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New Arrival: Listen To Web Pages On Android Phones

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

You can now ask Google Assistant to read aloud the text on a webpage – basically turning any webpage into a podcast! The new functionality is now available on all Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Nowadays we consume so much content on our tiny smartphone screen – news, articles, stories etc.

For older folks with failing eyesight, or anybody with visual or reading difficulties, Google Assistant can now read web articles on your smartphone browsers out loud.

I’ve always wished that I could consume web content while I’m driving.

At the moment, you can only do that if it’s a podcast, or unless you just listen to the audio of a video, because you got to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

So I listen to the news or radio, or my own music while I drive.

With the ability of Google Assistant to read aloud web pages, I don’t have to postpone perusing a web article until when I can read it myself.

I can listen to it when I’m driving, or taking a bus or train (using earphones) so that I don’t have to strain my eyes reading on a moving vehicle.

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New arrival: Hunt for classic games on Google Search

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Google is making classic games like Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe available for play directly from Google Search.

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” into Google Search to play these classic games instantly online.

Other games available include Pac-man, Flip-a-coin and Roll-a-die.

More games will be released as Easter Eggs for netizens to discover.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

Is Google making playing cards too? No, this pack of cards are just a teaser to classic games that are now available on Google Search.

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New arrival: New Google Chromecast (S$65) in Singapore for TVs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

From today, the newest version of Google Chromecast will be available in Singapore from M1 and Lazada retailers at S$65.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

Chromecast turns any TV into a smart TV by streaming the display of a Chromebook or an Android, iOS, Windows device onto a any television with an HDMI port.

With fresh content and an updated app to find entertainment, the new Chromecast promises to make streaming easier and up to 6.5x faster than its predecessor.

The new Chromecast has an updated design, making it easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports.

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First Apple WWDC 2012 without Steve Jobs

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A year ago, Steve Jobs made his last appearance at an Apple WWDC. This year, Tim Cook helms his first WWDC as Apple’s CEO.

Apple's WWDC 2012 is from 11-15 June in San Francisco.

Apple's WWDC 2012 is from 11-15 June in San Francisco.

The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year is being held from June 11 – 15 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. Tickets were sold out in a mere two hours when it went on sale in April.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the revelations from the opening keynote presentation on first of the 5-day conference.

MacBooks / OS X Mountain Lion

Refreshed MacBook Air & Next-generation MacBook Pro ships today.
In comes Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0, out goes Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports, MacBook Air becomes thinner and lighter, MacBook Pro gets 60% faster graphics performance.
Retina display in MacBooks: 220ppi with 2880 x 1800 resolution.
Highest-resolution notebook display in the world.
Retina Display support: Final Cut Pro, Aperture and Diablo3 now supports 220ppi display.
AutoCad and Photoshop support in the works.
iPad-style Dictation is introduced to Mountain Lion for Macs.
Speak directly into native Apple software, Microsoft Word and Facebook.
AirPort Express available now.
Pocket WiFi router supports simultaneous dual-band.
New OS X feature: Power Nap.
Mac updates emails, notifications and photos, and backs itself up while charging.
OS X Mountain Lion available on Macs in July.
Free upgrade for new Mac purchases between now and arrival of the new OS.

iOS 6

iOS 6 unveiled Beta today, full release in the fall.
More than 200 improvements: launch apps with enhanced Siri, and it comes to iPads, FaceTime over cellular data.
Supported: iPhone 3GS and up, 2nd gen iPads and up, 4th gen iPod touch.
Enhanced Siri launches apps and comes to new iPads and eventually into cars.
Siri to get into the car with Eyes Free: demo: Toggle Siri on by tapping a button the steering wheel.
iOS 6 to get Do Not Disturb feature from Mountain Lion.
Select which push notifications to mute and which to stay on.
iOS 6 integrates more tightly with Facebook, Twitter and App Store.
Share directly from core apps like Maps, Photos and Safari.
Safari offers unified search across the web, browser history and bookmarks.
Following in Chrome’s footsteps.
iCloud Tabs syncs Safari web-browsing across all devices.
Simultaneously see all the tabs open on any device.“IOS 6 will include Apple’s own mobile mapping software to compete with software from Google. TomTom will supply Apple with map data and related content.” – statement from TomTom.
Enhanced Safari features.
Multitouch to help navigate tabs, upload images directly, Offline Reading List.
Passbook provides one-stop purchase of tickets and boarding passes.
No more paper QR-codes and tickets.
Apple replaces Google Maps with own Maps app.
Maps comes with Yelp integration and turn-by-turn navigation, and 3D.

Acer Chromebook with Google Chrome OS

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Google has unveiled its first two Chrome-based notebooks from Acer and Samsung at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. They will be available for order online from June 15.

Acer’s Wi-Fi only Chromebook will cost $349, while the Samsung Chromebook will cost $429 for the Wi-Fi only version and $499 for the 3G version.

The Acer Chromebook is a netbook running Google’s Chrome OS. It has an 11.6 inch display, 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 16 GB SSD drive and 2 GB RAM, with 6 hours battery life. It is available in black.

Acer Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS

Acer Chromebook

The price of $349 is for the Wi-Fi only version. 3G will be an additional optional configuration.

Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.

Here are the main specifications:

  • 11.6″ HD (1,366×768) 16:9 Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
  • 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor
  • Acer Chromebook running Goolge's Chrome OS2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD drive
  • 6 to 8 hours battery life
  • stereo speakers
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Acer Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS4-in-1 memory card slot
  • HDMI port
  • 11.6 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Acer Chromebook running Google Chrome OS2.95 lbs / 1.34 kg
  • A full-size keyboard
  • Multitouch touch pad
  • Built in dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • 1.3 megapixel HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • Instant-on from standby, and an 8-second boot time

 

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Google has unveiled today its first Chrome-based notebooks from Acer and Samsung at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. They will be available for order online from June 15.

The Samsung Chromebook will cost $429 for the Wi-Fi only version and $499 for the 3G version, while Acer’s Wi-Fi only Chromebook will cost $349.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, based on Google's Chrome OS

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is a netbook running Google’s Chrome OS. It has a 12.1 inch display, 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 16 GB SSD drive and 2 GB RAM, with 8.5 hours battery life.

Looking similar to the CR-48 prototype, the Series 5 is available either in white or “Titan Silver”.

Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.

Here are the main specifications:

  • A 12.1-inch (1280×800) SuperBright display at 300 nits, with a 16:10 aspect
  • 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor
  • Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, based on Google's Chrome OS2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD drive
  • 8.5 hours battery life
  • Stereo speakers
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC card slot
  • Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, based on Google's Chrome OSMini-VGA port
  • 11.6 x 8.6 x 0.79 inches
  • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • A full-size keyboard
  • Multitouch touch pad
  • Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • Instant-on from standby, and an 8-second boot time

 

Google to unveil Chromebooks

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Google will reveal its first Chrome-based notebooks from Acer and Samsung at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. They will be available for order online from June 15.

The Samsung Chromebook will cost $429 for the Wi-Fi only version and $499 for the 3G version, while Acer’s Wi-Fi only Chromebook will cost $349.

It’ll be interesting whether consumers will bite, considering that you can buy a decent Netbook or an iPad the $499 price-tag for the 3G Samsung Chromebook.

Acer Chromebook, available from June 15, 2011

Acer Chromebook

Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.

Equipped with dual-core processors from Intel, the Chromebooks boast all-day battery life, and instant-on ability and built-in Net connectivity. Chromebooks will get updates and patches automatically every few weeks, like its browser cousin Chrome.

A special pricing is available for schools – Google will charge $20 a month for each Chromebook. The price will include hardware, administrative support, hardware upgrades, and warranty.

With this long awaited foray, Chromebooks will be taking on the tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPads, and the PC market dominated by both Microsoft and Apple.

Samsung Chromebook, available from June 15, 2011

Samsung Chromebook

The Chromebooks will run a new new bare-bones operating system that is basically a web browser that allows users to access applications like email, wordprocessors and spreadsheets directly on the web, instead of installing software such as Outlook or Office directly on the computer’s harddisks.

Users can also store their music and documents in the cloud for access from other computers as long as there is an Internet connection. Naturally, that means that a lot of the functionality may likely be unavailable or crippled offline.

Google has been touting Chrome as an alternative to Microsoft Windows for some two years now, but it has encountered delays producing computers designed to use the software.

Firefox 4 breaks its predecessor’s first 24-hr download record

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The pent-up demand arising from the delay of its launch from November last year has resulted in a whopping 8.75 million downloads in the first 24-hours following its launch earlier this week on March 22.

It easily trounced the 2.35 million downloads that Internet Explorer 9 garnered in the first 24-hours of its launch just a week prior.

Firefox 4 is downloaded 8.75 times within first 24 hours

The number of Firefox 4 downloads in the first 24 hours surpassed the previous record set by Firefox 3 when the predecessor captured a cool 8 million downloads during the first 24 hours after its launch in June 2008.
Firefox 4 is available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It supports Windows XP while IE9 doesn’t. Many observers see that as the main reason why it has drawn more than 3 times the number of downloads that IE9 recorded in its first 24 hours.

Windows XP accounts for more than 61 percent of all windows-based machines that went online in February, according to web metrics firm Net Applications.

While Mozilla has chided Microsoft for leaving Windows XP users stuck with the two-and-a-half year old IE8, the latter supports only Windows 7, Vista and Windows Server based PCs because it wants to leverage the more advanced technology available in these newer operating systems and does not want IE9 to be constrained by the older technology in 10-year-old Windows XP.

In the meantime, visit http://glow.mozilla.org/ for a live status of the number of Firefox 4 downloads worldwide.

And for some statistics of the market share of the various browsers, checkout this wikipedia page. Below are some download statistics updated from my earlier posting for the IE9 launch:

Browser/
App/
Plug-in
Claimed downloads Time period Launch Date
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 8.75 1 day Mar 2011
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 8 million 1 day Jun 2008
Opera 11 6.7 million 1 day Dec 2010
IE 9 2.35 million 1 day Mar 2011
Apple Safari 4.0 6 million 3 days Jun 2009
IE9 beta 2 million 2 days Sep 2010
IE8 beta 1.3 million 5 days Aug 2008
Angry Birds 5 million 1 month Dec 2010
Mac App Store 1 million 1 day Jan 2011
Nokia Ovi 3 million Daily Ongoing
Adobe Flash Player 8 million Daily Ongoing

IE9 downloads vs the rest of the world

Friday, March 18th, 2011
Microsoft has claimed that Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its official release on Monday night. This ranks it behind Firefox and Opera but ahead of Safari.

Mozilla Firefox 3 was fastest off the block when it clocked 8 million downloads in the first 24 hours after its launch in June 2008. Next was Opera 11 with 6.7 million downloads in the first day after launch in December 2010.

Both browsers were ahead of Internet Explorer 9 in terms of number of downloads in the first 24 hours.

Following behind was Apple’s Safari which reached 6 million downloads but only after three days. Data for Chrome were unavailable.

The above statistics were compiled by Gavin Clarke of The Register and based on claims by the companies themselves without any means of external verification.

I have summarised the compilation below. Also included are downloads statistics for Angry Birds, the Mac App Store, Nokia Ovi store and the all-time-favourite – Adobe Flash Player.

Browser/
App/
Plug-in
Claimed downloads Time period Launch Date
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 8 million 1 day Jun 2008
Opera 11 6.7 million 1 day Dec 2010
IE 9 2.35 million 1 day 14 Mar 2011
Apple Safari 4.0 6 million 3 days Jun 2009
IE9 beta 2 million 2 days Sep 2010
IE8 beta 1.3 million 5 days Aug 2008
Angry Birds 5 million 1 month Dec 2010
Mac App Store 1 million 1 day Jan 2011
Nokia Ovi 3 million Daily Ongoing
Adobe Flash Player 8 million Daily Ongoing