Previously only available to Android users with capable handsets, Google has now enabled users of its Chrome browser to search for directions through their computer's microphones. You know, because it's so cool to yell at your computer for directions to that All You Can Eat sushi place you're taking your significant other out to after work. Nope, not weird at all.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the whole “Apple versus Google” drama, sometimes it’s nice to take in a story where the two work together, simpatico. In the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO on Wednesday, a Google senior vice president shares a story that does just that.
Whether you use Google Chrome or not, you're most certainly familiar with web-apps -- functional sites that you can use in lieu of the apps in your dock. Chrome has made these sites particularly handy by making them easily accessible through your Chrome home screen and easily searchable through the Google Web Store. And, as with any other app store, there are lots of amazing apps in the Google Web Store, and some that are just plain worthless. Here's a round up of the best Chrome apps for Mac users.
Last week, Google officially debuted Photovine for iOS users. Like Instagram and the horde of other photo sharing apps, Photovine enables you to take pictures and instantly share them with the world. The idea behind the service is to create communities through unique collections of photos that are called Vines, which is simply a name for a theme, topic or idea. Other users of the service can help the vine "grow" by adding pictures that contribute to the theme.
Photovine, which was built by an internal development team at Google, has no apparent tie-in to the search giant or any its services, including its social network, Google+. The app is not even available for Android devices. However, it's an interesting approach to sharing those well composed photos with a wider audience and could prove an interesting move into community photo sharing.
Google's Music Beta may only be three months old, but the search giant made another foray into the music world today, launching Magnifier. The new music discovery site goes a little bit further than just letting you listen to music by featuring videos of live performances, interviews with artists, explorations of different musical genres and free songs that you can tack on to your Music Beta catalogue.
Shopaholics, Google hasn't forgotten about you. Now you can flip through all of the latest catalogs from your favorite retailers straight from your iPad. Stores like Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephore and Williams-Sonoma have made their catalogs readily and virtually available for impulse shopping.
What do you do when your company suffers a $56 million second-quarter net loss? If you’re Motorola Mobility, you cash in by selling your soul to Google for a cool $12.5 billion, which is exactly what the search giant announced early Monday.
Earlier today it was reported that Google+'s popularity has soared into the millions -- 25 million to be exact. A new report from AFP (ironically, via Google News) claims that the social networking service from the world's largest search giant has grown faster than Twitter, MySpace, and even Facebook when it first launched. According to Mashable, it took Facebook and Twitter around 36 months to achieve those numbers. These are amazing statistics for Google, considering the service is actually so niche and invitation-only.
But, can we be honest here? How many Google+ users are still using the service on a regular basis? Personally, I keep forgetting to log in and check what's going on. Initially, I was really excited about Google+ because it was something new and fresh, but now that some time has passed, I've hardly touched it. That makes me wonder: while Google's claiming 25 million users, what percentage of these "users" are actually "using" Google+?
Everybody knows that Facebook is where it’s at these days when it comes to social networking, but you might not know it by looking at the explosive data growth of Google+, which a new report claims has grown faster than Twitter, MySpace and yes, Facebook did in their salad days.