Last week it was PS4, and this week Microsoft joins in the fun. The Xbox One has officially launched, and you can read our full review here. As I write this I imagine there are eager gamers all over North America running to the window every time they hear a delivery truck. But, an evening Azure outage saw Microsoft engineers running to the server closet the night before. The issues threatened to derail launch proceedings somewhat by knocking Xbox.com offline. The prospect of a non-functioning Xbox Live on release day was extra daunting given the necessity of updating the … Read more
Google Play is now a little more tablet friendly.
The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called "Designed for tablets." Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.
Google announced that it would be making the Play marketplace more tablet-friendly earlier this year. In addition to its new tag, Google added a "tablet optimization tips" section to its app Developer Console. Developers can check the new section for any issues that might … Read more
When you go to the Google home page in some parts of this world on Friday, you might think you have a medical problem.
The page, you see, won't stop moving. It seems as if there are vast numbers of strangely dressed men performing the Riverdance. (This is true at least in certain Anglo-centric iterations of Google.com, such as .au, .nz, and .uk. The doodle has yet to manifest itself on the US home page.)
Actually, this is the Whodle. Or at least this is what it's been known as during its four-month development.
In order to … Read more
PHONE for Google Voice & Gtalk offers a feature-rich toolset that mimics the phone settings on your iPhone in a standalone app. The result is a good replacement for your cellular number or a good tool to take your Google Voice number with you on your iPhone. Better than Google's first-party Voice app, PHONE offers a range of tools and quick, streamlined performance in a familiar-looking interface.
When you first access PHONE for Google Voice & Gtalk, you'll need to sign in to your Google account. From there, however, the rest of the setup is a breeze as … Read more
Read top magazines for free on your Android phone or tablet with Google Currents. Topics include News, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Lifestyle, and more. Familiar titles such as Popular Science, Forbes Now, and TMZ are presented in a familiar page-turning format with high-quality images and text comparable to print editions, only they're free to read in Currents, either online or in high-speed offline editions. You can subscribe to titles, too. Currents incorporates a lot of Google features, such as Google Search for breaking news as well as Google's blog, feeds, and translation tools. An optional widget also delivers breaking … Read more
Google Play Magazines lets you buy and read the latest magazines right on your Android phone or tablet. This free app is a virtual magazine stand offering hundreds of titles, most costing from $0.99 cents to $5, though we saw a few for $20 or more as well as some freebies. You can subscribe to your favorite magazines just like you always have, only instead of piles of dog-eared paper to be binned and forgotten, you'll have a searchable library with perfect copies of every edition just a thumb-swipe away.
Google Play Magazines displayed some recommended magazines when … Read more
There's no need to pay the iron price to get HBO Go support on your Chromecast, as Google announced on Thursday that Chromecasts will begin supporting HBO Go in the next few days.
The update brings HBO's popular breadth of shows and movies to Chromecast via the Android and iOS Chromecast apps, and the HBO Go Web site, to any TV with an HDMI port. Shows such as "Eastbound and Down," "Boardwalk Empire," "Girls," and yes, "Game of Thrones," can now be watched at will using HBO Go. … Read more
Google likes Web apps, but one area where native software remains dominant is programming tools. A Google project called Spark that came to light Thursday could change that.
Spark is a Web-based IDE (integrated development environment) that runs in a browser for developers writing Chrome apps, according to Google's Francois Beaufort, who tracks Chrome developments closely. That means, among other things, that Chromebook coders would have a way to be productive without having to move to a Windows, Mac, or Linux box.
"This is still the very beginning," Beaufort said on Google+. "There's not much … Read more
Android users can now shout "Avengers, Assemble!" as they team up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and other mighty heroes in a free adventure game.
Formerly available just for iOS and Facebook users, Avengers Alliance launched on Thursday via Google Play. The game signs you up as a new SHIELD agent ready to spy and fight on behalf of Nick Fury. But before you can even complete your training, your first mission arises.
From that point on, you have to recruit superheroes from Marvel's massive lineup to help you vanquish the forces of Hydra as well … Read more
Residents in Kansas City who qualify for Google Fiber but don't yet have it can once again sign up for the Gigabit Internet service.
As of Wednesday, Google is making the its high-speed Internet service available to people who live in one of the 180 areas in Kansas City, Kan. and central Kansas City, Mo., that qualify for access. Google Fiber first rolled out to Kansas City residents in 2012, so the new offer is designed to capture those who missed out or passed on the deal the first time around.
Those interested can sign up for the service … Read more