Image via The Verge
StatCounter is reporting that Google Chrome has finally surpassed Internet Explorer for a full week, for the first time in history.
[...] North America, where Internet Explorer still has the lead — 37 to 26 percent. So which regions are responsible for Chrome’s worldwide lead? In Europe, Chrome has been ahead of IE for the past two weeks, but only by a percentage point, and Firefox is ahead of both. Also, IE has a massive lead over second-place Chrome in Oceania, and Firefox is dominating both IE and Chrome in Africa.
-via The Verge
In many parts of the world, Chrome is far from #1. Someday Chrome may dominate the market.
You may ask which browser this reporter is using…. It’s Google Chrome.
Google I/O 2011 (Image via Get Android Stuff)
On February 9th Google announced a new project with Knowledge Networks that will let Google track everywhere you go on Chrome. Don’t worry this is strictly opt-in and… you get paid $5 in Amazon Gift cards for every 3 months you participate, for up to $25.
“Like many other web and media companies, we do panel research to help better serve our users by learning more about people’s media use, on the web and elsewhere. This panel is one such small project that started near the beginning of the year. Of course, this is completely optional to join. People can choose to participate if it’s of interest (or if the gift appeals) and everyone who does participate has complete transparency and control over what Internet use is being included in the panel. People can stay on the panel as long as they’d like, or leave at any time.”
-A Google Representative
The project is called Screenwise. Due to too much interest, when you visit the Screenwise website you will not be able to sign up. However they are telling users to wait, and sign up later.
In order to participate you must be at least 13 years old and have a Google Account, and be using Google Chrome. You will download the extension for Google Chrome and every web page you go to will be tracked.
Users can opt-out at anytime. This service will not be forced upon any Google users for obvious reasons.
What do you think about Screenwise? Will you be signing up? Leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips and tricks There are thousands of freeware application available for Windows 7. But it’s hard to know which ones are safe, and great!
Fences was rated 4/5.
Fences (Stardock) Fences ia free application that can sort your desktop apps into folders for easy access! It is an amazing app, that should be built-in to Windows 7, if you ask me. You can download the free version here. (yourfaq tested and approved) Our yourfaq rating for Fences is 4/5.
- Windows Live Mail (Microsoft) This program is one that I use every time I open my computer (I like it so much that I added it to the startup procedure). It has a beautiful interface, and especially great if you have more than one email account, and want to view it all in one place. Almost all emails are compatible with Live Mail. Our yourfaq rating for Windows Live Mail is 4.5/5. You can download it for free, as well as all the free Windows Live Essentials here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
- Picasa (Google) Picasa is a beautiful program to view and edit your photos. It is one of the best free photo editors I’ve ever used on Windows. It has a great Face Recognition system. One of the best, if you ask me. Our yourfaq rating for Picasa is 4/5. You can download Picasa here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
- Snipping Tool (Microsoft) One of my favourite built-in Windows apps is Snipping Tool, it comes with Windows 7 and Vista, and has an easy to use interface, as well as editor. It is the best screenshot tools I have used for Windows so far. If you didn’t realize you had this app, just look it up under All Programs, it should be under Accessories. Our yourfaq rating for Snipping Tool is 4.5/5.
- iTunes (Apple) Microsoft has an OK music player, but iTunes conquers it all. Even if you don’t have an iPod, iPad or iPhone this is a great app to have to play and buy music. As well as podcasts, movies, music videos and audiobooks. The Mac version is much better and has less bugs, but the Windows app is still beautiful. Our yourfaq rating is 4.5/5. You can download iTunes here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
Google Chrome was rated 5/5.
Google Chrome (Google) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is getting better, but not half as fast or safe as Chrome. Ask anyone that uses Chrome! Even Firefox and Safari are no comparison to Chrome. With Chrome, Flash is “sand boxed” and that helps out poor Adobe Flash a lot. Also, Google Chrome automatically updates itself, it is updated a lot, but you never know is updating! You may have seen you had version 15.0.02, and then look at it later and find you have version 16! Please! Please, stop using IE. Our yourfaq rating is 5/5. You can download Google Chrome here.(yourfaq tested and approved)
- VLC Media Player (VideoLAN) iTunes may have audio down. But video, that belongs to VLC. It is compatible with almost everything! Now, it may not be the most beautiful media player, but it sure is the best! Downloaded a strange movie file? Try to open it with VLC… I’ll bet you it works! Our yourfaq rating is 4.9/5. You can download VLC Media Player here.
Microsoft Security Essentials was rated 5/5.
Microsoft Security Essentials (Microsoft) Windows is great at getting viruses. But, Microsoft has come out with a way to combat them! Microsoft Security Essentials is the Antivirus you’ll need for Windows! It isn’t the best antivirus (There are better paid solutions, like ESET NOD 32), but it certainly is the best free antivirus! Our yourfaq rating is 5/5. You can download Microsoft Security Essentials here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
- LibreOffice (The Document Foundation) If you don’t want to get a paid Productivity Suite (like Microsoft Office), then LibreOffice is right up in first place under Freeware. It is a great Productivity Suite to use. Our yourfaq rating is 3.5/5. You can download LibreOffice here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
- CNET TechTracker (CNET) TechTracker, is a program designed to help you keep all of your programs up to date. There currently is a free version, and a Pro version, but CNET plans to cut the Pro version soon. Our yourfaq rating is 4/5. You can download CNET TechTracker here. (yourfaq tested and approved)
Hopefully those free apps can help your Windows 7 experience at least a little bit. Many of these apps have a Windows Vista and Mac version, so explore their websites to see if you can get the app even without a Windows 7 PC.
More Tips and Tricks to come! Leave a comment below with your favourite Windows 7 freeware, and maybe it might be included in a revised version of this! Also leave a comment with your ideas for some Tips and Tricks.