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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Apple Everywhere

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:30 PM

"It's a familiar scene. MacBook-toting journalists, bloggers and guests providing Apple with omnipresence and free advertising at rivals' events, thanks in large part to the glowing Apple logo on the well-designed notebook family."

Look at all the glowing Apples! Plenty of pictures of people using Apple products at these events and the Google I/O one was no different. Poor guy in the middle, doesn't look too happy. Perhaps his pen ran out of ink?

Tags: google, ipad, i/o, macbooks

The Cloud is Crowded with Music Choices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:22 AM

"When Google and Amazon launched their cloud music services, they did so without signing deals with the four major music labels. Apple will not be following suit, and according to music industry insiders, having all the contracts signed is what's going to let Cupertino kick the competition's teeth in."

I haven't tried Google but I sure like what has done with their music services. Both basically let you store your purchased music in "the cloud" and access it from your device. For, the first 5GB is free and you can buy additional storage at roughly $1.00 USD per GB storage per year. Apple is rumored to offer streaming of music thus they will need the agreements with the labels, that is if the rumors are true. Which brings up one potential problem with Google, since Google transcodes some of the music it creates a new digital copy, thus requiring a licensing agreement. I would think if you were just buying an MP3 and storing where you bought it there would be no problem.

I still use a combination of and iTunes to purchase since I go for the deals, but my main storage is iTunes. With Google joining in the cloud services, it certainly is giving plenty of options and puts a little pressure on Apple to get moving with their rumored service doesn't it? What are your thoughts, does Apple have the upper hand if they get the agreements? Which services appeal to you or which ones are you using now?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Apple and Jobs Recognized

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:30 AM

"The strength of the iPad has pushed Apple ahead of Google for the first time as the most valuable brand in the world, according to Millward Brown's 2011 BrandZ study of the most-valuable global brands."

Google has been atop this ranking for the last four years, but this year it was Apple at the top of the heap. China also making a splash as 12 of the top 100 are companies based there. Even Toyota, with all of their PR problems over the last year or two made for a strong showing, with their value rising 11% and putting them back on top of the automotive section. You can read through the list yourself right here.  

And in Jobs news, he was recognized as number three in a list of engineering heros [link]. This is a list of "heroes" chosen by 900 engineering undergraduates in the UK that were surveyed by General Electric. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google and YouTube, Competing With iTunes and Netflix?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"YouTube finally goes Hollywood as Google inks deals with big movie studios to let users rent the latest releases the same day as they appear on iTunes."

At least that is according to this report from The Wrap. Google supposedly has deals with Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal. The rentals on YouTube will go for $2.00 USD to $4.00 USD, which is competitive with iTunes, but they obviously don't have the library size that iTunes has right now. The other factor is, in my opinion, the infrastructure that Apple has in place, namely Apple TV and AirTunes. Apple really makes it easy, as long as you have all of the pieces. What are your thoughts, does Google have a chance?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Google Adds Undo Feature to iOS and Android Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Google has recently added an "undo" bar to its web app for iOS and Android devices. You can navigate to the web app by heading over to in Safari on your iOS device."

I think we all could have used the "undo" feature at least a time or two in various situations, and now for Gmail at least you can use it to undo one of four actions: archive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/conversation. When any of these actions is done, via the web app, you get a small window of opportunity to "undo" it when the yellow bar displays as it is in the above image. After that time though, you are out of luck.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Google Updates Their Books for iOS App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"Google Books for iOS was introduced late last year and opened the world of Google's 2 million digital books to iOS owners. The application competed with Apple's iBooks and Amazon's Kindle application, but it lacked the polish and finesse of these two applications."

With this version, Google Books hopes to add in some of that finesse and polish that has been missing. Now you can read in landscape mode as well as search for a specific word or phrase. You can also download e-books using your Google account once you have linked it to this app. It's a free universal app and available now in iTunes, but I'm still pretty happy with my Kindle and iBook apps, what are your thoughts? Anyone use this app much, if at all?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Helpful Tips for Google Services

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:30 PM

"Getting the most out of Google products such as Gmail, Docs, and YouTube is a must if you're using them for business. However, the products are so packed with features that it can be hard to keep up. Here are nine little-known features across various Google services that could change the way you work, or perhaps make life that little bit easier."

Most of these tips I was aware of, however the versus was one I was oblivious to. Basically you can take your main gmail account such as and change it to and it will still get to you. I also like the fact that clicking on the details button on the bottom of the page you can get information about the last access to your account, where it was from and how it was accessed. There are several other tips in this article so if you use anything Google, it is well worth reading.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google Releases Shopper for iPhone

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Google has introduced Google Shopper for iPhone, making the free App available for download via Apple's App Store."

This appears to be a pretty useful addition to any iPhone. It looks like it has Google Goggles built in, which can be pretty useful. I also love having the ability to search by voice. Voice recognition is the only thing I miss from my Nexus One. I'm glad to see it here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HTML5 Get's a New Logo

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:09 PM

"The lynchpin for all discussions of open web standards, HTML5, has been spruced up with a dedicated logo from its parent organization, the W3C."

I really don't like this logo at all. But I like the buzz it is generating as it's intent was to get the word out about HTML5 and to promote it's use among developers. What are your thoughts on the new logo?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Google Removing H.264 Support in Chrome

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"In a move likened to converting the US from English to Esperanto, Google has announced that its web browser, Chrome, will be removing support for direct HTML5 playback of H.264 video in the coming months, in favor of Google's WebM media container (which leverages the VP8 video codec, also supported by Flash Player and used in the new Skype beta's multiparty video conferencing). This is a blow to the adoption of Apple's preferred video standard, as well as a hint that the Web may see some continued churn within the video format arena."

I was actually quite shocked, and to be honest, a tad annoyed, when Google made this annoucement. H.264 is, at this point, an industry standard. And while you may not think that it makes a huge difference on the consumer end, it does. Most devices that have built in video encoding or decoding use hardware specifically designed to use H.264. Anything else can be done in software, but that uses more processing power and is more likely to drain batteries. Even Android devices don't have hardware designed to speed up encoding/decoding of WebM. I also question Google's motives. They claim they want to only use open standards and yet they install the Adobe Flash player with every Google Chrome install. Last time I checked, Flash was proprietary. It's going to be a huge problem for Apple and other manufacturers, though, if Google decides that YouTube will no longer support H.264. It'll be interesting to see how this develops over the next few months.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Google Places for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Google announced Thursday the release of Google Places for iPhone, a combination of Google's Hotspot and Google Maps that you can use to find restaurants (etc.) near you. This standalone app is effectively an effort to out-Yelp Yelp by offering search results that are ranked and affected by your own ratings and the ratings of your friends."

I use Yelp for most of my recommendations or searches, although for the last couple months I really haven't been out enough to bother. I like that it's integrated with Google Maps but I would expect no less, and it's free and available now in iTunes. I plan on using Yelp again but I think I will also give this a go, how about you? What do you use to get your recommendations for restaurants, bars, etc?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Track Santa While He Makes Deliveries Tonight

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:00 AM

"Google and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) have teamed up once again to help you follow Santa as he travels around the world, jumping chimneys, delivering presents, and generally being very jolly."

Just in case you (or the kids) are curious and want to get an eta to your house, you can head over to the special NORAD site they have set up to track Santa tonight. In case you are doing some last minute shopping, they haven't forgotten about you as they also set up a mobile site. Having a problem? Try their handy help page here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Google Latitude for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"After a slight case of premature app-storification, Google Latitude for iPhone is now officially and properly available for download."

So what does Latitude from Google do for you? You can share your location throughout the day with any of your friends or family, and also see them on your map. In case you don't want to be too accessible there are several levels of privacy so you can still hide if you need to be off the grid. It's free if you want to throw yourself out there, and available now in iTunes [link]. I'm undecided on giving this one a try, what are your thoughts?

Android and Windows Phone 7 To Become Commodities?

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 07:30 AM

"The iPhone may end up as the 'last man standing' amongst smartphones in terms of holding onto profits and prices, argues Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf. Wolf notes that in the immediate future, competition amongst smartphone platforms -- namely Android and Windows Phone 7 -- may help phone makers like HTC and Motorola dictate prices. In the long term though, smartphones based on either platform may become commodities, no longer able to pull a special premium."

I can't imagine that this is a surprise to anyone. It directly reflects Apple's way of doing business. They are a boutique hardware manufacturer that controls the entire manufacturing process from the bottom up. Google and Microsoft, on the other hand, are software manufacturers. This is the same exact thing that happened with Windows (and will probably happen with Chrome OS). Honestly, though, I don't see this as a bad thing for anybody. It just means there will be competing products at a reduced cost, and that'll drive Apple to improve iOS.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Google Voice App Makes it to the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:12 PM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Google's official Google Voice app for iPhone has just hit the iTunes App Store."

Unfortunately for those of you outside of the United States, you are out of luck on this one. But for those of us who are in the United States we will be able to do many things with our Google Voice account with this app such as receive push notifications for text or voicemail, send free text messages, display your Google Voice number when calling and much more. Here is the iTunes link.

Monday, November 15, 2010

1Password Updated to Work With Chrome

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

"Let's face it, remembering passwords rots. If there is any single reason that people choose terrible passwords (or use the same password for everything) it's because remembering them is a royal pain."

I use 1Password all the time, and now it will work with Chrome. Update to v3.5 and it includes an extension for Chrome so you can get the same functionality if you tire of using Safari and prefer using Chrome. I like how they have done this version, as it gives you more information than the way it's done on Safari, but don't take my word for it. You can go to the Agile blog and read all about it.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flying During the Holiday Season? It's Free WiFi Time Again From Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"That's right, kiddies. Every year it's the most magical time of the year when all the good little boys and girls who have to travel during the holidays are rewarded with wide open WiFi, free of charge, from those jolly elves in Mountain View."

Free Wi-Fi from Google Chrome, from November 20th through January 2nd, 2011, but not only with Virgin America. This time they have added AirTran and Delta to the free Wi-Fi deal, via Gogo Inflight WiFi. You can find out more info at the Google blog, or go right to the source and read the details at the Free WiFi site.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's Election Day, Where Do You Get Your News?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:33 PM

"The first Tuesday in November - today - is election day in the United States. Today is a "mid-term" election, meaning that it falls roughly in the middle of the four-year Presidential term."

The above image is from the Google Election Center widget, one you can get here and imbed on your page to give you all kinds of information such as polling locations, hours of operation and other helpful information. But there are also several handy apps and a mobile site from Google so you can take your inquiries mobile. If you are curious about how the elections are going, you have plenty of help out there to get your results.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Are You Rooting for Microsoft?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 02:00 AM

"We were a bit surprised to hear Apple lover John Gruber say such nice things about Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 7 software, after he had a chance to play around with it last week."

But then surprise turned to understanding as Frommer points out that Microsoft is no longer the enemy, and fanboys of Apple no longer have to try and downplay everything coming from the Redmond campus. Who is the enemy? Why Google of course! First it was the Android going after the iPhone, and now it's Google TV trying to push aside the Apple TV. I suppose I can see his logic, saying Microsoft and Google are very similar in the smartphone market in what they bring to the table and their business models (bring software and let someone else make the hardware). Personally, I just like the competition, since that tends to get the consumer more in the end. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Google Goggles Now For the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience. Now your phone's camera can even help to find out more about the world around you."

This is a great addition to the Google Mobile App, and as the video shows above, the Google Goggles feature is easy to use. Take a picture of a landmark and get results about it and the area around you. Or take a picture of the cover of the book and get info on pricing and where you can purchase it. This is only supported on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, as long as it is running iOS 4. You can find out more about it at the Google Help Center.

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