The big Chrome update

Chrome will stay on all platforms, and will allow syncing across devices. Google docs for offline use is also launched.

In the future, users can access different computers and mobile devices with the same settings and features of the Google browser. This means that on different computers, tablet PCs or smartphones, not only the bookmarks will be the same, but also the most recent search results pages will be the same for all devices regardless of which system (Windows, Mac, mobile) is running Chrome. Once the user logs in to their Google account, he can access his personalized browser. This is true also for the iPhone and iPad.

One of the features is the the flexible tab bar, which can move at your fingertips. In addition, users can switch easily between the private and normal modes.

Many have also been waiting on Google’s online office suite, Google Docs, to finally be useable without an Internet connection. To date, presentations or text can be edited only if the user is online. Now, users can edit documents anytime, and files will be synced once the device is connected to the Internet.

US Court prohibits sale of Galaxy Nexus

In the dispute over patents for tablet computers and smartphones, the South Korean electronics giant Samsung has suffered another defeat. A U.S. district court with an injunction forbid the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in the United States. In support led to the judge, Samsung probably have copied parts of Apple’s voice control system, Siri. Siri is a new feature of the iPhone 4S, which allows the phone to be controlled almost entirely by voice.

Currently, there is an imposed ban on the sale of the smartphone in the United States. The same court on Tuesday had an injunction prohibiting the sale of the Tablet PC Galaxy Tab 10.1. It took the decision, “Notes that Samsung has changed its design of its products to look more like those of Apple.” Apple had already filed an action against Samsung in Germany and accused the group to have copied with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the iPad. Samsung, meanwhile, brought out a specially modified version of the tablet for the German market.

Samsung has difficulty meeting demand for S3

Samsung Electronics is having difficulty in meeting the strong demand for new the smartphone, Galaxy S3, and this may have cost the South Korean sales of 2 million units in just one month.

For a company that had never experienced the success of Apple in a release, high demand is a good problem, but the production bottleneck could hurt some sales in Europe, and it forced some U.S. carriers to delay deliveries.

The launch came at a good time, since the next iPhone would be released at the end of the year, and competitors like Google and Microsoft seem to have attracted much attention in the market.

“Samsung may have been caught by surprise by the demand. Chances are you have overestimated the competitors,” said Carolina Milanesi, a Gartner analyst. “In other words, beyond the iPhone and the HTC One X, at the moment, there is not much competition in the market, and it certainly may have helped Samsung,” he added.

Analysts believe the lack of Galaxy is only temporary, but has already cost two million unsold units in the second quarter.

Facebook quitely removes “stalking app”

Only two days after launch, Facebook stopped a feature that allowed users to search for other users in an area. The option was added in silence, but now it seems just as quietly to be deleted again.

Reports about the feature came from news channel CNN. Facebook does not comment on the decision because it was something that only a few software developers tested. Some of these functions can be retrieved from the site, while others will be deleted after a test phase, said a spokeswoman.

Facebook itself did not publicize the introduction of the Find Friends Nearby feature. The tech blog TechCrunch had earlier this week claimed to speak with someone who had invented the function for Facebook. He simply said it seemed useful to someone you just met.

The function attracted plenty of criticism after its introduction because the issues with privacy. On the blog ReadWriteWeb, the feature was immediately labeled as a stalking app.

Vodafone Spain launches new discounts

Vodafone announced the launch of the offer “Vodafone Nights,” for prepaid subscribers in Spain. With this promo, customers can enjoy free unlimited calling to numbers from the same company for seven nights. According to Vodafone, they currently have more than 17 million users in Spain.

 

 

The company has indicated that the client will not have to register or sign up for this promotion, and added that the offer is open from 1 July to 31 August.

 

In addition, Vodafone has launched new discounts for customers. Prepaid subscribers who have a minimum of 20 euros credit will get 300 minutes more calls or 300 MB for surfing the internet and 300 SMS, depending on the user’s choice.

More than $200M invested in Kickstarter

Financing website, Kickstarter, delivered more than $219 million worth of projects from participating entrepreneurs and artists since the establishment of the service, according to the statistics the company published on Friday.

Through Kickstarter, people with an idea for an art project or product get donations from interested sponsors. In return, the ‘investors’ get something back, often a copy of the created work.

According to the statistics released, 25,020 projects were successfully funded. Just over half of the projects are not successful. Music Projects – such as financing shots – received the most hits. In total, 7,388 music-Kickstarters were fully financed. Relatively speaking, however, the dance-Kickstarters are the most successful, since 69% of these projects achieve their goal.

There have been 7 projects involving more than $1 million. Film & Video is the category where the most money is raised, with investments reaching $58.91 million.

LinkedIn sued for $5M for data leak

A resident of the State of Illinois has filed a $5 million dollar case against LinkedIn, saying that social networking website has violated promises to consumers by failing to have a better security policy when more than 6 million customer passwords were stolen.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Jose, California on June 15, less than two weeks after the stolen passwords appeared on websites frequented by hackers.

The case was registered against the LinkedIn was filed by a user of the website, Katie Szpyrka from Illinois. In legal documents, lawyer Edelson McGuire said that LinkedIn  “misled customers” to have a security policy “in clear contradiction to the accepted standards of the market for database security.”

A spokeswoman Erin LinkedIn O’Harra said the lawsuit has no merit and was produced by “lawyers who are trying to take advantage of the situation.”

Online sales for used cars set to double by the end of 2012

While the IT-revolution has come long, long ago and many across the globe are already reaping rich benefits of turning to the web, when it comes to the used car sales market, the shift towards the online world has been both slowly and understandably reluctant. When it comes to buying a car, most people like to get a good look at it and then make an informed decision.

But times are changing and with fleet management becoming a more and more important process of business models worldwide, the necessity to acquire vehicles and to sell them has grown at a frantic pace. And along with it is the need to minimize costs; something that online sales gladly offer.

Dealers are one of the fleet market’s largest used car customers and the online sales of used cars have been around the 15 percent of the total market share in 2011. This figure is expected to double by the end of 2012 according to many industry experts. In fact, some even believe that the final number will be well over the 30 percent mark and one could expect online sales to account for as much as 50 percent of all used car sales within the next 4 years.

Online sales and auctions help buyers by saving both time and travel costs. They need not now move from city to city looking for the best deal.

It also helps the seller in more ways than one. For starters, it helps them dispose the car off of their shelf in a quick and efficient fashion. Apart from this, the profits are lucrative and the costs of transaction kept to an absolute bare minimum.

The fact that sellers are now withholding cash from the buyer in escrow bank accounts and only taking them once the car is delivered and the consumer is happy ensures that buyers are now more confident of an online purchase. This along with technology offering better connectivity and interactivity will ensure that the online sales of used cars thrive in the years to come.

Fastest Supercomputer is now in the U.S.

For the first time since November 2009, the U.S. now has the supercomputer “Sequoia” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

The supercomputer was brought back on the first rank among supercomputers, with 16.3 petaflops. Competitors from Japan, such as Fujitsu’s “K Computer” has 10.5 petaflops, ranking on second place in the top 500.

The “Sequoia” shall also be one of the most energy-efficient systems. The use of supercomputers in the U.S. is primarily for nuclear weapons research.

Apple I sold for $374,000

An “Apple I” from 1976 on Friday was sold to an incredible $374,000 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.

The device from Apple’s first series – once sold for only $666.66 – was bought 560 times its original value. At the end of 2010, a structurally identical “Apple I” at another auction house was sold for only 133,000 pounds (about $200,000).

In the auction on Friday, the computer surprised the auctioneers after the expected earnings increased by more than two-fold. Two bidders rocked each other up. The unit was ultimately sold to an anonymous telephone bidder.

Microsoft Unveils Tablet-PC

Microsoft has unveiled its own tablet computer – Microsoft Surface – as the U.S. company seeks to join in on the booming tablet market. The tablet will come in two versions. The smaller is planned to be released this fall along with the new Microsoft operating system Windows 8.

The entry into the production of tablet computers is a huge turning point for Microsoft. The company usually only sells software with its Windows operating system, while the computer hardware is built by manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Dell.

The Microsoft Tablets are about as big as an iPad, but have a slightly wider 16:9 screen, with a diagonal of 10.6 inches (26.9 centimeters) and a USB port and a slot for MicroSD memory cards. The most striking features are the built-in stand and removable screen protector that has a full keyboard along with touch pad.