Google has been a busy little bee this week, finding time to add an activity stream view to Google Drive as well as data compression and Google Translate to the mobile Chrome browser (see below) in between acquiring companies like Nest. But that last move has also raised the threat level for many distrustful of the company whose mantra was once "Don't be evil" — a policy we'll try to stick to with today's recap.
Google's media event on Wednesday did indeed unveil an update to the Nexus 7 tablet as expected, but the bigger news had more to do with a $35 dongle that appears to be the company's answer to Apple TV.
The dog days of summer appear to have arrived early across much of the United States, with a heat wave making it pretty unpleasant to step out of the house for more than a few minutes. Thankfully, we've been locked away in the air conditioning, toiling to dig up the latest and greatest news for today's recap, so beat the heat by indulging us for a few minutes, won't you?
We're heading into a three-day weekend for Memorial Day here in the United States, so we'll be taking a break on Monday, but promise to return on Tuesday with the mother of all weekend recaps. (Provided, of course, that stuff actually happens while we're watching parades and grilling hamburgers over the weekend.) If the separation anxiety is too much to bear, just read our Thursday recap twice, then set your alarm clocks for Tuesday a.m.!
Everyone loves a freebie, but how far are you willing to go to get one? If you happen to be a loyal Starbucks customer, that dedication has been rewarded with plenty of free apps and iBooks courtesy of their "Pick of the Week" cards -- but now you don't even need to step foot inside a Starbucks location to take advantage of that deal, as long as you have the company's iOS app installed. Find out more in today's recap...