Is it really an April Fools "prank" if what you put together actually performs its stated function? Either way, you probably won't want to keep the "Self-Browsing Chromebook" app on your machine for more than a day or so. According to Google's straight-faced Chrome Blog entry, the app is intended to automate your entire computer experience. What it actually does is take over your laptop with a full-screen interface that navigates around the web by itself. Read More
April 1st isn't the safest time to browse tech blogs on the web. One third of all of the posts that go up are likely a fake (this one, though, is entirely legitimate). Yet while Facebook's latest app looks like it could be a joke—it isn't. Riff is a collaborative way for friends to make videos with one another using the social network.
Riff lets you shoot a clip that's up to 20 seconds long and share it for others to see. Read More
March doesn't have any new blockbuster titles for you to check out, but there are a lot of interesting indies in the following list. For speed and twitch freaks, we've got Fotonica, one of the most unique runner games I've ever come across. Fans of humorous adventure can check out a new take on Hamlet, and strategy gamers have an impressive but unfortunately single-player only option in Frozen Synapse. Investigate these and other favorites, along with some honorable mentions, below. Read More
Inbox by Gmail isn't even yet a year old, but Google is trying to improve mail even further. But this time, it's not working with the digital variety. It's doing something about snail mail.
And frankly, it's about time. People have been sticking envelopes in mailboxes for a century or two, and the experience hasn't changed all that much. Our mailboxes could be better. They could be smarter.
They could be the Smartbox. Read More
How about this? Real news on April 1st. How novel. At any rate, it's really only news for Verizon customers who want to pick up a new phone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 (standard and Edge) and HTC One M9 are both available for pre-order starting today.
Google has been slowly rolling out Android apps for Chrome OS on a case-by-case basis, with new additions coming in a handful at a time. According to OMG! Chrome!, the company is opening the process up to all Android developers.
Porting relies on a native client extension known as the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC for short). It runs Android software at a speed that's close to native inside of a sandboxed Dalvik virtual window. Read More
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In 2013, Google announced the death of its RSS reading platform Google Reader. At the time, Google cited declining usage as the official reason for Reader's closure, wrapping it up along with things like Cloud Connect, Voice for Blackberry, and Building Maker as part of a second round of "spring cleaning."
It comes as a huge surprise then to see the app back in the Play Store almost two years later with a new icon and brand new interface, jumping from version 1.1.8 up to 2.0. Read More
The typical Update Wednesdays, wherein Google released new versions of its many and varied Android apps, will be a little less busy from now on. Not that Google released many updates for the Android version of Google Finance anyway - according to the Internet Archive, the last time the app was touched was way back in January of 2013. In any case, it's gone now: Finance disappeared from the Play Store without ceremony last night.
Between the lack of updates and a surprising apathy on Google's part, it's unlikely that the Android version of Finance will be missed. Read More
When HTC announced the RE camera, an inhaler-shaped device that lacks a viewfinder of its own, it seemed like great fodder for an April Fools joke. But no, that product was real, and it actually exists.
So what has the Taiwanese manufacturer come up with as a truly absurd product, something even it wouldn't consider turning into reality? Why, the RE Sok.
This product brings notifications to your ankles so you can see them when you're changing shoes. Not wearing shoes? Not switching them at the moment? Tough. Your ankle's vibrating regardless. Better bend over.
How good are these things as socks? Read More
Did those rumors of Microsoft investing in professional ROM developer Cyanogen spook you, Android purist? Then you might want to skip flashing today's nightly build for your Nexus 6. Starting late last night, CyanogenMod devotees who flashed the March 31st nightly builds to their phones and tablets were disheartened to see the following message as Android was upgrading:
That sound you heard was millions of CyanogenMod devotees who cried out in terror... and were suddenly silenced as they looked at the calendar.
You can actually see the changes in the code review for CyanogenMod 12 (Android 5.0) and CyanogenMod 12.1 (Android 5.1, which isn't even being published in nightly form yet). Read More