With Google's change to YouTube's comment system, you are now required to have a Google+ account in order to post a comment. This has angered many users who would rather continue posting under their current anonymous profile or simply don't want to be forced to create a Google+ account. People are so irate that a petition has been started to bring back the old way of commenting.
Personally, I like Google's attempt to clean up YouTube comments, but what has me worried about this change is the ability it has given users to post URLs in … Read more
Google Earth allows you to see any location on Earth with satellite precision and it's a free app for your phone. That alone is an amazing accomplishment. Even as most smartphone owners grow used to having every piece of knowledge they could possibly need at their fingertips at all times, Google Earth manages to astound by pure scale and presentation.
Google Earth opens the same way it has for years, with a globe of the Earth, a few quick tips on how to navigate, and then a sandbox approach, allowing you to zoom in and out of any location … Read more
The mobile music war just hit a higher note.
Google on Friday launched its long-awaited Google Play Music application for Apple's iOS. The free application, which is available now in the Apple App Store, allows users to stream millions of songs and create custom radio stations. Unlike Apple's iTunes Radio and Pandora, there are no skip limits on Google Music.
Those who want to listen to their own libraries also can upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to Google's music cloud service and access those on other devices.
Thanks to the Google Trekker, places that are inaccessible by car can be captured and mapped in Street View. The Trekker's latest conquest? Venice, Italy, home to such famous sights as St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and the Doge's Palace.
To capture the water city in all its glory, Google sent the Trekker out on foot, on gondolas, and on Venice's famed water taxi service, the vaporetto. Though Venice is renowned for its maze-like layout, the Street View implementation means you're never too far from a map to work out exactly where you are. … Read more
The NSA allegedly gathered millions of records from Google and Yahoo data centers around the world, but soon, the agency might have a much harder time trying to collect this type of data.
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, and other prominent technology companies are investing heavily in stronger, 2048-bit encryption. Due to computing power constraints, it's expected to be more than a decade before this type of encryption can be easily overcome.
Imagine if people spoke in real life the way they would in a YouTube comment. A comedy bit from Conan O'Brien does just that.
On his late-night talk show on Wednesday, Conan was talking about Google's decision to ban anonymous YouTube comments, forcing people to use their real screen names. Many YouTube users have given the overall comment cleanup a thumb's down. But Conan voiced his support for requiring real names, complaining that the anonymous comments are "usually awful things that no one would have the guts to say in person."
After revealing that his … Read more
For a while, it seemed like Chromebooks had a sweet spot of $250, so Acer rose to the challenge and priced this year's new Chromebook C720 at that level -- $50 higher than last year's C710.
On Friday, it released an updated version of the C720 -- back at $199.99.
The Acer C720-2848 Chromebook is 0.75-inch thick, weighs 2.75 pounds, sports an 11.6-inch, 1,366x768-pixel display, and matches the previous Acer C720 model. For now, it retails at Best Buy and Amazon.com. It will be in the Acer store in December, according to … Read more
There's no shortage of battery monitoring applications in the Play store. Each of these apps offers different solutions when it comes to viewing your battery's percentage. Some add an icon to the status bar, others can place a widget on your home or lock screen, and some even place a permanent notification in the notification shade. While all of these solutions work, none is ideal.
Android should support this natively, without requiring a third-party app; I know I'm not alone in thinking this. Thankfully, it looks like Google is finally working on adding a battery percentage feature … Read more