Google Launches Google Instant
On Wednesday, Google announced Google Instant, a new AJAX-powered feature that displays search results as users type. The new search enhancement is designed to save users time while searching in Google.
Google Instant is currently rolling out to users on Google domains in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia who use the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8. Google said that it will continue to add new domains and languages over the next several months.
For more information on how Google Instant works, check out this video.
New Study Reveals that Users Spend More Time on Facebook than Google and Yahoo
In August, users in the U.S. spent an average of 41.1 minutes (9.9 percent of total surfing time) on Facebook per month. This is compared with 39.9 minutes (9.6 percent of total surfing time) on Google sites, including YouTube, Gmail and Google news, and 37.7 minutes (9.1 percent of total surfing time) on Yahoo.
In August 2009, the average U.S. user spent 5 percent of their total time on the Internet on Facebook, 5 percent on Google sites and 12 percent on Yahoo. In 2007, time on Facebook comprised less than 2 percent of all Internet usage, Google accounted for less than 4 percent and Yahoo took up more than 12 percent of users’ time on the web.
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta Lets Users “Visualize Sound”
Earlier this week, Mozilla unveiled a new audio feature that visually interprets audio. Using HTML 5, Firefox 4.0 Beta translates sounds into a variety of ways, including streams of numbers, waves and abstract 3D animation.
“With this new API,” reads a post on the Mozilla blog “developers can read and write raw audio data within the browser, presenting audio information in completely new ways that could allow, for example, for people to visually experience a speech or a song through Firefox.”
For a demonstration on Firefox 4 Beta’s new audio features, watch this video from Firefox 4 developer David Humphrey.
Firefox 4 Beta is available for free download.
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