In this day and age of tech lawsuit mania, it can be hard to remember them all. However, remember the Apple versus HTC one that is currently in process with the U.S. International Trade Commission? It took an interesting twist recently, where Apple filed in a brief that essentially claims Android co-founder and current Google exec Andy Rubin may have gotten the idea for the Android framework while still with Apple.
Eric Schmidt may not be the CEO of Google these days, but he’s still a very visible face for the search giant. At this week’s Dreamforce 2011 conference in San Francisco, the Google chairman lavishes praise on Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple while lamenting that he couldn't stay on the company's board of directors.
Remember when the internet didn't require you to press a button to tell it that you "liked" something? Back before the function became ubiquitous on social networking sites across the web, users would simply link back to a page or tell their friends about it. But not anymore. Now you've got to "like" something, or "share" it to one of your many other social networking sites for your friends to garner any interest. Well, Google's trying hard to jump on that same bandwagon with its release of the Google +1 button extension for Chrome.
No matter how violently devoted you are to Apple, sooner or later, someone will slip into your circle of friends that just doesn't get it. They might like the look of your iPhone 4, or the slim awesomeness of your iPad 2, but there's just no tearing that Android-powered Xperia Play or Eee Pad Transformer out of their misguided hands. Despite your insurmountable difference of opinion, there's no reason why you still can't interact on a digital level. We've put together a list of 10 apps that will treat your hardware -- no matter whether it's rocking iOS or Android -- as equals, letting you play, chat, and work together.
If you thought that Google+ and that pesky +1 button was going anywhere, you were seriously wrong. Wired reports that Google is planning on turning that +1 button you see pop up on the web into a crowd sourcing tool to figure out what you're reading. The move would usher Google into the new era of search with its social networking offerings and maybe even change the way advertisers use search to make money.
As the release of iOS 5 creeps closer by the day, the joy in the hearts of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users is almost palpable. So is the torrid heat generated by the constant rivalry of Apple and Google fanboys. Is Mountain View’s Honeycomb OS the most advanced mobile operating system out there? Will Cupertino’s new feature set knock off of Google’s tablet-centric operating system? It’s an battle that rages online as we speak. In the interest of fanning the flames of war, we examine 12 of the key features that Apple’s been boasting about since iOS 5 was unveiled and pit them against what Honeycomb OS 3.2 offers their users.
Two operating systems enter, only one may leave. FIGHT!
Roberto Baldwin finds it so hard to sing goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
There really was only one Apple news story this week; no use pretending otherwise. Sure, there were a couple other stories about Google or someone else, and we'll mention a couple of them, but the big news was the big news. After a successful run, the like of which we have never seen, Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, stepped down from his position steering Apple's day to day operations. So let's cue that highlight reel of the one and only, Mr. Reality Distortion Field.
Whether you’re tired of those Google+ friend requests, long for the days when you didn’t have to update yet another social network, or dislike the extra option in your Google toolbar, we’ll show you how to easily disable your Google+ account with just a few simple steps.
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.