Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

There are a lot of new news items coming from Google this week. Here is a rundown on Google’s newest news-making events:

Pixel C, Google’s new Chromebook-tablet hybrid is available for purchase.

(FYI: the reviews aren’t that good.)


Google Play Music now gives you the ability to create a “family plan” to share music. The family plan is $14.99 US per month (currently only US availability), and allows you to add up to 6 family members.

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Google Photos introduced “shared albums.”


And Google Drive is rearranging how you’ll find your files with enhanced search capabilities.

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YouTube is showcasing the top 20 videos of 2015 in its annual #YouTubeRewind.


Apparently, I’m going to have to stop delaying my purchase of another Chromecast Audio device. Multi-room support and hi-res audio have arrived.


If you feel like you need more help remembering your to-dos, Google Calendar now enables you to set reminders.






In other news …

Attracting new clients is one of the most difficult parts of lawyering. This post talks about using podcasts in your new client marketing.


I probably should have included a set of Bose headphones on my list of 30 great gifts, but I didn’t. But now you know you can add them to your Google Store shopping cart.


Here’s a great PSA on using ES File Explorer to download and install APK files for Android TV. The one drawback to the method is that ES File Explorer is cumbersome to navigate with a remote.


I’m not too sure I want to know the extent of the FBI’s (and other government agencies’) surveillance tactics in the name of the Patriot Act.


Microsoft Cortana is out of Beta on non-Windows devices.


And here’s another example of an over-reactive company who doesn’t appreciate the value of social media. Of course, we’re ultimately talking about Disney, so I’m sure they could care less about exposure. “It’s all about the Mouse.”



And then there’s this from The Late Show with Steven Colbert

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