to me -- and I'm a big Pawn Stars fan -- it comes off as weak and even desperate. "It's Pretty Much A Brick" The video features a woman who walks into the Gold & Silv [...]


Chrome Browser Grows To 3 Percent On iOS

chrome logo Google is trying to get as many people as it can to use Chrome and sign in across platforms. There are multiple benefits to Google, including collecting data for its recently announced Estimated Total Conversions analytics offering. Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, with a nearly 40 percent global market share, followed by IE. However on mobile devices Chrome has a way to go. While Google browsers dominate on Android Chrome has only a small share of usage on iOS. However that share is growing after a long period of stagnation. After spending about 14 months at about 2 [...]


New Google Nexus 7 Goes Live Early On Best Buy Site

New Nexus 7 We're waiting here in San Francisco for the Google Chrome/Android/Nexus event to start (see Danny's live blog). But Best Buy has already put up preorder pages for the new Nexus 7 ahead of this morning's announcement. The 16GB version is priced at $229. Versions with more memory cost more, up to $269. It's interesting that Google is raising prices on the device at a time of intensifying tablet competition. The original Nexus 7 was priced at $199 and above. Perhaps the "classic" version will continue to be sold at the lower price point, in the same way that Apple sells the iPhone 4 and [...]


Google Shows Nearly 100 Million Unsafe Browsing Warnings Per Week

Safe Browsing – Transparency Report – Google The Google Safe Browsing system is designed to warn people from Google's search results and when using popular browsers if they are about to enter a site deemed unsafe due to suspected malware or phishing attempts. Google's now sharing figures on how often it warns: currently almost 100 million times per week, along with other statistics. The statistics have been added to the Google Transparency Report, where Google has shared information about when it is required to remove content or provide user data due to legal reasons. Now, Safe Browsing statistics are a new area of the report. Unsafe [...]


Microsoft Slams Google In Nasty, Internal Parody Of Chrome Ad

scroogled-chrome You're not supposed to see this video. Unless you work at Microsoft. It's a fake Chrome ad that's part of Microsoft's ongoing "Scroogled" campaign against Google, but it was supposed to remain internal. It appeared first on a blog called iCosmoGeek and has now been picked up by the Los Angeles Times. The Times says it has confirmation from Microsoft that the video was made for internal purposes. The video plays up many of the same charges that Microsoft has been making throughout the Scroogled campaign -- tracking users to target ads, not respecting users' privacy and so forth. He [...]


With New Gmail And Chrome Integrations, Is Google Trying To “Colonize” iOS Devices?

New Gmail for iOS Is Google simply trying to create a better user experience on the iPhone and iPad or is it trying to "colonize" iOS with its apps? It all depends on your point of view -- though, it's probably a bit of both. When the new Gmail app for iOS was released May 6, immediately, inflammatory headlines appeared, suggesting that Google was "taking over the iPhone." However, that's not exactly the case. Users of the new Gmail app have the (default) option to go directly to the native versions of YouTube and Google Maps, as well as open Chrome via links in email. Previously, such links would have op [...]


Top Retail Websites Not Getting Faster: Average Web Page Load Time Is 7.25 Seconds [Report]

turtle-slow-speed-featured According to a recent report published by Radware, load times for the top U.S. retail websites are 22 percent slower than in December 2011, continuing to go well beyond the ideal three-second load time. For their Spring 2013 "State of the Union" report, Radware evaluated load times for the top 2,000 U.S. retail websites as ranked by Alexa.com. The sites were tested using three different browsers: IE 9, Firefox 17 and Chrome 23, all on a DSL connection. The study found that the median load time for first-time visitors to a retail website's home page was 7.25 seconds, a 22 percent increase [...]


Is Android Vs. Chrome A Metaphor For Apps Vs. Mobile Web?

chrome vs. android Google's early fantasy about mobile was that apps would eventually lose favor in favor of HTML5 and the browser. This is consistent with Google's outlook and competitive history vs. Microsoft and Apple: the Internet and the cloud vs. proprietary operating systems and software. Yet, to date, apps have largely won out over the mobile Web. According to Nielsen, US mobile users spend just under 80 percent of their time with mobile apps vs. the mobile Web. And, comScore has said that "four out of five" mobile minutes (roughly the same amount) are spent in mobile apps. Last week, we discovered [...]


Google Breaks Up Mapping And Commerce Unit, Sends Jeff Huber To Google X

Google has decided to break up the unit that formerly combined mapping and commerce in a mini-reorganization coinciding with the transfer of Android to the leadership of Chrome SVP Sundar Pichai. Jeff Huber who formerly ran the combined commerce + local group is now becoming part of Sergey Brin's "Google X" team. According to the Wall Street Journal: The mapping unit will become part of the Google search team, led by Alan Eustace, and the commerce unit will be tucked into the advertising group, led by Susan Wojcicki.  The change may have been prompted by some tension in the combination o [...]


Report: Google Now Coming To Chrome & Chromebooks?

Google Now graphic The Verge is now reporting that Google's virtual assistant Google Now is coming to the Chrome browser and Chromebooks. Google Now will apparently be part of a new notification center in the Chrome OS. There's no question that Google Now is a compelling product. Whether we call it a "virtual assistant" or "predictive search" or "ambient search," it is to Android what Siri is to the iPhone -- a differentiator. Last year, it won the "innovation of the year" award from Popular Science. It's not entirely clear how Google Now on PCs would manifest, perhaps a notification box or pop-up i [...]


WSJ: Google Developing Touchscreen Chromebooks [Updated]

Chromebook Here's more stuff for Google to sell through its forthcoming retail stores: touchscreen Chromebooks. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and unnamed hardware partners are developing new Chromebooks with touchscreens: Google Inc. has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet giant tries to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system. Interestingly, the new Chrome devices also would compete with devices powered by Google's other operati [...]


Report: Google To Open Stand-Alone Retail Stores In Major Metros

google-store-featured Google has been inching closer to opening its own retail stores for the past three years. It opened a Google schwag store on its own Mountain View campus in 2010. Then it tested a “store within a store” or "pop up store" concept in London, called “The Chromezone,” to sell Chromebooks for holiday 2011. In 2012, Google sent a supply of Chromebooks to BestBuy in the US and Dixon's in the UK to create an offline retail presence for the product. In addition, last year, Google was running a novel promotion with Virgin America at several US airports. Users got to try out Chromebooks on Vir [...]


Google’s Chrome Browser Issues Malware Warnings For Major Sites

Chrome Malware Warning Those trying to reach major websites ranging from The Huffington Post to CNET and using Google's Chrome browser may be getting blocked, as Chrome puts up a "Danger: Malware Ahead" warning. I first noticed this last night, when I tried to reach an article at The Huffington Post, and got this warning screen: The warning said that content from Buddy TV, a "known malware distributor," had been inserted into the Huffington Post site. Oh dear. The culprit? A little box at the Huffington Post that pulled in headlines from the Buddy TV website, which Google yesterday considered to be ma [...]


Google Chrome Browser Joins The Do Not Track Club

google-chrome-privacy-featured Google's updated Chrome browser finally adds support for the "do not track" (DNT) standard. This was previously reported and confirmed by Google but is now rolling out. All other major browsers support DNT. The Internet Explorer browser is set to DNT by default. The other browsers require consumers to affirmatively indicate DNT as a preference. Microsoft's position in particular has angered ad-industry trade groups (and irked its partner Yahoo). The Digital Advertising Alliance, a kind of meta trade group comprised of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the IAB, the DMA, th [...]


Mobile Browser Speed Battle: iOS Devices Faster On 3G, Android Faster On LTE

mobile-web-traffic-featured A new study on mobile browser speed offers mixed results when comparing iOS and Android devices, and shows that it's not just the device/platform that you're using, but also the cellular network that you're on that matters. Strangeloop Networks has just published its 2012 State of Mobile Ecommerce Performance report, which looks at how fast the top 200 e-commerce websites load on mobile web browsers. It's a companion report to the desktop browser speedy study that Strangeloop issued last week. For this study, Strangeloop measured 200 e-commerce sites over 3G and LTE networks in July and [...]


Retail Web Sites Are Getting Slower; IE 10 Beats Firefox & Chrome, Study Says

turtle-slow-speed-featured The top retail websites are slower to load than they were last year, and the problem is at its worst on Google's Chrome browser -- the slowest of three browsers measured in Strangeloop Networks' Fall 2012 State of the Union study on page speed and web performance. Strangeloop measured the performance of the top 2,000 retail websites (as ranked by Alexa) during July and August, and found that the median page load was nine percent slower than its last study, which was done in November 2011. That's measuring first-time page views, which slowed from 5.94 seconds last year to 6.5 seconds this ye [...]


Google’s Chrome iOS App Top Free App In App Store

As expected, Google launched Chrome for iOS and it is now available for free download in the Apple App Store. The app currently has 3,615 ratings with an average rating of four and a half stars. Not only is it available and have that many positive ratings, it is the top free app in the app store right now. On the desktop version, Google announced at Google I/O that Chrome has 310 million active users, which is almost twice as many active users as last year. [...]


Who’s Winning The Browser Wars? It Depends On Whom You Ask

browser-logos A couple of recent articles have looked at the current state of browser usage, but they don't agree on which browser is No. 1 right now. On Wednesday, Shareaholic -- the social media button provider -- shared a chart showing browser usage in April across more than 200,000 publisher sites that use its buttons. According to their data, Chrome has a five percent lead over Internet Explorer, with Firefox a very close third. Shareaholic puts Safari at about 13 percent overall market share -- a number that includes iOS traffic. Android browser usage is also on the rise as you can see abov [...]


Is Chrome Slower Than IE9 & Firefox? A New Study Says It Is

google-chrome-logo This may come as a surprise to a lot of Chrome users: A new study about page speed and website performance says that Google's Chrome web browser performed slower than both IE9 and Firefox in a recent analysis of retail website home pages. The findings come from Strangeloop Networks' annual e-commerce page speed and website performance report, just released today. The company tested the home pages of the top 2,000 Alexa-ranked retail websites and found that both IE9 and Firefox 7 were about five percent faster than Chrome. In its report, Strangeloop doesn't claim that its study "d [...]


Google’s Coming Tablet: A Response To Kindle Fire, Not The iPad

Screen shot 2012-01-02 at 12.26.54 PM The Kindle Fire is a deeply flawed tablet -- yet it has disrupted the nascent tablet market and especially other iPad challengers. Indeed, it may have even motivated Google to develop its own branded tablet, similar to the Google-branded Nexus series of smartphones. By pricing its heavily skinned Android device at $199 and taking a slight loss on each one sold Amazon is making a bid to dominate the Android tablet market. And the company appears to be well on its way, with millions of Kindle Fires already sold. Millions of Kindle Fires Sold Amazon said that it sold more than 1 million [...]


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