The indignities start with problem in the New York studio that keep Molly from being visible on today's show, and then end with the realization that all those browser preferences are basically a trackable fingerprint that's further eroding any illusion of online privacy you might have ever had. Also, Google's getting into the phone business. Again.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
This summer, the Kindle franchise is extending to Android.
It's no surprise, given that Amazon already offers its e-reader software for Kindle devices, the iPhone, the iPad, Windows, Mac OS X, and BlackBerry devices. In the bigger picture, with Android phones going up against iPhones at the same time Amazon is going up against iTunes, Google is a natural ally.
What does surprise me is that it's taking this long. Amazon's announcement Tuesday that Kindle for the Android will arrive later this summer came the same day I griped about its absence, and offered some praise for … Read more
It is funny how much meaning gets lost in translation on the Internet, especially when it comes to humor or levity. I was behind the idea of the SarcMarc, a new form of punctuation that conveys sarcasm. I just don't think people will upgrade their keyboard to use it.
It all makes … Read more
HTC unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the Wildfire, and tapped it with a Q3 release in European and Asian markets.
Like many of the handset manufacturer's recent offerings, the phone runs Android 2.1 and HTC's customized Sense UI, aimed at keeping contacts closer. The device isn't the hardware powerhouse that is a Droid Incredible or Evo 4G but that doesn't appear to be the target demographic this time around.
After four months in the Android realm, and in particular one week each with an HTC Desire and Google Nexus One, I've become a convert.
Android isn't perfect, but it works very well for me, and no doubt we'll see further improvements at the Google I/O conference this week. My biggest complaint had been performance, but that's been put to rest by the powerful hardware of new-generation models--not just the Desire and Nexus One, but also HTC's Incredible and Evo, Motorola's Droid, and doubtless many others on the way.
The Apple iPhone is … Read more
Last week, rumors were swirling around a potential partnership between General Motors and Google to develop an Android-based telematics system. On the eve of Google's I/O conference, GM made an official announcement about its actual plans for the Android OS, a version 2.0 of the Android version of its OnStar Mobile app for Chevrolet Volt that will feature Google Maps integration.
Essentially, what GM will be doing is adding a "navigation" tab to the Android version of the OnStar app that allows users to see their current location and the location of a connected Chevrolet … Read more
Did Paramount actually issue a DMCA takedown to some people who filmed "Transformers 3" while it was being filmed outside their window!? Well, yeah. But Molly thinks that particular brand of stupidity almost had to be an accident. I mean, come on. Also, Google accidentally (!) collected data from open WiFi hotspots while taking pictures of their houses, which kind of feels like a double whammy. Oh, and it's Rafe's first show in the Tom Chair! We call it: Episode 1.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
The interest in Google I/O has heated up these last few weeks as Android leaks keep hitting the Internet. As we head into the two-day conference, which begins on Wednesday, May 19, all eyes will be on Google's keynote announcements.
The schedule for I/O's keynotes are as follows:
Day 1 Keynote: Wednesday, May 19, 9:00 -10:30 a.m., PT Day 2 … Read more
How much bigger can Google's world get?
As Google prepares for its third major developer conference, it's getting ready to pitch its vision for the future of computing to 5,000 developers and media at San Francisco's Moscone center. When I/O kicks off on Wednesday, don't expect Google CEO Eric Schmidt to break out into a passionate "Developers!" chant like his counterpart at Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer, did all those many years ago.
However, this is clearly one area in which Google and Microsoft--bitter rivals otherwise--can agree: developer support is crucial to the … Read more
This story was updated at 10:36 a.m. PDT with additional information.
Google announced big changes in its Nexus One strategy Friday: it's moving from online to retail.
Google's Andy Rubin, head of the company's Android efforts, announced the changes in a blog post. Google plans to stop selling the Nexus One through its Web store as it increases the availability of the device in retail channels, as it has done recently in the U.K. through Vodafone.
"While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not,&… Read more