Tag Archive: Google


Google Photos for Android now offers easy archiving

Help eliminate the embarrassment of bad angles by archiving what you don’t care for others to see.

Launching Google Photos can become a practice in vulnerability. The app tends to showcase the last batch of pictures you took, and if any are just plain bad or unflattering, it can leave you feeling exposed.

The latest update to Google Photos helps eliminate this kind of embarrassment. Discovered by 9to5Google, now you can archive  [Read More…]

You can now use Google Opinion Rewards to score Play Store credit in India, Singapore, and Turkey

Get Play Store credit by taking part in surveys.

Google Opinion Rewards is now live in India, Singapore, and Turkey, allowing customers from these markets to participate in surveys to get Play Store credit.

In the U.S., customers get up to $ 1 in credit for a survey, and in India the payout starts from ₹10. That’s what I received for the survey I completed, but the figure should change based on the survey.

The launch  [Read More…]

Google Allo is the best way to send love notes without even trying

This one quick trick made possible by Assistant is a great reminder of the inherent power that exists in Google’s little messaging app.

Admittedly, it was a bummer that Google failed to make any mention in the I/O keynote of what else Allo might have in store for it. There wasn’t even a tease for the much anticipated desktop app coming to fruition, nor was there much hope that SMS integration would come and take the chat  [Read More…]

Ikea’s cheap smart lightbulbs will soon support Google Home and Amazon Alexa

Ikea is a huge name in inexpensive home furnishing, but its influence is extending to the smart home space, too.

When Ikea gets into a market, competitors stand up and notice. In the case of smart home tech, the company began offering wireless charging solutions built into desks and lights, it allowed for the average consumer to see the magical technology without going to a carrier store or tech retailer.

Ikea’s smart lighting solution, Trådfri, similarly undercuts  [Read More…]

Google finally matching in-store purchases to online activity, vastly raising value of ads

Keeping track of in-store purchases is the final step of measuring effectiveness of online ads.

Google is finally figuring out how to close the most precious link in the loop of online advertising: knowing when someone makes an in-store purchase in response to an online ad. Google has announced that it will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions, matching the data to its anonymized profiles of Google users to whom it serves ads online.

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Google announces the fourth class of its Launchpad Accelerator program

Startups from a variety of regions will convene later this summer at Google’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Google’s Launchpad Accelerator program is a boon for those smaller startups and development teams in parts of the world where Silicon Valley doesn’t have as much reach. The company has announced that it’s officially solidified its fourth-round roster to learn and work alongside a bevy of Google mentors in its San Francisco offices later this summer. Beginning July 17, Google will assist the  [Read More…]

How to prepare your Galaxy S8 for Google Daydream

The countdown to Daydream with a Galaxy S8 has begun, are you ready?

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will soon be the only phone capable of using both forms of high quality mobile VR, so if you’ve been eager to see if the grass really is greener on the other side you’ll soon be able to see for yourself.

Just like the Gear VR, you need to do a few things to make sure your phone is good to  [Read More…]

Fixing Play Music: How Google can improve its streaming music service

How can Google Play Music improve? Let us count the ways…

I’m not exaggerating when I say this: Google Play Music is the first app I use every morning and it is the last thing I see before I put my phone to sleep at night. And no, that’s not just because Google Play Music is my alarm clock. Music is what keeps me sane during chaotic work days, and it’s what cheers me up when life  [Read More…]

Android experiments bring out the weird side of Google I/O

A co-operative virtual reality game, an easily trainable neural network, and multiplayer Quick Draw! — come take a peek at some of the experiments on display at Google I/O 2017.

What’s the best way to show off Google’s varying underlying technologies? Make them fun to use!

Every year at I/O, Google dedicates a portion of the show floor to experiments submitted by various developers from around the world. I managed to find some time to try a majority of  [Read More…]

MrMobile at Google I/O: Only boring if you’re not paying attention

Google! A giant among giants who other giants think are giant (yeah, how’s that for writing?) Google’s I/O conference this year has been plagued by the specter of yawns from journalists who wonder where all the fun of the previous year has disappeared to. But what were they expecting? It’s a developers conference!

I’m Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, and while it’s not splashy or gadget-heavy, there’s a lot to be interested in coming from I/O this year. From simple  [Read More…]