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Google's PageSpeed Service gets updated, websites now load even quicker

Google launched their PageSpeed Service last year with the aim of improving the experience of web surfing, without making them a dime. The idea sounded great, as it worked like similar services such as Akamai, where it would boost web browsing speeds by caching pages in the same way, but as always, there's always improvements that can be made.

 

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Google's latest PageSpeed beta uses some simple techniques that improve performance even more, using a new rewriter called "Cache and Prioritize Visible Content". Using this new tool, your browser will load content before it even appears "above the fold" before fetching text and photos that would be initially hidden on the page, all while prioritizing other content ahead of Javascript, which isn't needed as much as more basic elements.

 

Also, for pages that include HTML that isn't cacheable, such as personalized info, is returned, standard portions of the side and cache are displayed immediately, whilst other content loads in its normal fashion. This new tool isn't the best for every website on the web, but it's great to see these changes, all for free.

The OverClocker Issue 20 is now available

Issue 20 of The OverClocker is now out, for your viewing pleasure. This month's issue has a great 8-page feature covering Computex 2012, and much, much more. Another stand-out feature of the issue is Kingpin's Z77 LN2 guide.

 

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There's also a one-on-one with overclocker Hondacity. There's also a bunch of reviews, with Issue 20 of The OverClocker covering ASUS' Maximus V Extreme, Plextor M3 Pro 256GB SSD, GIGABYTE's Z77X-UD3H, and MSI's R7970 Lightning card.

 

There's plenty more, as well as a review of slow-mo third-person shooter Max Payne 3, Corsair's Vengeance 2000 and more. Be sure to check it out right here.

Facebook to force Timeline upon all users this 'fall'

Start cleaning your Facebook profile in preparation for this fall. Facebook has said that they will be moving everyone to a Timeline this "fall" much to the dismay of almost the entire user base. For those of you who have managed not to get a Timeline for this long, you won't have much of a choice after this move.

 

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Timeline, originally introduced at Facebook's f8 developer conference last September, breaks away from the traditional and instead puts all content branching off a single trunk, which happens to be a timeline. This has the unfortunate consequence of allowing easier access to your virtual past, allowing content you previously thought deleted to be easily viewed.

 

Once the time has come for Timeline, Facebook will give you a mere 7 days to review it, and clean it in many cases, before it goes live to all of your friends. Facebook has refused to give a specific time frame for the transition other than "fall." A recent survey shows a large amount of users don't like Timeline with as many as 17% of users actively deleting previous posts.

Google improves Play Store by clamping down on dodgy Android apps

Google have updated the developer program policy page, which has now made the platform more secure and easier to navigate for users. Google had sent out an e-mail to its developer community with the news that Google Play would be undergoing some changes to clamp down on suspect behavior in the Android market.

 

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Google outlined the types of apps that aren't allowed on the platform, with apps that disclose personal information like credit card and social security numbers without authorization are now, not allowed. Google are also restricting developers from using names, or icons that are similar to existing apps, which should cut down on piracy and dodgy apps that look the same as real apps, but aren't.

 

Google have said on their policy page:

 

Don't pretend to be someone else, and don't represent that your app is authorized by or produced by another company or organization if that is not the case. Products or the ads they contain also must not mimic functionality or warnings from the operating system or other applications.

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Google launches official Android blog, finally

Google have finally opened up an official Android blog, as up until now, all of the Android-based news had to find its home in the Google Mobile blog. Now, it has its own home, its own man cave, dungeon and experimental lab. Call it what you will, but Android has its own home within a blog.

 

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The Google Mobile team had some words to express for the new home for Android:

 

A few months ago, we asked what content you wanted to see more of on the Google Mobile Blog, and the answer was quite clear: more Android! We launched +Android on Google+ and now we've launched the Official Android Blog, a new place for you to find all the latest news from the Android team.

 

Going forward, the new Android Blog will be a must-read for anyone interested in the latest news like today's Google Wallet announcement. Thanks for being such a great audience over the years.

Microsoft's Outlook.com email service sees 1 million users in 6 hours

Microsoft must have done something right with the launch of Outlook.com, their new e-mail service designed to replace Hotmail and lure users away from Gmail. In a mere six hours, Microsoft has said that Outlook.com saw 1 million users sign up. These sign-up numbers were Tweeted by @Outlook six hours after the service was first announced.

 

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Users of the new service will receive a new domain for their e-mail address--"@outlook.com"--which replaces the older "@hotmail.com." Users can, however, upgrade now and keep their current e-mail address. Eventually, the service will feature Skype integration, something designed to rival Google's Gmail and Talk integration.

 

All that remains to be seen is how many users will change from Hotmail over to the new service. Microsoft needs to create enough buzz around the new service in order to keep users from jumping over to Gmail. Google has the lead with 425 million users, while Microsoft has just 350 million at last count.

Digg's "Rethought" redesign goes live, all hail the new Digg

Ah, Digg. The memories I have of spending countless hours searching for stories, or just having a read out of sheer boredom. Reddit has now replaced it, and its like going from a cheap scotch to something that is ten times smoother, as well as attracts the ladies.

 

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Digg has just made their "Rethought" redesign live, all after their acquisition by Betaworks, and just 24 hours after the company showed off its v1 preview, which was part of a very, very quick 6-week redesign process. Old features from Digg like the Newsbar and Newsroom have been thrown away in favor of a simpler site that emphasizes top stories, popular stories, and "upcoming" stories.

 

One major change is that the main page of Digg will now be editorially driven, versus being based on a Digg score algorithm. Because it was an uber quick 6-week redesign, some of the main features have been left out for now, such as commenting. This means that, for now, Digg is more of a news portal, than a community. How would a commenting system work on the new redesigned Digg is another question in itself. Betaworks have said that it plans on conducting "a few experiments in commenting that will inform more permanent features".

Continue reading 'Digg's "Rethought" redesign goes live, all hail the new Digg' (full post)

Microsoft launches Outlook.com, a new email service with unlimited storage, limited ads, and Skype integration

A new challenger has appeared! Today, Microsoft has launched a completely new e-mail service, Outlook.com, that will exist completely separately from Hotmail, at least for now. The features are nearly the same between the two services, but Microsoft is trying its best to distance itself from the bad rep that Hotmail has acquired.

 

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Outlook.com has very discrete ads as opposed to Hotmail's extremely intrusive banner ads. Furthermore, there won't be any targeted ads on personal conversations, however, newsletters and similar e-mails are still fair game. It also brings a nice, minimalist interface in the hopes of drawing Gmail users away from Google.

 

Outlook.com is open to the public, no invites or beta keys required. Storage at the new service is "virtually" unlimited as Microsoft didn't want to offer spammers a limitless account. Twitter and Facebook integration are already live and Skype integration will be coming as well. Users can sign in with existing Hotmail logins or create a new account.

Facebook adds "save for later" feature to mobile, desktop versions

Another Facebook update in the course of a couple of days? What a treat! This latest update is somewhat of a unique feature, something I haven't really seen on another social network before. What's the feature you ask? Something Facebook is calling Save for Later. It basically allows you to save posts for later viewing, or up your stalker game, if that's more your cup of tea.

 

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After saving a post, you can navigate all of your saved posts as their own feed. To remove, they have to be physically selected to be unsaved. And for you creepers out there who want to save a post about Jane being single, have no fear as all saved posts are private, meaning there is no way for her to tell that you saved it, other than getting on your Facebook.

 

On the mobile app, just hold your finger on a post until a popup that says "save" pops up. Click that and the post will be saved. There's no need to download an update to receive this update, so once it rolls out to you, it should be live. The feature is also reportedly present on Facebook.com, however, I have yet to see it on my profile.

Facebook updates Photos, tries to beautify the look

Once again, Facebook is unable to leave well enough alone and has produced an update for the appearance of its Photos service. This update aims to make the look of Photos on your Timeline more beautiful, as well as on anyone else's Timeline you happen to stumble upon. The new landing page is just an update and features all of your photos on a single page.

 

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You may not have caught a glimpse of the new page just yet as it is being rolled out slowly to all of Facebook's 995 million monthly active users. "It'll be rolling out slowly over the course of a few weeks," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to CNet. The picture above shows what it will look like.

 

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm not sure what else to say about the new design. Facebook notes that the new design allows "larger pictures that fill up the page." This update is just one of the many that have occurred since the service first launched and appears to be a big improvement. Considering that there are 300 million photos uploaded daily, it's nice to see an improvement.

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