When managing a personal or community page on Google+ (Android or iOS), you may become curious if the people you follow are also following you back. As an avid Google+ user, I've seen people complain about the asynchronous following method, while others sing its praises. However, if you're really trying to do some self- or brand-promotion, you probably want to know when followers lose their interest.
To hear Google tell it, you'd think its Chromecast practically installed itself. I can tell you from experience that this is not the case.
To Google's credit, Chromecast setup is a breeze compared with some of the hair-pulling experiences I've had involving the Apple TV, for which I suspect Apple designed the remote control out of metal in order to help you withstand the compulsion to throw that thing back into the useless hell it spawned from. But I digress. Here's how to set up your Google Chromecast.
Plugging it in Sounds simple enough. Grab your … Read more
Initial orders of Google's brand new Chromecast wireless video-streaming dongle are now gone, though some users are still having luck getting one.
The $35 dongle, which plugs into the HDMI port of televisions and lets users stream content from multiple device platforms, is now listed as "coming soon" with no option to order it from Google's online store. Shortly after sales went up, it was listed to ship between August 2 and August 7, down from the 1-2 days for initial orders.
The device's availability has fluctuated throughout the early hours it was on sale. … Read more
Google threw out some big numbers for its Android platform at its breakfast event Tuesday, highlighting the Internet giant's growing dominance over the global mobile market.
Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president at Google who oversees Android, Chrome, and apps, said Google expects more than 70 million Android tablet activations by the end of 2013. It's a huge jump from the end of 2012, when Google counted nearly 10 million tablet activations. Pichai also highlighted the Google Play Store's performance:
1 million apps in Google Play 50 billion downloaded Developer revenue has increased by 2.5 times … Read more
Nevermind last week's earnings stumble. Google wants to keep you focused on its twin success stories, Android and Chrome.
This morning's "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event promises to showcase both. Pichai, a senior vice president at Google, oversees Android, Chrome, and apps.
Join CNET at 9 a.m. PT Wednesday for our live blog, with commentary beginning around 8:30 a.m. PT You can tune in right here:CNET's live coverage of Google's 'Breakfast with Sindar Pichai' event
Thanks to many ad campaigns over the years, most people know that their notebook PCs are powered by processors from Intel (or its chief rival, AMD). Those companies use a chip architecture known as x86, named for the the last two digits of the Intel chip model number in the first IBM PC.
But while Intel may be the best-known PC chip company, designs from ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) serve as the basic architecture behind chips from Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Nvidia that power almost every smartphone on the market. All current Apple iDevices use Apple chips based on ARM … Read more
Urchin Tracking Modules, or UTMs, are tracking tokens added to URLs. They are a tool used by Google Analytics to help calculate the unique number of clicks on a specific link, navigation choices on a Web site, and how much time is spent looking at it. The namesake comes from Urchin Software, a company Google acquired in 2005. Google Analytics borrows a great deal of its structure and features from Urchin 6.
To get started, you'll just need to install a copy of the respective add-on for your Web browser.
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Who hasn't bought something online, only to receive a torrent of marketing spam that follows you around like a rabid puppy?
Abine's new MaskMe browser add-on and mobile app, debuting Monday, ensure that you can use the Web while avoiding the data stalkers by preventing you from giving out your contact info in the first place.
MaskMe is a freemium add-on for Firefox (download for Windows | download for Mac) and Chrome (download for Windows | download for Mac) that creates and manages dummy accounts for your e-mail address, phone number, credit card, and Web site log-ins. Upgrading gets you … Read more
Newer versions of Chrome spruce up the New Tab page by adding some shortcuts to your most-visited Web sites or Chrome apps. A previous extension I wrote about, New Tab Page adds the weather, some headlines, and links to Chrome apps. Onefeed does all of this, plus a custom newsfeed and social media updates from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also attach your Dropbox account, if you really want to.
Google sent out an invitation to a breakfast meeting with new Android head Sundar Pichai like it was calling up its buddies. Naturally, it's not all about pancakes and orange juice. There could be a juicy Android update of some kind tucked in between the waffles.
On the hardware front, there's plenty of anticipation that Google will finally unveil a successor to the Nexus 7 tablet. Pichai is also in charge of Chrome, so a new Chromebook isn't out of the question.