What is Chromium? A guide to Google’s open-source software project, which runs some of the world’s most popular internet browsers

a screen shot of an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: This computer is running Microsoft Edge, a Chromium-based browser. Microsoft

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This computer is running Microsoft Edge, a Chromium-based browser. Microsoft

  • Chromium is an important piece of software that helps run some of the most popular internet browsers in the world, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
  • You can also download Chromium and use it as its own internet browser, but it’s not stable and is missing many of the features present in modern browsers.
  • Chromium is open-source, meaning that anyone can take the software and make their own program using it.
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Chromium, first released by Google in 2008, is one of the most popular software projects in the world. A vast majority of internet users use Chromium in some way — it’s the software unpinning both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.


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The reason that Chromium is so popular is that it’s open-source, meaning that anyone can use

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SolidRun takes on Google’s Raspberry Pi-like computer

Israeli edge-computing outfit SolidRun has launched a new lineup of Raspberry Pi-like computers based on NXP’s new i.MX 8M Plus application processor. 

SolidRun makes edge computing kit containing Arm-based and Intel chips. Earlier this year, it teamed up with application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chip manufacturer Gyrfalcon Technology to build the Arm-based, Linux Janux GS31 AI inference server.

Now the company has launched three new single-board computers powered by NXP’s i.MX 8M Plus application processors. 

They’re aimed at the same industrial market Raspberry Pi is targeting beyond its traditional education purposes – and which Google is also targeting with its line of Coral-branded single-board computers. 

SolidRun promises an edge-computing system that allows developers to run machine-learning applications in the field, far away from data centers, much like Google’s AI-focused Coral computers. 

The new iMX8M Plus CoM boards, which run Linux and Android, are available with four-core and two-core processors in a

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Google’s Project Taara to deliver fast speed internet to Africans

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Google’s latest attempt to power internet connectivity in Africa will involve invisible light beams transmitted at high altitudes.

Through “Project Taara,” Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is kicking off plans to provide high-speed internet over long distances using beams of light. Essentially, the project’s technology will allow for high-speed data transmission through invisible light beams between Taara terminals mounted on high up on existing towers or rooftops. Each link between terminals is projected to be able to transmit bandwidth of up to 20 gigabits per second and cover distances of up to 20 kilometers.

As part of a pan-African roll-out which will start in Kenya, Project Taara has partnered with telecoms operator Econet to equip its towers with Taara terminals to transmit beams and create links. The project has also been trialed in India and Mexico.

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Google’s Device Lock Controller is a hidden app

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Updated, November 6, 2020 (17:53 PM): Google got back to Android Authority with an explanation about the app described below. As it turns out, this app first became active in July of this year, but only in Kenya. In that country, Google partnered with companies to get Android Go phones to people who otherwise couldn’t afford one. The Device Lock Controller app is thus intended to help creditors prevent defaulted loans for those devices.

However, a Google spokesperson said that this app wasn’t supposed to be active in the United States. It was mistakenly uploaded to the US version of the Play Store, which is why it appears new to us and why it does not appear on the list with other Google LLC apps.

The original article speculating on the Device Lock Controller app is below.

Original article: If you want to find

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Why Google’s Search Page Redesign Is the Death of SEO

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I have been a digital marketer for more than 20 years, which seems like an eternity at this point. Google has always been a staple of any good digital marketing strategy, especially for search engine optimization (SEO), to attract free organic traffic based on the quality of the content on your page. But, when we recently started to see our SEO traffic start to decline, we asked our SEO consultant to investigate the root cause. He said it was due to a recent Google Search page redesign, moving the free organic links to the bottom of the search results page. Even more troubling was his answer on how to fix the situation.

“Start spending more money advertising with Google to get back up to the top of the page,” he said. That’s a very strange thing

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Google’s tips for reaching new customers using its Shopping platform

  • Because of the pandemic, more retailers and shoppers will be going online for holiday shopping this year.
  • Google has released several updates to its Shopping tab to make it easier for merchants to list their products on Google and get discovered by consumers.
  • Business Insider spoke with Google’s President of Commerce Bill Ready about how merchants can best take advantage of Google’s free tools for retailers.
  • Ultimately, business owners should make sure all their inventory is listed and kept up to date online to aid in discovery and capitalize on consumers’ desires to shop their values and go local this year.
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Many of this year’s holiday shoppers will be swapping aisle browsing for website scrolling for the first time ever. And many retailers, especially small businesses, will be moving their sales online for the first time, too.

In time for the big digital

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Apple Is Reportedly Creating Its Own Search Engine Amid Google’s Antitrust Woes


Apple is intensifying long-standing efforts to beat Google at its own game by building its own rival search engine technology, the Financial Times report, as U.S. antitrust regulators hone in on the search engine giant for allegedly abusing its dominant market position and deals with other big players like Apple.

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In the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 14, Apple bolstered its own search capabilities with little fanfare, the Financial Times reports.

The change went largely unnoticed, and included displaying its own search results and linking to websites directly — rather than through another engine — when users typed queries from their home screens.

While the iPhone’s default search engine — Google, who pay $8-12 billion a year for the privilege in a deal U.S. antitrust regulators are investigating —  remains unchanged, the

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Google’s search dominance proves convenience is everything

  • The Department of Justice lawsuit against Google filed on Tuesday reported that the tech giant paid Apple roughly $10 billion a year to be the default search option on their devices.
  • Tech columnist Jason Aten says that while Google started off as a reliable and competitive search engine, a lot of its success can be drawn back to its mission to become the most convenient option for internet users.
  • This same formula worked for Starbucks, which put up stores on practically every block to become the easiest coffee choice for consumers.
  • “Once you become the default option for whatever market you compete in, the incentive to be better decreases,” Aten writes. “Instead, the incentive is to maintain your position.”
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If you’ve bought a new iPhone in the past few years, you might not think much about the fact that when you open Safari

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This week: Quibi’s shutdown, Google’s antitrust charges, and Foxconn’s LCD factory failure

It’s Friday, which means there’s a new episode of The Verge’s flagship podcast The Vergecast. Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to the various Verge reporters who have been closely following the three biggest tech stories this week for an in-depth discussion.

First up, Quibi, the short-form video streaming service, announced it was shutting down after only debuting six months ago. Verge reporter Julia Alexander stops by to discuss the many possible reasons for Quibi’s demise and who is taking the blame.

Senior reporter Adi Robertson then joins in to talk about the antitrust charges Google is now facing from the Department of Justice. Adi breaks down what the specific charges are, Google’s reaction, and what it means for the future of the big tech company.

In the third act, The Vergecast welcomes investigations editor Josh Dzieza to explain his monthslong investigation into Foxconn’s proposed LCD factory

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Australian law couldn’t block Google’s YouTube and DoubleClick purchases: ACCC chair


Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims has called on Australia to “rise up” and work out the level of economic concentration it is willing to live with.

Speaking before the House of Representatives Economics Standing Committee on Friday, Sims said competition regulators around the world have faced criticism for allowing Google to consolidate its market position with the past purchases of Android, DoubleClick, and YouTube.

“There’s been a lot of criticism of regulators around the world for allowing those acquisitions, but at the time they occurred, certainly our law, I believe, wouldn’t have allowed us to stop them,” he said.

“I guess what we’re trying to get do with the debate is ‘Can we just rise up a bit and just think about what regime we want, where we really want to set the dial to make sure that we don’t end up with such a concentrated

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