If you can't beat 'em, you might as well emulate 'em, right? That's the approach Yahoo is taking, which at a press event in San Francisco announced a service called 'Search Direct.' It's basically Yahoo's take on Google Instant; as you type search queries into Yahoo Search, you'll start to see results with each press of a key, and you don't have to hit the return key. So why is Yahoo refuting that Search Direct is comparable to Google Instant?
The hit series "Dexter" is getting axed from Netflix's streaming service. So is "Californication" and every other current, original series. It's the agreement CBS's Showtime and Netflix came to when reworking an expiring streaming content deal, and quite frankly, losing popular shows like "Dexter" simply sucks. But it's not all bad news for Netflix.
Yet another reason to choose Google's Chrome browser over all the rest, it's the only one no longer affected by a critical Adobe Flash Player bug currently running wild. Google was able to issue the fix ahead of schedule because of its close collaboration with Adobe. The Flash Player comes embedded in the Chrome browser, and as a result of Google's and Adobe's buddy system, Google receives early access to updated Flash builds.
Technology is sort of like Father Time, in that it waits for no one. So while you're getting acquainted with Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 9 browser, the Redmond outfit is already paving a path to IE10, proof of which can be found hidden inside IE9. If you dig deep enough, you'll find a dialog box referencing Microsoft's next-generation browser.
Google's semi-controversial Street View technology is once again making headlines, this time because of a heavy-handed fine imposed by France's data privacy regulator. According to an AFP report, France fined Google 100,000 euros today, or about $142,000 in U.S. currency, for collecting private information. It's the biggest fine ever handed out by the National Commission for Information Freedom (CNIL) since the organization obtained the power to do so in 2004.
Every tech should have a wireless dongle in his/her emergency kit, and if you don't have one already, D-Link hopes you'll consider one of its new fun-sized models. D-Link's Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and Wireless N USB Adapter (DWA-131) both sport a compact design that makes for easy storage and can be plugged into a laptop or desktop without sticking out like a, well, typical dongle.
Google Chrome's streamlined user interface isn't the only trend sweeping through the browser scene. According to a draft document published by Mozilla programmer Rob Sayre, Mozilla is planning an accelerated release schedule for Firefox, which will include different versions with varying levels of stability.
Internet cafes are prevalent throughout China, and that poses a problem for a country that wants complete control over accessing the Web. China keeps a tight leash on Internet cafes, and in the past six years, government authorities have swooped in and shut down more than 130,000 of them.
The Opera Software team on Thursday made available its next generation browser in beta form. Opera 11.10, or "Barracuda," as it's codenamed, jumps on the minimalistic UI bandwagon by introducing a streamlined interface. The Opera team is also talking up an enhanced Speed Dial that provides clearer previews and can dynamically show live content for websites.
The South Australian government is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to post violent or degrading images on the Internet, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Having seen so many similar outcries before -- though usually associated with violent videogames -- you would think that Australia's jumping on the bandwagon that such images might turn today's youth into walking clones of in-game bad guys, but that's not the reason Australia is proposing such a drastic measure.