Security Questions Are Pretty Insecure

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Google recently studied the security of security questions and found that they are a pretty poor approach. According to their findings, if a question is easy to remember, it’s also fairly easy to guess. If a question is hard to guess (like a library card number), it’s also hard to [...]

Why can’t Google code? My Chrome browser still sucks. So does Gmail in major ways

By David Rothman
May 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Larry and Sergey, you can brag all you want about Moonshots—your driverless cars, your WiFi for developing countries, your other marvels; and sure, I’m also happy to hear about the new Literata font for e-books. But overall, compared to the past, you just don’t care as much about the [...]

Google Drive on-the-fly OCR takes old ebook scanning to new highs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

For all those pesky public domain PDFs that you may have lying around that can’t be shoehorned into more flexible ebook formats without considerable inconvenience and inaccuracy, Google may have the ideal solution. Google Drive, the default cloud archive and storage service for Google fans, [...]

Morning Links: New Author Earnings Report. Debt Collection

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

May 2015 Author Earnings Report (Author Earnings) With each report over the past year and a half, we have come to see great consistency in our results, but there is always something new that surprises us. Often, it’s something we weren’t expecting, like the massive shadow industry of ISBN-less [...]

Android Wear update offers Wi-fi, new capabilities

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

An announcement on the Google Official Blog has signaled the arrival of an update to Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform, which addresses some notable shortcomings of the series, particularly Wi-Fi support. “Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi,” states the [...]

Templates on way for Google Docs editing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google Docs may not be the first choice of writing and editing software for all authors, especially compared to venerable Microsoft Word, but Google’s free text productivity solution has a lot going for it – not least integration with Google Drive for cloud-based backups, and its [...]

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following “different paths” as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, “Google Play [...]

Morning Links: Does agency pricing hurt consumer? Video marketing for publishers

By Joanna Cabot
April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google Brings Google Play for Education to Canada (Canadian Reviewer) Serving as an extension of Google Play, the educational tools and content will be delivered through Android tablets. *** Video Marketing for Publishers: How, Whether, When? (Digital Book World) Video may have killed the radio [...]

Google debuts a bunch of reasons why your future is Chrome

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Google and its hardware partners have been announcing and rolling out a series of new spins on its Chrome OS that make it even more persuasive as a multi-format dirt cheap platform. Not only is the original stable of Chromebooks considerably expanded, and now even cheaper – there also are [...]

Morning Links: What’s the matter with eBooks? Makings of an unprofessional editor

By Joanna Cabot
April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Flickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications (Techdirt) Thankfully, the Yahoo folks who are currently running Flickr realized that this was an opportunity — and have now announced that it has added both “public domain” listings and a CC0 dedication as options when [...]

Morning Links: The importance of routines, Twitter tackles revenge porn

By Joanna Cabot
March 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Musings: The Importance of Routines (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) For almost two years, Dean has blogged nightly about his writing routine, pointing out to writers around the world that a writing career isn’t about pushing. It’s about a regular routine, almost clockwork in its [...]

More Big Media behind-the-scenes bullying on view as Google takes regulatory payola to court

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Fresh evidence of Big Media tactics to push its IP agenda in private and through back  channels, including both lobbying and far more questionable practices, has been pushed into the spotlight by Google, which has taken Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to court to forestall what it sees as [...]

Google gives you all the online shelf space you can eat for Safer Internet Day

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In one of the events and special offers marking Safer Internet Day – February 10th – Google is reaching out to users of its Google Drive cloud storage service to run through an online security checkup, with the carrot of 2GB of free storage added on to the existing storage offer. [...]

Morning Links: Some old books top the bestseller lists. Low reading self-esteem?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google Drive rewards 2GB for Security Checkup takers (Android Community) The cloud storage will be giving extra space for those who will voluntarily undergo their Security Checkup, as part of their contribution to the Safer Internet Day and to ensure that all is fine and dandy on your cloud drive. [...]

Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

According to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when “global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units.”The report continues: “Android has [...]

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