Try it out: To send a message, simply say, “Ok Google, send a WhatsApp to Sergio saying, ‘Are you free for coffee on Saturday?’”
Just make sure you’ve updated your apps and switched on voice settings to recognize the keyword #OkGoogle. For now this works globally in English, but stay tuned for updates soon, or learn more here: http://goo.gl/uqd393
When Google+ launched over 4-years ago, the idea was to both promote a new social network, and create a unified account system and social spine for all things Google.
As this latest blog post from admits, they didn't get it all right. Google+ the identity layer was forced on people who had no desire to use the network; integrations with the network became nearly ubiquitous across properties; the 'social spine' became a privacy nightmare for some people; and the effort became at times so obnoxiously in-your-face it soured people on both the social network and the larger ecosystem.
In short, Google+ was the branding equivalent of New Coke. Much like the Coca Cola Corporation, Google is recognizing this, as recent deintegrations (removals of Google+ features from other Google properties) have shown.
Now the final, major step will be made: instead of Google+ accounts, Google will now simply use Google accounts, which by themselves aren't tied into social anything, private and unsearchable.
So is Google+ dead? No, fortunately not. While the Google brand reverts to Google Classic, Google+ will finally receive the type of focus many of us suggested it always needed: no longer a would-be "Facebook killer", the network can now presumably focus on what its most passionate users agree it is good for: discovering great content and accounts to follow (i.e. Twitter without the obnoxious limitations and fewer bots).
Google+ (the social layer) is Dead. Long live Google+ (the network)!
This email proves it. Don't believe what you read or watch in the news.
tl;dr - Win 10 is pretty "meh" overall, with a few nice things. Chromebooks are my (& most people's) future.
Here's What I Do Like:
- The upgrade was pretty straightforward, and worked fine on both my desktop and laptop.
- The new flat design is very nice. I like it a lot.
- The interface is no longer the bi-polar, mobile-centric garbage of Windows 8.
- The volume and screen brightness indicators are built-in and have that consistent, flat design. It meant I could remove the Dell-provided app that was doing an Apple-like overlays.
- The new desktops features and the Windows+Tab view for switching between apps.
- I can snap some apps like Edge browser to 1/3 of the screen (instead of 1/2). Lame that other apps won't do it.
- The interface is much more consistent than Windows 8/8.1 and nearly universally redesigned in the new flat design.
- The various sys-tray item notifications have a consistent interface, that takes a set side-bar-width of the screen (wifi/network, notifications, etc)
- I can use my Gmail/Google Apps for the Calendar and notifications, etc. Kinda handy, though Chrome was already doing that for me.
What I Don't Like:
- Doesn't seem any faster than Win7. Chrome actually seems slower since the upgrade.
- It's still somewhat bi-polar: there's duplicates of a number of things. Such as the new "System" area which is a much better approach to the old Control Panel. But guess what? Control Panel is still there, and just the same (almost) as it was in Win7. Wha....?
- Some things are still using the same icons, or very similar looking ones as Win7, they don't fit with the new flat design.
- Cortana is cool on a phone, not so useful on a laptop/desktop.
- Can't remove a lot of apps such as mail, calendar, Cortana, etc.
- Had to force reboot once, had another crash coming out of sleep, and the display wigged out and required a hard shutdown. So it's not as stable as Win 7. And patches are already being released.
Wrap-Up and Thoughts on the Future
Overall I think it's a solid upgrade. However, it's most helpful if you're heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem (Windows Phone, Skype, Live/Hotmail, Outlook or Exchange), etc. I'm not, so it's not that helpful to me.
It also drove home another point: the cloud is the future. Right now Google's way ahead on the cloud stuff. Thus, Chromebooks are the future. My next laptop will likely be a Chromebook Pixel. Those who aren't as techie will follow soon enough, unless they happen to be the new incarnation of the Luddite: the Enterprise-ite. Defined as: people who still think Windows, Office, enterprise software, and local storage are where it's at.
I've been observing the dynamics of the Facebook News Feed since my return to that network (which I intend to stay on this time, unless and until I find the clause in their TOS which surrenders my soul; a professional marketer loses the right to be too choosy).
Facebook changes their algorithms a lot. I mean A LOT. One day they're pushing photos, the next videos, then suddenly they want to show you more stuff from your Friends (imagine that!).
This can be understandably confusing. Luckily, I've observed one constant, and the right marketer can no doubt easily exploit it:
Change Your Profile Pic
Why? Because I swear, Facebook gives that crap 100% reach. Every. Single. Time. No one I Friend or Follow can change theirs without Facebook thinking I desperately need to see it. I'm only half-joking: I've even observed this with Page 'Logos' and Cover Photos: change those things, and Facebook thinks that is the single most important thing all your fans need to see RIGHT NOW!
Seriously... try it. Change your Profile Pic, see what happens. You'll get comments from folks you'd forgotten you Friended.
So... instead of Profile Pics and Cover Photos, just keep swapping out new ads into that space.
I almost want to pat myself on the back for being an evil genius... but I'm entirely too honest to use this technique. I'd love to hear if someone actually tried this what results they would get. The only problem I can see is users might actually catch on to what you're doing and some may resent it. But if you're just trying to game the system anyways, who cares about that if it works, right?
It's more about what they didn't include in the new Moto X, than what they did. Here's what was excluded in the order of disappointing-ness (1=most):
1. No 4.7" 1080p screen. LOVE my OG Moto X's size and want a higher-res version in the same size. The X Play might've been an acceptable alternative, but it won't sell here in the US 😤 ( can you do anything about that?)
2. No fingerprint reader. Yes, I get that once hacked biometric security is horrible, but the convenience of 1-touch unlock/authorization is just too friggin' handy. 😣
3. No USB-C. This would future-proof the phone and just be cool. Cordless charging would have been an acceptable alternative, but no mention of that either. 😕
In short, you put everything into the camera and ignored some of the items I think most people who buy X's cared about as much or more. </rant> #f
There is one comment about what Spotify is asking of Apple but the problem with that argument is that there are plenty of other ways to get Spotify service that don't force them to subsidize the cost of the platform. Apple is not open like that but can't that be something people hope they will aspire to?
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