Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Update - December 3, 2016: Google+ Photos, YouTube Live, Search Console

My top news this week:
There’s news about new leadership, updates and troubles at Twitter, Facebook and Reddit, reports about Android malware and hackers, and advances using AI to fight disease, flag inappropriate content, and improve search..

Plus there are updates and tips for video creators, live streamers, bloggers, webmasters, business owners and much much more.

Plus it’s beginning to look a lot like … Santa's Village is now open! (Google Blog)

Image: Detail from The Sawmill, December sun by Ester Almqvisit (1914) (public domain)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekly Update - November 26, 2106: Blogger, Sites, Cyber Monday

This was a pretty quiet week announcement-wise - probably because of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, this week did see some nice updates for bloggers and other online content publishers:
Plus updates and tips for YouTubers, Live Streamers, AdSense, Bloggers, Webmasters, Map Readers, and more.

The post-Thanksgiving pre-Christma shopping season has brought great shopping deals, including great prices on the Google Pixel, Home and Chromecast, try Google Play Music + YouTube Red free for 4 months and Chromecast purchases include three months of HBO Now. And there are more "Cyber Monday" deals at and other online retailers.

Image: Edited cover of Radio Listeners’ Guide and Call Book (Nov 1928) with articles about “Television of Tomorrow”

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekly Update - November 19, 2016: Google+, Google Photos, AI Everywhere

Top updates this week:
Plus updates and tips for YouTube, AdSense, Google Docs, Google Photos, mobile messaging, and much more.

Image: Detail from Acht kalkoenen by Theo van Hoytema (1892)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Update - November 12, 2016: Google+, YouTube, Safe Browsing

Top updates this week:
  • Google+ makes it easier to post in Communities and supports AMP pages for faster mobile webpage loading
  • YouTube now supports HDR video and has launched an app for the Daydream VR viewer (which is now available for sale)
  • Google Safe Browsing now warns against repeat offenders and makes it easier to report malicious sites.
Plus more updates and tips for YouTube, Google+, Google Photos, Google Sites, Gmail, AdSense , Project Fi and more.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Weekly Update - November 5, 2016: YouTube, Project Fi, US Elections

Top updates this week:
  • YouTube adds new comment features, which should help build your channel’s community
  • YouTube’s improved Content ID dispute process ensures creators won’t lose money
  • YouTube comes to an agreement with the Germany-based music rights organization, GEMA, meaning that more music videos will play for German viewers
  • YouTube now offers Chrome notifications on desktop
  • Project Fi app now displays improved real-time data
  • Photo editing app Snapseed can now edit photo spheres without them losing their sphereiness 
  • Microsoft launches a Slack competitor, and Slack seems pretty concerned
  • Did you know there is an election in the US on November 8th?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Weekly Update - October 29, 2016: Halloween tricks and treats

Many tech companies announced their third quarter earnings this week - and (not coincidentally) announced new hardware, software, and sadly some retirements.

This week's top updates:

  • Apple and Microsoft held special events, announcing new hardware and software
  • Twitter announced that Vine will be shut down
  • Just in time for Halloween: Facebook and Prisma demoed real time "masks" and artistic filters for live streams 
  • Google Allo got a bunch of updates, including Stranger Things stickers 
  • Google+ launched the new “Vanguard” program for Community Owners and opened a new Google+ Collections Community for India
Plus there are updates and tips for YouTube, Google+, webmasters, photographers, business owners, AdSense publishers, and much much more.

Image: my photo of Halloween Androids, all rights reserved

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Update - October 22, 2016: Pixel, YouTube, Google+

This week’s top updates:

  • The #madebygoogle Pixel phones are finally on sale and in users' hands 
  • There are new data filters for YouTube Analytics realtime reports
  • Google+ for web and Google Photos were also updated
There are also updates and tips for Google Photos, Google+, YouTube, webmasters, AdSense publishers, Android lovers, Facebook live streamers, Google Docs users and more.

Image: Franz Marc detail from In the Rain (1912) Public domain