Google wants you to make documents with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Microsoft wants you to make documents with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Then, when storing those documents or any other files, the two companies are split between Drive and OneDrive. Among the benefits of sticking with one company’s services is how everything works seamlessly. Google, however, wants Microsoft Office users to enjoy the benefits of Drive despite using a competing service.
Google is known for buying smaller companies and the search giant has acquired Pixate in its latest round of purchases, a company that creates tool for developers. Details on the purchase are slim, but Pixate CEO Paul Colton said that this acquisition allows the company offer their tools for free.
Today, Google expressed its thoughts on the controversial Wassenaar Arrangement. The company stated that “the proposal would make the world less secure.”
Expansys USA is running a sale on Google’s Nexus 9 LTE 32GB tablet for only $339.99, down from its original price point of $399.99. In contrast, that’s almost half of what Google is selling the 32GB LTE model for.
In deference to their new standalone Google Photos platform that was launched in May, Google has announced that they will start the process of shutting down Google+ Photos on August 1st. This is a rather quick move for Google which seems to keep older platforms lingering for a while. However, the Google+ team says this move is meant to “ensure everyone has the best photos experience” that Google can deliver. Read more
Evernote announced today that Chris O’Neill has been appointed CEO effective July 27, 2015. Co-founder Phil Libin will be moving into the role of Executive Chairman. O’Neill will be moving to Evernote after serving close to 10 years with Google, most recently as the head of global business operations for Google [X]. Before taking on that role, O’Neill headed up Google Canada. Read more
Asus has launched a new hybrid machine, the Chromebook Flip C100. It features a 10-inch IPS display, and can comfortably be flipped around to transform it into a tablet. The device runs Chrome OS, however, it can run Android applications as well.
Google is hard at work trying to roll all kinds of content into its YouTube streaming service. We already have Music Key, and a service dedicated to video game streaming is still in the pipeline. There are still rumors of an upcoming paid video streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, though, and some new details have emerged about progress on that service today. Read more
As we move into the second half of 2015, App Annie has released their report on the performance of the Google Play and Apple App Store for the 2nd quarter of 2015. No surprises emerged regarding the competition between the two as Google continues to dominate in terms of downloads while the App Store maintains a lead in revenues. Read more
After using a mobile browser for some time, you may notice a slight drop in speed and performance, particularly due due to cache, cookies, and history. It can get even worse if you don’t have the luxury of HSPA+ or even LTE speeds, as 3G and 4G networks can be subject to a lot of hang ups and sometimes even disconnects.
No one wants to deal with slow Internet speeds, though. When trying to access information quickly, it can get severely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to share a video with a friend, only to be met with the annoying loading indicator. Fortunately, there are a couple of handy ways to speed up your mobile browsing, regardless of what type of network you’re on.