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5/2/13 Google Keep is Downloadable on the Chrome Web Store

    Google Keep, Google’s competition to Apple’s note app. Both not powerful. But, if you do like Google Keep then download the extension in the Google Chrome Web Store here.

4/25/13 Google Drive Basics
Watch CTN's Google Drive Basics video below!

3/25/13 New Evernote for Android

    Today the developers of Evernote released a new version of Evernote for Android. It is slightly redesigned with new features. The features are the same that were released on the IOS 5.0 version.


3/13/13 Google I/O Sells Out in Under an Hour
It took less than an hour for Google's developer conference, Google I/O, to sell out today.

The event, which will be held May 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, has always been a popular draw for the developer community. About 50 minutes after the tickets went on sale at 7 a.m. PT today, the "sold out" message appeared. On the registration page instead was a note that the keynotes and top sessions will be available on computer, phone, or tablet.

Google I/O has been the venue for the announcement of major releases of Android, as well as a chance for conference attendees to check out experimental products, such as Google Glass. With the recent hype building over Google's high-tech headgear, there are high expectations Google will wow the audience with new features and apps.
In addition, it has been the conference to get a lot of free Google gear. Last year, attendees got the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q, Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and the Chromebox, a value of more than $1,100.

Given the early stage of Google Glass, it's unlikely that developers will get to take a pair home for themselves. But the Nexus 4 smartphone from LG and the Nexus 10 tablet from Samsung Electronics are candidates for freebies.

Last year, Google I/O sold out in 20 minutes.

3/11/13 Cubes vs. Spheres Review
Watch CTN's review of the Cubes vs. Spheres app here.

3/4/13 Google Chrome for IOS
    The Google Chrome browser for IOS was updated today. Only a few new features were added, yet they are very useful features. The features include, if you now hold down the back button, it will display a list of previously visited pages, and you can now also share web pages through Messages. In the next few days Google will display your Google search in the omnibox instead of the search box on the Google website. All the features are located on the Chrome Releases Blog:

2/19/13  Google Stocks Reach All-Time High!
    Just today, Google stocks set a new record.  They closed earlier at a price of $806.85!  Only three companies have a higher stocks than this.  Many claim that the rise was due to rumors that Google is moving into retail stores.  With all of Google's devices, and their upcoming Google Glass, a retail store is the next option.  CTN can't wait to see what happens next.

2/18/13 Next Generation Nexus Models will have "Insanely Great Cameras"
The Nexus 4's camera may not be such a bad option, but it's far from the best currently available -- something Google's Vic Gundotra says the firm is in the midst of changing.

Over at Google+, a photography-themed discussion relating to the quality of DSLR cameras and image quality versus the nuisance of carting around heavy pieces of equipment led Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of engineering, to say the tech giant is "committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras."  In case any of you remain dubious, Gundotra further commented "just you wait and see."

Having to "wait and see" may relate to Google's I/O developer conference, which is set for May this year. Something, however, is for certain -- if Google is going to compete with the likes of Apple and HTC, it will have to pull something out of the hat to lure consumers who consider smartphone camera features important.

Google will shortly be releasing a wireless Qi Charger for their Nexus 4 SmartPhone.  Watch CTN's overview of the charger here!

2/1/13 Google Shares At All-Time High!
I wish I were working at Google right now...   Just today, the search giant's shares soared to an all-time high.  Shares closed today at $775.60, up $19.91 or 2.63 percent. The stock has climbed 33 percent over the past 52 weeks and has surpassed its prior all-time high of $774.38 from October.

Google's stock performance of late has contrasted pretty sharply with that of rival Apple. Google shares soared after it reported better-than-expected results during its last quarterly report. In addition, a wide array of analysts have increased their price targets on Google's stock in recent weeks, while Apple largely saw the opposite.

2/1/13  Google Glass Almost Here
    Just earlier, Google filed their paperwork for Google Glass with the Federal Communications Commission.  Their file has everything about their product including technical details, schematics, etc.  From the file, we know that it has a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi radio, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and speakers which vibrate to communicate.  Sadly however, all the main information, internal and external photos, and the user manual are still confidential, via, request of Google  for 180 days.  CTN expects that soon after the 180 days or around that time, the Google Glass will be revealed.  For now, we know little about how it will look, expect that it might have a laser keyboard, etc. from various patent applications that CTN has found.  CTN will keep you updated.

1/24/13 Google Images Getting Revamped

Google announced today that it is revamping its image search to make it speedier and more reliable. Soon, people will be able to simultaneously see images and image information while searching for photos, illustrations, and graphics.

When users look up images currently, they see large thumbnail images for whatever they are searching. For example, the "Pacific Ocean" brings up images of maps, photos of sandy islands covered in palm trees, and pictures of waves crashing on rocks. If the user wants to know more about the image, they have to hover their mouse over it and then click to get more.

With Google's enhanced image search, people will be able to see a display of smaller images with one central image enlarged and accompanied by image information. This should significantly cut down on the hovering and clicking.

Here are some of the changes:

  • Google Images now display detailed information about the image (the metadata) right underneath the image in the search results, instead of redirecting users to a separate landing page.
  • It now features some key information much more prominently next to the image: the title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from, and the image size.
  • The domain name is now clickable, and Google also added a new button to visit the page the image is hosted on.
  • The source page will no longer load up in an iFrame in the background of the image detail view. This speeds up the experience for users, reduces the load on the source website's servers, and improves the accuracy of webmaster metrics such as pageviews.

Today, Google executive Marissa Mayer became the new CEO of Yahoo.  Having worked at Google for 13 years, this is a big change for Mayer, especially since she was a visible and powerful executive.  With her move to Yahoo, she joins the ranks of powerful women in charge of big technology companies, such as Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Virginia Rometty, the head of IBM.  At Yahoo, Mayer told the New York Times, she will work to leverage the Internet company’s email, finance and sports and do more with its video broadband and mobile businesses.