Be Google for a day – or more like a minute?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

How would you like to become a world-spanning tech giant? At the click of a button? That’s what the Internet Fairy did for one lucky browser, who found that the domain was actually available for purchase. What’s more, from Google Domains. Sanmay Ved, the very temporary king [...]

Amazon bans Apple TV, Chromecast sales on Marketplace

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Business reports that Amazon has emailed its marketplace sellers to announce that it will no longer accept new listings for Apple TV and Chromecast products, and as of October 29, it will remove existing listings. Amazon explains that the devices don’t work with Prime Video, and it [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

The Pixel C’s aspect ratio may be Android’s future

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

You may have heard about the strange aspect ratio that Google’s new Pixel C tablet uses—1.41:1, or the square root of 2 to 1. But you may not realize just how unique that makes the tablet—or why. First of all, here’s another interesting fact you may not know about LCD panels—the picture [...]

Google Play decides size matters, ups app size limits

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has announced via the Android Developers Blog that it is taking a big step up in size limits for apps on the Google Play Store. From now on, the Play Store will support APKs for Google apps up to 100MB in size. “We understand that developers are challenged with delivering a delightful [...]

Amazon eating Google’s lunch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on the way that Amazon’s business is evolving, here’s some fresh meat for the thesis in the shape of a Business Insider article quoting Morgan Stanley analysis on the proportion of mobile e-commerce traffic going through dedicated apps rather than through [...]

France demands Google censor search results everywhere

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Google has been complying with the European Union’s inane “right to be forgotten” legislation and court decisions, removing offending information from its search engines that cover the affected territories. However, there’s just one little problem: the Internet is global. All someone in [...]

Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app goes live on Google Play Android store

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica has a brief look at Apple’s “Move to iOS” app on the Android store. (We mentioned this app last month.) The way it works is that if you have an iOS device and tell it you’re switching from Android, it will give you an access code you can punch into the “Move to iOS” app on [...]

Google Books did not fail; it succeeded

By Chris Meadows
September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

What ever happened to Google Books? Columbia law professor Tim Wu wonders about that in this piece in the New Yorker. Wu notes that the Google book-scanning effort started with “a plan to scan all of the world’s books and make them available to the public online” but where is that plan now? [...]

Google offers ‘Playlist’ greatest-hits albums for free

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

How do you feel about free music? Android Police notes that Google Play is giving away a number of its “Playlist” greatest hits compilations for free. The listed albums are largely older artists, such as Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Cash, and Willie [...]

More information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and orphan works reform

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I mentioned that the EFF and other groups were writing the US Trade Representative to request he not sign off on any Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions that would block ongoing congressional attempts to reform the orphan works situation. Here’s a little more information on that [...]

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