Posts tagged ‘google’

The iPhone and Google Reader hegemony

A lot has been written in the past 24 hours about Google’s announcement that it’s shutting down Reader in a few months. The optimistic view, best expressed by Marco Arment, is that this will usher in a sort of RSS Renaissance. In this view, Google’s dominance over the area in the past several years had…


Apple gets thrown in the briar patch

OK, let me get this straight. Apple and Google have a falling out over the built-in iOS Maps app. Among the problems: Google wanted more access to user information and Apple wanted the app to provide vector graphics and turn-by-turn directions the way Google’s maps on Android do. Apple cuts Google out and rewrites the…


Maps, algorithms, and common sense

As I write this, my iPhone 5 is with dozens of its brethren on a UPS truck winding through Chicago’s western suburbs. I didn’t think it worth the bother to update my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 when it came out, so my experience with the new Maps app is second hand. I’m sure it’s…


DuckDuckGone

In an attempt to be like all the cool people, I started using DuckDuckGo as my search engine a few months ago. And, as you can tell from the title, I’ve stopped using it and gone back to Google. The rush to DuckDuckGo was largely driven by Google’s announcement that it was going to pool…


Photo location service (and Bing)

Following up on this morning’s post, I’ve expanded my map script to include an option for using Bing Maps to display the location of a photograph, and I’ve created a Service so I can get a map by right-clicking on a photo in the Finder and choosing “Photo location” from the contextual menu. Here’s the…


Locating your photos on Google Maps

Back in October I wrote a little script that added GPS location information to photos. My idea was to be able to take one photo with my iPhone, which would capture the location in its EXIF metadata, and use the script to transfer that information to all the photos I took with my regular camera…


Google spreadsheet phishing

Sometime last week I got an email that seemed like an obvious phishing attack. I wasn’t in the mood to track it down, so I just classified it as spam and moved on. Today I got the same message (may have been from a different sender) and decided to look into it a little further.…


Google got me

I’ve said before that although Google Chrome works well, I prefer to use Safari. Recently, though, Google’s made some changes that are forcing me to use Chrome. Here’s the setup. I have two email addresses: a “Dr. Drang” address at GMail, and a work address that runs through Google via Google Apps for Business. Apple…


Google Maps printing oddity

While the Google Maps scroll/zoom confusion I blogged about last week has been around for years, the printing problem I ran into today seems new. It’s a case of Google doing things right initially and then screwing it up later. I have a packed schedule on Monday. A meeting in Joliet in the morning and…


The Google Maps scroll/zoom confusion

This morning I used Google Maps to look up driving directions for my wife, and I did what I do practically every time I use it: I tried to scroll the map and ended up zooming into a tree a mile or so away from the address I was looking for. The problem, of course,…