The new Google web Chrome browser released this week has a few dirty secrets. The Auto-Suggest feature, on by default, is helpful to users who like the dynamic pointers a Chrome browsing session offers, but at a price.

With this feature on, Google’s Big Brother is watching your every move. Even if you just type, it records your every keystroke before your press “enter” in the Omnibox.  It also records your computer’s address, so now you can become a permanent stat on Google servers.

You can avoid this data-snooping by turning the auto-suggest feature off or use a different search engine while using Chrome as your browser. Or switch to Chrome’s incognito mode.

That’s nice for Google to build up its data base, to help cement itself s as the super search engine and browser of all time.

This becomes another obstacle for Microsoft’s Live search and a scene stealer for the recently released IE 8 beta browser.

Lesson learned? Google is great, but there is a price for its free stuff some users may not want to pay in the future.


Motorola Canada showed off dozens or phones from its current and new product line to invited journalists in Toronto this week. Most impressive was the MOTOROKR E8, now the flagship phone for Motorola’s music-playing cellphones, available at  Rogers. It uses touch technology that vibrates back when you press on lighted buttons. But its ability to seemingly morph its onscreen buttons to suit the application it runs just rocks. For example, when you switch from phone mode to music playing mode, the phone pad disappears, replaced by music playing buttons like play, pause, next song etc. Or if you switch to digital camera mode, only the shooting controls show onscreen.

To see a demo of the phone in action, kindly shown by Stephen Orr, VP, strategy and Business Development with Motorola Canada go to:

Surprisingly, Motorola also showed the almost ready for Canada MOTOZINE ZN5 5 megapixel digital camera phone using Kodak chip and software technology including KODAK PERFECT TOUCH for improving photos, on-camera. Originally slated for sale in China, this product caught the attention of other countries, including Canada. Expect to see it under Rogers or Fido soon. One ultra cool ZN5 feature is the panorama mode, which automatically tells you when the second and third frames are lined up for the next shot. A recent showing of high quality poster prints from the ZN5 at Kodak’s Holiday show in New York this summer blew me away in sharpness, clarity and colour detail.

We were also treated to some of clever and amusing movie shorts created by the Motorola sponsored Talent Lab whose selected works is showing as Motorola trailers preceding film screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Aspiring Canadian film makers were given a Motorola movie-capable cellphone and two weeks to complete a short movie project. Motorola also sponsors the For the Reel program, with MTV showings, which encourages amateur film makers across the country to create Vanguard Progamme-themed short films on Motorola movie-capable handsets.

Some of the previous shorts we saw like Mathew Swanson’s Tic Tac Toe and Pam Mills’ Pat’s First Kiss, showed it’s not the equipment that matters, but what you can do with it.


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