I used a Chromebook several years ago and I actually really enjoyed the simplicity of it. It was a super fast, super easy barebones computing experience. Few bugs. No viruses to worry about. No fuss. It shared the same instant on capability of the iPad, but it was even more to the point without the all the apps. That can be both a positive and a negative, but you might surprised by how much you can do in a browser until you actually try it.
If you haven’t been keeping up, Apple and Qualcomm have been waging quite the slap battle across the globe. Apple sued Qualcomm. Qualcomm countersued for patent infringement. Qualcomm called for a ban against iPhones in China covering both sale and production, which would cripple Apple. Qualcomm then asked the ITC and US District Court to all ban imports of iPhones.
Since then, Apple has fired back and sued again with allegations that Qualcomm’s business model of double-charging for their technologies is illegal, which would be severely damaging to them. Qualcomm countered. Again. Apple filed a THIRD suit in US and then sued Qualcomm in China for an additional 145 million.
This week marks the birthday of two great services that I love and use heavily on my iPad and elsewhere: Evernote and Google+.
Evernote has been a stalwart for me since back in 2008 – on the iPhone and Mac, clipping from the web, and just about anywhere I’ve needed it. To say it’s a powerful and feature-packed notes app is still not coming close to doing it justice. I’ve seen Evernote spoken about as a ‘second brain’ sort of service and I have gotten that sort of benefit from it over the years. It remains a fixture for me across all my devices and is still constantly improving and adding features.
Google+ is only two years old, and it feels like that time has flown by, as they say. I was lucky enough to get an invite from +Louis Gray on the first night the beta became open to invites and I’ve been enjoying the heck out of Google+ ever since.
Yes, I’ve read all the reports of Google+ being a ghost town, and I think they’re complete nonsense. It has become easily my favorite social network. It is superb for lively and intelligent discussions on just about any topic under the sun, has a great range of topic-specific communities where you can focus in on areas of interest, and Hangouts for connecting via video with anything from one to hundreds of people. I have lots of good discussion every day via my personal profile and the iPad Insight Google+ page.
Here’s wishing both of these great services many happy returns.
The Google+ app for iOS has had a minor update this week, to Version 18.104.22.1684 (oh those hilarious Googlers and their numbers).
The only notable new feature in this update is support for resharing. Other than that the change list only mentions bug fixes and performance improvements.
Oh, and there’s still no support for iPad – no upgrade to a universal app. That’s a shame.
In the meantime, I’m using the iPhone app in 2X mode on the iPad. For any of you who are Google+ users, how are you accessing it on the iPad, if at all?
It looks like we may see an iOS app for the trendy new Google+ service in the App Store soon. Erica Joy, a Google employee, has posted on Google+ itself saying:
For my iPhone using friends: the Google+ iPhone app has been submitted to the App Store (no, not today, sometime prior to today) and is awaiting approval.
That was posted yesterday morning (7/4) so the app has been in the review queue for at least a couple of days now. 9to5Mac says it sounds as if it will be a universal app, designed for both iPad and iPhone.
I’ve been enjoying my first few days on Google+, though I still haven’t spent a great deal of time with it. A nice iPad app to use for it would definitely increase my usage. Here’s hoping they get approval quickly (no Google Voice lost in limbo treatment) and that it is a universal app.