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Well, Chrome is still on top, judging by the latest figures from traffic measurement service provider StatCounter, and it has now even taken more than one third of the browser market worldwide (see graphs below and at the bottom).
For July 2012, StatCounter pegged Chrome’s global market share at 33.8 percent, up from 32.8 percent in June and from 22.1 percent in July 2011.
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That's because Chrome is an actual improvement.
I know the internet isn't private but even when walking in a public place your home address, phone number, heck even your last name remain private unless you tell people.
That makes the assumption someone isn't scanning those RFID credit cards as you walk in the door, which is very possible to do.
The local police now have license plate scanners and they know who parks where and can scan you while you're driving as well.
Not to mention those FastTrak things I have on the cars so we can zip thru toll booths without stopping and also paid use lanes. Now they're also being used to track traffic flow in a few places, which could identify where I am if they store that info.
In some places the government runs facial recognition software looking for criminals on the myriad of surveillance camera so anyone that's ever had a mug shot is being tracked.
Plus the cell phone company knows exactly where you are at all times you have the cell phone turned on, wonder if they store that tracking information? I know for a fact that they can pinpoint the location of that phone within a few feet.
the sat won't know who I am..nor who you are
Facial recognition powered by supercomputers and the military grade satellite stuff can read the serial numbers tattooed on a gnats backsideFacial recon via sat, doesn't work when its cloudy..( did I mention that already ? ) and I expect the gov't ( or even gov'ts ) to be delving into who does what and where..they can claim some justification for using such tech..or other forms of "following"..via comm's etc
Every time someone mentions Chrome the old "privacy" crap comes up like all the other popular browsers don't have most, if not all, of the same issues, right...
Not to mention that MS also insists on using their own rendering engine which doesn't implement CSS the way the rest of the world does, which now primarily all use the Apple Webkit now in Chrome and most other browsers.
This trend is inevitable unless MS does something completely radical to stem the tide of users slowly ebbing away from MSIE.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 1:21 am (utc) on Aug 8, 2012]
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Microsoft didn't see the demise of desktop apps coming as things migrate to the cloud
But it turns out the Chrome OS vision of the future, where all we need is a browser, is also wrong. The consistency and familiarity of OS interfaces makes those nascent "web designs" look childish, and our browsers still struggle with simple concepts like drag-and-drop, responsiveness, native code, hardware acceleration, and multitasking.
With the desktop becoming an internet native — a direct client of the cloud instead of a reluctant collaborator — I think the browser paradigm will begin to look like a clunky proof-of-concept for many of our favorite services.
This has been happening for a while with Twitter, where native apps provide a vastly more convenient and powerful method of dealing with the onslaught — even as Twitter attempts to beef up its web app with exclusive, sexier "functionality." More recently, Google has bought Sparrow, a purveyor of desktop and mobile email applications, which I see as a clear admission by Google that trying to make a Gmail app that's simply a window to HTML5's version of events was a total failure.
get at the data about what the user searches for and what they look at, even when they are not using G search to do their searching..