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

Amazon to offer unlimited cloud storage for $60/year

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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

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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