Google announced new revamps today to two of its services, including UI changes for Google's ubiquitous search engine and better functionality from the Mountain View-based company's Shopping app for iPhone. This includes making it compatible with its new daily deals service, Google Offers.
It’s called buyer’s remorse -- as anyone who has worked in retail can attest to, returns are just a fact of life, especially with most companies making it so easy to do. However, when the returns start creeping toward nearly half the amount of product you’re shipping, there may be a bigger problem.
If you’re one of the chosen few currently enjoying the burgeoning social network known as Google+, you’ll be happy to know that the search giant has finally released its official iPhone app to the App Store -- but sorry, no iPod touch or iPads are welcome.
Them’s fightin’ words, Mister Schmidt! A new report with comments from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some stinging words from Apple over their recent string of lawsuits, with the Android maker standing firmly beside their hardware partners.
The week is truly and really at an end and no, kids, there was nary a Lion to be seen. So chalk up another bad call for the rumor mill. Will people remember this the next time they cry "wolf in Lion's clothing"? Will they nothing. We're creatures who crave novelty and anticipation and nothing we do will ever cure the rumor addiction. And so just in case you weren't by your computer's side 24/7 waiting for the biggest cat of all to go live, here's a few stories you might just have missed.
Google+ is slowly becoming the new go-to social network. So much so, that you might be feeling left out of the scene because you just have no idea what's going on or what to actually use Google+ for. We put together a helpful little primer to get you started on Google's new social network, to get you all "plus one" in no time!
The link for Google's new photo-related project/service/lab is live, though there's nothing there to download or use. And curiously enough, the phone used in the Photovine promotional photo is an iPhone, not an Android device.
If you're wondering what Photovine is about, it's a community for users to share their photos and comment on others. Each of these threads will be referred to as "vines" -- hence the name. The photos are openly shared, so the rule of thumb is that if you wouldn't want your family to see something, you probably shouldn't post it.
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
I've had Facebook since its inception and it's annoying how the site keeps changing its layout and privacy policies. On top of that, Twitter's constant spam replies and quick-witted nature is starting to exhaust me. I've been ready for a change for quite some time now. So imagine my delight when, out of nowhere, Google simultaneously announced and released its own social networking service. It's new, so I can start with a clean slate that just happens to integrate with all of the Google services I already use on a daily basis (including my Android phone).
After taking the weekend to see what life was like without Facebook and Twitter, and sharing my holiday weekend with only 20 of my "invited" Google+ pals, I've got a better inkling about whether or not this new service from Google will add a new element to my life on the internet. I can say with certainty that it's a contender to the Big Two. Of course, if it's just going to be another privacy concern for me, maybe I'm better off without it
On this week's Mac|Life show, Robbie and Flo discuss Apple's response to the negativity surrounding Final Cut Pro X's release. Also, Google's got a new social networking thing. Maybe you've heard of it?