Updates on Chrome

There have been a lot of recent changes with Chrome. The most notable being the new logo. Google explained that it wanted to simplify the logo, since the whole browser but the logo was simple. Some love it, some hate it.
Don't freak out if you don't see your icon change, this is for Chrome 11 and up. Another change is the New Tab page. Many think this for when Chrome OS arrives on tablets. Looks pretty cool; looks pretty Jolicloudy.

That's about all for Chrome, tell me what you think in the comments.

Google Hits the Big Red Button

Android is known for having malicious apps. Some estimate that half of the free apps in the market secretly send your information. Google recently removed these apps from the market, but many have already downloaded them. For these, Google hit the big red button, remotely removing them from all phones. This is pretty good, but shows how much control Google has over your phone. They also banned their developers from developing more apps, and contacted law enforcement, this is an attack after all. Some are afraid of this control Google has over their phones as well as Chrome, but that's just the price of a free product. Are you OK with this? Comment!

Cr-48 (Chrome Notebook) Major Update

The Cr-48, the Google beta laptop running Chrome OS recently got a major update. This mostly addresses touchpad issues, and a few other minor fixes. If you don't own a Cr-48 (which you probably don't), this is still very important, because when Chrome OS first came out, blogs laughed at it, saying that Google doesn't even know what tech support is. Google constantly fixing issues that users report, so it's tech support seems pretty promising. Hope this keeps going when Chrome OS is available to the general public. 

Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 Drive has Amazing Speeds!

The Supesonic Magnum is one of the first USB 3.0 drives. USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0, and combined with some magic makes 200 mb/second. If you want that translated, that's about 175 photo transfered from computer to the flash drive in a second, literally. That's pretty amazing! Just remember, those will likely come at a high price.

And the Winner is ... Android!

Everyone has a reason to celebrate ... almost. Android fans (horay!, horay!) are proud because they have the most widespread operating system (horay!, horay!), Apple has had for a very, very long time, and that Google has been trying to steal for a very, very long time. Apple and RIM (Research in Motion, Blackberry makers) fans (okay!, okay!) have reason to celebrate as they have the most widespread hardware. Android is on all kinds of phones: Motorola, HTC, Samsung, all kinds. RIM and Apple have their own hardware, so in a way it a victory for them too. Windows Phone 7 should be quite happy. It's really new, and has gained a lot. Nokia and HP are out of the game, and I won't even mention Symbian. Well, mobile phone fans, OS differences aside, let's celebrate!

iPad 2

Yikes! I haven't blogged in over a month! As almost everyone knows, the iPad 2 came out a little while ago. Quite nice. Engadget blogged all about the event here. Steve Jobs says that now is the "post PC" era. I don't know if he meant PC computers, or just no more computers; it's a tablet world. In a way, he's right. Many people use tablets and smartphones, and I mean a lot. Honeycomb looks good too, and the Xoom clearly has better specs than the iPad or iPad 2 for that matter, but it costs a lot more. Apple argues that it's all in the user experience, not the hardware. So what do you think of it? Comment!

Samsung may be the next "Work Phone"

Most offices are using Blackberries. This is mostly because of it's security, and a few features that are good for businesses. Android decided to not only crush the iPhone, but blackberry as well. Can you be a corporate phone and consumer smartphone? The Droid Pro is. (take a look, it looks like a real Blackberry killer) Samsung wants to play too. Well, they're working with Sybase for super security and administration, and with Cisco for some nice business features. I hope Android succeeds as a consumer and business phone, something no one has done before (you could argue Blackberry, but that's not such a great consumer phone.

Favicon Displays Unread Mail - Fresh from Gmail Labs

Gmail is always making new Labs, and this one might be one of the better ones. That icon thing with the Gmail logo on your tab can now show the unread mail count, so you can see it with a glance! I have Gmail Checker Plus for Chrome, so I already see my unread mail. But, if you don't want that extension for some reason, this will be great for you! Tried it? Comment!

Android Honeycomb News Conference Wednsday? UPDATE: TechCrunch too!

Mashable claims it got invited to a Honeycomb event on Wednesday. Mashable says that the email invites them “for an in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos.” Well, this is just like the Chrome event on December 7th. I hope they have a live report of what happens, because this should be interesting. It's the 1st version of Android especially for Tablets, and it will open up the way to iPad competitors. I'll try to blog about it as soon as I can. What do you think about Honeycomb? Comment!

LG Optimus Black on Amazon: About $680

The LG Optimus Black. You know, one of the thinnest phones around? Well, it's been found on  Amazon and priced at about $680 (499 euros). Well, that seems pretty expensive, but I hope that when bought with a contract, it will lower the price. The iPhone is pretty thin, and it's not that expensive. We need an Android phone that can fully match up with the iPhone without completely cloning it, and this might be the one. As long as the price is kept down, though...