Android N to be named “Nougat”

Android

Google’s latest Android operating system, until now named “Android N” (version 7.0), now has an official dessert-themed name like all previous Android versions: “Android Nougat.” For some reason, Google opted to reveal this new name initially via Snapchat, not through Twitter or even their own Google+. For those of us who don’t use (or have never used) Snapchat, … Read more

Android apps are finally coming to Chrome OS

Chromebook

On Wednesday, Google held its annual I/O keynote. There, the company announced various products, including: an Amazon Echo competitor (“Google Home”); some new messaging apps; the next version of Android, “Android N” (no name yet); and VR products. Thursday’s news might be of equal interest to the above, however. Google announced that its long-developed plans to integrate Android into Chrome … Read more

Basic tips on making a WordPress site mobile-friendly

iPhone

Having a mobile-friendly website is now more important than ever with the dominance of smartphones. While Google’s algorithms for ranking websites changes often, what’s permanent is that website mobile support is taken into account. Mobile-friendly sites not only make usability on mobile devices easier, but it’s also a courteous gesture to your visitors. Unfortunately, there’s still too … Read more

Google Play Music adds podcasts

Google Play Music podcasts

On Monday, Google officially opened up podcast support to its Google Play Music service. It’s not Google’s first time dealing with podcasts; Google used to offer the Google Listen podcast player years ago for Android, before shutting it down. However, podcasts have become a bigger deal in recent years, thanks to the success of podcasts … Read more

Revolv and the long-term future of the “Internet of Things”

Nest thermostat

Last week, Alphabet/Google subsidiary Nest, makers of Internet-connected “smart home” devices like thermostats, announced it’s shutting down support for their Revolv line of smart home hubs. As of May 15, the hubs (which cost $300) and their companion apps will cease to function, leaving users with a worthless brick. Nest bought Revolv in 2014, and since has largely … Read more

How hands-off is OK Google versus Siri, as shown by… Cookie Monster?

Sesame Street

There’s a new iPhone ad on TV using “Sesame Street”‘s Cookie Monster. The ad promotes the iPhone’s Siri features as useful, with Cookie Monster using it while baking cookies. Here’s the ad: For comparison, I thought I’d try the same things Cookie Monster did with my Android-based phone, and its counterpart “OK Google” voice command … Read more

Founder of 4chan hired by Google

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Chris “moot” Poole, the founder of the online cesspool known as 4chan, has been hired by Google. While there’s no news yet what exactly he’ll be doing there, his comments about using his “building online communities” and a Twitter tweet by Google+’s founder Bradley Horowitz (now working elsewhere within Google) suggests he’ll be working with … Read more