Google is working to improve Chrome on touchscreens

Google Is Working To Improve Chrome Scrolling

There seems to be good news for smartphone users, especially those who use Google Chrome on their portable touch screen devices. The company has finally declared to improve their scrolling feature by using pointer features. People who so far complained of the scrolling performance in Windows tablets will now be benefited once the search engine starts supporting Pointer Events, which was initially used by Microsoft for Microsoft Explorer as well. Google has so far only stressed on Touch Events. However, after receiving multiple feedback from the web community, they have finally decided to adopt the change for Chrome. When contacted by the media, Rick Byers of Google said, “Replacing all touch event handlers with pointer event handlers will address the main longstanding source of scrolling-start jank we see on Android.” It will take some time to experience the improvement as the experts are now working on the support and they [+more]

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Google Wants HTTP Sites To Declare Themselves Safe

google secure https

HTTP (Hypertext transfer protocol) is generally considered useful while navigating the web and the assumption is true to a certain extent. But it’s equally true that this is an insecure system prone to intrusion by hackers and other notorious elements. To tackle this problem, Google has decided to come up with a radical solution. It is asking all HTTP websites to declare themselves unsafe so that developers use the secure and encrypted HTTPS. By promoting this endeavor, Google wishes to showcase to web users in general that HTTP is not a safe way to browse the internet. Google’s proposal, if implemented, will bring a radical change in the way the internet is used. Three site classifications: a) Secure or fully functional HTTPS systems; b) Dubious or functional HTTPS with authentication errors; and c) Non-secure or standard HTTP and HTTPS with outdated protocols will be the order of the day. Also [+more]

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Infosys to evaluate employees to stay valued employer

After Google and Facebook, it’s time for Infosys employees to be evaluated

Staff appraisal practice is soon to begin in Infosys. The company is likely to follow the trend set by Google and Facebook and will start evaluating its employees by October next, in order to select the best of the lot. Infosys, if able to do the process correctly will be able to retain the tag of preferred employer in India. In order to evaluate its 160,000 strong workforce, Infosys is likely to take assistance from its 900 clients in form of their feedback. Individual performance will also be judged on basis of ratings given by team members and other subordinates in the team. Google and Facebook have been using this tactic of employee evaluation since long and though details are always kept secret, yet some information does come in the public preview. The urge to control the attrition rate might be one of the reasons that Infosys is resorting to [+more]

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Google eying China app store with renewed Vigour

Google eying China app store with renewed Vigour

Google is planning to make an entry into the Chinese market once again. The tech giant in a strategic shift will be opening an app store in China. Google had a fair presence in the Chinese market but it did withdraw in 2010 after a censorship row with the Chinese government. Google has diversified its platform in the recent months and is increasingly focussing on developing its mobile platform. Google is also working on developing its hardware component. This hardware component is the key factor which Google plans to develop at its Chinese facility. Google had also approached the Chinese officials last year too as it intended to open a China based version of its play store. However, despite this proactive approach taken up by Google, it is not sure that the Chinese administration will allow Google to operate finally. Google might have to ban some apps that offer information [+more]

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Google Chrome Web Browser for Android Gets Fresh Updates

Google Chrome Web Browser for Android Update

Google’s customary and widely-used web browser ‘Chrome’ for Android devices has been restored with fresh updates, offering latest security features and fixes. The automatic update offers the browser a clean look and feel.       Under the new Google Chrome Web Browser, users will enjoy multiple benefits. The browser will update automatically on devices, for free.     Along with the browser’s update, Google has also rolled out updates for the Chrome 35 Android Beta. Available in the Play Store, the new features for the Chrome 35 Android Beta update include-   Undo Tab Close Subtitles and HTML5 controls in fullscreen videos Multi-window devices support Support for casting some videos with Chromecast However, Google still hasn’t addressed two major issues including YouTube support for casting videos and full-screen video controls.  

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Google Reportedly Buys Twitch For USD1 Billion


US-based search engine giant Google has reportedly acquired Twitch after closing a deal with a payment to the tune of USD1 billion. The information has been reported by Venture Beat sources who are “familiar with the matter.” We first heard regarding the planned acquisition of the video game live streaming company in May 2014 at almost the similar amount. During that time, the Wall Street Journal had reported that the deal is in its initial stage, while Variety claimed that the deal is scheduled to be announced in short order. However, there has been no confirmation yet from the company regarding the sale and its exact price. The acquisition will be a big achievement for YouTube in the ongoing competitive world of spectator gaming. Twitch is a popular platform and in February 2014 it managed to secure the fourth rank in peak US internet traffic behind Netflix, Google and Apple. [+more]

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Chromecast To Finally Have Android Screen Mirroring

Google Enhances Services With The Acqusition Of Streaming-Music Service Songza

Chromecast is scheduled to finally have a much awaited and anticipated feature – Android screen mirroring, which will enable users to mirror their small Android screen onto a large TV. It is one of the most highly requested features by the users of the Chromecast. Google has taken into account the request by the users and announced the addition of this much-touted feature to Chromecast. Google has been quoted saying that “Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device – only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature [+more]

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Google Buys Songza; Terms of Deal Undisclosed

Google buys Songza

US-based tech giant Google has announced that it has purchased operations of the streaming service Songza. This Google buys Songza deal is being seen as something more than the music. Songza released its app back in 2010 and its user base stands at 5.5 million, which is quite less than 75 million for Pandora Media, and 40 million for both Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio. However, the streaming service has a great reputation when it comes to its technology that uses variables like time of day, day of the week, and a listener’s location to create customized music playlists. Google and Songza did not provide any details regarding the price of the deal. Google has been quoted saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.” Meanwhile, Songza’s team [+more]

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Self-Driving Cars: Google to Launch Cars Without Steering Wheels in Few Years

Google Self driving car prototype (1)

Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers. The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers. “Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars. Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has [+more]

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Google Launches Standalone Apps For iOS and Android: Google Docs & Google Sheets

Easter Eggs: What is Google Planning, Google Doodle on Easter Monday

Google is again in the news as it has launched two standalone apps for the users of iOS and Android. The standalone Google Docs and Google Sheets apps will enable users to create and access documents and spreadsheets offline on their smartphones. The new Google Docs app for iOS or Android is having the feature that will result in displaying a menu of the documents you stored in Drive as well as listing the ones you edited most recently on top.  The app also has the option that allows users to customize the view and sorting, enabling better editing across devices. Until now, the users only have the option to access Google Docs and Google Sheets via Google Drive or online, but these apps have provided the whole new experience as specific content is now more easily accessible and that too in the offline mode. Google has been quoted saying [+more]

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