Category: Google

Tour de france theme updated

Few years back , six to be precise, I was fascinated about chrome and its features so much that I created a chrome theme for tour de france. Now, I don’t use chrome, except for testing purposes. Safari rocks my life these days 🙂

That said, I was pretty surprised that my theme had 500 weekly users as on date. I was mind blown by the audience that the theme receives after 6 years of dormancy. Given the Tour de France season now, I thought I will give it some love. I did a minor update to the theme. Given the friendly chrome developer I am 😛 , I wanted to ensure that the chrome web store policies and  other conditions are met. I made some minor tweaks to the theme and updated the screenshots.

Unfortunately, due to lack of time, this theme isn’t retina optimized yet. Yeah kinda non starter, right? If you are one of them. Sorry! The minor update was not so minor when you consider that I spent 3 hours fixing things to adhere to chrome web store standards. But optimizing is a time consuming enough that I could work on creating a new theme than change this one. May be I will get to that later one of these days.  The theme still great for the tour de France season. Until the next big update, please try out the theme and let me know how it works for you.

Get the updated chrome theme from the chrome webstore here.

Google has sold struggling US mobile phone company Motorola Mobility to Chinese computer maker Lenovo for $2.91bn (£1.8bn), in a surprise move.

Google had paid $12.5bn for the company less than two years ago.

Lenovo plans to build up its smartphone unit through the Motorola purchase, which may help offset its slowing personal computer business.

Well this is surprising not in the sense that, Google is selling Motorla, in a sense that Google sold off a company after acquisition, their modus operandi after acquisition is either to integrate it into their own products or just kill it. Google is surely sending mixed signals here given they recently acquired NEST. It seemed like they wanted to get into the consumer devices space more aggressively with the acquisition of NEST and now this sale of Motorola. Not sure where they are headed but they sure are unpredictable.

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Google’s corporate leadership understands that increased privacy regulations could torpedo its entire business model and the company takes quite a lot of space on its SEC filing disclosing the dangers to its investors:

Privacy concerns relating to elements of our technology could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our products and services…

We also face risks from legislation that could be passed in the future. For example, there is a risk that state legislatures will attempt to regulate the automated scanning of email messages in ways that interfere with our Gmail free advertising-supported web mail service. Any such legislation could make it more difficult for us to operate or could prohibit the aspects of our Gmail service that uses computers to match advertisements to the content of a user’s email message when email messages are viewed using the service. This could prevent us from implementing the Gmail service in any affected states and impair our ability to compete in the email services market…

That is something to ponder about.

Update:-
I have switched to Fastmail and you should too :). Here is a very brief blogpost on why I moved.

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