Google Play Music adds 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 … Continue reading “Google Play Music adds podcasts”

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

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

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

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

Founder of 4chan hired by Google

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 … Continue reading “Founder of 4chan hired by Google”

Google to end support for Picasa

On Friday, Google announced it’s ending its support for its desktop photo management software Picasa. The program will be available for downloading through March 15, 2016; after that point, no further updates will be provided. Google is offering support for either exporting photos from Picasa, on top of the photos being available through Google Photos. … Continue reading “Google to end support for Picasa”

A list of non-“Big Five” tech company software/hardware

For quite awhile, people have argued over various technology giants’ downsides. Some of their negative aspects are subjective. For example, I like Apple’s OS X and Chromebooks, but many can’t stand either piece of tech. The major tech companies do  have their positive aspects. Still, I have a list of downsides for each of the “Big … Continue reading “A list of non-“Big Five” tech company software/hardware”

Google’s 2015 year in review

It’s year in review time at Google, as the search giant’s posted its figures for the top searches for 2015. The top search subjects are a mix of news, sports, and other events. Google’s created this interactive infographic: Google’s global list of top subjects searched for in 2015: The Paris terrorist attacks, particularly the one in November. … Continue reading “Google’s 2015 year in review”

Chromebooks now majority of US school computer purchases

A report from Futuresource Consulting states that Chromebooks, as of the third quarter of 2015, now occupy a majority of computer purchases by US schools, clocking in at 51%. Figures are much lower worldwide, as Chromebooks only occupy 3% of non-US school market share. Schools have been interested in Chromebooks more and more heavily over the … Continue reading “Chromebooks now majority of US school computer purchases”

Favorite tech Twitter accounts

As a followup to my post on my favorite comic and animation Twitter accounts, here’s a post listing my favorite tech related Twitter accounts. General The Digital Reader (https://twitter.com/inkbitspixels). A blog that largely focuses on ebooks and digital media issues. Flickr (https://twitter.com/Flickr). The popular photo-hosting website. Creative Commons (https://twitter.com/creativecommons). Engadget (https://twitter.com/engadget). A popular tech news … Continue reading “Favorite tech Twitter accounts”

Alternatives to Google’s services (Fall 2015)

I wrote a post several years ago about alternatives to Google’s various services. While I’m still a user of a fair number of Google services, which ones I use have changed since then. That’s between needing new services (such as Google Analytics) or ones I was using being abruptly shuttered (such as Google Reader, which I enjoyed). Therefore, … Continue reading “Alternatives to Google’s services (Fall 2015)”