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

 

How to create email rules via filtering in Gmail

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 1, 2016

Gmail is one of the most powerful third-party email clients by far; even many Apple device users have Gmail accounts.

One of the useful things you can do right from Gmail is create rules via filters, and this lets you do all sorts of things with your email inbox for customizing your experience. We’ll show you how to do that in this tutorial. Read More

 

Google’s dedicated search app gains ability to preview Now cards with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

Google today issue a small update to its dedicated search app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Bumped to version 20.3, the free of charge app has gained the ability to preview Google Now cards with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Just press a card within the app to peek at its contents, then swipe up to access additional options or press harder to open the card in fullscreen mode. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS gains food delivery support, plus codes & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. Read More

 

Apple’s created mockups of iMessage for Android, including one with pure Material Design

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

I was just reading a post titled “On iMessage’s Stickiness” from Apple pundit John Gruber, published last evening on his Daring Fireball blog, and stumbled upon an interesting passage alleging that Apple’s created several mockups of iMessage for Android.

One of the mockups of iMessage for Android reportedly looks like a carbon copy of its iOS counterpart, with another one based on Google’s Material Design guidelines.

“I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design,” reads the post. Read More

 

Video showdown: Siri on iPhone 7 Plus vs. Google Assistant on Pixel XL

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016

Siri continues to receive criticism over at times unreliable performance although Apple’s been advancing its personal digital assistant by leaps and bounds since its debut in October 2011.

Google, on the other hand, is regularly praised for its powerful knowledge graph and accuracy.

You probably know that the search company’s exciting new feature, Assistant, recently made its debut on the new Pixel smartphones.

With that in mind, YouTuber Marques Brownlee took it upon himself to pit the Pixel’s Assistant against the iPhone’s Siri in a cool side-by-side video comparison.

Let the battle of the smartphone voice assistants begin! Read More

 

Latest Chrome for iOS update comes with a hidden game

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Google yesterday pushed a small update to its Chrome browser in the App Store, bumping the app’s version number to 54.0.2840.66. In addition to the usual stability improvements and bug fixes, the latest version of Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch packs in a charming side-scrolling mini game that you can play when without an Internet connection. Read More

 

Pixel XL teardown reveals modular components, earpiece mesh made of cloth & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

YouTubers like JerryRigEverything and repair wizards over at iFixit tore apart their Pixel XL smartphone from Google to peek under its hood, revealing easily removed battery, standard screws, the use of modular internal components that can be replaced independently and—quite surprisingly—the front-facing earpiece slit which is made of cloth.

Launched on October 4, both new Google-designed smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, are exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. Contract-free Pixels are available via Google’s online store and from Best Buy. Read More

 

YouTube videos keep buffering? Here’s the fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 21, 2016

I’m a big time YouTube user, and even though I have zippy fiber optic internet, it seems like there are still times when YouTube videos get stuck buffering instead of playing when I want to enjoy HD video streaming.

If you can relate, then you should take a few minutes to read this piece, because we’ll be talking about some common remedies for the annoying buffering problem. Read More

 

Google inks deal with CBS for upcoming YouTube TV service

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

Google has reached an agreement with CBS to carry the broadcast network on its upcoming TV service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the deal marks the first major TV network to sign on to the service, which is expected to launch in 2017 on Google’s YouTube platform.

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Google’s iOS keyboard gains 3D Touch trackpad, new themes, iOS 10 emojis & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Google’s Gboard keyboard for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was bumped to version 1.2 on the App Store this morning, gaining a few new features such as more than a dozen new themes, support for trackpad-like functionality on 3D Touch devices akin to the stock QuickType keyboard, the ability to search and share your contacts without leaving the conversation and support for the new iOS 10 emojis. Read More

 
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