Great preview on the new Nexus and Android 4.2 done by the guys at The Verge shot inside Google HQ. The Verge is definitely one of those awesome video podcast that you shouldn’t miss, add them to your podcast list today.
Source – The Verge
The best function has to be the ability to open tabs on other devices such as your desktop or notebook computers. This app is totally awesome.
Source – mobileburn
Starting at US$199, gee, I want one. This baby has the horsepower, battery, screen estate …….. ah…… too bad Hong Kong not one of the first available cities.
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
With Google Drive, you can:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
- Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
You can get started with 5GB of storage for free—that’s enough to store the high-res photos of your trip to the Mt. Everest, scanned copies of your grandparents’ love letters or a career’s worth of business proposals, and still have space for the novel you’re working on. You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.
This is just the beginning for Google Drive; there’s a lot more to come.
Get started with Drive today at drive.google.com/start—and keep looking for Nessie…
Source – Google
If you want to know more about the app, The Next Web had a great interview with Sparrow’s co-founder and CEO Dom Leca out earlier this week.
Android Market is now Google Play, check out the vids to see what’s new. Seems like Google wants to extend into eBooks, music store, movie store, cloud storage and much more. Check out these thirteen videos below.
eleven more videos after the jump…… gee…..
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.
* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
* Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
* Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.
Google+ is only available for users 13 and older. You can get it from the link here or via iTunes Store.
For now, only available in the US iTunes Store, downloaded mine there, guess HK iTunes Store, as usual, is a week or so behind.
CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Problems with Google Calendar Since 30 November, How Long Does It Takes For a Fix from Google?
Extracted from my CNET article here.
Just hours ago, Google officially pulled the plug out of China and the search engine in China now points you to theirs in Hong Kong.
According to an AP Press article, “Visitors to Google’s old service for China, Google.cn, are now being redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong, where Google does not censor the search results. The Hong Kong page heralded the shift Monday with this announcement: “Welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.”
The site also began displaying search results in the simplified Chinese characters that are used in mainland China.
However, the results can’t all be accessed inside China, because government filters restrict the links that can be clicked
by mainland audiences.”
So what would China do now, would they shift the power and put pressure on the Hong Kong local authorities…. guess we just have to wait and see.
Anyways… welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.
[Extracted from my weekly post at CNET Asia Community Blog]
With Thanksgiving gone and Christmas coming in less than three weeks, what is the ultimate geeky gadget you can get at an affordable price for those gadget lovers? Well, check out the Gboard which was launched earlier this week.
The Gboard is the ultimate gift for Gmail lovers or should I say, addicts. This keypad features 19 different colored keys, each pre-programmed with a keyboard shortcut for functions such as replying, forwarding, deleting, starring, and archiving messages and keys to allow users to navigate by message or discussion, select messages, search, and flag messages as spam and so on. Although the Gboard limits the shortcuts to 19 out of the 65 Gmail shortcuts, it is still a nifty gadget to have around.
The Gboard is easy to setup, just plug in via the USB and tweak the settings in Gmail and you’re done. It is compatible with the Mac and PC. Another attractive factor is the pricing, only US$19.99. Check it out over at Gboard’s Web site. For more on the Gboard, take a look at the video below.