Google released an updated flagship last September to the joy of Android enthusiasts everywhere. The Nexus 5 offers a 5-inch, 1080p display outputting stock Android overtop a great processor, all for $350 without a contract. It’s a deal that many fans jumped for, and rightly so. Why wouldn’t you? As it turns out, there are a couple reasons why the Nexus 5 isn’t the best choice among 5-inch flagships. I took a good, long look at it and decided that it wasn’t the best choice for me. The Nexus 5 is certainly a great phone, but judicious Android buyers would be better served on another device. Here’s why.
Google+ is becoming a popular medium for social content exchange. Whether this is due to the advent of its recent integration with YouTube comments or not, it’s certainly growing regardless. Just like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like, Google+ has a mobile application to make sharing super easy when you’re out and about. In addition to viewing and engaging with your circles, a new feature has recently been included to backup all your photos and videos from iOS to your Google account. Follow along as we take a look at moving around the Google+ app, sharing and posting content, and a couple of the newer features it offers.
I've been a big fan of Google Wallet since its beta, when Google dangled a true PayPal alternative in front of our faces. Amazon has been trying for years to truly launch Amazon Payments – with varied results, still only focused on the US market and not the international one. Google has made leaps and bounds with the Google Wallet program, starting with an online only program with low to and from electronic payments. Until now. The Google Wallet debit card fundamentally changes how you use Google Wallet. It allows you to take a virtual currency exchange of dollars and use them in the real world. With a trusty pin number, a Google Wallet debit card and a retailer that uses MasterCard, you can use your Google Wallet balance just about anywhere in the United States.
Google Wallet enables online transactions via your Google account. Recently released for US users online is the Google Wallet Card. This card acts as any other MasterCard, but instead of drawing money from a bank, it takes it right from your Google account. Using Google Wallet online only is effective merely for merchants that allow paying via Google. However, with the new card addition, your Google Wallet balance can be used to pay at any physical location as if it were any other bank card. Just add money to your Google Wallet to use it for payments. To get the Google Wallet Card, you must first have a Google Wallet account. Follow along to learn how to create a Google Wallet account and see how to order a free card for yourself.
New to the Canary version of Chrome, the test version of the browser for developers, is a firmer hand when it comes to the incoming download of possible malware. In the stable version, we already have a warning and the option that immediately follows, "To continue or not," when possible malware is detected. Now in Canary, users are guided in a much more direct way to ensure malware is nipped in the bud. Our guide will outline how to use the latest malware upgrade in Chrome Canary.
Nowadays we've been hearing chatter around the web that with the advent of Social networks like Facebook and Twitter the days of email are numbered. I find such assumptions quite funny as they are really quite shortsighted. If anything, email is becoming more and more popular with the advent of web technology. You can get updates from your friends on Social Networks, but even those networks rely on email addresses for user verification and notifying a user about security updates or any changes made to his account. Google knows this and is hence it always tries to stay a step ahead of competing web-based emails services like Hotmail or Yahoo by continuously improving service features. We recently wrote about apps that would help you in planning and organising your holiday season. The Gmail Quick Action buttons feature is based on the same principle. You can RSVP to events, rate products or places, see your flight details or interact with your favorite online services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Here's a brief look at how this feature can help you get more done right from the inbox.
Google’s policies and principles allow for what’s called shared endorsements. This is a way for recommendations to be shared with friends. When you +1 or comment on something, your friends may very well see that you’ve done when they visit that particular product or page. For example, if you comment on something in the Google Play store, shared endorsements allows your friends to easily see your comment or activity with that particular product. In addition to this, Google may use your profile name and image in advertisements. If you are not particularly comfortable with your name and face being used in Google Ads, the option can be modified to only remove your info from ads, but not withdraw yourself from the entire shared endorsement feature. Read on to know how to set this up.
Google recently announced the launch of a new tool called Tour Builder. Originally intended for war veterans to tell of their stories, it has quickly found use outside that camp. Tour Builder is very simple to use. Navigate around a map to add placemarks of locations you’ve visited. Add a story and images to each place, and before long an entire trip can be mapped and understood by those you share your tour with. Normally, when someone is looking for details of a travel experience you’ve had, they’d search your Facebook profile to find pictures and text. Although that’s a useful method, to have the Tour Builder combine lots of images and locations on a 3D map is a bit more entertaining and engaging.
Google has introduced a new service called Google+ Helpouts. Helpouts allow Google+ users to get help on a variety of topics for free or by paying an expert. The Helpouts are conducted through the use of Google+ Hangouts, making Hangouts even more effective and helpful than ever before. We'll explore Hangouts and show you how to use them, how to find an expert and what this means for the future of Google+.
Starting today, in our Ask the Readers series we will be discussing the hottest/controversial tech story from the following week. We will focus on stories that matter to our readers and would be related to stuff we cover on TechNorms regularly. This week we are talking about Google's decision to replace the default YouTube commenting system with Google+ powered comments. Google had announced this decision last September, and after testing it out on a few select YouTube channels started rolling it out across the website. Considering the size of YouTube this change will take some time to implement.
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