Phil Oakley

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How to Design Your Startup Office for a Productive Workforce

If you look at some of the latest startup offices, there seems to be a competition to who can have the coolest ping pong tables, kitchen, and big TVs displaying real time data. But are they essential to office productivity and culture?<p>We spoke to some of the hottest startups to hear their …

Startup Hiring Is More About Cultural Fits Than Qualifications

Running your own startup is a challenge that never ends and as time goes on and the company scales, bringing in employees is one of the inevitable tasks that not only founders, but executives need to do. But how does one find the <i>right</i> person for the job, meaning that he or she isn’t just …

Y Combinator's Startup School 2013 videos now online, including ones with Watsi, Zuckerberg, and Dorsey

<b>Update:</b> The Startup School videos featuring Watsi’s Chase Adam and from “Office Hours” have just been posted online. Our post below has been adjusted accordingly.<p>Startup accelerator program Y Combinator has posted most of its videos from this year’s Startup School on its YouTube page. The event, …

Sexy is History - Meet "History Timeline Extension" for Google Chrome

Sexy is history. Or your history is now sexy. “Chrome History Timeline is an extension that makes a visual timeline of your browser history using …

Google Announces "Chrome Platform Analytics", Google Analytics for Packaged Apps

So there was a small announcement on the Google Chrome Developers Google Plus page which caught my attention. Google launching something called <b>Chrome</b> …

Chrome OS Adding Expose-Style Window Picker Feature - OMG! Chrome!

<b>An Exposé-style application window picker is on its way to Chrome OS.</b><p>The feature, called (rather boringly) ‘Overview Mode’, will show small versions …

Google intros Play Textbooks for purchase and rent

Google is clearly committed to education on mobile devices beyond Play for Education -- it just unveiled Google Play Textbooks, a dedicated category on the Play Store for learning material. The section will offer titles from the top five publishers, and students will have the choice of renting …

Google makes Android 4.3 factory images available through AOSP (update: OTA available)

Google officially announced its latest version of Android today and, like clockwork, it's now made it available for download through the Android Open Source Project. That covers those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or Galaxy Nexus (GSM version-only), all of whom can find what they need to start …

Google's Refreshed Nexus 7 Arrives on July 30 Starting at $229

Google today announced the refreshed Nexus 7 and just revealed it will ship by the end of the month, on July 30. The device will come in three flavors: 16GB Wi-Fi for $229, 32GB Wi-Fi for $269, and 32GB LTE for $349.<p>That launch date (and pricing) is naturally for the US. In addition to being able …

Google unveils Chromecast, the $35 HDMI plugin that streams online videos to your TV

Google announced the launch of its newest hardware device, Chromecast, its 2-inch hardware device it bills as being the “easiest way to enjoy online entertainment on the TV.”<p>Google Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pinchai spoke on stage today at a press event about online videos, saying that 200 …

Hands-on with Google's $35 Chromecast, a streaming TV stick

The Chromecast, a $35 dongle from Google that lets you stream videos from your phone, tablet, or PC to a television using Chrome, has its minimalist instruction manual printed on the inside cover of the box. There are just three directions: 1.) Plug it in, 2.) Switch input, and 3.) Set it up.<p>We …

Google Launches $35 'Chromecast' - HDMI Dongle For Streaming Content from Chrome to TV - OMG! Chrome!

Chromecast<p><b>A low-cost device that enables content to be streamed wirelessly from a tablet, phone or PC straight to a TV has been unveiled by …

Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.<p>The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a …

The new Chrome App Launcher: Google's backdoor into the offline world

On Friday, Google gave Windows users something that they’ve been pining for: A Start button. And even better than that, Google’s version keeps you on the desktop and actually opens a pop-up menu full of programs, unlike the nerfed Start button that’s slated to appear in the Windows 8.1 update.<p>No, …

New Nexus 7 leak points to Android 4.3, dual cameras and wireless charging (update: on sale July 31st)

A few days back, a lovely tipster sent us in some shots that strongly suggest a shiny new Nexus 7 will be hitting shelves next week for $269. Granted, that's for the 32GB model, but it still represents a $20 premium over the current version. What we haven't known until now, though, has been what …

Google brings new full-screen compose window to Gmail

It looks like those not satisfied with the recent Gmail redesign will soon have a new option to make things operate in a slightly more familiar manner. Google announced today that it's begun rolling out a new full-screen compose window that gives you more room to work with than the current option …

Google is Building a Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android

Google is building a Chrome remote desktop app, which lets you access other computers or another user access your computer over the Internet, for Android. The new addition, called Chromoting, will likely be pushed as a mobile version of the existing Chrome Remote Desktop offering.<p>The new utility …

Omnibox Timer Lets You Create Reminders from Chrome Addressbar

Need a quick way to set up reminders and timers? Here is a Chrome extension that will do just that. Omnibox Timer is a Chrome extension that lets you …

Google set to host press event July 24th featuring Sundar Pichai

Google's always cooking something up, and the company has our undivided attention when the press gets invited over for a breakfast featuring Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Chrome and Android. While the invite doesn't indicate anything specific, we're expecting to hear <i>some</i> sort of announcement …

Chrome for iOS adds improved Google apps integration, 'experimental' data compression

Google has just released a fairly significant update for Chrome on iOS. Now available in the App Store, the latest version introduces some anticipated features like fullscreen browsing on iPad and access to your full browsing history — something that's bizarrely been missing since the app debuted. …

Nexus 7 refresh imminent according to leaked photos, retail documents (update)

Is a proper successor to the Nexus 7 coming at next week's Google event? Internal OfficeMax documents obtained by <i>Engadget</i> suggest it's a very real possibility. The leaked visual planning instructions make specific mention of a new 32GB version of Google's 7-inch tablet, complete with a unique UPC …

Google hosting July 24th event with Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai

Google just sent out press invitations for a July 24th event to be led by Android / Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai. The company isn't revealing what it plans to discuss next week, but one possibility is that we'll finally learn more about the next release of Android — version 4.3. Little is known …

Pocket App Comes to Chrome, Lets You Read Articles Offline - OMG! Chrome!

<b>‘Read it Later’ service Pocket has launched a new Chrome app that allows articles saved to it to be read both online and offline.</b><p>Articles and images …

Chromebook Sales to Rise 300% This Year, ASUS To Join the Fun - OMG! Chrome!

<b>Sales of Windows PCs may be crashing but Chromebooks are set to continue surging ahead.</b><p>Analysts are predicting that sales of Chromebooks, powered by …

Microsoft beware: Google Chromebooks could surge

Shipments of Chromebooks based on Google's Chrome operating system will surge in the second half of this year, according to an Asia-based report.<p>Shipments could be "double or even triple" the number in the first half of the year, according to a report Monday in Digitimes that cites unnamed …

3 Minor Chrome OS UI Changes on the Way - OMG! Chrome!

<b>A handful of minor, but notable, changes to the Chrome OS UI are on their way.</b><p>Redesigned assets for the App Launcher and System Tray will be arriving …

Chrome OS 28 Released. Blink, Improved File Manager & Immersive Browsing - OMG! Chrome!

<b>Google has released a new version of their operating system for Chrome devices. Version 28 brings the new rendering engine, Blink to Chrome OS; an</b> …

Chromebooks exploding in down PC market, now up to a quarter of all laptops sold for under $300

Since the iPad was announced, we’ve seen PC sales fall every year due to people discovering that they can do anything they need on a laptop on the more affordable iPad and Android tablets. Chromebooks, however, have become much more affordable over the last year, which has led to some people going …

Chrome for Android update adds fullscreen mode for tablets, Google Translate integration

Chrome for Android just turned 28! Version 28, which today moved out of beta to the stable channel, includes a pair of notable additions, along with the typical variety of bug fixes and performance improvements. The first new feature is Google Translate integration. When you come across a website …