I’m actually pretty pissed at Google about this. I use Reader more than any other web service out there. That includes Facebook, Twitter, and even Gmail. Reader is a great service. I get that RSS didn’t pick up with normal people, and Google would rather have you “circle” news outlets and blogs on G+. But come on. I seriously hope Google reconsiders this move and hope that the people who do use Reader will be very vocal about this.
Google runs my life. From calendar to contact to mail to chat, my life has been tied to Google for many, many years. I never in a million years thought I’d question my relationship with the company. Until now.
But here’s the real key: there will also be native syncing software that you install on your various computers and mobile devices. Yes, like Dropbox.
This was also true back in the day with GDrive, but again, the service (codenamed: Platypus) was said to be very buggy. Now it is said to work well. If you have a document on your computer that you want to move to another one, you simply drag and drop it into this new Google Drive sync app. Or, of course, you can use the web.
I use both Dropbox and Google Docs. It will be interesting to see if Google Docs will convert Office docs to work with Google Docs if they are update through the desktop instead of the web. If the files transfer/sync works like Dropbox and doesn’t convert the files, I might be switching my cloud storage systems.
The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we’ve gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks. In fact, we’ve heard from a source close to Google that it’s already been approved — Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities.
Apple is activating 230,000 iOS devices a day, Jobs says. He made a thinly veiled reference to the Android numbers, and said “we think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers.” Jobs said Apple is not doing that — if they were, the numbers would be much higher.
Today we’re excited to launch a musical experience made specifically for the browser. Called “The Wilderness Downtown”, the project was created by writer/director Chris Milk with the band Arcade Fire and Google. Building this project on the web and for the browser allowed us to craft an experience that is not only personalized, but also deeply personal for each viewer. “The Wilderness Downtown” takes you down memory lane through the streets you grew up in. It’s set to Arcade Fire’s new song “We Used to Wait” off their newly released album The Suburbs (which you may be familiar with, especially if you were one of 3.7 million viewers who live-streamed Arcade Fire’s concert on YouTube earlier this month). The project was built with the latest web technologies and includes HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool, as well as multiple browser windows that move around the screen.
“The Wilderness Downtown” was inspired by recent developments in modern browsers and was built with Google Chrome in mind. As such, it’s best experienced in Chrome or an up-to-date HTML5-compliant browser. You can launch the project and learn more about it on our Chrome Experiments site at www.chromeexperiments.com/arcadefire.
If you’re wondering what that arrow and “X” are after your Google search results, you’re not alone. Google recently launched a new service called “SearchWiki.” SearchWiki allows you to rearrange the order of your search results any way you like. This is an interesting service. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard this was, “how will this affect SEO?” Google says that this just for personal use and will not affect searches globally. But since they are keeping track of your results and changes, if enough people moved one item to the top, what would stop Google from making that result first for that specific search term? How many people would it take to move a result up? Could you then manipulate the results? Just something to think about.
In case you didn’t notice, Gmail has added themes to your mailbox. To access the themes click on the Settings tab then Themes. The themes don’t seem to slow down the page, unlike those on iGoogle. You can take a look at my inbox after the jump.