Google Inc, creator of the world’s most popular internet search engine, has developed its own web browser to challenge Microsoft Corp’s dominant Internet Explorer.
A test version of new software, named Google Chrome, will be available for download on Tuesday in more than 100 countries, Google announced on its corporate blog on Monday.
The company said its aim was to deliver a faster, more user-friendly and safer browser.
Web browsers are programmes that allow computer users to navigate the Internet. If Chrome is well-received, Google – which is already the top earner from online advertising and also offers programmes and services from e-mail to office software to virtually the entire globe – would further solidify its position in the industry.
At the same time, its browser was sure to be closely examined by privacy advocates because Mountain View, a California-based company, has been accused of collecting too much data on its customers.
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Google Alerts are a great way of keeping in touch with certain changes in the Google index. This can be used to track keywords, news, a favorite device or celebrity and anything else that is indexed by Google. The user can define a few parameters including the interval in which the alerts are send out and the type.
The default type is comprehensive which means that Google observes everything for the user. It can be changed to video, blog or web related alerts which would exclude the rest of the types. Alerts can be send out once per day which is the default value. That can be changed to once per week and to when it happens which could mean that you get bombarded with emails if you happen to observe a popular term.
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Like the idea of the Google Notebook add-on but you don’t want to be bothered with installing yet another extension? Google has released a useful bookmarklet for people using browsers who can’t take advantage of the browser extension.
The secret here is that this bookmarklet also works for handy dandy Firefox.
All you have to do is visit the Google Notebook Bookmarklet web site, and drag the “Note This” to your bookmark toolbar. Your done! Now clicking that link will bring up a pop-up window asking you to “Please
confirm that you want to add a note from this page.”. Hit “yes” to do so, or “cancel” to go right to your notes.
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While it is definitely true that some add-ons get a wider coverage and more downloads than others it is still a fact that each Firefox user had his own share of add-ons that he considers essential. This can be mostly attributed to different motives in using Firefox. A web developers is using a different set of add-ons than someone who loves to surf on video portals or social networks.
There is still some common ground, add-ons that are used by most of the Firefox community, or at least the part that knows that add-ons are available to extent the browser. Most users would call them essential but there will be some who will question the addition of one or the other add-on in the list.
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