Despite all of the benefits of using Apple products there has been a demand for an app that is something like Googles Photo Sphere, so why bother when you can have the real thing! Instead of allowing other developers to produce a 360 degree photo app, Google has released an iOS version of Photo Sphere, which is a clever move by the search giant to introduce this image app for other phone owners. The app means that the user is able point the device at something interesting, the app puts a dot on the screen and all you have to do now is move the device to capture the complete 360 degree image or less if required, either way the image can capture as much of the scenery as you want.
Of course, iOS powered devices already comes with the Pano mode, but Google’s Photo Sphere is different because it offers the user more, such as being able to move the photo view up, down, left and right, just like you can on Streetview. Another cool feature is the ability to publish the images onto Views, which is the dedicated community within Google Maps and if that is not your scene then it can just be shared on the normal social networks such as Google+, Facebook and so on. This brilliant photo app is available right now from iTunes for the iPhone or iPad and the great news is that it is free!
Source: Google Photo Sphere
It might not be the first time, but Google are hoping to create a directory just for business, it is going to be a place where businesses are able to create a sort of one stop shop feature. The business is able to create a cool online presence available through Google+, Maps and Search. Most Google users will be familiar with the services already being provided by Google, this is just a subtle addition that could provide more detailed information to consumers.
The new system will be based on the search giants AdWords platform, which is a really easy way for Google to compile this directory of businesses, as the business information is already available to use. As the directory grows, Google will able to use this data to provide precise information for searches. The business owner could take advantage of this early before it is dominated by those big business with big marketing budgets.
It is clear that a directory such this will be more useful for mobile users, as this data can delivered through the various Google services that people use while they are out and about. There is even an app available in Google Play, it is free and allows the user to update their data, share news, images and check the stats too, this is handy for people on move as they can update information and even add photos from events or shows from their Smartphone.
Basically, this is great for people who use Google Places you know the blue coloured app that provides you information local to where you are located at the time. It is a good idea, but you can see more businesses uses it than consumers at first, so maybe there is more for Google to do to make sure that this takes off and that means plenty of offers to get it off ground and into the hands of the Smartphone owning public.
Source: Google And Your Business
If you have ever hoped that accessing all of your devices was as easy as the touch of an icon then your luck could be in. This is the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Google. It was in Beta but now this handy app is available for all Android users to download and it will be available for iOS device owners later on in the year. The app connects the desktop computer with other devices, Google has been working on remote features for some time and this addition is just the natural next step.
With the Chrome Remote Desktop, the user is able to access devices using the app from the Chrome Web Store and once installed the smartphone app will be able to connect to the computer. This cool remote desktop app is free for and can be found on Google Play.
Being based in the UK, we are used to being followed by CCTV 24/7, but that does not mean that we have to like it! Therefore, anything that comes along that is aimed at exposing the surveillance is going to be interesting to us. Thanks to the artist Sanser Veenhof there is an app for Google Glass, he has called it Watch Your Privacy! What it does is use available data to locate and warn the user that there is some sort of surveillance in use nearby.
The app uses the OSM Camera database, it will also spot other Google Glass users too so basically you are doing a bit of surveillance too. On the screen, the app will give cameras a number and triangular warning sign. The view will have red non safe zones and green safe zones, so all you will need to do is stay in the green and you will not be seen, how cool is that? Naturally, there will be some unhappy people out there regarding this app, but there always is.
If you have ever wonder what the world would be like if plants and trees were allowed to grow out of control, then Urban Jungle Street View is what you need. It is a great idea from the Swedish based Einar Öberg a developer at North Kingdom. It uses Google’s Street View service, but adds a bit of an edge to it. In fact, Urban Jungle Street View does exactly what you think it might do, completely changes any Street View page that you visit. Even in the middle of the largest cities. The pages are a little slow to respond but that does not matter, because it is all part of the fun. On the home page, you get a little bit of information and some choices. Choose from LA, New York or Stockholm, if they are no good for you then enter a search or use your own location. It is easy to use too, simply drop the little man onto a street on the background map and within a few seconds the street view has been transformed into a world without humans, the greenery has gained a foothold and it is going to be taking over, or so it seems.
Source: Urban Jungle
You can really get some great search suggestions from Google when it is the prediction mode. Just enter a few words and Google can produce some really interesting search answers for you to check out. Not all of them are appropriate or even correct, but most of these results do raise smile.
Source: Humor Train
Cloud storage is becoming more popular and that is good news for the consumer because competition means lower prices. Google Drive, which synchronises across Gmail, Drive and Google+ Photos, is to be a lot cheaper. The basic 15 GB package is still free, but the 100 GB plan will drop from $4.99 to $1.99 per month and the 1 TB plan will now cost just $9.99, which is a massive drop from the original $49.99 price tag. According to Google, the 1 TB plan means that you could take a selfie twice day for the next two hundred years and still would not have used up all of that storage.
Cloud storage is on the move and Google are shaking it up right now, because 2 GB of storage at Dropbox is free and the 100 GB plan will cost you around $15 per month, so Google Drive is definitely leading the way in competitive cloud storage pricing. As per normal, the basic 15 GB version of the plan will remain free of charge. However, the other plans will now cost as follows; 100 GB $1.99 per month, 1 TB $9.99 per month, 10 TB $99.99 per month, 20 TB $199.99 per month and 30 TB $299.99 per month.
Source: Google Drive Blog