We like building our own PCs because there's a certain satisfaction that comes from hand-picking the right combination of parts, putting them together, and then fine tuning their collective performance both on a hardware and software level. A home brewed PC is never finished -- we can always add, subtract, or upgrade components, and over time, our machines become a living entity that grows alongside us. What started off as a lean, mean, pixel pushing machine may eventually end up as a whisper quiet home theater PC (HTPC).
Tim Berners-Lee helped change the world more than two decades ago.
If you plan on going out to eat today, save room for dessert and order a slice a cake in honor of the web's 20th birthday. That's right, it's been two whole decades already, though the wheels were set in motion several years before in 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist working at CERN, first proposed an information management system that would later become the World Wide Web. These days he serves as the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The FTC's probe into Google's business practices is officially over.
Google has reason to celebrate heading into the weekend. The sultan of search scored what some might consider a lopsided settlement agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FTC) in which no fines were assessed. Instead, Google merely had to promise to change its business practices to resolve competition concerns in mobile, PC, and gaming console markets.
Once arguably the most widely used web browser in the world, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has witnessed a precipitous decline in usage over the past few years; where the browser accounted for 95 percent of the browser market at its peak in the early naughties, its current market share is estimated to be somewhere between 27.4 percent and 54.13 percent. But in certain parts of the world, it’s still, hands down, the most used browser. South Korea is one such place.
The launch of Windows 8 last week also marked the official release of Internet Explorer 10, which ships with the new OS (Windows 7 users can download a release preview, or hang tight until November for a finished build). Microsoft thinks IE10 is the best browser on the planet, and while Mozilla might disagree with such a claim, animosity doesn't run high between the two companies. Just the opposite, actually. In fact, Mozilla sent Microsoft a cake for shipping IE10.
Chrome 23 entered the beta channel this week, bringing with it a number of improvements and new features. The latest beta build of Google’s flagship browser, according to Google software engineer Justin Uberti, has everything developers need “to take video engagement to the next level.”
Mozilla took another page from Google Chrome when designing Firefox 15, which was released today. Like Chrome, the new version of Firefox features silent updates that are downloaded and installed in the background. Once installed, Firefox seamlessly and quickly switches to the new version the next time the end user exits and restarts his or her browser session.
Google has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging the sultan of search placed tracking cookies on computers running Apple's Safari browser that effectively bypassed the browser's built-in privacy measures. It's the largest fine ever handed out by the FTC, and one the government organization hopes will serve as a deterrent to other companies who might look to profit at the expense of privacy.
Kinect’s launch in late 2010 was accompanied by a lot of fanfare and excitement, all of which seemed justified initially as the motion-sensing Xbox 360 peripheral quickly became a huge sales success. Then millions of Kinect owners began waiting en masse for some top-drawer titles to come along and proverbially slap Kinect’s critics smack in the face. Sadly, those AAA Kinect titles, especially the much sought-after “hardcore” ones, never really arrived. But if you haven’t given up on your Kinect and are looking for fresh excuses to use it, Microsoft has just the thing for you: Internet Explorer for Xbox 360 with Kinect-enabled voice and gesture controls.