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Google Chromecast Now Open To Developers

by srpatterson on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:30 AM
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Google has been a little secretive about its proprietary software but now, the company has actually thrown open the doors to Chromecast. In fact, the company has actually welcomed app makers to get their apps ready for TV.

Google plans to develop the Chromecast dongle had been in the pipeline for several years now but the plan actually set off when the company unlocked the software kit on Monday morning. App developers can now use the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) to stream their apps...

Google Shuts Down IGoogle

by srpatterson on Monday, November 4, 2013 8:10 PM
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iGoogle with the Winter Scape theme. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google Shuts Down IGoogle

iGoogle, Google's all-in-one homepage site, was finally shuttered in early November. The site's shutdown is only the latest in a long line of rollouts and shutdowns from the giant search engine company, and one that seems to have been a long time coming. In fact, iGoogle's continued existence might have been puzzling to many.

AOL Reader - A Replacement For Google's RSS Reader?

by srpatterson on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:51 PM
The second logo for AOL, used from 2006–2009

The second logo for AOL, used from 2006–2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AOL Reader - A Replacement For Google's RSS Reader?

It is difficult to understand why Google would end its RSS reader service, especially as dozens of copycat services have appeared to feast upon its cast-off users. AOL, perhaps better known for its virtually defunct ISP than its adoption of modern conveniences, has jumped into the fray with the AOL Reader. The product incorporates many of Google's features into a speedy pattern, making it a relatively useful alternative for those who feel lost in the new market.

What To Expect At Google I/O

by srpatterson on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:12 PM
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Screenshot of Android 4 on Galaxy Nexus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What To Expect At Google I/O

This year Google I/O plans to outdo last year's presentation, but the bar is set pretty high.  After revealing the Nexus 7 tablet last year this year Google plans to not outdo itself in presentation but to be relaxed.  A common rumor is Google Glass, Chrome, Wallet, Music and Google Maps are getting updates.

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Google Affiliate Network Closing

by srpatterson on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:16 PM
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The AdSense Code (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google Affiliate Network Closing

Google Affiliate Network was set up to connect publishers with advertisers.  Publishers could use the network to promote products to earn a commission from sales, and publishers could earn a percentage of each sale from a link generated on their site.  Google has recently announced that Google Affiliate Network is closing soon because they are concentrating on different products and services for both publishers and advertisers. 

Google feels that other products will be more beneficial to advertisers and publishers, so they want to devote more time and resources to developing different products with hopes of better results. 

GAN closing will take several months, and Google will continue to support their customers during this period of time.  They are offering AdSense as an alternative to Google Affiliate Network, and they encourage publishers to use AdSense to earn money on their blogs and websites. 

AWS Compared Google Compute Engine Cloud Services

by srpatterson on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:25 PM
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AWS Compared Google Compute Engine Cloud Services

Both Amazon and Google have lowered what they charge for their Cloud services among many others. The thing is, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE) have brought down their costs significantly in an all-out competition. Besides this, Google has gone a step further and increased the number of virtual servers it has, providing great choice. It has also made its service Euro-friendly.

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Twitter Follows LinkedIn, Facebook and Google With Ad API

by srpatterson on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:16 PM
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Twitter Follows LinkedIn, Facebook and Google With Ad API

In an attempt to get more advertising without hiring a good number of new sales members, Twitter opened its Ad API to the public today. This follows other technology companies that have made similar moves including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. This makes it easy for large buyers to quickly setup and manage campaigns with in-house programmers. Small businesses can continue to use the web-based interface provided by Twitter for small transactions.

Facebook's New Developers Live Video Channel

by srpatterson on Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:14 AM
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Facebook's New Developers Live Video Channel

Google started a Developers Live Video channel for developers and now Facebook is following in its footsteps with the development of Facebook Developers Live video channel. Effective today, this channel will showcase news updates, speaking sessions, tutorials and much more.

According to Facebook, people will be able to view live broadcasts as well as previously recorded videos. This enables developers to access the latest information and make contact with product designers and engineers. Doug Purdy, director of product for Facebook, shared that the first broadcast will be on February 19.

How to Get More out of Google Analytics

by srpatterson on Monday, December 3, 2012 2:31 PM
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How to Get More out of Google Analytics

As a website owner there's a good chance you use Google Analytics to track visits to your website. It can be a very powerful tool to get to know your website, visitors, and keywords intimately -- provided you know where to look and what to look for. Here are some top tips to getting the most out of your Analytics account. 

Top Blogging Tips for Great Content

by srpatterson on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:25 PM
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Top Blogging Tips for Great Content

If you are just starting out or are in need of a refresher on what is important in blogging, we have some blogging tips for you today. From understanding what you readers are looking for to working with others in your niche, we have some suggestions that you should have a look at.

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