Google bogged down with shipping Pixels, demand at Best Buy not a tenth of that for iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Since launching its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in early-October 2016, Google’s learned that real artists ship—the firm’s done a poor job at shipping its latest and greatest phones which received glowing reviews due to their excellent cameras, built-in Google Assistant and other nice features. The company may have grossly underestimated demand for the larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL models.

One visit to its online store is enough to realize Google is struggling to meet consumer demand for its iPhone 7 rival. Regardless of the color option, both 32GB and 128GB models of Pixel XL are currently out of stock at the Google online store, said The Verge.

Pixels are only offered in 32 and 128 gigabytes and the 128GB one hasn’t been in stock since November 30. Separately, AppleInsider learned from a source at Best Buy, which only sells 32GB Pixel models, that demand for Pixel isn’t a tenth of that for iPhone 7. Read More

 

How to view and delete your Google search history

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2017

Whenever you make a Google search query while being logged in to any service from the company, your search is saved to your Google account’s activity. This is designed to help improve your search experience by increasing the amount of relevant things you’ll see.

For the most part, this depends on how you use your Google account, and if you’re more of an iOS user, then you might not tap into these features as much as, say, an Android user would.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to view and delete your Google search query history, a step you can take to increase your privacy by preventing others from seeing what you’ve searched for. Read More

 

Chrome 56 adds support for FLAC codec, “Not Secure” HTTP warning, web Bluetooth & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Chrome 56 for Mac and other platforms has entered Google’s beta channel. When released to the general public, the browser will bring native support for the FLAC audio codec within the browser and other perks. This should come in handy because macOS does not support the FLAC file format out of the box so users often must use a third-party converter or video player to play these files. With Chrome 56, Mac users will be able to play FLAC-encoded audio files embedded in web pages or local files drag and dropped onto the browser window. Read More

 

Google rolling out overhauled ride services experience in Maps for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Google today announced that expanded ride options and more actionable information are now available to users of the mobile Google Maps application on iOS and Android.

You can now book, complete and pay for an Uber ride without ever leaving Google Maps, as well as browse useful information related to your destination during the ride with menus, hours and other helpful details only a swipe away. Read More

 

Google launches Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Google today launched a new education-focused apps aimed at kids aged 6-8 years old, called Toontastic 3D. With this app, your youngsters can draw, animate and narrate their own cartoons. The concept and game mechanics are easy to grasp so your kids should feel right at home. They simply move their characters around onscreen to tell their story. The app records their voice and animations and stores content on their device as a video. Read More

 

Sign up on Google Play Store to be notified when Super Mario Run launches on Android

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2016

Following its December 15 debut on App Store, Nintendo’s one-handed side-scrolling platformer Super Mario Run will be coming to Android sooner than later: you can now pre-register on Google’s Play Store to be alerted when the game is available to download.

Super Mario Run is free to download on iPhone, with a $9.99 In-App Purchase required to unlock the 24 levels across six worlds. Read More

 

Google I/O will reportedly return to San Francisco’s Moscone Center

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 26, 2016

Google I/O, the search giant’s version of Apple’s WWDC, will return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco next year, TechCrunch has learnt. Google I/O 2016 was held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View to mark the 10th anniversary of the company’s first developers conference at their headquarters. Google I/O 2017 should mark a return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where Apple has for years held its own annual developers conference. Read More

 

When is Apple going to pay FaceTime the attention it deserves?

By Steffen Reich on Dec 16, 2016

The other day I overheard a woman at the coffee shop spiritedly conversing on FaceTime with what I can only presume was her mother. The topic of discussion had been the daughter’s holiday trip, and her mom said something that struck a chord with me: why can’t you show me the photos on here? This got me thinking (at which point I stopped listening in, promised). Since its inception, FaceTime has received dreadfully little attention from Apple. The introduction of FaceTime Audio aside, the service practically makes for an absolute freeze-up in an otherwise constantly forward moving software environment.

As consumers, we have become used to companies spending more resources and time on pet projects of theirs and conversely less on comparably idle services, but what is astonishing is that this analogy does not explain the ongoing neglect of FaceTime. Because for all its faults and plainness, FaceTime is tremendously popular. For reasons only known to the Cupertino giant however, it does barely show in the application’s development. To add insult to injury, the lackluster state is likely to persist for yet another year until the next big software update for iOS rolls in. Never mind the fact this means forever in industry years, but it’s even worse because FaceTime is already adrift of the competition.

With that said, it is time for Apple to start play catch-up and resuscitate the service. Since the coffee shop encounter, I have been mulling over how Apple could ramp up the offering realistically in the near future. Here is what I believe is feasible and crucial for FaceTime to implement within the next year:

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iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak could be released in the near future

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 15, 2016

Hot on the heels of this week’s announcements about upcoming iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.3.x jailbreaks, there have been stirrings today which suggest we may also see our first iOS 10 jailbreak soon. It must be noted that these are at present just statements of intent rather than concrete, but that being said, they are more encouraging than most that we have seen lately, and in my tentative opinion will result in something being released sooner rather than later. Read More

 

Google Drive becomes Android migration tool with contacts, photos, videos & calendar sync

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Google wants to make it even easier for Apple fans to switch from iOS to the Android platform so it’s turning the mobile Google Drive app into a migration tool of sorts with new features that let you upload and synchronize your contacts, photos, videos and calendar events.

The search giant also provides a Quick Switch Adapter with its Pixel smartphones that allows users to quickly transfers data directly from an iPhone to their Pixel phone.

Google Drive is available at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

Google Santa Tracker goes live

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Google today launched its Santa Tracker in Google Maps. If you find NORAD’s own Santa Tracker lacking in terms of visuals and overall design, Google’s web app may be right up your alley. By visiting santatracker.google.com from any device, you can take a peek at at Santa’s Village as the white-bearded man gets ready for the big day.

Unfortunately, the Santa Tracker does not work in Apple’s Safari browser so use Chrome instead or another browser of your choice. Read More

 

Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with Trash view

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Google has updated its productivity mobile apps on the App Store—Docs, Sheets and Slides—that act as alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The new versions of these apps have added a brand new Trash view which lets you easily recover previously deleted documents, spreadsheets and presentations. In addition to Trash, the most recent updates to Docs, Sheets and Slides come with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Read More

 

Snapseed for iOS gains white balancing tool, RAW format improvements & UI tweaks

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google-owned Snapseed, the popular image editing app, was updated Wednesday on the App Store with a trio of improvements bringing the app’s version to 2.13. The first change tweaks the user interface to make it easier and simpler to select and change filter parameters.

The second new feature is basically the dedicated tool which got launched on Android a while ago that lets you adjust white balance of your images.

The last feature is a correction for developing RAW files with embedded color profiles. Read More

 

Google just released a stellar screensaver for your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Got tired of the new Apple TV’s gorgeous Aerial screen saver on your Mac? How about Google’s own screen saver that ships on Chromecast, Fiber and Pixel devices? Your wish is Google’s command: yesterday, the search giant released the stunning Featured Photos screen saver for macOS.

As its name suggests, the app adorns your Mac’s built-in display and any external screens with a striking plethora of highest-rated photographs that users publicly posted on Google+. Download the app straight from Google at no charge and let us know what you think in the comments. Read More

 

YouTube for iOS now lets you see how far you made it through videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Google today refreshed YouTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to let you see far you made it through the videos. YouTube 11.45 for iOS, a free download from the App Store, puts a handy progress bar on the previously watched thumbnails within the app’s watched history section. In addition, partially watched videos will now resume from where you left off. No other changes or improvements were spotted in today’s update to YouTube for iOS. Read More

 

This tweak keeps Google Maps from nagging you when Location Services are disabled

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 26, 2016

While most people grant Google Maps access to their location for navigation purposes, not everyone uses Google Maps for navigation. Other users primarily use the app for region exploration and keep Google Maps from accessing their location for privacy reasons.

If you’re one of these people, and you hate seeing the location services warning alert every time you open the app, then you should install a new free jailbreak tweak called Google Maps – No Location Services Alert right away. Read More

 

Google revamps Play Newsstand, adds For You recommendations, rich media, web app & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Google earlier this week announced a major overhaul of the its magazine and news reader, Play Newsstand. The new version of the iPhone and iPad app sports a new app icon and provides a refreshed user interface alongside a few new “smart” features.

These include a personalized news briefing, a “For You” stream of personalized stories, support for rich media in articles, tab-based navigation and other perks. Read More

 

Google Play Music gains redesigned interface and smarter, AI-driven recommendations

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

Google on Monday announced overhauled Play Music apps with smarter, AI-powered recommendations based on user location, activity and time of day are now available for iOS, Android and on the web. In addition, the app can optionally save your most recent songs and a few recommended tracks for offline listening, even if you forget to download them yourself. The revamped Play Music app is available on the App Store for free.

Not to be outdone by Google, rival Amazon this morning announced that its recently launched music-streaming service, dubbed Music Unlimited, is now available in the United Kingdom and expanding later today to Germany and Austria. Read More

 

Google’s Daydream VR headset goes on sale with YouTube VR as its killer app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016

Daydream, Google’s new Android-powered virtual reality platform, was announced at the company’s annual developer pilgrimage in May. Daydream View, Google’s first virtual reality headset, is now available for purchase from a number of retailers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia for $79 apiece. Read More

 

Google overhauls Gmail for iOS, adds swipe to archive/delete, Undo Send & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

Google today pushed an update to Gmail for iOS, bringing out several new productivity-focused enhancements. Gmail 5.0.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a free download from the App Store, has been overhauled to make navigation easier than before. More importantly, the refreshed mobile Gmail client packs in an Undo Send feature, improved search with spelling suggestions, a new swipe to archive or delete feature and more. Read More

 
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