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Google’s Made with Code

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

In a recent blog post, Google has announced that they are launching Made with Code, an initiative to inspire girls to code.  The program will include coding projects such as programming and designing a 3D printed bracelet, collaborations with organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, and investing $50 million dollars over the next three years forRead More…


New HP Chromebook 11 released

on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup.  The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6″ IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA  CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs.  A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging,Read More…

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Waze is now a part of Google

on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

On Google’s official blog, Google has acquired Waze, the popular community-based traffic and navigation app for iOS and Android. To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day. Waze isRead More…

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Google releases a new app – Keep

on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

The latest buzz from Google is a new app called Keep.  It is a note-taking application that mimics features from popular products such as Evernote and Springpad and lets you “keep” text notes, images, check lists, and voice notes.  It’s available on the Google Play store for Android devices at the above link.  I’ve installed it onRead More…


Google Reader is being retired

on Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

As I opened my favorite RSS reader this morning – Google Reader, I received a pop-up that it will be retired on July 1, 2013.  News from Google’s official blog states: “We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites.Read More…


Google opens up Project Glass to non-developers

By: Paul Grunwald
on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Google has announced that they are starting a contest for non-developers to purchase Glass ahead of the retail release.  Explorers are required to submit in 50 words or less to Twitter or Goggle+ what they would do with the interactive, web-enabled glasses.  The deadline for applications is February   27th, 2013.  It is not cheap however!  IfRead More…


Julie’s Gadget Diary – Can a Samsung Chromebook replace my Macbook Air?

on Monday, November 19th, 2012

In an effort to cure a raging case of tech boredom, I’ve been trying some experiments to see if various gadgets have the ability to replace my 13″ Macbook Air as my go to workhorse computer. I recently tried this with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet to less than a stellar outcome. NowRead More…

Google might want to give you money for buying a Nexus 7

on Friday, November 9th, 2012

Did you buy a Nexus 7 16GB between the 14th and 29th of October just before the release of the 32GB model and the subsequent price drop on the 16GB model?  Well if you did and you bought it from the Google Play store then you’re eligible for a refund under Google’s Price Protection Policy. FillRead More…


Tab Scissors cuts your Chrome Tabs in two

on Friday, November 9th, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Ever have two tabs in one Chrome Window that you want to see next to each other?  With Chrome, it’s easy to drag off a tab into a seperate browser window, but it often means having to resize and re-move the windows to get them right .  Tab Scissors is a handy little extension forRead More…

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New Gmail Compose window(s) – preview it before it’s released

on Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Gmail’s been my primary email since the days when people were still bartering things just to get an invite to the beta.  Since those days, there’s been a number of updates to the web interface.  Google has recently put up a list of upcoming changes for the next few months, and you can preview one ofRead More…

Google Playground announcement – New Nexus, Nexi, Nexusssss?

on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Even though Google had to cancel their New York Playground event due to Hurricane Sandy, they still released a number of new and improved products to the Google Nexus Store. The Nexus 4 is a 4.7″, 1280X768 smartphone with a 320ppi screen and Gorilla Glass 2.  With a Qualcomm S4 quad core processor, it’s available inRead More…


Fluent Gmail

on Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Fluent is a project being worked on by 3 Australian (Aussie..Aussie..Aussie..oi…oi..oi) ex-Google employees. Gmail content is presented in a web-based work-flow oriented stream rather than your traditional inbox format, which allows you to access items more quickly and efficiently. Ease of browsing attachments and searching is also addressed, as well as various other features. YouRead More…

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Google Security Part 2 – Open Sesame – Look ma, no hands login

on Friday, January 20th, 2012
Posted in: News

In my Google 2 step authentication article, I covered extra security you could place on your Google account (come on, you’ve all implemented it now haven’t you ? ), but key-loggers can still get your username and password when logging onto a public unsecured computer, and the less information you give away the better. WhileRead More…

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Google 2 Step Authentication Review

on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

One of my friends had her email account hijacked recently.  The hijackers had obviously got hold of her password somehow and were sending out emails to her address book claiming she was stuck overseas and needed money sent to her. I’d read about this sort of thing  but never had it happen to myself orRead More…


Apple iPad and iTouch Users can join the Google+ Circle

on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Google has released an update  to their Google+ app for iOS.  Finally  iPad and iPod Touch users can join  Google’s “Facebook Killer”  beta social networking site. That being said it appears that the client isn’t actually optimized for iPad, it’s just a big blown up iPhone version ( but then again the Android app’s not optimizedRead More…


Google making Changes to Android Market

By: Jeff Hollaway
on Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Posted in: Android related, News

Forbes is reporting that Google is unhappy with the Android Market. Apparently, people don’t like paying for Apps. (who knew?) Android’s Platform Manager said there will be changes in the future including Carrier billing and In-app payments. My guess is you are going to start to see a lot of cool little apps suddenly costRead More…


How to Get Great Public Transportation Directions

By: Don Zelazny
on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Maybe this doesn’t technically count as a gadget….but… I live in probably the largest metropolitan area in the country without subway/light rail public transportation, the Detroit Metropolitan area.  “Car Capital” means you travel in this area by CAR. Public transportation be damned. Fortunately I have visited many major cities worldwide and have seen some awesomeRead More…


Ditch The Landline!

By: Don Zelazny
on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

As if many of us needed another reason to ditch your landline (mine is gone), Google announced on Wednesday that customers will now be able to make phone calls through their G-Mail accounts!  If you have a G-Mail account you will now be able to make free calls domestically and to Canada using their computers built inRead More…

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The Next Step in Global Domination: Google Buzz

By: Griffin Peyton
on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Despite their stronghold in the world of email, mapping, photo-sharing, etc., Google has decided to up the ante and delve into the craze that is social-networking. Enter Google Buzz. Rather than operating as a stand-alone website, Buzz is streamlined into Gmail’s web interface.  Status updates, Picasa albums, Google Reader pages, and links to sites likeRead More…

Will There Be a Google Tablet?

on Thursday, February 4th, 2010

According to a story on CNNMoney, Google announced – two days before Apple announced the iPad – they are also entering the tablet arena.  Google has announced they are working on a proprietary, open-source operating system.  The Chrome OS will focus on netbooks, but will probably also work for a variety of other devices, including tablets. Read More…


A Week with the Android G1 Smartphone

on Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Posted in: Android related

Once I had completed my week with the Blackberry Storm, I asked everyone for some advice on which phone they thought I should choose for my next review. After a few days, the overwhelming choice was the Android G1 Smartphone otherwise known as the Google phone. I’m going to try it out for the nextRead More…