Extension of the Week – Incredible StartPage

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.

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Google and Typekit Collaborate

Google made some huge announcements during Google I/O including the Chrome Web Store. They even introduced the Google Font API and Google Font Directory. They have collaborated with Typekit to open source the Web Font Loader, a JavaScript library for improving the web font experience.

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.

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Google Launches Chrome Web Store

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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LEAKED – iPod touch With Camera

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.

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App of the Week – iBowl

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.

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Google Mobile Signs Up on Twitter and Facebook

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.

StanChart Employees Switch to iPhone

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.

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Whatever Happened to Did you Mean

Google’s revamped interface was applauded by many but left some disappointed. Google changed many new features including the Google Logo, brought in a new sidebar, new buttons and even a new search bar.

A small yet powerful new addition was a changed “Did you Mean”. Did you Mean was Google’s famous spelling corrector. Whenever someone typed in something such as “Stev Jobs”, it would result in a message – Did you Mean – Steve Jobs.

With Google now updated, this feature stands updated too. Now two messages appear – Showing results for Steve Jobs and Search instead for Stev Jobs. By default, Google would show results for the correct one, but if the users are still sure about the search query, they need to click on “Search instead for.”

Why Apple is Successful in Selling Products?

Apple Inc, is a company that loves to brag about numbers and sure they should. Their numbers being so very gigantic. Steve Jobs always addresses the crowd by saying – “Thanks for coming today. We have some updates for you”.

The updates which would follow would be some huge number of iPad’s sold or the freaking number of Apps sold or something.

So how does Apple manage to sell these products in such overwhelming numbers? Surely, they make some great products and very innovative ones but one small reason is the way they market it.

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Android on iPod Touch

We’ve seen hackers porting Google’s Mobile OS, Android to iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G. The same guys are back to work and wanna make Android run on iPod touches.

There isn’t any official date yet, but it is in the making. A blog post mentions that the hacker has been successful in porting Android on a first-gen iPod Touch but things such as WLAN, multitouch drivers and sound need some extra attention.

Anyways, anytime soon we could be hearing the announcement and let’s hope that this wiz-kid is able to port it on an iPad.