Just because we’re Mac|Life, that doesn’t mean we can’t tune in to how the other half lives. Case in point: Google’s annual I/O conference, which kicked off Tuesday morning with goodies for Android lovers in a rousing keynote address.
Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off Tuesday, and with it comes rumors that the search giant will launch their cloud-based music service -- without the approval and support of the big music labels, or even a store to purchase tracks from.
Today, Google released the Google Map Maker, an app that enables people to add to and update Google maps for various locations around the globe. Currently, only 15 percent of the world's population has actual detailed maps of their neighborhoods, so this project will hopefully encourage users to contribute to maps of their 'hoods.
Computing up "in the clouds" is the new craze. With an abundance of cloud services available from Google, Microsoft and independent companies like Dropbox, one might wonder why you’d need to build your own server solution. But, what if you don’t like the idea of leaving your personal data on another company’s server? Then, you build your own online cloud to store and retrieve your data remotely. In this article, we’ll show you how to use a Mac to set up your own cloud services, including storing and transferring files, streaming media, and even using your Mac to serve up web pages. You can then access these services remotely on your Mac or an iOS device.
Going bar hopping tonight? Or perhaps you're scaling that awesome hill a few miles away from home? Let your friends know what you're up to with the location services in Google Maps. You can share your location with anyone via text message or email, and you can push the location straight through to your car's GPS. iPod touch and iPad users can do the same. Read on to find out how.
For a mobile operating system that touts its "openness", it's a bit perplexing that you'd have to root the phone to get any sort of screenshot capabilities. What about developers or technophiles like us who need the easy screenshot utility? iOS scores ten points in this round for the ease of screen capture, that's for sure.
So let's be honest: you're an Android user, you do need this functionality, and you'd like to do so without accidentally bricking your phone and cutting off all communication with the outside world. There's a way to do so, and while it's not as easy as holding together two buttons, it is the best way without accidentally killing your phone. Read along to find out how to use Eclipse and the Android SDK to take screenshots with your Android phone hooked up to your Mac.
Google has a zillion other services. While you’re pretty familiar with things like Search and Maps, even these Google stalwarts have some secret powers for you to master. And if you haven’t seen Google’s little-known Panoramio, we’ll show you how to view and contribute to its amazing collection of geotagged photography.
It's all iPad 2 all the time in the press these days, which will last, oh until the rumors about the iPhone 5 grow too big and take over the press cycle. Apple has a sweet release schedule that keeps their latest and greatest right there at the top of every news queue, so just in case you missed some of our killer coverage, it's this week's round up of all our latest and greatest.
It's well-known at this point that one of Larry and Sergey's top choices for Google CEO was Steve Jobs. Now, obviously that didn't work out, and Google was until very recently run by the capable but not-as-funny-as-he-tried-to-be Eric Schmidt. This got us wondering what Google would've been like if Larry and Sergey had managed to woo Jobs into the search engine's top spot. Using our patent-pending ImagiNation, we're going to take you to an alternate reality, where just such a thing happened.
Google astonished everyone by launching Gmail back in 2004 with a then-generous 1GB of storage; today, that’s climbed to 7.3GB. Thanks to all that space—along with threaded conversations, a powerful spam filter, conversation labels, and more—Gmail remains a standout amid other free webmail products that have been around much longer. Here’s how to tap all that power under its hood.