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Google Play brings the fight to Apple’s iCloud

8 Mar

Just yesterday, Google announced Google Play, a one-stop portal consolidating the Android application store, Google e-book service, Google movies store and Google music store in one place.

Some pundits may have panned it as just a marketing name change, but I think it definitely signals Google’s ambition. They have ratcheted up their rhetoric vs. Apple.

For Singapore, only the paid Android app market is available under Google Play for now. The rest of the services are available mainly only in the US, UK and Canada, and will be rolled out worldwide in the coming months.

Tagged in: cloud, Media, Music, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft,  

Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally out in Singapore on Feb 11, in white and black

9 Feb

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Google phone that had fans waiting for months, is finally here in Singapore this Saturday with a small bonus – it will come in both black and white.

The first model here to sport the new Android 4.0 OS out of the box, the top-end phone had been delayed from its original January launch, missing both the Christmas and immediate post-Chinese New Year buying sprees. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, Android 4.0, Coral pink, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, price, samsung, Singapore,  

Facebook’s dependence on advertising the focus of IPO worries

2 Feb
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Who would bet against Facebook today, as it readies for the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the United States in the coming months?

Yet, amid the excitement, one thing that investors will read about is this troubling reminder of the threat coming from rival social networking efforts from the likes of Google, which can take away key advertising dollars.

Tagged in: Featured, google, Internet, Web 2.0, facebook, Google, IPO, social networking, Zynga,  

Let it snow – on Google Search

18 Dec

Google is spreading some Christmas cheer this holiday season with an “easter egg” that will unleash snow flakes on the screen right after you enter “let it snow” in a Google search box.

Once the screen has been filled with snow, there’s a button to defrost the screen, though snow flakes will continue to make their descent on the first page of the search results.

Tagged in: Internet, Web 2.0, Christmas, Google, search,  

US$120 million Google data centre to open in Singapore by 2013

17 Dec
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Google started the building of a new data centre in Singapore on Thursday, a US$120 million facility which represents the Internet giant’s expansion of operations in the region.

“More users are coming online in Asia than anywhere else in the world,” said Julian Persaud, head of Google Southeast Asia at a launch event. Projected to go online in 2013, the new data centre promises to serve this growing demand by delivering fast and reliable access to Google services.

In addition, the data centre will boost the local job market in a small way, as Google is hiring a small team of full-time staff as well as a number of contractors in a variety of roles, including computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and catering and security staff.

Tagged in: android, broadband, Cellphones, cloud, Enterprise, google, Internet, Singapore, Software, Web 2.0, data centre, Google, IAB Singapore, Singapore, Southeast Asia,  

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

9 Nov

One of the most loved Android phones and certainly the most long-lasting – the Google Nexus One – looks to finally have a worthy successor in the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus out in Singapore in January 2012.

For a long time, the Nexus One’s sleek lines, zippy performance and first access to the latest Google Android OS releases have made it a phone to cherish for folks who bought it when it first hit the stores about two years ago.

Since then, brighter and better screens, as well as dual-core chips and faster graphics processors have appeared on newer gizmos, but the Nexus One’s basic design and simple Android OS without any third-party manufacturer add-ons still kept it a favourite among Android geeks.

In the Galaxy Nexus, they will find a worthy upgrade. The Nexus model immediately after the Nexus One, the Nexus S made by Samsung last year, was interesting, but it didn’t feel as slim, as sturdy or as much of an upgrade to the original.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Singapore, Software, Android 4.0, Galaxy Nexus, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, Nexus One, review, samsung, Singapore,  

Google Galaxy Nexus reaches Singapore in Jan 2012, costs S$948

8 Nov



The Galaxy Nexus, the first of many phones bearing Google’s latest Android 4.0 operating system, will hit the shelves in Singapore in January 2012, to the delight of Android fans who have waited a long time for a new Google-branded device.

Though it won’t make it in time for the holiday season, the Samsung-made gizmo will come with all the goodies on the “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS that were unveiled in Hong Kong about three weeks ago. Among these: a face recognition feature that unlocks the phone by detecting a user’s face, and updated Gmail features.

However, all the bells and whistles will come at a cool S$948, said Samsung at a regional media event.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Android 4.0, availability, Galaxy Nexus, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, samsung, Singapore price,  

Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 arrive with XL-sized screen

19 Oct



The next Nexus phone from Google and Samsung, the Galaxy Nexus, will start shipping in November with new features like an improved Gmail experience and the ability for the phone to unlock by simply recognising a user’s face.

They are part of Google’s new Android 4.0 operating system, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which will feature for the first time on the Galaxy Nexus, according to a Google show-and-tell in Hong Kong this morning.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Android 4.0, Galaxy Nexus, Gmail, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, Nexus Prime, samsung,  

Microsoft mocks Gmail with “Gmail Man”!

30 Jul
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Stand aside, browser wars; a new battle is heating up between Microsoft and Google and this time, the battlefield is email.

Google fired the first shot by launching a new website called Email Intervention, designed to help you stage an intervention among your friends who still use that outdated email address from the 1990s. The accompanying video featuring an “intervention specialist” is cute, funny and completely in Google’s cheeky style.

Tagged in: google, Internet, Web 2.0, email, email intervention, Gmail, gmail man, Google, Microsoft, office 365, privacy,  

Facebook blocks user’s Google+ ads, removes his other ads

19 Jul
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(Credit: Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

Facebook has taken down an app developer’s ads promoting this Google+ account and promptly banned his other ads on the social networking site, as the tussle for control of the Internet heats up between the online giants.

According to reports over the weekend, Michael Lee Johnson had put up an ad telling fellow Facebook users to visit his Google+ page, where he claimed to be an “Internet geek, app developer (and) technological virtuoso”. But a few days later, Facebook yanked his ads out, saying that he had flouted their terms and conditions.

Tagged in: Featured, google, Internet, social media, Web 2.0, facebook, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, MySpace, online advertising,