Our Budapest correspondent overheard a story of Apple putting its store in the city. On random checking some of the residents of the city also confirmed hearing about it in the local media.
Well, that was sufficient for us to go paparazzi hunting. After all, an Apple store is nothing less than a celebrity and had to be traced out.
Our hunt ended up in Andrassy Street of Budapest. Our first check led us to a Apple re-seller, who appeared to be closing down. We present what we saw.
Google finally announced its much anticipated and long rumored Google TV today at Google I/O. With Google TV, Google plans to bring Web Content on TV. Google is teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech for Google TV. The concept is not at all new and many other firms have been working on such a device.
At Google I/O, Google announced Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. Froyo comes along with many major improvements and features. One such great feature is the new Ads format which Google introduced.
iAd – Apple’s Mobile Advertising was about to change mobile advertising profoundly but Google’s major announcement could change things. These new Ad formats would work on Froyo. Much of the ideas of the Ad formats come from iAd, but some are new. Some new Ad formats which Google introduced were -
Google Chrome is an incredible browser with enormous capabilities. Extensions further extend its functions and make it a better browser.
Though it is a powerful browser, it still lacks in features. Chrome arranges your most viewed sites in order with a screen-shot of the site along with the name written below, which is quite boring and dull.
Today’s extension serves to that purpose and would enhance your Chrome Start page. Incredible StartPage completely changes the way your start page appears. It puts up a notes area to the left which allows you to take quick notes and send them to your friends via Gmail or even upload them to Google Calendar.
This means more fonts would be available for developers to choose from. HTML 5, CSS3 and Web Fonts would provide a much better and richer experience to the users. Still Google would face some challenges as different browsers treat the download of web fonts differently.
Just now during Google I/O, Google announced that they are launching an early preview of the new Chrome Web Store. It is available on only nightly builds of Google Chrome. All the Apps are developed on HTML 5 and would appear in the new tabs page.
Top games and productivity tools like Plants vs Zombies and TweetDeck would be present on the Store. Some Apps need to be purchased from the Store while some would be free. This opens up yet another market for developers to invest into.
Developers could now reach about 70 Million Chrome users and the Web Store would be the place from where users could get Apps for Chrome OS. The Apps developed for Chrome would work on any modern browser. The Store would be available for users and developers later this year.
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Apple loves to keep information about their upcoming devices or products a secret. The highly secretive environment which Apple maintains appears to be crumbling. Recently, we had some iPhone 4G leaks and now we have an iPod touch leak.
The same Vietnamese site which gave us a possible sneak peek at iPhone 4G is back with a new device which seems to be an iPod touch prototype. This iPod touch prototype has a 2 Megapixel camera and 64GB of memory. This thing sure does look like an iPod touch and an iPod touch with a camera was bound to come.
This week’s App of the Week is a game – iBowl. As you could suggest by the name, the App is related to Bowling. iBowl puts you in a 3D world and makes bowling completely portable.
iBowl is developed by SGN – Social Gaming Network and has two versions, Free and Deluxe. We are spotlighting the Free version. We tried both versions but the Free version turned out to be much better.
Google Mobile, the Mobile App by Google which brings Google Search and the rest of the Google Services to your mobile device including Android, iPhone or even Windows Mobile, is now on Twitter and Facebook.
Google Mobile plans to increase communication and receive greater feedback from users, hence it has signed up on Twitter and Facebook. This isn’t Google’s first entry to social media services. Other Google Services such as YouTube, Earth, Maps and more have been present for a long time.
To follow Google Mobile on Twitter, simply go to twitter.com/googlemobile. You could even follow them on Facebook by clicking the like button on their page. Go to facebook.com/googlemobile and click like.
Referring to Facebook and Twitter, don’t forget to follow TheAppleGoogle on Twitter as well as Facebook.
Standard Chartered is now giving its employees an option to choose between Blackberry and iPhone.
The bank earlier gave all its employees a Blackberry, but now they do have a choice to make. This move would make a lot of bankers Apple customers and gives the iPhone a larger market share. “It’s a group-wide initiative involving wholesale and consumer banks globally” said a spokeswoman for Standard Chartered.
Many other banks globally such as HSBC and Morgan Stanley have also repeatedly resisted Blackberry. With Unified Mailbox coming to iPhone with iPhone OS 4.0, it would definitely attract a lot of users and force some to make the switch.
Well if this trend catches up on an exponential rate and spreads across other sectors, Apple would be getting what it is aiming at – capturing the RIM market.