Specifically, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a blog post that the company will encrypt all information flowing between data centers by the end of the first quarter in 2014. It will also give users the option to encrypt the flow of all information shared with Yahoo by the same time frame. In addition, Mayer said that the … Read more
More than a year and a half ago, Google promised to bring its Google Drive to the Linux. Those who want to use the cloud-synchronized file system on the the open-source operating system, though, will have to keep on waiting.
In April 2012, when Google Drive launched, Google said, "The team is working on a sync client for Linux." In May 2013, the update was, "The team is still working on it." I asked for another update and got it Sunday: Google doesn't "have anything new to share at this time in terms of … Read more
In response to the longtime, alarming proliferation of photos and videos containing child pornography on the Internet, Web search giants Google and Microsoft plan to introduce measures to block the content from their search results.
The modifications will prevent more than 100,000 search terms from generating results that link to images and videos associated with child sex abuse and instead trigger a warning that the associated content is illegal. The restrictions, which apply to English-speaking countries, will be expanded to more than 150 languages in the next six months, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt wrote in an article for the … Read more
I have come to terms with the notion that we will all soon be wearing glasses in order to surf the Web, check messages, and pretend we work at Google.
Some, though, are still concerned that the glasses offer too much opportunity to photograph or film people surreptitiously.
Defenders of the Google faith point out that no, no, you can tell when the glasses are in use. There's a light that beams to the world.
A twisted few find this unfortunate. They want to be cleverer than thou and more creepy than thou.
May I present, therefore, the very … Read more
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