As I go out and try different search engines, one thing is increasingly clear: Toolbars and browser add-ons are crucial. In fact, the lack of browser integration is probably the biggest reason alternative search engines remain just an alternative.
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Adobe's Apollo platform, now called AIR, goes beta. Ryan Stewart: Adobe announces hardware accelerated video in Flash, Apollo’s new name, and two new betas.
Privacy International has poked Google in the eye with the stick. In an interim report on the privacy ranking of the major Internet services, Google was the only company found among those surveyed to receive a failing grade, which Privacy International described as conducting comprehensive consumer surveillance and having entrenched hostility to privacy.
In his recent Guardian column, Nick Carr opines on the newest leisure time activity--the self-recording of one's daily life. "Today, we seem to be operating under a new and very different dictum: the unrecorded life is not worth living," Nick writes.
Charlie Wood runs Spanning Partners, a small company that provides a way to track salesforce information using RSS. He recently blogged about receiving a notice from salesforce.
With the introduction of so many editions of Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced a level of customer confusion (and frustration) that is unprecedented. Don't they get it?
Fred Vogelstein of Wired speculates on a possible announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next week of a strategic alliance between Apple and Google. It's not unlikely.
Among small and mid-sized enteprises 47 percent of them plan to upgrade to Microsoft’s Vista operating system in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to a Cowen & Co. survey.
Using AltaVista was like going into a house that has been closed down for the last five years. There was mold, cobwebs and overall the whole experience was depressing when you ponder what might have been.
Microsoft's search efforts--Windows Live Search--have been much maligned, but actual search experience may differ from perception.Indeed, the numbers don't lie.