Google’s Street View Trekker Makes A Return Trip To The Galapagos Islands

IMG_9250 Google’s Street View cameras recently made a return trip to the Galapagos to catch up with the local population of giant tortoises. The company first launched Street View imagery of the islands back in 2013, when it partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park to produce the first set of images. Last year, the company sponsored a similar trip to collect… Read More

Facebook, Google, Apple Dominate Top Apps Of All Time Lists; Candy Crush And Clash Of Clans Are Top Games

apps-ios7 A new report from app store analytics firm App Annie this morning offers insight into the most popular – and profitable! – iOS applications of all time. Not surprisingly, the most downloaded app to date is Facebook, which also places elsewhere in the top 10 list thanks to its other mobile properties like Facebook Messenger (#2), Instagram (#4) and WhatsApp Messenger (#6).… Read More

Google Launches New Native Ad Format In Gmail

google logo Google is rolling out a new ad format in Gmail. A few years ago, Google launched a new kind of native ad in Gmail that sat at the top of the inbox and mostly looked like a regular email. For the most part, that was a pretty unobtrusive way of displaying ads (though some people were rather annoyed by them). Starting today, Google is not only making it easier for advertisers to buy these ads,… Read More

Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API

TechCrunch Google Maps The Google Maps API has been a mess when it comes to pricing. The company is making moves to clean that up with a newly announced pay-as-you-go model. Here’s what the team said today about it: In this new purchasing structure, the Google Maps Geocoding, Directions, Distance Matrix, Roads, Geolocation, Elevation, and Time Zone APIs remain free of charge for the first 2,500 requests per… Read More

Google’s New Logo Is Far More Than Just A Digital Doodle

google-logo The more you see something, the more normal it becomes.Today, Google unveiled a new logo and branding. So far the public reaction is a mixed bag. I’m sure that most of the people who spend time in Mountain View working for Google barely noticed its logo anymore. It was on T-shirts, buildings, computers, stickers and everything in between. Of course, people don’t like change. Read More

Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads

pasted image 0 There’s nothing wrong with app install ads, but too often now, you click on a mobile search result, and when the site loads, a giant app install interstitial pops up that prompts you to install that site’s app. Those ads typically block all the content on the site until you find that little small ‘x’ to click away the ad (and chances are you will mistakenly click next to… Read More

Google Gets A New Logo

google-logo Google is giving itself a makeover today. The company today announced that it’s making some changes to its iconic logo and overall branding. It’s also making changes to the design of its mobile search results pages. The company says it’s making these changes because the way people interact with its products has changed. The idea if for the new logo and identity family… Read More

Good News, Everyone! Chrome Just Killed Flash Ads

1643830 Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google: In June, we announced that Chrome will begin pausing many Flash ads by default to improve performance for users. This change is scheduled to start rolling out on September 1… Read More

Google’s Self-Driving Car Tests Continue In Austin, Sans Humans (And Don’t Worry, It Can Handle Deer)

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 1.23.11 PM Google announced in July that it’d be taking its self-driving car test on the road…to beautiful Austin. It has done just that, and the company looks to be expanding the tests it’s doing as well. Texas is the fifth state to legalize the self-driving technology. According to Google, the tests are now involving those little tiny two-seat “Google Cars” and this time… Read More

Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS

ios-graphic.001 Google+ Collections, the company’s effort at establishing its Google+ social network as more of a Pinterest competitor (since taking on Facebook didn’t go so well), has launched today in the iOS version of the Google+ app. The idea with this newer feature is to allow users to congregate around their shared interests, like video games or cooking, for example. With Collections, any… Read More
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