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August 7, 2012

Sorry IE, but Chrome is number one now



Who knew that Google Chrome would become the most used browser within a few years since it's launch? As of July 2012, Chrome now accounts for 1/3 of the market, and it has the highest browser share surpassing IE on its own. Chrome took 33.4% market share whilst IE only took 32%. Firefox was stable at 23.7%, whilst Safari was at a low 7.1%.

So why is Chrome so popular? Perhaps to its fast speeds in web browsing and usage, simple and clean interface, nice experimental features, frequent updates, and compatibility with the ever-changing web protocols.

Chrome is also universal, meaning that you are able to sync your bookmarks and settings between many devices including your mobile phone, tablet, and whatever gadgets you own. Chrome is also the default web browser in Android's latest operating system, Jelly Bean.

It seems like Chrome's growth shows no sign of slowing down. It's market share will definitely increase now with Chrome being bundled with Jelly Bean. Will it become king of all browsers on all platforms? Only time will tell.

Google's latest Olympics 2012 doodle: Hurdles



Google is going for the gold medal in Doodling during this year's Olympic games with an interactive doodle that lets you 'compete' in hurdles with your computer keyboard.

Just click on the "play" button to get started. Use your keyboard arrow keys to get your legs pumping down the track and the space bar to jump over a hurdle. You can time yourself and share your result on Google+ if you like. (The interactive doodle will reward you with one, two or three gold coins depending on how well you do.)

You can play it right now at: http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012

PCSX2 has hit 1.0!



Ever felt like playing an old game that is only available on the PlayStation 2 but you don't have one? Well your problems have now been solved! If you haven't already heard of PCSX2 then you might want to start listening now.

PCSX2 is an open-source PlayStation 2 emulator then runs on multiple platforms. It can play most PS2 games you throw at it so its compatibility is pretty high. After many long years of development, debugging and testing effort, the PCSX2 team have reached a point where the emulator runs a great majority of the games, and there are no important issues that could possibly be fixed without requiring major modifications to the emulator.

As a result, the team focused on polishing the stability, compatibility and existing features and finally released the first major version of PCSX2.

Here are some noteworthy changes on the Windows platform version:
  • Video timing adjustments
  • General speedups
  • CDVD fixes
  • Added Finnish, Malaysian, Korean, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Polish translations
  • Better multithreading
  • User configurable hacks in the GUI
You can download PCSX2 from the official website.