Tag Archive: Makes


YouTube’s new VR180 format makes virtual reality easy to create

YouTube’s new VR180 video format bridges the gap between 2D and VR, and it’s going to be a big deal.

At VidCon 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced some big things for the platform, including a mind-blowing statistic: 1.5 billion people watch YouTube videos monthly.

But one of the bigger topics discussed at the show was an upcoming video format called VR180, which combines virtual reality and regular old flat 2D content into a single video. Using  [Read More…]

Google’s new Local Guides points system makes leaving reviews worth your time

Whether you’re a traveler or a homebody, the Google-led app rewards handsomely for leaving recommendations.

Google Local Guides were introduced in 2014 to help foster a giant community of local reviewers who just know where all the best stuff is. When you sign up to be a Local Guide, every contribution helps you rack up points towards unlocking other elements of the service inside Google Maps. Over the next few days, Google  [Read More…]

This rare Sonos discount makes it the perfect time to fill your house with wireless music

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a pair of Sonos discounts you won’t want to miss!

If you’ve been looking into wireless speakers for your house, Sonos is likely a brand that you have seen pop up multiple times. It’s no secret that Sonos products are a bit on the more expensive side, but there is a good reason behind that: they are amazing. I got my first two speakers over 6 years ago, and  [Read More…]

Google makes it easier for devs to hide apps from rooted phone owners

Last week, Netflix made headlines due to its decision of blocking owners of rooted devices or those with unlocked bootloaders from downloading the application from the Google Play Store. Which seemed quite puzzling at the time, since the app could still be side-loaded and rendered functional on the said devices. But soon more developers might […]

Chrome for Android makes it easier to download a web page and read it offline

Saving a local copy of a web article just got better in Chrome for Android.

Did you know you can long press on a link in Chrome for Android and you have the option to save it so you can read it offline? If you said no, it’s probably because it was one of those features nobody mentions and is mostly hidden. Google is changing that in the newest version of Chrome for Android.

Last year, we  [Read More…]

Google makes it easier for Indian users to get started with Maps

Google is making it easier for Indian customers to get started with Maps.

Google Maps users in India are getting a new home screen that will make it easier for them to get started with the service. The home screen will include a quick action bar at the bottom of the page that pulls up a direction pane with commonly used modes of transportation — driving, public transit, walking, and ride-sharing services. Users will also be able to switch  [Read More…]

Google’s latest update for PhotoScan makes it easier to share the nostalgia

This is also a friendly reminder that Google PhotoScan exists and it’s worth using — just in case.

Remember PhotoScan? The app that lets you save digital copies of your printed photos to Google Photos? It’s a neat way to store those old photographs, loose Polaroids, and school pictures in the cloud — just in case. Google has announced it’s pushing out an update to the service. With it comes two new  [Read More…]

Google Earth makes a comeback, packed with new tools for explorations

I have to admit, I all but forgotten about Google Earth – until I recently saw the movie Lion – in which a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. 25 years later, after being adopted by an Australian family, he sets out to find his lost […]

Google makes sure developers know how to build an app that looks good on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6

“Super widescreen” phones need some special attention if you want your app to look great.

The age of larger display format phones is here. LG’s G6 sports an 18:9 screen aspect ratio and the Galaxy S8 brought an 18.5:9 display to the party. Since those two phones will be the most popular high-end Android models for 2017, Google has posted a quickie on the Android Developers blog to make sure everyone building an app knows how to  [Read More…]

Google makes searching on Android better with new Shortcuts feature

Google has introduced yet another way to search on Android.

There is no shortage of ways to find things on an Android device. If you’ve bought a phone in the last couple of years, it’s more than likely you have a Google search bar on your main homescreen — Google requires it as part of its certification process — and some phones, including its Nexus and Pixel line, have the Artist Formerly Known As Google Now, now known merely  [Read More…]