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Google’s 10 toughest rivals

Google’s 10 toughest rivals

Apple, Microsoft and IBM among tech firms poised to ramp up competition with Google in 2010

By Carolyn Duffy Marsan
January 6, 2010 01:08 AM ET
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Network World – The biggest tech industry news story of the decade was undoubtedly the dramatic rise of Google. But will the search and online advertising juggernaut continue its dominance over the Internet economy in 2010? Not if the tech companies on our list can help it.

Until now, Google’s biggest “frenemies” were the traditional media: newspapers, magazines and TV stations that create online content Google searches and that buy online advertising from Google. But as its portfolio has grown to encompass more than 150 products — including free, hosted versions of popular software applications — Google has attracted an array of tech industry competitors…

1. Amazon  2. Apple   3. AT&T  4. Facebook  5. Hulu  6. IBM  7. Microsoft  8. Nokia  9. Verizon  10. Yahoo

[Also see: 10 cool things you didn’t know about Google]


Macintosh OS X Shortcut Keys

While it is relatively easy to track down shortcut keys for Macs (e.g. the official Macintosh/Apple keyboard shortcut page), I thought I would compile some additional unofficial web sites that contain useful info or present it differently. In case you’re curious how I came up with this list, I searched Delicious for “mac shortcuts” and took the top few results which are ranked by the number of people who have bookmarked a page.

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts
(Official web site — 6,600 people tagged this page)
Provides a summary of major keys (Command key, function key, control key) at the beginning of the list with images to show what they look like. Breaks down the shortcuts into broad themes: startup keyboard shortcuts, finder keyboard shortcuts, application and other Mac OS X keyboard commands, Universal Access – VoiceOver keyboard commands, Universal Access – Mouse Keys, plus a list of additional information related to these topics (e.g. iPhoto shortcut keys).

Dan Rodney – Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts
(By — 3,300 people tagged this page)
Provides a list of shortcut keys for basic Mac functions, and clearly labeled sections, plus additional applications/software: Guide to the Mac’s Menu Symbols; Finder Shortcuts; Application Switcher; Dock Shortcuts; Working with Windows; Taking Screenshots; Startup Commands; Shutdown/Sleep Commands; Dashboard; Spaces; Spotlight; Working with Text (some only work in Cocoa apps like Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.); Emacs Key Bindings (only work in Cocoa apps like Safari, Mail, TextEdit, iChat, etc.); Miscellaneous; Safari; Apple’s; Apple’s

Mac OS X Leopard: 200+ Productivity Booster Keyboard Shortcuts
(By — 3,600 people tagged this page)
Different categories are used, and for various complimentary applications (software): Exposé, Space, Dashboard and the System; Issue: Freeze; Full Keyboard Access; Finder; Search: Spotlight; Utility: Print Screen; Application: Dock; Preference: Universal Access; Boot: Start Up; Browser: Safari; Music: iTunes; Terminal; Mail: Hello from Cupertino; Front Row; Address Book; and Image Editor: Adobe Photoshop.

How to Convert a Word Document into a PDF
Easy directions for creating PDF documents with Macs (basically when you go to print a document, there’s a PDF button which give you the option of saving the document as a PDF).

[Mac] Shortcuts: Learning Curves
(By — 3,100 people tagged this page)
This lists the basic shortcut commands with the keys involved. It is a very minimalistic web page–just the basics!

Keyboard shortcuts in OS X
(By — 1,600 people tagged this page)
Includes nice images of major keys at the top of the page (Shift, Function, Control, Alt/Option keys), but contains the same info as the Mac web site with the same categories, although not all of the shortcuts listed from the official Mac web site.

New Browser Called RockMelt

There will soon be another player among internet browsers soon. The name RockMelt may join the ranks of Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), and Chrome.  Mr. Andreessen, who helped found Netscape, a classic internet browser that launched 15 years ago buy eventually folded under the pressure of IE, will provide financial support to create the new browser. According Andreessen, it will function differently from most browsers.

While RockMelt is still in the early development of the project, there is some indication that it will work with Facebook. According to the NY Times,

The policy says that a person could use a Facebook ID to log into RockMelt, suggesting that the browser may be tailored to display Facebook updates and other features as users browse the Web. Another browser, Flock, based on Firefox, already incorporates feeds from social networking sites.

This makes sense since there are millions of people who use Facebook–why not tap into this user group and make a search engine that works around how people use the internet. According to the NY Times, the public relations person from Facebook knows nothing about the details of Rockmelt, and is not working with them.

The nature of the Internet has changed drastically from the days of the browser wars in the 1990s, and people use the internet differently and for many different purposes. Web pages are now dynamic and interactive, they can remember your previous visits and preferences, and many applications are performed online instead of through the PC.

Among the current popular browsers are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Apple’s Safari.  According to the original NY Times article, the foot traffic for each is respectively 68% and 23% [and between 6%–this number for Safari has been floated around by other sources]. Internet Explorer is still the dominant browser even though the number of users has declined from its high of 90% of foot traffic a few years back.

Is the world ready for another web browser?  Perhaps, as long as it ties in with how people communicate with each other, finds and displays information in a timely and efficient manner.  I think if they focus on how people communicate, they will have a good chance of catching on.

Facebook might be a goods start, but it will need to branch out in order to succeed, as I’m sure that it will. A number of blogs seem to believe that Facebook will be the primary focus. Perhaps, but for some reason I suspect that RockMelt will do much more. To get news updates about RockMelt, signup on the RockMelt home page.

Read the original NY Times article.

Apple News

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At a developers conference at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, Apple released info about its new products. Among the new additions to the family are the new iPhone 3G S, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, and Safari 4 browser.

iPhone 3G S
The “S” in the iPhone name represents the faster speed in which the phone can perform. One of the news anchors from the Today Show (incorrectly) stated that the number “3” in the iPhone name stands for the 3-times faster that it can pull up web pages. The Apple web site claims it can go twice as fast as the last iPhone G3 release. There are new apps, such as voice controller (voice recognition), virtual compass & mapper, a built in video camera which launch faster than the last G3 phone, a 3 megabit autofocus camera, and a longer battery life.

The new MacBook Pro release features models ranging between 13 and 17-inches in size. It has a batter designed to last 40 percent longer, sports a LED-backlit display with greater color intensity, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad, illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, FireWire port, and state-of-the-art NVIDIA graphics. The MacBook Air, known for its thin and light makeup, was redesigned to make it more powerful. What makes it even more appealing is a more affordable price tag.

Safari 4
Runs JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than the previous Safari browser release. Apple claims that this tool will allow a more “intuitive and enjoyable [browsing experience] with innovative features, such as Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow, and support for modern web standards like HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects.”

Read more from Apple, the NY Times, and MSNBC.