Well, this is a bit awkward.
On Thursday, Amazon distributed an email to marketplace sellers informing them that the company plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The company will no longer offer Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Apple TV for sale in its online store.
The email stated that Amazon plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple.
You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.
Which is both nifty and useful.
Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.
“We knew coming in that building a personalized news product could be very sensitive — and the first thing we thought about was we really don’t want to associate news with your personal Apple account,” Apple’s senior director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, said in an interview with the Washington Post.
If you were looking for Google to create a note-taking service and launch it for iOS, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.
More than two years after launching Google Keep for Android and the Web in March of 2013 and Android Wear in June of 2014, Google Keep has now launched on iOS.
The software allows the following bits of niftiness:
– Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.
– Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.
A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.
The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.
A nifty thing just got a hefty upgrade.
The Google Translate app, which previously allowed you to visually translate printed text in seven languages, has now been updated to 20 more languages, for a total of 27. The app also allows for real-time voice translations with greater fluidity.
The app now supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
The good news is that Apple is now labeling the camera-laden SUVs that may or may not be taking a picture of your house.
Weeks after confirming the existence of the vans, the minivans now sport a simple “Apple Maps” decal along the rear quarter panels, with the address of Apple’s Maps microsite below. Both decals appear to be set in Myriad, Apple’s marketing typeface of choice for years.
Well, this is a bit awkward.
A group of researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have stated that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Apple’s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.
The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.
This could be useful.
Google on Friday updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay to your TV.
The update allows you to wirelessly share Google Slides content to the big screen. To do so, all you need is a smartphone or tablet with the Slides app.