But the epitaph was premature. Over the last couple of years, the gatekeepers of the HTML standard have introduced new technologies that augment the mobile web with features approximating app capabilities. Meanwhile, efforts like Google's AMP are reducing the cruft that can slow down mobile web pages to the chagrin of users.
A recent change to the Chrome Dev build on Android could indicate a new feature coming to the browser soon. Android Police points out that users are seeing a Google Now-powered content list on their devices, and I was able to pull it up easily after installing the test version of the app on my device. Google Reader it isn't, but it does bring the personalized suggestions closer to people who might not open the Search bar as often as their browser.
Palo Alto Networks on Friday announced that its Board of Directors has named former Google executive Amit K. Singh to serve as the company's new president, effective November 1. Singh will succeed Mark Anderson, who will move into an advisory role until May 1 to help with the transition. Singh will report to Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora, who joined the company in June. At Google, Singh most recently served as vice president of business and operations in emerging computing platforms, including augmented and virtual reality. He joined Google in 2010 to head up its enterprise business, then called Google for Work, after spending 20 years at Oracle. At Oracle, he helped the company acquire and integrate PeopleSoft, Agile and Demantr.
It feels like browser bookmarks haven't moved on since, well, since bookmarks became a thing in browsers. A big part of the reason why people have so many browser tabs open is because bookmarks are such an inefficient way to store things we want to go back to on the internet. Then the other day I came across something that gave bookmarks the performance and usability boost that I'd been waiting for all these years. BrainTool is a Google Chrome plugin that combines bookmarking with note taking and adds a sprinkling of tags to give you a fresh take on storing web links for future reference. At the core of the tool is a side panel that is essentially a nested list of tags, under each are the links that you've chosen to save, along with some text.
Software bugs cost developers and software companies a great deal of time and money. For example, in 2014, a bug in a widely used SSL implementation ("goto fail") caused it to accept invalid SSL certificates,36 and a bug related to date formatting caused a large-scale Twitter outage.23 Such bugs are often statically detectable and are, in fact, obvious upon reading the code or documentation yet still make it into production software. Previous work has reported on experience applying bug-detection tools to production software.6,3,7,29