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Google Apps gets a business-grade phone system thanks to Switch.co

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google has been pushing for growth in the enterprise world, but the lack of a voice phone system has made many companies reluctant. That is going to change because a new service called “Switch” is coming to Google Apps.

It’s a cloud-based business-grade phone system that offers the ability to manage call transfers to extensions, company directories, visual voicemail, and switching between devices. Things get even better with received calls in that a popup window will show not only who is calling, but also provide you with recent emails, docs you have shared, calendar events involving that person, and even recent tweets. It works on all devices and platforms such as a PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and even an old desktop phone.

Switch.Co CEO and founder, Craig Walker, is no stranger to systems like this. Back in 2007, one of his services called Grand Central was purchased by Google in 2007 and eventually utilized in Google Voice.

Swith is available now, but only as a private beta. The cost will be $15 per month per employee, which includes a free company number and unlimited domestic calls and texts.

source: Venture Beat

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Google+ now allows age and location post restrictions

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google+ keeps adding new useful features, and the latest one’s a good one. The social network now allows users to limit their posts to be viewable by only people in a certain age range or geographic location. For example, you can now decide that only users 18+ or 21+ should be able to see your posts, or specify ages on a country-by-country basis.

To start using the feature, all you need to do is visit your page or profile settings, scroll to ‘Audience,’ and choose your desired option. From then on your posts (old and new) will follow your restrictions.

source: +Google+ Your Business

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New video shows more refinements to Android L UI

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Earlier in September some images leaked that showed some tweaks to the Android L interface that appear to be in the works for the final release. Now a video has surfaced on the Chromium issue tracker that shows some more changes to the UI. The entry in the issue tracker also shows a new build of Android L was being tested, a build that came out about five days ago.

The video is showing an example of a crash event, which itself does not reveal any new information. In the status bar, we see the solid icons for WiFi and signal strength that were previously spotted. However, in a subtle change, the font for the clock is slightly different, having a more bold and shorter look.

In addition to the changes in the status bar, the nav bar’s soft buttons are slightly different as well. The icons are smaller and are spaced farther apart. Sources have noted these icons and the status bar icons appear to be the work of Sebastien Gabriel, a Visual Designer on the Chrome team.

While these are small changes to the UI, are there any big changes that you hope to see implemented?

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Android Police

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Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a few million. This is meager when compared to the Spotify’s more than ten million subscribers. Google has a massive audience in Android and is struggling to latch people onto All Access.

Songza, acquired by Google this summer, will see its recommendation technology adapted into the music streaming service. Perhaps that will pique some interest. But that seems more like just another feature than a game-changer.

It could be the price, but Google will not be doing anything in that area. Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s VP of Digital Content, said the company is “focused on creating broad awareness that the service exists” rather than shedding one or two dollars. Apparently, All Access has successfully converted people using the free trial into paying subscribers.

There has been no shortage of information regarding a music streaming service from YouTube for a very long time. It has been delayed numerous times and many questioned why it will coexist with All Access. Well, it is being reported by Reuters that a subscription service with an ad-supported option from YouTube will launch “in coming weeks.” It will allow users to place multiple songs into a queue.

Source: Reuters

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Drive for Education is Google’s “21st century backpack for students”

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The reach of Google’s productivity suite is extending to students. Today, the company announced Drive for Education. It works with any Chromebook, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Drive for Education combines ample storage space with tight security. It is labeled as the twenty-first century backpack. All Google Apps for Education customers are eligible to use Drive for Education at no cost.

Here is what Google says Drive for Education includes:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks. 
  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year. 
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way. 

Source: Google for Education

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As they indicated in an announcement a couple weeks ago, Google has started listing price ranges for in-app purchases in the descriptions for applications. The data is currently only available when viewing an app’s listing using an Android smartphone or tablet. To find the information, you have to use the “Read more” link in the description section and then scroll down to the bottom where Google displays information about the application like the version number, last update, and size. The information is not showing up via desktop browsers yet.

For applications that have lots of possible options, like a game, the in-app purchases data will display the range. For instance, in Dead Trigger 2 the range is listed as $1.99 up to $99.99 per item. For an item that enables the purchase of a full version for a set price from within the app, like Volume Butler, the in-app purchase price listed will just be the cost of the upgrade instead of a range.

It is unclear just how useful this new data will be since there is no indication of what the in-app purchases get you. This is especially problematic for apps that have lots of different purchases available, like power-ups or extra features or new levels.

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Update:

We are starting to see developer’s addresses as well….

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Google Improves AdWords for Advertisers and Consumers

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

 

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Google has been making an effort towards improving your ad experience when using your mobile device. Google is working on building ads for mobile viewing, which will help your ads resize for every screen. Google is also incorporating an anchor ad format that keeps your ads from rolling around the page when scrolling. 

Some other improvements are fancier finishes for your ads, and more utilization of HTML5, like when flash isn’t supported, or for more complicated in-app ad features. These improvements should help both advertisers and consumers develop a relationship to benefit both parties.

Source: AdWords Blog

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Google Offers Chromecast Buyers 2 Months of Hulu+

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Chromecast_explanation-previewGoogle is once again throwing out the deals for Chromecast buyers, this time giving you 2 months of Hulu Plus with your purchase of a Chromecast streaming device. This offer looks even better when you consider that you also get three free months of Google Play Music All-Access as well.

With both offers taken into account, the $35 device gives you $30 worth of music streaming from Play Music and $16 worth of video streaming from Hulu. Unfortunately, the Hulu offer, like the All-Access offer, is only available to new customers, so if you’re a loyal user, tough luck.

As a long-term user of both Hulu and Chromecast, I can say that this is quite the deal! Will you be purchasing a Chromecast now, or can you wait until some sales later this year? Leave a response below and share your thoughts.

Source: 9to5Google

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Nexus 6 will be made by Motorola, QHD display and Moto X-like design included

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Next month is shaping up to be a promising one for Google. The company is expected to unveil the next round of Nexus devices and Android L. While the HTC-made Nexus tablet is essentially a lock to debut, the existence of a phone is a little iffy. Today, Google’s phone plans have been confirmed. The Nexus 6 is real and Motorola is behind it.

Almost matching the number in its name, the Nexus 6 will have a 5.9-inch display. The resolution of the Shamu-sized screen is 2560×1440 (QHD). This puts its pixel density at 496 pixels per inch. Your eyes will be thanking you endlessly. Inside is a generously sized 3200mAh battery.

And the design of the Nexus 6 will match that of the Moto X (2014). Liam Spradlin of Android Police composed the image above of what we can expect. It does indeed look like an oversized Moto X. It has front facing speakers on the top and bottom. The power and volume buttons have been placed lower than usual to accommodate for the tall body of the Nexus 6. It will also keep the Moto X’s aluminum frame. Motorola is even making sure the Turbo Charger will be compatible with the Nexus 6 for speedy charging.

The rear camera is 13MP and features optical image stabilization. Again like Motorola’s flagship device, the Nexus 6 is going to feature that interesting ring around the camera lens housing the LED flash. The front camera is 2MP.

You will also notice in the mockup above that Google is revamping many of Android’s app icons. Notably, Hangouts is missing and the old Messaging app has seemingly made a return. Could that just be Hangouts getting another makeover? We shall see.

Google is clearly leaning towards a more premium experience with the design and specs of this device. Are you interested in the Nexus 6 made by Motorola? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Android Police

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Google Drive adds easier search and management, shorter URLs to Forms

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The aptly named Forms arm of Google Drive has been updated today. The update focuses on search, management, and URLs. Underneath the Help tab, Forms has a new search bar to find things a lot easier. The shortcut to cue the search bar is “Alt+/.” The management tools have to do with the questions included and they can now be shuffled and given a limited amount of responses. Finally, users can share a form with a short URL provided by Google.

Source: Google Drive Blog (Official)

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