There's this feeling floating around the Internet that Facebook is irrelevant. It's old. The kids have moved on. They're Tumblring, Vine-ing, Snapchatting, and Instagramming (okay, that one's owned by Facebook, but whatever). They wouldn't be caught dead using the same social network their parents sign into. Famous people aren't using it either. They've moved to Twitter.
What's a site like Facebook to do? Introduce live video. Read More
I still don't get the whole Inbox thing — I've tried it, and it's just not my cup of tea. Still, I get why people love it (even if it just doesn't go well with my workflow), and I'm glad that it exists. I like options. If you're one of the folks who happen to use Inbox, you may be interested in some new stuff Google has been cooking up and just implemented into the app: "later this week" and "weekend" snooze options. I'm not sure why you'd want to put an email off till the weekend, but you know what, that's your choice and I respect that. Read More
License plate numbers, emails, strangers faces, home addresses, and nipples. These are all things that you might not want seen by the world when you upload a video to YouTube. Google understands this, and has just released a new tool for YouTube that grants users the ability to blur any object in a movie, even a moving one! Check out this example clip to see it in action.
This guy was able to remove a really embarrassing lawn mower that was totally ruining his sick stunt video. Seriously, lawn mowers are the worst, they always want all the attention for themselves. Read More
Two noteworthy improvements found their way into the latest set of routine updates for Google's office suite on Android, both implementing desktop features into the mobile counterpart. Sheets will now properly render images while Slides now allows users to choose between 18 pre-supplied themes.
Sheets has already been able to manage images within its web app for some time now, but they weren't visible if you opened the spreadsheet in the Android version. With today's update, the Android app will render images with just a few quirks. The main limitation is that in frozen rows, behavior will be fairly unpredictable. Read More
Those of you who use Chrome on your desktops are probably aware that rather than doing a clean sweep of your browsing history, you can choose to only erase an hour, a day, or a few other increments of time into the past. While I won't speculate too much about why a person may find themselves needing to do these things, it's an option that is better to have than not. The simplified functionality of mobile Chrome had to this point lacked these options.
The current version of Chrome Dev (v50) for Android, however, has brought it on board. Here's a before and after, of sorts, comparing the Chrome/Chrome Beta interface with the new and improved one on Dev. Read More
Microsoft has had trouble getting developers to make apps for the Windows Store, so at last year's Build conference, it announced four ways to port apps from other platforms to Windows 10. Three of them are still available to developers—Web (Westminster), Win32 (Centennial), and iOS (Islandwood). The Android-to-Windows Project Astroia, however, is officially dead. Read More
Browsing streets may be one of the more mundane things you can do with Street View. Google's service lets you visit exotic destinations all over the world, even going so far as to let you ride a zip line through the Amazon. Now you can fire up Maps to get a good look at the inside of your favorite sports stadiums. Read More
You know what's cool? Podcasts are cool. They've been around for what seems like an eternity now, and they're still just as relevant as ever — maybe even more. And in case you were wondering, the Android Police Podcast might actually be the coolest podcast of all time. It's so good.
To add to the cool factor here, there are also a ton of podcast apps to choose from. Some suck, others do not. If you'd like to have one that does not suck (which I highly recommend), then Podcast Addict is probably a good one to go with.
It's loaded with a slew of awesome features:
- Subscribe to any existing audio/video podcast (300K+ podcasts available)
- Subscribe to YouTube channels/playlists, RSS news feeds and listen to Radio stations live streams
- Advanced player features: loop mode, repeat mode, sleep timer, etc.
Before Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Rdio, or any of those other music services, there was Pandora. I've pretty much been using it since the beginning (albeit off and on), and no matter how many other music streaming/discovery services show up, I always keep coming back to it for all my radio needs. I use it as a supplement to Play Music — when I don't know what to listen to, Pandora is always there to hook me up. My thumbs-up library is so vast at this point, it's really difficult to even think about letting go.
The thing is, it's always been kind of…not attractive. Read More
A late-night update to Google Maps on Tuesday brought the version up to 9.21. Despite a moderate bump to the version number, this appears to be a relatively minor release. Of course, knowing the Maps team, we'll end up with an update in a few days with an official changelog that includes at least a couple more interesting additions. In the meantime, there's a new setting to control notifications about responses to your edits. Maps has also expanded its list of supported countries for the recently released Driving Mode and the "Explore around you" feature. Read More