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Chrome managed to temporarily become the most used browser

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It has finally happened! Internet Explorer and all of its versions got kicked out of their cozy throne as the world’s most popular browser by the new kid on the browser block – Google Chrome.

Sadly, this happened only for a brief day. According to StatCounter’s data, Chrome’s victory only lasted 24 hours, on March 18 and IE has claimed its old position on the top spot since then.

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Google Chrome to get a Metro makeover

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Google revealed they are busy at work to create a Metro version of their popular desktop browser Chrome for Windows 8. Microsoft’s new OS is a strange beast with two different environments – Windows 7-style desktop and the new Metro interface – which will run separate apps.

While the current browser will work just fine in desktop mode, it won’t be accessible in Metro, which is the preferred UI for tablets. Google is specifically looking to improve touch support for the Chrome on Metro. Read more »

Apple changes and/or ditches Google Maps in iPhoto?

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During the just iPad announcement yesterday we saw iPhoto migrate from a OS X-only to an iOS-capable app.

And while that on its own doesn’t deserve too much attention, the iPhoto maps integration is curious in that it no longer features Google’s Maps. Read more »

Next SimCity game gets two more trailers, promises of availability in 2013

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SimCity, the game that started a whole new genre, is getting a new version in 2013. The news was confirmed by the developers from EA and Maxis and we even got a couple of trailers to go with it.

The next SimCity title is going to be powered by Maxis’ proprietary GlassBox Engine and should offer an unmatched level of fine detail. There will also be deeper social integration with neighboring cities will directly affect one another. Read more »

Office 15 goes Metro UI, brings many improvements

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We’ve already had a peek at the Metro-styled Office 15 running on ARM, but since Microsoft is testing the Technical Preview of their highly popular office productivity suite, we can have a closer look at the desktop version of the apps.

Word, Excel and the rest have gotten touch friendly and with many new features to simplify editing and reading documents. Read more »

Android Design releases stencils

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Android Design, Google’s official portal for, you guessed it, Android design, has released image stencils for creating professional Android applications. Ehm…professional looking, anyway.

If you’re keen on designing great looking Android applications, or simply looking for a place to start from, Google’s Android Design team has made the process even easier. Read more »

Windows 8 Consumer Preview highlights

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Microsoft concluded its Windows 8 Consumer Preview demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and now it’s time to get to the essentials of what the Consumer Preview brings to the table.

While there are many new things surrounding it, like its flawless work on various SoCs, eight second boot-up time and more, we are going to concentrate on the new sides of the software. Let’s dig in.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview event reveals what Microsoft has been cooking, download link inside

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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is underway and is now heating up.

Check out our extensive coverage with photos and videos to get the full scoop.

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We give the Samsung’s Series 9 ultrabooks the hands-on treatment

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The ultrabook market has seen a strong influx of Windows devices of late but every model just looks like a copy of the other. The 13″ display, i-something processor and thin frame are all there on every single non-Air ultrabook out there.

Samsung is aiming to change that with its Series 9 ultrabooks. A 15″ ultrabook, now that’s innovation, and things don’t stop there. We have the hands-on photos coming after the break. Read more »

New Max Payne 3 trailer is out, reveals the game’s storyline

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Rockstar has launched the second official Max Payne 3 trailer, which reveals a bit more about the storyline in the game. Until now the game studio only revealed a bit of the gameplay of the action title.

If you remember, in the first two parts of Max Payne, he was looking for the people who murdered his family, and he finally had his sweet revenge. Now, the story is quite different, but it could still prove very interesting. Read more »

Apple announces OS X Mountain Lion with new iOS like features, coming this summer

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Today Apple released a developer preview of their next desktop OS, dubbed Mountain Lion. Much like with the Leopard and Snow Leopard, the Mountain Lion is more of an improvement to the current Lion than a brand new OS but brings along some iOS features in an attempt to unify the Apple ecosystem across devices.

I’m going to break the new stuff up for you guys in order of importance so that you can get an idea of what’s to come. The developer preview is out now and Apple expects the retail version of Mountain Lion (which should be 10.8) to be available through the Mac App Store sometime this summer, probably costing the same as Lion did – $29.99. Read more »

Photoshop CS6 will wow you with the new Content-Aware Move feature

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After announcing its Creative Cloud bundle, Adobe are making us drool over the new features that will be introduced in Photoshop CS6 in a series of sneek peek videos.

For starters, Adobe have expanded the capabilities of the Content-Aware tool, introduced in Photoshop CS5. Back then it made everybody go “wow” and now it continues to amaze everyone with the addition of Content-Aware move. Read more »

Microsoft showcases upcoming Office 15 for Windows 8 on ARM

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While demonstrating Windows on ARM (WOA), Microsoft also showcased the next version of its office suite, Office 15. This new version of Office will be fully compatible with WOA and come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

As you can see from the video below, Office 15 has a new flattened look, which is tune with the look of Windows 8. Office 15 will run in desktop mode on Windows 8, which is why the UI resembles apps like the new Explorer instead of the Metro apps. Read more »

Google preparing its own Cloud Storage service, says WSJ

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Google is close to launching its very own Cloud Storage service, at least according to the Wall Street Journal. The file-storing service in question would be in direct rivalry against Dropbox, one of the hottest cloud-storage providers out there.

The main purpose of Google’s cloud service, called “Drive”, will be to meet users needs for storing files when using mobile devices like smartphone, tablets and laptops and to eliminate the need to manually sync them across desktops and vice versa, according to people, who are close to the development of Drive. Read more »

Chrome 17 prerenders the pages as you type, screens your files before downloading

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Following the launch of Chrome Beta for Android, Google has updated its desktop browser to v17 (17.0.963.46, to be precise). Among the new features over the previous stable version include the ability to prerender pages to speed up your browsing. Now, when you type a URL in the Omnibox, Chrome will automatically start prerendering the website it thinks you are mostly likely to open, which means when you hit Enter, chances are the page will open instantaneously.

Another new feature is the ability to check files to see if they’re malicious. When you download an executable file, such as .exe or .msi, Chrome will try to match the file with its online database to see if it is genuine. Read more »