One of the first things I looked for in the Android app for using Google+ was an option to reshare posts with others. Today, Google delivered it.
And I'm not alone. Resharing was the top-requested feature for using Google's social network on mobile devices.
"The Google+ Android app update includes our No. 1 most requested mobile feature, resharing posts," said mobile product mamager Ben Eidelson in a YouTube video. The feature is in Google+ for Android 1.0.6.
To use it, users tap on a post, then tap on the three dots in the upper … Read more
The global television market hit some tough times during the second quarter, a new study released today by research firm DisplaySearch has found.
According to DisplaySearch, worldwide TV shipments hit 55.5 million during the second quarter of 2011, representing a year-over-year decline of 1 percent. During the period, only LCD shipments were up over the prior year, jumping 6 percent to 44.5 million. Plasma shipments were down 6 percent to 4.2 million, while CRTs dropped 31 percent to land at 6.8 million worldwide.
Although things didn't look too great for the television market during the second quarter, DisplaySearch said that the market's decline was due mainly to tough comparisons against last year's figures. DisplaySearch vice president of TV research, Hisakazu Torii, said in a statement that the second quarter of 2010 was a strong growth period for the market because of "greater price erosion and more confident consumers."
"Due to weakening macro-economic conditions, similar to what happened during the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the TV industry is becoming somewhat pessimistic and reducing inventory, especially in North America and Western Europe," Torii said in a statement.… Read more
It's an incremental addition to Google Voice Search that the Web search giant announced in June. But the newly announced feature allows users to speak their destinations into a computer's microphone.
The idea is to make it easy to, for example, find a street map for a city that's hard to spell, such as Poughkeepsie, N.Y. And voice search also lets users find routes by saying, for example, "directions from Seattle to Portland."
Google is enhancing its familiar Google +1 button to give people more control over the content they share and who they share it with.
Found on many a Web site these days, the +1 button lets people signed in to their Google account share and recommend specific content with their friends and contacts that can then appear as recommended pages in Google's search results. But the button has been limited in that users have only been able to share links publicly and couldn't comment on what their were sharing.
Now Google has tweaked the +1 button, says a … Read more
Yahoo Mail has hit the milestone of 100 million users and 500,000 Facebook fans around the same time Yahoo has kicked off some layout changes to its popular e-mail platform.
Spreading word of the new numbers in a blog posted Tuesday, Yahoo said that the 5,000 pieces of feedback it gets each day from users go toward many of the tweaks to its e-mail service.
As one example, the company recently made sure that the message toolbar appears at the bottom of long messages, allowing users to more easily delete, move, reply to, or forward any message, especially … Read more
Acer reported its first-ever quarterly loss yesterday, which it blamed on various expenses and excess inventory, though chairman J.T. Wang stressed that he sees a slowdown to the current wave of tablet fever.
For the quarter ended June, the Taiwanese PC maker suffered a net loss of 6.79 billion in Taiwanese dollars ($234.3 million). That loss compared with a net profit of NT$2.65 billion in last year's second quarter and was considerably larger than the NT$3.3 billion loss expected by several analysts polled by Reuters.
You know what I'm talking about--the shots with the heavily darkened corners that old cameras produced, the desaturated colors from faded Polaroids, the sepia tones and cyanotype blues from 19th-century photography techniques, the wacky hues when one type of film was processed with another type's chemistry, the smeary Vaseline-on-the-lens look of old portraits.
There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this kind of … Read more
Hit by weakening sales, Research In Motion plans to add Android support to next year's lineup of new BlackBerry smartphones, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Citing information from "three people familiar with the plan," Bloomberg said that the new Android-compatible phones will run the company's QNX software and debut in early 2012. A story earlier this month from the blog Boy Genius Report said that RIM will launch its first QNX-powered BlackBerry, code-named Colt, during the first quarter of 2012.
The move toward Android support is designed to enhance the appeal of BlackBerrys and shake up sales, which have taken a dive due to tight competition from the iPhone and Android devices.
Research In Motion is hoping to bolster the popularity of its BlackBerry Messenger service with the launch of a music-sharing service as companies focus more attention on social networking.
The maker of BlackBerry smartphones announced late this evening the launch of BBM Music, a cloud-based service intended to allow users to create an ever-evolving library of music that can be shared with other BBM Music users. The service will offer millions of songs from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI. (CNET first reported that RIM was in talks with the major labels … Read more
AmazonLocal, the online retail giant's Groupon knockoff, is bringing its deals to the Big Apple and several other cities.
According to The New York Times, the daily deals from Amazon will begin tomorrow in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The first offers will include 50 percent off tickets to a new Cirque du Soleil show and a 74 percent discount for a month of Bikram Yoga classes.