Google’s next step towards being good competition

Google just announced, besides lots of other things, their own Andriod tablet, the Nexus 7.

Stephen Hackett wrote that he doesn’t think that the Nexus 7 will be in direct competition to the iPad but rather the Amazon kindle Fire.

"Both Amazon and Google are pitching these devices not as computer-replacements, but content hubs. Apple, on the other hand, wants users to think of the iPad in both ways. In short, the Nexus 7 isn’t competing with the iPad directly. While the low price point may lure some customers, I think Amazon has more to be nervous about than Apple."

With that price point ($199 for the 8GB model) and the tight integration of Google’s ecosystem (Play, Google+, Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Cloud Storage), it is much more competetive to the iPad and Apple’s equivalents of those services than to the Fire and than the Fire is to the iPad. I assume that once you’ve set up your Google Account on your Nexus 7, all your stuff will be synched between your devices using that account, i.e. your Andriod phone(s) and your Chromebook and -box, and maybe eventually your Google Glasses. Much like iCloud does now. As far as I know, you don’t get anything like that experience with Amazon. At least not yet.

The new additions to the Andriod OS, Play, and Google+ make the Nexus 7 look very attractive to people who are already fond of Andriond and use/prefer it over iOS/Apple, or people who simply can’t afford an iPad and iPhone.

So to me, what Google presented at today’s keynote, not as individual news or products, but as a whole next step in the evolution of the Google ecosystem, is quite good and warmly welcomed comeptetion for Apple. Except the glasses thing maybe. I have no idea what that is all about.

The German Federal Office of Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) recommanded Google Chrome as the best browser to use on your Windows computer.

Its main arguments are Chrome’s built-in sandboxing, auto-update functionality and bundeled, hence always up-to-date, version of Adobe’s Flash player.

"Therefore, if possible, you should use a browser with sandbox technology. The browser that currently most consistently implements this protection is Google Chrome. Comparable mechanisms implemented in other browsers are either weaker, or non-existent. By using Google Chrome, in addition to the other mechanisms we mentioned, you can significantly reduce the risk of a successful IT attack.

The BSI also named Gmail as the best free email option. Seems like the German government likes Google’s work.


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Ein interessanter Artikel bei Telepolis darüber, “Warum neue Monopolrechte für Verleger nicht Google, sondern vor allem Blogger treffen dürften”.

Schönes Zitat:

“Tatsächlich ist (…) eine Herausnahme aus den (…) Suchmaschinen trotz anderslautenden Gejammers deutscher Verleger mittels der Datei robots.txt technisch und rechtlich seit vielen Jahren und ohne Weiteres möglich: Allerdings wird diese Möglichkeit kaum wahrgenommen, weil die Medien gefunden werden wollen.

Schließlich käme auch kaum ein Verlag auf die Idee, Supermärkten oder Kiosken das Auslegen von Zeitungen oder Zeitschriften zu verbieten, weil dort potentielle Käufer, Schlagzeilen lesen oder sogar Magazine durchblättern können.”