Google+ gets a makeover, focuses on Collections and Communities!


Google is rolling out an updated design for the web and mobile versions of Google+. Starting today, users on the web will be prompted to switch to the new design if they wish.

The new design focuses more on the Collections and Communities features of the service. Collections is, well, a collection of posts matching a certain interest, such as photography. Community is where people can form a community based around an interest for like minded people to share and communicate in.

No new features have been added, but with the new design Google is putting more focus on these features by giving them a prime location in the new side menu.

Google is also redesigning its G+ app across platforms. Following the website redesign roll-out, Google will also be updating the Android and iOS apps with the same design.

The web redesign is now rolling out. Look out for the option to switch to the new UI. You will be able to go back to the older design if you wish as the new site doesn’t have all the existing features at the moment.

Google Apps for Work: 2 Million+ Paid Businesses and many new Features!

Google For Work New Logo

While Microsoft is shrinking its OneDrive Storage plans, Google Apps for Work has launched a recommended apps platform and improved its Inbox app, while announcing that more than 2 million businesses now pay for its program, and 3 Million businesses are using the Free edition of GApps for work. Which makes the total of 5 Million Businesses that have gone Google so far!

Google opened an online store – Five years ago – called the Google Apps Marketplace to help its business customers find third-party Web apps that complement Google Apps. The software Google is recommending has been reviewed by Google and a third-party auditor for security and ease of integration. Initially Google is singling out eight partners across five application categories:

  • CRM: ProsperWorks
  • Telephony: Ringcentral, Switch
  • Project management: SmartSheet
  • Document management: AODocs, Powertools
  • Identity/Access management: Ping Identity, Okta.

In addition, Google reorganized its partner program under a new name, the Google for Work and Education Partner Program, to help partners sell services more efficiently to Google’s enterprise and education customers. Plus it partnered up with many organization to improve its Android for Work program.

Smart Reply: Inbox by Gmail!

Google has launched earlier this year a new Email App/Platform, Inbox. Inbox by Gmail is already assisting you with the next step, organizing your trips, and even suggesting reminders. But when you’re schedule is super tight, and the holidays are approaching, you’ll be getting tons of emails. you’ll need help.

Help is on its way with Smart Reply!

Smart Reply is a new feature added to the Inbox app, it suggests up to 3 responses based on the emails you get.

It will take care of the short replies and save you time. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away.

So, how does it work?

Inbox uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly.

If you’re really interested to know about it you can read more on the Google Research Blog.

In addition to this great feature, Inbox gets better now when you report spam, the responses you choose (or don’t choose – they won’t be marked as spam later on) help improve future suggestions.

Smart Reply will be rolling out later this week on both the Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play in English (Only for now).

Google Project Wing to launch in 2017!


Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, announced that it expects to start delivering its consumer packages by drones in 2017.

David Vos, the leader for Alphabet’s Project Wing, said his company is in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic control system for drones that would use cellular and Internet technology to coordinate unmanned aerial vehicle flights at altitudes under 500 feet (152 meters). is one of the companies that intend to make package delivery by drone a reality. But drone deliveries are not expected to take flight until after the FAA publishes final rules for commercial drone operations in the US, which are expected early next year.

Two years after initial research began, Project Wing was announced in August 2014 with a YouTube video showing a field test of its most viable prototype in Australia.

Watch the Project Wing Prototype


Note that in the US Google was testing Project Wing with NASA. And its becoming a reality in 2017!

Apple Record Q4 Figures: $51.5 Billion in Revenue, 30% of iPhone buyers were Android switchers!


Apple on Tuesday posted its [fiscal] fourth quarter earnings for 2015, offering a look at its performance over the past 3 months. The company shattered most of its sales figures from the same year-ago quarter, but came in under Wall Street expectations in the most important category: iPhone sales.

Analysts were expecting Apple to sell 48.5 million smartphones during Q4, but it fell a bit short at 48.05 million. And although market watchers anticipated lower-than-last-year iPad numbers, the firm came in under tablet sales projections as well. Keep reading for a full breakdown of the numbers.

Q4 2015 numbers compared to figures from the same quarter in 2014.

  • Revenue: $51.5 billion versus $42.12 billion
  • iPhones: 48.05 million versus 39.3 million
  • iPads: 9.88 million versus 12.3 million
  • Macs: 5.71 million versus 5.5 million

And here are some comments on the earnings from Tim Cook and Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO:

“Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion. This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are heading into the holidays with our strongest product lineup yet, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch with an expanded lineup of cases and bands, the new iPad Pro and the all-new Apple TV which begins shipping this week.”

“Apple’s record September quarter results drove earnings per share growth of 38% and operating cash flow of $13.5 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned $17 billion to our investors during the quarter through share repurchases and dividends, and we have now completed over $143 billion of our $200 billion capital return program.”

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Although Apple may not have impressed Wall Street in Q4, it put up some staggering numbers, and once again set itself up for a monster holiday quarter. With two new iPhones, Macs, the Apple Watch, an all-new iPad and Apple TV, the company is going to have some great options for gifts this year.