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Google has been trying to lure even more users over to its web service with the launch of Chrome Apps. While these applications were only available on Chrome or Windows desktops, the apps are finally available for the Mac as well. These applications are web apps that can actually function even without an Internet connection, but they have to be run through the Chrome browser.
Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV can now stream from the Web on Google's Chromecast device. Android and Google aficionados can now cast their favorite song or show from the convenience of the Chrome browser to their television in the living room or family room.
Google has always had a pretty interesting relationship with privacy, and a new feature just added to Gmail underscores this perfectly. At its simplest, the new feature makes images in emails visible to users by default, which has been billed as a time-saving move and nothing more - but there's a lot more going on than you would think.
It may not seem like a free email service market would start much of a war, but Microsoft, Yahoo and Google are all waging some sort of a war for subscribers. Microsoft was clearly trailing that particular war until they managed to upgrade and soup up their client. Formerly known as Hotmail, the updated and better email client has been given the same name as its separate, installable client in Outlook. Now Microsoft has launched a whole new salvo in the email wars with the launch of a migration tool.
Google is trying to make its Google Play app store more user-friendly and has taken quite a few different actions over the last few months in order to do that. The latest update to the app store has to do with Google Play Books. The update, version 3.1.17, is designed to make it easier to upload books directly from devices. It is also said to make opening books that much faster and smoother.
Quick: what do you do with Google+ Local except find recommendations for, and directions to, the nearest place to get a good pizza? If you're smart, you'll use it to broaden the reach of your own business. According to Google, one in five searches on its core search engine is related to finding a location.
While Zoho has long been a sort of competitor with Google Docs, the company has apparently taken the "if you can't beat them, join them approach." The firm recently announced that its applications are now available for download in the Google Apps marketplace experience. The approach to actually team up with Google, while also trying to better it is one that the computing giant itself has taken over the years. While Google and Apple are direct competitors, there are all kinds of applications, such as Gmail available in the iOS app store.
We're coming up on almost a month since the Nexus 5's Halloween debut which, in typical Nexus fashion, also brought with it the latest version of Android. As usual, early adopters of Google's new device were able to enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat exclusively for a time, but the rest of the Google-supported family should, at this point, also have access to the new update, delivered over the air (OTA).
Google is, by virtue of its sheer scale, a tastemaker of sorts. When it throws its weight behind something, it usually has broader market ramifications. Recently, it said that it is eyeing HTML5 as a rich media standard for Web content that could be a viable replacement for Flash and Silverlight, and said that YouTube was migrating to the technology almost wholesale.
Google Maps is used by the majority of us for nonchalant daily tasks such as trying to scope out a property before visiting or even just casually browsing the web to see if you can see yourself or your car in the driveway through the images on Google Maps (let's be honest - we've all done it). The convenience and usefulness of Google Maps in order to explore the world has become so acclaimed that Google has even made a Google Maps app for users on the go.
With Android being a worldwide phenomenon, it makes sense that Google wants international apps appearing in its Play Store to work well with Android devices across the globe. That's why the company announced they would be making an app translation service available to all developers. This week, that service became available.
It's been roughly a year and a half since Google first attempted to challenge Dropbox for cloud storage dominance by releasing Google Drive. In that time, the service has gathered 120 million active users.
Google is inching towards Apple in the educational tablet market with its new app store called Google Play for Education.
Cloud technology is making rapid inroads into businesses around the world today. This is mainly because the technical experts of different companies understand the benefits of cloud and its positive impact on business operations. Cloud is now being implemented across various segments of a business, ranging from storage to computing solutions. To make it easier for technology companies to integrate cloud into their operations, companies like Google are offering a broad cloud platform. Using this platform, any IT company can now build its own customized solutions geared to meet its internal as well as client demands.
A new report by researchers at USC has found that Google has boosted the number of locations that it uses for search by 600 percent.
The Envivio Halo network media processor (NMP) has now been integrated with the Google Widevine digital rights management (DRM) using MPEG-DASH and common encryption.
The cloud is evolving and businesses of all sizes are evaluating their unified communications options so that they can re-equip themselves with the necessary tools required in today's changing communications landscape.
Google, PayPal and Aramex have partnered together for a new website called ezstore.me, which is operated by Jordanian technology start-up ShopGo and provides a platform for businesses to build and customize an online store.
gUnify to Distribute Its Connector for Google Gmail & Salesforce Applications via BroadSoft Marketplace
gUnify recently announced that it will distribute its connector for Google Gmail and for Salesforce.com applications via the BroadSoft Marketplace. These applications will now be available for use by service providers through BroadSoft's community of more than 5,000 developers.
Avenza Systems recently announced the availability of its PDF Maps app for Android devices on the Google Play Store. The newly released PDF Maps app features more than 100,000 detailed maps from well-established publishers, cartographers, government agencies and proponents of outdoor recreational activities. These maps can be downloaded directly from within the app.
The bigwig apps, Amazon Prime and eBay Now, are bracing themselves for a showdown as Google enters the fray with its same-day delivery service, Google Shopping Express. The giant firm is banking on its brand name and its previous e-commerce initiatives that have made Google a by word to pull off this new venture. It hopes to cater successfully to today's consumer, who lives in the instant era.
Instant access to communication and Real time communication has certainly transformed work places into power centers, and in the age of the Internet, what could be better than have next generation features that help people connect, communicate and collaborate even from Web applications or Web pages?
Last week, Google marked its 15-year anniversary by bringing members of the media to the original Google House and talking about the future of the company. Among those talks was a renewed sense of focus on making its search function as good as anything anyone had ever seen. The company officially announced a revamping to its search algorithm. The changes to the SEO search tool actually got implemented about a month ago, but the company just went public with the change.
Appirio, a services provider that uses crowd sourcing and cloud, social and mobile technology to help enterprises reimagine their business and become more agile, recently announced that Google has allowed the company to provide Customer Success Services (CSS) for Google Apps.
While Netscape was once a power in the Internet browser market, Google just announced that it will be deactivating the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) in Chrome.
Google has been working hard to make its products something that people from all walks of life are likely to lean on. That means everything from Google Docs to Google + has been getting upgraded in order to make them that much more indispensable. Google + in particular is making a march from something that was strictly a social networking tool, to something that can actually be used more easily in a business setting.
Cloud Sherpas, a cloud broker, recently acquired Stoneburn, a U.K.-based technology and IT consulting firm and a Google Apps partner.
When you think of Google, the first thing that comes to the mind is its search engine, its Web browser, its OS, but the search giant is apparently spreading its wings in another direction by entering the world of desktop apps, and it chose to do it on Google Chrome's fifth birthday.
FlashPane, a flagship product of BetterCloud, has recently been advanced from beta to a paid product offering.
Fraudulent apps are a problem for everybody. From app stores to the users of said app store products, getting a fraudulent app can put a real damper on someone's day. But a recent report from Symantec suggests that the problem may be quite a bit bigger than anyone may have suspected, revealing that, just in August, the Google Play Store saw nearly 1,000 fraudulent apps submitted, and many of these were even downloaded by users.
When it comes to the larger overall market for mobile advertising, the clear winner in the field is Google, which by itself represents over half the market. But there are signs that other competitors are gaining, and mobile advertising is getting some big new names involved, like Facebook, which recently saw huge gains in the market.
Vellum Interactive, a small, independently-funded game studio, recently introduced their newest mobile game called Telekinesis Kyle, which is available to download for free on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Syniverse, a provider of cloud-based solutions, unveiled its Google Play billing for KPN Group, a telecommunications and information technology service provider. The new solution is designed to enable one-click buying from Google's app store and lets KPN Group give a secure payment option for its customers with Android phones.
While it might be one of the best kept secrets in the technology world, Google Play has actually seen more downloads than Apple has when comparing the app stores side by side. Google Play is often considered the ugly step-child to the iOS app store, but Google Play actually passed Apple's app store downloads by about 10 percent earlier this month.
Want to take control of your own data security? Innovode Ltd.'s new Armor encryption for Google Drive can be the solution.
Texthelp Inc., a provider of award-winning literacy software solutions, has announced that the newly released Read&Write for Google makes education accessible for those with learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia, reading and writing difficulties, or English Language Learners.
A few years ago, Apple had the lead with its iPhone and app store. It generated enormous amounts of revenue from app downloads. However, Google Play is catching up.
It's been two and a half years since Google launched Real Time Analytics, a tool that has found a home with many engaging in the practice of marketing. But while Real Time Analytics has offered a lot of value, there were certain points of the system that even Google noted could stand some refining, putting more power overall in the process of analytics.
Baudville has received the coveted Google Trusted Stores badge for its commitment toward customer service and enhancing the shopping experience of its customers.
Schools and colleges start in just a few weeks for millions of students, and there's one piece of news that will make many students very happy. Google will let customers purchase or rent textbooks for tablets through the Google Play store.
Los Angeles-based content distribution company Writers' Group Film and its subsidiary Amiga Games (AGI) have announced today that Google has approved AGI to publish its gaming titles via the Google Play Android marketplace.
The 1983 IBM PC/XT had an internal 10MB HDD, which was state of the art at the time. Today you can carry terabytes of data on the same amount of space of that hard drive. However, it doesn't seem be enough for consumers who are demanding more storage.
New social media tools seem to pop up every day, and while the undisputed kings of the hill are still Facebook and Twitter, other companies are looking for new and innovative ways to get into the social media game. Digisocial is one of those companies that is trying its best to break into the social media business.
From the moment movie theaters began showing movies in 3D, we became obsessed with the idea. Watching a video, TV show or movie is much cooler when it's in 3D. That's why DDD's Yabazam created a 3D video streaming app for Android powered tablets, which is now available for download from the Google Play Store.
Google has never been known for its flashy apps. Black, white and straightforward are its design hallmarks. However, the company has updated its design sensibilities by rolling out a new look for Gmail.
The era of cloud-based collaboration technology is here- it is happening now. To bring additional capabilities to its employees, like mobile application development and cloud management services, Keller Williams Realty has decided to adopt Google Apps for Business.
Bharti Airtel and Google are launching a "Free Zone" powered by Google, which will give Airtel mobile customers access to mobile Web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google+ in India, on an essentially subsidized basis.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has contacted Google in recent weeks about its acquisition of Waze, a navigation mobile app.
The word "gaggle" is most often used to describe a large group of geese; however, the student e-mail provider Gaggle may be giving the word a new household definition upon its recent collaboration with Google.
Only after attracting 13M iPhone users to download Vine's latest app did Twitter decide to release it also for Android smartphones last Monday. Since then it has hit its highest point on Google Play charts, having overtaken Instagram as the top free social apps for Android users.
Google's Android enabled gesture typing keyboard is popular but not available on all Android powered smartphones. To overcome that problem and make it accessible to all Android devices, Google has released a new app called Google Keyboard. The app is aimed for smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. It happens to be downloadable directly from Google Play.
Google can already boast that its Chrome web browser is uncrackable. Chrome has also been incredibly useful when talking about porting features and programs from one operating system to another. Google is not resting on its laurels when it comes to its signature browser, though. Through a company blog post, the Internet giant announced that it has just issued yet another security patch.
In March 2013, Google revealed that it was going close Google Reader. This is a content application and platform provided by Google that supports a number of applications which use it as a platform for serving news and information to people. The search giant added that it would be closing Google Reader officially on July 1, 2013.
DoubleClick, the advertising arm of Google, recently unveiled a new, HTML5-based website design tool called Google Web Designer that promises to offer far greater control over and creativity with advertising. However, Google Web Designer isn't limited to simply advertising, according to Engadget, and can be used to create complete Web content, from sites to applications, all for free.
Caribcast TV, an online TV provider that specializes in delivering content from the Caribbean, has launched a Google TV application so viewers with Google TV-ready set-tops and connected TVs can stream shows on the big screen in the living room.
When you want to know what people are talking about on social media sites, you can look at Google Trends and get a snapshot in time of conversations. The search term service is considered one of the most reliable in the world because of the different metrics that can even tell you what people will be talking about tomorrow if you use the tool in the right way.
Although small businesses are, by definition, small, the impact they can have on an economy and workforce is not. This is especially true in India, a country that has suffered due to the worldwide recession while still managing to have its small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector grow at a rate of 11 percent for the last five years.
Gone are the days when it was necessary to have a dedicated scanner. Recent developments in Google Drive are effectively making the service have all the functionality of a scanner and even a fax machine.
Every year, Google I/O brings together the best developer minds in the industry. It gives them an opportunity to come together and share their thoughts and ideas about Google products.
iTalk, a provider of full-featured recording apps with a streamlined and intuitive user interface, has announced the launch of a new marketing campaign supported by Google tools such as Enhanced Campaigns and Exclusive Google Remarketing.
Phrasebook syncing allows users of the Translate app to save commonly-used translations into a list that is available on all the user's devices. This way, even without access to the main device you use for translating or Wi-Fi, you can still have easy access to useful translations. Along with the new Phrasebook syncing comes more support for Google's optical character recognition.
Google has made plenty of different tweaks over the last few weeks when it comes to the mobile mail app for Android and iOS. At times it doesn't seem there is really much of a need for such an app, especially when it comes to the iPhone, because you can access your Gmail through the regular old mail application. For those who do enjoy the separate Gmail application, however, they are going to see something different when they download the update.
Google has added a new category of apps for developers with changes to the developer edition of Chrome running on Windows, moving around categories on its Chrome Web Store.
Companies leveraging Cisco Unified Communications solutions can now experience greater employee collaboration and increased productivity as two UC-focused organizations, Esna Technologies and Touchbase, will bring Esna's Cloudlink for Cisco UC to market.
Google, the self-fixer-upper and master game changer, could be transforming the world of search once again with its latest offering in Google Search, "app activities."
Last June, it was reported that Google was buying consumer Internet company Meebo for about $100 million. At the time of the acquisition, media reports suggested that the search engine giant was planning to tap the Meebo team to develop publisher tools for Google+. However, TechCrunch reports that many of the Silicon Valley company's features, including Meebo Messenger, Sharing on Meebo, MeeboMe and all of its mobile apps, were largely dismantled by the search giant.
Esna Technologies and Touchbase are teaming up, and together, they'll bring new solutions to Cisco customers. With their strategic partnership, the two companies will bring Esna's Cloudlink for Cisco unified communications solution to companies and customers using Cisco applications.
TransGaming Inc., a major player in developing and delivering multi-platform technologies and software 3D rendering solutions, and Google have announced a licensing agreement with SwiftShader, TransGaming's 3D rendering technology that allows applications to generate 3D graphics on a CPU alone without the use of a graphics processing unit.
Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc. has introduced Audit Log for Google Apps, allowing administrators to track their Google Apps domains from their mobile devices. Administrators are informed when their domain settings are modified by the unique mobile app from Spanning, therefore Administrators can instantaneously track their domains even while on the move.
Gmail, Google Drive (a cloud storage service), and several other applications from Google were out of order for a small number of users on Wednesday. Six of Google's 13 applications were affected by the limited outage, according to Google's Apps Status Dashboard.
Google Play, the online store where most Android users download apps, music, movies and other content, has just rolled out a new design. The new design features images that leap off the page and grab the user's attention. Similar content is grouped together in an attempt to make it easier to find.
Understanding online customers, seeing what makes them tick, translating website traffic into sales and making profits is what every business wants for itself. But, in an age of cut-throat competition, where success depends on gaining valuable market insights and strategic decision making, the task assumes gigantic proportions, as Asahi Technologies will tell you.
Developers may have struggled with adding SMS or voice communication to apps for Google before, but that will no longer be the case. Together with Twilio, the company is making it easier than ever to add those features to their apps, with an improved App Engine built for it.
When it comes to risks of data loss such as user error, malicious attacks or corruption and overwriting by third-party apps, most businesses are not adequately protecting their cloud data. In fact, Rachel Dines of Forrester Research recently wrote a report called "Master the Eight Disruptors That Will Transform Business Technology Resiliency in 2013," one of which was cloud-to-cloud backup.
GPS Insight is giving new functionality and faster load times to users by upgrading its dashboard mapping and browser-based mapping to Google Maps.
Rio SEO came up with an innovative first-of-its-kind software upgrade that will enable businesses to utilize Facebook's Open Graph Markup in much better way. This new software upgrade allows users to integrate relevancy tags into Facebook's Open Graph markup.
With the announcement that Google is finally killing off Google Reader, users of Google's other services like Google Drive might be wondering what's next on the chopping block.
The company behind Spanning Backup for Google Apps, the enterprise-class data protection solution built to work via the cloud as opposed to traditional desktop-based solutions, has finished its series B funding campaign, and quite successfully. Yielding more than $6 million led by an anonymous strategic investor, Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc. now has a total raised capital of $9 million over the last two years since its inception in 2010.
Esna Technologies recently announced that an increasing number of customers from the manufacturing, retail and education sectors are using its Cloudlink solution to connect Cisco UC&C solutions to the cloud.
One of the perks of social media sites Twitter and Facebook, is that they provide a way for brands and clients to bounce messages back and forth. Ideally, a company can respond to a customer's complaint or problem (or hey, maybe even a compliment) in real-time.
Android is catching up to its counterparts as a mobile platform, and with mobile access becoming 'non- negotiable,' it was just a matter of time until Android apps made their presence known in the modern workplace, as an anywhere-collaboration product for businesses of all sizes. PGi, well reputed for its virtual meeting for over 20 years, is thus ensuring that its cloud-based solution - iMeet - is available in the Google play store for all Android-powered phones.
The American multinational corporation Google is one of the Internet's most visited websites, at least in America. It has become a very important site for Internet-based services, products, and online Web applications designed to run on desktops as well as on mobile devices.
Global Security Systems announced the availability of the ALERT FM App emergency notification smartphone application for Apple iOS as well as Google Android devices.
The more popular any e-mail platform gets, the more security issues comes to the forefront, as an increase in users directly results in an increase of hackers. Google is aiming to combat this phenomenon with their Gmail accounts by making them as safe as possible by introducing a new two-step authentication system.
Developers aren't tired of creating mobile apps nor are app stores tired of adding one more app to their repositories. Currently, workflow apps are competing for the limelight as businesses try to nudge past each other.
Swordfish Financial, Inc. has unveiled a News and Entertainment application for Android. Smartphone users using Android 2.2 or higher can download the latest Swordfish News and Entertainment App from Google Play Store.
LogMeIn has updated LogMeIn Rescue, which allows companies to provide advanced remote support for Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Android devices. Companies are resorting to remote support these days, as it reduces the need to travel and provides more options for both companies and employees.
Google transitioned its Google Shopping to a commercial model built on Product Listing Ads back in October of 2012 and it appears to have brought the search engine some good luck. According to the latest report from CPC Strategy, Google Shopping's performance has seen significant increases and a surge of traffic in the four months since the change.
Earlier today, Google released a new version of Drive for Android, which can currently be found at the Google Play store. A new version commonly means new features and upgraded performance, and the new Drive app would prove no exception. Those who do regular presentations and involve streaming video will be especially pleased by what Google's Drive is offering up.
A recent development in which an Australian software developer said Google was providing him with the personal information of everyone who bought his mobile app has sparked a fresh round of scrutiny over Google's privacy policies, according to new reports. Perhaps more distressingly, the exact nature of the transmitted information has been revealed as well, and it has nothing to do with software glitches.
Oracle is taking a trip into federal appeals court to try and revive some of its legal battle with Google.
Damaka, a provider of mobile unified communication and collaboration (UCC) solutions, announced that it's Damaka Xavy for Microsoft OCS R2 and Lync solution is now available on Apple iTunes and Google Play for free.
Google announced on Wednesday that it had added ski run information from 38 well-known ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada. The runs are color-coded using the same colors the ski resort industry uses to show difficulty level.
Earth Networks has released a new WeatherBug app for Google Chrome with a new modern design, and bigger font for better readability, providing a realistic view of weather along with live images. The images are fed from cameras installed along the WeatherBug network.
No matter what side of the OS platform you stand on, you have to appreciate the App Store and the incredible growth it has experienced. The company still maintains its hold on the number-one spot even though it's competing against several companies.
Esna Technologies (Esna), a company that provides cloud-enabled communication and collaboration solutions, recently announced that it is all set to launch the new edition of its Cloudlink software.
The look of Google image search has more or less stayed the same since it was first introduced in July 2001. Sure, there have been some minor changes, most notably an update introduced within the last couple of years that made it so image data would be hidden until an image thumbnail was hovered over.
Vassar College is replacing the NEC PBX system on campus, and needed a new unified communications solution for integrating its Cisco phone system with Google Apps. For that, Esna Technologies came to the rescue.
It's always kind of interesting to see a news outlet develop a product; it's an unusual combination of the news vendor being sufficiently well-placed to recognize deficiencies in the market yet at the same time wanting to remain impartial. More recently, Good e-Reader - one of the biggest names in digital publishing news - launched an Indiegogo project concerned with the development of a pair of new enterprises designed to make e-book reading easier and more convenient.
Attention Google Chrome users: The security update Google allegedly released last Thursday to ensure built-in malware and phishing protection is reportedly a "fake" Chrome update. This news was uncovered by the security vendor, GFI Software.