A purported mishandling of Google+ invitation links that keeps them from surfacing on Facebook user news feeds has resulted in a "he said, she said" match between the two companies.
A video that was posted earlier today on YouTube by a Google employee depicts an unusual behavior, with Google+ invite links that have been shared with Facebook friends not showing up in the news feeds of other users, despite appearing to do so once posted.
That video was linked to by Vic Gundotra, the senior vice president of social business for Google, in a Google+ posting earlier today, … Read more
Maybe everyone really is shifting to building mobile sites in HTML5. Adobe Systems recently debuted its Edge tool set in public preview mode for developers interested in creating motion and interactive graphics written natively in the language.
Although this isn't quite the same as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and others being relatively forced into HTML5 by Flash-resistant Apple for selling products on mobile sites, LinkedIn is getting on board with HTML5 with a new "experience" that can be viewed in nearly any mobile Web browser.
The HTML5-optimized version, along with updated iPhone and Android apps, are … Read more
My real-life mailbox still gets jammed full of catalogs. There's always a spark of excitement when opening up the covers, but paper catalogs are disappointingly un-interactive. No matter how hard I poke at the pretty pictures with my fingers, nothing happens.
Google is riding to the rescue with the new Google Catalogs app for tablets. It's exactly what is sounds like--a collection of catalogs from major retailers like Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Sephora.
Google Catalogs' competition is paper catalogs and retailer Web sites. It one-ups them both by throwing in the ability to search across all catalogs, touch a picture to get product details, save favorite items, and get notifications when a new catalog comes out.
A collage feature lets you pull together your favorite fashions, jewelry, or kitchen utensils in one place. It takes a lot less time and effort than attacking your real catalogs with scissors and glue. You can also share your collages with friends to show off your impeccable--or bizarre--fashion sense.… Read more
At first glance, the Just For Kids feature, introduced to some members last week, doesn't really seem all that new at all. Netflix users can find these titles for instant video streaming under the tab by the same name next to the Watch Instantly section. It's sort of similar to the already-existing categories that are already divided up on a user's Watch Instantly page.
However, this makes it much easier for parents, … Read more
The major film studios have forced Zediva to shut its doors, but the case is far from closed.
A federal court yesterday officially issued a preliminary injunction against Zediva, a start-up video-rental service that made a name for itself last year by employing a legally iffy business model. Earlier this month, a U.S. District judge announced his intention to issue a preliminary injunction but waited for some legal housekeeping chores to be completed before making it official.
Last week, Zediva suspended operations, and now the case moves to the next and very important stage of determining whether the company … Read more
Non-iPad tablet vendors may start cutting prices in September in an attempt to reduce their overstock inventory, according to a story today from DigiTimes.
Hurt by the popularity of the iPad, rival tablet makers have witnessed sales weaker than expected amid falling demand from retailers, resulting in a lot of unsold inventory. As a result, these companies will cut tablet prices once around the end of next month and again toward the holiday season, according to the DigiTimes report, citing "sources from notebook players."
The cuts could shrink the price of the average tablet to $350 and then … Read more
A new flavor of Android malware is disguising itself as a Google+ app in an attempt to capture instant messages, GPS, location, call logs, and other sensitive data.
Uncovered by the team at Trend Micro, the new malware known as ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C can also automatically answer and record phone calls. To capture data, the app loads at boot-up and runs certain services that can monitor messages, phone calls, and the user's location, thereby stealing e-mail and other content.
Detailing its findings in a blog Friday, Trend Micro said it discovered that the malicious app tries to trick people by installing itself under the name Google++.
But instead of providing access to Google's new social network, the app sends its stolen user data to a remote site where presumably cybercriminals can grab it. Unlike some malware in the past that masqueraded as legitimate apps through Google's Android Market, this particular one must be downloaded by an unsuspecting user from a malicious Web site and then manually installed.
And even if installed, the app can be uninstalled from an Android device by selecting Settings > Application > Manage applications, choosing Google++ and then clicking Uninstall, according to Trend Micro.
Trend Micro gives the app a low-risk rating, but it's still something that Android owners should be sure to avoid.
Windows 8 is set to hit the prerelease stage over the coming months, according to a blog posted yesterday by Microsoft President Steven Sinofsky.
Though the term prerelease version is a bit vague, Sinofsky is likely referring to the beta of Windows 8 since he said that the company wants to "begin an open dialogue with those of you who will be trying out the prerelease version over the coming months."
Aiming the new blog series, "Building Windows 8," at customers, developers, and users in general, Sinofsky used the post to provide tidbits of information but … Read more
The race among tech giants to accumulate patents is often compared to stockpiling a nuclear arsenal as a deterrent to an all-out war.
The way this cold war works, the analogy suggests, is that patent holders often negotiate something of a litigation cease-fire, agreeing to cross-license each others innovations rather than face a barrage of infringement cases in court. That's why Google, which has a scant patent portfolio to combat litigation from rivals, agreed to spend $12.5 billion in cash yesterday to acquire Motorola Mobility.
But there's a flaw in the analogy. In real cold wars, new … Read more
Microsoft will discontinue support of its e-book reader app, the company quietly announced today.
No new content for the pioneering app will be sold after November 8, and the company will end support next year, Microsoft announced on its Reader site:
Microsoft is discontinuing Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012, which includes download access of the Microsoft Reader application from the Microsoft Reader website. However, customers may continue to use and access the Microsoft Reader application and any .lit materials on their PCs or devices after the discontinuation on August 30, 2012. New content for purchase from retailers in the .lit format will be discontinued on November 8, 2011.
While sales will be discontinued, users will have indefinite access to purchased content housed on their device, Microsoft said. Microsoft also said it had no plans to offer an alternative app and that it would not help users migrate their Reader content to another e-book reader.
Launched in 2000, Microsoft's app displays text in the .lit file format, allowing users to read books on their Windows-based computers and mobile devices.
Microsoft did not say why it decided to discontinue the app. However, with the growing popularity of competing e-books readers such as Amazon's Kindle, the app has received scant support from the software giant. Its last desktop update came in 2007, while its last update for mobile devices was in 2009.
Updated at 10 p.m. to correct date when support would end. … Read more