“Months of work on “chromoting” have reached fruition with Google’s release on Friday of a new Chrome extension to let a person on one computer remotely control another across the network.
The Chrome Remote Desktop beta version, which arrived Friday, is a browser-based equivalent of remote desktop software for conventional operating systems.
Such software is handy for IT administrators managing employees’ machines, people taking care of their relatives’ computers, or individuals getting access to their own machines from afar.”
“One day after Tim Cook’s first presser as Apple’s new CEO, the Internet is scurrying to analyze whether the lack of a radically redesigned iPhone 5 will give competitors a leg-up on Apple. Hardware-wise, maybe not, depending on what the competition has up its sleeve.
But there’s one element to the iPhone 4S—software, we might add—that is likely to eventually hit Apple’s competition where it hurts: the new “virtual intelligent assistant” known as Siri.
Introduced during Apple’s iPhone event in Cupertino on Tuesday, Siri offers iPhone 4S users a way to interact with their devices, apps, and data with natural language voice commands.
Users can send and receive texts or e-mails simply by talking to Siri, find out whether there will be rain today, create new Reminders and calendar items, ask for directions, move appointments, and more.
Not only that, but users can ask Siri to look up a plethora of information, such as restaurant reviews from Yelp or even simple facts from Wikipedia or Wolfram Alpha. Cooking and need to convert a recipe’s tablespoons to teaspoons? Ask Siri and get the answer back almost instantly without having to type a single character…
For Google, this is not good news. Google’s mobile search users (on any platform) are increasingly important to the company as more people begin to use their phones to look up local information such as directions, restaurant listings, reviews, and more.
Google Places, which works in conjunction with Google Maps, Google Plus, and Google Offers and allows businesses to pay for higher placement, was born almost entirely out of watching how and what users search for on their mobile devices.
Mobile ads attached to those queries are exploding right now—arguably moreso than just regular browser ads—and while Google doesn’t live or die by that revenue alone, it’s certainly not something to be taken lightly.”
In addition to the wrap-up of IDF 2011 by AnandTech posted earlier, here is another wrap-up from Engadget if you still have not had your fill of those wonderful little toys…
- We’re live at Intel Developer Forum 2011!
- Intel shows disaster management tech at IDF, casts fireballs
- Medfield-based Android phone shown at IDF 2011, future Android builds to be ‘optimized’ for Atom
- Intel demos Haswell-enabled, solar-powered computing at IDF 2011
- Intel shows off Medfield-based Android tablet at IDF 2011, we (briefly) go eyes-on (updated)
- Asus UX31 vs. UX21… fight! (video)
- Ultrabooks invade IDF 2011, Toshiba Portege Z830 makes cameo (video)
- Cedar Trail-based Classmate PC hands-on at IDF (video)
- Intel: Thunderbolt coming to PCs, prototype shown at IDF 2011 (update: video!)
- IDT’s power-saving Panel Self Refresh tech coming to laptops, Ultrabooks and tablets (video)
- This is what Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture looks like (video from IDF)
- Toshiba’s Portege Z830 climbs out of Dell’s Inspiron 600m at IDF 2011 (video)
- Thunderbolt accessories at IDF 2011: Belkin’s Express dock, Seagate drives and PCIe expansion cards (video)
- Intel reveals ‘Claremont’ Near Threshold Voltage Processor, other conceptual awesomeness at IDF (video)
- AMD Eyefinity eyes-on, prepare to fall for landscape goodness (video)
- Eyes-on with Thunderbolt on Windows at IDF 2011 (video)
- Opera Mobile on Android x86 at IDF 2011 (video)
- Lego’s augmented reality at IDF, eyes-on (video)
- RealVNC demos BIOS-based server at IDF 2011 (video)
- MSI demos X79 motherboards with PCI Express 3.0 and UEFI BIOS at IDF 2011 (video)