All posts tagged google

→ Updates to Google Drive iOS Apps

With the addition of the ability to edit Google Docs, this becomes a solid alternative for people who want to collaborate on documents via mobile devices1.

  1. Qualifier: I have only done basic testing on this. Hopefully, more extensive use will not result in me getting frustrated with the interface or functionality. 

→ Open a Page in Chrome on iOS from Google+

I do not see the benefit to using Chrome over Safari on iOS, however, I hope more developers provide this functionality. It is a positive development for the iOS ecosystem when developers can find some way to work around a lack of configurability in a particular area.

→ Matt Cutts demystifies 2-Factor Authentication

After Mat Honan’s story, I am going through the process of turing this on for all of my Google accounts1.

  1. The process itself is not terrible, but it is kind of a pain. For an account that is on all my devices I think it will take about 10 minutes to reconfigure everything. I am willing to spend that 10 minutes in hopes that I do not end up like Mr. Honan. 

→ Apple Removes Youtube App from IOS 6

Not really a big deal since I force iOS to use the mobile version of YouTube anyway.

→ Sparrow Acquired by Google

We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.

That makes me sad.

Plus-One to Removing Social Sharing Buttons

Yesterday, Oliver Reichenstein started a rush of blog activity with his piece about the various “social sharing” buttons that can be found on websites and blogs:

The previous wave of buttons for Delicious and Digg and Co. vanished, Facebook and Twitter and G+ might vanish or they might survive, but the buttons will vanish for sure. Or do you seriously think that in ten years we will still have those buttons on every page? No, right? Why, because you already know as a user that they’re not that great. So why not get rid of them now? Because “they’re not doing any harm”? Are you sure?

There was a rush of activity as Daring Fireball, The Loop, and Shawn Blanc (among others) all echoed Mr. Reichenstein’s suggestion to remove those social sharing buttons. I have decided to join in and remove such buttons from my site. I think Marco Arment’s reasoning was the most convincing though:

I don’t embed any sharing buttons for one big reason: they look cheap and desperate. They would devalue my voice and reduce my credibility.