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Nexus S shows up in white

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

The Nexus S has shown up with a new white coat, but it’s only on the back, leaving the front end the same old black. Hey, it may not be completely white, but at least it stands out from the norm. Aside from this variation, a “Silver Black” Nexus S was seen recently in European retailers’ listings.

That may be this one. We aren’t sure. It depends on how loose they interpret “silver.” No word yet on when or where this Nexus S will be on sale, but hopefully we will know soon.

Yahoo accepts Google and Facebook logins

Posted in Yahoo by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

Last year Yahoo started using Bing to power its search engine and this year they have announced that they will be accepting Google and Facebook account logins via the OpenID authentication protocol. Yahoo! says that this will make it easier for users to access their services without the need to sign up.

The new OpenID authentication system starts tomorrow. I wonder if we will see much more of Yahoo, since this doesn’t look good for them. They wish that others would be accepting their logins instead.

Facebook passes Google for Most Visited US Website in 2010

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Facebook has now taken top slot away from Google as America’s most-visited website in 2010, according to a new report from Experian Hitwise. Three other variations of Facebook made it into the top 10 as well: “facebook login” at #2, “facebook.com” at #6 and “www.facebook.com” at #9.

The news gets even better for the company. Facebook was also the top search term among U.S. Internet users for the second year in a row with the search term “facebook” accounting for 2.11% of all searches.

Google Nexus S UK delayed until December 22nd

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Google Nexus S was scheduled to go on sale in the UK today, but now Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy have just announced that the Nexus S wont go on sale until the 22nd of December. We don’t have any details on why the Nexus S has been delayed, but it could be due to the bad weather in the UK right now.

It could be that the units just can’t get where they need to get to. Earlier today there was news that the price of the Nexus S had dropped to £429, and it is now also cheaper on contract than what was previously announced.

Google Chrome Cr-48 Laptop gets torn apart

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2010

Our friends over at Engadget have some photos of the Chrome Laptop being taken apart, which reveals the inner working and shows what is inside. According to Engadget, inside the Chrome OS notebook you’ll find a SanDisk branded SSD, and some Hynix memory chips.

This poor laptop is supposed to be getting tested and instead it was subjected to the horrors of a teardown. Well, it’s a cruel world. Hopefully all the kings horses and all the kings men were able to put it back together.

Google Cr-48: The First Chrome OS Netbook

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Google has announced an unbranded Google Cr-48 laptop. The name comes from the symbol for the chromium isotope on the periodic table. The device will be distributed through a Chrome OS Pilot Program, which is in public beta.

Google is hoping that early users will provide valuable feedback, but there isn’t a purchase option right now. Retail units from Acer and Samsung will be available in 2011. The Cr-48 will feature a 12.1-inch display, a full keyboard over a capacious trackpad, world roaming support for 3G mobile broadband with Verizon support in the U.S., 802.11n dual-band WiFi, 8+ hours of battery life and 8+ days of standby time, a webcam, and flash storage.


Google eBookstore is official

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Google has now officially announced its electronic book store called the Google ebookstore, instead of Google Editions which was the rumored name. Google eBooks are available from the Google ebookstore in the US, and the company has announced that they have over three million titles available in the store.

The big G says that their eBooks are compatible with a wide range of devices, including most smartphones, tablets, e-readers and netbooks. In addition they are also launching free applications for Android and Apple iOS devices, and the apps are already available in the Android marketplace and the Apple App Store.

Google accidentally shows Android 2.3 in demo video

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

Google Hong Kong gave away a handful of Android 2.3 features in a video demonstrating voice commands on a Nexus One. The video has since been removed. The clip showed some cosmetic changes, like the green icons in the shortcut bar, the black menu bar and new buttons, but also the expanded Android Market. A third tab has also appeared on an app’s page that lets users find related apps on the store.

The video didn’t showcase some of the biggest features that are expected for Android 2.3, like video chat or WebM video, but it did confirm a push to make Android Market more discoverable.

Google Nexus S listed on Best Buy website

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Rumors have been swirling around the interwebs that Google will be releasing a follow up to their Nexus One smartphone, the Nexus 2 or Nexus S. We had previously heard that Samsung would be making it for the big G.

However, then Samsung released a statement saying that they were not making a Nexus 2 smartphone for Google. Now it looks as if Samsung was just playing the “deny everything” card. A new smartphone was spotted listed on Best Buy, the Nexus S, with the tagline ‘Pure Google’. Best Buy has since taken the page down.

Google employees get 10 percent raise in 2011

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

As if it wasn’t already great to work for Google, the company has announced that they will be offering their employees a 10% pay increase starting in 2011. CEO Eric Schmidt said in his email to over 23,000 employees, that the raise is in addition to a $1,000 holiday bonus.

One reason for their generosity is to help prevent their talented employees from going to other companies. Last month, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said that the Internet industry is waging a “war for talent,”. Looks like he was right.

Google offers free In-flight Wi-Fi for the holidays

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

Delta Airlines has just announced free in-flight Internet access on all of its Wi-Fi equipped flights during the upcoming holiday season. This free Internet access will begin on November 20, 2010 and last all the way through January 2, 2011.

It is offered with Gogo Inflight, Google and the Google Chrome Web browser, although you don’t need to stick to Google products to go online. You just need to join the gogoinflight wireless network and hit the airborne.gogoinflight.com Web site while in the air.

Binatone iHomePhone runs Google Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Binatone just added a new land line telephone to their lineup. One that runs on Google’s Android OS. The Binatone iHomePhone is a DECT cordless home phone with a 2.8 inch display and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, It is capable of running the same Android apps as your Android smartphone.

We like it because it looks like a UFO powered by Android. Some other features include a microSD card slot and a battery that will give you up to 80 hours on standby.

Chrome-powered smartbooks coming this November

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

Get ready for a whole bunch of smartbooks headed your way, powered by Google’s Chrome operating system. They are coming in November. Google is positioning themselves to launch their own-brand Chrome notebook in the same way they launched their Nexus One smartphone.

The first shipments are expected to be anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 units, running on an ARM-based platform. But with all of the tablet madness, why bother? We hope they feature something to set them apart.

Google launches new YouTube app for Android

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Google has announced a new version of its YouTube app for Android. Most Android phones come with YouTube preloaded already, but the new version is available as a separate download from the Android Market. Google is trying to make it easier for users to update key apps without waiting for their phone company to upgrade to the latest version of the Android operating system.

The new app currently requires Android 2.2 and up. It also supports in-page playback, allowing you to read comments while a video is playing. You can still watch videos in full screen, by rotating the display. It’s easy to search YouTube, view and subscribe to channels, even shoot videos with your camera and upload them directly to YouTube.

Google on track to rake in $1 Billion this year from Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Google has now revealed its third-quarter earnings and has confirmed that it’s on track to bring in a cool $1 billion this year in mobile revenue and they expect continued growth in the mobile sector. And this does not take into account what Google earned from other platforms like iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android is much bigger than he could ever have hoped for and can become a hugely profitable business for the company and he also predicted that search on mobile will eventually exceed that of PCs.