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)”

Chrome OS to be merged with Android

On Thursday, it was reported (initially by the Wall Street Journal) that Google plans to fold Chrome OS into its Android operating system. The goal is to create a new Android-based operating system for its present line of Chromebooks as well as for smartphones and tablets. The Chromebook line will also be renamed; its new name … Continue reading “Chrome OS to be merged with Android”

Google launches non-free “YouTube Red” service

On October 28, Google is replacing “YouTube Music Key” with the formal launch of YouTube Red, a subscription service for YouTube. At $10/month, subscribers will get an ad-free experience. They’ll also get other features, including exclusive access to videos specifically produced for YouTube Red (using “top YouTube creators”), as well as Google Play Music subscription access. … Continue reading “Google launches non-free “YouTube Red” service”

Lollipop is on 23.5% of Android devices

The newest version of Android, “Marshmallow” (6.0), has just been released for Android devices. But what about the previous versions of Android? From Android’s developers’ page, here’s a breakdown of the usage of previous versions of the mobile device OS. Lollipop, the most recent version of Android, has only a 23.5% device share. The most popular version of … Continue reading “Lollipop is on 23.5% of Android devices”

Google now owns the alphabet… dot com

Recently, Google reorganized itself, creating a new parent company for its various operations. The parent company’s name is the odd choice of “Alphabet.” It’s been noted by myself and others that Alphabet was forced to buy a few less-than-obvious URLs such as abc.xyz, since the better alphabet-themed URLs are largely taken. Now comes news Alphabet’s decided to … Continue reading “Google now owns the alphabet… dot com”

Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet

Earlier this week, Google announced a variety of new devices and services. Here’s my two cents on all the new Google stuff. Chromecasts: Now with audio Google’s released an updated version of the Chromecast. Besides various software (and WiFi hardware) updates, the new Chromecasts will also come in a choice of colors: black, “coral” (red), and “lemonade” (yellow). … Continue reading “Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet”