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Google going after developers, here's how

I recently was at a presentation done by the Google+ teams where they tried to get developers to see why Google's platforms are more interesting than others.

Why does this matter? Well, take Android. Will you buy a Windows Phone that doesn't have many apps or as much developer support? Probably not since most venture-backed developers are building apps for only iOS and Android. 

Here's Google's pitch to developers. Does it resonate if you are a developer? Will this stuff help you build a business?

For developers, how competitive is it with offers from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, or Samsung?

I'm sure we'll hear more about these themes at the Google IO conference in May.


Get more visibility in Google Search: If you have an active Google+ page, your most recent post can appear on the right-hand side of Google search results.

Deep link to in-app content from Google Search (whitelist only): When relevant, Google search results on Android can include deep links to apps, and app listings from Google Play can appear in Google Search.

Drive Android installs: When visitors sign in with Google on your website, they’re prompted to install your Android app. The app is directly installed on their device, with the user already signed in.

Automatically sign in users across devices: When a user signs in with Google on one device, they’re signed in across devices and can continue their experience seamlessly.

Give users customized results about your service (whitelist only): With transactional email markup, when users search on Google they can see their own information from your service, like restaurant reservations, flights, hotels, etc.

Drive interaction within Gmail (whitelist only): You can let users perform actions within your app, right from Gmail, like RSVP to an event.

Grow your audience: The new Google+ sharing experience highlights suggested recipients (frequent and/or recent contacts) at the top of the sharebox, and the sharebox auto-complete suggests Gmail contacts, device contacts, or anyone with a Google+ profile.

Increase payment conversion: Let users buy in as few as two clicks with Google Wallet.

Skyrocket your YouTube subscribers: When users sign in with Google, you can subscribe them to your YouTube channel by using the YouTube API.

Get the most from Google APIs: For instance, if your app manages anything time-related, use the Calendar API. If your app manages files, store them for free on Google Drive.

Grow your game with Google Play Games Services: Build turn-based multiplayer games, drive engagement with leaderboards, and reward players with achievements.

Stay up to date with the latest from the Google+ platform, check our blog  ( ) and follow us on Google+ ( ). For Google Play, you can follow the team on Google+. ( ).
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Use to have a old brownie that looked like this
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I am having trouble updating from Windows 8.1 Preview build 9438. I found the link for Windows 8.1 at Tom Warren's post on The Verge When I tried to install the app I got this error:
Something happened and Windows 8.1 Preview couldn't be installed. Please try again. Error Code 0x80200056     

Has anyone else had this issue if so how did you work around it?
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Very happy to present $10,000 to +Sean McCracken who did this demo as part of +Rackspace's wearable developer contest at Techcrunch Disrupt today: 

He had the best Google Glass demo of the day, with working code that not only worked but looked very professional. 

What is it? It's a game where you can shoot things (in this case, aliens) flying down from over your head. 

It's early days, apps like this are hard to make because Google doesn't give us access to the sensors in an easy way. Hopefully soon!

+Vic Gundotra and +Steve Lee you ever imagine that we'd be shooting aliens with Google Glass? Can't wait to see what else we'll be able to do.

We'll get all the videos up onto YouTube and then do another post where you'll see the others. Many great ideas from a much better Siri to a golf guide.

Why did Rackspace do this? We need to see where wearables are going and how fast the market will get here. Why? Well, the data that will be collected by new sensors in things on our face, on our wrists, or even inside our smartphones (Apple, yesterday, announced a new motion sensor that Nike has already committed to using) will overwhelm the world's cloud computing resources if it happens too fast -- datacenters cost billions now and need time to be planned and built out.

I talked with dozens of wearable developers at Techcrunch Disrupt. Sure looks like this market will start to arrive in late 2014 (although for many of us it's already here).

Thanks to our two judges +Dave McClure of 500 Startups and +Elias Bizannes who runs the StartupBus, among other things.
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I have been talking to Martin Hehensteiger about their Liquid Cooled Gaming Home Theater PC. From what I have read this rig rocks. This might very well be my next PC
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