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?
On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.
Last September, Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously called out Google for including upgrades in the search company’s ever-increasing count of Android activations, touting 230,000 iOS activations per day at that time (not including upgrades). What will Jobs make of Google’s latest claim over over 500,000 activations per day?
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.