By now you've probably noticed that Google has given its search results page a brand new look (our own Ryan Whitwam covered the changes in blog post last week found here), but not everyone is keen on the new design. If you're one of those people, there's a relatively simple fix. All you have to do is change your default search page to this:
It's anyone's guess as to how long this will work, but at least for now, the above URL reverts Google's search results page to the old style, giving you control over when and when not to show advanced options in the left-hand column. In the words of Nick Burns, "You're Welcome!"
You can't get through a discussion about next-generation TV sets without bringing up the topic of 3D, but maybe we have it all wrong. Perhaps we should be talking about Internet-connected TVs instead. Quite frankly, we're a little surprised this hasn't been given more attention already. Nevertheless, ABI Research predicts that by 2013, some 46 percent of flat panel TVs will come with an Ethernet port, up from only 19 percent today.
"New features will include media guides/browsing, Web browsing, and more tightly integrated social and information-based datasets," said industry analyst Michael Inouye.
Internet-connected TVs will also open the door for new ways to advertise and cross-market products.
"TV makers no longer want to build 'dumb screens,'" says Inouye. "Rather than simply selling boxes, TV makers themselves could try to secure part of the revenue generated by ads their devices present."
If you like to shop online, you really have no reason to not save additional money when purchasing, well, anything. That's a pretty generic statement, so let me break things down for you: A number of online retailers (or brick-and-mortar stores with online presences) have tons of deals, coupons, and promotional codes floating around the Web at any given time. These might be geared toward specific audiences; they might be sent out to locations you don't frequent or email addresses that aren't yours.
So how, then, can you save money and access these coupons or promotions when shopping your Firefox Web browser? Well, I'm glad you asked...
To figure out what time it is in a location-that-isn't-yours, you usually have to click through a series of menus in Microsoft Windows' Date and Time screen. And once you're there, you aren't given a very elegant way to select your time zone of choice--heck, Windows 7 doesn't even give you the pretty flat map of the world anymore. You have to pick your time zone, rather boringly, from a small drop-down menu of locations and hour offsets.
Do you find yourself opening up your Web browser rather than cracking open your college textbooks? Maybe you're addicted to the Internet, or says a new study.
The problem might be more serious than you think. Some 200 students at the University of Maryland were asked to give up all media for a full day -- quit cold turkey, if you will -- and what the researchers behind the study found was that many of the students showed signs of withdrawal, craving, anxiety, and an inability to function well. In other words, the very symptoms you might find from someone suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction.
"I clearly am addicted and the dependency is sickening," said one student. "Between having a Blackberry, a laptop, a television, and an iPod, people have become unable to shed their media skin."
This isn't the first study to call attention to so-called Internet addiction, nor will it likely be the last. Be that as it may, Internet addiction is not a real disorder, not according to the American Psychiatric Association.
What do you think, is Internet addiction real? Are you or anyone you know addicted to cyberspace?
Ten years ago, Visa might not have seen a need to invest so heavily in security software, but times have changed. Cyber security has never been more important, and so Visa on Wednesday announced it would spend $2 billion snatching up CyberSource, a provider of electronic payment and e-commerce security software.
The deal values CyberSource's stock at $26 a share, compared to the company's closing price of $19.44 per share on Tuesday. CyberSource's army of merchants currently stands over 295,000 strong, which includes both CyberSource and Authorize.net.
"Online commerce continues to grow rapidly, and this acquisition will enable Visa to offer new and enhanced services that will better meet the growing demand among merchants globally for robust, secure online payment processing capabilities which in turn will grow the entire eCommerce category," said Joseph W. Saunders, Chairman and CEO of Visa Inc. "With CyberSource, we are adding a new suite of leading eCommerce capabilities and experience in addressing eCommerce merchant needs. And, as eCommerce increasingly migrates to mobile devices, we believe the combination of Visa and CyberSource technology and services will position Visa to lead in mobile eCommerce."
Visa said the deal doesn't require stockholder approval and expects it to close in the company's fourth fiscal quarter of 2010.
It's hard to deny the power of Google Docs, especially if you don't have the cash (or the wherewithal) to shell out for Microsoft Office. Sure, you could grab OpenOffice.org, but you would trade away the ability to edit your documents from any Internet-equipped location-one of Google Doc's important, Cloud-based features... as well as its ability to allow multiple users to simultaneously edit a document. You just can't get this kind of stuff in an offline word processor!
Of course, that's not to say that you can't use Google Docs offline. Nor are applications like Microsoft Word completely removed from the Internet-there's Microsoft Office Live for that, if you're so inclined.
Anyway, the point of this Freeware Files is not to confuse you in feature-lists or semantics. I'm here to show you just how easy it is to set up your system to use both offline and online word processing tools. Provided you're ready to jump into the wide world of Google Docs, all of the freeware and open-source applications listed below will do much to help integrate online editing and storage into your traditional offline type-type-typing.
According to research conducted by Nielsen, Australians with Facebook accounts are online a little over three times as long as non-Facebook users, which Nielsen says is indicative of how different types of users view the Internet.
"Facebook users are spending a lot more time using video, a lot more time on entertainment sites, and so on," says Mark Higginson, Nielsen director of Analytics. "Our conclusion is that those who use Facebook view it as another media platform. They think, 'will I watch television or surf on the internet for a while?'.
"Whereas non-Facebook users tend to the view the internet as more functionally orientated. They think, 'I have to do my banking' or 'I have to pay this bill.' Facebook users consume media, whereas non-users use the internet as a tool.”
This "digital divide," as Nielson puts it, also manifests itself in other ways. According to Nielsen, Facebook users spend seven times as long on search engines as non-Facebook users, and more than twice as long on entertainment sites. They also spend about 51 percent more time on news and information sites, Nielson reports.
Or, to be specific, I hate pulling up PDFs in my browser. No matter the reader or the complexity of the file, something invariably goes wrong whenever a PDF file crosses over the barrier between Internet and desktop. Unless you have a sharp eye for what you're clicking on (or a helpful icon to guide your path), you always run the risk of accidentally slapping a PDF into a new tab whenever you're surfing around in the ol' Firefox browser.
PDFs by themselves aren't evil. And sometimes you'll want to actually open a PDF via Firefox instead of taking the extra time to download it to your desktop and open up a reader. What Firefox lacks, in this regard, is control--ways to separate a unique PDF download from the typical bevy of files you grab on a daily basis.
Thankfully, there's an add-on that fixes that right quick.
How's that netbook working out for online 1080p HD content? Probably not so well, which gives VIA reason to tout its new VX900 chipset. According to VIA, this full featured single chip solution takes the jitters out of HD videos when coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 series processors.
"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies. "The VIA VX900 represents the most complete solution for HD digital content consumption on the market today."
At the heart of the VX900 is VIA's ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine, which features hardware acceleration for H.264. VIA promises smooth playback of 1080p video "without incurring a heavy CPU load."
Other features include support for DDR3 memory up to 1066MHz, a Chrome9 HCM 3D integrated graphics core, DX 9.0 support, and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability.