Google has announced the launch of an exclusive social game on their Plus platform.
The Godfather: Five Families is now available on the Google+ Games.
Google spoke about this game:
The game brings an interesting perspective to the classic hit movie, taking you back to an especially tumultuous period ten years before the events in The Godfather film take place. You choose which of New York’s five families you want to join as they war for total domination of the city.
Rise in the ranks by defeating your rivals and taking over city territory — and make sure to assemble a crew of gangsters to help. Above all else is the family, and it’s your goal to earn their highest respect.
Facebook already has another variant of this game. And Google continues to add new games to Plus to make it a viable social gaming platform for the web users.
Joanna Shields, VP and Managing Director for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has announced that the company would soon launch a subscribe button for websites.
The idea is to let people follow their favorite authors and other personalities right from their websites and blogs. Currently Facebook offers the subscribe button as an opt-in feature on user profiles.
This would be similar to how you can follow Twitter accounts from third party sites. Facebook currently allows you to Like a Facebook Page from third party sites.
Subscribe option on third party sites is going to massively boost the usage of this feature and would turn Facebook into a solid alternative to Twitter for a lot of folks who use both the service.
Remains to be seen how soon Facebook launches it for the general public and how successful this program becomes.
Google has updated their Plus app for both iOS and Android platforms this week.
Both the apps now support full resolution image sharing.
We have already noticed that how this full resolution image sharing could be breaking one of the features of Google Plus… Google Plus mobile apps are able to upload and share images larger than 2048 pixels which mean that these images consume the 1GB storage available to all Google accounts. If you have a paid storage account, Google is likely to count its data usage.
Another interesting thing worth noting here… Google Plus mobile apps first upload a smaller version of the image. This is used to quickly sharing the image through a post in the Google Stream. Google then uploads the larger version of the image in the background and that image replaces the smaller version posted earlier. This is actually a very good decision on Google’s part as most mobile users are likely to be on slow mobile internet connections.
It would be nice if Google provide options to restrict smaller image uploads on Edge/3G and these images can be replaced with larger versions which the user enters a Wi-Fi zone.
Instagram is loved by its user base for similar techniques which makes image sharing fast and intuitive on the iPhone platform.
This is going to be awesome. Google has made available 10 brand new premium apps at just 10 cents each on the second day of their 10 day long celebration for reaching the 10 billion downloads milestone.
The apps available at 10 cents today are:
BB - Bedtime Battle
AirSync by doubleTwist
Reckless Racing/Reckless Racing PLAY
Read It Later Pro
If you want to buy any of these apps, get it right now because they are likely to be replaced with another set of 10 apps tomorrow!
Google surprisingly updated the Apple iOS faster than the Android app this time around!
Google Plus for Android has just received an update and it gets most of the features that they added in the recent update to their iOS app.
+1 of comments Nice
+1 of photos Nice
Instant upload supports videos again Good
Full resolution photo upload More information needed!
See who is in the conversation and typing in Messenger Was much needed
Various bug fixes Always helps
The app allows you to keep a record of meals. The basic idea is to keep a record of your favorite meals and link them with relevant information like your likes, venue, photos, tags and notes.
Evernote spoke about the potential uses of this app:
Like everything is Evernote, we’re focused on helping you save and relive your memories. Food memories are often social, so we built in Facebook, Twitter and email sharing into the app. When you share the meal, your friends will see all the photos, captions and impressions you had about the experience.
And the data is saved in your Evernote account!
All of your meals in Evernote Food are synchronized with Evernote so that you can view them from any device or computer. They show up beautifully laid out in Evernote, perfect for viewing across all of your devices.
Evernote has launched a brand new mobile app for the Apple iPhone platform. They have named it Evernote Hello.
Evernote Hello is designed to help you remember people you meet at public events.
The app allows you to save an image of the person instantly along with details like where you met that person and when.
The idea is to let the other person fill in their details along with a photo taken right at that moment. You can of course do it yourself if it is awkward to ask the other person to do the needful.
If the other person fills in their email address, your contact details are sent to that person instantly making it a collaborative effort.
Evernote added about the integration with their primary data storage app:
Evernote Hello will automatically display notes made in Evernote or Evernote Food around the same time as your encounter. Say you met someone at a conference (Evernote Hello) and had lunch with them (Evernote Food), all the while taking notes on your laptop (Evernote). The app will show you everything when you view this person in Evernote Hello—even more context.
We hope that they launch a version for the Google Android platform in the near future as well!