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  • Matt 7:50 pm on July 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google, Google Music, Spotify   

    Spotify is OK, but unless you are planning on upgrading to Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month) it’s just another music player for your computer, only with limited access to other music. Premium is required for the phone app. It’s kind of like Pandora, but you can actually pick the songs you want to listen to, but not forever. The free service is unlimited for the first six months. There is a 10 hour/month limit after that. You are also limited to 5 plays of any given song per month. I got a code for a free month of premium, and the Android app is pretty nice, but I don’t think I’ll would be willing to pay $10 a month for it.

    If you’ve already got a pretty nice music collection Google Music is great. It allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and access them from anywhere. Especially if you have an Android device, but you can still access your music on iPhone or iPad by navigating to http://music.google.com.

  • Matt 2:23 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google, Phone   

    Android Celebrates First Anniversary with 50 New Phones 

    According to Google Android Blog on the first anniversary of the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) there are fifty Android phones either available now, or in the planning stages.

    Here is their list:

    BOLD if available now / ITALICS is rumored release date

    1. Acer Liquid – A1 – November 28th
    2. Compulab Exeda
    3. Dell Ophone mini3i – Benzine
    4. Geek Phone One
    5. General Mobile DSTL1
    6. Haier H7
    7. HKC Pearl
    8. HighScreen PP5420
    9. HTC Click – Fiesta – Tattoo
    10. HTC Desire 6200 – November
    11. HTC Dragon – Zoom 2
    12. HTC Dream – T-Mobile G1
    13. HTC Hero – G2 Touch
    14. HTC Lancaster
    15. HTC Magic – Sapphire – T-Mobile myTouch 3G – Google Ion – Dopod A6188
    16. HTC Passion
    17. HTC Predator
    18. Huawei U8220 – T-Mobile Pulse
    19. Huawei U8230
    20. Innocomm Skate
    21. Kogan Agora
    22. Koolu Freerunner – Openmoko GTA02
    23. Lenovo O1 Ophone
    24. LG Etna
    25. LG GW620 Eve – November 2009
    26. LG GW880
    27. Motorola Calgary
    28. Motorola Devour
    29. Motorola Droid – Sholes – Tao – November 7th
    30. Motorola Heron
    31. Motorola MB200
    32. Motorola MB300
    33. Motorola Morrison – Cliq – DEXT
    34. Motorola Motis – 2010
    35. Motorola Sholes Tablet – 2010
    36. Motorola Zeppelin – 2010
    37. Philips V808
    38. Qigi i6
    39. Samsung Behold 2 T939 – November 18th
    40. Samsung Bigfoot
    41. Samsung Galaxy i7500
    42. Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700 – Spica – 2010
    43. Samsung Houdini
    44. Samsung m850 Q
    45. Samsung Moment – InstinctQ m900 – November 1st
    46. Sciphone N12
    47. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 / x10 Rachael – January 2010
    48. Sunno S880
    49. Tiger G3
    50. ZTE Android

    This doesn’t include the other Android based devices we’ve seen announced or released.  Such as Raytheon’s RATS for the US Military, Barnes and Noble’s eBook reader, or Dell’s MID Device.

    Via Google Android Blog.

  • Matt 12:42 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Google, ,   

    Nerdgasm Alert: Motorola Droid Hands-On! 

    Motorola Droid Hands On at BGR

    Over the last couple of weeks The Boy Genius Report has taunted us with pictures, videos and screenshots from a device that most believe is a Motorola Droid (aka Sholes, aka Tao).  Finally BGR has brought the Droid out of the shadows and we see it in all it’s glory.

    Not an in depth review, but several nice pictures and it does confirm many of the rumors we’ve heard about this phone.


    • It does run Android 2.0 (Eclair)
    • It is only a couple of millimeters thicker than an iPhone 3Gs including the slide out keyboard
    • It is the fastest Android phone out there (running a TI OMAP3430 processor)

    Plus, they offer up these juicy tidbits:

    • Google had direct input on the design of this phone.  They even imply that Google dictated virtually every move Motorola made regarding this phone.
    • It will come with a docking cradle/charger that will allow it to become a desktop info screen, displaying weather and time.  (One could assume this could spawn a whole slew of apps such as a stock ticker, sports score scroll, news updates, RSS headlines, etc…)

    It looks like this could be a win-win-win for Motorola, Google and Verizon.

    Read More at Boy Genius Report.

  • Matt 9:46 am on July 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google, Hardware,   

    Google Reveals Chrome OS Hardware Partners 

    From Google Chrome OS FAQ

    What companies is Google working with to support Google Chrome OS?

    The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.

    Not surprisingly, like most Linux distributions, it will be free:

    Is Google Chrome OS free?

    Yes – Google Chrome OS is an open source project and will be available to use at no cost.

    Read More…

  • Matt 1:47 pm on July 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Com, , Google,   

    Google Introduces New Operating System 

    All of the speculation appears to be coming to fruition.  Google is releasing an OS.  Google Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel, but abandons Gnome and KDE in favor of an all new windowing system. The open source OS, much like Google’s Chrome Browser, is focused on speed, simplicity and security.

    From Google Blog:

    Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

    Read More…

  • Matt 12:00 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CustomizeGoogle, , , Gears, Google, Google Gears, Google Toolbar, Googlepedia,   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 5: The Google Experience 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.

    Election Day Bonus:  Enhancing Your Google Experience with Firefox Add-ons

    There are many Firefox extensions that can change your Google experience, but I think I’ve got it narrowed down to the three best.

    Google Toolbar for Firefox

    This one really goes without saying.  The Google Toolbar is probably THE must have extension for Firefox.  If you don’t already have it, get it now! This essential add-on allows you to search all of Google’s web based tools instantly, allows you to search Google applications like Google Earth, Google Desktop, and Picasa, it also automatically fill-in forms, adds spell check to every web form, and even has a built in translate feature that shows the chosen translation for any word you hover the mouse pointer over.  Like everything else in Firefox, it’s highly customizable.

    For more information go to the Google Toolbar for Firefox home page or click here to install it now.


    This feature laden extension is like steroids for Google.  This add-on removes advertising from your Google results, rewrites links from Google Images searches to point directly to the full size image, filters spam results from Google searches, adds numbers and favicons to your search results, and makes your Google preferences ‘sticky’.  What this means is that you set your search preferences in CustomizeGoogle, and these preferences are applied to all Google searches.

    Most amazingly, CustomizeGoogle allows you to ‘stream’ search results.  With streaming enabled instead of getting the word Gooooooooooogle at the bottom of the page, CustomizeGoogle automatically queries Google for the next set of search results as you scroll towards the bottom of the page, so the results appear as one long web page.  This is great for almost anyone who searches with Google.

    For more information go to the CustomizeGoogle home page or click here to install it now.

    Google Gears

    Google Gears is a web API (Application Programming Interface) that allows for a richer experience for users web-based applications.  So far there are not a ton of sites that use gears, but, as with most Google technologies, I imagine that will change very soon.  For now, if you use MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, gmail, Google Reader, or Google Calendar you want Google Gears.

    Google Gears also supports offline storage.  Some web sites, such as Google Reader, Google Calendar, or Remember the Milk, will automatically sync news, appointments, or tasks to your desktop so they are available offline.

    For more information go to the Google Gears home page or click here to install it now.


    Last, but not least, is a simple little extension that can really make a difference in how long it takes you to get your answers.  When you search Google, Googlepedia queries Wikipedia with the same search terms and returns the most relevant result to the right of your Google results in place of the advertising that would normally appear.

    Screenshot of Wikipedia
    Screenshot of Googlepedia results for ‘University of Texas’

    For more information go to the Googlepedia home page or click here to install it now.

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  • Administrator 1:57 pm on June 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: flickr, Google, ,   

    Posting to flickr from Picasa 

    How to Upload from Picasa to flickr

    1. Login to your flickr account at http://www.flickr.com.
    2. Click on this link:
    3. At the top of the right column you’ll see something like this (the email address will be different):
      Email your photos to this address:
    4. Make note of the email address created specifically for your account.
    5. Create a contact in your email address book using the email address. You can name it ‘flickr Upload’, or whatever you want.
    6. Open Picasa
    7. Select the photo(s) you want to upload. (Hold down the CTRL key while clicking to select multiple photos.)
    8. Click the ‘Email’ button at the bottom of the screen.
    9. Choose your preferred form of email from the popup.
      (Note: Click the ‘Remember this setting, don’t display this dialog again.’ Checkbox before you choose your preferred email program to always use the same form of email.)
    10. Send the email to the contact you created earlier, or type the email address in the ‘To’ field of your email.
    11. The subject of the email will be the picture’s title.
    12. The body of the email will be the description, so you’ll want to delete the Picasa-generated message body even if you don’t want to add a description.
    13. To add flickr tags to your photo add the following line after your description:
      Tags: First “Second Tag”
      (Note: Tags are like keywords for your photos. Click here to see some of the most popular tags or to search tags. Separate each tag with a space. Tags with multiple words should be enclosed by quotes. Click here to learn more about tags.)
    14. Click ‘Send’.

    The photo(s) will probably appear on your flickr home page in a matter of seconds. (Click ‘Refresh’) While it usually happens this quickly, it has taken up to 10 minutes before, so give it some time if they don’t show up at first.


  • Matt 10:36 pm on December 26, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google,   

    Picasa and Hello 

    Google has a couple of great programs for managing and sharing your photos. Picasa helps you organize, burn CDs, order prints, and, coupled with Hello, share your photos.Y’all know that I don’t just send out a bunch of crap all the time. These programs are really, really good.



    For all the latest tools from Google check out Google Labs:


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