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Nov 17

Google introduces Google Music, with a complete suite of music services (including Music Store) to public. All the music purchased from the store and other files will be stored on the cloud. Google is attemptiong to take on cloud music storage services iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud Player.

 

google music Google Music Store is live now, Share music tracks with friends

Features of Google Music Cloud :

List of available features of Google Music service.

  1. Music files uploaded to the cloud should be in MP3 file format with 320kbps bitrate.
  2. Files with Digital Rights Management (DRM) will not be uploaded.
  3. Before purchasing any track, a preview of 90 seconds will be available.
  4. Free access to exclusive tracks of popular artists is readily available.
  5. All the purchased songs or albums can be shared with friends via Google+.
  6. Free song of the day will be featured on store.

Using Google Music store is similar to iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud Player, purchase your favorite song and upload it to cloud. A new web version of music player which is compatible with all browsers and iOS is also announced by Google.

Screenshots of Google Music Store :

Google Music Overview

Google music store 1 Google Music Store is live now, Share music tracks with friends

Google Music Library

Google music store 3 Google Music Store is live now, Share music tracks with friends

Free Song of the day

Google music store 2 Google Music Store is live now, Share music tracks with friends

 

This entire Google Music service is limited to users in United States. Google Music Store is now available in the Android Market, can use in on any device with Android 2.2 or higher OS. Google didn’t cleared its Music service availability to other countries in the World.

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Apr 01

Google offer translation service for animals…

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I note Google is offering “translation services between species”……. a touch of the Dr. Doolittles, it seems…….


Google Translate for Animals
http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

“Making the world’s information universally accessible is a key goal for Google. Language is one of our biggest challenges so we have targeted our efforts on removing language barriers between the species. We are excited to introduce Translate for Animals, an Android application which we hope will allow us to better understand our animal friends. We’ve always been a pet-friendly company at Google, and we hope that Translate for Animals encourages greater interaction and understanding between animal and human.”

This revolutionary technology will allow you to communicate with your pets and bridge the gap of cross-breed-communication.

To get the app on your Android phone, use a barcode scanning application to download directly from this QR code.

Or simply search for Translate for Animals on Android Market.

…Happy April 1st :)

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Jan 21

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What’s the most recognised logo in the world? It would probably be Google’s if only they could stick to one. Yet as the world’s most popular search engine tries out a new favicon, Craig Smith says the old branding rulebook is being rewritten.

 

It’s not the size that matters, it’s how often you use it. So the thinking goes at Google, which has just revealed the design of its latest favicon – the tiny logo that shows any web user, on any web browser, anywhere in the world, precisely whose internet “real estate” they are currently residing upon.

An example of a favicon can be seen at the top of this page (so long as you are using an up-to-date enough web browser). Just in front of the URL http://news.bbc.co.uk/… there is a small BBC logo. That 16×16 pixel square is the size of the favicon in question, if not the scope.

Now consider that, at the website owner’s discretion, the logo appears on every single one of its pages that the world’s web population loads. For Google that amounts to upward of 1, 200 million individual searches. Every day.

Add to that its Google News, Google Images, mobile search and multitude of other online services. Suddenly the favicon takes on an importance that belies its fingernail-sized dimensions, and the motivation for Google to roll out its third design in less than a year, as it attempts to get its favicon right, becomes clear.

Google’s journey to this latest multi-coloured graphic identity charts a course through some of the unique challenges of favicon design, and through those of logo design in general. The world’s leading search engine, whose very name has been adopted as the generic term for finding pages on the web, has achieved web domination without ever having had an actual logo.

Magic Eye style

Think of Google visually and you will probably picture the letters that make up the word Google, picked out in bright primary colours. In the designer’s lexicon, rather than being a logo, Google has a logotype – albeit a very successful one around which it is famed for creating ever-changing topical “doodle” themes.

What Google has so far lacked is the sort of universally recognised icon that identifies a Mercedes-Benz car at distance or, in technology terms, the Apple computer or Yahoo web page – all logos that these brands use as their own favicon, not least because they fit the diminutive dimensions. The word Google, by contrast, would not reduce and still be legible.

Cue the new Google favicon – a rainbow of differently shaped blocks. A bit like one of those “hidden” Magic Eye pictures popular in the 1990s, not everyone will immediately see that the Google favicon blocks interlock to form a “g” shape.

That hardly matters. The design makes best use of favicon limitations and is a marked evolution of Google’s previous iterations – a small blue “g” on a white background since June of last year, and a capital “G” before that.

While the old branding rulebook would discourage such regular, radical overhauls, reeking as it does of indecisiveness and inconsistency, in the digital world such rules are temporary, at best.

Steve Plimsoll, of brand consultancy FutureBrand, says the traditional rules on corporate identity are starting to look a little tired.

Mighty morphin logos

“Logos are set to become fluid, ever-changing, customisable, even personalised entities and Google is the first global brand that understands this,” says Mr Plimsoll, who is head of digital.

“We are going to have to get used to the idea of our brands changing frequently, and when we do, every three months will seem like the dark ages.”

If you don’t like the new look, then, you can wait or, more proactively, send the company your own design. When Google unveiled the small ‘g’ last year, the company’s head of search products & user experience, Marissa Mayer, hinted at a transitory solution, saying “by no means is the one you’re seeing our favicon final; it was a first step to a more unified set of icons” and inviting users to contribute ideas.

The new favicon is based on a design sent in by André Resende, a computer science undergraduate student at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

It may sound indecisive, even amateurish, but the fast-changing nature of Google’s digital world dictates it. While the billions of pages of Google’s branded “real estate” is the headline figure, its real focus is to keep pace with users’ mobile phones, computer task bars and web bookmarks in such a way as to keep directing them effortlessly back to Google – using the favicon as their guide.

For the world’s biggest search engine, the world’s smallest signpost is one of its most valuable assets.

Craig Smith is a marketing author and editorial director at publishing agency Velo

From BBC

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Sep 02

This Tuesday September 2 (or Monday at midnight), you will be able to download Google Chrome, the new Web Browser made by Google. Availability in 100 countries.

Download Google Chrome: http://gears.google.com/chrome/eula.html?hl=fr

Official Website: http://www.google.com/chrome

See the post on Google official Weblog.

See also explanations with the Comics.

Official download link seems to be http://gears.google.com/chrome/?hl=en. It shows up on Google search.

 

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Sep 02

Google now posted on this at their blog, announcing the launch date to be today, 2nd, Sep,Tuesday.

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia.

Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

“We realised… we needed to completely rethink the browser,” said Google’s Sundar Pichai in a blog post.

The new browser will help Google take advantage of developments it is pushing online in rich web applications that are challenging traditional desktop programs.

Google has a suite of web apps, such as Documents, Picasa and Maps which offer functionality that is beginning to replace offline software.

“What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build,” Mr Pichai, VP Product Management, wrote.

The launch of a beta version of Chrome on Tuesday will be Google’s latest assault on Microsoft’s dominance of the PC business. The firm’s Internet Explorer program dominates the browser landscape, with 80% of the market.

Google’ve made the comic publicly available — you can find it here.

http://books.google.com/books?id=8UsqHohwwVYC&printsec=frontcover

 
 In very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to http://www.google.com/chrome , but I can’t see anything live there yet. In a nut-shell, here’s what the comic announces Google Chrome to be:

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  • Google Chrome is Google’s open source browser project. As rumored before under the name of “Google Browser”, this will be based on the existing rendering engine Webkit. Furthermore, it will include Google’s Gears project.
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  • The browser will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8, built from scratch by a team in Denmark, and open-sourced as well so other browsers could include it. One aim of V8 was to speed up JavaScript performance in the browser, as it’s such an important component on the web today. Google also say they’re using a “multi-process design” which they say means “a bit more memory up front” but over time also “less memory bloat.” When web pages or plug-ins do use a lot of memory, you can spot them in Chrome’s task manager, “placing blame where blame belongs.”
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  • Google Chrome will use special tabs. Instead of traditional tabs like those seen in Firefox, Chrome puts the tab buttons on the upper side of the window, not below the address bar.
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  • The browser has an address bar with auto-completion features. Called ’omnibox’, Google says it offers search suggestions, top pages you’ve visited, pages you didn’t visit but which are popular amd more. The omnibox (“omni” is a prefix meaning “all”, as in “omniscient” – “all-knowing”) also lets you enter e.g. “digital camera” if the title of the page you visited was “Canon Digital Camera”. Additionally, the omnibox lets you search a website of which it captured the search box; you need to type the site’s name into the address bar, like “amazon”, and then hit the tab key and enter your search keywords.
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  • As a default homepage Chrome presents you with a kind of “speed dial” feature, similar to the one of Opera. On that page you will see your most visited webpages as 9 screenshot thumbnails. To the side, you will also see a couple of your recent searches and your recently bookmarked pages, as well as recently closed tabs.
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  • Chrome has a privacy mode; Google says you can create an “incognito” window “and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer.” The latest version of Internet Explorer calls this InPrivate. Google’s use-case for when you might want to use the “incognito” feature is e.g. to keep a surprise gift a secret. As far as Microsoft’s InPrivate mode is concerned, people also speculated it was a “porn mode.”
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  • Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar. Mozilla has a project called Prism that aims to do similar (though doing so may train users into accepting non-URL windows as safe or into ignoring the URL, which could increase the effectiveness of phishing attacks).
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  • To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites. Google also promises that whatever runs in a tab is sandboxed so that it won’t affect your machine and can be safely closed. Plugins the user installed may escape this security model, Google admits.
  • This looks like a very interesting project, and I think it can’t hurt to have more competition in the browser area. Google is playing this as nicely as possible by open-sourcing things, with perhaps part of the reason to try to defend against monopoly accusations – after all, Google already owns a lot of what’s happening inside the browser, and some may feel owning a browser too could be a little too much power for a single company (Google could, for instance, release browser features that benefit their sites more than most other sites… as can Microsoft with Internet Explorer). For now, until Chrome is released in a testable version, how much of the speed, stability and user interface promises will be fullfilled – and how much of the interface you’ll be able to configure in case you don’t like it – remains to be seen.

     

    Google Chrome Screenshots

    Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at gears.google.com/chrome/ just now, as Uval in the forum noticed. While the download itself didn’t work when I tried, I was able to extract some screenshots, from the frontpage but also the YouTube videos. And while the product tour videos themselves seemed to require a special group membership at YouTube, the video still previews are public and you can paste the video identifier into a URL like this one to see more high quality stills.

    Screenshots of Google Chrome from the service’s frontpage.

    The auto-completion of the so-called “omnibox” address bar.

    The homepage showing 9 thumbnailed pages to access, along with more pointers in the side-bar, to appear “[e]very time you open a new tab”, as Google says.

    Zooming in on the browser tabs.

    The Google Chrome task manager, e.g. to monitor if certain sites cause memory problems.

    A screen showing the “Google incognito” mode for allegedly more private browsing.

    Another auto-completion example.

    A star near the address input bar lets you bookmark a page, apparently.

    A look into the settings menu.

    Google in their tour says with Chrome “you see your download’s status at the bottom of your current window.”

     

    [Images by Google.]

    Links:

    Google on Google Chrome – comic book    this comic book by Google, drawn by Scott McCloud, is scanned here and shown under its Creative Commons license.

    Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser 

    Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project

    Don’t Get Hooked on Google Chrome Hype

     

     Where to Download Google Chrome ?

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    Jul 01

    Service Announcement: The AdSense Referrals programme is being retired

    I got this email today:

    Google AdSense to me
    Hello,
    http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=14882.
    Thank you for your support of AdSense Referrals.

    Thank you for participating in the AdSense Referrals programme. We
    will be retiring the AdSense Referrals programme during the last
    week of August. After that time, AdSense Referrals code will no
    longer display ads.

    If you currently use referrals, either to promote Google products
    or offerings from AdWords advertisers, we encourage that you take
    the following steps before the product is retired:

    * Remove all referral code from your site(s): Please take a
    moment to remove all referral code from your sites before the last
    week of August, so that you can continue to effectively monetise
    your ad space.
    * Replace your referral ads with AdSense for content ads: If
    you have less than three AdSense for content ad units on a page,
    we recommend replacing referral ad units with standard AFC ad
    units. This will minimise the risk of decreased AdSense earnings
    when the Referrals programme is retired.
    * Run and save all referrals reports to your desktop: All
    Referrals reports will no longer be available at the end of
    October.

    We appreciate your patience during this transition. If you have
    additional questions, please visit

    Yours sincerely,

    The Google AdSense Team

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    Jun 18

    Get the Google Toolbar for Firefox 3

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    Get the Google Toolbar for Firefox 3

    Happy Firefox Download Day! Just in time for the official release, Google Toolbar has been updated to work with Firefox 3. We missed our toolbar during the long beta and RC process. Welcome back Googlebar!

    [via Google Blogoscoped]

     

    Related post:
    Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can’t live without it
    Still waiting for Google Toolbar for Firefox 3
    Official: Firefox 3 ‘weeks not months’ away
    Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it

    If Mozilla website still jam, Download Firefox 3 here (link)!!!
    Get the Google Toolbar for Firefox 3

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    Jun 11


    I’m running Firefox 3 RC2 right now and have been highly impressed. But here is a few problems I have encountered are the fact that the Google Toolbar is not available and have a small problem with the realplayer plugin.

    It seems every major extension supports FF3 now, especially some key web developer ones (ex: Firebug, HTML Validator) but Google Toolbar is the only extension I use nonstop and isn’t supported in FF3. :-(

    I do realize that the latest RC2 is still BETA, Based on past experience, Google will probably not release a version of their toolbar for Firefox 3 until around the time when Firefox 3 is released. However we really really really need this Google Toolbar to work.. like many have mentioned.. I’m totally lost without it :(

    Considering Google is working on Google Toolbar 3, it seems we’ll all have to wait for Google Toolbar 3 for Firefox before we get official Firefox 3 support.  Personally, I’m unhappy how Google treats it’s Googe Toolbar for Firefox as the red headed step child, we don’t even have beta versions available yet, and IE8 has had it available for months.  In their defense, I can only assume GT3 has a lot of under the hood  improvements and in order to move from FF2 to FF3 there had to be a lot of rewriting…

    Google! Please!

    I want my Google search bar, Gmail notifier, Google Bookmarks… all my Google Toolbar back!

    Right Now!!!!!

    Related post:
    Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can’t live without it
    Still waiting for Google Toolbar for Firefox 3
    Official: Firefox 3 ‘weeks not months’ away
    Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it

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    May 15

     By Doug Caverly – Wed, 05/14/2008 – 4:55pm.

    http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/05/14/earthquake-in-china-unnoticed-by-google

    After cyclone, lack of action stands out

    This article was going to be a quick roundup of Google’s response to the earthquake in China – mention a donations page here, a map there, done.  As it turns out, though, the company didn’t provide much material.

    This isn’t to say it should have – Google is a for-profit corporation based in America, and is in no way obligated to take note of natural disasters overseas.  Still, following its response to the cyclone in Myanmar, Google’s reaction to the earthquake seems rather weak.

    Posts documenting the cyclone and/or soliciting aid for Myanmar’s civilians showed up on the Official Google Blog, the LatLong Blog, the Google Checkout Blog, and the Google Grants Blog.  A “donate” link was put on Google.com, and donation-matching is also taking place.

    In contrast, there doesn’t yet appear to be anything in English relating to the earthquake.  Philipp Lenssen only writes, “The homepage of Google China links to a special map showing [earthquake] information.  Auto-translating the homepage text results in: ‘New! Google launched an emergency situation in the earthquake map, view the latest situation in earthquake relief.'”

    Again, we’re not pointing fingers.  The situation is odd, though, especially given Google’s presence in China.

     

    More about China Earthquake:

    China: At least 14,866 die in killer earthquake

    satellite photo of china earthquake

    Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

    Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

    Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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    Dec 06

    Ever since Google first let people scour the planet from the comfort of their computers through the Google Earth software program, fans have been on a virtual scavenger hunt from the North Pole to the South Pole looking for anything interesting, unusual, or unexplained. From shipwrecks to crop circles, from ads big enough to be read from space to a giant pink bunny nearly the size of a football field, we’ve collected just a few of the odd and spectacular sights. You can see the same images in Google Maps by clicking the links we provide–but you’ll get a better view by copying the coordinates in parentheses after each link and pasting them into Google Earth’s ‘Fly To’ box. Enjoy the trip!

    Only From the Sky

    Dubbed The Badlands Guardian by locals, this geological marvel (Google Earth coordinates 50.010083,-110.113006) in Alberta, Canada, bears an uncanny resemblance to a human head wearing a full Native American headdress–and earphones, to boot. Of course, The Guardian was produced naturally. For a more synthetic wonder that can be truly appreciated only from above, check out the giant man-shaped lake (-21.805149,-49.089977) near Bauru, Brazil.

    Huge and Unique

    Finding huge and unique things via Google Earth is one of the most popular activities within the Google Earth community. This giant pink bunny (Google Earth coordinates 44.244273,7.769737) in Prata Nevoso, Italy, was built by a group of artists from Vienna, according to published accounts. It’s 200 feet long and answers to the name “Hare.”

    Crop Circles

    Without a doubt, the best thing that ever happened to crop circles is Google Earth. This circle in the desert just outside Beatty, Nevada (Google Earth coordinates 37.401437,-116.86773), is one of hundreds spotted with the software.

    Celebrity Obsession

    As if Oprah Winfrey’s celebrity weren’t big enough already, an Arizona farmer built a 10-acre homage to the talk show host (Google Earth coordinates 33.225488,-111.5955). Visitors can tell their friends, “I got lost inside Oprah’s head.”

    Open Secrets

    If you’re in the intelligence business, Google Earth makes hiding big things nearly impossible. This image is believed to be of a 1.8-square-mile scale model of a disputed region on the border of China and India. Google Earth spotters found it in a remote area in north central China (Google Earth coordinates 38.265652,105.9517). One theory on why this model exists comes from the Australian publication The Age, which reported that the scale model is used to train tank drivers.

    Bikinis From Space

    Spend enough time on Google Earth, and you start thinking that the world is a pretty low-resolution place. But Google Earth is steadily updating its maps with high-resolution pictures. Zoom in on this Google Earth satellite shot of Australia’s Bondi Beach (Google Earth coordinates -33.892351,151.27538), and you can almost read the designer labels on the bikinis.

    African Break Time

    National Geographic partnered with Google Earth on a project called Africa Megaflyover. The magazine has made more than 500 high-resolution images accessible through Google Earth, including this close-up view (Google Earth coordinates 15.298693,19.429661) of camels and their caretakers taking a water break in Nigeria.

    Auto Antics

    Think parking is tough where you live? In Westenbergstraat, Netherlands, drivers apparently have to park on the sides of walls (Google Earth coordinates 52.069207,4.3139865).

    Big Commute

    Google’s satellites sometimes catch the Earth’s inhabitants on the move, like these ten African elephants (Google Earth coordinates 10.903497,19.93229).

    Virtual Sightseeing

    Nothing can replace hopping in a plane and going somewhere, but Google Earth gives you a small taste of what you might see when you visit some of the world’s tourist destinations. This spectacular shot shows Victoria Falls (Google Earth coordinates -17.925511,25.858223) on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Other virtual destinations worth flying over are Mt. Everest (27.985866,86.92844) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (-3.0726042,37.343093).

    Show Me a Sign

    Google Earth doesn’t have advertising, unless you consider the corporate logos and trademarks big enough to be seen from space. This giant Ford logo (Google Earth coordinates 42.302284,-83.231215) is found near (where else?) Detroit, Michigan. You think that’s big? Check out the massive Coca-Cola logo (-18.529225,-70.25002) etched into a hillside in Chile with 70,000 Coke bottles. Haven’t they heard of recycling?

    Airplanes in Flight

    For aviation buffs, Google Earth offers the unique ability to spot airplanes in midair. One Google Earth Community has Placemarks for more than 3300 planes in flight, including this World War II bomber (Google Earth coordinates 52.336392,-0.1953462) flying over Huntingdon, England.

    Floating Failures

    The unblinking eyes of the satellites record not only human achievements, but our less successful moments as well. One example is this huge ship (Google Earth coordinates 30.541634,47.825445) floating on its side after a maritime accident in the waters of Basrah, Iraq.

    Caught on Satellite

    Sometimes Google Earth is lucky enough to catch things as they happen. Here Google Earth captures a truck that crashed (Google Earth coordinates 46.765669,-100.79274) outside of Bismarck, North Dakota. In another instance, Google Earth caught fishermen illegally bottom-trawling (28.102512,-14.265835) beaches near Spain’s Canary Islands.

    Map Mysteries

    Some of the sights you find in Google Earth are just plain mysterious. For example, why is a fighter jet parked (Google Earth coordinates 48.825183,2.1985795) in what looks to be a residential neighborhood lot near Paris? And why is this lake in Iraq (33.39845000,44.48416800) blood red?

    To view the Blood red lake in Iraq, click here

    Strange Buildings

    The image is from from Chicago, USA. Why do the buildings lean in different angles? strange eh?

    Nessie???

    What is it in this lake over here?? Did I actually discover Nessie?? :)

    UFO??

    I dont know bout you guys but it sure looks like a UFO is landing on that building.

    Microsoft Obsessed with DirectX

    Here is an Image of the Microsoft HQ, Are they so obsessed with Direct X that they designed their buildings in the same design as the logo?

    Marry Me?

    Its written ” Marry Me Tammy” This guy must really be desperate. :) Did she say Yes?

    Firefox Cropcircles

    This is one farmer who is a huge fan of firefox. I’m sure he hates Internet explorer with a passion :)

    Where’d that come from

    How’d they get that boat in there, there is no path ??

    Source from: SoftMall
    Some of the images are Courtesy of: PCWorld

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