Heather Summers

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Best Free Apps of the Day on Sept 30. Percentage Calculator, ScanBee, Fast Camera, & More

We have lots of apps and games today.<p>Instantly solve common calculations involving percentages on your iOS devices with the Percentages Calculator. …

Google’s brand-new public cloud is already stealing the show from Amazon

The Google Compute Engine, Google’s answer to top public cloud Amazon Web Services, has been generally available for just six months, but it’s already become a service that IT buyers need to watch.<p>In the latest edition of technology analyst firm Gartner’s influential magic quadrant report on cloud …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Chrome Is Now More Popular Than Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has edged out Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the ongoing battle of the browsers, according to Adobe Digital Report (ADI) data.<p>The …

Google reveals tablet that can sense the world in 3D

Google's Project Tango smartphone uses a variety of sensors to see and map the world around it in 3D, and now Google is building all of that functionality into a tablet. The Project Tango Tablet, being unveiled today, comes four months after Google announced the initial experimental smartphone, …

Hangouts' web chat now lets you sketch messages

Ever threatened to draw someone a picture because they didn't understand you in an online chat? It's now easy to act on that threat. Google has started rolling out an update to Hangouts' web interface that lets you sketch your ideas. If you have access, hovering over the camera icon will reveal a …

Google Fiber is cleared to land in Portland

Google's high-speed fiber project is now cleared to do business in Portland, thanks to a franchise agreement approved last week by the Portland City Council. Under the arrangement, Google would pay a five percent franchise fee on any video revenue, but avoid the extra three percent fee charged to …

Nest devices start talking to Google, washing machines and your car

Nest's Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector are now part of a much, much larger universe. The company has just launched a developer program that lets third-party apps and devices talk to Nest hardware, making it do things that aren't possible through official software. The initiative is …

Google Hangouts Will No Longer Require A Plugin For Chrome Users

Has your distaste for one-off browser plugins kept you from using Google+’s group video chat service, Hangouts? That’s okay. I feel you. Plugins are the worst. What is this, 1999? Want me to install Shockwave, too? Hell, give me a couple sketchy browser toolbars while we’re at it. BONZAI BUDDIES …

Google finally gives up on its real-name policy for Google+ — but will anyone care?

Almost three years to the day after it launched its attempt at a social network, Google has removed the last remaining restrictions it had on what …

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Google Search

Debug menu hints at upcoming Google Voice integration in Hangouts

Google I/O came and went without news on Voice or Hangouts, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t working in the background to integrate its remaining messaging services.<p>We’ve already knew that some sort of integration is in the pipeline, but now we have the clearest proof yet in the form of an …

Google to Offer Business Owners 2 TB of Free Storage for a Year

<i>Updated on July 10 at 10:45 with comments from Google spokesperson.</i><p>A storm is brewing among leading cloud storage providers, and business owners stand to benefit enormously from rapidly plummeting prices.<p>Today, Google Cloud Platform -- the arm of the company that provides computing, storage and …

Google Cloud Platform

Check your Google Drive and Alerts: they might look different

Want a preview of Material Design, Google’s(s goog) new company-wide look? It’s going to make its proper debut on Android L this fall, but you can …

Here’s Why This School District Chose Google Chromebooks Over Mac And Windows

Only a few old desktop PCs were located in the district's public schools, and his limited budget made it difficult to place a big order for new computers. Being in a working-class community, where 95% of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, most students didn't have access to …

Google Apps for Education

Google joins Barnes & Noble for same-day shipping

Google has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to provide same-day delivery of books, toys, and magazines in three markets, offering up fresh competition against Amazon, a chief rival of both companies.<p>Starting Thursday, Google Shopping Express -- the tech giant's online delivery service -- will start …

Gmail improves spam filter as it extends its global reach

Google announced today that Gmail’s spam filter can now handle the suspicious “Unicode Homoglyphs,” giving people another tool with which to fight garbage e-mail.<p>Homoglyphs are the characters that look alike. One example Google gives is that “ဝ, ૦, and ο look nearly identical to the letter o”, but …

Google buys Instagram-analyzing mobile app startup Jetpac

Google has purchased Jetpac, a startup that launched in 2012 and analyzes Instagram photos to build what it calls City Guides for travelers — stuff …

Google+ will stop forcing you to use your real name

'We apologize.'<p>After years of receiving complaints that its policies put users at risk, Google said today that it has eliminated the requirement that people use their real names on Google+. The real-name policy, which debuted with the launch of Google+ three years ago, was designed to create a …

Google releases Slides app for iPhone and iPad

There's no dominant productivity suite for smartphones or tablets just yet, but Google's been trying to build one. Today, Google is rounding out that suite of apps with the release of a Slides app for the iPhone and iPad, giving owners of those devices a direct way to edit their slideshow …

Google rebrands its enterprise business services as Google for Work

Google has cast aside the stodgy “enterprise” label that has, until now, described its business offerings in favor of a new name, Google for Work.<p>According to Google for Work President Amit Singh, this is more than just a name change, this is the begining of a change in “how we launch products and …

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company’s VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention. But fret not, Google tells me that it is “growing its investment in Google Voice” and starting today, it will …

Aussie Personal Finance Startup Pocketbook Hits 100,000 Users

Most people usually neglect keeping track of their personal finances. With multiple bank and credit card accounts, bank fees get all too much for us to handle. To put us back in control of our money, Aussie FinTech startup, Pocketbook has come to the rescue with an intuitive mobile app.<p>By solving a …