Google Rolls Out Chrome for Android and iOS

Google's Chrome browser now claims 310 million active users, the company announced at its I/O developer's conference this week, nearly doubling the number it had at this time last year.

In the upcoming months, however, that's likely to increase even faster thanks to the browser's official arrival on Android and iOS.

Not only did Google roll out the first stable version its popular browser for the Android mobile platform this week--taking it out of beta at last--but on Thursday it unveiled a version for the iPhone and iPad as well.

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Firefox for Android Gets a 'Screaming Fast' Upgrade

Mozilla on Tuesday rolled out a brand-new version of its popular Firefox browser for Android that's designed to deliver faster performance, a fresh new look, and Flash support, among many new features.

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“The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to get where you want to go on the Web,” reads the official announcement on the Mozilla Blog.

Designed for smartphones running Android 2.2 or later, the new Firefox 14 for Android is now available in the Google Play Market as a free download.

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Get a Sneak Peek at Firefox's New 'Australis' Interface

Mozilla announced in April that it planned to unify the look of its Firefox browser across desktop and mobile platforms, and on Monday a developer working on the project posted an early preview of the resulting new “Australis” interface.


While Firefox developer Madhava Enros posted some mockups of the new look when the original announcement was first made in the spring, this week Mozilla Software Engineer Jared Wein took those images a step further with a close-up look at the Australis tabs currently being added to the Windows version of the open source browser.

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Android Tablets Beating Out iPad in Business and IT: Report

Apple's iPad may still be considered the king of tablets in many quarters, but new research data casts a shadow of doubt over how long that will continue.

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In fact, a full 44 percent of first-time tablet buyers in business and IT plan to purchase an Android device in the upcoming 12 months, compared with just 27 percent planning to go with an iPad, according to a new study from IDG Connect (IDG Connect is part of IDG, which owns

"The rise in tablet usage and increasing prevalence of BYOD is set to have a fundamental impact on IT and business over the next few years,” said Kathryn Cave, editor at IDG Connect, in a press release announcing the results. “These findings signify changes in work mobile consumption and market leadership in the tablet arena.”

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Western Digital Gets Into the Home Networking Game

Western Digital's My Net N900 features an intergrated cooling fan, which renders it particularly suitable for placement in a poorly ventilated entertainment center.
Western Digital is getting into the highly competitive home networking market with a line of Wi-Fi routers that promise to improve streaming media performance, including a couple that come with integrated, remotely accessible storage.

All of WD's My Net routers support concurrent dual band (2.4- and 5GHz) 802.11n networks, although top speeds vary based on the number of antennas in the product. All use WD's proprietary FasTrack Plus technology, which the company says can identify and prioritize video, music, gaming and other performance-sensitive content. WD's My Net Dashboard software also provides easy access to settings for parental controls, Internet security, guest network access, network name and password, printer and scanner settings, and mapping storage drives.

Available immediately are three models that don't have network storage. The entry-level My Net N600 ($80) promises rated speeds of 300 megabits per second on each band, plus a five-port 10/100 ethernet switch and one USB 2.0 port for sharing a printer or storage device on the network. The midrange My Net N750 ($120) adds faster 5GHz network performance (up to 450 mbps), gigabit ethernet instead of 10/100 ethernet, and an additional USB 2.0 port.

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Firefox 14 Beta Arrives with an Extra Shot of Security

Mozilla's new Firefox 13 browser may have just barely landed on users' PCs, but already forward-looking fans can check out the beta version of Firefox 14--and the Aurora version of Firefox 15, too.

Most notable in Firefox 14 are new security features that “make it easier for users to control their Web experience,” according to the official announcement late last week on the Mozilla blog.

Several new features in the upcoming version of this popular free and open source browser are designed to make life better for users, in fact. The final version isn't expected until July, but here's a rundown of some key improvements you can expect.

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Looking for a Job? Good News: IT Hiring Is on the Rise, Dice Says

Technology professionals will face an increasingly rosy job market over the course of this year, according to a new report from IT careers site

In fact, a full 73 percent of IT-focused recruiters and hiring managers expect companies to add more tech staff in the second half of 2012, according to Dice, which conducted a survey of more than 800 U.S. human resource managers and recruiters along with consulting and staffing companies last month.

Six months ago, just 65 percent had similar expectations for the first half of 2012, Dice says.

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