This is everything you need to know about Google+, in one handy guide.
Google+ is the social backbone of the Google platform and a pretty decent social network for the millions of users who inhabit it. Thanks to its ties to Hangouts, Google+ can also become your own personal podcast, meeting space, or impromptu concert. Google+ Photos's freedoms and features have attracted photographers from around the world, and its simple editing tools and ability to share beautiful, full-size photos both with your friends and with the world have made it one of the better photo services out there today.
Even if you're not looking for a new social network, that little red logo for Google+ does a lot of things for you. You use it to log into websites without filling out the same 20 questions every time you want to comment on a blog. It unifies your experience across the Google platform, from commenting on YouTube videos to leaving a bad review on the Play Store or Google Maps to bringing in results from your circles whenever you do a Google web search.
Twitter is working with Foursquare to turn your location from a town name to a specific location.
Users will soon be able to tag locations on Twitter with more information than just a generic location thanks to Foursquare. Previously Twitter only allowed for locations to be tagged with the name of the town you were in, which wasn't always helpful. Foursquare has a huge database of locations, and many would rather tag their tweet with an exact location than just a city or state that they happen to be in.
Developer Cyanogen is taking on a quite a bit new funding in their quest to develop an alternative version of Android that's not as reliant on Google.
In a round of Series C financing, Cyanogen has raised $80 million in funding for their alternative Android OS, CyanogenMod. The company intends to use the influx of cash "to hire talent and accelerate the development of its open OS platform.
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
T-Mobile today announced that it's started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop to its Nexus 6.
However, perhaps more interesting than the rollout itself is that the build that T-Mobile lists for its Nexus 6 rollout, LMY47M, appears to be newer than (or at least different from) the 5.1 builds that we've seen so far.
After a long wait, Chrome Remote Desktop is now available as a stand-alone app for Chrome.
Remote desktop apps provide the ability to access other computers, or your own, without needing to be in the same location as the computer. Thanks to Chrome Remote Desktop this access can be done through a Google Chrome app. With Chrome Remote Desktop users can, regardless of platform, establish short-term or long-term connections between two devices.
Google's released the Android Auto app, a vital component to sending data from your Android smartphone to your car... assuming you have a compatible head-unit.
Back at Google I/O 2014 we first heard about Google's plans to put their operating system inside vehicles through Android Auto, but it's taken a while to actually get the system working out in the public. Getting Android Auto working in your vehicle will require two components. The first piece of the puzzle is an Android 5.0 or higher device running the just-released Android Auto app, the is a compatible head-unit in your car.
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