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Don't follow Google in this: Top failed Google products

Jun 15, 2015 by AdrianC

The Google search engine, Gmail, Android or Chrome... this is what immediately comes into our minds when we think about Google - and for good reason, because these products "call the shots" in their field. However, if we look closely, behind these successful products we see the projects that Google really wants to bury, a “graveyard” of failed products.

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A peek into the future: smartwatches, drones and virtual reality

May 12, 2015 by AdrianC

So far it looks like that Google and Apple see 2015 as the year of wearable devices, Amazon shows us that flying drones represent the future, and a company named Oculus VR tries to bring to life the unfulfilled dream of the last generation, Virtual Reality. ... read more

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Facebook and Google plan to provide Internet access all around the world

Jun 24, 2014 by BogdanZ

It's summer time in the Northern Hemisphere :), and we're getting ready for the holidays. So imagine that you have reached your dream destination (isolated island?), and at some point you take your phone out of your pocket and, guess what, you have Internet access. This seems to be the dream of Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. ... read more

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KitKat - The latest delicacy from Android

Feb 17, 2014 by Adrian

The battle for the best mobile operating system (OS) between Apple and Google is not going to end soon, in spite of Microsoft's attempts to catch up with them, as both Apple and Google seem to have infinite development resources. Right now, Google is ready to take on iOS 7 with its new mobile OS, Android 4.4 – codenamed KitKat. ... read more

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Adobe pulled out Flash from Google Play ? ... Why not install it manually: how to

Jul 25, 2013 by Adrian

An official from Adobe announced that "There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1."… It seems that HTML 5 is gaining ground on the mobile market as Adobe announces that Flash Player will not be supported on Android 4.1 and higher ... read more

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How to upgrade your smartphone / tablet to Android 4.0 - Part 2

Feb 10, 2012 by DanM

Apart from the gentle way, there's also a hard way to upgrade your smartphone / tablet to the latest version of Android - Android 4.0. However, I don't recommend any of the methods presented in this post if you don't like taking risks! ... read more

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How to upgrade your smartphone / tablet to Android 4.0 - Part 1

Jan 27, 2012 by DanM

This how to presents the steps you need to follow in order to upgrade your smartphone / tablet to the latest version of Android - Android 4.0 (also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich"). ... read more

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Android 4.0: the Google delight

Dec 21, 2011 by Oana

Released on October 19, together with Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Ice Cream Sandwich proves to be worthy of its dual name: enhanced user interface, better speed and performance, plus a set of new functionalities that aim the multi-touch use. ... read more

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb: ready to conquer the tablet market

Jul 19, 2011 by Oana

Also known as Honeycomb, Android 3.0 is a tablet oriented platform which supports devices with larger screen size. Honeycomb is the next version in line after the 2.3 version, aka Gingerbread, and the predecessor of the soon to come Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be a dual platform compatible with both smartphones and tablets. ... read more

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Waiting for Google OS... should Windows watch its back?

Oct 23, 2010 by DanM

The rumor that Google is launching an operating system is no longer breaking news and almost everybody is waiting for the final release. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco (Nov. 2010), Google boss, Eric Schmidt, announced that the Google OS will be available “in the next few months". ... read more

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Apple vs. Microsoft... or is it vs. Google?

Jun 25, 2010 by Oana

By now you've probably heard that Apple is the newest company to challenge the so called title "World's Biggest Tech Company", in the detriment of Microsoft. ... read more

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Google Chrome is GROWING

May 12, 2010 by DanM

Google Chrome is growing, and it's growing fast! Launched on September 2, 2008 as a beta version (the [last] stable version was released on April 27, 2010), Google Chrome didn't start as an eye catcher. ... read more

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Firefox for Android Pre-Alpha: bravery or nonsense?

Apr 29, 2010 by Andreea

On Wednesday, April 28, Mozilla has officially released the Firefox mobile browser, codenamed Fennec, for Android smartphones. If you wonder why anyone would want to release a pre-alpha version on the market, well the answer is simple: for free testing and lots and lots of feedback. This is also the case of Firefox, according to some developers who clearly affirmed that the purpose of this “pre-alpha” version is to be tested and receive feedback from users. ... read more

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The new Browser War: Google goes Machiavelli on Microsoft

Dec 11, 2009 by Oana

It's been a busy season for the major players on the web browser market, with Mozilla Corp. launching Firefox 3.5 on 30 June, and Microsoft releasing its 8th edition of IE in March. While the former included native integration of audio and video, more privacy features and an overall performance improvement, the latter added accelerators, improved privacy protection, and a compatibility mode for pages designed for earlier version of IE. Along came Google ... read more

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Go - the newest programming language from Google! What's next?

Nov 26, 2009 by Oana

After entering a partnership with Verizon last month, and after launching the newest Android 2.0 smartphone (I am talking about Motorola Droid, of course) on November 6, only four days later (on November 10) Google has released Go: its first programming language. ... read more

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Crossing blades in cross-browser compatibility issues

Nov 12, 2009 by Doina

It's been only a couple of weeks since Google's last attempt at publicly admonishing (let's not use the harsher word "humiliate") Microsoft's baby, Internet Explorer. Well, as they say, all is fair in love and web. :) Since there is no "mommy" to go to when peers start hitting each other, the problem is left in the hands of players. And Microsoft is certainly an old player at this game. ... read more

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Surf's up with Google Wave

Oct 01, 2009 by Doina

When something web-related hits a fair amount of success, we can be sure that, sooner or later, it will be acquired by the larger players in the game. And now, the game quite literally belongs to Google Inc., Mountain View, CA. ... read more

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Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google. What's in it for each?

Sep 17, 2009 by Doina

Previous days have found the web filled with rumors, either reliable or not so truthful, about Microsoft finally having closed a partnership deal with Yahoo. Although everything has been confirmed by officials from both parties, the mystery still remains as everybody is now wondering ... read more

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Google Chromes its way to the WWW

Sep 03, 2009 by Oana

Following the release of the Chrome browser in 2008, Google will launch a brand new open source operating system, called Chrome OS, by the second half of the year 2010. This OS will mainly address notebooks, being a lightweight version of a custom desktop operating system ... read more

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Google's friend or foe? Wolfram Alpha

Jul 09, 2009 by Doina

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine developed by the British physicist Stephen Wolfram, which might be available for the public at large for free anytime soon, as the announcement on the official website states.

Tiresome the technology's denomination might be, the simple fact about it is this: Wolfram Alpha, a more complex search engine, can be Google's first major alternative ... read more

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Office Web Applications and Azure - Microsoft's new bet

Feb 24, 2009 by Mihai

Microsoft has demonstrated in more than one occasion that they can take a raw idea and bring it to its maximum market potential. They did come up with quite a few great ideas themselves - but arguably the most impressive feature that Microsoft has illustrated over the years is the capacity to re-pack an already proven concept into a better shape, that ultimately wins the market. This happened with DOS, Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, XBOX - and might also happen with the new services that MS has recently launched: Office Web Applications and Azure. ... read more

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Google office in Romania

Dec 04, 2008 by Doina

On January the 15th this year, Google officially registered at the Romanian Trade Office, the branch Google Bucharest SRL, with the stated activity of “consultancy and providing other software products”. The commercial society is held entirely by Google international Inc., with headquarters in Mountain View, California.

If we know that the local branch has only 5 non-Romanian employees, it is difficult to tell what Googlers have in mind with this branch. While they have previously denied any plans of setting up a business in Romania, now they have already a steady office. When asked by local reporters about their future development plans, the local representatives retained any comments. At present, Kent Walker is the VP and the general consultant of the firm, while John Herlihy is the VP responsible with the online sales of Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa (the EMEA region). Also, Nikesh Arora is the VP in Google Inc. and president of EMEA operations. ... read more

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