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
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
Some Nexus tablet owners can expect to get their first taste of Android KitKat soon.
Google announced on Twitter Tuesday that it would begin rolling out an over-the-air upgrade of Android 4.4 KitKat to Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 tablets immediately.
Starting today, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will be getting a tasty update to Android 4.4, KitKat— Android (@Android) November 13, 2013
However, not all Nexus owners can expect the upgrade right away; Google said the current rollout is for Wi-Fi-only tablets, meaning that Nexus slates with mobile data will have … Read more
Google Glass is slowly coming within reach of members of the general populace who aren't developers, celebrities, or elite early adopters.
This week, as Google rolled out a Glass software update that adds a new command for listening to music, the company also quietly put a new form online that allows anyone to add themselves to a waiting list for the Glass Explorer program. The Explorer program so far has allowed certain developers, contest winners, and VIPs the privilege of paying $1,500 for a beta version of the hardware. Last month, existing Explorers were given the ability to invite three friends to purchase their own set of Glass.… Read more
One of Android's biggest hang-ups could be going the way of the rotary phone, thanks to a new app released on Tuesday by CyanogenMod.
The first app published by CyanogenMod since it received $7 million in funding and incorporated in September is the CyanogenMod Installer, which streamlines installing the customized version of Android.
Installing custom versions of Android, called custom ROMs, is tricky business. CyanogenMod's new installer app aims overcome the learning curve and make it easy for any Android user to install its custom ROM.
While CyanogenMod didn't immediately have many details available, an explanation of … Read more
Pronounced "pinnacle," PNaCl works by allowing developers to compile C and C++ software to Web apps. Potentially, it could be a huge boon for developers who want to get their audio and video decompression software, image editing tools, or the complex engines that power video games by simplifying the "translation" from native code to the Web.
In its blog post announcing that PNaCl is ready, Google summarized the technical aspects of PNaCl … Read more