Posts Tagged ‘ Google ’

Android: Google Currents vs. Pulse

When Google Currents first came out, I was really excited. I had never read news a lot on my phone, but I thought Currents would change that. In a way, it did. I do read more news on my phone now, but I’ve abandoned Currents for Pulse. Here’s why.

1. Updating Articles

I completely understand that it takes time to update all the articles from all the sources that I’ve added to Currents, but why does Currents update on its own? I know that Android kills off background tasks to save memory, but I wouldn’t mind if Currents kept a small task that checked every 30 minutes or so for new articles. When I open currents, it doesn’t even update on its own anyway! I always need to hit the refresh button. Then I put away my phone and come back 10 minutes later to see what’s new. It’s ridiculous. Pulse at least keeps posts updated for you. Continue reading


The Google+ Song

Google+ explained in song form:

Source: Youtube via DVICE

Google Correlate

Have you ever wanted to search by drawing the activity curve over the past few years? No, neither have I, but that’s exactly what Google’s Correlate does. Draw an interesting curve and discover past search trends. It’s kind of fun to just draw something random and see what comes up.

Here’s one of my results:

Check it out!

Source: Google Correlate

Google Maps Has a Sense of Humor

I think I’ll take a boat instead.

Google Gags

I recently stumbled upon some past Google April Fool’s jokes. They made me laugh, so I thought I’d share them:

Virgle: The Adventure of Many Lifetimes

Virgin and Google band together to start a base on Mars and begin taking applications for Pioneers. It’s all very convincing, until the last page of their 100-year plan. Or you might figure it out during the “application process.” Google went all-out with this gag, even showing videos from Richard Branson (CEO of Virgin) and from Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google Founders): Continue reading