Amazon to offer unlimited cloud storage for $60/year

Amazon.com

The cloud storage competition wars continue. The latest salvo: Amazon’s now offering unlimited online storage (via its Cloud Drive service) for $60/year. The company’s also offering for $12/year a service that allows one to store unlimited photos, plus 5GB of storage for other documents. Previously, the latter plan was available for free for Amazon Prime customers, but … Read more

Google launches Google Store, new Chromebook Pixel

Google Store

Launching today is Google Store, a stand-alone online store specifically devoted to selling Google’s hardware products. Chromecasts, Chromebooks, Nexus phones, the Nest thermostat—they’re all here, and (for now) available with free shipping. This move’s a good one on Google’s part. It seems odd that their hardware products they’ve wanted to emphasize have until now been … Read more

Google Play Music now allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is Google’s music store and player for the web and Android devices. One perk of Google Play Music is that users can upload their music collection to their Play Music account for free. Songs are matched to existing songs on Google Play; if a match isn’t made, the file gets uploaded. The songs are … Read more

Google launches mobile payment platform called Android Pay; Samsung launches Samsung Pay

Google Wallet

Google’s announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it’s launching a new mobile payment platform, Android Pay. The service will allow third party companies to build payment services into their Android apps, and let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. This isn’t a stand-alone app, but the service will be built … Read more

My favorite free sources of photos

Seattle skyline

As you’ve noticed, I make use of a lot of photos for my blog posts. While some of these are pictures or screenshots of things like TV shows, movies, or comics, others are photographs I use as a way to illustrate a blog post, such as the one I wrote about Radio Shack going under. … Read more

Google under fire for refusing to fix a security bug in pre-KitKat Android versions

Google sign

While Google’s discontinued support for plenty of things in the past under the excuse of “spring cleaning”—see Google Reader—this time, it’s facing particular criticism for the latest discontinued item. Google’s announced that it’ll no longer perform bugfixes in pre-KitKat versions of Android for a piece of software called WebView. Said software is used to display … Read more

Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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Last week, I bought a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The first-generation Nexus 7 I’ve had since 2012 is starting to die (problems waking up, sluggish performance even before upgrading to Android Lollipop, etc.), and I ultimately decided it was time for a new tablet. I bought the Galaxy based on trying it … Read more

Google announces new Nexus devices and the newest version of Android, “Lollipop”

Nexus 6

Today, Google announced (a day ahead of Apple’s own big new product news) several new products, as well as the newest version of Android, “Lollipop.” There’d been much debate over what the new Android OS name would be, including “licorice” or another licensed product (a la KitKat). Of course, now there’ll probably be various jokes … Read more

Two months with the Chromebook

Chromebook with Supergirl wallpaper

It’s actually slightly over two months with my Chromebook (as of late September), but thought I’d chime in anyway. My Chromebook’s still working well, serving its goal of a lightweight laptop to carry around. It also has the advantage of letting me sit on my couch as needed; it’s more comfortable than sitting at a … Read more

Chrome OS finally receives its first four Android apps

Chromebook with Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Chrome OS’ web-based orientation means its apps are either just bookmarks to websites or actual stand-alone programs. Meanwhile, Android’s much longer history and smartphone dominance means there’s a vast number of apps available. Thus, Google’s promised to bring integration between the two operating systems, which should make Chrome OS more appealing. Last week, Google finally made … Read more