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How we replaced Steam Workshop with Google App Engine

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
“We have found Google App Engine to be an incredible resource for our server infrastructure. This allowed us to build a scalable backend that handles authentication, workshop uploads, and build distributions.” …

Google has a new data compression extension for Chrome — do you trust it?

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
A couple of days ago Google launched a Chrome extension that compresses web pages. This is a feature that has been available for the iOS and Android versions of Chrome, but now it has hit the desktop. It’s something that will be off interest to people whose ISP puts data caps in place. Launched on [...]

Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
 Google is launching a new feature for its Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform. In total, Google and Bitnami have packed up over 120 applications, including the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Redis, MongoDB, Gitlab and Django, as well as infrastructure stacks [...]

Google Keep gets long-awaited labels and recurring reminders

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google Keep’s latest update for Android makes it a much more useful note-taking and reminder app with the long-awaited arrival of labels and recurring reminders. In line with the Lollipop design language, the update also delivers a handy new floating action button. For me — and plenty of others — a note-taking app without labels [...]

Google Cloud now makes it easy to deploy applications in one click

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click. The new launcher features more than 120 open source applications that are either configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy. [...]

WhatsApp might make chat backup painless with Google Drive

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Transferring your WhatsApp data to a new device can be a pain — particularly if you’re switching from Android to another platform, or vice-versa. But WhatsApp looks set to make it a whole lot easier by giving users the ability… Read more ›

WhatsApp might make chat backup painless with Google Drive

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Transferring your WhatsApp data to a new device can be a pain — particularly if you’re switching from Android to another platform, or vice-versa. But WhatsApp looks set to make it a whole lot easier by giving users the ability to backup their messages to Google Drive. One member of the WhatsApp translation group, which [...]

LibreOffice takes to the cloud to challenge Google Docs

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
LibreOffice has announced plans to unveil an online version of its popular and free productivity suite, likely in a nod to Google Docs and Office Online. First reported by InfoWorld, Collabora (one of the contributors to the LibreOffice project) has signed a partnership with IceWarp to construct a web based version dubbed LibreOffice Online that [...]

Amazon Goes After Dropbox, Google, Microsoft With Unlimited Cloud Drive Storage

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
 Last year, Amazon gave a boost to its Prime members when it launched a free, unlimited photo storage for them on Cloud Drive. Today, the company is expanding that service as a paid offering to cover other kinds of content, and to users outside of its loyalty program. Unlimited Cloud Storage will let users get either unlimited photo [...]

Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google Maps for Android and Google Maps for the iPhone may never have true feature parity. This is due in part to the limitations Apple puts in place on third-party application developers, but Google also seems to reserve some features and design elements solely for users of its own mobile platform. One such feature was [...]

Google adds product ratings to shopping searches in Europe

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google added product ratings to search ads in the US last summer. Now it’s bringing them to Europe, starting with the UK, France and Germany. The ratings show up as stars and review counts on Product Listing Ads. The five-star rating system is based on aggregated review data compiled from multiple sources including merchants’ sites, [...]

Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
 While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people that use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and [...]

Apple, Google & other large tech companies urge the White House & Congress not to renew the Patriot Act

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Apple is one of ten tech giants to once again call on the US Government not to reauthorize the Patriot Act in its current form. The Act expires on 1st June unless it is renewed by Congress. Apple was joined by AOL, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo. In an open letter to President Obama, [...]

Google Maps for Android now lets you view custom maps

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google Maps for Android now lets you view your customized files from My Maps more easily. To view your saved maps, launch Google Maps, tap ‘Your places’ in the menu, and scroll down to find your maps, highlighted with red marker icons. Google’s My Maps tool — available on the Web and Android mobile devices — lets you [...]

Google joins Apple, Microsoft and others to call for mass surveillance reform

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Google, along with other tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, is calling on Congress to end the bulk collection of communications metadata by US government agencies like the NSA. The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, made up of 10 major tech companies, is joining hands with civil society group and trade associations to urge [...]

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is baffled: There’s ‘something about tech culture’ driving women away (GOOG)

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Why do people keep asking Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt how to get more women into tech? He doesn’t know. He flat-out admitted as much on Tuesday while speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit  in Washington, D.C., reports Forbes contributor Ana Swanson. ‘There’s something about the tech culture, the way we approach it, the incentives, [...]

LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Four years in the making, LibreOffice is working towards moving online. LibreOffice Online is due to spring from a partnership between IceWarp and Collabora with the aim of competing directly with Google Docs and Office 365. Upon launch, it will be the first cloud-based office suite to offer support for the Open Document Format (ODF) [...]

Google Will Not Integrate Its Dart Programming Language Into Chrome

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
 Dart is not coming to Chrome, Google announced today. The lingua franca of the web is JavaScript, but with Dart, Google launched a project that effectively aimed to replace JavaScript. In Google’s view, Dart offered advantages like static typing and other features that made it a better choice for developers. The idea was for Google [...]

Google has an absolutely crazy idea for protecting pedestrians from its driverless cars

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
Google’s driverless cars will definitely make driving safer for people inside cars, but what about pedestrians? Quartz reports that Google has been awarded a patent that details a system for installing airbags on the outside of vehicles to lessen the chances that someone getting struck with a self-driving Google car will suffer severe or fatal [...]

Here’s one big reason Google needs to worry about Facebook (FB, GOOG)

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
Despite the massive library of content on Google’s YouTube service, Facebook was able to claim more videos with more than 1 million views in the last 30 days, according to data from Tubular Labs charted for us by BI Intelligence. This is a pretty impressive feat considering YouTube’s search functionality is far ahead of Facebook’s, [...]

 
 
 
 

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