Just when we got used to websites ending in “.com,” “.org,” “gov.” and “.net” along with 18 other obscure endings, ICANN, the nonprofit group that controls the dot endings, is about to expand the list with 1400 more. The first ones will roll out on April 23.
The Google Chromebook comes in four versions, one by Samsung, another by Acer, one by HP and the new “Chromebook Pixel.” Acer, by the way, is one of world’s largest computer makers, and just reported that it sells more Chromebooks than Windows 8 computers.
Acer said laptops based on the Chrome operating system accounted
MapsOfWar.com shows you 5,000 years of history in 90 seconds in an animated map that changes as you move along a timeline. We looked at “Who Conquered theMiddle East?” (tip: Alexander the Great passed this way), and “The March of Democracy.”
Zapd is a free iPhone app for creating websites. It’s as easy to build a site as tapping your finger and may be a good way to post photos and thoughts. First you choose one of 45 themes. We thought they looked great. Then add photos or snap a few. Tweak your photos with filters and editing tools. Invite someone to collaborate with you if they have photos you’d like on the site. Your site address will have “zapd” in it, as in JohnDoe.zapd.com and can be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The websites can be private or public. It’s easier than blogging, but similar to “Tumblr,” which has 6.8 million activeU.S.users, the same as Twitter
“QR” codes are doorways to other places. As you go through a newspaper or store, you will likely see some of these codes, square in shape and filled with dots and squiggly lines. Take a snapshot of them using your smartphone or tablet app for reading QR codes and they open to something else.
We just bought a new laptop, the HP Pavilion g7 notebook PC, for $650 ($600 after the rebate. It weighs 6.6 pounds, has a beautiful 17-inch screen, a 640 gigabyte hard drive, six gigabytes of RAM and a DVD drive. So what’s the kick? Nothing, except it would have been $100 cheaper to buy it from the Staples web site than buying it from a Staples store. What?