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YouTube Comments Section Upgrade

Posted in Google,YouTube by Tam Yue on September 24th, 2013

YouTube Comment Section UpgradeYouTube recently teamed up with Google + to come up with a way for YouTube users to control the comments that are posted on their videos.  It was rolled out to a select few users today, and will be available for all users by the end of the year.  “We are moving from comments to conversations.” said YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram,

What is going to change? Currently, you see the last person to comment on the video; with the change you will see the most relevant conversations or comments first. Those comments that are relevant are determined so by the owner of the video.  Owners of the video will have the option to “blacklist” certain words that they do not want to see and also will be able to flag people as …

Google+ Adds Star Memorable Post BookMark Feature

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

Google has unveiled another enhancement to its Google+ social network with stars which can be used to bookmark memorable posts with Google+. It works like an internal bookmarking system for personal use rather than using the +1 button which is more for public bookmarking.

The new star is located in the top right hand corner of each post with a “Starred” option added to the bottom of the circles list in the left menu list.

New improved Google Search experience for tablets

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Do you use Google to search for stuff while using your tablet? Well, if so, Google has a reward for you. The search giant has just announced that they’ve improved the google search experience on tablets. It becomes more tablet-friendly, since they have simplified the layout of the results pages.

Other improvements include the increased size of the page content and other tweaks so that users will have an easier and faster way to get the info that they want.

Nexus S Coming To AT&T July 24th

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Google has announced that their Nexus S Android smartphone will be arriving on the AT&T network later this week. July 24th to be exact. The Nexus S smartphone has Android 2.3, a 4” Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz processor for 3D graphics, front and rear facing cameras and support for NFC. Basically everything you want.

The Nexus S also has the latest Google mobile apps, like Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk with video chat, Google Voice and Voice Actions, and access to over 250,000 apps in the Android Market.

Google Launches Google+ iPhone App

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

Google’s new social network, Google+ is already off to a good start with more than 10 million users announced as of last week. That number is only going to grow. There’s a Google+ Android app of course and now Google has released an iPhone app.

The Google+ iPhone app will play nice with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, and it works in a similar way to the Android version. The Google+ iPhone app is available as a free download right now from the iOS App store.

Google Page URL Shortener Launches

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on July 19th, 2011

Google has launched its new Google page shortener which will of course work with all Google services. The new g.co shortening service follows the launch of Google’s public URL shortener back in 2009 goo.gl.

They would like you to use it for all your url shortening needs. Google says “Whenever you see a short “g.co” link, you can trust that it will always take you to a Google product or service. We also have a public URL shortener at goo.gl. You can use this to shorten up URLs across the web.”

Picasa and Blogger to be renamed

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on July 5th, 2011

Looks like Google is taking this social networking thing seriously. The company is reportedly trying to put all of its products under one brand. According to Mashable, Picasa and Blogger may become something like ‘Google Photos’ and ‘Google Blogs.’

Blogger will get a UI overhaul, but otherwise, both services should function exactly the same as they do now. The move may take place within the next six weeks and unify Google’s offerings. Youtube is safe however.

Google temporarily halts Realtime search

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2011

You might have noticed that Google had no tweets in their Google search results yesterday. That is because the company has temporarily suspended the Realtime search feature, as part of its Google+ launch. Google explained that it needs time to integrate Google+ within its social network-based search tool.

And their deal with Twitter has expired. While Google will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to their crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google.

Google Launches Google+ Social Network

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Google’s latest push into the social network arena is different than their previous attempts. It wants to take on one of the problems social networking has had from the beginning. The fact that you don’t want to share everything with everybody and you don’t want to constantly make lists of friends to share certain things with. That’s a good place to start.

Google’s new Circles service seems to take care of this problem by making those lists easy. Hangout can be seen as an always on video conference that you or your friends can join. Sparks is a service that aims to deliver fresh content on certain subjects like an RSS reader that you don’t have to set up. We will know in time how well people like it, but Google seems to have done a better job this time.

Google Nexus Prime

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 27th, 2011

We knew that Google was working on a new Nexus smartphone and now we have some news. According to BGR, Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone will be called the Nexus Prime, and it will be made by Samsung. The display is expected to feature a 720p resolution, and it looks like it will be a Super AMOLED HD display, and feature a dual core 1.2GHz or 1.5Ghz OMAP 4460 processor.

It will be the first to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other features include 1GB of RAM and a five megapixel camera that will be able to record full High Definition video in 1080p. It sounds pretty tasty so far.

Only 20% of Google employees use Windows computers

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that as many as 80 percent of Google’s employees are no longer using Windows computers. The comments came from an interview with All Things Digital, and suggests that the majority of Google employees are working with the company’s own Chrome OS rather than other platforms. And why not? If you work for Google, you might as well use Google’s OS.

“I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with Windows,” Brin said. “It has a lot of great security features. But I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users.” He claims that Chrome OS does not “put the burden of managing the computer” on users. By next year he hopes that even more employees are using the company’s OS.

Google kicks off Music Beta

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Google has taken its first steps into cloud media today with Music Beta, which allows users upload up to 20,000 songs that they can then stream from either a web browser or an Android device. Listeners can even “pin” music to a mobile device to have a permanent copy of those songs to play while “offline”. I wonder what Apple thinks about all of this.

There’s also a new playlist feature called Instant Mix, where Music Beta ‘listens’ to the music and uses the sound of the music to automatically generate a playlist. A Music Manager desktop app for Macs and Windows PCs will allow users to automatically grab and upload their iTunes or Windows Media Player collections to the cloud as well.

Google unveils Android 3.1

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Google has now unveiled Android 3.1 at Google I/O 2011. This update offers more advanced multitasking that shows all recent tasks, even if they have been shut down to save memory and the USB host device is also new, so Android devices can now import photos from a camera, use a gamepad, etc.

Some other new features include: Widgets that are resizable and can use XML code as well as finger dragging to expand windows. So with Gmail you can check more e-mail even from the home screen now.

Apple now more valuable than Google

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

According to advertising firm WPP’s “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands” report, Apple has now moved past Google and taken the number one spot as the worlds most valuable brand. Apple’s brand has seen some amazing growth, growing 859 percent since 2006, with an increase of 84 percent to $153 billion this year alone. That growth is phenomenal. No wonder they were able to overtake Google.

The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study, commissioned by WPP and conducted by Millward Brown Optimor, ranks the world’s most valuable 100 brands by their dollar value.

Google Video shutting down

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

I’m not sure who would have videos stored at Google’s Video service at this point, but if you do, you better get over there and get them quick. This weekend, Google sent a notice to users that it was shutting down the hosting service. They had already stopped taking uploads two years ago.

Google suggests that you migrate your material to YouTube, which is Google owned of course and doing quite well for itself in case you haven’t heard. Google Video began in 2005, the year before Google bought YouTube and now it is time to clean house.