Here is some good news for those who like to get their music dose from Google Play: Google Music has been updated this evening with expandable notifications in Jelly Bean to allow playback control and viewing of album art. Furthermore, the update includes improved Google TV support to get rid of issues with TVs and set-top boxes caused by Jelly Bean. It would not be a Google update without a few bug fixes too. We have the full release notes embedded below. Download: [Play Store via Droid Life]
For those of you who enjoy a little Chrome in your iOS experience, Google updated Chrome today with some nice social-sharing features. Posting to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are all included with the ability to push pages to the email application. The additions start to bring Chrome up to par with Apple’s Mobile Safari, which still benefits from speed due to an optimized Nitro engine that sandboxed apps do not have access to.
It would not be a Chrome update without a few “stability and security improvements” and “bug fixes addressing user feedback” either.
The Archos 101 XS just unveiled with a bevy of attractive features for a budget-friendly tablet.
The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered, 10-inch slate will land in November for $400 with a detachable, full QWERTY keyboard dock, dubbed the “coverboard,” that connects to the tablet magnetically. The coverboard notably boasts keys for Home, Recently Opened, etc., so Android OS browsing is more streamlined.
The tablet further features support for Micro USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, and it includes a 1,280-by-800-pixel display, 16GB of internal storage, 1.3-megapixel 720p front-facing camera, and Office Suite Pro 6 preloaded. Archos said the slate would even upgrade to Jelly Bean in October. A slew of accessories also unveiled with the 101 XS—including a speaker dock, docking station and protective carrying pouches.
The full press release is below.
Google Maps is apparently a huge fan of biking.
We detailed how Sustrans partnered with Google to bring cycling routes to United Kingdom-based Google Maps users in July, and now the Internet giant wants folks to know how its free mapping tool helped Detroit Greenways Coordinator Todd Scott add new information about biking paths to various Detroit trails on Google Maps.
Detroit is embracing a greener outlook, according to Map Maker Community Manager Lori Savageau on the official Google blog, and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is aiding the transition by creating an “interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways, including the development of bike paths throughout the Detroit area.”
Google launched the YouTube Elections Hub today so folks have a complete video resource for all-things political until the U.S. Election Day on Nov. 6.
“You can watch all of the live speeches from the floor of the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions, see Google+ Hangouts with power brokers behind the scenes, and watch a live stream of the official Presidential and Vice Presidential debates,” announced YouTube News Manager Olivia Ma on the YouTube Blog. “You won’t need to go anywhere else for the must-watch moments of this election cycle…”
The hub will feature videos from politicians, parties, and well-known media, as well as shared coverage with live and on-demand content from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and the Wall Street Journal.
In a press release today, the U.S. Department of Justice said it seized three domains associated with pirating and distributing Android apps. The three seized domain names – applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com – are now in the custody of the federal government and signs are posted from the FBI (below):
“Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the criminal division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it,” said Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A Breuer in a statement.
As PC World noted, the websites were not always on U.S. soil. French and Dutch authorities also helped with the enforcement.
It will be interesting to see if the closures curtail pirating or if the actions just move the exploitation underground. The full press release is below. Read more