The New Google Maps: Hands-On With The Dramatically New Service

Posted by: on May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm
The New Google Maps: Hands-On With The Dramatically New Service

Y HELO THAR MOON

It only took a week after Google’s I/O conference to get our invite to try the new Google Maps. Maps has been a regular go-to for over a decade now, besting Mapquest’s directive abilities long ago, and has only gotten stronger since with the acquisition of Keyhole (Earth) and Street View, the you-are-there feature that launched thousands of shutterbug cars and almost as many privacy lawsuits. Well, Google’s made it even better by integrating many of these features into one sleek-looking package. So how does it work (and what are parts that don’t work quite as well? Let’s dive in.

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HTC One With Stock Android To Be Best Phone Ever Made?

Posted by: on May 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm
HTC One With Stock Android To Be Best Phone Ever Made?

HTC is in an even bigger pickle than before, but don’t let Sense ruin a good phone.

Rumors abound! While HTC is, apparently, dissolving at its very core with their Facebook phone a non-starter and their flagship One device being vastly overwhelmed by Samsung’s Galaxy S4. The thing is, people really like the HTC One, but what if it ran stock Android and what if you could buy it?

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Extreme Data Usage from Google Play All Access Leaves the Service Unusable

Posted by: on May 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Extreme Data Usage from Google Play All Access Leaves the Service Unusable

Holy data usage Google!

Out of Google I/O came Google Play All Access, an unlimited streaming service almost identical to Rdio, Spotify and a handful of others. Google offered a free 30-day trial and although I’m pretty happy with Rdio, I decided to give it a try. Why not, right? At work, I stream music all day over 4G without an unlimited data plan so after a few days with Google Play All Access, I was surprised to see the dreaded text telling me that I hit my monthly data allowance. Read the rest of this article…

Tesla Pays Back $452M Loan Nearly A Decade Early, Justifies Government Investment?

Posted by: on May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Tesla Pays Back $452M Loan Nearly A Decade Early, Justifies Government Investment?

Tesla repaid their loan nine years early.

There are some sensical reasons to not be a Tesla fan. Purely electric vehicles are still expensive, early going and not terribly practical for people with long commutes. They take all night to charge, they won’t cross country, Tesla’s Supercharger stations are hardly anywhere. Still, even if you can’t fall in love with the company’s progress, its ability to cut us from our oil dependence or the high quality of their Model S sedan, you can keep this in mind: they paid off their government-issued alternative fuels loan super early. Nine years early.

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Google Quietly Introduced Conversational Search To Chrome For A Reason: It Doesn’t Work

Posted by: on May 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Google Quietly Introduced Conversational Search To Chrome For A Reason: It Doesn’t Work

Lots of potential.

Last week, I talked about how Google Now could squish the tar out of Apple’s Siri in ways that Apple probably hasn’t been thinking enough of. It seems hyperbolic, but Siri is pretty underwhelming as a search companion, even when it can understand you. The reason why Google is taking the lead is because they’ll be able to have a conversation with you over multiple related inquiries. Google brought this out today and I got to mess with it just a little bit. It’s going to be very interesting, but there wasn’t much to brag about, yet.

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Whisper Is Instagram Plus Anonymity And Now On Android

Posted by: on May 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm
Whisper Is Instagram Plus Anonymity And Now On Android

It can get pretty heavy up in Whisper.

When FMyLife.com arrived out of nowhere a few years ago, I pored over page after page of anonymous tales for hours on end. Reading candid confessions from mundane to criminal was fascinating and voyeruristic and strange and exciting. As the site got popular (which wasn’t long) the stories became too outrageous to believe so I lost interest. Whisper, an anonymous social networking app that debuted just a few months ago on iOS is now landing on Android. So, like, what is it?

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Windows Phone Finally Defeats BlackBerry To Take Bronze In Smartphone Race

Posted by: on May 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Windows Phone Finally Defeats BlackBerry To Take Bronze In Smartphone Race

I can’t even think of why I created this image, but I did at some point.

Windows Phone had a sad little debut nearly three years ago; a party that Microsoft paid billions of dollars for and no one showed up. Their strategy of taking their time to release a follow-up to their competition’s big splash -namely, the iPhone and Android – didn’t work this time. Releasing a 1.0 product against the competitions 2.0 and 3.0 products, despite having created the smartphone market with their Windows Mobile OS, seemed more backwards than ever. This time, it didn’t give them any of the success they wanted. Well, it’s been a long fight and Microsoft is still far behind, but with their competition faltering, Ballmer’s company can now claim third place in the smartphone wars.

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Google I/O 13: Google Play All Access Hands-On, Can It Compete With Spotify?

Posted by: on May 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Google I/O 13: Google Play All Access Hands-On, Can It Compete With Spotify?

Google’s moved this service a lot since it debuted two years ago.

It didn’t take much arm twisting to get me over to Google’s Music service to give their new All Access subscription service a try. I’ve spent the past two years messing with the service without committing, but it may be time to finally give my monthly music allowance to Google. How does it compare to Spotify? Let’s take a look.

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Google I/O 2013: Goodbye Siri, Google Now Is About To Eat Your Lunch

Posted by: on May 15, 2013 at 11:49 am
Google I/O 2013: Goodbye Siri, Google Now Is About To Eat Your Lunch

Google is improving their Now tool to be the personal assistant that Siri could be.

If you’re still using Siri, chances are you’ve gotten over its initial personability and gotten used to just how limited it is. Whether it’s understanding what you say or providing the correct information, it can feel very limiting despite the charming voice droning out of your phone. Google’s response was to produce Now, a service that predicted what you wanted to see before you searched for it. Today, they’ve announced some pretty incredible upgrades.

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Google’s I/O Keynote: How They’re Making Android Better

Posted by: on May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am
Google’s I/O Keynote: How They’re Making Android Better

Lots of interesting ways that Google is upgrading Android development

For Google watchers around the world, the company’s I/O keynote is kind of a big deal. The conference brings in thousands of Android developers and Google announces a variety of cool new aspects, tools, and components available to them and, subsequently, users down the road. What developers make is ultimately what we’ll get. So what did they show off today for Android? Some pretty cool stuff. Let me show you the highlights.

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