Just in time for Cyber Monday, which had sales exceeding $1B last year, Google has released its Google Catalogs app for Android, though it has offered the app for iPad since August.
"With rich product images, videos, and the ability to curate your own personal collages to share with friends, Google Catalogs makes browsing your favorite mail order catalogs easy, fun and interactive," Google Business Product Manager Abigail Holtz writes on the Google blog.
The app features 400+ digital catalogs from 125+ brands including Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Nike, Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales, Patagonia, Ugg and Sephora. Shoppers can...
Diaspora*, the open-source decentralized social network that aims to be a Facebook replacement, recently launched out of private beta, despite aiming to go public by October.
"Revamped, more secure, and more fun, DIASPORA* is ready to help you share and explore the web in a whole new way," an email to Diaspora* users states. "An international movement with a shared vision for a better web, DIASPORA*'s #1 feature is its community."
Diaspora* sports some Google+ elements, such as the black bar at the top and a stream on the left-hand side with "Aspects" rather than Circles. Unlike other social networks, Diaspora* encourages people to follow hashtags rather than users, though it is possible to search for people. Similar to Google+ and Facebook, you can post publicly or with a select group of people and add your own "Aspects."
[ UPDATE: There has been some speculation regarding which company came up with the idea of Circles (Google) and Aspects (Diaspora*) first. A Google spokesperson tells LAUNCH that when they launched the Google+ Field Trial in June 2011, they...
Since starting as a research project in 1996, Google has evolved with roughly 500 improvements every year such as universal results, quick answers and Google Instant.
"Our goal is to get you to the answer you’re looking for faster and faster, creating a nearly seamless connection between your questions and the information you seek," Google Fellow Ben Gomes writes on the Google blog. "That means you don’t generally need to know about the latest search feature in order to take advantage of it— simply type into the box as usual and find the answers you’re looking for."
Google started based on the Page Rank algorithm but as more content surfaced on the web, it became increasingly hard to find the content you wanted, Ben says in the video.
"As Google got better and better, users expected more and more from it," Google VP Marissa Mayer says. "They didn't want just web pages. They wanted...
[ Illustration of how Spotify streams songs from The Pansentient League. ]
Spotify just hit 2.5M paying subscribers and is poised to announce a "new direction" on Wednesday, four months after launching in the United States. But few people probably give much consideration to how the U.K.-based music streaming service that started in Sweden actually works.
That's why a post on the Spotify-tracking blog The Pansentient League -- based on a 2010 academic paper by Gunnar Kreitz and Fredrik Niemela of Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology and Spotify -- caught our attention.
Unlike Pandora and Spotify's competitors, Spotify's desktop app for Windows and Mac uses a peer-to-peer network combined with server-based streaming. Why use P2P? Quite simply, to make the service more scalable and lighten the load on Spotify's servers.
Spotify manages to do this without
After we spotted an advertisement for the Chromebook on Google Chrome's new tab page, followed by the recent drop in price of some Chromebook laptops, we started to wonder, "Is Google's Chromebook a failure?"
Earlier this week, Google announced that the price of some Chromebook laptops -- the Acer, which is rumored to have only sold 5K devices, and Samsung Chromebooks -- will drop by as much as 30% down to $299.
Google also recently updated the user interface on the Chromebook to sport a new login screen and started offering Chromebooks for in-flight use on select domestic Virgin America flights.
Matt Rosoff from Business Insider recently wrote that even though Google cut the cost of Chromebooks, it probably...