Get Chrome OS Netbook Free By Applying For The Pilot Program

Google today announced the Chrome OS netbook which is based on Chromium and provides users with a quick and easy way to access their data and apps with blazing speed.

Chrome OS Speed

If you haven’t watched the netbook in action, you should definitely watch the videos which will be uploaded. Google has been giving away Chrome OS netbooks to a lot of people on , among other places. They are even giving away free netbooks to all the journalists in attendance today at the Chrome OS event.

Jealous? Want one for yourself? Then head over to and apply to get into the Chrome OS pilot program. Please note that applying for the Pilot does not automatically qualify you, it is basically dependent on Google to choose the right people for their pilot.

Google Chrome Is Now Twice As Fast As Before, Thanks to Crankshaft

A couple of years back, Google kick-started the speed race among browsers with Chrome’s superlative performance. The very first release of Chrome blew everyone away with its V8 JavaScript engine, which was miles ahead of the competition. Now that some of the other competitors like Opera have caught up (and perhaps surpassed Chrome), Google is doing it again.

A short while back, Sundar Pichai, VP of Product Management, unveiled Crankshaft – a new compilation infrastructure for V8. Judging from the benchmark results posted at the Chromium blog, it won’t be an understatement to say that Crankshaft dramatically improves Chrome’s JavaScript rendering speed.


Google used its own V8 benchmark, in which Chrome has traditionally done well. They didn’t disclose how Chrome with Crankshaft stands up to its competition. However, judging from the above graph, it should comfortably outperform everyone including Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Safari 5.


Chrome with Crankshaft is currently available from the bleeding edge repository and in canary releases. Try them if you are feeling adventurous.

Chrome started the latest round of speed wars, and Crankshaft will once again allow it to establish its supremacy. While Firefox and Internet Explorer are stills struggling to catch up with Chrome’s current performance, with Crankshaft, Chrome just took it to the next level. Well done Google!

Google Maps 5 Will Add Offline Map Caching

Last night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference – Andy Rubin announced that Google will soon be releasing Google Maps 5. The updated version of Google Maps will bring with it many goodies like dynamic map drawing, many multi-touch gestures like using two fingers to tilt and rotate and offline caching.

The update will also improve the performance of Google Maps and will make it much smoother and snappier.


However, not all Android handsets will be able to enjoy all the features which Google Maps 5 will bring with it. Only a few selected high-end Android devices will be able to take advantage of all the features which Google Maps 5 will offer.

The list of devices includes :

o Galaxy S

o Droid

o Droid X

o Droid 2

o Droid Incredible

o Evo

o Nexus S

o G2

The Nexus One won’t be able to make use of the new multi-touch gestures in Google Maps 5 because it lacks the required multi-touch capability. The update is expected to be rolled out in the coming days.


Microsoft Pushing Personal Propaganda Against Google Using Watchdog?

In what could be a devastating revelation, The Telegraph has written a post which has dirty Microsoft games written all over it. According to the research done by the paper, Microsoft has been the chief funding source for a Brussels-based "Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace", or ICOMP which has been lobbying for an antitrust investigation against Google.


Recently, the European Union has started an investigation against Google where they are looking into claims that Google is pushing their own products in search engine results and are not giving preference to other search engines. First of all, that claim is totally absurd, no search engine would point to another search engine in their results, unless the search is very specific and calls for it. Danny Sullivan has written a good post revealing the absurdity of this investigation, you might want to read it to get a better insight.

Coming back to ICOMP, the organization came into picture when Google purchased DoubleClick a few years ago. Microsoft had vehemently opposed the acquisition and had a public duel over it, stating that it would create unfair competition. However, the EU ratified the deal and Google went through with the purchase for $3.1 billion. However, ICOMP has kept coming back at Google and have been filing investigation requests galore.

According to The Telegraph, Microsoft is ICOMP’s sole trustee and underwrites its funding. The company also has a say in appointing directors to ICOMP. Having so much clout in an organization whose sole job is going after Google doesn’t bode well for Microsoft.

A courtesy look at the blog of the organization shows that they are solely there to go after Google and nothing else. Google is the search engine market leader in several countries including the US of A. Bing, the Microsoft search engine has been able to gain over 10% of market share thanks to their collaboration with Yahoo, however, it looks like Microsoft is not just happy with the 10% share and are playing a proxy war to ensure that investigators step in and rein in Google.

This is not just shameful, but also demeaning way of using money to launch investigations against competitors. Google is not new to all these investigations and have been constantly dealing with it. Back in February 2010, Google had also written about how regulators should keep out of search engine’s way, which was also related to a EU investigation, which was most likely than not forced on by ICOMP.

Nevertheless, it looks like Microsoft has been at the center of all their decisions in filing investigation claims against Google in particular. So does this call for an investigation now?

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.2 Update To Land In Q2, 2011

In the beginning of November, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got its much awaited Android 2.1 update. The update is still being rolled out to different regions of the world. It is still unclear whether the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.2 update or not. However, a Sony Ericsson spokesperson in Turkey has revealed that the Xperia X10 will get its Android 2.2 update by Q2 of 2011.

Here is what he exactly said :


The above text translates into

SE X10 will get the Android 2.2 update during the second quarter of 2011. Work is still currently ongoing on version 2.2.

However, there is a twist in this tale. An official Sony Ericsson spokesperson said on the same page that the company have NOT made any announcements concerning 2.2 on any current Android devices.


Hopefully, this news turns out to be true and Sony Ericsson will release the Android 2.2 update for the X10 by Q2 of next year.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To Nexus One Owners?

Google just unveiled the successor of Nexus One the Nexus S along with Android 2.3. Now, many Nexus One owners are reporting that they have already started getting the Android 2.3 update for their handset via OTA (Over-The-Air). However, Google has still not confirmed anything so readers should take this news with a pinch of salt.


Nexus One owners who are running on stock Android 2.2 can enter Android 2.3 *#*#2432546#*#* in the dialer to force the phone to check for an update.   Hopefully, the Nexus One will be getting all the goodies that Android 2.3 introduces except for NFC and front video camera since it lacks the required hardware.

If any of you Nexus One owners have already received the Android 2.3 update on your device, do let us know by dropping in a comment.

Thanks to Droid_Life for the secret code to force the handset to check for software update.

Google Nexus S Officially Unveiled

It’s finally here! Google has officially unveiled the successor of Nexus One the Nexus S. The Nexus S features a 4-inch Contour’ Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. Surprisingly, the Nexus S is powered by the same processor which is found under the hood of other Galaxy S handsets – a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Rumors earlier indicated that the Nexus S will come with a dual-core CPU.


The Nexus S packs 16GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The phone also sports tri-band HSPA along NFC. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera with a LED flash. The Nexus S will also be running on the latest version of Gingerbread i.e. Android 2.3. To know what all new features Android 2.3 brings, readers should check out this post.

The handset will hit the online and the retail stores of Best Buy after December 16th. Interested users can either purchase the handset unlocked or under a contract with T-Mobile.

Users can check out the full specifications of the Nexus S here.

With $2 Billion Annual Revenue, Groupon Says NO To Google

Google has been on an acquisition frenzy since last couple of years but not every attempt works out in its favor. Groupon, the social deal giant that has grown exponentially in popularity within last 2 years has rejected an offer by Google. The offer of $6 Billion was one of the largest offers in the internet industry, but Groupon thinks it can do better by staying independent.

Many blogs in the last few days had speculated Groupon’s annual revenue to be around $500 Million, but as it turns out, that figure only represents a single quarter. With $2 Billion in annual sales, Groupon’s decision to say NO to Google doesn’t come as a big surprise. Analysts estimate that Groupon will make an attempt to go public in 2011, but with no official statement from Groupon, its exit strategy is still unclear.

The Chicago-based daily deal startup was launched couple of years ago and now employs around 3000 people with a presence in 35 countries. The site offers group-powered discounts on everything local ranging from food and yoga classes to music lessons and oil changes. There has also been speculation about CEO Andrew Mason’s disagreement with the other two founders regarding Groupon’s exit strategy, but nothing concrete has turned up.

A similar site LivingSocial also recently received a $175 Million offer from Amazon.

Bing Replaces with as Top Search Term, Fooling People?

I just got to have a conversation with Danny Sullivan, a search engine guru, when he tweeted that Google still shows as the top result when you search for "wikileaks" whereas Bing displays "" one of the new website for Wikileaks.

Bing Wikileaks Search

The moment I saw that tweet, I knew something was fishy. In the conversation that followed I tried to do some research and somehow everything about Bing right now smells scam to me. Here are some pointers:

  • First of all, organically it is possible to replace an established domain with another when you do a 301 redirect, however, this takes time and 24 hours is a really unrealistic time right now to replace a top level domain listing. Nevertheless, Bing displayed even when was down and there were no permanent redirects.
  • Secondly, for a domain to come up in search results it needs enormous amounts of backlinks which does not have yet. Of course that could have been offset with condition #1 above, but that never happened.
  • Thirdly, Bing still displays results in their results which is second to the .ch domain, however their site search results show that .ch domain has a replacement for that listing.
  • Fourthly, No other organic search engines I tried including Google displays the as the top result.

So all in all, all Microsoft search related properties went ahead and replaced domain with non-organically in a non-sponsored listing. This is against the ethical standards of search engines and also goes on to show than Microsoft can change their listings to display a domain of their choice "organically" without intimating users.

Bing WikiLeaks Index

I have based my research on several things including the fact that Bing itself only indexes two pages of as seen in the screenshot among other things.

If this is not a farce what is it? Should we trust a search engine which displays a result on top with just two pages in its index? Is Bing trying to fool us about it’s sponsored listings being a organic listing? Well, I hope people behind Bing provide you and me with answers on this.

You should know that this is neither politically or otherwise motivated, this is based on pure judgment of my knowledge about how search engines work and show results.

Angry Birds For Android Makes $1 Million Per Month in Advertising Revenue

Angry Birds is one of the biggest mobile app success stories of all times. It was first released on the iOS platform, priced at $0.99. It passed 10 million downloads back in November, just on the iPhone.

Rovio Mobile, the creator of Angry Birds, also released it on Android on October 15. This time around, it released it for free, the only price which works well on Google’s Android platform. Like most developers, it hoped to make money off advertising. It just passed 7 million downloads a week back.

Angry Birds

Today, Google Mobile Ads just released a Youtube video marketing Angry Birds as one of the most successful apps using its mobile advertising platform. Apparently, by the end of the year, Angry Birds for Android will be netting Rovio over $1 million per month in mobile ad revenue.

These figures indicate that Rovio would make more money on Android than on any other platform.

Check out the video by Google Mobile Ads.

via AllThingsD