Google Wave Calls It Quits

Not moments ago, I received an email that saddened a small part of my tech being. It seems that Google is finally pulling the plug on Google Wave. Here’s what the email said:

Dear Wavers,

More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2010. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.

If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, i

ncluding Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.

For more details, please see our help center.

Yours sincerely,

The Wave Team

It was so young, so inexperienced. But I guess the application just didn’t meet the user’s expectations.

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Google+ Invites, Like A Leaky Sink, Trickle Out

It’s open! It’s closed. It’s open! It’s closed. Seems like Google can’t make up its mind, huh? This happens to be the same sentiments that many anxious denizens of the Internet echo. As of last week, the floodgates burst open as invites flew left and right until the invite system for Google+ was shut down. Then shortly thereafter, determined people took advantage of an exploit found in Google+ so that they to could join in the new social network. But alas, that was closed soon after. However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

There has been chatter on Twitter and various other tech sites that Google+ invites are being sent out in short bursts. So if you happen to have an invite, but haven’t been able to get in, now would be a good time to see if you can get in. There is no way of knowing when exactly Google+ opens or shuts the door, but we do know they have been doing so. Your best bet is to keep trying the Google+ door to see if it’ll open for you. Head on over to plus.google.com to find out.

Google To Release Daily Deals Service [Rumor or Not]

Welcome to another Rumor or Not post. So far everyone voted the last post true…

So: Google is to realease Daily Deals service,

Here is some details behind it.

Information has been received that Google may soon start testing a new prepaid coupon and offer service in a bid to compete in the fast-growing market for local online advertising. It has also been said that Google is in the process of talking small business owners in an attempt to solicit their support for the testing phase of the new service.

The new service may be called Google Offers, but Google has not yet responded.

The move comes after Google’s failed attempt to purchase startup discount-coupon website, Groupon last year.

Some of you may be looking at the Disquis Comment system and not see the like button….

To vote here is a screen shot.

http://bit.ly/lw3j9p

 

Without A Google+ Invite? We Can Help [UPDATE: Exploit Closed]

Due to an overwhelmed Google with people flocking in from left and right, the invite system has been shut down to Google+ …or has it? An exploit has been discovered allowing more people to be invited to the new social networking site. Follow the instructions below to see learn how.

  1. Create a circle called invite.
  2. Add people who have Gmail accounts to it.
  3. Create a post and address it to only the invite circle.
  4. Those people should now get an email asking them to sign up for Google+

So there you have it. The next question that remains is how long will it be before Google discovers this? Only time will tell. So hurry!

An update to this story, click here

SOURCE: The Next Web

Google+ Revealed!

Earlier this evening, I was able to get my hands on a rare invite to Google+ thanks to an individual in an Android Police comment thread on Facebook. So I took fast to Chrome to check out this new Google marvel and this is what I was greeted with:

Google+ landing page after logging in

Google+ has a very polished landing page with links leading you to invite friends to the experience among other functions. Personally, I love the simplicity Google designed the site with. It’s not hard to find anything at all. But of course + has just been rolled out, so who knows what can happen. After all this is Google we’re talking about here, right?

The Photos section on Google+

The photo area is another work of simplicity. All you do is throw up your photos. You have the options to tag them, title them, and comment on them as well. According to the sidebar on the left-hand side, you can distinguish where photos come from with categories.

The ever so popular Circles page

Here is where things get interesting. Since the taking of the screenshot above, I have added more friends to my Circles. You can add friends to different categories according to your relationship with them. This is better than Facebook where you’re basically forced to group all your friends together.

This is the profile page

Hopefully when you get into Google+, your profile page won’t stay like this. I’ll get to customizing this later. This page is what will distinguish you from all the other + users.Here people can learn a little about you by looking at your bio, check to see what you last +1’d and what you recently Buzz’d. Of course you’ll be able to see what the particular posted on their account in the way of statuses.

Well that was just a small taste of what Google+ looks like. We’d like to hear about your experience on the site if you were able to get in. As a little seasoning, Google+ has been labeled as the Facebook killer. Do you agree with that? As always, leave your comments below!

So What’s Google+ Anyway?

 

So what is Google+ anyway? Many people have been pondering this question since it has been announced/released (a VERY small release.) Well, we’re here to help give you an idea on what it is. We’ve scoured the Internet and came upon a YouTube video by none other than Lamar Wilson, better know as Wilsontech1. With satire and merriment, he gives us a glimpse at his understanding.

 

Is the most popular search engine cheating?

 

According to Fox 29 in Philadelphia, Google is showing their company’s results ahead of others. I know it doesn’t sound that bad, but it is once you find out why they’re doing it. Google is putting websites first that are using adsense or adwords services. The more clicks you get on your ads displayed on your website, the further your website moves up on the list regardless of website traffic.  You pay more money to get your ads noticed on adwords, your website moves up on the list.

This has not been proven, but what if Google uses tracking cookies and tracks you using another search engine. Then Next time you visit Google it doesn’t deliver popular results? Thoughts?

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Internet Explorer 10 Developer Preview is Released!

That is right, only weeks after Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 9, they have put out the first platform preview of their next version of IE, namely IE10, out on the web for developers and tech enthusiastic to test!

It is believed that IE10 will be released with Windows 8, sometimes in early 2012. Microsoft is saying that they will be releasing a platform preview build every eight to 12 weeks. In comparison, Microsoft released IE9 platform preview builds every eight weeks.

This first platform preview of IE10 builds upon IE9’s native HTML5 support and full hardware acceleration and adds standards such as CSS gradients and CSS flexible box layout. Note that the platform preview, like all IE9 platform previews, the platform preview does not include a chrome of th browser. This means, there are no back buttons or an integrated address bar. But, on the bright side, you can install Internet Explorer 10 alongside your current version of Internet Explorer.

You can Download IE10 from here!

A Quick Look Back in Time

We can no longer shun Microsoft’s browser as an outdated, slow, and bloated, browser. Microsoft is getting serious about its browser and it will only push the competitors to the edge.

With the release of Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft had dominated the browser market, killing off its competitors, with a 90 percent market share. As a result, it did not release another version of its Internet Explorer browser until six years later! With that time, Mozilla Firefox took up the lead of browser innovation. With Firefox’s growing usage share, Microsoft became serious about their browser, making significant improvements with Internet Explorer 8. At that same time, Google released its browser that really shook all its competitors.

Google Chrome quickly became known as a modern, fast, and a streamlined browser. It’s interface and speed became so popular, that all other browsers began following its strategies. We can just see how all the browsers in the market now follows chrome’s minimal user interface. I don’t think this is a coincidence.

Before Chrome, major releases between browsers would take years. With chrome’s six weeks release schedule between browser versions, the competitors are stepping up their game! Mozilla plans to release Firefox 7 by the end of this year. And we can already see IE10 preview build being released. The swift release schedule was completely unexpected just six months ago!

Microsoft vs. Google: The Battle of the Great Monopolistic Divide

Relations between Microsoft and Google heated up over the past week when Microsoft filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Google for violating antitrust laws; calling Google an “abusive monopolist.” Microsoft, however, had an unexpected ally; Samuel Miller, a prosecutor who, over a decade ago, filed a similar antitrust case against Microsoft.

Miller states that “Having prosecuted the Microsoft case, its seems to me that Google, as a monopoly, is engaging in the same tactics to keep its dominant position as Microsoft was engaging in, those are the same tactics that got Microsoft in trouble.”

The United States v. Microsoft case, brought in in the early 90’s and ending in 2001 was the case in which Miller stood as a lead counsel. The case ended with a constraint of Microsoft’s business practices in a consent decree.

It is a greatly ironic event, as Microsoft, after being told off in 2001, is now filing against Google for the same thing. Microsoft’s Chief Legal Counsel Brad Smith has even posted in a long blog post the areas in which Google has impeded its competition. Google is a giant. It has its own browser, a massive search engine, and multiple exclusive agreements to websites for powering their search engines.

Not only those, but Google has been charged for two other antitrust violating acts: hoarding Microsoft AdWords data and even abusing its YouTube ownership. Microsoft claims that Google breaks antitrust laws because its ad platform data lacks the interoperability with Microsoft’s. This point got more attention by the experts.

Both Microsoft and Google compete in an online advertising market, and Microsoft claims Google prevents advertisers from implementing their ad campaigns in other competing platforms such as Microsoft adCenter. The process Google goes through to export their data and import it to adCenter is difficult, but in the most sense possible.

Andrew Frank, a Gartner analyst, made a point that “Microsoft’s claim is belied by a number of third party platforms that support multiple ad platforms.” Not only that, but Frank says that Microsoft’s point that “this data belongs to the advertisers” is a doubtful statement, seeing as advertisers sign over their data to Google, entering standard legal agreements. The argument was ignored as an expert noted it as Microsoft’s least convincing argument.

Microsoft makes its’ largest and most valid argument with Google’s exploitation of its YouTube ownership; claiming that Google has put up technical blocks that prevent Bing from properly finding YouTube videos, causing for lesser video search results. Therefore, Google has better YouTube results.

“The most egregious claim is that Google has access to inter-connectivity with YouTube and manipulates that vertically integrated property to its own advantage,” said Michael Hausfeld, founder of antitrust firm Hausfeld LLP and former lead counsel in the United States’ antitrust case against Intel. “Microsoft, as a competitor, requires equal access.”

Hausfeld thinks that the European Commission might simply encourage both companies to end their exclusivity agreements, without ruling one way or the other.

New Apple Ad: “We Believe”

That is right folks Apple has a new ad for iPad 2 that they posted on their YouTube earlier yesterday.  As always the ad is compelling, dramatic, and makes the iPad 2 feel more like a personal device. I for one am a big fan of Apple’s advertising and think that is the next best thing they do next to making the products themselves. So without further adieu I give you the newest iPad 2 ad from Apple.

Nike Kicks With Some Internet Flare

Ever wanted to have any type of clothing with you favorite Inter net service on it? Well it’s here and it’s for your feet. Brass Monki has been known to specially design and customize shoes, but this time around they’re looking to hit those web heads with a fashion sense. He created Twitter, Firefox, and Google designs to grace the skins of Nike Dunks everywhere.

These Nikes have yet to appear in the Brass Monki web store, but don’t fret. They’ll be available soon.

Source: The Next Web

Finally An Online Android Market

 

Word had been out for some time now that Google was going to hold a press event. For what exeactly? No one was too sure. Some thought Google was going to unveil their much anticipated music service. Alas, no not yet. The Android market experienced an outage the night before the press event. Many waited for an ensuing market update. No go…or so they thought. Continue reading

Twitter Provides Tweets via. Phone for Egyptians

We have just received word via. Twitter that Google has reported that Twitter has launched a service for their users in Egypt to send Twitter messages and “tweets” by dialing a phone number. Another way to rebel against the blockage of Internet in Egypt. This was announced about 30 minutes ago.

Google also released this statement from their blog earlier this afternoon:

“Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.

We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.”

Internet Access: Yours, Mine & Egypt’s

Nation in crisis! Egypt has attempted to block all Internet connections, coming both in and out of their nation. Well guess what everyone? That is still impossible, but I do give credit to Egypt for trying. I understand there has been all of this talk about how the USA could do the same but they can’t.

Egypt’s attempt to do so has failed to an extent also, seeing how you cannot shut off satellite Internet. So, what did Egypt do? Egypt’s government has what is called a “hub” it is like a gate between you and the actual Internet. Yes, they closed it but you can’t do that to everyone and like I said earlier, there is still satellite Internet.

Let me give you a little bit of information on this controversy. The Internet used to be ran off of what some refer to as “the Internet backbone.” The government had it and it pretty much managed all the Internet activity in the USA, but that was when it was first invented. Welcome to the new Internet! The Internet is now running off of individual servers. With that being said, every person in the nation would have to literally turn off their servers to get the Internet to actual shut down. So all of these images in your mind of the president of the United States sitting in his oval office flipping the Internet on/off button just see what it does, can be erased. Final thoughts are these:

  • Egypt has somewhat failed at shutting down the Internet.
  • There is still satellite Internet in Egypt.
  • You would have to turn off your Internet (literally) -or- your Internet Service Providers would have to be shut down to have the Internet to even become close to “off.”
  • There is satellite Internet in the USA too, so don’t worry.