Over the last few days, Facebook has sent several modifications to its Home “uber-app” directly to users’ phones, rather than through the Google Play store; but with a few clicks of the keyboard, Google has said no more.
Google has announced an update to Google Play that will show bigger images for books, movies, and album covers. The change will roll out to android smartphones and tablets starting today.
Google, YouTube, Twitter Get into April Fools’ Action (USA Today)
Tired of all those vowels clogging up your tweets? Twitter announced a solution late Sunday night, saying it will shift to a two-tiered service, dubbing its basic, consonant-only plan “Twttr.” The April Fools’ Day joke kicked off with Twitter tweeting out, “Trd th nw Twttr yt? Mr tm fr mr twts!
Google knows that you look up actors’ names and previous roles after — and while — you watch movies. Now if you have an Android tablet, you don’t have to conduct a separate search.
Facebook likes to test product updates before releasing them to everyone. In keeping with that theme, the social network last Thursday announced a beta club just for Android users to stay up to date on new experimental features.
When Google announced earlier this week that it would shut down Reader, it cited declining use as the reason. But user outcry, including a petition with 100,000 signatures, suggests that lack of interest in the product isn’t the whole story.
YouTube to Take on Spotify with New Music Streaming Service (SocialTimes)
YouTube is reportedly launching a subscription music service to compete with the social music network Spotify. According to Fortune, the video-sharing site will likely give listeners the choice of either playing the songs for free, mixed in with advertisements, or paying a fee to hear the songs ad-free.
iOS developer Dan Nolan was appalled to learn as he marketed his first Android app that Google was providing him with the name, email address and city of every user who purchased his app.
Facebook overtook Google Maps in the final months of 2012 to become the most downloaded app of the year among U.S. users on iOS and Android platforms, according to comScore data released today.
Sammy Sosa, Denied Access to Baseball Hall of Fame, Now Butt of Internet Joke (SocialTimes)
Sammy Sosa, like all of the other players nominated this year to be included in the Baseball Hall of Fame, was voted down due to his likely use of steroids. In the wake of the news, the sports world has discovered, with morbid fascination, Sosa’s Pinterest page.