YouTube channel owners appear to be taking the stance that the Google+ cure is worse than the common YouTube comment.When Google announced that it was going to replace its original commenting system with one powered by Google+, reactions seemed split between a positive reception for improving the level of discourse and giving channel owners more moderation tools, versus the concerns of commenters who felt that their free speech would be infringed. However, in the aftermath of the Google+ comments rollout, some longtime YouTubers are taking their displeasure with the new system public, posting their videos on YouTube but moving … Read more
Not much has changed in the US search engine market during the past month. Google held steady keeping its massive edge over all other players; and, Microsoft saw a small increase, while Yahoo experienced a minor decline.
Digital analytics company ComScore released new data on Wednesday covering the US search engine market in October. The numbers show that Google maintained 66.9 percent of the market and Microsoft came in a distant second with 18.1 percent. In the rear, Yahoo got 11.1 percent, Ask had 2.6 percent, and AOL came in with 1.3 percent of the … Read more
Project Loon might be a crazy moon shot, but Google is building its balloons to stay afloat an unusually long time.
A key component of the Google [x] Lab project to deliver Wi-Fi to remote parts of the world via souped-up weather balloons is the material that the balloons are made of, according to a new Google video. And it sounds like Google hasn't yet settled on a solution.
Each balloon is designed to stay up for 100 days or three trips around the globe. That's much longer than most weather balloons that travel at the stratospheric heights … Read more
When Google provided Glass Explorers with the option to invite three friends to join the program, many users were very excited, and rightfully so. This time around Google isn't requiring new Explorers to make the journey to pick up Glass, where they would have received a hands-on demo of the headset. Instead Google is shipping Glass directly to the nominated Explorers and offering a 45-minute tutorial session through a Google+ Hangout.
Without the hands-on time with a Glass Guide sitting next to you, there are sure to be some questions after the Hangout is over. Below are five … Read more
HP and Google have asked retailers to stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 because of an overheating charger, the companies said Wednesday.
Both Google and HP said they are "pausing sales" of the laptop "after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use."
The companies are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to figure out next steps, but, in the meantime, HP Chromebook 11 owners should stop using the charger that came with the laptop.
"In the interim, they may … Read more
Schools now can purchase Android tablets outfitted with a special version of Google Play designed for teachers and students.
Starting Wednesday, Google Play for Education will be included on the Nexus 7 through the Google in Education program. Google Play for Education offers teacher-approved apps for students, educational videos, and books for those in grades K-12. Teachers can search for approved apps based on grade level and other criteria, buy them via a purchase order, and then deploy them to their students.
Each Nexus 7 tablet costs $229, plus an additional $30 for management and the Google Play for Education … Read more
Google's inexpensive, new Android phones mean the company has a real chance at transforming the wireless industry -- something it attempted to do nearly four years ago with the Nexus One.
In October, the company released the Nexus 5, a top-end phone built by LG Electronics that has a remarkably low price of $349 for a 16GB model -- unlocked and with no contract. On Wednesday, Google announced the Moto G, which costs $179 for an 8GB model, also unlocked and off contract. … Read more
iOS and Android users who plan to buy a PS4 may want to check out Sony's new PlayStation app.
You can use your iOS or Android device as a second screen and remote control to display and manage the action from compatible PS4 games. You can shop at the PlayStation Store to buy and download games and add-ons for your PS4 console. You can also view PlayStation manuals and system guides.
Via the Sony Entertainment Network, you can chat with … Read more
Fans of Google's Nexus series of smartphones often have lots of positive things to say about the devices, but glowing praise for the included camera usually isn't included.
While the recently released Nexus 5 makes some improvements on the lackluster shooter of its predecessor, the Nexus 4, a hacker over at the XDA developers forum has taken it a step further with a mod that's like digital steroids for its 8-megapixel camera.… Read more