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. In the failure of iOS Maps Nokia smells [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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). While there is no official, publicly available list of [...]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.
If [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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 [...]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.
This promotion lasts for a week and includes the [...]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) [...]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 [...]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.
You know how browsers can save the [...]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 [...]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 [...]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. body mutilations). Before someone can [...]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? Yeah, well, I bet [...]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 [...]Read More »
Want to learn how to better utilize Google Search? How to get more relevant search results? How to spend less time finding what you want on Google? There is
an app for that a free online class which will teach you how to do all that and more.
Courtesy of [...]Read More »
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 [...]Read More »
Google Play Store introduces ‘delta’ updates: now you no longer have to download full apps when updating
Do you find it annoying whenever you have to re-download a full package just for an incremental update to a program on Windows? Yeah, well, Android has been doing the same thing for a while and it was (is) bloody annoying, especially for those apps/games that are huge in size. [...]Read More »
Every quarter Kaspersky releases an IT Threat Evolution report which looks at the state of the digital world in terms of security threats. As part of this report, Kaspersky has a section devoted to mobile threats. In its 2012 Q2 IT Threat Evolution report, Kaspersky reported that from April to [...]Read More »
Favicons are one of those small niceties of the Internet; they allow users to quickly visually recognize a website without having to read any text, such as when navigating between multiple tabs or bookmarks. Google, one of the most popular (if not the most popular) digital destination on Earth, has [...]Read More »
Although Apple likes to publicly claim otherwise, Apple conducts consumer research to better understand consumer tastes and preferences. In 2010 Apple conducted one such study; Apple wanted to know why people buy Android over iPhone, and it may surprise you what Apple found.
Before we delve into the study, let’s [...]Read More »
Google and Adobe announced earlier this year that Flash for Android would no longer be supported in Android 4.1 and beyond. That time has arrived. Tomorrow Adobe will officially kill the app and will no longer allow new Flash installs on Android devices. This was the last stand on mobile [...]Read More »
Google takes first steps in the remaking of Motorola by firing 4,000 people and closing 30 facilities
Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was completed earlier this year, in a move that put Moto’s 17,500 mobile related patents squarely in Google and Android’s back pocket. There was much speculation when the deal was announced as to just what Google would do with the hardware division of [...]Read More »
Last year Motorola released DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX, two top-of-line 4G LTE devices at the time. DROID RAZR MAXX was especially popular because of its super 3300mAh battery that provided amazing battery life. Now rumor has it Motorola is looking to refresh the devices with new HD versions.[...]Read More »
Google is often testing new features and methods on how to improve users’ experience with Google Search. And do you blame them? After all, Google Search is the bread and butter of the multi-billion dollar corporation known as Google and Google needs to continue innovating to keep the competition at [...]Read More »