Google Teams Up With Starbucks To Provide Wifi Service For All 7,000 US Locations

Starbucks Starting next month, Google will begin providing WiFi service for all 7,000 US Starbucks locations, offering Starbucks customers connections speeds up to 10x faster, and possibly up to 100x faster for stores located in Google Fiber cities. The roll-out is expected to take up to 18 months, and is part of Google's investment to make Internet access, "...speedier, more affordable, and more widely available." Remaining free to Starbucks customers, users will know they are logged in to the Google network when they see the "Google Starbucks" SSID. "The free Internet connection at Starbucks [...]

Got Glass? Google Sending Out Gmail-Like Invites For Google Glass

google-my-glass-icon The next phase of Google Glass' expansion is underway this afternoon with an old trick from Google's past. The company has started sending out Gmail-like invites, giving current Glass Explorers the opportunity to invite one friend to become a Glass owner, too. There are currently in the neighborhood of 10,000 people that own Google Glass. About 2,000 of those pre-ordered it at the 2012 Google I/O conference, and the rest are winners of this year's #ifihadglass contest. There are several posts in the Glass Explorers community from users showing off the invites that are arriving via email. [...]

Apple Remains A Consumer Favorite, Winning Brand Of The Year For Computers, Tablets & Mobile Phones

apple-featured A recent Harris Poll proved Apple remains a favorite brand among consumers, earning Brand of the Year for the computer, tablet and mobile phone categories. Conducted online, the poll surveyed 38,815 US consumers age 15-years and older on over 1,500 lifestyle, product and service brands across more than 155 categories. The intent of the study was to understand a brand's overall strength and value. Using the poll ratings, brands were measured on their familiarity, quality and purchase consideration. "What really stands out is that in all three of the categories Apple brands are measured -- [...]

Google Play Store Website Gets Redesign With Bigger Thumbnails & More White Space

googleplay The Web version of the Google Play Store has been redesigned to mimic the Google Play Store mobile app with larger thumbnails and more white space. With less content on the screen, users must scroll more to access additional content. reports the Google Play site now uses AJAX and leverages the modern Roboto font, but also comes with a few bugs, citing that the Romanian version includes exclamation marks to separate words. Along with the new redesign, CNET's Don Reisinger noted that the Google Play Store is now showing Google Glass as a supported device for Googl [...]

Yahoo Opens Wishlist For Inactive Usernames, Hopes To Avoid Identity Cataclysm

If you have an inactive Yahoo username/email address, it could end up in someone else's hands about a month from now. And that could create all kinds of havoc if the new owner of your old username decides to use it to try to recover old online passwords of yours that might still be associated with that Yahoo address. Yahoo announced a new username wishlist tool today that allows existing Yahoo account holders to put in claims on up to five inactive usernames. It comes about a month after Yahoo announced plans to recycle usernames. There's no public list of the inactive names; you just pr [...]

Twitter Rolls Out Updates For 7 Different Apps & Syncs Direct Messages Across All Devices

Twitter logo Today Twitter announced they are rolling out updates for their Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac,, and TweetDeck apps. Among the updates for all seven platforms, direct messages will soon be synched across all devices, so that messages marked as read from one device will show up as read on other devices as well. This update is being released gradually; and, according to Twitter, users must have the most recent version of each app before direct messages will synch across all devices. Twitter's mobile search has also been updated so that Twitter users now receive an [...]

The Google Glass Privacy Debate: What’s Real & What’s Overblown Hype

google-glass-glow-featured To hear some people tell it, Google Glass is leading us down a path toward a world where every citizen is a walking, hidden spy, surreptitiously recording videos and photos of everything -- and everyone -- we see. What's more, they're afraid that those videos and images are being posted on the Internet for all the world to see, warts and all. Some are afraid that Glass is auto-recording (or will) everything it can see or hear, and each word you've ever spoken within earshot of Glass will be available in Google's search index. These fears typically come from people that don't know how Gla [...]

Yahoo Launches Unified Top Bar Navigation Across Most Properties

Yahoo logo Yahoo has officially launched its unified top bar across most, if not all, of their priorities. Yahoo began modernizing its look in February, part of Marissa Mayer's new goals for the company, and included in that was to give Yahoo a more unified top navigation bar across its many properties. Yahoo started widely testing this last week and now it appears to be live across all properties. Here is an animated GIF showing the home page, Yahoo News, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Answers and even external brands like Flickr, with the unified top bar: This is similar to Google's unifica [...]

Google Tells Congress: We’re Not Changing Our Privacy Policy For Google Glass

glass-orange-featured Google says it has no plans to change its company-wide privacy policy for the eventual public launch of Google Glass. That's one of the discoveries in a four-page letter dated June 7th that Google sent to Congressman Joe Barton, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus -- the group that sent Google a letter back in May with numerous questions about privacy and Google Glass. The fifth of eight questions that the caucus presented to Google mentions the "sensory and processing capabilities" that Glass has, and asks if Google has "considered making any additions or refinements [...]

Google Glass Adds Voice Commands, Basic Web Browser

google-glass-logo-200px The latest software update for Google Glass is rolling out to owners this week, and brings a few very welcome features that expand the device's capabilities. Basic Web Browsing First up is what sounds like a very basic web browsing experience that's available after doing a search. As I pointed out in my How Search Works on Google Glass article in May, Glass hasn't had any web browsing -- all search results (and other web information) shows up as "cards" in the Glass timeline. The update brings a "view website" option to Glass search results, and once on a web page, users can scroll do [...]

See Who Got Satisfaction From Your Site With New Google Consumer Survey

Survery-results Conversion paths, exits and other analytic metrics can be studied to determine if users were satisfied. Or, you could just ask them. Today, Google has released a tool that allows webmasters to query users directly -- with one line of code required. The survey will display in the lower right hand side of your site, on all pages that include the snippet. The website satisfaction survey displays a 4 question format that displays in a very clean interface. The surveys run until they achieve 500 responses and can be re-enabled after 30 days. The standard Google questions are free to use, [...]

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview Includes New Start Button, Enhanced Search, Redesigned App Store & More

microsoft-logo Eight months after the release of Windows 8, Microsoft launched a pre-release of Windows 8.1 today at the Microsoft Build Developers Conference in San Francisco. The latest version of the Windows operating system comes with an extensive list of updates, from a new start button and start screen, to enhanced search capabilities, a redesigned app store and more. With the Windows 8.1 preview, a new start button has been added to the desktop that launches the Start screen. Users can customize their Start screen by adding personal photos to the background or by choosing from a wider selection of [...]

Google Surveys Glass Explorers With Questions Hinting At Public Sale

google-glass-logo-200px Google is gathering feedback from its Glass Explorers via a survey that hints at the company's plans for selling Glass to the public. The survey asks some general questions (such as how often do you use Glass and why did you get it), but also gets specific about getting feedback that will help Google position Glass in the tech marketplace. I received an invite to take the survey several days ago. The most interesting questions are the ones that ask about Glass accessories. Explorers received several extras for free with the device: clip-on sun shades, a clear clip-on, a carrying pouch an [...]

14 Things Google Glass Needs

google-glass-glow-featured [caption id="attachment_48785" align="alignright" width="240"] Matt McGee demo'ing Google Glass for fellow Marketing Land Special Projects Correspondent AJ Kohn at SMX Advanced, June 2013. (Photo by Max Minzer.)[/caption] I've now shown Google Glass to probably a couple hundred people. If they have an open mind and enough time for me to go through what the device can do, nearly everyone has come away impressed with it. I can think of maybe five people that didn't like Glass after I showed them how it works. Most decide that it's "cool" and want to try it themselves. Some are blown away b [...]

Google Makes First Amendment Challenge To Publish FISA Request Counts

google-legal-law Google wants to be transparent to its users about the number of super-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests it is served by the US government -- and it is claiming a First Amendment right to do so, in a new legal challenge the company has mounted. The Washington Post has news of the filing, along with the first page of it. The Wall Street Journal also has news, along with the full document. Google has also published a statement on Google+ explaining its move: We have long pushed for transparency so users can better understand the extent to which governments request [...]

Canadian Govt. Asks Google To Explain Google Glass Privacy

google-glass-logo-200px Google Glass isn't publicly available yet, and even the Explorer edition is supposed to only be for US residents, but that's not stopping the Canadian government from getting out in front of what it considers to be several privacy issues surrounding the device. Data protection authorities in Canada sent a letter today to Google CEO Larry Page, asking the company to take part in a "real dialogue" about the "significant privacy issues" related to Google Glass. Here's a portion of the letter, which is signed by Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and 36 provincial and internatio [...]

Google, Facebook & Microsoft Ask US Gov’t For Permission To Report FISA Data Requests

google-legal-law Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all asked the US government for permission to include data requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), requests that are currently so secret that they're not even allowed to acknowledge if they've received any. During the whirlwind of news about the PRISM/NSA scandal, news has circulated that all three companies are providing large amounts of data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) because of FISA. Google Asks To Talk About FISA In today's letter to the US Attorney General's office and FBI, Google's top legal officer, [...]

Google Glass Diary: Glass Goes To A Rock Concert

google-my-glass-icon I had really low expectations. I was taking Google Glass to its first rock concert, and I was going to shoot some photos and videos with it. I knew the photos would be fine, but I expected the videos to be a disaster. Actually, I was worried about the audio more than anything. Here's why: About a week before the concert, I shot my first Glass video on a bike ride near my house. If you watch that video, it sounds like I'm in the middle of a major catastrophic weather event. It was windy, but not that bad. So, at the concert, I assumed the loud music would overwhelm Glass' tiny micropho [...]

Siri Goes Bing, iRadio, iOS 7: Major Highlights From The Apple Keynote

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 12.31.07 PM Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage this morning at the Apple developer conference (WWDC). He's a man under pressure as many investors have turned bearish on the company. The Numbers Cook kicked the keynote off with a bunch of adoption and usage stats: The app store is 5 years old 375K iPad apps (vs. "just a few hundred from other guys") 900K apps overall 50 billion apps downloaded to date App developers have been paid $10 billion by Apple 575 million accounts with associated credit cards (more on that in a minute) 600 million iOS devices sold to date Cook said that Mac grow [...]

GlassFeeds: First RSS News App For Google Glass

rss-icon-200px Google Glass just got a lot more useful for me, and probably for a lot of heavy information consumers. As the SelfScreens blog reported, there's a new app that brings any number of RSS feeds into the Google Glass timeline. It's called GlassFeeds, and it comes with a number of powerful features: Activating the app is a point-and-click process, no heavy programming/coder skills needed (as some other third-party apps require). Any number of RSS feeds can be added manually via the web interface -- see the screenshot below -- after the app is activated. (There are also some suggested feeds [...]

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