Almost all of us here have probably used Google Chrome before, and most of us are probably still using it right now. If you’ve used Chrome on a laptop, though, you’ve probably seen its ability to quickly and efficiently chew into your battery. Read more
Change is in the air for everyone at Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama. The school district that spent $24 million across three years on its Digital Renaissance plan to give every student a device from Apple is going to be swapping out MacBooks and iPads with a very different technology. Those 20,000 devices that were designed in Cupertino by are no longer in commission as the schools in Baldwin County have switched to Google’s Chrome OS.
Who’s bothered by this? None other than Timothy D. Cook, who attended Robertsdale High School and graduated in 1978 before becoming Apple’s CEO in 2011. That’s right. Apple’s leader is witnessing his own high school leave his company’s products for a rival’s.
It seems like when Google announced Allo and Duo, they weren’t quite finished with the project. If you keep up with Google that probably won’t shock you, but it’s still fun to see the small changes that happen right up until a project is “finished.” The latest tweaks for the pair of messaging apps has to do with the icons, and it appears Google has changed the color scheme a bit before both apps are officially released. Read more
Do you own an ASUS Chromebook Flip? If so, it looks like your going to be able to try out Android apps on the Chrome OS machine very shortly. Developer Channel 53 is now available for the Chromebook Flip, bringing with it full access to the Play Store.
Google had plans to start collecting images in India for its Street View service, but that request has been denied after multiple complaints from security agencies
Google Fiber is great, but it’s not moving quickly. Google has only rolled it out to a handful of locations across the US due to the time and effort it takes to get a fiber network going. However, according to Eric Schmidt, Alphabet is looking into some tech that might help to speed up Google Fiber’s expansion. Read more
2016 hasn’t been the smoothest of years for Nest, with rumors that the company isn’t bringing in enough revenue to meet Alphabet’s expectations, to complaints by Nest employees about how the company was being run to the recent news that its CEO, Tony Fadell, left the company because it was in “maintenance mode”. Nest’s new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, has apparently sent a letter to employees hinting at the company’s upcoming product line, as well as confirming that the company is not for sale. Read more
Signifying the collection of possible name has been completed, the Android Twitter account posted today that the new name for Android N is expected to be revealed in “a few weeks.” Although the two do not necessarily have to coincide with each other, this is likely a strong indication that the official release of Android N should also occur within a few weeks as well. Read more
Google yesterday released a new iOS app called Motion Stills, in hope of making live photos on the iPhone even better than Apple did. This new app takes your existing live photos, made with an iOS device, and stabilizes them so that your live photos look like they’ve been created using high-end stabilization equipment. The end result is an extremely fluid, and easily sharable, GIF or short video.
Google has kicked off a new contest that might help you win a free custom Live Case for your Nexus device, but only if you’re willing to write some reviews for places on Google Maps. If you’ve ever written up a review for somewhere you’ve been to on Maps you’ll know what Google wants, but we’ll go into that a bit for you. Read more