Google has finally launched their much-anticipated cloud storage service “Google Drive”.
As it was revealed earlier, the new cloud storage service will offer 5GB of free storage space to store all your documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files. Google Docs is already integrated with the service.
With the launch, Google now offers 5 GB space in Google Drive, 1 GB in Picasa for storing pictures, and 10 GB in Gmail for free. If any user needs more storage space they can pay for extra storage space. Prices are very flexible and competitive, starting from 25GB of space for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month, or 1TB for $49.99 a month, up to 16TB for $799.99 a month. Yearly plans aren’t available yet. Whenever any user opts for upgrading to a paid account, their Gmail account will automatically expand to 25GB.
For a long time since 2010, iPhone users bragged about having Instagram exclusively for them. But now with the app being released for Android, it seems the wait is finally over. Yes, you got it right, Instagram is finally available for the Android platform!
If you haven’t heard about Instagram before, let me clarify a little. Instagram is the most popular photo editing app that allows you to apply cool filters instantly to your photos taken with your phone.
Instagram has more than 30 million iPhone users after its first year in the Apple App Store. When Instagram opened Android registrations few days back, it received more than 430,000 Android users on the waiting list. Now, after its launch for the Google platform, Android users will be able to join hands with the 30 million already registered iOS users.
Google has launched a new platform known as Google Play. Dubbed to be the next digital entertainment destination where users will find, enjoy and share their favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on their Android phone or tablet. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBook store will become part of Google Play.
Android Market has expanded much since its launch. It has grown from being just an app store to a big hub where users can purchase books, music and even rent movies. Google has recognized the shift and hassle users are facing with the Market. Thus Google Play came into existence to coupé up with all the new challenges. It is also a strategy shift from just being bounded to the boundaries of Android to the openness of the cloud. Google Play is entirely cloud-based and thus users will now be able to get access to all their music, movies, books and apps without worrying about losing them or moving them again.
2011 is ending soon and we are ready to welcome 2012. Many of you are curios to find out what was best in different categories around the year. Some of you are still busy shopping. If you’re still shopping, here’s a good news for you. Amazon is making it easier to discover best of 2011 with its brand new “Best of Digital store.” Through this store, you can find recommendations from Amazon’s team of editors on the year’s best of movies & TV shows, music, video games, software, mobile apps, magazines and Kindle books and more.
Amazon has timed the launch to coincide with holiday shopping season. After all Amazon has always seen record number of sales of digital content for Amazon. According to a Press Release by Amazon, last year, from Christmas Eve through December 30, Amazon customers purchased over three times more digital content, including Kindle books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, and digital games as compared to the weekly average for the year.
Gmail team has finally released Gmail’s new look. Gmail new look was earlier available through two themes namely, Preview and Preview (dense).
Gmail’s new looks seems to be one more stepping stone towards bringing a consistent look throughout all Google products after the launch of Google+ (Google Plus). This new look features Streamlined conversations, Elastic density, New HD themes, Smarter navigation and Better search.
How to switch to Gmail’s New Look?
The new look is available to everyone and is now a opt-in feature. You will find a link to switch to the new look in your Gmail. If you don’t see the link to switch simply refresh Gmail once. Personally we liked the new look and features very much.
Apple Mac OS X Lion is now available for download from the Mac App Store for $29.99.
Apple has released the eighth major release of the Mac operating system, Lion. Lion includes over 250 new features compared to the earlier version of Mac, Snow Leopard. The flagship operating system is now available as a $29.99 download in the Mac App Store. Those who wants to buy Mac OS X Lion Server should have the Client version of Lion, server version costs $49.99.
Some of the new features include are: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore Mac software; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.
Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”
Google Plus One has now been released for websites. Webmasters can now easily add +1 on their websites.
If you’re not already aware of Google Plus One, it is basically implemented by Google to bring in social features and influence to search results. +1 for websites will allow readers to flag up interesting content which are than promoted in the future search results of their Google contacts.
+1 is Google’s answer to the “Facebook Like” button. In one way both +1 and Facebook Like button are alike as the buttons lets you recommend web pages easily to your friends as well as everyone in this world.
Google today announced two new services: Google Wallet and Google Offers. Both these services will change the way consumers make purchases today.
Google Wallet will be available publicly this summer. Google Wallet will be basically a free Android app. The app will make your phone your virtual wallet. It will store your existing credit card information as virtual card on your phone.
All you have to do is simply tap your phone to pay and redeem offers using near field communication, or NFC. NFC is a wireless technology for data transmission between two devices when brought within a few inches of each other. A digital receipt will be sent to the smartphone to confirm the payment.
Microsoft announced that it would officially launch Internet Explorer (IE) 9 on March 14, 2011. The final version, IE 9, will thus release almost exactly one year after the first IE 9 platform preview was unveiled. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 team is planning to host a party during the South by southwest (SXSW) music and film festival in Austin, Texas.
Microsoft Program Manager Ryan Gavin wrote in the announcement post, “Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us. We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.“
The initial platform preview build was followed by several other platform preview releases, and the company issued a public beta in September 2010, followed by release candidate (RC) build in early February.
Google has finally released the official Blogger app for Android users. Using this app, you can easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information. You can also view the list of posts. If you have multiple accounts or blogs, you can easily switch between them.
Overall, its providing very basic functionality at this time. It only lets you compose new blog posts, and attach photos. There’s no comment moderation, nor anything else particularly exciting. Google took so long to launch an official app for Blogger but it lacks many basic functionalities. We can only hope that Google improves it and adds more features in the future.