Hi All, this is gonna be another one of those “I had to do something for a client and so I thought I’d share” blogs. You have been warned! As part of a typical school install, we would need to deploy all applications with the following criteria: Auto-updates disabled Updates will be managed by whichever system we put in place (typically Munki or Casper), allowing us to vet updates for both issues, and compatibility with each client’s specific site. Minimal first run messages Including “What’s New”, default application and initial setup screens as we’ve found that these can add an extra… read more →
By Richard Mallion Google Nexus Q Home Media Streamer At Google IO this week, Google announced their new Nexus Q Home Media streaming device. At $299 it has no user interface of its own (other than a volume knob), and requires an Android phone or tablet to control. All it does is play music and video from the Google Play store. And judging by various reviews, it doesn’t even play video that well. Yes, it has a 25-watt amp, but this thing costs three times as much as an Apple TV? Am I missing something? Looks quite funky though..
By Richard Its been a busy week for Google, this being the week of their developer conference. Hot on the heels from Apple they made quite a few announcements ranging from a Google sanctioned 7″ tablet to JellyBean, Android 4.1. For us iOS users there were a few fairly significant releases. The main one was the release of their Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad. If you use Chrome on the desktop then this could be a good companion for you on iOS, and I can report after having used it for the last few hours that it’s actually not that bad. On… read more →
Google has finally announced its cloud storage service, Google Drive , providing users with 5GB of free storage and integration with Google Docs and other Google services. Using Google Drive users to can upload and access all file types, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs etc. Google has also released the Google Drive application which can be installed on a Mac or Windows PC to sync files locally, similar to the way DropBox works. A Drive application is also available for Google Android devices, with the iOS version coming soon. Even though 5GB of storage (Ed: Now 15 Gb) will be free to… read more →
By Richard Mallion My home broadband setup is with Virgin Media and to be honest I’m really happy with the service however I have always found it to be slightly sluggish when locating web sites. Once the site was found by the browser the load/download speeds were fine but there was always that slight lag in locating the site. Turns out I wasn’t the only person experiencing this issue. The poor response was down to Virgin’s DNS servers. Whether they are overloaded or poorly implemented I’m not sure but it was certainly distracting from my browsing experience. In the past… read more →
By Richard Mallion Google has finally add UK rail services to its online mapping application, Google Maps. Those planning journeys or routes with Google Maps can now plan their trip around the train timetables. The addition of rail information to Google Maps UK is thanks to a new partnership between Google and thetrainline.com. What’s more, travellers will also be able to click through to thetrainline.com to search and book tickets. To try it out for yourself, load up Google Maps and then click ‘Get Directions.’ Once you’ve filled in your points of departure and arrival, hit the little picture of the train.
By Richard Mallion Insync is alternative t0 Dropbox. It’s cheaper than Dropbox and the core service is free. The only cost for basic membership is the cost of Google storage. Insync brings a number of features to the table, differentiating it from Dropbox’s current service. For example, you can share individual files with more granularity — not just as public links, but specifying read-write or read-only permissions. All your files live inside your Google Docs account, and you’re not limited to the supported Google file types; any file can be synced over, as long as it’s less than 10GB in size. You… read more →
By Richard Mallion Google has just started releasing some of their tools they use internally for managing their Mac suite. The first tool up allows you to track application useage on client systems using crankd. You can get the code on their Google Code page here.
By Richard Mallion Having done quite a bit traveling abroad this year things can quickly become frustrating when you attempt a search on Google and discover you are redirected to the local countries variant. This is convenient for things like local search and Maps, but if you’re trying to find results in English while you’re in a non-english speaking country the redirect is annoying. There are a couple of solutions. The simplest solution is to use the alternative NCR Google url. NCR stands for “No Country Redirect” and will always display the version of Google you are after, whether you’re in… read more →