Native Client Debut On Chrome

Posted by Unknown | February 22, 2011 |

Native Client, an open-source technology for running native code in web applications, undertaken by Google has finally landed on Chrome 10, according to an official post on the Chromium blog. The technology enables developers to build web applications that seamlessly and safely execute natively compiled code inside the browser, with the goal of maintaining browser neutrality and OS portability.

Google released Chrome 10 beta with the first version of the software code-named 'Arctic Sea' in-built, with the aim of getting developers involved in building Native Client modules for Chrome applications.

Native Client (NaCl) is a step to enabling the convenience experienced in running programs natively on a PC, as against running same over the web. As web applications today greatly depends on JavaScript, which invariably limits the program's performance.

NaCl, on the other hand, will enable downloads directly from a web server with specific security mechanisms to keep-off malicious codes, and the browser ensures that the software executes safe operations, as the software is confined within the Chrome 'sandbox'.

Additionally, code libraries written in the C programming language can be relatively adapted for browser-based applications through the NaCl, making it easy, for instance, to build into web applications the codecs Skype uses for compressing and decompressing video and audio.

Google's stance as a great proponent of Cloud Computing technology also calls to bear on the implementation of the Native client in information storage and retrieval over a central server on the internet.

However, the extent to which this new technology can be applied outside the Chrome environment remains to be seen, nonetheless developers will need to play a very dominant role.

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Web Apps: Next-Gen Application

Posted by Unknown | February 18, 2011 |

The debate on the possible replacement of Desktop applications is one that has already been decided. As the Next generation internet trends points to social collaboration and realtime access to information, which invariably means that web applications are the future rave.

The development of software applications is perhaps the greatest enabler to a more efficient computing experience, notably the word processors and media players capabilities, which comprised the earlier desktop apps. But given the advent of the internet and the need for more portability cum mobility, the possibility of gaining access to this applications from anywhere there is an internet connection rather than the case of desktop applications which are installed on a given computer.

This usability constraint associated with desktop applications, however, necessitated the need for a better and more accessible alternative, leading to the development of the web versions of such apps.

Now, the web apps vs. desktop apps debate-line is one that spells a generation change and as such definitely falls on the side of web applications.

Desktop apps proponents have stressed the area of data security as their yardstick to sticking with desktop applications, however, the data encryption technologies finding a more popular application on the internet stands to correct such notions.

The area of the cost of installing and running such apps on desktop is another factor against, as most web applications are basically open-source and royalty-free, for instance: Google Docs.

Also, the issue of data storage mechanism for web applications have found a solution in the Cloud. Hence the greet buzz that heralded the entrant of the Cloud Computing innovations. The internet trends that had accorded such level of importance to web application will certainly sustain the dominance of the emerging technology, as it forms the hub on which the Social Web hinges.

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Social Web: Valentine's Day Treat

Posted by Unknown | February 14, 2011 |

The Social Web is all about communities and relationships sharing on the internet, more so, when people tends to interact with one another following a special day like this - Valentine's Day. How the social tool can be utilized to foster more open relationship in the real-world cannot be over emphasized, as messaging and gift exchanges are more virtual when communicated on the web.

These social engagements are possible via channels known as social networking sites, notable amongst them are: Facebook and Twitter.  The two power-hubs of the social web with ever growing popularity and usage, now accounting for about 30% of online users time worldwide, have completely changed the conventional perception of the internet.

Now, refocuses on social interaction, collective intelligence can be harnessed (the phenomenon of internet users getting together) to fight for a common goal as is witnessed in the on-going case of the WikiLeaks controversy, and the Egyptian political revolution.

Lets not forget, the topic remain as the social web applies to Valentine's Day celebration, as truly love is found and shared on the social web phenomenon. The social web tools emphasize on some combination of the following attributes: Identity, Presence, Relationship, Conversation and Sharing. In variably, all of the above attributes represent the focal points of growing love and likeness.

The Social Web is indeed the network of the future, and perhaps may grow a bond to humanity evermore in a conspiracy of love whose end will be the emancipation of mankind. Wishing all our readers and followers a Happy Valentine's Day.

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Internet Search Accuracy

Posted by Unknown | February 10, 2011 |

The heated debate over Google's accusation that Microsoft (Bing) is copying its search algorithm in presenting its search results may have been rather assuaged by a recent analytics report by an online competitive intelligence service, Hitwise.

The intelligence analysis reported that Bing search engine provides more accurate searches than Google search, whereby a little more than 81 percent searches on Bing leads to a visit to a  website, while Google search recorded only about 65 percent success.

However, it's pertinent to note that the result is obtained by the Bing and Yahoo Search partnership, which invariably means improvement in users engagement - Microsoft and Yahoo search technology and traffic exchange partnership.

Google, nonetheless still retains lead in overall search traffic, mostly from the U.S. with about 67.95 percent searches conducted in the four weeks ending 29th January, 2011. While Bing powered searches accounts for 27.44 percent of searches for the month.

Microsoft share of the search engine market has also improved, with Bing search share up by 6 percent, while Google search went down 2 percent from the previous month.

Indeed, the recent investments made by Microsoft in its Bing search service has already started yielding favorable results, and perhaps if the Hitwise analysis data is anything, given accuracy search trends counts, could mean Microsoft winning back internet search users. Suffice it to mean that another Bing vs. Google battle-line has just been drawn.

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3D Direct On Browser - Chrome

Posted by Unknown | February 08, 2011 |

Google unveiled Chrome 9 on Thursday with the introduction of a new feature, WebGL, a new technology designed on the HTML5 canvas element. The hardware acceleration technology, brings with it the 3D experience direct on browser without the need of a desktop application.

WebGL is royalty-free web standard for 3D graphics API, albeit still in the low level application based on the HTML5 canvas element as DOM (Document Object Model) interfaces. It brings plug-in free 3D experience to the web direct on the browser. The WebGL working group comprises of the following major browser vendors: Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), Apple (Safari) and Opera (Opera).

The announcement of the feature was made available on the Chrome blog by Google Software engineers, Erik Kay and Aaron Boodman, stating categorically, that with WebGL on Chrome, users will experience rich 3D graphics right inside the browser with no need for additional software.

Also, other additional feature on Chrome 9 is the incorporating of the Google Instant search capability on the browser's combined address bar and search bar.

This latest technology barrier breaking initiative, hopefully will position Google Chrome better on the browser market share. Chrome already has distinct advantage regards upgrade decision process that presents alternative choices.

Microsoft billed IE9 news announcement within the week,  perhaps may spark up another browser wars, however, the incumbent browser popularity has been on the declining lately and may remain so for a very long time.

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Local Search Recommendation

Posted by Unknown | February 02, 2011 |

Google's crave for location based search experience has again received a boost as the search giant unveils Hotpot on the main search portal. Google Hotpot allow users to rate local places of interest on the search service, and add friends whose opinions they trust. The local places rated by users and friends are then served up by Google as personalized search list next time the user searches for such information.

Hotpot was first introduced in November 2010,  as a local recommendation engine to be powered by users. It aims to afford local business information, and list places based on users tastes and recommendations from friends.

Google officially announced the availability of the service on the company blog Tuesday, stressing the growth and changes the service has undergone within the past months.

To use the search rating service: Go to Google search portal and search for any local information, e.g Cinemas. And if a friend has rated a particular Cinema , you will see their ratings and what they said about it. However, users must be logged into their Google account before they can be able to rate or see recommendations made by their friends.

The service is available in 38 languages, allowing people to share their favorite places in their native tongue. It can be accessed directly on www.google.com/hotpot or using Google Maps, also available on mobile through Google Maps for Android and the iPhone App.

Local businesses have been called upon to avail themselves of this great marketing opportunity to make their services more visible by bringing them online.

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