What’s a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP? • The Register

Photoshop is the only application from Adobe’s suite that’s getting the streaming treatment so far, but the company says it plans to offer other applications via the same tech soon. That doesn’t mean it’s planning to phase out its on-premise applications, though. via What’s a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP? • The Register. […]

Testing, Testing: How Google And Amazon Can Help Make Websites Rock Solid – ReadWrite

It’s not unprecedented: Google already offers a testing suite for Android apps, though that’s focused on making sure they run well on smartphones and tablets, not testing the cloud-based services they connect to. If Google added testing services for the websites and services those apps connect to, it would have an end-to-end lock on developing […]

Google X founder Thrun demonstrates Project Glass on TV show | Electronista

Google X formerly Labs founder Sebastian Thrun debuted a real-world use of his latest endeavor Project Glass during an interview on the syndicated Charlie Rose show which aired yesterday, taking a picture of the host and then posting it to Google+, the companys social network. Thrun appeared to be able to take the picture through […]

Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs • The Register

But it is early days yet. Google has made it clear that this is only the initial stages of Project Glass and it is seeking feedback from the general public on what they want from these spectacles. While these kinds of heads-up displays are popular in films and fiction and dearly wanted by this hack, […]

How Google Spawned The 384-Chip Server | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

SeaMicro’s latest server includes 384 Intel Atom chips, and each chip has two “cores,” which are essentially processors unto themselves. This means the machine can handle 768 tasks at once, and if you’re running software suited to this massively parallel setup, you can indeed save power and space. via How Google Spawned The 384-Chip Server […]

U.S. Requests for Google User Data Spike 29 Percent in Six Months | Threat Level | Wired.com

In a fight between Superman and Spiderman who would win? That’s a game we used to play as kids. Nowadays the question is more like in a fight between your personal data and a Government request to Google to access that data who would win? All evidence points to you being the loser. Read On:

Google confirms Maps with local map downloads as iOS lags | Electronista

Downloading local maps is becoming an absolute necessity in this day and age of not so unlimited downloading. Especially if you suffer the fate worse than death known as Roaming Data Charges! Can you say $1,000.00 Cell Phone Bill?? So do yourself a favor and download some maps before traveling overseas with your smartphone, yo.

ARM server hero Calxeda lines up software super friends • The Register

Intel is doing its level best to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt concerning how viable ARM based chips would be in a data center server rack. ARM is the engine of many a cell phone, but server loads? That’s the question Intel is trying to raise even as data center floor space and cooling costs become more expensive. Calxeda is trying to emphasize the lower energy consumption going forward attempting to put a greener face on its potential data center installations.

SPDY: An experimental protocol for a faster web – The Chromium Projects

Google and other browser manufacturers are all working to create a much faster browser experience. Techniques of late include state of the art javascript execution engines, and Google Chrome in particular really sped up adoption of HTTP 1.1 persistence of connections. along with pre-fetching and DNS caching. All of which quickly made Google Chrome the king of the benchmarks. I too switched once I tried it out. So now that the Google back end universe continues to grow (Google Docs, Google Mail, YouTube, etc.) the engineers at Google have to find more ways to shave micro-seconds off the download times. Not afraid to question fundamental underpinnings of the Web they designed their own replacement for Tim Berners Lee’s original HTTP protocol. It’s called SPDY and it is meant to speedy.

Facebook: No ‘definite plans’ to ARM data centers • The Register

After Facebook’s presentation at the Open Compute Day, I got to thinking more about other competitors in the market for the low energy consumption data center. And while everyone including Google remain loyal to Intel, the smaller upstarts have an opportunity to raise their marginal return if they choose wisely. I say this in part due to the folks like Seamicro and Tilera and ARM who are attempting to provide equal compute cycles per core, while running back the voltage and amperage required for each tick-tock of the CPU clock. Experts in the field of Electronics Engineering claim serial processors will always carry the day, but what price progress if we hold onto Amdahl’s Law for too long?