If you use a lot of Google products then Google Shortcuts is for you. It lets you quickly get to all of your favorite Google sites.
What is it and what does it do
Google Shortcuts provides a toolbar or drop-down menu (you pick) that lets you quickly get into your favorite Google websites, such as Gmail, Google Search, Google Docs, etc.…Read More »
Yesterday I posted a tip about how Google is the best spell checker, ever. As is typical of dotTechies, some of you posted tips related to using Google for spell checking purposes. One of these very useful tips is to use ‘define’ as a modifier for your search query.…Read More »
Google withdraws complaint against Apple in ITC, is no longer trying to ban iDevices from the United States
Well now, what do we have here. In August Google’s subsidiary Motorola Mobility filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission alleging Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices infringe on seven of Motorola’s patents. This complaint gained particular attention not only because it was, more or less, Google’s first offensive against Cupertino but also because this complaint was in regards to seven non-FRAND patents — patents Motorola did not have to, by law, license to Apple.…Read More »
I am notoriously bad at spelling. I heavily depend on spell check when writing articles. Most of the times, the spell checker built into WordPress and Firefox work well enough. However, there are times that I have absolute no idea about how to spell a word, so I sound it out to try my best.…Read More »
Over the years people have accused Bing of copying Google, or at least making changes to Bing that make it appear to be more Google-ish. With a new change to Google.com, it may actually be Google copying Bing.
I was running a search query on Google.com when I noticed the “Web”, “Images”, “Maps”, etc.…Read More »
What happens when Apple stumbles with a product release? The competition take advantage of the opportunity, of course. One such example is everyone from Nokia to Samsung poking fun at the failure of iOS Maps. Apparently there is only so much iSheep can take because they are now hitting back, accusing Motorola/Google of using a fake address in the recently-featured #iLost ad to make Apple look bad.…Read More »
Apple ditched Google Maps because Google would not bring turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation to iOS
There has been a new development in the ongoing iOS Maps drama. Apparently the reason Apple ditched Google Maps and went for iOS Maps is because Google would not bring one important feature to iOS.
Quoting “multiple sources familiar with Apple’s thinking”, AllThingsD is reporting Google and Apple had a major disagreement over one key Google Maps feature — turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation.…Read More »
Google Play offers OfficeSuite Pro 6 and various other apps for $0.25, to celebrate 25 billion Android app downloads
Google regularly runs sales on Play Store to celebrate various occasions. The latest sale is celebrating 25 billion Android app download and sees “top apps” discounted to $0.25 for a limited time. Admittedly most of the apps are games but one app is bound to draw a lot of attention — OfficeSuite Pro 6 (PDF + HD).…Read More »
iOS 6 has seen the boot of Google Maps from iOS and the introduction of a replacement, iOS Maps. News has been rolling in of how pathetically incomplete iOS Maps is with Apple even conceding that it is a work in progress.…Read More »
Google’s reverse image search is an extremely useful tool for finding the origin of images or photos
We all know about Google Images, the image search engine by El Goog. But do we all know about Google’s reverse image search engine? I for one didn’t until a day or two ago but once I learned of it, I started using it and so far it has been great.…Read More »
TechCrunch, a technology blog, holds regular ‘Disrupt’ conferences where a bunch of geeks gather to talk about geeky stuff. At the most recent ongoing conference in San Francisco, TechCrunch interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. The interview itself is roughly 30 minutes long and has a good amount of information in it (feel free to watch it if you want) but there is one big bombshell Zuckerberg casually dropped — Facebook is working on its own search engine.…Read More »
When it comes to smartphone/mobile security, there are two types of malware.
First there is socially engineered malware. This type of malware, typically in the form of apps, works by tricking users into installing it and then proceeds to abuse access allowed by the operating system — such as apps that text premium numbers to steal money from you.…Read More »
Google didn’t invest more in patents because they “didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable”
Ready for a shot across the aisle by Mountain View? In an interview with Bloomberg, Google vice president of corporate development David Lawee explains how the recent patent war has been a “wake up call” for Google. Lawee talks about Google, and people in general, not knowing the value of patents and Google not properly “investing in the patent ecosystem”.…Read More »
Google Wallet has started to inform their users that Google will end its prepaid card feature soon.
If you still have some balance on your prepaid card, don’t worry as Google is giving you more than one month to use it; while you cannot add more money to your prepaid card after September 17, the card itself won’t be discontinued until October 17 leaving you plenty of time to spend your cash.…Read More »
Google has a list of words it likes to censor from Google Search’s ‘Instant’ (i.e. how search results are shown as you type search queries) and ‘Autocomplete’ (i.e. how Google recommends search queries based on what you have typed so far).…Read More »
You might have noticed that large quantities of spam are becoming an issue with many Google Calendar accounts. Many users have complained about events showing up in their calendar that they don’t know about or never intend on attending. Thankfully, there is a solution to this ongoing rampant annoyance.…Read More »
Since it was leaked some time last week, the update to the Google Drive app for Android has finally been released, as has an update to Google Drive for iOS. Available through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store respectively, this updated app includes all sorts of functionality that was absent or simply not working as intended in it’s predecessor.…Read More »
Phishing is when some scumbag attempts to trick someone into revealing some type of information, typically a username and password, by posing as a legitimate entity. Often times the best way to realize you are being phished is to note that you are not on a legitimate website by looking at the URL.…Read More »
You know that delightful service that allows users to scan files of up to 32 MB in size with 40+ anti-virus, anti-malware engines? Yeah, VirusTotal is what I am talking about. It seems like Google now owns them: according to a blog post made by VirusTotal on Friday, Google has acquired VirusTotal.…Read More »
During their “ongoing tests to measure our relevancy, assess customer feedback and satisfaction, and examine our product in many different ways”, Microsoft discovered that “Bing was beating Google in our search relevancy tests” (surprise, surprise). Microsoft says they followed the trends for a few months then hired an independent third party, Answers Research (a marketing firm based out of San Diego, California), to conduct nationwide blind tests pitting Bing against Google to see which consumers really preferred.…Read More »
Microsoft has taken a step in taking a bit of the big market share in search engines away from Google. Thanks to their deal with Amazon, Bing is now the default search engine attached to the Amazon Silk browser, the default browser that comes with all Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets.…Read More »
Amazon launched the Kindle Fire last year for $199. To compete against the Kindle Fire, Google teamed up with ASUS to release the Nexus 7 earlier this year. Most, if not all, independent reviews agree the Nexus 7 bested the original Kindle Fire, not only in hardware but software too.…Read More »
Anyone else notice Chrome ads on Google.com for people running Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera?
Chrome may be dominating browser wars but apparently Google isn’t satisfied. Recently — and by recently I mean past few days, if memory serves — I’ve noticed an ad on Google.com telling me to install Chrome. I first saw the ad on Google.com in the form of a blue banner that ran across the top of the window while running Internet Explorer.…Read More »
Google’s extremely popular Nexus 7 tablet could be getting an upgrade in connectivity over these next weeks. A report has come out claiming ASUS is manufacturing new 3G versions of the Nexus 7.
The very powerful tablet was the first step in Google’s real launch into the tablet world; Google was already part of all Android tablets, thanks to the fact that they built the damn operating system, but hadn’t brought out their own tablet until the Nexus 7. …Read More »
Many Google Play apps marked down to $0.99 this week, apps such as Max Payne, Beautiful Widgets, NOVA 3, Modern Combat 3, Business Calendar, and more [Android]
Google often runs Google Play promotions, discounting apps, games, and even movies, music, and magazines. The end of summer sees Google running a Google Play ‘End of Summer’ promotion that offers eighteen Android apps for a discounted price of $0.99/0.69 euros.…Read More »
Amid all commotion of patent wars, it looks like two giants are secretly negotiating on the sidelines. Whom might these two giants be? None other than Google and Apple themselves.
Quoting “people familiar with the matter”, Reuters is reporting Larry Page (CEO of Google) and Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) conducted a phone conversation last week.…Read More »
After patenting the ability to automatically detect faces in videos, Google has now been granted a patent for automatic detection of objects in videos. In other words, Google now has the rights to the technology that allows for automatically detecting and tagging objects in videos (whether that be a living people, inanimate objects, or animals).…Read More »
Google already has a multiple-sign feature that allows users to sign into multiple Google accounts at the same time. Google is now rolling out something called the ‘Account Chooser’ which makes it easier for people that regularly log into multiple different Google accounts.…Read More »
Samsung and Apple had their say on Friday about the Apple v Samsung verdict but Mountain View was seemingly silent. No longer. Google issued a statement on Sunday (what the hell Google, who issues official statements on a Sunday) saying “most” of the infringement Samsung was found guilty of is not related to “core” Android functionality.…Read More »
Appeal aside, Apple has effectively defeated the largest Android manufacturer — and coincidentally Apple’s biggest competitor — in the United States. There are the obvious upfront consequences of this loss, such as Samsung paying Apple a handsome sum of a little more than $1 billion and potential injunctions against guilty Samsung devices in the United States.…Read More »
Being told by Google to watch child porn, body mutilations, and beheading videos is potentially the worst job in the world
With the rise of the social Internet comes the rise of questionable content. Much of this questionable content must be removed by companies once it is posted by users, some due to government mandates (e.g. child pornography) while others due to their gruesome nature (e.g.…Read More »
Ever see the same annoying website(s) cluttering your Google search results? (*Cough* eHow *cough*) I’m sure you typically simply click past these websites but what if you had the ability to simply block these sites from showing up in your search results in the first place?…Read More »
Some malls have free WiFi; most malls don’t. Google and Boingo are looking to change that with a partnership that will see free WiFi hit malls across the United States.
According to GigaOm, after testing free but ad-sponsored WiFi in New York subways and 200 locations across Manhattan until September 7, Google and Boingo are looking to expand the business model to eight malls across the United States, four of which will be located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tampa, and Seattle.…Read More »
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Google attempts to get iPhone, iPad, and Mac banned from the USA by filing a patent claim against Apple with the ITC
Do No Evil. Tell that to the little boys and girls and grandmas who might miss out on their shiny new iDevice thanks to the latest happenings in patent wars. Google, through its newly acquired subsidiary Motorola Mobility, has filed a patent claim against Apple in the International Trade Commission alleging Apple’s products infringe on seven of Motorola’s patents.…Read More »