Google plans to unlink Google+ from its services

YouTube

Google’s recent moves to decouple Photos from Google+ isn’t the only Google+ news. Google announced on its blog earlier today that the search engine giant also plans to unlink Google+ as a requirement for its various other services, starting with YouTube comments. YouTube comment users hated the shift to requiring Google+ for comments, so they’ll presumably be … Read more

A year with the Chromebook

Chromebook

It’s been a year since I bought my Acer C720 Chromebook. Last year, I wanted a more lightweight laptop versus my 15″ HP laptop, which weighs over 5 lbs (2.3 kg). I also was growing increasingly curious about Chrome OS and Chromebooks as an alternative to traditional Linux distributions. Others online, including Heather at Lectio.ca, also … Read more

Google+ Photos shutting down on August 1, 2015

Google Photos

Google’s recently spun off its popular Google+ Photos service into the stand-alone Google Photos, without the “+” or ties to Google’s less-than-popular Google+ social network. As such, the search engine giant is shutting down its Google+ Photos apps as of August 1, starting with the Android app, followed by the iOS and web versions. Users … Read more

Google revises Google Play Music, now has free streaming tier

Google Play Music

Google today unveiled a revised version of Google Play Music. Besides dropping the awkward “All Access” name (which was about time), Google Play Music now offers users of its free service streaming audio of various “stations,” just like its $10/month service. Unlike paying customers, the streaming service comes with only six song skips per station … Read more

Google Photos now a standalone service

Google Photos

Google’s been promising for awhile to separate its popular Google+ Photos service from its less-popular Google+ social network. Today, at its I/O developer conference, Google’s made good on its promise: as of today, Google Photos is a stand-alone service. The revamped web service is now online, while updated apps for Android and iOS are also … Read more

How to make a stab at blocking referrer spam in Google Analytics

Referrer spam is a newer type of spam affecting those using Google Analytics to track site statistics. Very generally speaking, it’s traffic from bots that appear in your analytics figures with fake referrer URLs that’re just spam-related sites. The idea of such is to get you to visit the spammer’s site out of curiosity. Some types of … Read more

Saying “Shazam” will finally do something in real life (on Android)

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Just like Billy Batson, saying “Shazam!” will finally let you see something happen in real life. Unfortunately, it’s not turning you into the World’s Mightiest Mortal, but rather, it does tie into an expansion of Android’s features. For awhile now, Google’s “OK Google” voice command’s let you do stuff within Android’s core services. Now, it’s being … Read more

Chrome will be supported for Windows XP until the end of 2015

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Google’s announced it plans to support the Chrome web browser for Windows XP until the end of 2015: Google to support Chrome for Windows XP until the end of 2015. Good news for the people who’re stuck using Windows XP computers, despite Microsoft having ended support for the operating system. Post-2015, the Engadget article notes Firefox … Read more

The newest Chrome OS family product: the Chromebit

Chromebit

Google’s announced the latest product to join the Chrome OS family. Along with the Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase, and Chromecast now comes the Chromebit. The Chromebit, manufactured by Asus, is a dongle the size of a Roku Streaming Stick, but contains the basics of a Chrome OS computer: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth, and a … Read more

Google+ Photos now available through Google Drive

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Google’s previously announced plans to break out its popular photo hosting/mobile photo backup service from its Google+ social media network. As such, Google’s now offering access to said photos from Google Drive accounts. Google’s also allowing the ability to automatically back up photos to Drive from mobile devices. The service seems to be slowly rolling out; I’ve yet to … Read more